|A.S. PARSONS, of Oregon, was born Oct. 12, 1833, in Moravia, Cayuga Co., N. Y.; his father, A. G. Parsons of New York, married Nancy Thompson, of Maine. In 1850, the family settled on Sec. 12, town of Oregon, beginning in a log house on a then new, but now, improved farm, where the father still lives, aged 91, while his aged wife is now an invalid; their son, our subject, learned the trade of carpenter of his father; spent 1856 in the mercantile business in Monroe Co., Wis., was appointed Deputy Sheriff in 1861, and served until January, 1864, when he enlisted in Co. F, 13th W. V. I. , as a recruit; was with A. J. Smith up the Red River, and in the fight at Pleasant Hill, where the 33rd made an heroic record guarding the Union retreat, and afterward at the three days’ fight at Tupelo, Miss., their hardest service was in the forests and swamps of Missouri pursuing Price-one cracker per day for each man, and many of them barefooted; after guarding a thousand rebels to St. Louis, they went to Nashville in time to participate in the great battle which destroyed Hood’s army; the siege and capture of the forest at Mobile added fresh palms to the splendid wreath of heroic deeds woven by the 33d.Mr. Parsons well remembers the incidents of march, siege and battle, and saw his last service on the 150-mile march up to Montgomery, Ala. Traversing pine swamps for a distance of 75 miles without seeing a house; after the discharge of the 33d he was transferred to the 11th W. V. I, and kept five weeks longer in service, then returned to Oregon.
Aug. 31, 1857, he married Miss Louisa, daughter of S. S. Johnson, a pioneer of 1844 in Oregon; he died in November 1879. Mr. P. settled on the Johnson farm, of 100 acres in 1874; he also owns 23 acres on Sec. 12. No man in the town has been so closely identified with temperance work; a Good Templar in good standing since September, 1855, he has held all the offices of the order, and is now State Deputy; as Lodge Deputy, this is his seventh year; he has also been a leader in Sabbath school work.
Mr. and Mrs. Parsons have seven children-Mary L., Hubert A., Elmer S., Charles A., Laura J., Ira S. and Rena B.
Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1247.