Thomas Parsons

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Thomas Melvin "Mel" Parsons (born November 4, 1844 in Jefferson County; died April 17, 1904 in Bessemer) was a farmer, cotton ginner and Jefferson County Commissioner.

Parsons was one of ten children born to Samuel and Susannah Power Parsons. The family moved to Jefferson County in 1838 from South Carolina. Thomas served as a private in the 12th Alabama Infantry, Company D, during the Civil War and was wounded in battle. He married Molly Clementine Goodwin on January 4, 1866 and had six children with her.

Parsons was a resident of Wetona community in Western Jefferson County, where he operated a farm and cotton gin. He was elected to serve on the County Commission in the 1880s and was in office during the construction of the 1889 courthouse. He was a member of the Masonic order.

Parsons died in 1904 and is buried in the Mud Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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