I have been researching this family for the past several months and have reached the following conclusions. I would appreciate a many folks as possible reviewing the following and sending me your comments. This does not necessarily match what I've seen on various posts, but is based as best I can tell on actual records. Thanks for your input..
John Parks Sr. [Thomas Parks Sr., John Parks] was born 18 May 1706 in Essex County, Virginia and died apparently Oct 1790 in Wilkes Co., NC where he was a Justice of the Peace. He m. (1) Mary Sharpe 20 Aug 1732 in King George Co., VA (Mary b. 20 Aug 1715 . The Sharpe family is shown previously in this outline with the Proctor family. Frank supplied this copy of the will of John Parks Sr. filed in Probate Court Jan 1793. John reportedly m. (2) Sarah Winfield about 1742. Frank Cockerham says Mary Sharpe may have been Mary Graves?
WILL OF JOHN PARKS
I John Parks, Sr. of State of North Carolina, County of Wilkes being in perfect sences and memory calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing it is appointed for all men to die I make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following I leave my soul to almity god that give it to me hoping through the merits of my blessed saviour to inherit eternal life and my body to decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned and to all my worldly goods. It hath pleased god to bless me with bequeath in manner and form following. Item: my will and desire is that all my just debts be paid fully and satisfied. Item: my will and desire is that my son John Parks be paid eight pounds Virginia money out of my estate for one hogshead of tobacco I borrowed of him. Item: I give unto my daughter Sary Sails five shilling sterling for her full part of my estate. Item: I give unto my son Samuel Parks the land and plantation where I now live also my wagin for his full part of my estate to be delivered to them by my executor's before the day of sale of my estate.
Item: my will and desire is that my son Samuel Parks should have the care and management of my daughter Milly Parks and her part of my estate. Item: my will and desire is that my negros be sold at the highest bidder amongst my children as it's my desire that they be kept among my children. Item: my will and desire is that all the rest of my estate be sold at Publick sail after my death and all the money arising from my hole estate be equally divided among the rest of my children and constitute and appoint my son Benjamin Parks, William Carrel and Samual Parks executors of this my last will and testament revolking and disannulling all other wills by me heretofore made allowing this to be my last will and testament. Witnesses: on 7 February 1787 William Carrell, George Parks, Benjamin Thurston - My will and desire is that some of my estate should be sold to pay my debts before the division of my estate. North Carolina Archives has file of original will, cross reference to page 357 Will Book 1: Wilkes County, North Carolina
Quote from Brian Brooks in Gencircles.com 2004:
John Parks, our ancestor, the son of Thomas Parks, was born May 18, 1706 at Essex County, Virginia. He married Mary Sharp August 20, 1732 at King George County, Virginia. The daughter of Elisha Sharp and Margaret Proctor. In the diary of The Rev. Robert Rose he states: "John Parks came to Orange County in 1736 and he was a shoemaker. Parks had two sons, William and John Parks, Jr. and leased 100 acres of Parson Rose's land on Piney River in present Amherst County.--- In the lease agreement, Parks was to pay Rose 436 pounds of tobacco annually, on December 26, either at Richmond or Warwick warehouses, and to plant a minimum of 100 apple trees with fence." John owned land “on the Nussaponax Swamp, Rappahannock River at Muddy Run, Albemarle and Amherst counties”.
Children of John Parks Sr. and Mary Sharpe are:
Rachel Parks b. 3 Dec1733 in King George Co., Virginia d. 12 Mar 1793 Wilkes Co. NC m. Jonathan Brooks Stamper 1749, had nine children. [ Rachel listed on 9 Feb 1795 settlement document)
Elizabeth Parks b. 27 Feb 1734/35 in King George Co., Virginia d. Wilkes Co.
m. James Gray [Elizabeth listed on 9 Feb 1795 settlement document)
Mary Parks b. 4 Jan 1735/36 in King George Co., Virginia d. Wilkes Co. NC m.
William Parks Sr. b. 13 Oct 1737 in King George Co., Virginia (killed by Indians at Powell’s Valley, Washington Co. VA 6 May 1776) m. (1) Tabitha Ware (2) Mary Ann Dawson (had son John Parks) [listed on 9 May 1795 settlement document]
John Parks Jr. b. 6 Mar 1738/39 d. 1784 m. Jean Kerr (see family later) Most folks seem to think this lady was actually Anne Toney. I don’t know – ldc
[listed on 9 May 1795 settlement document]
Thomas Parks b. 29 Nov 1740 in King George Co., Virginia d. 1819 Burke Co. NC, buried Jaynes cemetery m. Rachel White 1760 [listed on 9 May 1795 settlement document]
James Parks b. 1732 in King George Co., VA d. 1820 Wilkes Co. ??
