Timothy E. Parker
1859 - 1927 | his
& Emily Hortense Rountree 1870 - 1952
| her parents
of Sarem, Gates Co, NC
This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!
Tim and Hortense Parker
painting from an old photo
Timothy Edward Parker and Emily Hortense Rountree were
married at home* four p.m. on 21 March, 1894. *Home being the John A. Rountree home
located approximately two miles from Sunbury, N.C.
Tim's life is summarized by these Resolutions by the
Deacons of Reynoldson Baptist Church
Timothy Parker, son of James Brown Parker and
his wife Priscilla Hayse (Hayes) was born 12 September, 1859 at Sarem, Gates County, N.C.
Timothy Edward Parker departed this life on the 2 February, 1927 at Sarem of pneumonia. He
was a farmer.
After Edward, Timothy's oldest brother, died from blood poisoning sometime between the
1870 and 1880 census , he was buried under the shade of a tree that used to stand in a
corner of a field--so recalls J.B. Parker of what his father said his father told him.
Timothy took Edward for his middle name to honor his brother's memory, Tennie Parker told
me, her granddaughter, in 1952.
Timothy attended school at Reynoldson Institute. Grandmother also told us of this prank of the
students--one night the boys collected all the fence rails for miles around and managed to
put the principal's ox in a pen at the top of a old pine tree and then, removed their
ramp. This truly amazed the principal; so he assembled the boys and congratulated them on
their feat, and said "Now young men, you can just get my ox safely down from that
perch." They did.
Raleigh Keeter relates this story credited to his Uncle Tim
Parker in "Feather Beds, Bed Steads, Iron Pots & Hogs" ----
"One cold day in late fall or early winter, Uncle Tim was helping one
of his neighbors with the hog killing chores. It was the custom for
neighbors to help each other with this hard work. Once a hog was killed, the
hair was removed from the skin by using hot water and scraping with a knife,
the carcass dressed and cut up so that the pieces of meat could be prepared
for the smoke house. Practically every part of the hog was used for
something. Many hogs would be killed during the day and the processing of
the meat took several days. The fat cut into pieces was cooked down for
lard. The scrap pieces of meat were ground up and seasoned for sausage. The
ladies of the host family would usually prepare dinner at noon and supper at
the end of the work day for the crew of workers. On this particular day the
men had finished their work and were waiting for supper when one broke out a
jug of hard cider and began passing it around. Uncle Tim must not have been
used to imbibing and did not know how to pace himself. After the jug had
made the rounds several times he had more of the apple juice than he should
have. They were called to the supper table and began to eat but Uncle Tim
began to feel ill and the room was beginning to spin around. He sat there as
long as he could but realized that he was going to have to get out side for
some fresh air. Since the door kept moving by, he decided that the next time
the door came around he would make his move. He made his move but missed the
door and ended up in the corner of the kitchen with a big clatter of falling
pots and pans."
"That of February 2, 1927, God in his providence did take from our midst our beloved
Brother Timothy E. Parker. Brother Parker was 67 years of age. He had been a member of
Reynoldson Baptist Church for 50 years and was a deacon for 23 years. He loved his church
and was faithful in attendance. He was never happier than when he was rendering some
service for his church, he gave liberally of his means and was ever ready to do all in his
power to advance the cause of the Lord. He was a good and kind neighbor. He loved his
neighbors and was ever ready at all times to do them a kindness. He was a man of high
character and a perfect gentleman. He took part in all public affairs and stood for what
he believed to be right, honest and just. He was a kind and affectionate husband and
He leaves a wife, one son and one daughter. He spent all his life in the community in
which he died. We can truly say that a good man has gone to be with his Lord and Master.
His funeral was preached by Rev K C Homer of Gatesville Baptist Church, his pastor being
sick. His body was laid to rest in the family cemetery. FIRST. That we extend to the
bereaved family our deepest love and sympathy. SECOND. That God in his infinite wisdom
doeth all things well and we bow in humble submission to his will. THIRD. That a copy of
these resolutions be sent to his wife, a copy to his son, and daughter and a copy to the
Biblical Recorder and a copy be spread on the minutes of this church. Respectfully
submitted, M P Ellis; E S A Ellenor; M J Lawrence; J C Holland; I A Hines"
Ola, Tennie and Beaurie ca
Uncle Dorsey Rountree and
Ola, Tennie and Beaurie 1950
My father liked to tease Mother by saying her father was what he called a
one-mule farmer who kept bees on the side. (Grandpoppa had a mule for plowing and a
carriage horse.) My mother's retort was, "Poppa did only have one-mule on his
farm but he kept all his farming gear and equipment either in barns or
under shelter safe from the elements." Grandpoppa also kept about six hives of
bees. My grandmother was not too keen about having all those hives in her garden.
The day after my grandfather died, she claims she went over to the hives and rapped on
them to get the bees attention and she told the bees, "Your master is dead and you
bees had just best find another home because I am not tending to
you." And she didn't and eventually the bees all went
elsewhere to live.
Emily Hortense Rountree, daughter of John
Abner Rountree and his wife, Emily Jane Sanderlin Dudley Walker was born 27 August, 1870.
Tennie Parker departed this life 1 June, l952, at Maple Lawn, Hertford Co., N.C, the home
of her daughter, Ola Moore.
Hortense Rountree attended Sunbury Male & Female Academy, where she excelled as a
student. Her parents had wanted her to attend Chowan College, but Hortense said
"No, you know you cannot afford to outfit me with clothes as fine as those the other
girls will be wearing. I just will not go and be humiliated there. I will become a
milliner instead." This she did. Part of her marriage agreement with Tim
was that he would build her a shop in the front-yard of their home where she could
continue to make and sell women's hats.
