Obituary Gustavus Adolphus Parsons,
Jefferson City, Missouri, 15 Jan 1882
Jefferson City State Journal, Cole County, Jefferson City, Missouri, 16 January 1882 G. A. Parsons. Death of an Old Pioneer --- Resolutions of Respect Passed by Cole County Officials. Three score years and ten is the alloted age of man, but few there be who reach it. Occasionally there is one whose "age is like a lusty winter" and in his unabated vigor of life and animation he reaches and passes it. Of this number was Gen. Parsons. He had passed the eightieth milstone on the great broad thoroughfare of human life, and his journey was one of great usefulness. Full of years and ripe with honors, he goes in the evening of a blessed old age, peacefully hence and enters by the bright portals of the tomb the land of soft shadows and rain-bow tinted hereafter. Gen. G. A. Parsons was borne on the 15th day of June, 1801, in Henrico county, Virginia, and died at his residence in this city on Sunday, January 15th, 1882, at 10 o'clock p.m. He was accordingly 80 years and 6 months old at his death. On the 10th of May, 1821, at Charlottesville, Va., he was married to Miss Patience Monroe Bishop. Hand in hand with this loved and loving wife he made the journey of life. She was one year his junior and now survives him. In 1835, Gen. Parsons and wife removed to this state and settled in Cooper county, shortly after he removed to this county and here in this city to the day of his death he has since lived. The General was a brick-mason by trade and his first visit to this city was in pursuance of a contract with the late Judge Miller to build for him a brick home. But for some reason the contract fell through with. On the 7th of March, 1839, Gen. E. L. Edwards, now the honorable judge of this judicial circuit, who was then clerk of the circuit and county court, appointed him his deputy, a position he continued to fill till 1841, when he was elected to the position of his principal Gen. Edwards. This position of clerk of the circuit and county court clerk, for 24 consecutive years thereafter he was re-elected to fill, leaving the office in 1865. In 1874 he was elected county clerk; was re-elected in 1878, and was holding the position at the time of his death. But a detailed sketch of the life of Gen. Parsons since his settlement in this city, so long has he been connected with the public affairs of the county, would amount almost a public history of the county. He was a pioneer, and little of public interest has occurred in the county in the past 47 years in which he was not a participant. Some time about 1840, Gov. Reynolds appointed him Adjutant-General of this State, and in this capacity was devolved upon him the duty of paying the State troops engaged in the Mormon war, a duty which took him to almost every county in the State. From this appointment he has since held the title of General. The family of Gen. Parsons consisted of ten children, five of whom are dead. The eldest of his children was Gen. M. M. Parsons, the father of S. K. Parsons of this city, who died in Mexico. Mrs. Merriweather Jefferson and Mrs. Dr. Fackler, and one unmarried daughter are also dead. His youngest son, Gus. A. Parsons, a lad of 17 years, died at Pea Ridge. Among the living of his children are Mrs. Virginia Berry, the widow of the late Green C. Berry, and the mother of Monroe, Nannie, and Robert L.; also Mrs. Mildrew Standish, the mother of Richard A. Standish, Dr. A. D. Standish and Monroe P. Standish; also Mrs E. L. Trickey of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Mrs. Dr. Turner, all of whom were present at the General's death. The funeral of the deceased will take place from the family residence at 2 o'clock Tuesday. Resolutions Adopted by the Officers of Cole County At a meeting of the officers of Cole county, Missouri, the following proceedings were had: On motion of W. H. Lusk, Col. Leaming was elected chairman; W. S. Davison, secretary. On motion of Dr. Young the following committee were appointed by the chair to draft resolutions commemorative of the death of General Parsons late clerk of Cole county, Dr. R. E. Young, W. H. Lusk, W. W. Wagner, J. G. Schott. The committee reported as follows, which was unanimously adopted: Whereas, After a long career of usefulness Gen. A. Parsons on the 15th inst. departed this life, full of years and full of honors, now, therefore be it. Resolved, That in death of Gen. Parsons the state has lost a valuable and honorable citizen and the county a faithful and upright officer. For more than forty years he served his county and state in official capacity and during all that time, as well as in private life he was ever conspicuous for his unswerving honesty and fidelity. Coming here in the year 1835 he was at the time of his death one of the oldest citizens of Jefferson City, and in his long life, whether as head of a family, or among the busy scenes of active business life, he was ever the same devoted husband and father, genial gentleman and upright man. Resolved, That in token of our respect to his memory, we, the officers of the county of Cole, will close our offices on to-morrow, the day decided upon for the funeral ceremonies. Resolved, That the secretary of this meeting be requested to furnish a copy of these resolutions to each of the city papers for publication, and to the family of the deceased, and that a copy be furnished the circuit, county and probate clerks to be spread upon the records. R. E. Young, John G. Schott, F. A. Clarenbach, W. W. Wagner
