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This is for everybody looking at the Joel Parson(s) line -- his wife's last name was
not Wallard, but rather Millard. She was born abt 1828 in Canada, parents Gideon Millard
(b abt 1800 in Rensselaer Co New York) and Nancy Thisberry (b Canada). Nancy died in
Illinois and I believe Gideon remarried and moved west, leaving his children in Boone Co,
Illinois. These children were scattered between at least four families; Joel and Louisa
took in her two youngest siblings, Sarah and Riley. You can find them in Boone Twp, Boone
Co, Illinois, 1850. I was tracking down Riley some months ago, since he was in my
great-grandfather William Wheeler's household in 1880 and appears to be a cousin. I
found the Millards and the statement that Louisa Millard married Joel Parsons in a book on
early Boone County settlers, but can't immediately put my hands on the pages I
photocopied (the library's local; I can go back if need be).
Hope this is of interest.