PARKEN Family History


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1880 Census -- Otter Township, Cowley County, Kansas (June 16)
NAME:SEX:AGE: OCCUPATION:BIRTHPLACE:
Nicholas Warwick PARKENM31   FarmerEngland
Mary Ann PARKEN (wife)F28   Keeping HouseEngland
Lulu PARKEN (daughter)F5Kansas
Eliza TruscottF21   boarderConn (sis-in-law)(Mary's sister)

1900 Census -- Mill Creek Township, Washington County, Kansas (June 6)
Name:Age:Sex:Birth Date & Place:Occupation:
Nicholas Warwick PARKEN51MNov. 1848EnglandFarmer
Mary Ann PARKEN50FDec. 1849England
Lottie Grace PARKEN18FNov. 1881Kansasschool
William Henry PARKEN15MDec. 1884Kansasschool
Fred PARKEN    12MJan. 1888Kansasschool

PARKEN -- the original spelling of the surname was PARKYN.
"Celliwic" (Kelly wick) is the Gallic word for Callington.
The Prince of Wales (copper) Mine is an old mine at Harrowbarrow.


16-Mar-1998                  Family Group Sheet

 Husband: Joseph PARKEN   age: 84 
    Born: 17 FEB 1812     in: Plymouth,DEV,ENG                            
    Died: 22 DEC 1896     in: Plymouth,DEV,ENG                            
  Father:
  Mother:
                  Joseph PARKEN was supposedly crippled.
                  Joseph PARKEN married Charlotte (b 7/10/1819)(family name?).
                  Joseph and Charlotte PARKEN of Harrowbarrow, near Plymouth and
                  Callington, Cornwall, England raised 13 out of 15 children to
                  adulthood.  They also raised five or six foster children.

    Wife: Charlotte _____   age: 78 
 Married:                 in: Plymouth,DEV,ENG                            
    Born: 10 JUL 1819     in: Plymouth,DEV,ENG                            
    Died: 29 JUL 1897     in: Plymouth,DEV,ENG                            
  Father:
  Mother:

F Child 1 Elizabeth PARKEN  age: 13 
    Born:  8-Jan-1838     in:                                             
    Died: 17-Aug-1851     in:                                             
M Child 2 John PARKEN  age: 83 
    Born:  7-Mar-1840     in:                                             
    Died: 19-Mar-1923     in:                                             
F Child 3 Charlotte PARKEN  age: 28 
    Born: 18-Aug-1842     in:                                             
    Died:  9-May-1871     in:                                             
F Child 4 Anne PARKEN  
    Born: 27-Jan-1844     in:                                             
    Died: Mar 1925        in:                                             
M Child 5 Joseph PARKEN  age: 87 
    Born: 22-Dec-1845     in:                                             
    Died: 15-Jan-1933     in:                                             
M Child 6 Nicholas Warwick PARKEN  age: 82 
    Born: 18 NOV 1847     in: Harrowbarrow,CON,ENG                        
    Died:  9 OCT 1930     in: Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS               
  Buried: 11 OCT 1930     in: Morrowville Cemetery, WashingtonCo, KS      
     Ref:                     Occupation: carpenter & farmer              
  Spouse: Mary Ann TRUSCOTT  
 Married:  6 JUN 1872     in: Independence, MontgomeryCo, Kansas          
M Child 7 Samuel PARKEN  age: 71 
    Born: 21-Nov-1849     in:                                             
    Died: 10-Jun-1921     in:                                             
M Child 8 William PARKEN  age: 31 
    Born: 29-Jun-1851     in:                                             
    Died:  9-Jan-1883     in:                                             
F Child 9 Elizabeth PARKEN  age: 55 
    Born: 10-Feb-1853     in:                                             
    Died: 15-Apr-1908     in:                                             
M Child 10 Richard PARKEN  age: 100 
    Born: 18-Dec-1854     in:                                             
    Died: 23-Jan-1955     in:                                             
M Child 11 George PARKEN  age: 71 
    Born: 16-Feb-1856     in:                                             
    Died: 12-Aug-1927     in:                                             
F Child 12 Emma PARKEN  age: 82 
    Born: 18-Jan-1858     in:                                             
    Died: 16-Mar-1940     in:                                             
M Child 13 Jonathan PARKEN  
    Born: 10-Apr-1860     in:                                             
    Died: 1944            in: Harrowbarrow, ENG                           
M Child 14 David PARKEN  age: 79 
    Born: 18-Mar-1862     in:                                             
    Died: 25-Apr-1941     in:                                             
M Child 15 Benjamin PARKEN  age: 75 
    Born: 29-Jan-1865     in:                                             
    Died:  3-Aug-1940     in:                                             

