“Marian Parker (III)”

Author: Andrew Jenkins
Earliest date: 1928 (recording, Andrew Jenkins)
Keywords: homicide execution trial abduction mother
Found in: US(SE)


Marian and her sister set out for school. Edward Hickman tells her her father had an accident, and kidnaps her. He demands a $1500 ransom. Her father brings the money, but finds her dead body. The song blames Hickman but does not tell his fate


This is item dF57 in Laws's Appendix II. Laws lists a total of four Marian Parker ballads (the others are F33, dF56, and dE49, "Edward Hickman"). This, one of two by Andrew Jenkins and appearing in the Brown collection, has the opening stanza, "Now little Marion (sic) Parker, She left her home one day, She started to the schoolhouse, Her heart was light and gay." - RBW

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  1. BrownII 256, "Little Marion Parker" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4127
  3. BI, LdF57