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Ancestors of ESTHER LEONA DAVIS


      118. Captain JOHN PARKS, born May 18, 1706 in Essex County, Virginia; died 1792 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was the son of 236. THOMAS PARKS and 237. ? Miller. He married 119. MARY SHARPE August 20, 1732 in King George County, Virginia.

      119. MARY SHARPE, born August 20, 1715 in King George County, Virginia; died 1779 in Wilkes County , North Carolina. She was the daughter of 238. ELIAS SHARPE and 239. MARGARET PROCTOR.

Notes for Captain JOHN PARKS:
Some information for John Parks comes from BoKay website who credits Janice Parks of Hoods Port, Washington.

In 1778, John Parks helped to found the capital city of Wilkesboro in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

The following information concerning John Parks comes from Evylene Canup at: eg_canup@bellsouth.net

      John Parks, our ancestor, the son of Thomas Parks, was born May 18, 1706 at Essex County, Virginia. He married Mary Sharp August 20, 1715 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 Parks was in Albemarle County, Virginia by 1749; he might have been there slightly before that date. From this date until the movement to North Caroline about 1767 he and other Parks had land in that section of the state that in 1761 became Amherst County.
      Another source of our information on John Parks family comes from the diary of E.M. Parks, which was sent to the Parks Society, stating: "This book was wet and damagaed spring 1853 when returning from Texas trying to swim on horseback one of bayou's in the north of Louisiana and also had myself and all my belongings wet and damaged. In this book he states who John married names their children and date of birth and what happened to them. Also stating that John's father was Thomas Parks.
      John and Mary Parks settled in Wilkes County, North Carolina and in 1778 John Parks helped to found the capital city of Wilkesboro in Wilkes County, North Carolina. There he made his will February 7, 1787. Mary had died in 1779.
      The will reads: 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 be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned and to all my worldly goods it hath pleased God to bless me with I 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 Sailes 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 exercutors. 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 amoung the rest of my children and constitute and appoint my son Benjamin Parks, Will Carrel and Samuel 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 Thruston
My will and desire is that some of my estate should be sold to pay my dets before the division of my estate. (There was not much punctation and many mis-spelled words.)
      The original will is in the North Carolina Archives, cross reference to page 357, Will Bk 1: Wilkes County, North Carolina.
           
(Will, Bk 1, pg 257: Wilkes Co., NC; pages from E.M. Parks diary; Land Records of Albemarle and Amherst County, Virginia and genealogy papers of Rose Parks, website of Bokay family.")


More About Captain JOHN PARKS:
Census: 1787, Wilkes County, North Carolina Tax Census (390 acres)
Moved: 1736, Orange County, Virginia
Moved again: Abt. 1749, Albermarle County, Virginia
Moved again a third time: Abt. 1767, Wilkes County, North Carolina
Occupation: Shoemaker

More About JOHN PARKS and MARY SHARPE:
Marriage: August 20, 1732, King George County, Virginia
     
Children of JOHN PARKS and MARY SHARPE are:
  i.   Rachel Parks, born December 03, 1733 in King George County, Virginia; died Abt. 1793 in Wilkes County, North Carolina; married Jonathan Brooks Stamper Abt. 1749 in Amherst County, Virginia; born April 21, 1719 in Middlesex County, Virginia; died 1799 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
  Notes for Rachel Parks:
Information about the Parks, Proctor, Sharp, and Stamper family was obtained from the BoKay family website at http://www.geocities.com/~bokay/index.html , who cite their source as Sherry Lowe (Oct. 29, 1997) drawing from the Parks family Bible.

  Notes for Jonathan Brooks Stamper:
Information about the Parks, Sharpes, and Proctor families was obtained from the BoKay Genealogy website: http://www.geocities.com/~bokay/index.html


http://www.geocities.com/~bokay/html/notes/not0767.html#NI62363

chr. May 24, 1719, Christ Church, Middlesex Co, VA, will date: December 18, 1793, probate date: June 1799. Wilkes Co,NC taxables 1771-1805.
per Jackie Stamper (Nov 1979) Jonathan and Rachel had moved from Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co, VA by 1762 and were living in Amhearst Co, VA in 1763. He moved to Wilkes Co, NC in 1767 (which was then Rowan Co, NC). Settled in Bugaboo Creek about 2 miles from Ronda, NC. Jackie says Rachel may have been his second wife.



