VA - Orange
Essex, Amherst, NC
- Jackson, Elbert, Franklin ,
, Rankin, Newton
(PAF file of J. Lee Sharp,
gives him wife
Mary Witter, of MD & put this family in CT/MD area, I have no
inVA in late
m Mary Sharp
m (not Ann, she was wife of another John
1825 Ms Covington
m Elizabeth D
1852 Ms Newton
m Mattie L Hurst
Lucy I Graham
1935 Ms Newton
Mary M White
Kelly Kay King
Things to Check
Check into John of
North Nech VA 1657 and Ambrose of North Nech
Find Out About James That Married Maude Futrell,
had 3 sons 1 to GA, others
to NC, William, Henry, ?Samuel.
3 relationships between Parks/Green/ Johnson/Justice
4 check early SC - Pickens, Ocohee, Anderson, Abbeville, and
This family is well document by http://www.parke.org/
last I heard they call Thomas’s line the “C”
1 unpublished-Memoir of Wm Justice Parks 1865-1873 (Son of
Henry) (Methodist preacher Oxford, Newton Co. MS June 1865
2 Dairy of E.M. Parks pages
(Grandson of George 1759)
& Thomas I Families
Pioneers Gen. Mag Vol Xii No 3 August 1975
4. Hurst Family Bible (1990’s O.D.Parks owner)
6. Marriage records of Newton Co.
7. A Memorial to Hiram H. Parks
8. Scott Co. Marriage
Cemetery Markers, Beulah Bap.
Records of John
Parks –Confederate Army (john/John/Henry)
11. Will of John Parks JR of Wilkes Co. NC, wife, Negro
women Sile, Sons John & Benamin, Witness Rubin
, Jepse Alexander
12 Wilkes Co Marriage pre 1800 (by Nancy F Sidder) Copy of
marriage include Henry to Pattie Justice 9 Dec 1792,Bondsman Benj.
The Rucker family
pages 436-447 info on Thomas Parks d 1752
Patents for John
17. “Georgia Roster of the Rev.”
parks of Albemarle Co. VA, died in
Franklin Co. GA, received land grand in GA for his services, married 3
NC line S31898,
Wilkes co. NC at enlistment, applied 3 Sept. 1832 for pension, living
Franklin Co. GA for 32 years in 1832,knowledgement of service was a
Samuel parks Burke Co, NC (no relationship mention)
From the Work
of Harold Graham
Henry Parks, Sr., the father of John Parks Sr., of Newton
County MS, was
born in Albemarle Co. VA, on the 31st of May in the year 1758.
According to the
family bible available to his son William Justice Parks.
He was approximately 5’ 8” tall and of brawny
From William Justice Parks we
“Living near the Blue Ridge
Mountains high up on the Yadkin
, he was
in all the habits of those rough mountaineers and it is doubted whether
ever became a more expert huntsman.
There he learned all the habits of deer, bear, and other animals
which the mountain regions abounded.
This education he never forgot
to the latest hour of his life.
According to his own statement,
his religious training was but very little removed from that of a
I have often heard him say that
prayer he ever recalled to have offered up to God in his life was after
a sermon preached by John Majors a Methodist minister in Elbert Co.
GA., when a
married man with a family.
and those he associated with in N.C. were Baptists of the old pattern.
The theme and burden of their preaching were
grace, particular election, foreknowledge, decres\ess, reprobations,
The people were taught they could do
He often said, using his own
word,” All I ever recollect of my thoughts about religious matters were
supposed if I am one of God’s own elect I should in his own time be
and I used sometimes to wonder whether I was elected or reprobate and
stand no chance to be saved about which however I gave myself no
before the Revolutionary War, Henry Parks and Approximately thirty
settled in “powder Valley
Note: Powell’s Valley of modern-day Lee County, VA) and attempted to
settlement. they found there rich soil and were able to raise one crop
also living off the game that abounded the area-deer, turkey, elk,
The Indians grew too hostile,
though, Killing one of Henry’s uncles, William Parks, and cutting down
For the circumstances, the party
was forced to retreat back into North Carolina
the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Henry Parks, Sr., joined the
minutemen and was engaged in many skirmishes with the Tories.
At the battle of Kings Mountain
he took a putar ball in his left arm near his shoulder, he was treated
British surgeon who had been captured in the battle.
