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Subject: [PARKS] seeking a GA Parks' family that moved to TX ca 1840s
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 16:54:50 -0000
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A family named Parks left Georgia for Texas likely in the 1840s, which included two daughters and a young son named Virgil A.S. Parks. Family reportedly had resided in Middle Georgia.
Story goes that Virgil's mother died in Texas. The father remarried and he died in Texas, leaving son Virgil with the stepmother. This stepmother reportedly abandoned young Virgil among strangers in Arkansas. A 15 year-old male named Virgil Parks does appear in the 1850 Arkansas census, living with a family not named Parks.
Virgil Parks eventually found his way back to Georgia.
Does the above story sound familiar to anyone researching their Parks' family?
I am currently editing for publication the Civil War correspondence left behind by Virgil Parks, who was captain of Company D, 17th Georgia Infantry - CSA. Parks was killed in battle at Gettysburg, PA, July 2, 1863. He graduated from the University of Georgia law school in January 1861. I know he attended the Ocoee Male Academy in Benton, TN in the late 1850s, and resided in Sparta, Hancock County, GA in 1859-1860. Upon graduation Virgil moved to Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, where he may have resided for six months before going off to war in August 1861.
Any assistance or suggestions would be most appreciated.
Gregory C. White
3101 Mills Ridge Drive
Canton, GA 30114
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