Francis M. Parr – Biography

     Francis Marion Parr, of Northville township, LaSalle county, Illinois, was born in this county June 10, 1845, a son of Thomas J. and Sarah Ann (Pitzer) Parr.
Thomas J. Parr was born in Licking county, Ohio, March 13, 1815, and died in Dayton township, LaSalle county, Illinois, February 19, 1898. He was a son of Thomas Parr, who came with his family to LaSalle county, Illinois, in 1834, and settled in Dayton township. Sarah Ann (Pitzer) Parr was born in Licking county, Ohio, March 30, 1815, and with her widowed mother and family came to LaSalle county, their arrival here dating October 16, 1831. They settled on the left bank of the Fox river, about nine miles above Ottawa, which was then a small village of only a few houses. Dayton was then a frontier fort. This was the year previous to the Black Hawk war. Here Miss Pitzer grew up and became the wife of Thomas J. Parr. She is still living, a resident of Dayton, now in her eighty-fifth year. Of their six children we record that Jesse N. married Anna Cain; Amanda E. married Noah Brunk; Joseph B. married Sarah Knickerbocker; Francis M. is the subject of this sketch; Martha A. married Lyman Cole; and William H. married Mary Ruger.
Francis M. Parr was reared on the farm, and farming has been his life occupation. Soon after his marriage, which event occurred in 1868, he settled in Freedom township. Later he bought eighty acres of land in Serena township, to which he removed and where he lived several years. Disposing of that farm, he purchased one hundred and sixty acres in Northville township, where he has since lived.
Mr. Parr was married December 31, 1868, to Miss Julia Curyea, a native of Ohio, born July 23, 1843, and a daughter of John and Lydia (Sager) Curyea. Her parents were natives of Virginia, whence they went to Ohio in early life, and from there came to Illinois, settling in Dayton township, LaSalle county, where Mr. Curyea owned the well known Curyea mill. Mr. and Mrs. Parr have two children, viz.: Ettie B., wife of Frank Jones, a farmer of Serena township, LaSalle county; and Jay C. Parr, who is engaged in farming with his father in Northville township. Jay C. Parr was born April 6, 1877, and in 1897 married Miss Jessie Dominy, daughter of J. Martin Dominy and Rebecca J. (Miller) Dominy, of Freedom township, LaSalle county.1

  1. Biographical and Genealogical Record of La Salle County, Illinois, 2 vols. (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co.,1900), 2: 453-454.