Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grandma Musgrove and our Parker Lineage

NoteRelationships, such as grandmother, 2nd great, etc., are expressed from the perspective of the grandchildren of Willis Edgar and Carrie (known as) Mae (Merritt) Musgrove.

Our grandmother, Carrie (known as) Mae Merritt, was born on April 1, 1910 , in Bickley, Georgia when both her parents, George (known as) Henry Merritt and Mary Jane Elizabeth (known as Mamie) Williams, were 43.

She married Willis Edgar (known as Will) Musgrove on June 13, 1929, in Ware County, Georgia. They had nine children in 18 years. Their youngest son died in childhood.

She died on March 12, 1983, in Waycross, Georgia, two weeks shy of 73, and is buried at Oak Grove Holiness Church CemeteryWare County, Georgia.


Her father, George (known as) Henry Merritt, was born on March 23, 1868, in the Okefenokee Swamp in
Georgia when his father, former Union soldier George Leonard Merritt, was allegedly 19 and his mother, Lydia Pittman, was 40.

He worked as an engineer on the train for the Hebard Lumber Company.

He died on November 30, 1938, in Waycross, Georgia, at the age of 71, and is buried at Oak Grove Holiness Church Cemetery in Ware County, Georgia.


Her mother, our great grandmother, Mamie (Mary) Jane Elizabeth Williams, was born on February 14, 1867, in Pearson, Georgia when her father, Allen Raymond Williams, was 40 and her mother, Sarah Ann Parker, was 25.

She married Henry Merritt in 1891 in Georgia. They had nine children in 18 years; one died in childhood.

She died on January 6, 1946, in Ware County, Georgia, one month short of 79 years old, and is buried at Oak Grove Holiness Church Cemetery. 

Her mother, our 2nd great grandmother, Sarah Ann Parker, was born on June 5, 1842, in Coffee County, Georgia, when her father, William (known as Short-Arm Bill) Parker, was 38 and her mother, Elizabeth Edenfield was 29.

She married Allen Raymond Williams in 1859. They had 11 children in 23 years; three died in childhood.

She died on June 15, 1932, in Douglas, Georgia, at the age of 90, and she is buried in Little Utah Cemetery in Axson, Atkinson County, Georgia.

Sarah Ann Parker's father, our 2nd great grandfather, Short-Arm Bill (William) Parker III, was born on April 2, 1804, in Bulloch County, Georgia, the only child of Revolutionary soldier William Parker Jr. and Sarah Lastinger, daughter of immigrants. He married Betsy Strange, daughter of another revolutionary soldier, David Edenfield, in Emanuel, Georgia.

They had 11 children in 15 years; four died in childhood.

An attack by Indians on his plantation home is memorialized on an historical marker on the courthouse lawn in Nashville, GA.

He died about 1865 in Levy County, Florida, at the age of 60, and he is buried in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Kirkland, Atkinson County, Georgia.
Short-Arm Bill's mother, our 3rd great grandmother, Sarah Lastinger, was born in 1782 in Effingham, Georgia, when her father, Johann (known as John Michael) Lastinger, was 43 and her mother, Anna Barbara Huber, was 39. 

Jerusalem Lutheran Church
at Ebenezer

They were immigrants who met on the ship coming from Germany to the Ebeneezer Colony in Georgia. Family tradition has it they went straight to the church upon arrival and married.

According to one descendant, her mother's "...family physical characteristics have led many to believe she was a native of Holland, or she may have been of the French Huguenots."   Her father, a German, fought in the Revolutionary War shortly after his arrival.

Sarah Lastinger married William Parker in 1801 in Bulloch, Georgia. They had one child in 1804 during their marriage; our 2nd great grandfather, Short Arm Bill Parker. 

She died as a young mother in 1805 in Bulloch County, Georgia, at the age of 21. Her descendant, Aurora Shaw, includes our family in her book The John Lastinger Family of America because of Sarah (Lastinger) Parker. That book is the resource of most  our information on the Lastinger/Parker family lineage.



Short Arm Bill's (William III's) father, our 3rd great grandfather, William Parker, II, was born in 1759 in Effingham, Georgia. He fought with Col. John Stewart's company of Georgia troops during the Revolutionary War.

According to George Gilman Smith's 'The Story of Georgia and Georgia People', his father, our 4th great grandfather, William Parker I was born 1720 in Scotland. He was known as a white Scot because he came from the northern part of Scotland.

At least three, possible four, of the grandparents of Sarah Ann Parker, grandma Musgrove's grandmother, immigrated to the community built by the Salzburgers in Ebenezer, Ga. 

What does this mean to our search for a Native American ancestor?

There are no Indians in Holland, Scotland or Germany. Three family lines can be eliminated as having 'Indian blood' before their arrival in America, mid 18th century. 

After the mid 1800s, when all Native Americans were marched out of Georgia, there's no chance of our line getting 'Indian blood'.

So, unless we can find an Indian somewhere between John and Anna's arrival at the chapel in Ebenezer and the birth of Grandma Musgrove's great grand-mother Sarah Ann (Parker) Williams, we need look elsewhere for any Indian heritage.

This family page represents the most current state of our research. It will be updated as new or conflicting information becomes known. If you have any information on this family, please contact me or add a comment to this page.

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