Narrative Lists of Wilson Parrent's Descendants and Other Information




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Letter to John E. Bristol from Leslie H. Holloway, 1984


February 9, 1984

Dear Mr. Bristol:

I came into possession of your letter to Mary Patterson last October. I'm sorry I've been so long in sending the information I have on the Parrent family. I'll begin with Wilson Parrent who was my Great grandfather on my mothers side of the family.

Wilson Parrent 1805 married Miss Cynthia Galusha November 11, 1831. She was the daughter of Elija and Lucy W. Galusha who were 70 and 65 of age respectively according to Kentucky census of 1850. They were from Vermont.

To this union, as far as I know, were born the following children: Kentucky census 1850. Helen M. born 1833, Stephen C. born February 25, 1834, Charlotte W. born 1835, Maria M. born 1838, Lynn Boyd born 1839, George W. born 1841 and Cynthia born 1844.

After the death of his first wife Cynthia, Wilson married Mrs. Elizabeth McCracken, March 13, 1851. The Kentucky census shows the following: Wilson Parrent, age 54, Elizabeth age 43, Stephen C. age 24, carpenter in home of Robert Holloway, Lynn Boyd age 20, George W. age 16, Cynthia age 14, Maria M. age 12, Lewis H. age 5, Gustava McCraken age 11, Perry M. McCracken age 9. This was the 1860 census.

I have information on the families of Stephen C., George W., Lewis H., and Gustava McCracken.

Lewis H. never married. He lived between Kentucky and Missouri visiting in the homes of all his relatives, but mostly with my grandmother and her two youngest sons Sidney and Thurman neither of them ever married. Everyone called him Uncle Lewis. Grandma was called Aunt Gus.

I 'm just a little ahead of myself and probably have confused you somewhat. George W. Parrent married Gustava McCracken July 12, 1866. To this union were born the following children, Tilden who married Lou Holt, James who married Ella Gilkey, Elizabeth (Aunt Betty) who married S. J. Bigham (Uncle Stonewall), H. Liner who married Fannie Parrent, Mary Amanda (my mother) who married Bigham Holloway (my father), and Sidney and Thurman who never married.

Tilden and Lou had five children as follows: Vesty, daughter; Benson, son; Marvin, son; Tillie, daughter; and Samuel, son. I don 't have too much more on these children except that all are deceased but Tillie who lives somewhere in Ela.

James and Ella had five daughters as follows: Bertie, who married George Holloway. They had several children, one of them Marry Patterson to whom you have written, Viola who married Herman Groves and several children were born to this union, Georgia married Wilborn Dunning three children Willie May, Ruth, and Alfred Smith Dunning, Edaline married a man named Smith and I believe they had one son, James William. Millie was married twice but had no children.

Elizabeth married S.J. Bigham and they had three children: Ethyl, Claude, and Letha. Of these Letha is the only one who married. She had one son by her first husband, a man named Richardson. All of this family are deceased including Letha 's son, Darwin Richardson.

Liner and Fanny Parrent had five children namely; Aileen, William, Louard, Larraine, George Edwin, and Nelson. Aileen married a man named John Tinsley and they had one son named John Norton Tinsley, Aileen lives in Eloise, Michigan. John lives in Chicago. Louard married Gwendolyn Carroll from Beulah, Kentucky, and they have two children Donald Gary, and Judith. Of this family all are living but Gwendolyn. Louard remarried and lives in Reidland. Gary married Judith Towne and they had two children. They live in Lyon County, Kentucky.

George E. had no children by his first wife but did have several by his second wife. He and his second wife are both deceased and I have no information on his children.

Nelson died young and Lorraine never married. All of Liner and Fannie 's family are deceased except Aileen and Louard.

Mary Amanda married Bigham Holloway, (this is my father and mother), August 8, 1906. Six children were born to this union as follows: Mary Louise, July 16, 1907; Clyde James, December 28, 1909; George Clinton, February 1, 1912; Lesie Harold, August 2, 1914; Agusta Mae, December 17, 1916; and Nancy Leta, October 23, 1920.

Louise married Paul Freeman August 8, 1936 and seven children were born to this union, as follows: Joyce Larue, Norma Jane, Paul Edward, Mary Louella, Linda Ruth, Alma Lois, and Joe Harvey.

Clyde married Mrs. Ruby Gore Cummins late in life and had no children.

George Clinton married Anna Mae Gillihan and they had four children, as follows: Betty Ann, William Clinton, Donald Bigham, and Harold Noble. Clinton, Anna Mae, and Don are all deceased. Betty Ann is married to Thomas Wagner and lives in Mechanicsville, MD. They have four children. Bill is married to Jennie (don 't know her last name.) and they had four children of which one is deceased. Harold Noble married , married a girl from Paris, France named Monique ?. They also had four children. Donald was killed in a golfing accident in 1956 at the age of 19.

Mae married Walter Blackburn but had no children.

Nancy married John Owen McKinney, and has two children living. Mary Margaret is married to Joseph Heim and lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Delia Ann who is single and lives in Washington D.C. Nancy 's husband John is deceased. I, Leslie Harold married Thelma Mayhugh May 10. 1939. We had two children as follows: Dennis Michael, born March 17, 1940, and Mary Patricia, born May 20, 1946.

