Charles Parker was born in 1833 in Wayne County, Michigan, possibly the son of Alanson (b. 1797) and stepson of Sarah (b. 1818).
Vermonter Alanson married Connecticut native Sarah and moved from New York to Michigan and by 1840 was possibly living in Washtenaw County. In 1850 Charles was attending school and working as a farmer with his father and older brother Henry in Handy, Livingston County.
Charles married Michigan native Elizabeth (b. 1839), probably in Michigan, and they had at least two children: Mary Stone Parker (b. 1856) and David H. (b. 1858).
By 1860 Charles was working as a lumberman and living with his wife and children in Georgetown, Ottawa County; near by lived George Weatherwax who would also join the Third 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, Twenty-first 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 again returned to Michigan. (In 1870 his father was living with Thomas Parker in Howell, Livingston County.)
Charles was married a second time to Esther.
He was living in Michigan in 1888 when he applied for and received a pension (no. 548990).
Charles probably died in 1904 and probably in Michigan.
In any case, his widow was living in Michigan in August of 1904 when she applied for a pension (no. 812465).