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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2012-08-04 08:49 am

Sympathy Saturday: I was on a roll...

I found another leg of my Parrish family last night.

My Parrish family made its way from Virginia to Kentucky, where some of them hunkered down for several generations.

But many more continued to move - on to Indiana and then to Missouri, where my g-g-grandfather, Fred Chapin, met and married Eada Belle Parrish in Vernon County on Christmas Eve in 1885.
Eada's second cousin, William Henry Parrish, was six years older than she was.

His family had lived in Knox County since at least the early 1850s. William was born in Knox County on 2 Mar 1853.


As far as I can tell, William and his wife, Cordelia Anna Davis, lived and worked in Knox County all their lives, raising five children together.

William and Cordelia's life together ended on 24 Jun 1924, when a tornado ripped through Knox County. Their death certificates say they died of the injuries they suffered in a cyclone. Their gravestone also notes the manner of their deaths.

I don't know if Eada got word of the tornado, or of her cousin's death. I can't find news coverage of the event, but for a while last night, I sat very thoughtfully at my computer, trying to imagine what it must have been like for my 71 year old cousin and his 67 year old wife as a funnel cloud exploded their world, and took them into the next one.
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[personal profile] rainbow 2012-08-04 10:41 pm (UTC)(link)
i looked up the date and found pictures from st. joseph, mo for that date; is it near edina?

(there are other tornado/cyclone pics from the 20s, too. and photographers haven't changed; i can't imagine staying and taking a picture instead of getting to shelter! O.O )

The Knox County tornado

(Anonymous) 2014-06-05 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Ran across your post on the 1924 tornado near Edina, Missouri. My mother, who was three years old at the time, recalled the storm vividly, as her house was destroyed. She and her parents escaped injury, and the event provided the first lasting memories of her long life. As a result of that terrifying experience, she was always ready to exercise caution when severe weather threatened. My siblings and I grew up in Knox County, and we spent many a summer's night in the storm cellar.