Ralzemond A. Parker was born in 1843, the son of Asher Bull Parker and Harriet Castle. He enlisted in the Michigan Infantry, 17th Regiment, Co. E in Ypsilanti, in August 1862. In February 1863, Parker was discharged for disability in Baltimore, Maryland.
After the war, he attended Michigan State Normal College, now Eastern Michigan University, and taught school in Royal Oak School District No. 6. Parker also apparently sold saws or worked with saw patents.
In 1872, Parker graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He worked as a lawyer at the office of Parker and Beardlee in Birmingham, Michigan. Later, he worked as Henry Ford’s patent lawyer and led the fight for automobile patent rights. In 1913 with eight other Detroit patent attorneys, Parker founded the Michigan Patent Law Association, now known as the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association.
He was active in the Boys in Blue, a political, patriotic organization that eventually became the founding core of the Michigan Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Parker was involved with the GAR, Oakland County Temperance Association, the Michigan State Chess Association, and the Union Veterans’ Patriotic League.
Parker married Sarah Electa Drake, the daughter of Flemon Drake, M.D. Ralzemond Parker died in 1925 and is buried in the Royal Oak Cemetery. Some of his furniture was given to the Royal Oak Historical Society.
Ralzemond is a family name which continues to be actively used among his descendants.
The Clarke Historical Library also has a Michigan Circuit Court case of Hugh Irving, Orrin Poppleton, et al. vs. Frank Ford, Frank Hagerman, et al.; ca. 1887?; in Oakland County, which contains handwritten notes by R.A. Parker, the defendants’ solicitor.
(This information is from the collection and a discussion with Ralzemond Parker’s great-grandson’s wife, Dr. Dorothy E. Finnegan, in 2006.)