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In 1850 Washington County, Maryland John Parks is 40, Rebecca 24, Elizabeth 13, Thos. 11, Margt 8, Ellen 5, Alfred 3, and John 1.

In 1860 Maryland Township, Ogle County, Illinois (the same county as the Bingaman brothers, but Maryland township is about ten  miles northeast of Brookville Township, where Chambers Grove and the Bingamans settled ) John Park is 51, Rebecca 44, Thomas 21, Margrett 18, Hellen 16, John 11, Catherine 9, Laura 6, Emma 4, and Joseph six months.

In 1870 Grundy County Iowa John Parke is 21, sister Emana is 14, with John 64 and Rebecca 57 Parke.  Emana was born in Illinois, so they must have moved there between 1849 and 1856.

n 1860 Carver County, Minnesota is Lindley and Mary A. Allen, with Louassa E. 5, Charles F. 3, and Edward F. 1.

In 1870 Grundy County Iowa is a Luessa Allen 15 keeping house for the Nighoff and Van Uranden farmers.  Next household in the census is Lindler and Mare Allen couple, with John 13, Minella 6 and Eliza 3.

John married Louessa Evangeline Allen August 17, 1871 in Marshall County, Iowa.  The marriage record said she was born in Indiana 1855.

Wonder if it's the same John Parke that homesteaded in Cuming County, Nebraska in 1869....

In 1880 Grundy County, Iowa, J.E. Park  is farming, 30 Maryland, with L. Park, 25, Ind.  They have Linly 5, Theodore 4, and Raymond 2.  The Ancestry index has PARR.

The 1885 Nebraska census of Seward County has J.E. Parke, 36, Maryland with Louisa 30, Indiana  With them are Lindley E. 11, Raymond 7, and Theodore 9.

John  E. Parke cash-claimed a quarter in 5N 46W in 1891 - same year as the Bingaman clan - they might have known each other from Illinois......

He almost certainly is  the one in 1900 Hamilton County, Iowa, born December 1848 in Maryland.  He's been married six years to Emma D (maybe Emma I.) born December 1858 in Iowa.  John is a salesman (Stock trader?)

They're still in Hamilton County in 1910, and John is a laborer doing odd jobs.

And in 1920, where John works at a tile factory.

And in 1925, where she says her mother was Hester B. Devour and her father was William Miller.

(there's a tombstone in Dallas County Iowa with "Hester Miller - Oct 17, 1839 - May 12, 1925" and on it "George M. Miller Mar 27 1872 - July 30, 1914)

Graceland Cemetery records show Emma Ida Miller, daughter of L.G. Miller born December 3, 1858 in Mahaska County Iowa died April 27 1929 in Webster City, Iowa. The plot was purchased by John.

Graceland records (no headstone) say John died  in Ulysses, Nebraska, and the funeral, arranged by Irvin Parke, was held February 25,  1933.


John E. Parke and Mrs. John Parke are buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, Iowa.

Marshalltown  Iowa newspaper
(end of) January 1916

T.H. Parke Dead. Pneumonia Claims Another Victim Among Aged in this City

Thomas H. Parke, aged 76, died at his home, 407 West Boone Street, at 8 o'clock Sunday night of pneumonia, following a long period of ill health. Last April Mr. Parke suffered a stroke of paralysis, and this was followed by another in October. The effects of these, and arterial sclerosis and dropsy, with which he suffered, made him easy prey for the disease that caused his death, which developed about ten days ago.
Mr. Parke was a native of Maryland, where he was born April 26, 1839. He took as his wife, Miss Amy Stouffer fifty-two years ago, and came to Iowa forty-five years ago. He moved to this city from Ankeny six years ago last July. In addition to his widow Mr. Parke is survived by four children -- Mrs. C. H. Winslow, of Fertile, Minn.; Mrs. Allie Ellia, of Ames; Mrs. E. A. Wahl, of Kingsley; and L. R. Parke, of this city. There also survive one brother and five sisters. They are John Parke, of Webster City; Mrs. Ellen Stouffer, of this city; Mrs. Kate Pillsbury, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mrs. Emma Cowgill and Mrs. William Avey, of Albion; and Mrs. Max Baumbarger, of Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held from the residence Tuesday afternoon at 1
o'clock, burial following in the Albion cemetery.
submitters note: Mr. Parke died on 23 Jan 1916]

1900 Charles Cowgill is in Taylor, Marshall County, 48.  He and Emma have Bessie 21, Frank @. 17, and Hazel 9.

\1910 Emma Cowgill is in Marshall, 53 widowed.  Daughter Hazel Cowgill 19 Iowa is with her.

