Charles Parker was born in September of 1832 in Wayne County, Michigan, possibly the son of Charles.
By 1840 there was an Alanson Parker possibly living in Washtenaw County. In 1850 Charles may have been attending school and working as a farmer with one Alanson (born 1797 in Vermont) and Sarah (born 1818 in Connecticut) Parker and Henry Parker in Handy, Livingston County. Or he may have been the same Charles Parker who was working as a laborer and living with the Willson family (as well as Henry Parker and one Charles Parker born c. 1793 in Canada) in Eureka, Montcalm County.
Charles may have been the same Charles Parker who married Michigan native Elizabeth (b. 1839), probably in Michigan, and they had at least two children: Mary Jane (b. 1856) and David A. (b. 1858).
By 1860 Charles was working as a lumberman and living with his wife and children in Georgetown, Ottawa County; on one side lived Henry Parker and his family and on the other George Weatherwax who would also join the 3rd Michigan, as captain of Company I.
Charles stood 5’10” with blue eyes, black hair and a fair complexion and was 28 years old and probably still living in Georgetown when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861 -- he may have been related to Ben Parker who was also from Ottawa County and who also enlisted in Company I. (Company I was made up largely of men from Ottawa County, particularly from the eastern side of the County.) Charles was discharged for “gastric fever” on October 11, 1861, at Fort Richardson, Virginia.
He eventually returned to Michigan where at the age of 31 he reentered the service as a Private at Grand Rapids, on August 22, 1864, for three years, in Company I, 21st Michigan Infantry and was mustered the same day. He joined the regiment on October 28, and was mustered out on June 8, 1865, at Washington, DC.
He returned to Michigan after the war.
Charles had probably settled in Montcalm County when he married New York native Esther Crosly (b. 1825), on November 8, 1888, in Greenville, Montcalm County.
Charles was working as a housecleaner and living with his wife Esther in Greenville’s 1st Ward in 1900; also living with him were Charles W. Parker (b. 1876) and Ella M. Parker (b. 1875).
He was living in Michigan in 1888 when he applied for and received a pension (no. 548990) for service in both the 3rd and 21st Michigan infantry regiments. He joined the William A. Kent GAR Post No. 83 in Greenville, Montcalm County, on June 17, 1891.
Charles died around 1904 probably in Michigan.
His widow was living in Michigan in August of 1904 when she applied for a pension (no. 812465).