Name: Caleb Parry 1 2 3
Birth: 8 FEB 1784 in Va.
Death: 29 JAN 1860 in Fulton Co., Il.|
Father: Llewellyn Parry b: in Near Manchester, Va.
Mother: Deborah Barrett
Rebecca Engle b: 29 DEC 1793
Enoch J. Parry, son of an old pioneer of this county, has for many years a ided in carrying on its agriculture. He has a good farm on section 27, Ast oria Township, which is under admirable tillage, and is well provided wi th substantial buildings and all needful appliances for carrying on farmi ng to the best advantage.
Mr. Parry was born in Ohio, December 19, 1832, is a son of Caleb and R ebecca (Engle) Parry. The Engles were of Irish extraction. The paternal gr andfather of our subject was Llewellyn Parry, who was born near Mancheste r, Va. He married Deborah Barrett and they reared the following seven chil dren: Sidney, Margaret, Hannah, Caleb, John, Thomas and Stephen, all of wh om married and had families excepting Margaret. They were of the Quaker fa ith. Llewellyn Parry was a grandson of another Llewellyn parry, who, wi th two brothers, John and William, came from Wales about 1672, and settl ed in Virginia. The grandfather of our subject had two brothers, Stephen a nd Roland. He removed to Ohio in 1806, with his wife and three children, m aking the journey on horseback, and settled in Harrison County, where he a nd his wife both died, his death occurring the following year.
The father of our subject was born February 8, 1784, in Virginia. In e arly manhood he went to Ohio and entered one hundred and sixty acres of la nd, and afterward returned and took his parents to that State. He made t he journey on foot to and from his old home several times building his res idence in Ohio, crossing the mountains seventeen times, and on one tr ip he averaged fifty miles a day. He was strong stalwart man of a powerf ul physique, and by hard labor accumulated a competence. He moved from Har rison County to Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and from there came to Illino is in the fall of 1835. He first located in Sangamon County, but in the sp ring of 1836 removed to this county, and was an early settler of Astoria T ownship. He bought one hundred and twenty acres of land on section 27, a nd made his home thereon till 1850, when he took up his residence in the n orthern part of the township. He lived there six years and then he and Am os Quillan bought three hundred and sixteen acres of land on section 2 7. He sold his interest in that place before his death, and during the la st eight years of his life lived with our subject, dying January 29, 186 0. His wife was born December 20, 1793 and died November 20, 1886. She w as a daughter of Levi and Nancy Engle, who went to Ohio from Virginia, a nd were early pioneers of the Buckeye State. Mr. Engle died in Ohio and h is widow in Sangamon County, this State. Their children were Michael, Lev i, William, Isaac, Peggie, Pollie, Ellen and Rebecca.
The following is recorded of the children of the parents of our subjec t. Thomas was born January 19, 1812; Llewellyn, April 15, 1813; Benjami n, December 26, 1814; Mary, December 8, 1816; John, September 19, 1818; Ha nnah, November 27, 1820; William, June 16, 1822; Nancy A., October 17, 182 4; Rheuam, March 29, 1828; Rebecca, May 20, 1830; Enoch J., December 19, 1 832. All grew to manhood and womanhood and reared families, except Thom as and Rebecca, and seven are still living. The mother of our subject w as a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church seventy-six years. She w as a woman of strong constitution and was active up to within six mont hs of her death at the advanced age of ninety-two years eleven months a nd fourteen days.
Enoch Parry was reared on a farm and received the basis of his educati on in the primitive log schoolhouse of pioneer times with its puncheon flo ors, greased paper windows and mud and stick chimneys. At the age of twent y-two he entered Hedding College, and for three months diligently pursu ed an excellent course of study in that institution of learning. He was th us well qualified to teach, and for thirteen winter seasons was engag ed in that profession. At the age of nineteen he began his career as a far mer by renting land. When he was twenty-two years old he bought his fir st farm of seventy acres. In 1863 he sold that and bought one hundred a nd twenty acres of land in Schuyler County. He afterward disposed of th at at a good price and in 1865, purchased one hundred and fifteen acr es on section 27, Astoria Township, where he now resides. He has been a us eful citizen in this township, and for six terms served as Assessor. He ca st his first vote for Fremont and has not missed an opportunity since th en to exercise his privilege of suffrage. He is a man of sincere religio us views and since he was nineteen years old has been an active memb er of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which his wife has also belong ed the past twenty years, and she is an earnest worker within its fold.
January 14, 1858, was the date of the marriage of our subject with Jul ia A. Jennings, who was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, and is a daught er of Lewis and Susan Miller Jennings. Her parents were natives of Virgini a, and from there went to Ohio, and thence to Wabash County, Ind.; the mot her died in Miami County, Ind. The father came to Illinois in 1853, and se ttled in Astoria Township, where he carried on his occupation as a farme r. Mrs. Parry did not come to this State till 1856. Her marriage with o ur subject has been blessed by the birth of one child, Caleb J. (Portra it & Biographical Album of Fulton County, 1890, page 529, submitted by Dan ni Hopkins)
- Thomas Parry b: 19 JAN 1812 in Oh.
- Llewellyn Parry b: 15 APR 1813 in Oh.
- Benjamin Parry b: 26 DEC 1814 in Oh.
- Mary Parry b: 8 DEC 1816 in Oh.
- John Parry b: 19 SEP 1818 in Oh.
- Hannah Parry b: 27 NOV 1820 in Oh.
- William Parry b: 16 JUN 1822 in Oh.
- Nancy A Parry b: 17 OCT 1824 in Oh.
- Rheuam Parry b: 29 MAR 1828 in Oh.
- Rebecca Parry b: 20 MAY 1830 in Oh.
- Enoch J. Parry b: 19 DEC 1832 in Oh.
- Child Parry
- Title: 1908 History of Fulton County Illinois
- Title: 1879 History of Fulton County, Il.
- Title: 1890 Portrait & Biographical Album of Fulton Co., Il.