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Re: Sarah Parkerson - Arkansas & Oklahoma
Posted by: shannon hunt (ID *****5722) Date: March 08, 2012 at 13:42:03
In Reply to: Re: Sarah Parkerson - Arkansas & Oklahoma by Dan Page of 209

Thanks for posting that article. Knowing what to look for I managed to find the article itself and the drawing of James and Mahaley in America's Historical Newspapers, along with two other interviews that differ slightly from eachother. The one you posted (thank you again!) was in the San Antonio paper in 1905. It's interesting how much of his own information contradicts his own information! So far in two censuses and two different interviews he states his birthday as being 1820 (in the 1870 census), 1813/15 (in the 1900 census, I think), 1805 in his 1905 interview and 1793 in his 1910 interview. He declared Prudence dead in the 1905 interview when we know she was alive, claimed a pension for the Black Hawk War but not the Civil War even though he claimed to be active through all of it with nary a scratch and later starving with only his Black Hawk pension...I think this guy was a pathological liar! The older he got the earlier he said he was born. In his 1910 interview he stated Mahaley was over 90 when she was only 81. I find it extremely unlikely he had two sisters over 100 too. I'm trying really hard to piece together his real story, but one thing's certain: his lies about his age got worse each time. If he left for California about the time his youngest son with Prudence was conceived and returned in time for the Civil War as he says he did, he made it to California, mined, won big and returned in a two or three year span, tops. And there are no indicators he was ever in the Civil War, although James A. Parkerson of Tennessee, husband of Mary, certainly was. There was something seriously wrong with this guy.


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