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Descendants of William Parke (1762-1820) and Synah Perry (1765-1815).

William Parke (1762-1820) married 15 1787 Granville Co., North Carolina to Synah Perry (1765-1815). (Marriage Bond dated 31 January 1787 Granville Co., North Carolina; Book/Page number citation not shown in report.) Migrated ca. 1800-1806 to Adair County, Kentucky to area now Russell County (1825), near current (2010) town of Eli (Eli Quadrangle, Eli USGS map) and road called (coincidently) Parks Ridge Road. Reportedly, to the property on Caney Fork of Wolf Creek. However, GNIS shows Caney Fork on Jabez map (Lat. 36.5918 Long. -084.5933) and Wolf Creek on Jamestown map (Lat. 36.5635 Long. -085.0036).

Descendants to Lincoln County, Missouri then Hickory County, Missouri; also Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin.

This family and descendants are documented in "Kinfolks of William Parke and Synah Perry, and Josiah Wilson and Margaret Crow, Including the Related Families of Hammonds, Lewis, Stephens, Wheeler, Estes, Lynn, Hopper, Picklin, Ellis and Others" by Margie Ellis Howell; 1967. Unfortunately, the book is long out of print and additional printed copies are no longer available. It is possible to borrow the book through interlibrary loan. Copies are available at a number of public, university and genealogy libraries and at least one of them will circulate through Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Check Worldcat and contact your local public library. I believe copies are specifically available at the following libraries:

Researchers Addenda

William Parke (1762-1820) and Synah Perry (1765-1815)

A family Bible record has been located in South Dakota showing that William & Synah were the parents of six children:

News Letter of the Parke Society, 1986 - Vol. XXIII, No. 2, pgs. 20-21
From an old email, this Bible MAY have been in the possession (at least at one time) of Mrs. Emery J. (Alzora E. nee Parke) Darling of Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Synah is the earliest known ancestor of the Perry surname. Presumably her family somewhere in the area of Granville County, North Carolina ca. 1787.

The News Letter of the Parke Society, 1986 - Vol. XXIII, No. 2, pgs. 20-21 reports that William Parke (1762-1825(1820?)) was son of William Parke who married at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina who in turn was son of John Parke who died in 1766 at Halifax County, North Carolina (will proved July, 1766). The article provides only partial transcriptions, no citation references in some cases and limited narrative analysis. More TBA.

The graves of William Parke (1762-1820) and Synah Perry (1765-1815) were located in the 1960's by Margie Ellis Howell on what was once their land. This is described in her 1967 book on pages 6-8, 6-9 and I-15. As of 2010, the locations she names are currently spelled or known as Parks Ridge Road and Parks Ridge (or Parksridge) Assembly of God Church in what is now Russell County, Kentucky Their deaths are reported as 1820 and 1815 but Russell County was not formed until 1825 from parts of Adair, Cumberland and Wayne. I am guessing that, pre-1825, their land was located in Adair County. See following Parke Family Cemetery

Perry Parke (1792-1866) and Nancy Wilson (1793-1858)

Perry Parke (1792-1866) s/o William Parke (1762-1820) and Synah Perry (1765-1815). Nancy Wilson (1793-1858) d/o Josiah Wilson (1765-1830) and Margaret "Peggy" Crow (abt1770-1817). Migrated to Lincoln County, Missouri Missouri about 1818, then to Hickory County, Missouri. Some children stayed in Lincoln County, others to Hickory County. Photos and transcription of The Parke Cemetery at Hickory County, Missouri where Perry Parke (1792-1866) and Nancy Wilson (1793-1858) are buried. It is located near the Butcher Church. Directions: One half mile south of Hwy T on County Road 71, south of Quincy. The cemetery is on the left hand side of the road about 100 feet in the middle of a hay field.

Many of the Parke family buried at Fairview / Butcher Cemetery in Hickory County, Missouri

Josiah Wilson Parke (1816-1858)

Updated list of children based on 1850 census. Review of 1860 census pending; expect to complete list since Josiah died in 1858.

Family of Josiah Wilson Park (1816-1858) and Barbara Ingram (1812-1881)

Park obituaries and newspaper clippings.

More coming!


Parke Burials

Parke Family Cemetery, Russell Co., Kentucky - Findagrave.com

According to Findagrave.com: "Parke Family Cemetery" the location is about "a mile back" of "where they lived." "There appears to be 4 graves there. In addition to William and Synah, two of their grandchildren were also buried there. These grandchildren were the children of young William Parke, son of William and Synah." As of 2010, the locations are apparently spelled or known as Parks Ridge Road and Parks Ridge (or Parksridge) Assembly of God Church in what is now Russell County, Kentucky The Family Association has placed a marker with the following inscription:
Here lies William Parke and Synah Perry, married in 1787 in Granville, NC, and two of their grandchildren. Settled Parkes Ridge in 1806. Erected in loving memory of their children who went to Missouri in 1817.
At this point, I do not have a better description of the location of the cemetery.

Parke Cemetery, Hickory Co., Missouri

Parke Cemetery, Hickory Co. Missouri - Findagrave.com

Findagrave.com: Parke Family Cemetery at Hickory Co. Missouri

Parke Cemetery, Hickory Co., Missouri - website

Photos and transcription of The Parke Cemetery at Hickory County, Missouri where Perry Parke (1792-1866) and Nancy Wilson (1793-1858) are buried. It is located near the Butcher Church. Directions: One half mile south of Hwy T on County Road 71, south of Quincy. The cemetery is on the left hand side of the road about 100 feet in the middle of a hay field. (direct link to display following window fullsize).

Fairview / Butcher Cemetery, Hickory Co., Missouri

Fairview / Butcher Cemetery, Hickory Co., Missouri - Findagrave.com

Findagrave.com: Fairview / Butcher Cemetery

Fairview / Butcher Cemetery, Hickory Co., Missouri - Website

Many of the Parke family buried at Fairview / Butcher Cemetery in Hickory County, Missouri (direct link to display following window fullsize).


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