Virginia N. Parrish was born in Madison County, Kentucky 8n Jan 1914 to Norval Duerson Parrish and James Gordon Parrish. She had no siblings and never married. Virginia attended Model Laboratory School and Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College where she graduated in 1935. Virginia went on to teach, first at the high school level and then as a professor of French at Marshall University where she remained until she retired.
Virginia's father, J. Gordon Parrish, was the son of Lyman Parrish and Minerva Davis Parrish. The Parrish's had one other child, a daughter named Mossie Parrish. Her mother was the daughter of John A. Duerson and Tabitha Crutcher Duerson. The other Duerson children were Annie, Alice, Lena, Jennie and Johnie, Jr.
This collection contains mostly of genealogy research materials relating to the Parrish, Duerson, Cleveland, Crutcher, Phelps and Arnold families and photographs of the Parrish, Duerson, Bailey and Crutcher families to name but a few. Of note are class photos from Madison Female Institute and Model Laboratory School. With the exception of the photographs from France, they are very well identified and give a good look into the lives of typical young people in Richmond in the early 1900s.