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From: "DON TUCKER" <>
Subject: Re: [PARKS] Virgil A.S. Parks, of Georgia;killed @ Gettysburg, PA in 1863
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 22:47:17 -0600
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Wrong guy. You are speaking of Virgil Henry Parks. He is of my
line and he is not the Virgil Parks that died in the Civil War.
Virgil Henry Parks, son of Alfred Parks, was born in Rabun
County, GA., 1860/03/10. Died in Lumpkin County, GA., 1932/02/19.
DT Great grandson of Virgil Henry Parks of Lumpkin County, GA.


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-----Original Message-----
From:
[mailto:] On Behalf Of James Parks
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2012 10:37 PM
To: ;
Subject: Re: [PARKS] Virgil A.S. Parks, of Georgia; killed @
Gettysburg, PA in 1863

I have a Virgil Parks (b. unknown, d. unknown), son of Alfred
Parks, Jr (b.
abt 1812, d. 1862) and Arie W Barnes (b. 23 Jan 1820, d. 11 Jan
1919), grandson of Linsfield Parks (b. 10 Sep 1780, d. abt 1844
in Rabun, GA), great-grandson of Benjamin Parks (b. 25 Mar 1746
in King George Co, VA, d.
11 Jul 1839 in Hall Co, GA) and Elizabeth Branch (b. abt 1759,
King George Co, VA). Most of the children of Benjamin Parks and
Elizabeth Branch were born in Wilkes Co, NC.


James Parks
West Columbia, TX

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Subject: [PARKS] Virgil A.S. Parks, of Georgia;killed @
Gettysburg, PA in
1863

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Author: GregWhite1863
Surnames: Park, Parks, Parkes
Classification: queries

Message Board URL:

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Message Board Post:

I am seeking the parentage of Virgil A.S. Parks, a young attorney
and Civil War newspaper correspondent who was killed in battle at
Gettysburg, PA, July 2, 1863, as a lieutenant with Company D,
17th Georgia Infantry, Benning's Brigade.

His full name might have been Virgil Adam Stewart Parks. An
online family tree showing Virgil to be a son of James (or John)
Parks and wife Mary Durham of NC & TN, is not supported by
documentation and is highly questionable.

In a 1862 letter, written from Maryland during the Antietam
Campaign, Virgil mentions he met some fellow soldiers from North
Carolina that were Parks'
"cousins" from "Yadkin", where his father's family had come from.
This clue suggests Virgil's paternal roots go to the Yadkin River
area, possibly Wilkes, Surry or Yadkin counties, where the Parks'
surname appears to be common.

According to two separate published tributes following his July
2, 1863 death, Virgil was born in "Middle Georgia". Based on
known records, I place his birth in the mid to late 1830s.

Both newspaper tributes indicate Virgil's parents' (names
unknown) reportedly moved the family from Georgia to Texas when
Virgil was a small boy (1840s ?). The mother died in Texas; and
the father reportedly remarried. The father also died in Texas,
and Virgil was left in the care of a stepmother, who reportedly
abandoned the boy in Arkansas among strangers.
Virgil reportedly had two sisters, whose names are unknown.

Virgil has not been positively located in the 1850 U.S. Census.
However, a
15 year-old named "Vergel Parks" was residing with the family of
merchant John Smith, of Osage Township in Benton, Arkansas. No
other "Parks" were residing in this household. The name Virgil or
"Vergel" Parks does not appear in the 1860 Arkansas census.

By the late 1850s Virgil is a student at the Ocoee Male Academy
in Benton, Polk Co. Tennessee.

He has not been located on the 1860 U.S. Census.

>From early 1859 to 1860 Virgil was known to have resided in
Sparta,
>Hancock
Co. GA, and was a member of the local Presbyterian Church.

In January 1861 he graduated from the University of Georgia law
school in Athens, GA.

By spring 1861 Virgil is in Bainbridge, Decatur Co. GA, where he
partnered in law with William O. Fleming, and joined the local
Presbyterian Church.

In 1861 Virgil enlisted with the "Decatur Guards", Company D,
17th Georgia Infantry; killed in battle at Gettysburg, PA, July
2, 1863,in command of his company. He apparently was buried on
the battlefield; his remains never identified. A will written
12/13/1862, and filed in Decatur Co. GA does not mention any
family members.

Virgil was not married, and reportedly was a protege of Alexander
Hamilton Stephens of Georgia, Vice President of the Confederacy.

Virgil Parks was a war correspondent for the Savannah Republican
newspaper.
I am editing his letters for publication.

Any information or leads you can provide regarding this man would
be tremendously appreciated.

Sincerely,

Gregory C. White
3101 Mills Ridge Drive
Canton, GA 30114


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