The surgeon dressed the wound by drawing a
silk handkerchief through the bullet hole and then wrapped the wound.
To facilitate his recovery, Henry was guided
home to safety by two uncles, George and Samuel Parks.
Parks, Sr., later related his military experiences in a rev. War
Application dated & June 1832, Franklin County, Georgia (Minutes of
Franklin Co. GA., Court of the Ordinary, may 4th 1829 to November 11th
pp. 90 ff) In this application he states that he was born in 1758,
County Virginia, and that following the war, removed from Wilkes County
Wilkes Co. GA in 1784.
He moved to Franklin County Georgia
“about 36 years since and has remained there ever since”.
A “record of his age is in the possession of
Moses or James Parks in Burke Co., north Carolina
present age was 74 years and he was living in Capt. Ginn’s District in Franklin County
He further states that He entered the Service of the United
the militia of North Carolina in Wilkes County in 1774 or 1775 under
Guess as a volunteer and was placed under the command of Genl.
marched to the Valley Irons in the Cherokee Nation, went on scouting
and took some prisoners, served at the time two? Months and was
enlisted in the Militia for six months as a Minute Man under Lieutenant
Cleveland and Capt Walton, was marched against the Tories & Scotch
Creek (now Fayetteville
served the six months and was discharged by Capt Walton.
He next entered the Army in Wilkes
under Captain Gilbreath and General Rutherford and was marched to Purrysburg, South Carolina
, was stationed there
some time to save time
at Two Sister or Sister Perry, was discharged at Sister Perry after 5
service on this Tour.
Again he entered
the service as a volunteer at Wilkes County, North Carolina under Capt.
and Col. Benj. Cleveland, was sent to King’s Mountain, was in the ball
was wounded by a rifle ball through the arm, return after two months
& resided at home until his wound healed up.
he volunteered under Capt. John
Cleveland and Col Lenore(sic)
placed under command of Genl. Rutherford, was marched in two miles of Wilmington
a guard at Bridge to keep them from crossing over, was marched back to
and discharged by Capt, John Cleveland after a Service of about 6 weeks.
Again Volunteer under Capt. Lewis & went
to join General Green and
march with his
army to High Rock Ford or Haw River
a month as a scout against the Tories.
Served about a month before Gates defeat Scouting after the
were commanded by Genl. Bryant. At the time he was a volunteer under
Lewis, and was joined by General Rutherford when the Tories marched off
were defeated by Sumter
At hanging rock.
He was in several other
scouting parties, Always served at a moments warning against the Tories
this was irregular service, does not distinctly recollect the time
Although thinks he severed about 3 years as a private soldier.
one of Henry’s horse was also killed in this battle as he was awarded
1782 the amount of 20 pounds specie for 1 horse (revolutionary War
the United States of America for Sundries furbished the Militia of
Carolina, Virginal, & South Carolina as allowed by Brown, Erwin
lea, Auditors, Salisbury Distinct, Voucher #1084, North Carolina.
Parks SR, returned to the family home in Wilkes County ,North Carolina
following the war and on 13 May 1780
, entered into the deed records 300
aces on the branch of
Little Elkin adjoining Gabriel Loving.
This land is not shown in the tax records for 1782.
By 1782 Henry had acquired 150 acres of land,
two horses, and 1 head of cattle.
records indicate that he received a land grant for 150 acres on 23 October 1782
being located Parks Creek adjoining William Loving.
Henry Parks, Sr., also enter in the deeds
Wilkes County, 150 acres on 26 May 1778
This land is described as being “on Parkes
Creek on the county line, up the main creek
to the Schoolhouse”.
On 21 September 1786
Parks of the State of Georgia
and Wilkes Co. NC” sold Clisby Cobb of Surry County, North Carolina
, 150 acres on
both sides of Parks
Creek, adjoining the county line and William Loving.
Parks, SR., married (1) on 9 December 1782
, Wilkes County
to Martha Elizabeth (Pattie) Justice.
Martha was born in VA on 1 May 1753
, and died
on 17 July 1813
William Justice does not name parents,
however, he indicates that her her father was “a low-set, hardy man a
the corpulent order”.
was, according to William Justice Parks, A Johnson, but little else is
about her family except the Johnson were given to tallness, a trait
occasionally acoours with Martha descendant.
William Justice Parks identifies Martha’s brother and sisters as
Justice, the only son, and daughters as Mollie Justice who married John
and Suzannah Justice who married Watson Calk.
