Name: George Edward Parker
Given Name: George Edward
Birth: 22 Apr 1863 in Geneseo, Henry, Illinois
Death: 8 Aug 1945 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Burial: 11 Aug 1945 Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, Illinois. NW corner of Section 11
Change Date: 27 Nov 2017 at 12:55:54
Notes for George Edward Parker:
George E. Parker was the first descendant in at least five generations of male Parkers who did not have any kind of military service. All the generations after George contained many descendants who fought in various wars.
George's father George served in the Civil War. George's grandfather Edmund served in the War of 1812. George's great-grandfather Edmund served in the Revolutionary War, as did that Edmund's father, "Deacon" Edmund.
George's sons George and Edward served in the first World War. Some of his grandsons served in World War 2, and some others served in the Korean War. Some of George's great grandsons served in the Vietnam War. George also had great great-grandchildren who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
George moved from Geneseo, Illinois, to Chicago, sometime between 1880 and 1887.
An 1888 Chicago directory shows a listing for George before he was married:
Parker George, tinner, bds. 4075 Wentworth av.
bds. meant boards, which meant he was a renter. "Tinners" are now known as sheet metal workers.
Before marrying Margaret Knowles, who was Catholic, George converted from being a Protestant. In late April or early May of 1889, the 26-year-old George Parker became baptized at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Chicago, at 45th St. and Wells St. A photo of part of one page of the church's baptismal registry book:
That photo contains the first evidence I found that showed what George's middle name was.
On November 27, 1889, George Parker married Margaret Knowles at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. That church still exists today at 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago.
A photo of the Parker - Knowles marriage license:
A photo of the couple's marriage record in the church marriage registry book:
A photo of a listing of the previous day's marriage licenses as printed in the November 28, 1889 Chicago Tribune, showing Parker - Knowles, and their ages:
Most of the 1890 U.S. census records were accidentally burned or damaged by water in 1921. Most of the remaining records were destroyed in 1934.
1890 and 1891 Chicago directories listed:
Parker George E. tinner, h. 4439 School
h. meant house
The city of Chicago then changed the name of the street from School Street to Princeton Avenue.
1892 through 1895 Chicago directories listed:
Parker George E. tinner, h. 4439 Princeton av.
An 1897 Chicago directory listed:
Parker George E. tinner, h. 2635 W. 45th
A photo of George E. Parker (at left) at work at a sheet metal shop, about the late 1890s:
The 1900 U.S. census had an effective date of June first. The Parker home was enumerated June seventh. The census page shows George, 35; his wife Margaret, 30, and children George T., 8; Edward, 6; Catherine, 2; and James, a newborn. They still lived at 2635 W. 45th St. George's occupation was a tinsmith. Margaret had given birth to six children, but two had died. It was written that Margaret had immigrated in 1881.
A photo of that 1900 census page:
George and Margaret's seven children were all born in Chicago:
1) George Parker, born in 1890. He died at four months of age.
2) George Thomas Parker, born December 23, 1891. He was baptized December 27th at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. He was in the armed forces during the first World War. George married his sister-in-law's sister, Mary Margaret Byrne, on September 8, 1926, at St. Leo Church. Mary was a sister of Catherine Byrne Parker, the wife of George's brother Ed. George and Mary had children Rosemary Therese Parker, born March 15, 1930, in Blue Island; George Thomas Parker, Jr., born May 9, 1931, in Evergreen Park; and David John Parker, born September 8, 1933, in Evergreen Park.
From 1929 or before, through at least the early 1940s, George owned a hardware store at 1804 W. 103rd Street, Chicago. The name of the store was Parker Hardware. George Thomas Parker, Sr. died April 16, 1971, in Blue Island, Illinois. He had a death notice in the April 18th Chicago Tribune:
George's death certificate:
George's FindAGrave memorial includes photos:
3) Edward Lawrence Parker, born April 18, 1894. More about him is in this chart.
4) An unnamed son, born November 7, 1896. He died after about 36 hours, on November 8th. The location of the newborn's place of death was written as 2635 [W.] 45th St. on his death certificate. That address was the home of the George E. Parker family at the time.
5) Catherine Knowles Parker, born January 31, 1898. She was baptized February 13th at St. Agnes Catholic Church. She never married. But she did give birth to a girl, according to a story told by her sister-in-law Catherine Byrne Parker. The girl was apparently born September 29, 1937. The baby was given to Catherine Byrne Parker and her husband Edward L. Parker, who adopted the newborn, named Geraldine Louise Parker, Geri for short. (Geri's biological father remains unknown.)
Catherine K. Parker died at the young age of 47, at the Oak Forest Tuberculosis Hospital, in southwest suburban Oak Forest, Illinois, on September 9, 1945. That date was only one month and one day after Catherine's 82-year-old father George died.
