Posted on: Wayne County Biographies
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Surname: PARKS, DAVIS, KELLER, SCHOONOVER
J. B. Parks, section 17, Monroe Township, post office Genoa, is a native
of Jackson County, Ohio, born February 26, 1841, a son of Jonathan L. and
Sarah (Davis) Parks, natives of Harrison County, West Virginia. His father
was a farmer, and the son was reared to the same occupation, remaining
at home until the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion. In July, 1861,
he enlisted in the defense of his country, and was assigned to Company
D, Thirty sixth Ohio Infantry. He served three years as a brave and faithful
soldier, and participated in many severe battles, among others being Lewisburg,
Antietam, Missionary Ridge, Winchester and South Mountain. He received
wounds at Lewisburg which disabled him for a time, but with this exception
was never absent when duty called. He had five brothers in the Union army,
two of whom died in their country's service and sleep in Southern graves,
one suffering the torments of rebel prisons, and died at Andersonville.
After his return from the war he again engaged in agricultural pursuits,
remaining in his native Sate about two years. In 1866 he moved to Kirksville,
Adair County, Missouri, where he lived about a year, and in the fall of
1867 moved to Putnam County, the same State, and thence in the spring of
1869 to Wayne County, Iowa, and located on the farm where he now lives.
He has a pleasnat home and a valuable farm, his 200 acres of land being
all under cultivation. Mr. Parks was married March 5, 1865, to Mary A.
Keller, of Pike County, Ohio, daughter of Jacob and Susannah (Schoonover)
Keller. They have a family of seven children-Addie, W. L. Z., David E.S.,
Robert R., Samuel N.D., Sarah Mina Luretta and Gertrude Oretta Frances.
Mr. Parks and his wife and three older children are members of the United
Brethren in Christ and he is an active and zealous worker in the church
of his choice.