As you know, I have some old scrapbooks that contain all kinds of tidbits. I will admit, however, that I had to look twice at this one!
Apparently the Cisco Round-Up carried an article on James Parkerson sometime in 1910, when Mr. P. was a whopping 117 years old! At that time, Parkerson lived near Cisco in Eastland County, and he was thought to be the oldest man living at the time.
As you might imagine of one who was born in 1793, James Parkerson saw a lot of action as this country was getting its feet under it. He served in the War of 1812 (where he fought with Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans), the Black Hawk Indian War, the War for Texas Independence, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. For his service, he drew a whopping pension of $16.00 per month!
Mr. Parkerson apparently moved to the Eastland County area before the Civil War. He had two wives, the second still living in 1910. Of course, she was a young thing…only 90 in 1910! He also had two sisters still living, both in Fort Smith Arkansas and both over 100.
I don’t know anything about his children other than 8 were living in 1910 as were 30 grandchildren.
And as a final note, James A. Parkerson did not need glasses! According to the Ancestry link where I found the photo, Mr. Parkerson died in 1912.