William Benson Parker

William Benson Parker

Parker, William Benson (Son of Willis Parker Parker, Willis  and Grandson of Jonathan Parker Parker, Jonathan)

Note: William Benson Parker married his first cousin, Clerinda Adams (Adams, Clerinda ), daughter of Leoma C. Parker (Parker, Leoma C. ). Leoma is the sister of Willis Parker (Parker, Willis ). Willis Parker is the father of William Benson Parker (Parker, William Benson ).

Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders (69th North Carolina Regiment)


31 August, 1863, through 31 October, 1863

1. Willis Parker, Capt.   Enlisted July 2, 1862, Valley Town, NC, by Col. W.H. Thomas. 
Listed as present.

65. Parker, William, private.  Enlisted July 24, 1862, S. Plains, TN by Capt.
Stringfield.  Present.  Made mark for pay.

 William Benson Parker, William Asbury Parker, and Willis Parker

All three served in Company I of Thomas' Legion, 69th North Carolina Regiment. All three are recorded on Official Civil War Muster Records.

Also called; Thomas' North Carolina Legion, 69th North Carolina Regiment, and Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders.

For Official American Civil War Documentation, click on each name below:

Parker, William, Parker, William Asbury, and Parker, Willis

William Asbury served in "Thomas' Legion", with his brother, Captain Willis Parker, and his nephew, Corporal William Benson (Willis' son). All three are listed on Thomas' Legion's muster roll: THOMAS LEGION, COMPANY I OF THE FIRST REGIMENT MUSTER ROLL.

Parker, William Benson (Served as a Corporal in Company I, Thomas' Legion, or 69th North Carolina Regiment)

Birth: 8 DEC 1845 Cherokee Co, NC
Death: 14 APR 1918 Marble, NC
Burial: Willis Parker Family Cemetery, Cherokee County, North Carolina
Gender: Male

     Father: Parker, Willis
     Mother: Vannoy, Adeline Amelia


Married: 1871


Adams, Clerinda

Birth: 1848 Cherokee Co., NC
Death: 1920 Cherokee Co., NC
Gender: Female

             Father: Adams, James Henry
             Mother: Parker, Leoma C.


Parker, Florence
Parker, Charles V.
Parker, Edwin Augustus


William Benson Parker was a close friend of Lt. Colonel William W. Stringfield of Thomas' Legion. He is recorded in W. W. Stringfield's Diary and Papers.

Thomas' Legion (Overview)

In the American Civil War William served in Confederate Colonel Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders (Mountaineers) with William Holland Thomas, James R. Love, William C. Walker, and William Williams Stringfield. The Legion consisted of Love's Regiment, Walker's Battalion, and Levi's Artillery Battery. The Legion fought in the Cumberland Gap, Smoky Mountains, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia areas. They are known for the last battle of the Civil War in North Carolina, also called: The Last Shot, and the Last Battle of Waynesville, North Carolina. The Battle of Waynesville, N.C., also reflected the sheer determination of the Western North Carolinians. 

Confederate Col. William Holland Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders (Mountaineers). Also called: 69th North Carolina Regiment

John H. Stewart of Company I, Thomas' Legion, talks about their assignments and Captain Willis Parker

69th North Carolina Infantry, Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders (Papers of Lt. Col. W. W. Stringfield, Waynesville, N.C., 10 May, 1901.)

Record of Events for William Holland Thomas' Legion

Thomas' Legion Soldiers who Died at Fort Delaware

Thomas' Legion Roster

Hunter Library

Photo of Cherokee in Thomas' Legion

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (official site)

Trail of Tears


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