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  • ID: I302
  • Name: Charles Asbury PARSONS , Sr.
  • Given Name: Charles Asbury
  • Surname: PARSONS
  • Suffix: , Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 APR 1745 in Queen Anne's Co., MD
  • Death: 4 NOV 1823 in Jackson Co., VA
  • Burial: Parkersburg, Wood Co., WV
  • Event: Military 17 OCT 1775
  • Note: Charles served the Colonies in the American Revolution . He entered service in Captain John Harness Virginia Rangers October 17, 1775 and served as a Scout from Harrison County VA (WV). Harrison Co., VA
  • Residence: Jackson County VA 1792 Jackson Co., VA
  • PROP: 1400 acres on Elk Creek (now Buckhannon, WV (Randolph County) 1773 Harrison Co., VA
  • Birth: 4 NOV 1745 in Queen Anne's Co., MD
  • Death: 4 NOV 1823 in Jackson Co., VA
  • Note:
    Some records show the birth date as November 4, 1745 (11/4/1745) as opposed to April 11, 1745 (4/11/1745).
    Biographical sketch on file.
    Charles Parsons entered the American Revolutionary War as a private in the Virginia Militia in the company of Captain John Harness the Virginia Rangers
    He was a surveyor in the new lands of western Virginia. He
    moved his family to what is now Jackson County, WV in about
    1792. Apparently Elizabeth died after the move and Charles
    married Nancy Ann Sleeth, Late widow of John Sleeth. Payroll of
    Scouts of Harrison, Randolph,& Monongahalia County WV in 1792.
    Encyclopedia of Soldiery of WV, PP 129. Land records of Mason
    County, WV
    Charles was a reputed "Indian Fighter" Revolutionary Dolier,and Early settler of Jackson Co,W V.
    Some records indicate that Charles Parsons was born in Maryland,son of William Parsons.
    Note: came to Va 1763 with father
    Served in Rev War...Pri Virginia Militia with Capt. John Harness' Co of Virginia Rangers. Was a Fort Buchannon 1791 Randolph Co Va
    bought 200 acres on Brush Fork , a branch of Fink's Run.
    He and sons among settlers of Ripley, Va. about 1792
    Charles had come to W(VA) with his father and younger brother Joseph. He owned 100 acres of land in Jackson Co. WW., (previously Mason Co.) extending down to the mouth of Big Run, up the creek to H. F. Knopp's farm, and up the Big Run, indefinitely, far enough to make up 100 acres, largely bottom land.
    Charles in his old age, divided his farm between his sons, Elias and Charles Jr. In the Estate Settlement of Charles Parsons, Deed Book 7 pg 272-274 Jackson Co. Court House Jan. 4, 1849, the property gave to Charles Jr. & Elias, was on the Left Hand Fork of Mill Creek. 2/10/1819
    They had lived for awhile with their son Elias, and his wife Nancy Ann FLESHER Sleeth Parsons lived for some time after Charles's death, her death was about 1859.
    Charles's children and children of his oldest child, "Capt. William Parsons decd." were suing to receive their compensation for half of that land from their sibling, Elias Parsons. In the body of the text it states, "Therefore this indenture made this 4th day of January 1849 between:
    Mary Carney
    George Parsons & Mary his wife
    John Board & Nancy his wife
    William Casto & Martha his wife
    James Cunningham & Sarah his wife
    John Parsons & Mary his wife
    Joseph Beeby & Margaret his wife
    Elizabeth Smith
    Charles Parsons & Rebecca his wife
    Henry Parsons
    William Parsons
    Charles Parsons
    John F. Parsons
    Travis Parsons
    Isaac Rollings & Mary his wife
    Jordan Tolley and Jerry (Jerusha) his wife
    Zable Rollins & Margaret J. ( Janette) his wife
    Layette Parsons
    Francis Perry & Mary his wife
    Nancy Parsons.
    See for history of Parsons family.
    The DAR has placed a marker at his gravesite in Frozen Camp, Jackson Co., WV. It notes he was an indian scout and participated in the Revolutionary War and the Indian Wars.
    Monongalia County, Virginia
    Parsons, Charles 07
    Parsons, George 06
    Parsons, Charles 06
    Parsons, George 06
    Parsons, Joseph 04
    Harrison Co PP tax list
    1785 - 1 tithable, 4 horses, 6 cattle
    1786 - 1-3-5
    1795 - 1-1 (horse)
    1796 - 1-1
    1800 - 2-3
    1803 - 1-3
    1804 1-4
    1805 - 2-6
    Kanawha Co tax list 1802, 1 white male over 21
    Mason Co tax list
    Charles Pasons Sr 1805-06-07-09-10-11-12-13-14
    Buried in the Baptist Grove Cemetery, formerly known as the Parsons Graveyard, on farm owned by Elias Parsons
    "Jackson County in the Wars"
    Revolutionary Soldiers
    Charles Parsons Sr. Son of William Parsons, who came to the Eastern Shore of Maryland from Prussia about 1725. Charles was born about 1745 in Queen's Anne's County, Maryland. He entered service as a private in the Hampshire County Militia in the Company of Captain John Harness' VA Rangers in 1775, and also served as a scout in Harrison county in 1792. He came to then Kanawha County about 1802 and settled on Sycamore Creek, near Ripley. Later, he moved to present Frozen Camp in Washington District, where he died November 4, 1823, and is interred in the Frozen Camp Cemetery. A Marker in his memory was placed at his grave in the cemetery by the Ravenswood Chapter of the DAR in 1970. Children of Charles Parsons by his first marriage to Elizabeth Chestnut, in Maryland, 1764, were: William L; George; John; Elias; Margaret 'Peggy', who married Joseph Bibbee; Mary 'Polly', married Thomas Carney; Elizabeth. Children by his second marriage to Mrs Nancy Ann (Flesher) Sleeth, a daughter of Henry Flesher, in Harrison County, May 3, 1797, were: Martha 'Patsy', married William Casto; Nancy, married (1) John Casto and (2) John Board; Charles; Sarah 'Sallie', married James Cunningham, of Tug Fork. Charles Parsons' widow, who was also the widow of John Sleeth, made application for a pension on the service of her first husband.
    Indian Wars
    The following were scouts in the Indian Wars following the Revolution:
    Charles Parsons, Randolph County. March 15, 1792 to Dec 1, 1792.
    Source: Virginia State Papers, Vol 7, page 469
    "The Parsons Family Book" by Augustine Chapman Parsons.
    "In 1779, Charles Parsons "Choiles Parsones" and Joseph Parsons were among the signers of a petition dated May 25, as inhabitants of the West Fork of the Monongalia County (Chalkey, 1989). In 1782, Charles was listed in the tax roll of Monongalia County with seven white souls. Also listed here are Joseph with five and a George Parsons with six. In 1785, a census of all white inhabitants of Randolph county was taken and Charles Parsons was listed in H. Delay's District from Petty's Ford to Joseph Crouch (Bosworth, 1916). He also appears this year in the tax rolls of Harrison Coiunty which had just been formed from Monongalia. These were used to reconstruct the 1790 cnsus which had been destroyed.
    Charles is listed with 8 whites, Joseph with 6 and George with 7. Also present is a William Parsons and a James Parsons who were almost certainly descendants of Thomas Parsons, Sr. (see McCabe, 1913.). George Parsons is also probably from this family however, both Charles and Joseph named a son George, and so it is possible that George is their brother. There is further confusion here because Charles, Joseph and George are listed twice in the 1782 tax rolls, however, they have different numbers of children in each listing and it looks like an earlier (1781) tax roll was inadvertently included."
    John House "Pioneers of Jackson Co"
    pg 44 -
    His (William Lowther Parsons) father, Charles Parsons, moved on Sycamore, just above town (Ripley) probably not far from the bridge and it is not unlikey on the same farm (as WL)
    pg 54-
    As far as we are able to trace the records back, the founder of the Parsons family in Jackson county was a hardy pioneer who had seen active service during the Indian Wars of the last half of the 18th century and bore a full part in opening the country west of the Allegheny Mountains.
    His first wife was a Miss Chestnut. After this he migrated to the banks of the South Branch of the Potomac River, and about 1786, as the record goes, to the Fort on the Buckhannon River. The actual date may likely have been earlier, as the Bush Fort which it probably was, was destroyed by the Indians in 1782.
    There is a tradition that the Parsons and Carney families were in the fort when it was taken.
    It is commonly the belief handed down by word of mouth that they lived on the Buckhannon River and I have no doubt it is correct.
    The next recorded move was about 1796 or 1797 to Warth's Bottom. Whether he came with his son or later is not known, but they probably moved at the same time.
    He lived afterward on Sycamore, above the bridge, probably he came there about the same time William located on the present site of Ripley. He had moved to the farm owned by John Duke at Frozen Camp, before March 1816. I take this date from parent to HF Knopp, land which calls for line of lnad owned by Charles Parsons, but does not say he lived on it. Date of patent, 1818.
    pg 56-
    . . .He married, probably in Maryland, and raised seven children. His wife dying, he married again, it is almost certain, after moving to Warth's Bottom, and raised five children more.
    House goes on to list the names and spouses of the children and includes, for Elizabeth Chestnut, a daughter Betsy who married John Smith. Chapman Parsons does not include her in his book. The Parsons discussion group has named another daughter, Mary, b 1/1/1769.
    Betsy, a daughter of Charles Parsons, Sr., married John Smith, of Lewis County. Their children were:
    George Smith, who lives in Roane County, and was three times married, the third wife's name being Smith.
    Elias Smith, went to Illinois, was married. His children were Calvin and David.
    Dolly Smith, married Jonah Woodruff, brother of David Woodruff. He was drowned, and she later married John Law, who, it is said, was also drowned. One child by the first marriage, John Woodruff, is mentioned.
    Addition information from Jackson Co., WV Historical Society is on file. Alternate birth date is November 4, 1745.