I (Kelly Parks)
found says that Martha Elizabeth (Pattie)
Justice , wife of Henry Parks, Sr., birth date was 17 Jan1762.
Its says that her father was John Justice
born 18 March 1720 VA, died Orange County NC in 11 November 1795.
John Justice was married probably twice, the
to Elizabeth Edwards about ~1765.
Justice was the son of
to William Justice Parks, Henry’s mother was remarried hen he returned
war, but does not indicate the
circumstances under which this took place.
John Parks., Jr., lived for many years, there after, was one of
fourteen legatees named in his father’s estate which was resolved in
There is also an indication that
JR., lived briefly in Wilkes Co. GA.
Whatever the circumstances, Henry Parks, Sr., chose to relocate
along with his commanding officer Benjamin Cleveland, and others
Henry worked initially as an
overseer, but in 1786 was awarded a grant of 287 1/2 acres in Franklin
This land is
on little (also Nail’s) Creek.
Justice Parks indicated that Henry
remained in Wilkes Co. GA for a period of 10 years.
Tax record for the ear 1798 indicate that
Henry owed 150 acres in Wilkes Co. GA and 287 1/2 acres in Franklin County GA
Henry Parks, Sr., and his son William Justice Parks were greatly
the preaching of Lorenzo Dow and the early Methodist circuit-rides
Humphries and John Major, and Henry’s conversion to the Methodist Church
resulted in him dedicating his life to Christ.
Henry became an active lay leader of the church and openly
home to Humphries, Major and Bishop Francis Asbury.
With other, he set about to build a church in
By 1799 he had established
a place of Worship, and Bishop Asbury would pay visits there both in
Asbury noted in his journal, under
the date of Saturday,
November 23, 1799
that he was “at park’s new cabin chapel,
riding eighteen miles, I exhorted”.
is probably the same property that appears
in the deed records of as Franklin County,GA, Deed Book RR, pp.
dated 1 October 1805/ recorded 8 June 1808, viz-
Warner Stoe and Sally Stoe of Franklin County
to Henry Parks,
Joel Marby, Caleb Garrison, Nathan Pitchford, Isaac Dalrimpel, Beal
Jedediah Garrison, and Joacim, as trustees.
In consideration for 50 cents, convey once acre in Franklin
on waters of Hudson
to be held in trust by the
name trustees and their and their successors. Wit: John Westbrook,
Chandler, Samuel Morgan.
Sworn to by
Morgan before Elias Baker, J. P., 28 May 1808
Asbur returned to Parks’ Cabin Chapel on Saturday, October 14, 1801.
He note on that date that “we came to Parks’
Meeting House. Brother Blanton spoke on John xii,35; my subject was
We have traveled about 100
miles since our entrance into GA, passing through parts of Richmond
Lincoln, Elbert, &Franklin counties.
The evenings and morning have been cold;
the people, however, are extremely kind.
I have experienced great sensible enjoyment of God - our cabins
courts, when Jesus is there. In my ministry I have been greatly
unless I am more temperate in my talk, in tone and time, I shall not be
mange more than every
William Justice Parks, than only an infant , the experice with Bishop
Lorenzo Dow, John Majors and other evangelists began a commitment to
ministry that lasted more than 50 years and which helped bring the
frontiersman in several counties in northeastern GA.
marriage of Henry Parks, Sr., and Martha Parks produced eight children,
Henry was to remarry twice thereafter and to have 3 additional children
second wife, Emma Crutchfield.
married (3) Mrs. Sarah Pulliam, but political difference over the issue
Slavery caused them to dissolve the marriage.
Heard of John Parks?
The early records of Wiles Co. North Carolina include at
least 4 adults named John Parks, making research of this name difficult.
These John Parks maybe described as the
1. John Parks Sr., husband of Mary sharp
son of the above.
He is living in the same general area as his
In 1774 tax list for Capt.
District, Wilkes County, North
, he is shown with sons Samuel and
slaves James & Luce (Lucy)
John Parks, Jr., son of John Parks,
Mary sharp,, was born 6
is unknown; however, the disposition of his father’s estate suggest
died after his father’s second will was written but prior to it
According to the diary of
Eligah M. Parks,
John died in Wilkes
suggest that he may of have ventured briefly into the sate of GA.
