7 May 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Hiram Parker, a farmer on section 25, Garden Plain Township, is the youngest son of Abel and Eleanor (Howe) Parker, pioneers of Whiteside County of 1836, of whom a sketch appears on another page. He was born July 18, 1833, in the town of Wells, Rutland Co., Vt., and when he was three years of age, in company with his parents, he came to Whiteside County, where he was reared on his father’s farm, and was educated in the common schools. His father died in 1839, and he lived with his mother and brothers until 1863, when he bought the interest of the other heirs in the homested of his parents. On this he has since resided and continued the work of improvement. He has erected a good set of farm buildings and has an exceptionally pleasant home. \
Mr. Parker was married Feb. 19, 1873, to Emily A. DeGraff. She was born in Dutchess Co., N.Y., and is descended from French ancestry. Her progenitors were among the earliest settlers of her native country.