Parcells of Adair County, Missouri

W. H. Parcels (Parcells) was my great-grandfather.  His second wife, Nancy Kimbrough was my great-grandmother.  W. H.'s mother was Catherine Thomas Ferguson, daughter of a Revolutionary solder.  Reva

The Kellogg house is often confused with this large frame home known as the Parcell Plantation.  The Parcell home was similar in architecture to the Kellogg place, and both homes were at one time owned by the Kelloggs.  the plantation, built before the Civil War, was reportedly damaged by cannon fire during the Battle of Kirksville. (Photo from the Kirksville Daily Express.)


Kirksville Daily Express

M’NeiI Letter Eulogized Adair Pioneer Woman

Union Officer Wrote of Mrs. Catherine Thomas Parcels, whom DAR will honor.

Mrs. Catherine T. Parcels, daughter of the Revolutionary War soldier John Ferguson, whose memory is to be perpetuated by a DAR marker on her grave in Forest cemetery is the subject of a letter  written by Brigadier general John McNeil, Commander of Union troops in the Battle of Kirksville. To her  son, William H. Parcels.

The letter, dated from St. Louis on Oct. ZS. 1884. is now in the possession of Assistant Postmaster Manville Carothers and serves as a link in the record of family that had a vital part in the making of the county’s history. Many of Mrs. Parcels’ descendants now live in Kirksville.

Her son, to whom die letter was addressed, was a member of the Missouri legislature when the State Normal School was established here and is credited with influencing its location.

Mrs. Parcels was, daughter of John and Catherine Thomas Ferguson, born 27,1796. She died Sept 28. 1884. Her father was a private in Captain Cresap’s Company from Frederick County, MD. and history says her maternal uncle was Governor of Maryland. *(Mrs. Catherine T. Ferguson was the Greatt Aunt of the Governor according to Merle Rockett.)

She was married Aug. 13. 1812 at Elizabethtown. Kentucky, to William Parcels whose ancestors, came from Virginia and came with her husband and children to Adair county. MO. where they settled west of the Chariton river near the present site of the Salisbury school. Her husband died July 1840, being one of the first white men buried in Adair County, and from that time until her death she was both mother and father to her family. Her worth and standing is well portrayed in General McNeII’s letter, which reads:

“My dear friend.

Yours of the 23th of this month informing me of the death of your good mother the 28th September gives me deep concern. At her advancing age this event could not long be delayed but death, the most certain thing in life is always sudden and always shocking to us. She has gone to her rest after a well-spent life and her memory will be like the odor of sweet flowers. She richly deserves the praise of your local press and many a grateful heart will respond to its encomiums.

How well I remember that evening when die hard necessities of war compelled the occupation of your house for hospital purposes. She had no word of complaint or remonstrance, but at once did everything in her power to relieve the wounded and to make them comfortable Had they been her own children she could not have been kinder to them. Men still living that served in Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana. Ohio, Michigan and Missouri troops will remember with gratitude her tender kindness and motherly care and each shed a manly tear at her loss.

My family joins me in assurances of sympathy. The daughter who was at Kirksville with me and at your house is now living in Philadelphia although this was years ago she will remember your mother and join with us in preserving that memory. Your turn and mine will soon come. May we each be as worthy of the grateful recollection of those we leave to mourn us.

                                               Your friend.
John McNeil.
Win. H. Parcels Kirksville, MO
The matter is to be placed on Mrs. Parcels grave Sunday. Local Daughters of the American Revolution members planned to designate her grave as that of a Revolutionary soldier’s daughter seven weeks ago, but rain interferred.
From the Scrapbook now belonging to Mrs. Reva Wilson
Great Granddaughter of William H. Parcels of Adair County. MO




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