Emma Cowgill is in Marshall County in 1930 widowed, 72 born in Illinois

1900 William and Dora V. are in Marshall County, with Mabel 13 and Lula 12.

1910 Wm. Avey 51 and Dora Belle Avey 41 Ohio are in Marshall County.

1910 Marshall County Helen A. Stouffer is 63 - George A 47, Edward F 42, Charles E 40 and John H. Bumbarger 42 nephew are with her.

1920 Helen Stouffer, 74 widowed, is in Marshall County.  Two sons, C.E. and G.A., and niece Helen Stouffer 15 are in the household.

1870 Margaret Bumbarger 27 is in Marshall County, born in Maryland.  She has Ida, 7, John 2, and four-month-old Joseph.

In 1885 Marshall County Maggie Bumbarger is 43, with Ida 20, John 16, Joseph 14, Frank and Katie both 12, Max 6, and Hattie 3.

In 1900 Linn County Iowa Maggie Hayes 60  - mother-in-law (but that doesn't make sense) With John Hayes 41 and his wife Hattie 20, and two-month-old George

1860 Union township, Hardin County Iowa Frank W. Pillsbury is a lawyer.  He and Kate have Grace, 4.

They're still in Hardin County in 1885.

The 1903 Sioux Falls directory has Frank W. Pillsbury (Katharine), farmer, res. e Mt. Pleasant cemetery.

1910 Sioux Falls has Frank W. Pillsbury, a lawyer, 64, Maine, Katherine 48 Maryland (2 children one living)

1910 also has Grace 34, married to Fred Brady, 35.  They have Frank 10 and Florence 3.

The 1916 directory has A, Katherine (wid Frank W.) living at 211 S. Walts av.

Sioux Falls  Woodlawn Cemetery has Ann Catherine Pillsbury 1850-1923, Frank Pillsbury 1846-1911, and Alice F. Pillsbury Sheibley 1869-1926

In 1900 H.G. and Louissa Dickinson are in Johnson County Nebraska - H.G. is a drayman.

In 1910 Harry 59 and Louessa  55 are are in Ulysses, with no occupation.,  They said they'd been married 14 years.

In 1920 Louessa, widowed, is living with Theodore in Yakima. 

The 1929 1930- 1931  Lincoln, Nebraska directory has Louessa (widow of Henry) Dicksinson living at 2847 T.

The 1930 census of Lincoln has her lodging with the  young Arnold Suhr family and their two-year-old son.

Dickinson, Louessa E.   1855 1931  
Dickinson, Henry G.   1850 1914  
Parke, Bernice M.   3-3-1903 6-6-1910 dau of R.W. & L. Parke
Parke, Raymond W.   1877 1965  
Parke, Irvin L.   1874 1933  
Parke, Philena E.   1878 1968  


Theodore is in the 1895 Iowa census of Rolfe, Pocahontas County.  He's 19, with a birthplace of Marshall, Iowa. moved to Yakima Washington 

In 1910 Theodore 34, Pearl 27, have Ralph 1 and three-month-old Cecil.  Adopted daughter Grace Myers is 9.

 In 1920, mother Louessa is living  with Theodore, Pearl, Ralph W. 11, Cecil F. 10, and Louessa F 3.


In 1930 he's 54, an electrician,  married to Pearl 46, doing laundry at home.  They have Cesil, 20  Iowa, a clerk in a pharmacy, and Nona, 12, born in Washington.

Name of Deceased: Louessa Brown
Death Date: 26 Jul 2011
Birth Date: 3 Apr 1916
Residence (at time of death): Sunnyside Washington
Spouse's Name: Harold Brown
Parents' Names: Ted and Pearl Parke
Childrens' Names: Andrea Mount (Tony) of Grandview, Washington
Siblings' Names: Grace; Ralph and Cecil
Marriage Date: 26 Dec 1937, Sunnyside




James Frederick Woolsey  married GLADYS MAE PARKE February 15, 1928 in NE - Butler County, daughter of RAYMOND PARKE and PHILENA DORAN. She was born June 30, 1908 in NE - Ulysses, Butler, and died May 28, 2002 in NE - Ulysses, Butler.

