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PARRIS, TEXAS. Parris was just south of the site of present-day Melissa in central Collin County. The settlement was named for Thaddeus Parris, a Mexican War veteran, who built an ox-turned gristmill near the banks of the East Fork of the Trinity River in 1859. The gristmill attracted settlers during the next decade. Parris remained a community center for area farmers until sometime in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.


Rita Bickley Roose, Records of Reconstruction Days in Collin County (N.p.: Spring Hill Press, 1981).

David Minor


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

David Minor, "PARRIS, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed January 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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