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Abington B. Parsons

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David Hawk

Private

Company F, McGehee's Regiment
Arkansas Calvary

Born Feb. 11, 1846 in South Carolina
Died November 29, 1914 at Brady, west of Wynnewood
He is buried in the Elmore City Cemetery. 
In the late 1850s, Abington Parsons lived with his family 
near Sedalia, Missouri. 
He and a friend signed on to scout 
for a wagon train of emigrants bound for central Texas, 
where land had recently been opened for homesteading. 
He intended to return to Missouri, but there were no wagon 
trains going back in that direction at the moment, so he 
hired on as a farm-ranch hand for James Cantwell, 
who owned or managed a ranch along the Brazos River. 
In the spring of 1864, he was obviously in Arkansas, 
where he joined the Confederate Army shortly after 
turning 18. He was surrendered with General M. Jeff 
Thompson's command and paroled at Witteburg, Arkansas. 
After the War, he returned to the Waco area and 
established his own homestead. 
He married Sarah Elizabeth Cantwell on December 1, 1869, 
in McLennan County, Texas. Around 1880, Abington and 
Sarah moved to the Ft. Smith, Arkansas area. 
In the late 1890s, they moved to Nebraska, where 
they farmed for a while and then moved to 
Kiowa County, I.T. Shorty after 1910, they moved 
to Brady, near Wynnewood, where they were tenant farmers. 
Sarah applied for a widow's pension in 1915 and was granted one
 

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