Phillip Parks (1779-1854) and Katherine White (1780-?)

Philip Parks and Katherine White are my 4X great grandparents, the parents of my 3X great grandfather Robert Huntington Parks.

Philip Parks was born in 1779 in Maryland according to the 1850 US Census. He was the son of Philip Parks and Hannah Peckon/Packcow/Packow.

Katherine White was born about 1780 in Virginia, to Christian White (perhaps born in 1750 in Prussia) and Elizabeth Stonebraker (perhaps born in 1750 in Virginia.)

Philip and Katherine married in about 1800.

Philip Parks is listed on the Tennessee Early Census Index as living in Washington, Tennessee in 1814.

On the 1830 US Census, Philip Parks was head of a household in Washington, Tennessee. There were 11 in the household: 2 males aged 10-14 (John was 11); 2 males aged 15-19 (William was 17 and Philip was 19); 1 male aged 20-29 (Robert was 20); 1 male aged 50-59 (Philip was 51); 1 female under age 5 (Katherine was 5); 1 female aged 5-9 (Rebecca was 8); 1 female aged 10-14 (Nelly was 13); 1 female aged 15-19 (Mary was 15); 1 female aged 40-49 (Katherine was 50). Daughter Sarah would have been 10, and isn’t accounted for here. There’s an extra male aged 10-14.

On the 1840 US Census, Philip Parks was again head of a household in Washington, Tennessee. There were 8 in the household: 2 males aged 5-9 (unknown); 1 male aged 30-39 (probably Philip, age 29, though he was enumerated living alone also); 1 male aged 60-69 (Philip was 61); 1 female aged 10-14 (daughter Katherine was 15); 1 female aged 15-19 (Rebecca was 18); 1 female aged 20-29 (Sarah was 20); 1 female aged 50-59 (Katherine was 60).

Philip’s wife Katherine died between the 1840 & 1850 Census.

On the 1850 US Census, Philip Parks was in Subdivision 4, Washington, Tennessee. He was 71 and born in Maryland. He lived with son Philip Parks, age 39 and born in Tennessee; Sarah Ramsey, age 20 and born in North Carolina; and Eliza Ramsey, age 1 month, born in Tennessee.

Philip’s will, dated March 22, 1854, divided his estate as follows: to daughter Elizabeth Booth, $50 in trade if is she outlives her husband, and if not to her heirs; to daughter Nelly Nelson, $50 in trade; to daughter Nancy Tinker, $50 in trade; to son Robert Parks, $50 in trade; to son William Parks, $50 in trade; to daughter Sarah White, $50 in trade; to daughter Katherine Andes, $50 in trade; to daughter Rebecca Orr, $50 in trade; to supposed daughter of deceased son John Parks, Tilda Jane Freeman, $100 in trade at age 21; to son and executor of estate Phillip Parks, $50 in trade, and the value of a mare and mule colt detained by son-in-law Samuel Erwin (husband of daughter Mary Erwin), and balance of estate.

The children of Phillip Parks and Katherine White:

Elizabeth Parks – Elizabeth was born in 1804 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married John Booth in 1828 in Washington County, Tennessee. They had 12 children. She did outlive her husband by 10 years, so she got her inheritance. Elizabeth died in 1875 at age 71 or 72. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Nancy Parks – Nancy was born about 1808 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married James Abraham Tinker and they had at least 9 children. I found mention that they helped found Shallow Ford Church in Unicoi County, Tennessee. The last record I have of her is on the 1880 US Census when she was widowed, age 74, and living in Browns, Unicoi County, Tennessee.

Robert Huntington Parks – My 3X great grandfather Robert was born about 1810 in Tennessee, probably in Washington County. He married Mary Andes on March 17, 1831 in Washington County, Tennessee and they had 4 children. He married R Andes on June 21, 1841 in Washington County, Tennessee. They had my 2X great grandfather Abraham. He married Prudence Cheek Coker in Arkansas in about 1860. They had two children. It is thought that Robert died in 1873 in Lead Hill, Boone County, Arkansas at age 63. Read about him here.

Philip Parks – Philip was born in 1811 in Washington County, Tennessee. He is found twice on the 1860 US Census, both times in Phelps County, Missouri. First he was living with the John Salt family in Rolla and two months later living next door to the John Salt family in Green. John is thought to have died in the Civil War. Philip married John’s wife, Mary Ann Scotts Salt by the 1870 US Census. The last record I have of him is the 1880 US Census when he was 68 and lived in Dillon, Phelps County, Missouri with wife Mary.

William Parks – William was born October 23, 1813 in Washington County, Tennessee. He married Nancy Erwin on June 13, 1835 in Washington County, Tennessee. They had at least 7 children. He died December 20, 1885 at age 72. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Parks – Mary was born in 1815 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married Samuel Erwin in Washington County, Tennessee on December 19, 1832. They had 15 children. On the 1900 US Census when she was widowed and 84 years old, living with daughter Mary in Civil District 7, Unicoi County, Tennessee. She died June 13, 1909 at age 93 or 94. Her death record indicates she was a midwife.

Eleanor “Nelly” Parks – Nelly was born in 1817 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married James Berryman Nelson on May 2, 1826 in Washington County, Tennessee.  The only record I have of the family is the 1850 US Census, when Eleanor was 43 and lived with husband James and 7 children in Subdivision 4, Washington County, Tennessee. In 1860 James was living in the same area with his 2 youngest children, with his brother’s family.

John Parks – John was born in about 1819 in Washington County, Tennessee. The only record I have of John is the mention of him in his father’s will. He was deceased by the time of the will in 1854, and was thought to be the father of Tilda Jane Freeman.

Sarah Parks – Sarah was born in 1820 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married Joseph White on March 5, 1842 in Washington County, Tennessee. On the 1850 US Census she was 30, married to Joseph White, and living in Subdivision 4, Washington County, Tennessee with 4 sons. On the 1880 US Census she was 62, widowed, and living in Macon, Tennessee with her son George’s family.

Rebecca Parks – Rebecca was born in 1822. She married Henry Jackson Orr on December 9, 1847 in Washington County, Tennessee. She died in 1880 in Carter County, Tennessee at age 58 or 59. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Katherine Parks – Katherine was born in 1825 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married William Andes in about 1846, and they had at 10 children. She was a widow, age 55, on the 1880 US Census. She lived in Richland, Shelby, Illinois with 3 of her children. Katherine died on January 10, 1883 in Shelby County, Illinois. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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