Arthur Charles Parker (1850-1918)

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Arthur Charles Parker
Sex: Male
Birth: February 3, 1850
in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
Death: c. September 7, 1918
in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
Burial: Elmwood Cemetery,
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
Father: Robert Alexander Parker
Mother: Lamira A. Minter
Spouse/Partner: Edmonia Eliza Berry
Marriage: January 14, 1880
in unknown

         Arthur Charles "Charlie" Parker was born in Memphis in 1850 to Robert A. Parker and Lamira A. Minter. He was one of their younger children. He was just a bit too young to fight in the Civil War like his older brothers, but is said to have snuck food through Union lines during the occupation of Memphis. Somehow, he came in contact with Edmonia Berry of Livingston County, Kentucky. She lived upriver from him along the southern shore of the Ohio River. According to a book on Bartholomew Dupuy, his mother's ancestor, they married in 1880, but I do not know where. They had four children, all but Frank Sim Parker living to adulthood. They remained in Memphis, but spent time in Birmingham, Alabama, due to their daughter Lamira's marriage to John Charles Henley, Jr., the son of Birmingham pioneers. During one of these trips, it is said that Edmonia Berry Parker dropped dead of a heart attack. This connection to Birmingham surely led to the marriage of their daughter Julia to Carl Wittichen, an enterprising young man. The picture included in this article is from Christmas 1915. My grandfather sits on Charlie Parker's knee with his cousins around them. Charlie lived on until 1918 and was buried with his wife and parents in Memphis' Elmwood Cemetery.


Name Birth Death
Children of Arthur Charles Parker and Edmonia Eliza Berry

Frank Sim Parker May 6, 1881
October 23, 1882

Arthur Charles Parker, Jr. July 16, 1885

Lamira Minter Parker February 18, 1887

Julia Edmonia Parker November 11, 1889
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
April 25, 1969
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama



  • Dupuy, B. H. The Huguenot Bartholomew Dupuy and His Descendants. Louisville: Courier-Journal Job Print. Co., 1908.
  • Frazier, Jorja. Elmwood Cemetery Records emailed to me in October 2007.
  • Henley, John Charles, III, compiler. "Parker Family Research Document". Privately distributed c. 1990.
  • Wittichen, Carl Ferdinand. Memories as told to him.
  • Wittichen, Ivy Vickery. Memories as told to her.

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