AUTHOR:  Dan Johnson

 

Billy Parker was the first born son of John A. Parker, and his second wife, Nancy Phillips.(1) John married Nancy on 18 November 1844(2) in (what was then, still) Haywood county. Billy followed less than 3 months later being born on 18 February 1845(3) in Caney Fork. Although Billy was the firstborn in his family, it is likely that he didn’t enjoy the typical privileges of a first born, given that there were at least five of his eight older half brothers and sisters growing up with him.(4)

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