Allen Parker, a farmer of the Fourth District, was born December 14, 1820, in
Rhea County, Tenn., and is the eldest of a family of ten children born to Elisha
and Martha (James) Parker. The father was of English descent and came to
Hamilton County in 1821. His second wife was a Mrs. Schoolfield, formerly Miss
Rice Bythe, who bore him six children. Mr. Parker was quite a prominent citizen
of the county, and was justice of the peace for nearly twenty years. He was a
soldier under Gen. Andrew Jackson in the Creek war. He died in 1866,
seventy-seven years of age. Our subject received his education mostly by
individual application. He assisted his father on the farm until nineteen years
of age, when he married Miss Dovy Beeson, a daughter of Solomon and Margaret N.
Beeson. This union resulted in the birth of these children, viz.: Minerva (Mrs.
Fryar), Tandey (deceased), Wiley F., Lizzie (Mrs.Morris), Margaret N.
(deceased), James (deceased), John and Jefferson. Mrs. Parker died in 1870, and
Mr. Parker took for his second wife Miss Teressa Carden, in 1875 or 1876. She is
a daughter of Robert Carden. The result of the last union was the birth of four
children: Robert, Dovy, Ida and Allen. In politics Mr. Parker is a Democrat. He
began life as a day laborer; be now owns 1,200 acres of land two miles and a
half southwest of the corporation line of Chattanooga. He followed farming until
1854, when be engaged in railroading as a day laborer, and afterward filled the
position of contractor and conductor on construction trains, etc. He continued
at the business until 1877, since which time he has followed farming. He was
elected justice of the peace in 1876, and still holds the office. He has given
universal satisfaction in the discharge of the duties of this office. His
grandfather, Parker, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.
"History of East Tennessee" 1887
Allen Parker married Teresa Carden September 21, 1875 in Hamilton Co., TN