    Father: William PARSONS b: 1725 in England
    Mother: Martha HUGHES b: ABT 1724

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth CHESTNUT b: ABT 1745 in MD
    • Married: 1764
    • Note: Apparently Elizabeth died after the move to Jackson County in 1792. Charles remarried in 1796. in MD
    1. Has Children William Lowther PARSONS b: 24 JUL 1769 in Queen Anne's Co., MD
    2. Has Children Mary "Polly" PARSONS b: 1 JAN 1773 in Upshur, Buchannon Settlement, VA
    3. Has Children John PARSONS b: 1778 in Buchannon Settlement, Harrison Co.
    4. Has Children George PARSONS b: 1780
    5. Has Children Hannah "Patsy" PARSONS b: 1784
    6. Has Children Margaret "Peggy" PARSONS b: 1785

    Marriage 2 Nancy Ann FLESHER b: 1761 in Hardy-Pendleton Line (south branch of the Potomac), VA
    • Married: 30 APR 1796 in Jackson Co., VA
    1. Has Children Elias PARSONS b: 1797
    2. Has Children Martha "Patsy" PARSONS b: 1799 in Jackson Co., VA
    3. Has Children Nancy Ann PARSONS b: 25 JUN 1802
    4. Has No Children Elizabeth "Betsey" PARSONS b: 1804
    5. Has Children Charles Asbury PARSONS , Jr. b: 8 JUN 1805 in Mason Co., VA
    6. Has Children Sarah "Sallie" PARSONS b: 6 JUN 1807

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