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Parsons, Charles Bunyon


Age: 0, credited to Vermont
Unit(s): 4th MI INF
Service: 2LT, Co. E, 4th MI INF, 1LT/CAPT, dis/dsb 3/4/63

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Birth: 02/26/1836, Vermont
Death: 01/29/1910

Burial: Bonne Terre Cemetery, Bonne Terre, MO
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 56098739


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Bonne Terre Cemetery, Bonne Terre, MO

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Mr. Charles B. Parsons died at his home at Riverside last Friday, Jan. 28, 1910, after a lingering illness of several months, aged 73 years and two days.

Mr. Parsons was one of the wealthiest, and one of the most prominent of St. Francois County's citizens, who, since 1867 has been associated with the St, Joseph Lead Company as superintendent, stockholder, and director, and whose genius and excellent business management is due the development and success of that company property, the largest and most complete disseminated ore mining plant in the State, and one of the largest in the world.

Born in Benson, Rutland County Vt., February 26, 1836, he was taken while a child, by the father Henry A. Parsons to Rochester, N. Y. The family resided in Benson only a few years, and then removed to Michigan, where he was educated in public schools. At the age of 21 Mr. Parsons studied for the profession of dentistry and practiced it for a time.

When the Civil War opened he joined Company E., Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, as second lieutenant. He served the battles of McClellan's Campaign, and was promoted to Captain. He was disabled, and resigned from Army life i March, 1863.

For a time after the war he engaged in mining in Massachueetts. In May 1867, having been offered the position of Superintendent of the St. Joe Lead Company of Bonne Terre he came to Missouri, and lived near Bonne Terre ever since. In 1862 he married Miss Jane Doolittle, a native of Canady, in New York, who survives. They had eight children, five of whom are alive: Mrs. Ben Blewett, wife of the superintendent of St. Louis public schools, Mrs. George Knapp of Vincennes, Ind., Miss Bertha Parsons and Roscoe S and, Girard S. Parsons. of Bonne Terre.

Mr Parson was a Mason, a Republican in politics, for many years postmaster of Bonne Terre. He was an officer and director in several of the largest corporations in Southeast Missouri. He was resident director of the St. Joe Lead Company, vice president of the Doe Run Lead Company, vice president of the Mississippi River and Bonne Terre Railroad Company, and the director of the Farmers and Miners bank at Bonne Terre.

On account of his advanced age he retired from active business several years ago. Last May his health began failing so rapidly that he took to his bed and never regained his health. The funeral took place at Bonne Terre last Sunday, and was one of the largest and most imposing that was ever seen in this section, People were there from all over the county, and from St. Louis to show their respect for the dead, and sympathy for the family. The pall bearers were, Dr. C. P. Postan, Robert Seltz, M. L. Clardy, Dr. McNutt of Peverly, and Jesse Elvins. Mr. Thomas Lang of this place, on the part of Picket Post, No 215, Grand Army of the Republic, which Mr. Parsons organized, took a beautiful silk flag to lay on the casket of their dead Comrade.

Farmington (MO) Times, Feb. 3, 1910
Courtesy of Deanna French

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