Shirley, the Swain County Delayed Birth Records [which I just finished compiling last fall] list Manuel Rufus Parton as born in Bryson City 1884-03-21, the s/o Thad Parton and Margaret Higdon--both of Georgia [per his application]. However, an application of one of his sons gives the birthplace as Towns Co., Georgia.
The records lists the following children for Manuel and Sarah Elizabeth/Etta Freeman Parton: Edgar Nathanel, Edna, Frank, Fred, Grayson Roby, Harrie Malone,Ollie Mae, Ruby,Thad William, and Vesta Margaret.
I do not have any information on the son Russell.
Good luck on your search, Merrell Riddle