(Having to give credit where credit is due, much of today’s narrative, the bits, pieces, and little details were put together by my mother and my aunt for the occasion of my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary in 1985.)
My great grandfather, Charles Franklin Parrish, the son of William and Lucretia (Comer) Parrish, was born on Valentine’s Day in 1870 in Putnam County, Ohio. Charles’ mother died when he was just 18 months old and he was raised for a time by an uncle “Jack” Parrish, at the Hedges Hotel (may have been known as the Parrish House at the time.) which was owned by his uncle. When Charles was 12, he then went to live with his brother John Henry & Betty (Baughman) Parrish.
Charles married Clara L. Medley on February 24, 1895, at the home of Elias Patten, Justice of the Peace, with Mrs. Patten witnessing the marriage. They started housekeeping 4 3/4 miles from Paulding, Ohio, in Jackson Twp. with 30 acres of land he had bought before they were married. In the winter, he worked in the woods hauling logs to the small village of Hedges to make whiskey barrels, and in the summer, Charles farmed with his horses. He and Clara were the parents to eight children: Jesse, Mabel, Howard, Cecile, a set of twins – Walter and Wallace, Paul, and Ruth.
In 1911, Charles built a new barn and in 1913 he built a new home for his family. At that time he owned 80 acres of land, and in 1924, he purchased another 40 acres along the Charloe Trail, 4 miles east of Paulding, Ohio.
Charles was a good farmer and livestock breeder, raising registerd Duroc hogs – the first pedigree dating 1911. He also raised registered Holstein cattle and registered Belgium horses. Charles was a school board member for a number of years, a road inspector, Township Trustee, and served on the Election Board.
Obituary of Chas. F. Parrish –
Charles Franklin Parrish, son of William and Lucretia Comer Parrish, was born in Putnam Co., Ohio, Feb. 14, 1870 and departed this life Feb. 22, 1944 at the age of 74 years and 8 days. He was united in marriage to Clara L. Medley, Feb. 24, 1895. To this union were born 8 children five sons and three daughters; one son Jesse having preceded him in death in September 1897. Those who mourn his going beside his wife are Howard Parrish, Paulding, Ohio; Wallace Parrish, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Walter Parrish, Paulding, O.; Cecil McBride, Flint, Mich.; Paul Parrish, Paulding and Ruth Snyder, Grover Hill, Ohio. One sister, Mabel Adams of Melrose, Ohio, living and two sisters Julia Rogers and Kate Potter also one brother John Henry Parrish have preceded him death. Three half-brothers, Joshua, George and James and one half-sister Rose Saunders. Fourteen Grand Children and four Great Grand Children, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Mr. Parrish came to this county at the age of 18 months and has lived his entire life on his farm on which he passed away. He was active in his community, serving as school board member and trustee.
He was a kind and loving husband and father always ready to help others when needed.