These following kids may belong to John Parks Sr. and Sarah Winfield?? (I’m not sure about the existence of Sarah? The concensus seems to be building that John and Mary Sharp were the only parents. LDC)
Ann Parks b. 15 Sep 1742 m. Aaron Botts (d. 1780 KY) [ others show Ann married to Samuel Berknell 1745-1790 – I don’t know] [Ann listed on 9 May 1795 settlement document]
Windfield Parks b. 24 Mar 1744 (twin of Mildred below) d. 1750 King Henry Co.
Mildred Parks b. 24 Mar 1744 [listed on 9 May 1795 settlement document]
Capt. Benjamin Parks b. 25 Mar 1746 King George Co. VA d. 11 Jul 1839 in Hall Co. GA m. (1) Verlinche Branch 28 Mar 1774 Bedford Co. VA (two children) m. (2) Elizabeth Branch 3 Nov 1779 (eleven children) [ Benjamin listed on 9 Feb 1795 settlement document and in his father’s will as administrator of the estate)
Frances Parks b. 28 Dec 1747 VA d. VA m. John B. Mays
Charles Parks b. 13 Oct 1749 VA d. 15 May 1806 GA [listed on 9 May 1795 settlement document]
Reuben Parks b. ca 1750 d. 1810 Wilkes County, North Carolina – see later [shown on 9 Feb 1795 settlement document]
Susannah Parks b. 22 Sep 1751 VA m. William Jarrell 3 Jan 1770 Rowan Co. NC William died <28 Oct 1825 Prater Creek, Floyd Co. KY, son of Henry Jarrell. [Susannah listed on 9 May 1795 settlement document]
Linsfield Parks b. 14 Feb 1753 VA d. NC [listed on 9 May 1795 settlement document]
Sarah Sally Parks b. 22 Mar 1755 d. 17 Feb 1845 Warren Co. Ohio (twin of Samuel above) m. Cornelius Sale [this? Sarah listed on 9 Feb 1795 settlement document)
Richard Parks [ Richard listed on 9 Feb 1795 settlement document)
Samuel Lireed Parks b. 22 Nov 1757 d. 23 Oct 1844 Burke Co. NC (served in battle Kings Mountain), had son George Parks [Samuel listed on 9 Feb 1795 settlement document and in his father’s will) m. Elizabeth Herbison in Burke Co. NC
George Parks b. 5 Aug 1759 Amherst, VA d. 7 Dec 1837 Elletsville, Monroe Co., IN, buried Presbyterian Cemetery in Monroe Co. (in battle Kings Mountain) m. (1) Millicent Davis 1779 (seven children) (2) Catherine Reed 1796 (seven children)
What you see listed above are the most prominent and most oft repeated list of the children of John Parks and Mary Sharpe and possibly a second wife Sarah Windfield. Frank Cockerham sent me published copies of some of the settlement papers dated 9 May 1795 for the estate of John Parks which gives a slightly different list of heirs:
John Parks 8 lbs, 6 p (on list above)
Charles Parks 8 lbs, 6 p (on list above)
William Parks 8 lbs, 6 p (on list above)
Thomas Parks 8 lbs, 6 p (on list above)
Linsfield Parks 8 lbs, 6 p (on list above)
Ann Parks Becknel 8 lbs, 6 p (on list above)
Mildred Parks 58 lbs, 6 p full share (on list above)
Susanna Parks Garrell 5 lbs, 6 p (on list above)
This was a preliminary distribution with the first six legatees to get 50 lbs later and Susannah Garrell to receive 53 lbs later.
Another document shows a second distribution to seven heirs totaling 75 lbs, 7 p 6 s This one is dated Feb 9, 1795 in Wilkes County, NC
These seven heirs listed 9 Feb 1795 were: Benjamin, Reuben, Richard, Samuel, Sarah, Elizabeth and Rachel Parks.
DOCUMENTED TIME LINE DOCUMENTED TIME LINE
Referenced documents from Wilkes County, NC: TIME LINE
February, 1787 John Parks wrote his will in Wilkes Co. NC
October 26, 1790 Estate of John Parks ordered to be divided by court (later)
February 5, 1793 John Parks will recorded in Wilkes Co. NC (later)
March 18, 1794
Then rec. of Benjamin Parks and Samuel, ex. of John Parks Sr. sum of 50 pounds cash for use of his heirs rec. by Benjamin Parks, Ex. of John Parks, Jr.
signed Benjamin Parks test: Solomon Baker (abstracted)
March 19, 1794
Then received of Benjamin Parks and Samuel Parks Executors of John Parks 50 pounds. I say received by me Samuel Bicknell Test: George Parks
March 19, 1794
Then rec. by Benjamin Parks and Samuel Parks. Ex. of John Parks 50 pounds.
