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.

Robert Huntington Parks (1810-1873) and R. Andes (1824-?)

Robert Huntington Parks and R. Andes are my 3X Great Grandparents, parents of my 2X great grandfather Abraham Parks.

There is a lot of conflicting information on this family. I have sifted through it and I am posting what makes sense to me. Please do not hesitate to propose different facts – leave a comment or message me. I do not feel sure about the facts here, but I wanted to put something out to start a conversation.

Robert Huntington Parks was born about 1810 in Tennessee, probably in Washington County. He is the son of Philip Parks and Katherine White.

R. Andes was born about 1824 in Tennessee according to the 1850 US Census. But who is she? She could be Ruth Andes, daughter of William Andes and Lavina Maria Fine. William’s will of December 1856 in Washington County, Tennessee lists his children as: Mary Parks (but our Mary Andes Parks died prior to 1841), Barbary Walter, Allen Andes, Rebecca Davis, John J. Andes, Abraham Andes, Catherine Leach, William D. Andes (who married Robert’s sister Katherine Parks) and Ruth Parks.

There is a will which Robert H. Parks witnessed along with Abraham Andes (son of William and brother of Ruth) for Abraham Fine in 1843. Abraham Fine could be the brother of Lavina Maria Fine Andes, Robert H. Park’s mother-in-law if he were indeed married to Ruth Andes.

But let’s back up.

Robert married Mary Andes on March 17, 1831 in Washington County, Tennessee. My only record of her is the marriage record, so I do not know when or where she was born or who her parents were. Robert and Mary had at least 4 children, 2 born in Tennessee and 2 born in Kentucky. Mary died by 1841.

Robert returned to Tennessee and married R Andes on June 21, 1841 in Washington County, Tennessee. They had a child in 1842 in Tennessee –  my 2x great grandfather Abraham. Then the family headed west to Southern Missouri, then Northern Arkansas, back to Southern Missouri and back to Northern Arkansas.

On the 1850 US Census, Robert was 40 and his wife R was 26. The family lived in Swan, Taney County, Missouri. There were 5 children at home, all but the youngest born to his Robert’s first wife Mary: William, age 18, born in TN; Philip, age 16, born in TN; John, age 14, born in KY; Albert, age 11, born in KY; Abraham, age 8, born in TN.

R died sometime after the 1850 US Census.

On June 1, 1860, a land record shows that Robert H. Parks purchased 49.51 acres in Boone County, Arkansas (Township 21N, Range 19W, Section 26.)

Robert married Prudence Cheek in Arkansas. She was widowed by Leonard Coker and had at least 5 children.

On the 1860 US Census, Robert was 50 and wife Prudence was 34. They were farming in Sugar Loaf, Carroll County, Arkansas with Robert’s 2 youngest children, and Prudence’s 5 children. Albert was 21; Abraham was 18; Emeline (Coker) was 10, born in AR; HW (Coker) was 9, born in MO; Sarah (Coker) was 7, born in AR; James (Coker) was 4, born in AR; Malinda (Coker) was 2, born in AR.

This letter, shared with permission from Brenda Parks Smith (brendas88@comcast.net), was written to Robert Huntington Park’s son Phillip in Illinois, and obtained from his line:
“Father’s family is all well at this time. He said to tell you that he would be glad to see you once more in life for he was getting very old and was not very stout. I think you ought to come and see pap for he has him a young wife to squeeze whenever he feels like it. John and his family are well and wants to see you very bad. Write all of us and direct your letters to Lead Hill by way of Forsyth.
John Parks, PH [Phillip Henry] Parks, JR [James Robert Coker] Parks, RH [Robert Huntington] Parks and family, there is a few more names but no paper”

In 1864, Robert H. Parks of St. Charles, Missouri, in the occupation of “cider” paid $98.95 in taxes. It was 5% of the $1979 valuation.

