PARKER, J. D. (1840 ~ 1909). Confederate veteran Jonathon Drake Parker was born in 1840 in Mississippi.
During the Civil War Parker belonged to Company F, 1st Infantry Battalion, Waul's Legion. Waul's Legion was organized in and around Brenham in summer of 1862. Parker joined at Crockett, Texas in June of 1862.
In 1862, Waul's Legion was assigned to Arkansas and Louisiana. Waul's Legion was captured at the fall of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. Parker was a prisoner of war until he, like many other captured Confederates, signed an oath stating he would not raise arms against the United States. He signed the oath of July 15, 1863, but rejoined the unit when it reformed in Houston.
For the remainder of the Civil War, Waul's Legion was commanded by Lt. Col. Barnard Timmons around Galveston and the Gulf Coast.
Parker was married to a Safronia B. Carleton on July 22, 1873 in Bell County, Texas. The two had six children together; Ed, Samuel, Nancy Parker Osborn, Thomas, Timothy McEwan and Clara Parker White Dillon. The two separated in 1893, though they never formally divorced. Safronia Parker died in 1920, according to family records.
Parker lived in Rogers, Milam County and worked as a farmer before he was admitted to the Confederate Men's Home on December 23, 1907. He died August 21, 1909.
Parker was buried at the Texas State Cemetery after his death.
Information taken from Texas State Cemetery file materials and family records.