Parker, William Asbury is recorded on muster records as a private serving in Company I, Thomas' Legion (69th Regiment, North Carolina).
Some documents I have studied reflect William Asbery, while others reflect William Asbury. In either case it
is the same individual.
Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders: 69th North Carolina Regiment
William Asbury Parker, William Benson Parker, and Captain Willis Parker
All three served in Company I of Thomas' Legion, 69th North Carolina Regiment. All three are recorded on Official
Civil War Muster Records.
Also called Thomas' North Carolina Legion, 69th North Carolina Regiment, and Thomas' Legion of Indians
Parker, William, Parker, William Asbury, and Parker, Willis
William Asbury served in "Thomas' Legion", with his brother, Captain Willis Parker, and his nephew, Corporal William Benson Parker (Willis' son). William Asbury is also listed on Thomas' Legion's muster roll: THOMAS LEGION, COMPANY
I OF THE FIRST REGIMENT MUSTER ROLL, 31 August, 1863, through 31 October, 1863. Numerous relatives served
in Thomas' Legion.
William Asbury Parker is also recorded in the National Park Service Civil War Archives:
William Asbury Parker (First_Last)
Regiment Name Infantry Regiment, Thomas' Legion, North Carolina.
Parker, William Asbury
Birth: 22 MAR 1835 Cherokee Co., N.C.
Death: 10 MAR 1914 Delaware Co., Oklahoma
Burial: Grove Cemetery,
Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Father: Parker, Jonathan
Mother: Blythe, Leoma
Spouse: Kimsey, Nancy
Birth: 22 DEC 1837 Union Co., Ga.
Death: July 1899
Burial: Grove Cemetery, Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Her father, James Kimsey - see below - first married Mary Malissa Parker (Parker, Mary Malissa), daughter of William S. Parker, Jr., (Parker, William S, Jr.). William S. Parker, Jr., is brother of Jonathan Parker (Parker, Jonathan). Jonathan Parker (Parker, Jonathan) is the father of William Asbury Parker (Parker, William Asbury).
Meanwhile, her sister, Martha Jane Kimsey (Kimsey, Martha Jane ), married John Brown Parker (Parker, John Brown ), son of William S. Parker, Jr. (Parker, William S., Jr.)
Father: Kimsey, James
Mother: Russell, Sarah
Thomas' Legion (Overview)
In the American Civil War, William served in Confederate Colonel Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders (Mountaineers)
with William Holland Thomas, James R. Love, William C. Walker, and William Williams Stringfield. The Legion consisted of Love's
Regiment, Walker's Battalion, and Levi's Artillery Battery. The Legion fought in the Cumberland Gap, Smoky Mountains,
Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia areas. They are known for the last battle of the Civil War in North Carolina,
also called The Last Shot
and the Last Battle of Waynesville, North Carolina. The Battle of Waynesville, N.C., also reflected the sheer
determination of the Western North Carolinians.