Monday, August 8, 2011

THOMAS PARKE 1628-1690

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Notes on Thomas Parke
Source: Genealogy of the Parke Families of Massachusetts; Including Richard Parke of Cambridge, William Park of Groton, and Others. Compiled by Frank Sylvester Parks, 1909 Thomas Parke was born in England (son of Richard and Margery Crane Parke) about 1628-9, and probably came to America with his father in the ship "Defence" in 1635, although his name does not appear on the passenger list. He died Aug. 11, 1690. He was a farmer, and his house was near Bruce's (or Bemis's) mill on the bank of the Charles river. He married Abigail Dix, Dec. 1, 1653, a daughter of Edward and Jane (Wilkinson) Dix. She was born May 21, 1637, and died Feb. 3, 1691. The Town Records of Cambridge, under date of April 12, 1665, say that Thomas Parkes was chosen a Constable "for the yeare ensuing." He was admitted Freeman of Cambridge, May 31, 1671. He settled upon the 600 acre tract formerly owned by his father. His estate was divided among his heirs in 1693-4. It then comprised 722 acres and part of a corn-mill on Smelt brook erected by Lt. John Spring.
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Thomas Park THOMAS PARK [#966], b. England abt. 1628, d. Newton, MA 11 Aug 1690, m. Cambridge, MA 1 Dec 1653 ABIGAIL DIX (dau. of Edward Dix and Jane), b. Watertown, MA 2 May 1637, d. Newton 3 Feb 1690-1. Thomas Park undoubtedly came to America with his parents in 1635. He was a farmer and settled on the 600 acres formerly owned by his father. His house was near Bruce's (or Bemis') mill on the bank of the Charles River. He was elected constable on April 12, 1665 and was admitted freeman at Cambridge on May 3, 1671. In 1693-4 his estate consisted of 722 acres of land and part of a corn mill on Smelt Brook, erected by Lt. John Spring.[4]
A petition was presented to a session of the General Court commencing May 8, 1678 wherein the inhabitants of Cambridge on the south side of the river requested to be set off as a separate town. Their complaint was similar to that which started the revolution one hundred years later - unfair taxation without representation, in this case from the government of Cambridge. It was signed by Thomas Parks, Sr. and others.[5/81] The selectmen of Cambridge, including ancestor William Manning, made a long presentation on the "impertinency and absurdity" of the petition. Nonetheless, Cambridge Village, sometimes called New Cambridge, became a town of its own in 1679. The court later ordered, in 1691, that the name be changed to New Town.[5/8192] For more information on this topic, see the Robinson Family. The inventory of Thomas' estate was taken Sept. 30, 1690 by William Bond, Sr., Isaac Williams, Sr., and Nathan Fisk.[3/7:153] In the division of the estate several years later are mentioned eldest son John Park, Edward Park, Richard Park, Jonathan Park, Abigail Fiske, Sarah Knop, Rebecca Sanger, and Elizabeth Park.[3/8:360]
REF: [1] Parke Families of Massachusetts - Frank S. Parke, 1909[2] The History of Cambridge - Lucius R. Paige, 1877[3] Middlesex County Probate (First Series Docket 16454)[4] The Warner-Harrington Ancestry - Frederick Warner, 1949(pg.485)[5] The History of Cambridge - Lucius R. Paige, 1877
Children (all born in Cambridge/Newton): 1. Thomas, b. 2 Nov 1654, d. Newton 28 Aug 16812. John, b. 6 Sep 1656, d. 2 Mar 17183. Abigail, b. Cambridge, MA 3 Mar 1658, m. 9 Dec 1679 John Fiske, b. Watertown, MA 20 Nov 1655, d. 6 Jan17184. Edward, b. 8 Apr 1661, d. Newton 1 Mar 1745, m. Charlestown, MA 13 Mar 1695 Martha Fiske, b. 12 Jan 1670-15. Richard, b. 21 Dec 1663, d. Newton 1 Feb 1737-8, m. Sarah King, d. 16 May 17276. Sarah, b. 21 Mar 1666, d. Newton 19 Dec 1727, m. 4 Aug 686 John Knapp, b. Watertown 4 May 1661, d. Newton 2 Feb17227. Rebecca, b. 13 Feb 1668, m. 1686 John Sanger, d. Watertown Jan 17058. Jonathan, b. 27 Aug 1670, d. 23 Jan 1718-9, m(1) 18 Mar 1689-90 Anna Spring, b. 21 Sep 1671, d. 27 Aug 1691, m(2)Elizabeth ____, d. 10 Apr 1713, m(3) 23 Apr 1715 Hannah Kimball9. Elizabeth, b. 28 Jul 1679, m. John Holland, b. Watertown 7 Apr 1674
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