It was such a surprise to find Gladys in 1988. She was so very helpful in telling one researcher about the family and relating some family stories. In August 1996, her husband and she made another trip to Nebraska and found Gladys is 88 years of age, living in David City, Nebr., and doing just great.

Gladys told her she lived on a neighboring farm when she met Fred. Fred was approximately 19 years older than Gladys and that he told her as she was growing up he knew she was the girl he would marry.

The newlyweds lived in Surprise, Ne., when first married. Gladys was a cook in a nursing home for a few years and then became a clerk in the Ulysses Township Library. (Carolyn Wilkerson Woolsey)


"Ivan" L. Parke in 1910 Sterling is 37, born in Iowa, with Lois 30.  They have Francis J. 10 and Florence 4.

Irvin I Parke is in the 1920 Logan County Colorado census - he's 45, born in Iowa , father Maryland, mother Indiana.  He's married to Lois 39, and they have Francis 20  born in Nebraska and Florence 13. Colorado.

Irvin L. Parke homesteaded a quarter in 9N 53W -Logan County, proving up in 1914, and another quarter in that township in 1925.

Francis J. Parke homesteaded 120 acres, also in 9N 53W, proving up in 1926. 

In 1930 Logan County Francis is the head, with mother Lois, sister Florence, and nephew Delbert 2, born in Nebraska.

In 1940 Lois M. Parke is in Sterling, widowed, 60, with a 24-year-old schoolteacher and a 16-year-old.

Lois Mable Parke - March 9, 1880 - May 26, 1959 - is buried at Grandview Cemetery Fort Collins Colorado.

Francis Joseph Parke, 90, of Rt. 2, Sterling, died Wednesday, May 30, 1990 at a Sterling nursing home. Recitation of the Rosary will he 7 p.m. Sunday at Chaney-Walters Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday from St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Rev. Leo M. Blach the celebrant.
Burial will follow in Riverside cemetery.
Mr. Parke was born Jan. 12, 1900, in Ulysses, Neb., the son of Ervin L. and Lois M. Palmer Parke, moving to the Fort Collins-Ault area in 1904. The family homesteaded in the Logan County area in 1910 when they moved here to help construct the North Sterling Reservoir.
Mr. Parke attended Padroni school and Logan County High School and engaged in ranching most of his life.
He married Rose V. Pedroni, July 21, 1934, in Denver.
Mr. Parke was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Colorado Cattleman's Association and National Cattleman's Association. He is survived by his wife, Rose Parke of Sterling; a sister, Florence May Silverstein, Ind., several nephews, including Delbert May of Elkhart, Ind., nieces.

This cause came on for hearing before the Commission on April 15, 1952, at ten o'clock A.M., at 1280 Sherman Street, Denver, Colorado, after publication of notice of hearing as required by law on the application of Sinclair Oil & Gas Company for an order from the Commission establishing twenty (20) acre drilling and spacing units according to the governmental survey thereof, for the production of oil and gas from the Muddy Sand, often referred to as the "J" Sand, common source of supply underlying the SW/4 of Section 32 and S/2 of Section 31, Township 10 North, Range 52 West, and W/2 of Section 5, and all of Section 6, and N/2 of Section 7 and NW/4 of Section 8, all in Township 9 North, Range 52 West, and S/2 of Section 36, Township 10 North, Range 53 West, and all of Section 1 and N/2 of Section 12, Township 9 North, Range 53 West, all in Logan County, Colorado, which area is referred to in the said application as the Parke Field

Ray W. Parke, 32,  is in the 1910 census of Ulysses, Butler County Nebraska.. He's married to Lena, 31, and they have Bernice 7, Louissa 4, and Gladys 1.

In 1920 Ulysses, Nebraska,  Ray and PHILENA have Lenessa 15, Gladys 12, and Eugene 6.

IN 1930 they have only Eugene.

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