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Atoka... Early Settlement: Solomon PARKER and Celia BECKWITH PARKER
by Jack Shields
Chronicle and Democrat-Voice
Coleman, Coleman Co, TEXAS
14 June, 1988

(Original article in .pdf format)

[editorial comment]

Solomon Parker born 6-22-1832 [headstone, 22 June 1833] and Celia Parker (wife) born 10-25-1839, Baptist, from Fayette Co. Ohio, arrived at Atoka, Texas in December 1880 or January 1881.

As they passed through Abilene, Texas there were no houses, only a few tents. There was no railroad in the area. It is not known where they first pitched tent, but some place below Jim Ned Spring.

The children of Solomon and Celia were Charlie A., Marshall E., Ina L., Frances H. (died as infant) [incorrect, 04 Aug 1865 to Mar 1946], [Infant b. and d. Aug 1867], Dellas A., Ila M., Lou E., Dill D., Ora E., Elna A.

Solomon wasted no time in having materials brought in to build a house. That house still stands today on the old Parker farm. The nails used for constructions were square nails. The house was built under live oak trees and the trees still tower over the house today.

Solomon farmed and ranched in Atoka county. He owned several large tracts of land in the upper Jim Ned area. He bought several tracts of land from the state and later sold some to others who arrived in the area. He and his son, Charlie, purchased lands in Runnels Co. and in West Texas. Charlie was in banking and had a mercantile business. Solomon was not one who tried to make a big splash, but he was a very successful person.

It is thought that he had lime kilns built in the hill country area between the Jim Ned and Rough Creek area. Sign of the old pits can be seen today. The kilns were built so lime could be made to help in building rock homes in the area and later used in building some commercial buildings in western Coleman Co.

Solomon owned some of the best farm land in the upper Jim Ned Valley. He and his son, Charlie, were know as big operators.

The old Solomon Parker place in owned by great-grandchildren, the children of Opal Parker Gorman. The Charlie Parker place is owned by children of Della Parker McCain. Opal and Della were daughters of Charlie Parker.

Solomon, Celia and their son Charlie, were among the first to come and help build the Atoka community.

If we would try to accomplish things today, under conditions that existed when Solomon arrived, over 100 years ago, I wonder how it would come out.

Solomon, Celia and Charlie are buried in Atoka Cemetery.


Linked toBECKWITH PARKER Celia; PARKER Charlie (Charles) Absalom; PARKER Delos (Deloss) A. "Dot"; PARKER Francis Henry; PARKER infant; PARKER Marshall E.; PARKER Solomon; PARKER BRANTLEY Etna (Elva, Elna) A. (Ader); PARKER BURNETT MORRELL Ina Lee; PARKER DEAKINS Dill D.; PARKER EDENBORROUGH Lou E. (Etta); PARKER GORMAN Opal Marie; PARKER KEGANS Ila May; PARKER MCCAIN Vera Della; PARKER SUMMERS Ora E.; SHIELDS Jack

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