William F. Parish was born about 1843 in Gadsden County, Florida and died about 1878 in Blountstown, Florida. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 35 years old.
He fought in the Civil War and was wounded at Cold Harbor, Va. He was appointed Regimental Musician and served time in Libby Military Prison in Richmond for desertion till the end of the war. In 1870 he married Florence in Liberty Co. FL. His occupation was listed as a Laborer on 1870 census. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church (now Nettle Ridge) and died between 1870 and 1880.