Another story of Grandmother's was the time the stew was hot enough for
Tim. It seems that one day she was making a kid-stew. The last time it had been made Tim
had claimed it was not seasoned as hot as kid-stew should be. So this time
Grandmother put in an extra pod of red pepper when she was seasoning the stew. Then
it happened that Tim came by and saw the pot of stew cooking so he snuck in an extra pod
of pepper. And a little latter his mother discovered the stew cooking in the kitchen
unattended and remembering Tim taste, she too put in an extra pepper. Yes, the stew
was indeed hot enough for Tim.
* William and Sally Dudley were killed when an excursion boat capsized
during a hurricane sometime in the mid '90's. Emily Jane Rountree who was keeping the
children for their parents' holiday became their guardian. In 1898, Emily Jane Rountree,
their grandmother died during a small pox epidemic. Tennie, who had been summoned to
her mother's bedside as nurse, returned home after the funeral with her brother's four
youngest children to raise.
Tim and Tennie bought an organ for their parlor. All of the girls learned
to play it, Ola, Emma, Alice, and Katie. Mama says that when one of the girls would
be courting that pair would sit on the loveseat in the parlor while the rest of the family
would gather around the organ singing songs. Judson Elder and some of Uncle Pomp's crowd
were usually present also.
The Parker Home was destroyed by fire during the winter of '27-28 while
Tennie was away being the housemother at the local teacherage. She returned home to live
in her store where she had sold ladies' hats trimmed to suit. There amid the ruins and
ashes of her house, she planted a garden and tended her memories. Her flowers grew in
Home of Tim and Tennie Parker ca
Evidently Grandmother's home enjoyed a 4 star rating with the
"drummers," peddlers, and Hoboes, who
regularly traveled the rails that ran by her home going South in the winter and North in
the summer . She provided them all with hot meals and a place to spend the night. Before
the house burned they slept on a day bed which she had kept for them which sat on
the dog-trot or breezeway (porch) between the house and the kitchen. Afterwards she just
gave them a blanket and sent them to the barn to sleep. There was one
man in particular
that for years showed up every spring and fall without fail. She referred to him as
"the wild goose." My cousin J. B. remembers seeing "the wild goose" on
his last visit ca 1932. "I had gone with Daddy before breakfast to milk the cow
when all of a sudden "the wild goose" climbed down out of the barn with
his blanket, chatted awhile with Daddy, then got some breakfast from grandmother,
and went on his way."
J. B. Parker remembering his grandmother: There
was this one time that Grandmother really got mad with my father. One
Sunday returning from Church, as we came to a stop in the yard , Dad
"All out for home! All, who are not home, should be!"
And although she had been invited to stay for diner, Grandmother was
"Beaurie, Take me home, now!!"
Grandmother would not go anywhere late. Once Dad
was late in picking her up one Sunday and she refused to go to church with
us saying she did not want to arrive late.
"But, why? I'm the Sunday School Superintendent! Nothing is going to
happen until I get there to get things going."
"Yes, but they will all be there sitting --- waiting for us to
My sister Julia Lawrence tells of the time we were
going over to Gates County for a family reunion one Sunday in 1939. Daddy
was driving the big old red Chrysler. In the car were Mother, holding the
baby Arthur, Daddy and Miss Conwell were in the front seat and in the back
was Grandmother holding me, Helen, John, Julia and Jane.
As we were leaving Ahoskie, who should we see thumbing for a ride but John
Robert Parker and his college room mate. Daddy stopped to ask the young men
if they wanted to ride on the roof. "Uncle Raynor, I will hold all six
if you can get us to Gates County before Uncle Beaurie says Amen." As
the boys piled into the car under the children, Grandmother says,
"You've got a good chance, John, because Beaurie won't start to pray
until I get there!" That was when John Robert realized that she
was riding in the car seated on the back seat, also -- you should have seen
Children of Timothy Parker and Emily Hortense Rountree:
1. Gladiola "Ola" Parker 1 February, 1895 at
Sarem -1974 Ahoskie.
age 10 Ola
age ca 16
married 20 May, 1925 at Sarem, John Raynor Moore 1892-1969 Maple Lawn
2. Timothy Beaurie Parker 18 June, 1896, at Sarem -
1984 at Sarem
married 5 Jan 1921 Lillie Waff Smith
1896 - 1976
Beaurie Parker ca
1922 Lillie and Louise
Children of William Dudley and wife, Sally Sanderlin*:
1. Kate Dudley 28 Sept 1886 Camden Co - 6 March 1945 Gates Co
married Luther Mills Eure 8 March 1886 - 23 December 1939
both buried at Eure Christian Church, Eure, NC
2. Alice Dudley 6 May, 1889 - 23 December, 1905, age 16
3. William Wallace Dudley Sept 1891 -
4. Emma Dudley 12 Nov 1893 - 1954
married 4 Jan 1911 Tom Brown Parker 1886 - 1958
Gates Co, NC
5. Charles Dudley Sept 1883 -- lived Dolly Walker household
married Mary Worrell
Grandmother & her grandchildren on her 60th
Grandmother & her grandchildren on her 80th
Tennie Parker with her brother, Dorsey Rountree, all her grandchildren + Frances Neebes
Grandmother 80th Birthday Party
her two children Ola and Beaurie and their spouses, Raynor Moore and
Blanche Parker and Warren Nebles. Richard Turner took the picture.
Parker Reunion July 1969
23 January 2010