“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Thomas S. Parker

Thomas S. Parker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
1. Thomas S. Parker Marker
Inscription. 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 were vital to the early growth of Corpus Christi. He and his wife Rachel are buried at this site.
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6328.)
Thomas S. Parker Marker and gravesite. image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
2. Thomas S. Parker Marker and gravesite.
27° 48.06′ N, 97° 23.946′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker can be reached from Ramirez Street. Touch for map. Inside Old Bayview Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1138 Ramirez Street, Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Bayview Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Explosion of the Steamship Dayton (within shouting distance of this marker); Nueces County Courthouse of 1914 (approx. ¼ mile away); The Lone Star Fair (approx. 0.3 miles away); Broadway Bluff Improvement (approx. 0.3 miles away); McCampbell House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grande-Grossman House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Irishtown (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & SettlersWar, Mexican-American
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 821 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 17, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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