                             Family Group Sheet

 Husband: Nicholas Warwick PARKEN   age: 82 
    Born: 18 NOV 1847     in: Harrowbarrow,CON,ENG                        
    Died:  9 OCT 1930     in: Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS               
  Buried: 11 OCT 1930     in: Morrowville Cemetery, WashingtonCo, KS      
     Ref:                     Occupation: carpenter & farmer              
  Father: Joseph PARKEN  
  Mother: Charlotte _____  
                  Nicholas Warwick PARKEN
                  
                  November 18, 1847 Nicholas Parken was born in Harrowbarrow,
                  Cornwall, England.
                  When a mere boy he was converted and united with the Church of
                  England.
                  Nicholas PARKEN grew up as a carpenters apprentice.
                  November 18, 1868 (age 21) he was given a journeyman certificate,
                  a set of tools, a suit of clothes and 10 pounds.
                  He left home and worked in Liverpool.
                  April 1869 (age 23) sailed from Liverpool on a steamship and came
                  to America.
                  For a time worked as a carpenter.
                  July 1871 Nicholas Warwick PARKEN came to Otter Township, Cowley
                  County, Kansas.
                  June 6, 1872 Nicholas Warwick PARKEN married Mary Ann TRUSCOTT at
                  Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas.
                  June 1872 Nicholas Warwick and Mary Ann (Truscott) PARKEN settled
                  on a farm in Otter Township, Cowley County, Kansas.
                  Nov 2, 1875 their first child, Lulu P. PARKEN, was born in Cowley
                  County, KS.
                  September 1884 They sold their homestead in southern Kansas and
                  moved to a farm at Mill Creek Township (Morrowville), Washington
                  County, Kansas.
                  Nicholas and Mary Ann Parken were among the organizers of the
                  Methodist-Episcopal Church at Morrowville, Kansas.
                  January 1902 Mary Ann (Truscott) PARKEN purchased SW1/4 of NW1/4
                  Section 6-2-3.
                  December 1908 she sold the SW1/4 of NW1/4 Section 6-2-3 to Fred
                  PARKEN.
                  She purchased the W1/2 of SW1/4 Section 6-2-3.
                  She sold the SW1/4 of SW1/4 Section 6-2-3 to William Henry
                  Parken.
                  She sold the NW1/4 of SW1/4 Section 6-2-3 to Fred PARKEN.
                  1911 William Henry PARKEN sold the SW1/4 of SW1/4.
                  October 9, 1930 Nicholas Warwick PARKEN aged 82 years, 10 months,
                  and 21 days died Thursday at Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS.
                  October 11, 1930 his funeral was conducted by Rev. C. A. Budd,
                  pastor of the Morrowville M.E. Church, Saturday afternoon at 2:30
                  p.m. at the M.E. Church.  Interment was in the Morrowville
                  Cemetery, Washington County, Kansas.
                  August 23, 1935 Mary Ann (Truscott) PARKEN aged 85 years, 7
                  months and 25 days died Friday at Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS.
                  August 25, 1935 her funeral was conducted by Rev. Green Sunday
                  afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Morrowville,
                  Kansas.
                  Mary Ann (Truscott) was buried in the Morrowville Cemetery,
                  Washington County, Kansas.

