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Parker, James P.

Born: 1793-01-20 Lexington, Kentucky

Died: 1860-06-14 Mississippi

Flourished: Mississippi

Mary Lincoln's maternal uncle, James P. Parker was a physician, planter, large landowner, and owner of enslaved people. Dr. Parker moved to Claiborne County, Mississippi, where in 1828, he married Mary Jane Milliken, with whom he had five children. In 1830, he owned seven enslaved people. In 1850, he was practicing medicine, owned $14,000 in real property, and nine enslaved people. By 1860, Dr. Parker had amassed $10,000 in real property, with a personal estate of $25,000, and owned fifteen enslaved people.

Jean H. Baker, Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography (New York: W. W. Norton, 1987), 142; Mary Lincoln to Abraham Lincoln; Mississippi, U.S., Compiled Marriage Index, 1776-1935, 23 October 1828, Claiborne County (Provo, UT: Ancestry.Com Operations, 2004); U.S. Census Office, Fifth Census of the United States (1830), Claiborne County, MS, 74; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), District 5, Claiborne County, MS, 141; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Slave Schedule, District 5, Claiborne County, MS, 235; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Police District 1, Claiborne County, MS, 33; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Slave Schedule, Police District 1, Claiborne County, MS, 416; Alcee Fortier, ed., Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (Louisiana: Century Historical Association, 1914), 3:345; Gravestone, Wintergreen Cemetery, Port Gibson, MS.