PARSONS, Sylvester Ellis
Sylvester's parents died when he was fairly young, which may account for his erroneous responses regarding his parents' birthplaces on census records.
Sylvester married Laura C. UNKNOWN in 1926 in Seattle, King County, Washington. (Laura C. UNKNOWN was born about 1882 in Michigan and died in poss. Washington.)
1 1900 US Census (District 17, Wilson, Adair County, Missouri). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Sylvester Parsons (age 13, b. Jul 1886, Missouri), living as a "boarder" in the household of John Martin and his family in Wilson, Missouri. Sylvester is listed as "at school" and both parents are listed as born in Illinois.
2 1910 US Census (District 79, Seattle Ward-3, King County, Washington). Surety: 4. Lists Ellis S. Parsons (age 23, b. MO), living in Seattle, Washington. Ellis is listed as a "teamster, wagon" and indicates that his father was born in Ohio [erroneous, born in Virginia] and his mother was born in Illinois.
3 1920 US Census (District 273, Seattle, King County, Washington). Surety: 4. Lists S.E. [Sylvester Ellis] Parsons (age 34, b. MO), living in Seattle, Washington. Sylvester is listed as a "truck driver" for a "coal company" and indicates that his father was born in Pennsylvania [erroneous, born in Virginia] and his mother in Indiana [erroneous, born in Illinois].
4 1930 US Census, District 62, Seattle, King County, Washington. Surety: 4. Lists Sylvester E. Parsons (age 44, b. MO), wife Laura C. (age 48, b. MI) and Laura's children from 2 previous marriages, Howard W. Riatal (age 8, b. Washington) and Virginia M. Shubley (age 6, b. Washington), living in Seattle, Washington. Sylvester is listed as a "truck driver, fuel" and indicates that his father was born in the U.S. and his mother in Indiana [erroneous, born in Illinois]. Laura indicates that her father was born in New Jersey and her mother in Michigan. Howard's father is listed as born in English Canada and his mother in Michigan. Virginia's father is listed as born in Nebraska and her mother in Michigan. Sylvester indicates that he first married at age 44, and Laura first married at age 23.
World War I Draft Records (Seattle, King County, Washington). Surety: 4. Sylvester Ellis Parsons
Residence: 1606 Yesler Way, Seattle WA
DOB: 24 Jul 1886
Place of Birth: Brashear, Missouri
Employer: Seattle Coal & Fuel Co., Railroad Ave. & Dearborn St.
No dependents, single man
Signed by: Sylvester Ellis Parsons
Missouri State Archives - Birth/Stillbirth (State of Missouri website indexed records: www.sos.mo.gov/archives), Roll #C-32, Birth #916. Surety: 4. Date of Return: 25 Aug 1886
Name of Child: Parsons [unnamed]
Sex of Child: Male
No. of Child of this Mother: 15
Place of Birth: Salt River Twsp
Date of Birth: 24 Jul 1886
Nationality of Father: American
Father's Place of Birth: Virginia
Father's Name: Ephraim Parsons
Father's Occupation: farmer
Father's Age: 53
Nationality of Mother: American
Mother's Place of Birth: Illinois
Mother's Name: Marietta Parsons
Mother's Age: 45
Mother's Maiden Name: M. Shumaker
Residence of Mother: Adair Co., MO
Name of Attendant/Person Making Return: S.L. Ellis, Brashear MO