    Wife: Mary Ann TRUSCOTT   age: 85 
 Married:  6 JUN 1872     in: Independence, MontgomeryCo, Kansas          
    Born: 29 DEC 1849     in: Callington,CON,ENG                          
    Died: 23 AUG 1935     in: Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS               
  Buried: 25 AUG 1935     in: Morrowville Cemetery, WashingtonCo, KS      
     Ref:                     Occupation: Seamstress (tailor)             
  Father: Samuel TRUSCOTT  
  Mother: Louisa HOOPER  
                  Mary Ann Truscott was born on December 29, 1849 at Callington,
                  Cornwall, England, and was of Scotch Irish descent.
                  She came to America (New Hampshire) on a sailing ship with her
                  parents in 1853 at age four.
                  She grew to womanhood in New Hampshire.
                  Her education was obtained in Connecticut, and later she became a
                  seamstress (tailor).
                  Mary Ann Truscott married Nicholas Warwick Parken PARKEN on June 6,
                  1872 at Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas.

F Child 1 Lulu P. PARKEN  age: 78 
    Born:  2-Nov-1875     in: CowleyCo, KS                                
    Died:  2-Mar-1954     in: Parkville, MO                               
  Spouse: Grierson WERTMAN  
 Married: 13-Dec-1896     in: WashingtonCo, KS                            
F Child 2 Lottie Grace PARKEN  age: 93 
    Born: 29-Nov-1881     in: Cedarvale, ChautauquaCo, KS                 
    Died:  9-Mar-1975     in: Washington,WashingtonCo,KS                  
  Buried: 13-Mar-1975     in: Morrowville Cemetery, WashingtonCo, KS      
     Ref:                     Occupation: teacher/farmer                  
  Spouse: Lloyd Anthony STOKER  
 Married:  9-Jun-1907     in: Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS               
M Child 3 William Henry PARKEN  age: 50 
    Born:  2 DEC 1884     in: Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS               
    Died: 29 NOV 1935     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                   
  Buried:                 in: Dwight Cemetery, Morris County, KS          
     Ref:                     Occupation: teach/farm/mail carrier         
  Spouse: Alta Fay FULLER  
 Married: 23 DEC 1908     in: Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS              1
M Child 4 Fred E. PARKEN  age: 88 
    Born:  7-Jan-1888     in: Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS               
    Died:  4-Feb-1976     in: WashingtonCo, KS                            
  Buried:  7-Feb-1976     in: Morrowville Cemetery, WashingtonCo, KS      
     Ref:                     Occupation: farmer                          
  Spouse: Lena E. GROVER  
 Married: 27-Mar-1917     in: Morrowville, KS or Wymore, NE               

 
1 Family Record of Ida Squier Fuller in the family Bible.

                             Family Group Sheet

 Husband: William Henry PARKEN   age: 50 
    Born:  2 DEC 1884     in: Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS               
    Died: 29 NOV 1935     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                   
  Buried:                 in: Dwight Cemetery, Morris County, KS          
     Ref:                     Occupation: teach/farm/mail carrier         
  Father: Nicholas Warwick PARKEN  
  Mother: Mary Ann TRUSCOTT  
                  William Henry PARKEN was born on December 2, 1884 near Morrowville, Washington
                  County, Kansas.
                  He was educated in the public school, Friends Academy Kansas State Agriculture
                  College at Manhattan, Kansas.
                  William Henry PARKEN got the paper weight in 1903 at the Worlds Fair at St. Louis
                  MO.
                  He was for several years a successful teacher in the public schools of Washington
                  County, Kansas.
                  William PARKEN taught at Grandview #144 1905-1906 and at Coleman Center 1907.
                  
