William Riley Parsons

July 1860–21 August 1950 (Age 90)
Missouri, United States

The Life of William Riley

When William Riley Parsons was born in July 1860, in Missouri, United States, his father, Stephen Parsons, was 48 and his mother, Mary Ann Keesler, was 47. He married Ada A. Strickland about 1883, in Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Clear Creek Township, Payne, Oklahoma, United States in 1900 and Sheridan Township, Cowley, Kansas, United States for about 20 years. He died on 21 August 1950, in Cowley, Kansas, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Burden, Cowley, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Riley Parsons
Ada A. Strickland
Marriage: about 1883
Ernest Avery Parsons
Paul Linwood Parsons
Iva Parsons
Ralph Parsons
William Russell Parsons
Lacel W Parsons

Spouse and Children

about 1883
Missouri, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

Kansas is the 34th state
1865 · Slavery Abolished

Age 5

On January 11, 1865, slavery was abolished in Missouri.

Age 26

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for the servant of a parish priest or parson, or a patronymic denoting the child of a parson, from the possessive case of Middle English persone, parsoun ( see Parson ).2 English: many early examples are found with prepositions (e.g. Ralph del Persones 1323 ); these are habitational names, with the omission of house, hence in effect occupational names for servants employed at the parson's house.3 Irish: usually of English origin (see above), but sometimes a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Phearsain, which is of Highland Scottish origin ( see McPherson ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William R Persons in household of Stephen Persons, "United States Census, 1870"
  • W R Parsons, "United States Census, 1910"
  • W R Parsons, "United States Census, 1930"

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