Catherine's death certificate contains the misspelled name of Kathryn, an incorrect maiden last name for her mother Margaret and an incorrect place in Ireland where Margaret was born:
Catherine had identical death notices in the September 10th and 11th Chicago Tribunes:
Catherine's FindAGrave memorial includes photos:
6) James Joseph Parker, born May 11, 1900. He was baptized May 27th at St. Agnes Catholic Church. James was a detective with the Chicago police department. He married Mary Gertrude "Mae" Bofenkamp about 1933. They had children Donna Mae Parker, James J. Parker, William B. Parker, Rita M. Parker, Michael Dennis Parker, and Daniel G. Parker. James Parker died about June 1, 1964. He had identical death notices in the June 2nd and 3rd Chicago Tribunes:
James' FindAGrave memorial includes a photo:
7) Herbert Francis Parker, known as Herb, born March 21, 1902. He was baptized April 20th at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Herb was a dentist. He married Esther Elizabeth Haley on October 1, 1930. They were still living together at the time of the 1940 census. They apparently had no children. Herb married the widow Agnes J. Beam Tyrrell on September 29, 1972, at St. Agnes Catholic Church. (Agnes' husband Emmett Tyrrell had died in March of 1943.) Herbert Parker died September 10, 1986, in Oak Lawn. He had a death notice in the September 12th Chicago Tribune:
Herb's FindAGrave memorial includes photos:
A photo of the five surviving Parker siblings, taken about 1908:
A 1909 Chicago directory shows that the George Parker family still lived at 2635 W. 45th Street.
The 1910 U.S. census had an effective date of April fifteenth. The Parker home was enumerated April nineteenth. The census page shows three generations of Parker ancestors living in the same home. Listed were George E., 47; Margaret, 45; children George, 18; Edward, 16; Catherine, 12; James, 10; and Herbert, 8; plus George E.'s father George W., 88. Their address was listed as 2585 W. 45th St. Chicago, a slightly different address than the family had between 1897 and 1909. But this was the same house, because Chicago changed the street numbering system in 1909. George E.'s occupation was misspelled, written as "Matel worker".
A photo of that 1910 census page:
By the time the 1911 Chicago directory was printed, the George Parker family had moved, as shown by the listing:
Parker Geo E metalwkr h 1241 E 46th
That house was two blocks west of Lake Michigan.
The 1920 U.S. census had an effective date of January first. The Parker home was enumerated January eighth. The census page shows George, 55 (actually 56); Margaret, 54; and children George, 29; Edward, 25; Catherine, 21; James, 19; and Herbert, 17. They still lived at 1241 E. 46th St., Chicago. George's occupation was written as "Sheet Metal Work".
A photo of that 1920 census page:
A photo taken about 1920 is below. Left to right; James Joseph Parker, Catherine Knowles Parker, Herbert Francis Parker, George Edward Parker, Margaret Louise Knowles Parker, Catherine Frances Byrne (and possibly Parker), and George Thomas Parker. The photographer was Edward Lawrence Parker.
A 1920s photo of George, Margaret, their daughter Catherine, son James, and son Herb:
A 1928 photo of George, center, and his sons Edward, left; and Joseph, right:
The 1930 U.S. census had an effective date of April first. The Parker home was enumerated April twenty third. The census page shows that George, 66; and Margaret, 66 (actually 65); had three unmarried adult children living with them; Catherine, 31, a stenographer at a bank; James, 30, a metal worker; and Herbert, 28, a dentist. They still lived in the home on 46th St. The value of the home was listed as $6,500. It was indicated that the family had a radio.
A photo of that 1930 census page:
A photo of George and Margaret Parker, from roughly 1930:
George's wife Margaret died June 30, 1933.
The 1940 U.S. census had an effective date of April first. The Parker home was enumerated April third. The census page shows George E., 76, a widower, living with only his unmarried daughter, Catherine, 42. They still lived at 1241 E. 46th St. (That house has been torn down.)
Even at the age of 76, George was still listed as having an occupation - a sheet metal worker - although he hadn't worked much, if at all, in the last year. Catherine did not work outside of the home. Catherine stated that she was a high school graduate, and that her father had an 8th grade education.
A photo of George's death notice in the August 9, 1945 Chicago Tribune:
George's death certificate:
There was some incorrect inforation on that document; his father's town of birth, plus his mother's maiden name, and her town and state of birth.
George's FindAGrave memorial includes a photo of George and Margaret's grave monument. Also buried in the plot are George and Margaret's daughter Catherine K. Parker; the couple's son Edward L. Parker; and his wife Catherine Byrne Parker (whose name and years of birth and death are inscribed on the pedestal):
A photo of George and Margaret's four sons, taken about 1952, well after their sister Catherine died in 1945. The men stand in birth order, left to right, oldest to youngest; George, Ed, James, and Herb:
Father: George W Parker b: 12 Feb 1822 in Norridgewock, Somerset, Maine
Mother: Sylvia Vader b: 6 Apr 1831 in Ellington, Chautauqua, New York
Margaret Louise Knowles b: 25 Feb 1865 in Luggacurren, Tullomoy, County Queens (now County Laois) Ireland c: 26 Feb 1865 in Parish of Ballyadams, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, County Queens
27 Nov 1889
in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
- Edward Lawrence (Sr.) Parker b: 18 Apr 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois c: 22 Apr 1894 in St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Chicago