Thomas & Nancy Buckley Parrish Family
The Parrish Family is truly one of Lead Hill’s pioneer families coming to the Sugarloaf area over 140 years ago. Thomas M Sr. and wife Nancy Buckley Parrish came from Tennessee and made their home on their farm on the Horseshoe Bend Road. Thomas & Nancy’s children were: Holland L. 1848, George 1849, Sarah 1851, Rufus 1853, Leroy 1855, Martha 1857, Twins, Thomas & David 1859, Arabella 1861 and Nancy 1862.
Thomas enlisted in the AR CSA at Bellefonte in and is listed with his brother-in-law as one of the thousands of Confederates in the in the surrender of Vicksburg on July 4 1863. They were last heard from 18 miles out of Vicksburg on their way home, but died somewhere on the way back.
Many Parrish family members still remain in our area and we remember Claud Parrish philanthropist and businessman who was financially responsible in part for the Claud Parrish medical Clinic in Leah Hill. Dean Parrish loved Military Veteran and LH Bus driver, and the Roy Norman Family who still live on a part of the Parrish Farm.
Cynthia Ann Daniel(s), was married to Holland Lafayette Parrish, the eldest son of Thomas and Nancy Parrish. They were married 28 Dec 1869 in John Coker's cabin near Coody's Buff in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. (Dempsy Fields Coker, a son of Joseph Dempsey Coker and Cynthia Ann Rogers, performed the ceremony.) They had 12 children. Cynthia Ann Parrish died in 1893 and Holland died 11 Jul 1925 in Nowata, Oklahoma. Attached is a picture of Holland at a Parrish & Dale Family Reunion about 1905. Also in this picture is Lucy Ann (Coker) (Dale) Jolley. She was a daughter of Joseph Coker, Jr. (I believe my grandmother, Lucy (Ball) Crawford, was named after her Aunt Lucy.)
Holland Parrish is the gentleman with the beard in the center of the picture. To his immediate right, is George Lee Parrish, one of his sons. George's granddaughter told me he has zinc oxide on his face recovering from an accident and dates this picture to about 1905. Lucy (Coker) (Dale) Jolley is the elderly woman sanding immediately below the post on the left side of the picture. Her father was Joseph Coker, Jr. also know as "Little Joe" and "Cherokee Joe." Bud Dale is her son. Others in the picture are unidentified