Person:Richard Parke (4)

Richard Parke
m. bef 1626
  1. Isabel ParkeAbt 1628 - 1665
  2. Thomas ParkeAbt 1629 - 1690
  3. Elizabeth ParkeAbt 1631 - 1690
m. Aft 1 Sep 1656
Facts and Events
Name Richard Parke
Alt Name[1] Richard Park
Gender Male
Birth[1] cal 1602 England (probably)
Marriage bef 1626 England (probably)Based on estimated date of birth of eldest known child.
to Margery Unknown
Emigration[1] 1635 On the Defence
Residence[1] 1635 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation[1] Miller.
Marriage Aft 1 Sep 1656 to Sarah Collier
Death[1] bet 12 Jul 1665 and 4 Aug 1665 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States (probably)Between date of will and date of "widow's" inventory.
Will[1] 12 Jul 1665
Estate Inventory[1] 4 Aug 1665 Untotalled; £520 in real estate; submitted by "the widow" and not accepted by the court.
Probate[1] Oct 1665 Will proved.
Estate Inventory[1] 19 Oct 1665 Untotalled, £760 in real estate; submitted by "the brothers" and accepted by the court.

A Quick Primer on the Multiple Richard Parks

There is considerable confusion about the various Richard Parks. Any attempt to use Savage or Bond as sources merely leads to massive confusion. In his discussion of the immigrant Richard Park, Richard Charles Anderson says "There certainly was another man named Richard Parks or Parks in Cambridge and neighboring towns, who was of about the right age [to be son of the immigrant], but no record has been found which connect him with the subject of this sketch." There appear to be 4 Richard Parks in the 1600's, often mistakenly compressed by various sources into only 2.

The immigrant married (1) Margery ---, m. (2) Sarah (Collier) Brewster.

The will of James Cutler in 1684 names, as a child, the wife of Richard Parks. Whether daughter, or step-daughter, of James Cutler, she was too old to be married to the later Richard Parks, and since the wives of the immigrant are known, she could only be married to the contemporary Richard Park referred to by Anderson above. Once this is realized, the person referred to must be named Mary, and so Anderson shows it actually means Mary Cutler, not the fictitious Sarah King.

This Richard Park and wife Mary would have been of the right age to have a son Richard b. abt. 1668 [based on age at death} who m. 1690 Elizabeth Billing and lives in Concord where he d. 1725. Tolman has found deeds that strongly suggest this is correct, though Anderson shows his further assumption that this is the son of the immigrant is probably wrong.

Meanwhile the immigrant's known son Thomas has a son Richard, b. 1663, who married bef 1690 Sarah of unknown maiden name (but not King or Cutler) and lives in Newton where he d. 1737/8.

Defence (1635)
Sailed: Late July 1635 from London, England under Master Edward Bostocke
Arrived: 8 Oct 1635 at Massachusetts Bay Colony

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Resources: Primary Sources:
Other information: Passenger list

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "Richard Park", in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), Vol. V (M-P), p. 362.

    Richard Park, b. abt 1602 [age 33 in passenger list of the Defence 11 Jul 1635], d. between 16 Jul 1665 [date of will] and 4 Aug 1665 [date of inventory, citing Rodgers, p. 2:292], m. (1) by 1626 Margery ---, m. (2) Aft 1656 Sarah (Collier) Brewster. Will mentions wife; son Thomas; two daughters. Wife and Thomas to be executors.