Thomas Hamilton Parker
He may have originally served in the 1st (Bethel Regiment) and 11th (Bethel Regiment) North Carolina Regiments. Thomas
Hamilton Parker did serve in the 62nd North Carolina Regiment. If he served in the 1st and 11th Bethel Regiments of North
Carolina, he would have been 15 years young. Initially, conscription ages were 18-45, however, in 1864 conscription ages were
generally 17-50. Although Junior Reserves would have been the likely enrollment for a 15 year old, the Union Army is estimated
to have enlisted over 100,000 fifteen year old soldiers. So this was common practice. T. H. Parker may have lied
about his age, appeared older, or allowed to enlist, regardless. During the American Civil War some of the Parkers were over
6 feet tall. (5 feet 7 inches was the average height for a Civil War soldier). However, if his birth date is incorrect
or he lied about his age, then he may have served in all three regiments. The 1st N.C. Volunteers had an enlistment
of 6 months, and then disbanded. His service in the 1st and 11th are speculative; however, he did serve in the 62nd North
Carolina Infantry Regiment. Most of his brothers served and fought in the war. Please see link below, "The
First Confederate Soldier Killed In Battle."
Parker, Thomas Hamilton
Birth: 11 FEB 1846 NC
Death: 10 JUN 1920 Jackson Co., N.C.
Burial: Old Hooper Cemetery, Jackson Co., N.C.
Service: Fact Co G, N.C., 62nd Regiment
Census: 1870 Jackson Co., N.C.
Census: 1880 Jackson Co., N.C.
Census: 1910 Jackson Co., N.C.
Census: 1920 Jackson Co., N.C.
Father: Parker, John R.
Mother: Phillips, Nancy
Coward, Sarah Emeline Children:
Birth: 1846 Haywood Co., N.C.
Death: BEF. 1900 Jackson Co., N.C.
Father: Coward, James
Mother: Denton, Chloe
Parker, Sarah Catherine
Parker, Nancy E.
Parker, Julia Ann
Parker, William Thomas
Parker, Cornelia Altena
Parker, Clara Elizabeth (Married a distant cousin - Robert Lafayette Phillips - Phillips, Robert Lafayette . Her lineage is from - John R. Parker - Parker, John R. - while his lineage is from - Solomon Parker - Parker, Solomon . Solomon Parker and John R. Parker are brothers)
Parker, John Henry
Parker, Bessie C.
62nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment
The Civil War Regiments of Western North Carolina