PARKER, MATTHEW (1801–1862). Matthew Parker, early Sabine County settler and official, was born in Franklin County, Georgia, on May 17, 1801, the son of Sarah (Wiley) and Jesse Parker. He moved to Texas about 1822 and received a league and a labor of land in what is now Sabine County. Parker's name appears on a July 8, 1836, roll of Capt. A. E. Collins's Company of Sabine Volunteers. He received an additional grant of land for this service, as well as several other grants, which conveyed to him land in Shelby, Harrison, and Cherokee counties. He was appointed chief justice of Sabine County by President Sam Houston on December 20, 1836. In 1840 he was elected by the legislature to serve with three other men on a Sabine County land board that was established to verify local land claims. On July 13, 1846, he was elected a county commissioner for Sabine. Parker married Mary Isaacks about 1824 or 1826, and they had twelve children. Mary died in 1845, and in 1846 Matthew married Elizabeth Lowe (or Low); they had four children in Cherokee County between 1847 and 1854. The family moved to the area of Nordheim, in DeWitt County, about 1855. Parker died on March 19, 1862, and was buried in the Taylor Cemetery, three miles south of Cuero.
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