The Paris reunion was held Sat. October 14th, 2017. Descendants of James Paris of Smith County, Tenn., and friends attended.
As a special event for the day, Ralph Paris and kin, portrayed Union soldiers Pleasant Paris and his son, William J. Paris, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, on Pleasant Hill Cemetery Rd. a short distance from Marion. Pictured above is Rodney portraying Pleasant Paris, and tells of his military history and his journey to Crittenden County.
Pleasant Paris' Civil War stone had been relocated from it's original site, which was a short distance from the Pleasant Hill Cemetery (used to be the Floyd Turley Farm), and placed here, as it would be more accessible to be cared for and preserved.
The old abandoned cemetery were it was originally located was in terrible shape, as it hadn't been cared for in many years. What few stones were there had been removed from their original location and placed by a tree.
Pleasant was the son of James Paris and Sarah Elizabeth Pendleton Paris. He was born about 1813 in Smith Co. Tennessee, was in Company B, 48th KY Inf. He died Nov. 23, 1864 according to the application for his military marker.
It is always wonderful to see and learn the history of our Civil War veterans in such an authentic setting and location. Thanks to Rodney (or Ralph) Paris for preserving this history.