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 George Parham Family

Submitted by: Peggy Ackerman
© 2006

George Parham was born about 1790 in Granville County, North Carolina. His parents have not been documented. On December 15, 1815, George married Elizabeth Brinkley, who was born about 1792, also in Granville County. Elizabeth's father, William, left land to her, and in May, 1822, George and Elizabeth sold this land to George Harris. The 1830 census shows George and Elizabeth still in Granville County. They had five children, two boys and three girls.

By 1840, George and Elizabeth had moved to Sumner County, Tennessee. The census lists them with four girls and two boys. The 1850 Sumner census has George and Elizabeth with four grown or nearly grown children: Alexander, age 22; Harriet, age 24; Rebecca, age 18; and Rowan, age 16.

In 1860, the Parham household included George and Elizabeth, Alexander, Rebecca, and Rowan. Harriet had married Neely Brown in 1853. He was a widower with four children. He and Harriet had four more: William, born 1855; Betsy born 1856; Jane, born 1858; and Neely Parham, born 1859.

There were two Parham households in the 1870 Sumner census. George, age 80, and Betsy, age 78, were living in household 85 and Alexander, age 38, and Peter Harris, age 17, were living in household 87. In household 86 were James and Roan Brown with two sons, James age 2, and John, 1 month. This could be Rowan, but the age recorded for her (21) would not be correct. She would have been about 36.

George Parham died in 1878 and Elizabeth died in 1880. In 1874, Alexander married Lovey Rogers, the daughter of Britton and Mary Rogers. Alexander managed the farm owned by his father as well as an adjacent farm of 100 acres, which he had bought.

The 1880 Sumner census for District 15 shows Alexander and Lovey with two children, Annie B, age 4, and George, age 2. From the profile of Alexander in Goodspeed's History, we learn that he became a magistrate in 1882 and served in that position for many years.

The Parham's house in Cottontown was built about 1856 by Captain Thomas Cotton for his son Moore. Alexander and then his son George occupied this house into the 1940s. There are several references to the Parham house on the Sumner County genweb site. Court was held in this house, and many notable persons visited there. The Parham home site was also remembered as a place where barn dances were held.

The 1900 Sumner census lists Alexander, Lovey, and son George, age 21. Alexander died on March 1, 1902, and the 1910 census shows George as head of a household including his mother (Lovey) and two servants. Lovey died in 1916. Her obituary is on the Sumner County Genealogists Companion website. Alexander and Lovey are buried in the Cotton cemetery.

George Parham, the younger, married Ruth Brown Wise, and they are listed in the 1920 Sumner census. Sadly, Ruth died in 1927. George died in 1945. Like his father, he had served as a magistrate (1920-1945). He raised racehorses on the farm. George and Ruth are buried in the Gallatin cemetery.

Annie Parham, the daughter of Alexander and Lovey, married George W. Mitchell. She died in 1949, and he died in 1940. Their death records are on the Sumner County Genealogists Companion website (Newby Funeral Home). They are buried in the Gallatin cemetery. George Mitchell operated a store in Cottontown and was a magistrate like his father-in-law. George and Annie's daughter, Lela Mitchell Donoho, provided information about the Parham's house in Cottontown. Lela married Galley Donoho, and they were listed in the 1920 census for Trousdale County.

The 1920 Sumner census has a listing for the Neely Parham Brown household. He was the son of Harriet Parham and Neely Brown. His household in District 15 included his wife, Amanda, three adult sons (Brady, Lloyd, and George) and one daughter, Lovey. Neely Parham Brown was born in 1859 and died in l923. He is buried in the Portland cemetery. There is a death record for him on the Sumner County Genealogists Companion website.

The Parham surname is now very common, and there are many active researchers who hope to connect all the Parhams. My husband's great grandmother was Martha Thomas Parham. She was born in Baldwin County, Georgia in 1822. Her father was named Rowland and her grandfather was named Haddon. This line of Parhams migrated to Georgia from Virginia in about 1790. Whether they were related to George Parham has not been determined.


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