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Re: Joseph, Washington Co., PA; 1796
Posted by: David Parkison (ID *****0148) Date: April 23, 2005 at 13:33:34
In Reply to: Re: Joseph, Washington Co., PA; 1796 by Char Deal of 90


As a fellow Parkison Researcher, I have been attempting for several years to establish a connection to the "Parkison's Ferry" Parkisons who were involved in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. The father of these Parkisons, William Parkison(1720?-1802) was in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania from as early as 1750--maybe before--and remained there the rest of his life. His sons were Joseph, Benjamin, James, Richard, Thomas, William, John and David. His three daughters were Elizabeth, Catherine and Elizabeth. The birthdate years of Joseph(1739), Benjamin (1750), and David(1758) are the only ones that have been verified by any of the researchers that I know of. One of these is a descendant of David Parkison, who was probably the youngest of the eleven children of William and Margaret(maiden name unknown) Parkison. You have said that Mark Parkison was the son of William Parkison. The William Parkison that was the son of the William Parkison that I have mentioned above is not the same William Parkison that you have mentioned as the father of Mark Parkison. The William Parkison who was the brother of the "Whiskey Rebellion" Parkisons left Washington County sometime after the birth of his daughter in 1782, arriving in Bourbon County, Kentucky by September of 1787. He later operated a tavern in Mason County, Kentucky. Just after 1800, he sold his land in Kentucky and purchased land in Champaign County, Ohio, where he remained until his death on August 11, 18ll. I have more information if you wish to know more about this William Parkison. There appears to have been several William Parkisons living in Western Pennsylvania in the late 1700's and early 1800's, so it is very easy to get confused. This Parkison family and several others who emigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1700's were of English and Scotch-Irish(Ulster Scot) heritage. Some of them did intermarry with Protestant Germans living in Southeastern Pennsylvania. My earliest Parkison ancestor, Edward Parkison(died in 1755) did this as did one of his sons.

David Parkison

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