Parker Battle was esteemed for his sterling qualities.

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Greensboro Daily News, 6 April 1914.


 Funeral of Parker Battle.

The funeral of Parker Battle at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon was conducted by Fred Davis, the former pastor of the Baptist church, assisted by other pastors and was attended by a large number of friends. Addresses were made by Col. J.F. Bruton and Rev. T.W. Chambliss.

A resolution of respect by the board of deacons and the congregation was also read.

— Wilson Daily Times, 6 April 1914.


Card of Thanks.

We are using this means to thank our sympathetic friends, both white and colored who so beautifully assisted, stood by and offered hope and encouragement in our bereavement. The wife and children of Parker Battle, the deceased mourn our loss but feel sure it is Heaven’s gain and we are striving to carry out the principals he so relentlessly tried to instill in us. The fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.  ELLA BATTLE, AND CHILDREN.

— Wilson Daily Times, 6 April 1914.


On 18 May 1880, Parker Battle, 25, married Ella Burston, 18, at the Baptist Church. Rev. Joseph E. Carter performed the ceremony and Cobb Moss, G.B. Carter and G.W. Blount witnessed.


Wilson Advance, 21 May 1880.

In the 1880 census of Town of Wilson, Wilson County: teamster Parker Battle, 30, and wife Ella, 25, a cook. They lived next door to G.W. Blount, for whom Ella worked and who witnessed their wedding earlier in the year.

In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: moulder Parker Battle, 45, wife Ella L., 38, children Mamie P., 19, James A., 17, Sallie R., 14, Sudie E., 12, and John T., 9, plus mother-in-law Roberta A. Outlaw, 49.

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: foundry laborer Parker Battle, 54, wife Ella, and children Roberta, 24, a teacher, Grace, 22, a factory laborer, and John, 19.

Parker and Ella Lea Burston Battle’s children included: Mamie P. Battle Lucas (1881-1942), Dr. James Alexander Battle (1885-1953), Sallie Roberta Battle Johnson (1886-1958),  Grace (Glace) M. Battle Black (ca. 1887-1972), and John Parker Battle (1890-1945).



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