Signed Thomas Parks test: George Parks
November 15, 1794
Thomas Parks of County Burke NC held and bound to Benjamin Parks and
Samuel Parks Ex. of John Parks Sr. for 200 pounds, conditions are such that if he has rec. more than justly due he shall pay back same to above name Ex.
signed Thomas Parks test: James Parks (abstracted)
Know that we Martin Parks, William Parks, James Waugh, Samuel Burks, and Elizabeth Parks of Amherst Co. VA bound unto Benjamin Parks of Burke Co. NC 100 pounds... bind ourselves in sum of 200 pounds.. do pay or cause
to be paid unto Benjamin Parks our share of John Parks desc. of Wilkes Co NC just debts if any arise against estate than above obligations. signed Martin Parks, Wiliam Parks, James Waugh, Samuel Burks, Elizabeth Parks
test: Elliott Brown, James Parks (abstracted)
December 4, 1794
Then rec. of Samuel Parks Ex of John Parks Sr. deceased 50 pounds current
money of NC by us. signed John Parks and Thomas Parks test: William Carrell
February 9, 1795 ------ See document referenced earlier listing Benjamin, Reuben, Richard, Samuel, Sarah, Elizabeth and Rachel Parks.
Signed – William Thurmond, Richard Allen and test by William Carrell.
March 11, 1795
Then rec. by Benjamin Parks Sr. and Samuel Parks Ex. of John Parks Sr. 13
pounds 6 shilling and 8 pence, signed Benjamin Parks.
May 9, 1795
We Wm. Garrill and George Carter of Burke Co. NC firmly bound to Benj. Parks and Samuel Parks Ex of estate of John Parks, Sr. in sum of 100 pounds conditions such that we shall pay back the sum of money Wm. Garrill has rec. if more than his part with interest. Said Garrill has received 58 pounds 6 shilling for his whole part.
signed William Garrell, George Carter Test: Abil (X) Crisp (abstracted)
This is undated and in full copy of original [9 May 1795, see earlier)
The committee to whom was referred the settlement of the estate of John Parks
Sr. deceased report as follows that it appears after the charges against the estate are deducted from the amount of the sale that fourteen legatees are entitled to fifty eight pounds 6 shillings which amount to 516 pounds 4 shilling (not sure about this amount) which is the whole amount of the estate and
it appears that the executors have in their hand 113 ???? pounds which is due the legatees viz: (each listed with 58 pounds 6 shilings) John Parks, Charles Parks, William Parks, Thomas Parks, Linsfield Parks, Ann Bicknell, Mildred Parks, Susannah Carrell
Several of us have been collecting data attempting to link our ancestor Mollie Parks Walls through Reuben Parks of Little Elkin Creek community, Wilkes County, North Carolina to the rest of the Parks family. Through study of land transactions, plotting locations, and other documents, cousin Frank Edward Cockerham came to the following conclusions in 2004:
“In the following I will be discussing the estate of the subject
whose Will was written 7 Feb 1787. This will mentioned a daughter Milley and
a son Benjamin, who was to be one of the Executors. No name of a wife, so I won't venture to name her either.
On 26 Oct 1790, it was ordered that an estate of John Parks
dec’d be divided by Richard Allen, William Carrel & Thomas Thurman.
On 5 Feb 1793, the last will and test. of John Parks decd
recorded by oath of William Carrell, George Parks and Benjamin Thurston; Benjamin Parks & Samuel Parks, qualified execrs. of Will of John Parks.
On 4 Feb 1795: Ordered on petition of Benjamin Parks that William
Carroll, Thomas Thurmond, Richard Allen, Joseph Hernden and John Bryan
Esq be appt committee to divide estate of John Parks Esq decd.
Undated loose page discovered by Phylis Kumler, published in
Spring 1999 issue of Wilkes Genealogy Society bulletin: "The committee to whom was referd the Settlement of the estate of John Parks Snr deceased report ------- fourteen legatees are Entitled to 58 pounds 6 shillings each which
amounts to L816:4:0 which is the whole amount of the estate and it appears the [will]. Executors have in their hands L113:8:0 which is due the legatees---". Six getting L8:6:0 were John, William, Charles, Thomas, Linsfield, and Ann Becknell. Milley (note that name) got a full share of L58:6:0. A Susanna Carrel got L5:6:0. Much of the estate was unaccounted for in value, and more of the 14 legatees were to have a later distribution. A second page of the document
was missing. It would have had a date and the names of the committee. But
because Milley was the prime legatee, we know this was the estate of "John Parks Sener".
On 9 Feb 1795, Will Book 1, page 460: The document I published in
June 2001 of WGS bulletin. A distribution proposed by Thos Thurmond,
Richard Allen and William Carrell of L75:7:6 to seven names including Benjamin and Samuel Parks, sons named in the 1787 Will of John Parks Sener. This distribution was to complete obligations to 14 legatees.
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