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Columbus "Lum" Parsons

Male 1854 - 1943  (89 years)


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  • Name Columbus "Lum" Parsons  [1
    Nickname Lum 
    Born 3 Mar 1854  Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Jun 1943  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Lynell Cordell emailed in April, 2006 that "I may have found Columbus with his parents. In 1860 he was 6 years old with William and Margaret Parsons in Hickory Co. MO. In 1870 he was 18 years old with William and Margaret in Lincoln Co. MO. William and Margaret and more children were still in Lincoln Co. in 1880. Since Pike Co. is next door to Lincoln Co., and if William and Margaret are Lum's parents, then it's possible that Lum and Jennie lived near them during the years between 1880 and 1900 but I'm just wondering where the info came from. This was the only Columbus I found and I tried searching for Parson and Lum and every combination I could think of so I think it's probably him. Makes me wonder what he was doing in Texas in the first place."

      Ken Harvey writes that he was known as Uncle Lum. He facinated the younger generation by being able to hold a pencil between his nose and his chin.

      Lynell Cordell recalls that after his wife died, Lum lived with his brother-in-law, James Edwin Gentry, in Stephens Couty. Harold Gentry, a great-nephew, repeated a story that his Uncle Lum told about living in Missouri during the Civil War. His father was with the Union forces and Confederate soldiers would regularly stop by their home asking where his father was. One day, as Lum was on his way to the mill with a sack of corn the Confederates stopped him and asked again where his father was. When Lum wouldn't tell them anything, they took his sack of corn and slowly poured it out on the ground as they rode along.

      His death certificate showed him as widowed, with an address of Duncan, Oklahoma. He died of benin prostatic hypertrophy with acute urinary retintion. He was buried at Fairlawn, probably in Grady County, Oklahoma. He was shown as being buried at the Fairlawn Cemetery, but Charles Strong was unable to find verification of this after personally visiting this cemetery. Even after consulting the cemetery records, a burial spot was not located.
    • (Research):

      Census Listings:

      Lynell also found the following census listings for Lum and Jennie.

      Living with Johnson family on 1880 census.
      1880 Census Wise Co. TX Pg. 226
      Columbus PARSONS Self M Male W 26 MO Farmer MO MO
      Jennie PARSONS Wife M Female W 22 MO Keeping House (VA) (VA)
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      1900 census Pickens Co., Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory ED 163 Pg. 289B
      Twp. 1NR5W
      218/221 Parsons, Columbus, head, WM, March 1854, 46, M-20, MO KY MO FARMER
      Virginia, wife, W F, JAN 1855, 45, M-20, 5/5 children, MO -- TN
      Charles, son, WM, July 1881, 18, TX MO MO
      William H., son, WM, Jan. 1884, 16, MO MO MO
      Edwin Malcolm, son, WM, Sept.1887, 12, MO MO MO
      Edwin Roy, son, WM, Sept. 1887, 12, MO MO MO
      Arthur George, son, WM, Nov. 1891, 8, MO MO MO
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      1910 census Grady Co. OK ED 90 Pg. 14A
      Amber Twp.
      185/187 Parsons, Lum, head, MW, 54, M 32, MO KY MO
      Virginia, wife, FW, 50, M 32, 6/5 children, MO KY VA
      Edwin M., son, MW, 22, MO
      Edgar R., son, MW, 22, MO
      George, son, MW, 19, MO
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      1920 census Oklahoma Co. OK ED 113 Pg. 34B
      132/136 Parsons, Columbus, Head, MW, 65, M, MO MO MO
      Virginia, wife, FW, 60, M, MO KY TN
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      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1925 City Directory Page 563
      Parsons, Columbus (Virginia) farmer r1520 E. 34th
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      1930 census Oklahoma Co. OK ED 55-156 Pg. 164B
      1630 E. 24th (address is hard to read)
      18/19
      Parsons, Lum, head, MW, 76, M, age when first married 25, MO MO MO
      Virginia E., wife, FW, 72, M, age when first married
    Person ID I6332  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family Virginia E. "Jennie" Gentry,   b. Jun 1859, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1930, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 1878  [1
    Children 
     1. Charles Parsons,   b. Jul 1881, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. William Hardy Parsons,   b. Jan 1884, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Edwin Malcolm Parsons,   b. 28 Sep 1887, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1910, Amber, Grady County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     4. Edgar Ray Parsons,   b. 28 Sep 1887, Ashley, Pike County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1976, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     5. Arthur George Parsons,   b. 19 Nov 1891, Pike County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1966, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F3077  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Jun 1943 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Trawick and Gentry Reunion, ca 1939
    Trawick and Gentry Reunion, ca 1939
    L-R: Emma (Green) & John Price Gentry, Mary (Trawick) Rennels, George and Belle (McCauley) Trawick, James Edwin and Zada (Trawick) Gentry, Columbus and Virginia (Gentry) Parsons, John O. and Susie (Trawick) McMinn, UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN.

    PLEASE HELP US IDENTIFY THE UNKNOWN COUPLE.

    Documents
    Parsons, Columbus
    Parsons, Columbus
    Husband of Jennie Gentry. Although his parents are not listed on his death certificate, it appears from census records that he is likely to son of William and Margaret Parson of Hickory County, Missouri.

  • Sources 
    1. [S124] Harvey, Kenneth C--Family Member; Gedcom, Printed Descendants Reports of Payne and Gentry Families, Correspondence.

    2. [S315] Rainey, Juanita (sparklestree@aol.com) "Juanita's Family Tree" Ver. Jun 23 22:39:06 2003; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=gentry536.