Thursday, March 13, 2014

Elihu Parker, Civil War Veteran

Elihu Parker was born in  Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio on December 7, 1845 to Elihu and Eliza (Walker) Parker. During the Civil War, Elihu Parker served in Company A of the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and also in the 10th Ohio Cavalry. While he was still serving in the military in 1865, Elihu Parker stood watch over the body of slain President Abraham Lincoln, as his body lay in state at the statehouse at Indianapolis. From 1909 until 1930, Elihu Parker was a resident of the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, now known as the Ohio Veterans Home. On March 13, 1936, Elihu Parker passed away at the hospital of the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home. He was buried at the Castalia Cemetery, next to  his first wife, the former Mary Tompkins.

An obituary for Elihu Parker appeared in the March 14, 1936 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal.

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