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)
THOMAS LEGION, COMPANY I OF THE FIRST REGIMENT MUSTER ROLL
31 August, 1863, through 31 October, 1863
1. Willis Parker, Capt. Enlisted July 2, 1862, Valley Town, NC, by Col. W.H. Thomas.
65. Parker, William, private. Enlisted July 24, 1862, S. Plains, TN by Capt.
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,
Father: Parker, Willis
Mother: Vannoy, Adeline Amelia
Birth: 1848 Cherokee Co., NC
Death: 1920 Cherokee Co., NC
Father: Adams, James Henry
Mother: Parker, Leoma C.
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.