Jefferson City Peoples Tribune, Cole County, Jefferson City, Missouri, 18 January 1882 Death of Gen'l G. A. Parsons. This much respected and venerated citizen departed this life on Sunday last at his residence in this city. He was born on the 15th day of June, 1801, in the county of Henrico, in the State of Virginia, and consequently was in his eighty-first year. Gen. Parsons removed to Missouri in the year 1835 and settled in Cooper county, and afterwards in 1837, he removed to this city, where he continued to reside until his death. He leaves, surviving him, four daughters, Mrs. Mildred Standish, Mrs. Dr. Turner, Mrs. E. L. Trickey, of Lincoln, Neb. and Mrs. G. C. Berry and numberous grandchildren. He was the father of Gen. M. M. Parsons, who was killed in Mexico after the surrender of the Confederate army. Gen. Parsons was in very many respects a remarkable man. In his family he was the kindest and most indulgent of husbands and fathers. His sterling integrity - his great fund of good, practical common sense - his large benovolence, his kind and sympathetic nature, together with his frank and courteous demeanor, always rendered him a favorite. Before the people he was invincible. The public appreciation of his great worth was repeatedly signified by his election and appointment to offices of honor and trust. In 1837 Gen. Parsons was appointed deputy clerk of the circuit and county courts of Cole county. In 1840 he was elected to these offices, and was continued in the office of county clerk by repeated elections (excepting a few years immediately after the late civil war) until his death. He held the office of county clerk for thirty-one years. He was appointed Adjutant-General about the time of the "Mormon war," and continued to discharge the duties of that office for very many years. In all the public offices to which he was called to fill, his conduct was ever faithful and satisfactory to the people. In his public life he acted upon the just principle that he was the servant of the people rather than the master and herein was his popular strength. Though always poor himself, his charities were numerous and unostentatious. He found much pleasure in aiding with his means and fatherly advice many poor and otherwise helpless young men during his long and eventful life. From under his wise tutelage and out of his office Congressman, Attorneys-General, State Senators, clerks and lawyers have emerged, armed for successful conflict in life's great battle. Many a poor widow and many a wandering troop have been the recipients of his substantial benefactions. Many who are not of his kin will deeply deplore his end. The memory of his generous and noble deeds will not perish with the hour of his death.
Fulton Callaway Weekly Gazette Death Notices, Callaway County, Missouri, 20 January 1882 Gen. Gustavus A. Parsons, Clerk of the Cole County Court, died at Jefferson City on the 15th inst., in the eighty second years of his age. He had been ill for several months. Gen. Parsons emigrated from Virginia to Missouri in 1833 and became a citizen of Cole county in 1836.
Obituary Patience Monroe (Bishop) Parsons,
Jefferson City, Missouri, 30 Jan 1884
Jefferson City Daily State Journal, Cole County, Jefferson City, Missouri, 31 January 1884 Jefferson City State Journal, Cole County, Jefferson City, Missouri, 8 February 1884 A Good Woman Gone. Mrs. Patience M. Parsons, widow of General G. A. Parsons, died at her residence in this city at 10:45 o'clock last night, after being confined to her bed about one month. She died from the effects of old age, and had been very feeble for some time. The funeral will take place to-morrow at 2 o'clock from her residence on Jackson street, and the remains will be buried in the city cemetery. The following short biography of this aged and truly good woman is given: Patience M. Bishop was born November 25th, 1802, at Charlottesville, Virginia, and was married to Gustavus A. Parsons on the 10th day of May, 1821. In the year 1835 they came to Cooper county, Missouri, where they lived two years and then moved to Jefferson City. In 1844, G. A. Parsons was appointed Adjutant General of the State by Gov. John C. Edwards, a position he filled with marked ability and good judgment. Mrs. Parsons was the mother of nine children, five of whom preceded her to the grave. General Mosby M. Parsons was killed in Mexico, July 16, 1865. Mary Ann Parsons, wife of M. L. Jefferson, died in October 1844; Eliza Jane Parsons, wife of Rev. J. G. Fackler, died on the 8th day of July, 1849; Francis Jackson Parsons died on the 24th day of July, 1849; Gustavus A. Parsons died on the 12th of December at Van Buren, Ark. At the time of his death he was a Lieutenant of a corps of sharp shooters in the confederate army. Four daughters are now living, as follows: Mrs. A. M. Standish, who resides in this city; Mrs G. C. Berry, of Cole county; Mrs. E. L. Trickey, of Lincoln, Neb., and Mrs. Dr. S. D. Turner, of Cole county. Mrs. Parsons was 81 years old at the time of her death, and 47 years of this time she had been a resident of Jefferson City. She was honored, loved and reverenced by the entire community, and although ripe in years, yet her life was one of continued usefulness. She was at all times quiet, unassuming and generous to a fault, and it can truly be said that a good woman has gone from our midst. Her life was one long example of the noble work of Providence, and one which if followed through life, will not cause regret when the Grim Reaper, knocks at the door. Pages of history would not recount the good acts of the noble woman, and if she had any faults, they seemed not to be such when confronted with so many good ones. As an exemplary christian, her example is one long to be remembered and charished by the community, and as a kindhearted and loving mother her death will be sincerely regretted by her surviving children. Her spirit has winged its everlasting flight to the Great Beyond, from whence no traveler returns; and to her, there was nothing terrible about this mysterious journey, for well she knew who would safely guide her across the River which seperates the dead from the living. A good woman has left us! Peace to her soul!