On the 187o US Census, Robert was 60 and Prudence was 45. They were still in Sugar Loaf, Boone County, Arkansas.  There were 5 children at home, one from Robert’s first marriage, three from Prudence’s first marriage, and two they had recently had together: John, age 32; HW (Coker), age 19; Sarah (Coker), age 17; James Robert (Coker), age 14; Catherine Elizabeth, age 8 and born in Missouri; Mary Ann, age 6 and born in Missouri.

It is thought that Robert died in 1873 in Lead Hill, Boone County, Arkansas at age 63.

The children of Robert Parks and Mary Andes:

William Parks – William was born February 12, 1832 in Tennessee. He married Melissa Jane Baker in about 1858 and they had a daughter, Zoe. William was killed by bushwackers on August 17, 1862 in Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas. He was 30.

 

 

 

 

Philip Parks – Philip was born April 22, 1835  in Tennessee. He married Nancy Elizabeth Holt on July 31, 1870 in Shelby County, Illinois. They had 8 children. He died February 15, 1917 in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois. He was 81. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

 

(Note: either the birthdate for Philip or the birthdate for John is wrong – very unlikely they were born 6 months apart.)

 

 

John Henry Parks – John was born November 1, 1835 in Woodford County, Kentucky. Served in Civil War. According to his tombstone, he was a 3rd Sergeant with Company C of the 3rd Texas Artillery, Confederate States of America. He married Mary Elizabeth Morris in 1873. They had 4 children. He died April 17, 1906 in Taney County, Missouri. He was 70. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Here’s a story shared by Nadia Valeria Parks Martin on Ancestry.com:
“John H. Parks was born Nov. 1, 1835 in Woodford County, Kentucky.  He was the third son of Robert Huntington Parks.  His mothers name is not known to me at this time.  John’s family moved to Taney County, Missouri sometime before the Civil War.  John served in the Civil War and was paroled (discharged) on June 7, 1865.  He was injured in the war and had a small metal plate in his skull.  This piece of metal made him have bad headaches.  He lived over 41 years with this plate in his head.  He married Mary Elizabeth Morris in 1873 when he was 39 years old and she was 22 years old. Mary Elizabeth was in love with John’s younger brother, Henry.  Henry died suddenly with pneumonia and she grieved over his death.  John’s sister, Mary Ann Parks Taylor, told that Liz would go to Henry’s fathers home, take Henry’s hat off the wall where it hung, hug it and cry.  When John H. came home from the war, Mary Elizabeth (Liz) said, “Henry died and I can’t have him, but I’ll get a Parks yet: so I’ll marry John.”  She did, but it took her about 9 years to catch him. ”

I think the Henry she is speaking of was H.W. Coker Parks, born in 1851 to Prudence Cheek and Leonard Coker, who disappeared after the 1870 US Census. If this is the case, Henry was not dead when John returned from the Civil War. There is not another potential Henry on a Census with Robert Huntington Parks.

Albert A. Parks – Albert was born in about 1839 in Kentucky. The last record I have of him is on the 1860 US Census.

 

 

 

 

 

The children of Robert Parks and R Andes:

Abraham B. Parks – My 2X great grandfather Abraham was born in March of 1842 in Tennessee. He married Eady Anne Alley (maiden name Cane) on September 6, 1866 in Shelby, Illinois. They had 2 children. He married Mary A. Kilman in 1883. They had 4 children. Abraham died December 4, 1900 in Boone County, Arkansas, according to Arkansas Confederate Pension Records. He was 58. He is buried in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Cedarcreek, Taney County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read about him here.

Infant Parks – Infant was born in August of 1849 and died in September of 1849.

The children of Robert Parks and Prudence Cheek Coker:

Catherine Elizabeth Parks – Catherine was born October 15, 1861 in Missouri. She married Thomas Stokes and they had at least 10 children. His Find A Grave memorial includes a newspaper clipping telling of Catherine and Thomas being robbed. She died October 29, 1913 and is buried in Cedarcreek, Taney County, Missouri.  She was 52. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Ann Parks – Mary Ann was born February 8, 1865 in Arkansas. She married George Washington Taylor in about 1882. They had 7 children. She died October 3, 1951 in Slaton, Lubbock County, Texas. She was 86. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.