W. F. PARKER, farmer, P. O. Villa Ridge, born March 3, 1852, near Villa Ridge, Pulaski Co., Ill.; son of Thomas Parker, a native of Virginia. He came to this county with his father when he was quite young, and here he followed farming till his death, which occurred in 1864. The mother of our subject was Elizabeth (Sheppard) Parker, yet living. She was the mother of ten children. Our subject received a common school education at the old Valley Forge school house near Villa Ridge. In early life he turned his attention to farming, and has made that his vocation through life. Our subject was joined in matrimony October 4, 1874, in Alexander County, near Goose Island, to Miss Martha M. Berry, born January 12, 1857, in Missouri, near Charleston. She is a daughter of David B. Berry, a native of Kentucky. Mrs. Martha M. Parker is the mother of three children now living, viz., Nellie E., born June 23, 1875; William O., born December 1, 1878, and Jenette May, born May 3, 1881. Mr. Parker has a fruit farm two miles east of Villa Ridge. He is a member of the Independent Order of Good Templars. In politics, he is independent.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 293.