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January 2, 2014

Traces of Laurel: Hon. Edward Parker

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Kellogg says that Parker was one of the most public spirited men in London at that time, always ready to help “financially and otherwise” any enterprise that would benefit the town.

Parker married Matilda Lovill in 1880.  Their oldest child, Nannie, died just before her sixteenth birthday and was buried in a family plot on land Parker owned just south of town.  He later donated six acres adjoining this to the city and, with further land donations and acquisitions from other citizens, the space grew into what is now A.R. Dyche Cemetery with Nannie Parker being the first to be interred there.

According to “London Area Cemeteries” (Laurel Co. Historical Society publication), Matilda Parker is buried near her daughter, Nannie, but I see no listing for Edward; therefore, I cannot say when Edward Parker died nor where he is buried. A.R. Dyche seems the logical place for him to be.  I have not gone to the cemetery to see if his grave is there but somehow got left off the listings.

If you have further information about Edward Parker, I would like to hear from you.  Email me at sparkman935@gmail.com or call 606-224-3767. 

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The Laurel County Historical Society is located at 310 W. 3rd St., London, (formerly the Laurel County Health Department).  The library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.

 For further information, contact 606-864-0607 during library hours, or 606-224-3767 at other times.  Email the society at lchistsoc@windstream.net or Jan Sparkman at sparkman935@gmail.com.

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