                  William Henry PARKEN & Alta Fay FULLER Wedding:
                       Alta Fay FULLER married William Henry PARKEN on the evening of December
                  23, 1908 at her parent's home (four miles northeast of Morrowville, Washington County,
                  Kansas).  Rev. Boysr of the M.E. church officiating.
                       Promptly at eight o'clock the wedding couple entered the parlor to the beautiful
                  strains of Lohengrin's Bridal March, played by Miss Genevieve FULLER, sister of the
                  bride.
                       The wedding pair took their places under a bell suspended from an arch of lace
                  and vining myrtle with holly decorations.  Immediately after congratulations the guests
                  entered the dining room, where a delicious repast awaited them.  Only the immediate
                  relatives and a few friends were present.
                       The bride was beautifully attired in white silk, made drapery effect with net yoke
                  and sleeves and trimmed in overlace of rose design.  The groom wore the conventional
                  black.
                       Mr. and Mrs. PARKEN will be at home to their many friends in their new home
                  northeast of Morrowville, Washington County, Kansas.
                       They operated a farm and taught school near Morrowville in the Washington,
                  Washington County, Kansas area.
                       They sold out their farming operation and came to Dwight, Morris County,
                  Kansas November 28, 1911 to operate a hardware and implement business.  The city of
                  Dwight, Kansas had only been organized for 23 years.
                       J. Nordeen was a cattle buyer who apparently preferred that occupation to store
                  keeping.  Early in 1912, W.H. PARKEN was advertising harness dipping as part of his
                  hardware business.  He also sold oil and gasoline.  In January of 1914, a fire in the
                  basement of PARKEN's hardware resulted in much of the stock being ruined.  Unruined
                  merchandise was temporarily moved to a different location while repairs were made but
                  by the end of February, PARKEN was back in the stone building.
                       Compliments of W. H. PARKEN HARDWARE AND IMPLEMENTS Dwight,
                  Kansas (1914).
                       A good crop year was 1914, and during the summer it was reported that he sold
                  three J.I. Case threshing outfits and a carload of John Deer binders.  Hiram LEE, a
                  neighbor, helped William Henry PARKEN in the hardware store.  Hiram Lee was putting
                  up steel granaries for PARKEN; two of these went to the "Big Four Johnson" west of
                  town.  [THE SIGNAL, Aug. 20, 1914 - PARKEN sold a steel silo to Johnson Bros.]
                       Later in 1914, John Nordeen remodeled the upstairs for office rooms.  Dr. Mikula
                  occupied one and Nordeen another for his livestock buying business.  The following
                  spring PARKEN announced he'd sold 66 Globe ranges since he started handling them.
                       While preparing to leave the Nordeen building or in a temporary location for a few
                  months, W.H. PARKEN auctioned his implements and sold his hardware to Roy Smith
                  of Omaha.  From 1915 to 1920, R.C. Smith Hardware advertised.
                       Wlliam Henry PARKEN also worked in a grocery store in Dwight, Kansas.
                       They lived in a five-room house owned by their next-door
                  neighbor, Mr. Quinn.  The old Quinn place was next to the railroad track on a side road
                  a mile east of Dwight, Kansas.  Dwight PARKEN could see it from his bedroom window.
                  It was a tumbled down hulk that the kids called the ghost house and visited only a few
                  times.
                       They later operated a small farm near the southeast corner of Dwight, Kansas
                  where their four children were raised.  The couple lived most of their married life there.
                       William H. PARKEN ("Bill" or "Billy") was probably best known as a rural mail
                  carrier serving on Route No. 1 1917 to 1935, one who often made his appointed rounds
                  by horse power over bottomless roads.
                  
                  Summer of 1926
                       We fixed the house all over during the summer of 1926, and installed electric
                  lights.  This is the way it was and now (diagrams drawn in the diary).  The cellar way
                  which opens from the kitchen is under the new stairs.  The old cellar way is under the
                  porch, and is used for a coal room.  The bath is a "to be."  It is now a store room.
                  
                  June 16, 1927
                       [Mamma had the flu in January and went down with an awful siege of pneumonia
                  on March 17, 1927.  She had her hair bobbed when she learned that she was going to
                  be sick.  She had been waiting for a chance to get it bobbed anyway.  It is still short and
                  looks very nice.
                       We quit selling milk when we learned she had the pneumonia.
                       The next day after mamma went to bed, I took down with the flu and gathering in
                  my ears.  But, they couldn't make me go to bed.  I was out of school seven days.  It was
                  sure a bad time with mamma sick, bad weather, and me and Dwight sick part of the
                  time.  We were surely glad when it was over and mother was well again. Leona
                  PARKEN]
                  
                  June 18, 1927
                       Alta (PARKEN) FULLER was elected president of the Research club yesterday.
                  She was the vice-president before.
                  
