Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Thomas S. Parker
Born in Philadelphia in 1817, Thomas S. Parker came to Texas at the age of twenty. In 1839 he and his parents William W. and Hannah Parker were awarded large land grants in the vicinity of present-day Corpus Christi; they used the land to raise cattle.
About 1845 Parker joined forces with his friend Henry L. Kinney, who had established a trading post in this vicinity and also commanded a Texas Ranger unit. When General Zachary Taylor's U.S. Army set up camp near the trading post in August 1845, Kinney was named the army's quartermaster, and Thomas Parker was awarded the contract to supply beef for the soldiers. It was from this army post that the town of Corpus Christi grew.
As an established resident of the area, "Col. Tom" Parker, as he was known, was appointed the first Nueces County Sheriff after Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845. He later served as a Texas Ranger and as a soldier in the Confederate army. After the end of the Civil War, Parker returned to Corpus Christi, where he became City Marshall in 1873 and died in 1886.
Thomas Parker's contributions in commercial activity and law enforcement
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6328.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers • War, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1817.
Location. 27° 48.06′ N, 97° 23.946′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker can be reached from Ramirez Street. Inside Old Bayview Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1138 Ramirez Street, Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Bayview Mesquite (a few steps from this marker); George Owens (a few steps from this marker); Matthew Nolan (within shouting distance of this marker); James Downing (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Bayview Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Explosion of the Steamship Dayton (within shouting distance of this marker); William DeRyee (within shouting distance of this marker); William Henderson Maltby (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
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