The following obit appeared in The Rushville Times on January 9th of 1861:
"PARKINS, JAMES -- Died on Wednesday the 2nd inst., of diptheria at his residence on Crooked Creek, some 8 miles north-west of Rushville. Mr. James Parkins: aged about 70 years. Mr. Parkins was a native of Virginia and came to this county about 20 years ago. He was an active member of the Methodist Protestant Church. When he first arrived there were no religious services in his neighborhood and of his own accord he appointed and conducted religious meetings. For a long time he was the only person in attendance who prayed in public, and he led the meetings by reading the Bible exhortation and prayer. He is said to have subscribed 1/4 of the amount raised for the building of a house of worship. He was recognized in the community as a man of strict integrity, honest and upright in all his business transactions. His church and community lose one of its finest members. He was taken suddenly on Monday night and died the following Wednesday."
The above is as photocopied at the Schuyler Co. Museum. Also of note: He was married at this time to Mrs. Mary George and his first wife, Rachel, had died 25 Jan 1852. I do not know more about Mrs. Mary George other than that marriage was in Dec 1856 and that there were no children born of that marriage. She had children from her previous marriage.
James W Parkins and his wife Rachel are buried in Weightman Cemetery (row 3) on Lawson Road in Camden Twp, Schuyler Co, IL. This small cemetery is located on the farm of Vern Fetch. The legal description is recorded in Deed Book 92, page 95, dated March 11, 1911, that Henry Marlow and Sophia Marlow, his wife deeded the cemetery to The Trustees of the Weightman Cemetery.
Parkins, James 2 Jan 1861 (68y4m21d)
Rachel (w of J) 25 Jan 1852 (57y11m7d)
This information was originally copied by Hilma Mermillion and her father, John Feld. Checked again in 1991.
Therefore: James W Parkins, DOB is 11 Aug 1793 and his wife Rachel, DOB 18 Feb 1795.
On our last visit to this cemetery: Many tombstones are no longer readable, some caskets have broken through the surface ground, some stones have been removed. I do have a picture of the cemetery thanks to the assistance of Maxine Shelts who led us to this rural location. Her son farms for Vern Fetch. Maxine is a volunteer at the Schuyler Co Museum.
This is my direct line: James W Parkins>John Wesley Parkins>Henry Clay Parkins>Morris Roscoe Parkins>ME & 2 sisters. I have comprehensive research on the descendants of James W Parkins. James W Parkins and Rachel had 2 children: Mary J born in 1831 in VA and John Wesley born in 1833 in OH.
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