                       Alta (FULLER) PARKEN served as his substitute, and in his absence would carry
                  the mail with horse and wagon herself.
                  June 13, 1928
                       [At present I have plenty to do here at home.  My mother is now serving as
                  substitute mail carrier while my Daddy takes his vacation.  Meanwhile I am being
                  "substitute" mother in the mornings here at home.  I am not so lazy as I was at my last
                  writing in this diary.  In fact I am beginning to like housework, though I wouldn't admit it
                  to anyone now.  It is morning now, and mother is away at her work so it is up to me to
                  get down and dig. Leona PARKEN]
                       He was a member of the Masonic and A.O.U.W. lodges.
                       William Henry PARKEN died on November 29, 1935 at Dwight, Morris County,
                  Kansas after an illness lasting about five months (generally known as cancer of the
                  bowels).  William Henry PARKEN was buried at Dwight Cemetery
                       After her husband's early death in 1935, she and the children continued on the
                  farm.  Alta was active in church and civic organizations and served on the Dwight,
                  Kansas Grade School Board.
                       From 1943 until she moved to Massachusetts, Mrs. PARKEN was a homemaker
                  at Alta Vista (summers in Denver).
                       Alta (FULLER) PARKEN moved to 1011 Tennesee Street, Lawrence, Douglas
                  County, Kansas (ca. 1945) and lived with her parents, George Edward and Ida May
                  (Squier) FULLER, and her widowed sister, Nellie (FULLER) Wells.  She operated a
                  rooming house near the University of Lawrence
                       Later she worked as a seamstress in the alterations department of Kline's
                  Department Store in Kansas City, Missouri.
                       She also lived at Beverly & Danvers, Massachusetts.  Alta Fay (FULLER)
                  PARKEN moved to the Topsfield, Massachusetts area in ca. 1956.
                       Alta Fay (FULLER) PARKEN died on Saturday, July 23, 1977 at the home of her
                  daughter, Mrs. Lois Noll, at Topsfield, Massachusetts.
                  The funeral service was on Tuesday, July 26, 1977 at Topsfield, Massachusetts.  She
                  was buried on Tuesday, July 26, 1977 at Topsfield, Massachusetts.
                  

    Wife: Alta Fay FULLER   age: 89 
 Married: 23 DEC 1908     in: Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS              1
    Born: 22 SEP 1887     in: Morrowville, WashingtonCo, KS              1
    Died: 23 JUL 1977     in: Topsfield,EssexCo,MA                        
  Buried: 26 JUL 1977     in: Topsfield,EssexCo,MA                        
     Ref:                     Occupation: teacher/seamstress              
  Father: George Edward FULLER  
  Mother: Ida May SQUIER  

F Child 1 Leona Pauline PARKEN  age: 29 
    Born: 14 JAN 1912     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                  1
    Died: 26 APR 1941     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                   
  Buried: 28 APR 1941     in: Dwight Cemetery, Morris County, KS          
     Ref:                     Occupation: teacher                         
  Spouse: Lawrence "Larry" Shears CHINN  
 Married: 21 DEC 1935     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                   
M Child 2 Dwight William PARKEN  age: 80 
    Born:  4-Apr-1917     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                  1
    Died:                 in:                                             
     Ref:                     Occupation: engineer                        
  Spouse: Estelle BURGESS  
 Married:                 in:                                             
F Child 3 Elaine PARKEN  age: 76 
    Born: 28-Jun-1921     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                  1
    Died:                 in:                                             
     Ref:                     Occupation: teacher                         
  Spouse: Don HARPER  
 Married:                 in:                                             
F Child 4 Lois Arlene PARKEN  age: 71 
    Born: 11-Jan-1927     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                  1
    Died:                 in:                                             
  Spouse: Lewis NOLL  
 Married:                 in:                                             

 
1 Family Record of Ida Squier Fuller in the family Bible.

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