I would like to know if anybody had a Parker family from Connecticut that moved to Illinois in the early 1800s? William L. Parker was born in October of 1830 in Connecticut, as were both of his parents [per census records]. In 1880 he is living in Chicago [age 50] with his wife Anna [age 39] and four children: Ida, age 18; Edith, age 17; Lorenzo, age 15; and Grace, age 4. Later census records show there was a fifth child born. Census records also indicate that William and Anna were married in either late 1859 or in 1860.
Annaâ€™s birth is a bit more confusing. She was born in June of 1842. On the 1880 census, she is listed as having been born in England. The 1900 census shows Illinois, and the 1910 census shows New York! [All census records show that both of Annaâ€™s parents were born in England.] And since women often went by their middle name, I canâ€™t even say if Anna was her first or middle name.
Their daughter, Ida May Parker, was married to Charles Edward Wiggins on September 26, 1882 in Champaign County, Illinois [I believe in Urbana]. Charles Wiggins was the son of Benjamin Franklin Wiggins and Mary J. Matteson. Charles was born on May 27, 1852 in Berwick, Illinois; his father was born in Rome, New York.
On the 1900 census, Edith [second daughter] is listed by her middle name Isabell, and it shows she is married to James N. Henri for six years. [They were actually married on January 1, 1895.] Her children include: Grace I., born July 1895; Marie J., born February 1898; and Ellen, born December 1899. Edithâ€™s parents are living with them at this time.
The last two children I canâ€™t say with absolute certainty are correct, as I found these on the Illinois Archives Page, but there is only one Lorenzo Parker married in Illinois. And there is only one Grace Parker in Cook County that would be of the right age at the time of the marriage I found.
Lorenzo D. Parker married Minerva Jane Ellis on April 15, 1880 in Jackson County. Grace M. Parker married John W. Branch on June 7, 1894 in Cook County.
William L. Parker died in Chicago on May 5, 1908, age 77. I do not know when or where Anna died, nor do I know her maiden name. This is about as detailed as I can get with this family, so I hope someone will recognize them.