His wife is unknown, however he is known to
have sons Samuel Parks and Henry Parks, Sr., and possibly other
According to the Dairy of
Parks, William’s grandmother separated from his grandfather and
Did their marriage and
from separation, divorce, or death?
The record are silent on this issue.
The research on John Parks, Jr., is also
compounded by the problem of having at least 4 men named John who lived
Co. NC in the late 1700’s
is show as a son of john Parks in 1774 tax list for Surry Co. VA.
William Justice Parks in his diary describes
the exploits of an uncle who was killed by Indians at “Powder” Valley VA.
This description matches other accounts of
William Parks, Sr. (brother to John Parks, Jr.)
who was killed at Powell’s Valley VA.
Henry was born in Albemarle Co. VA in 1758,
to William Justice Parks, but
later lived in Wilkes County,
These circumstances match the migration
pattern of John Parks, Sr., and his family.
John Parks., Sr., had 17 children, only William Parks, Sr., John Parks
Thomas Parks Sr., would have been old enough to have been the father of
the children of William Parks Sr. and
Thomas Parks Sr., are known to be otherwise, John Parks Jr., is the
reaming child of John Parks Sr., who is old enough to have been Henry’s
In Rev. War Pension application,
George Parks states he went with his brother Samuel Parks to King’s
the end of the battle to bring his wounded nephew Henry Parks home.
The story is consistent with the story told
by Samuel Parks and By William Justice Parks.
Parks Jr. was living as late as & Feb 1787 when he was mention in
father’s second will.
On 18 March 1794
fifty pounds from the estate of John Parks, Sr., were received by
Parks, “executor for John Parks, Jr.,”
This record gives the appearance that John Parks, Jr was
however, it is more likely that he was living else where, Particularly
Benjamin Parks made payment of fifty pounds of “current money of North
to John Parks and Thomas Parks” on 4 December 1794.
In further record relating to the disposition
of the estate of John Parks Sr., from the year 1795 “john Parks” is
shown to be
one of the 14 legatees of the estate of John Parks, Sr..
John Parks, Jr., not move, at least temporarily, to GA with his son
A John Parks is listed on the 1791
GA, Militia Roll and also on the 1793 Militia roll for Elbert County GA
but may just as
easily fit into the family of Charles Parks Sr.
Parks Jr., appears in Capt. Carrell’s Militia District, Wilkes Co. North Carolina
in the 1787 State Census
(1-2-5-0), but it
missing from the 1790 Federal Census for Wilkes County
From the state census we deduct that had in
the year 1787 at least 10 family members, Himself, Son Samuel, Son
in Franklin Co, GA), two unidentified sons under the age of 21, four
John Parks Jr.,
Son of William, Sr., and grandson of John Parks Sr., lived in Amherst
however, in the settlement of his father’s estate, his name is entered
of Wilkes Co. (he was given the
ancient appellation of “Jr” meaning younger, rather than son of).
His only son Benamin was a small child when
John Parks, Esq. (aka Jr.),
died in Wilkes Co.
His will filed in Wilkes County, North
, Will book 1 page 126,
identifies a wife (unnamed), son Benjamin, “other Children”, “my Nergo
Lill” and “write of land in South Estate”.
Witness to his will were Ruben Parks and Jesse Alexander.
Executors were John Parks (relationship
unknown) and his son Benjamin..
tax list ,
john is shown with
Nergoes Peter, Lil and Bob.
His land is outside
His son Benjamin
Parks was an adult at the time of his
It is suspected that
John Parks Esq. is related to the family of John Parks SR., but not as
In the year 1768, john Parks, JR, briefly owned 378 acres of
land in Amherst Co. VA “on Long Branch of Buffalo River”.
He bought and sold this land in the same
year, apparently as the family readied to move to NC.
On the 19th
of May 1778
John Parks Jr., applied for a patent
“on 600 acres south side of Yadkin
, mouth of Roaring River
including improvements whereon Thomas Parks now lives” (Wilkes Co. NC,
Entry Book 1778-1781, Entry #107).
Parks, Jr., entered 198 acres on the Yadkin River
date unknown, but
believed to also be in 1778.
re-recorded on 22
and shown to be adjoining William Loving.
In 1779 John Parks, Jr. (also John Parks, JR)
recorded 640 acres in Wilkes Co. on the south side of Yadkin
“lying at a white oak
the mouth of Roaring
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