  More About Jonathan Brooks Stamper:
Census: 1787, Wilkes County, North CarolinaTax Census (150 acres)

  More About Jonathan Stamper and Rachel Parks:
Marriage: Abt. 1749, Amherst County, Virginia

  ii.   James Parks, born Abt. 1734 in King George County, Virginia; died in North Carolina; married Maude Futtrell Aft. 1771 in Surry County, North Carolina; born Abt. 1745.
  More About James Parks and Maude Futtrell:
Marriage: Aft. 1771, Surry County, North Carolina

  iii.   Elizabeth Parks, born February 27, 1734/35 in King George County, Virginia; died Aft. 1799 in Wilkes County, North Carolina; married James Gray Abt. 1749 in Albermarle County, Virginia; born Abt. 1735 in Albermarle County, Virginia; died 1815 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
  More About James Gray:
Census: 1787, Wilkes County, North CarolinaTax Census (448 acres)

  More About James Gray and Elizabeth Parks:
Marriage: Abt. 1749, Albermarle County, Virginia

  iv.   Mary Parks, born January 04, 1735/36 in King George County, Virginia; died in North Carolina; married Captain William Carrell; born Abt. 1735; died Aft. 1790.
  More About Captain William Carrell:
Census: 1787, Wilkes County, North CarolinaTax Census (470 acres)

  v.   William Parks, born October 13, 1737 in King George County, Virginia; died Bef. May 30, 1776 in Powell's Valley, Amherst County, Virginia; married (1) Mary Ann Dawson; born 1748; died 1808 in Amherst County, Virginia; married (2) Tabitha Ware Abt. 1758 in Virginia; born Abt. 1740.
  Notes for William Parks:
The following information concerning William Parks comes from Evylene Canup at: eg_canup@bellsouth.net



      William Parks was the son of John Parks and Mary Sharp. He was in Albermarle County, Virginia by 1748. He acquired interest in Amherst County, Virginia and Powells' Valley (the very remotest frontier in 1767/70). It seems that William and his family moved to North Carolina with other Parks in 1770, he took up on land and returned to Powell Valley with object of settling there before 1776.
      There had been frequent Indian raids and in 1776 William and another man were killed in an Indian raid. The family returned to Amherst County, Virginia where Mary Ann's father, Rev. Martin Dawson lived.


  More About William Parks:
Cause of Death: Killed by Indians, Powell's Valley

  vi.   John Parks, born March 06, 1738/39 in King George County, Virginia; died 1784 in Wilkes County, North Carolina; married Ann Toney; born Abt. 1740.
  vii.   Thomas Parks, born November 29, 1740 in King George County, Virginia; died 1819 in Burke County, North Carolina; married Rachel White November 1760 in Virginia; born June 06, 1740; died 1819 in Burke County, North Carolina.
  More About Thomas Parks:
Census: 1787, Wilkes County, North Carolina Tax Census

  More About Thomas Parks and Rachel White:
Marriage: November 1760, Virginia

  viii.   Ann Parks, born September 15, 1742 in Virginia; married Samuel Becknell; born Abt. 1745; died Aft. 1790.
  More About Samuel Becknell:
Census: 1787, Wilkes County, North CarolinaTax Census (239 acres)

  ix.   Mildred Parks, born March 24, 1743/44.
  x.   Winfield Parks, born March 24, 1743/44 in King George County, Virginia.
  More About Winfield Parks:
Cause of Death: died young

  xi.   Captain Benjamin Parks, born March 25, 1746 in King George County, Virginia; died July 11, 1839 in Hall County, Georgia; married (1) Verlinche Branch March 28, 1774 in Bedford County, Virginia; born Abt. 1754 in Chesterfield County, Virginia; died Bef. 1779 in Wilkes County , North Carolina; married (2) Elizabeth Branch November 03, 1779 in Wilkes County, North Carolina; born Abt. 1759 in Chesterfield County, Virginia; died in Hall County, Georgia.
  Notes for Captain Benjamin Parks:
The following information concerning John Parks comes from Evylene Canup at: eg_canup@bellsouth.net