Dennis Michael married Sandra Jean Gustafson and they had two children Kristen Danise and Kevin Michael. Dennis Michael lost the battle with leukemia on January 24, 1981. Sandy and the children live in Seminole, Florida.

Mary Patricia married James Larry Englebright and they had two sons. James Tyson and Jason Alan. Pat and the boys live with Thelma and me. Jim lives in Orlando, Florida Divorced.

Of the above, Paul Freeman, Clyde Holloway, Clinton and Ann Holloway, Mae Blackburn, John Owen McKinney and Don Holloway are deceased.

Now for what I know about the family of Stephen C. Parrent.

Stephen was born February 23, 1834 and was married to Susanah J. Holloway on August 30, 1863. Susanah was born July 24, 1844. Susanah J. is a sister of my Grandfather James Harrison Holloway. Susanah and Stephen had a large family as follows:

William Cullen born May 28, 1864 married Sudie Holloway. Children born to this union are as follows: Willie, Virgie, Vera, Homer Blaine (Doc), Robert, Sidney , Charlene, and R.C. Of this family Doc, Sidney, Vera, and Charlene survive. The boys live in Hopkinsville, the girls in Cadiz, Kentucky. Of later generations I have no knowledge except that there are some.

Lynn Boyd married twice. First to Sallie Lewis, their children were: Danie who married Ules Holt, Ocie who married Corbett Anderson, Anna who married Robert Barrett, John who married Buelah Woodall, Edgar who married Leona Cash, and Mamie who married Hugh Beck. There are several children, grandchildren, and perhaps greatĄgrandchildren of whom I have very little information.

Lynn Boyd 's second wife was Mrs. Alva Harris Oliver. They had one son Wilson Parrent. I believe he has written to you. Wilson married Verda Gray and I believe they have two children. Wilson and Verda live in Eddyville, KY.

Rillie Parrent married William Melton. Children as follows: Lelie, Lillian, Shellie, Levatah, Tylene, Clyde, Wallace, Nina, and Magdalene. I only know who two of these married; Levatah married Dossie Farless, and Tylene married Earl McNealy. I know very little of later children.

David Parrent married Odie Lamb. Children as follows: Beatrice, Earl, Talmadge, Alben Barkley, Henry, Mary Ruth, Mollie Grace, and Paul Edward. Earl married Marcella Sadler; no children. Talmadge married Virginia Payne. They have children but I don 't know how many. Mollie Grace married a man whose last name I believe was Yates. They had one child Dan.

Charles Parrent married twice. First to Cora Oliver; children were Gertie, Elizabeth, Gladys, and Edna. Gertie married Melvin Cotton and they had several children how many and their names I don 't know. Elizabeth married Noah Thompson and Gladys married Charlie Cotton; no children in either of these marriages. Edna died young. All of this group are deceased.

The second marriage was to Aussie Kennady; children were Ruby Leona, Mary Pearl, Mabel Odell, Charles Ules, and James Dallas. I do not know spouses or children of these children. I believe that Charles, Marry and Mabel are all that survive of these children.

Mollis married Willard Town. Children were Willis, Giles, Roy, and Russel. I do not know further offsprings or who each married. Of these Roy and Russell survive.

Mae married Morris Town. Children were Adele, Edith, Ida Mae, Vida Bell, Barkley, Arthur and James. I don 't have too much more about these children.

Nellie married Herman Seldon LeFan. Children, Geneva married Carl Morris, no children. Louise married Fredrick Dorroh, three children; Mary Rose married Cecil Chandler, no children; Hale married Elizabeth Goodman, two children; Virginia married Glenwood Duncan, one child; Dorothy married Willis McCraken, three children. Further data I do not have.

Helen married James East. Children were Alice, Edward, Grace, and Luther. Alice married James Conley and had two sons, John Nathan and Paul Griffin. Grace married Luther Moreland and had one daughter Rosella. Ed married Nola Oliver who died at the birth of their first child. The child also died. Later Ed married Bertha Oliver and they had several children, mostly sons. Luther married late in life, no children.

Harvey married Ella Oliver. Children were Laura Bell, Stephen, Lucille, and Dale. Stephen married Mary Moore and they had several children. Laura Bell married a Rogers boy but I don 't recall any children. Lucille is married but I don 't know her husband 's name or how many children they have. Dale died in service. Stephen is also deceased.

This is about all I can give you about the family here, but I would like to have what you have on Lynn Boyd and his offsprings. Thanking you in advance for any facts you can give me I remain,

Your Cousin, Leslie H. Holloway 819 West Main St. Princeton, KY 42445 Phone 502-365-7794

Please excuse all errors I am not the best typist in the world. Another thing I was in Hopkinsville yesterday and called Sidney Parrent Cullen 's son. He told me that the survivers in this family are not as I gave you above; they are Sidney, Virgie, Vera, and Charlene. All but Charlene live in Hopkinsville. Charlene lives in Cadiz, Kentucky.

Transcribed by: Vicki Stewart 5055 Lincoln Ave. Portage, IN 46368
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