John A. PARRISH, farmer and prominent citizen of District No. 4, is a son of Thomas A. and Martha (Stone) PARRISH, and was born in Virginia in 1832. The parents were both natives of Virginia and died in 1867 and 1848 respectively. The mother was a worthy and consistent member of the Baptist Church.

Our subject was reared at home and educated in the common schools. He came to Henderson County in 1830, and at the breaking out of the late war enlisted in Company I, Thirteenth Tennessee Infantry, and was in all the engagements in which his command participated. He was wounded at Franklin and rendered unfit for duty the rest of the war. He then returned home after an absence of three and a half years’ service.

In 1866 he settled on his present farm, which consists of 203 acres of good productive land under a high state of cultivation, all of which he accumulated by his industry and successful management, having started in life without a dollar. January 13, 1885, he married Mollie McGEE, a native of this county, born about 1852, and the daughter of A. P. and P. McGEE. Our subject is a Democrat in politics and cast his limit vote for Fillmore in 1856. Mrs. PARRISH is a member of the Christian Church.


Transcribed by David Donahue

Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present ; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Henderson, Chester, McNairy, Decatur, and Hardin Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville, TN: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.