Benjamin was a Revolutionary soldier and in his pension papers, he states where he was born and that while living in Bedford County, Virginia in September 1777 he entered the service, which was countermanded and in early 1780 he moved to Surry County, North Carolina and entered the service as Ensign. He was in Battle of Ramsours Mill, defeated the Tories under General Rutherford and took 60 prisoners to Salisbury and later promoted to a Lieutenant. He was home for a short time and went back and fought in King's Mountain Battle and later promoted to Captain, in all serving about two years. He says he never received a discharge.
      After the war, he moved his family to Burke County, North Carolina and later Haywood County living there 27 years before coming to Franklin County, Georgia. The Deed Books of Franklin County gives the following transactions:
      Book HH pages 137-38, December 11, 1815, recorded August 7, 1817 from William Forsyth of Franklin to Benjamin Parks, same consideration of $10.50 for 3 1/2 acres on waters of Webbs Creek adjoining said Parks.
      Book B page 59, July 24, 1817, Thomas Smith to Benjamin Parks for $300, 150 acres both sides of Webbs Creek.
      Book B page 252-3, August 1819 recorded May 5, 1825 from Benjamin Parks to William Bush for $200, 86 acres, land granted John Arnold, with priviledge of raising a mill dam.
      Book B page 39, July 18, 1820 recorded August 1820 from Benjamin Parks to Charles Sisson for $300, for 377 acres.
      Book B page 59, September 1820 recorded April 9, 1821 from James Johnson to Benjamin Parks consideration of $200 for 121 acres on South fork of Webbs Creek.
      Benjamin Parks died February 1, 1839 and he and Elizabeth are buried in Hall County at the Yellow Creek Cemetery.


  More About Captain Benjamin Parks:
Burial: Yellow Creek Cemetery, Hall County, Georgia

  More About Elizabeth Branch:
Burial: Yellow Creek Cemetery, Hall County, Georgia

  More About Benjamin Parks and Elizabeth Branch:
Marriage: November 03, 1779, Wilkes County, North Carolina

  xii.   Frances Parks, born December 28, 1747 in King George County, Virginia; married John Mays; born Abt. 1745.
  xiii.   Charles Parks, born October 13, 1749 in King George County, Virginia; died May 15, 1806 in Georgia.
  xiv.   Susanna Parks, born September 22, 1751 in King George County, Virginia; married William Garrell January 03, 1770 in Rowan County, North Carolina.
  More About William Garrell and Susanna Parks:
Marriage: January 03, 1770, Rowan County, North Carolina

  xv.   Linsfield Parks, born February 14, 1753 in prob. Albemarle County, Virginia.
  59 xvi.   SARAH PARKS, born March 22, 1755 in Amherst County, Virginia; died February 17, 1845 in Warren County, Ohio; married CORNELIUS SALE Bef. 1772.
  xvii.   Samuel Parks, born November 28, 1757 in Amherst County, Virginia; died October 23, 1844 in Burke County, North Carolina; married Elizabeth Harbison 1777; born September 26, 1762; died November 17, 1830 in Burke County, North Carolina.
  More About Samuel Parks:
Census: 1787, Wilkes County, North CarolinaTax Census

  More About Samuel Parks and Elizabeth Harbison:
Marriage: 1777

  xviii.   George Parks, born August 05, 1759 in Amherst County, Virginia; died December 07, 1837 in Elletsville, Monroe County, Indiana; married (1) Millecent Davis in Wilkes County, North Carolina; died December 05, 1793 in Burke County, North Carolina; married (2) Catherine Reed July 06, 1796 in Surry County, North Carolina; born in Surrey County, North Carolina; died April 08, 1863 in Dallas, Lancaster County, Texas.
  Notes for George Parks:
The following information concerning John Parks comes from Evylene Canup at: eg_canup@bellsouth.net

George Parks served in the Revolutionary War under Capt. Samuel Johnson and Capt. William Lenoir as a mounted rifleman.
Pension roll for one years service in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He migrated to Lawrence County, Indiana in 1816 and applied for his pension.
     


  More About George Parks:
Census: 1787, Wilkes County, North CarolinaTax Census (380 acres)

  More About George Parks and Millecent Davis:
Marriage: Wilkes County, North Carolina




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