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Robert Parke

Male Bef 1580 - 1665  (> 84 years)


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  • Name Robert Parke 
    Born Bef 3 Jun 1580  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 3 Jun 1580  Poslingford, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5
    Died 4 Feb 1665  Mystic, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 6
    Buried 7 Feb 1665  Mystic, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Alternate death 14 Mar 1665  Mystic, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I11044  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of FW, Ancestor of LMH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2022 

    Father Robert Parke,   b. of Gestingthorpe, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 12 Feb 1593 and 17 Mar 1593, Acton, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Alice Chaplin,   b. Aft 1554,   d. Aft Mar 1593  (Age > 38 years) 
    Married 27 Sep 1579  All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7, 8
    Family ID F6403  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Martha Chaplin,   b. Bef 4 Feb 1585,   d. Bef 1643  (Age < 57 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1602  Semer, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 9
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Parke,   b. of Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1709, Preston, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Samuel Parke,   b. Bef 20 Jun 1621,   d. Between 22 Mar 1709 and 28 Aug 1711, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 87 years)
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F6417  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Alice Freeman,   b. Abt 1595,   d. Aft 24 Dec 1658, New London, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married Aft 30 May 1644  Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F6398  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From McArthur-Barnes Ancestral Lines (citation details below):

      He sailed with some members of his family with the Winthrop Fleet, 29 Mar. 1630, from Cowes, Isle of Wight, supposedly on the flagship, Arbella. He was a man of means, and is thought to be the Robert Parke who wrote to John Winthrop 17 Feb. 1629/30 from Easterkale, co. Lincoln, proposing to go to New England [Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., 5th Series, 1:194]. Savage [Gen. Dict. 3:347] states that he returned to England the same year, carrying an order by Governor Winthrop to his son John in England to pay money, "which is in my possession and may be the earliest bill of exchange drafted on our side of the water."

      His son William, who came over later in 1630, settled in Roxbury, Mass., where he became one of the most prominent citizens, and his daughter Ann seems to have been with William at Roxbury, where she married in 1640 and died the following year. We do not know just when Robert returned to New England, but on 9 Apr. 1640 Mr. Parke was made freeman at Wethersfield, Conn., as Robert Parke served on a jury 2 July 1640 and represented that town as Deputy to the Connecticut General Court, Aug. 1642 [Col. Rec. of Conn., 1:46, 55, 73]. His son Thomas was with him at Wethersfield, and they remained together at New London and Stonington.

      We do not know when Robert Parke lost his first wife, the mother of his children. On 30 May 1644, the House of Deputies of Massachusetts Bay passed the following act: "The peticon of Robert Parke is graunted by ye whole Courte, and hath libtye to pceed in marriage wth Alice Tompson wthout farthr publishe" [Shurtleff's Records of Massachusetts Bay, 3:3]. She was a widow of gentry family who had come to Roxbury, Mass., with daughters. The marriage accordingly took place. [...]

      About 1650 Robert Parke and his son Thomas removed to Pequot, now New London, Conn. On 20 May 1652 Mr. Parkes was a Deputy for New London [Col. Rec. of Conn., 1:231]. In New London land records we find that Alice Parke witnessed a deed, 2 June 1652; Richard Blinman, pastor, conveyed to "my brother in law Thomas Parkes," 21 Mar. 1653/4; and Thomas Parke of "Misticke neere Pequot" conveyed 9 Oct. 1656 to his father, Robert Parke, Gentleman [2:9; 3:64,41]. About 1655 the family had moved to Mystic or Southerton, later included in Stonington, Conn. The family continued to own land in New London as numerous deeds attest.

      By his first wife, he is an ancestor of PNH's sister-in-law Laura (Wightman) Hayden:

      Robert Parke (1580-1665) = Martha Chaplin (1585-1643)
      Samuel Parke (1621-~1710)
      Robert Parke (1676-1752) = Tamsen Packer (1674-1764)
      Jemima Parke (1716-1793) = Samuel Torrance (1719-1788)
      Nancy Torrance (1746-1806) = Noah Woodard (1744-1834)
      Abiram Woodard (1766-1866) = Dinah Green (1783-1850)
      Martha Woodard (1806-1878) = William Wightman (1796-1877)
      Monroe Alphonso Wightman (1848-1910) = Sarah S. Chisman (1848-1918)
      Frank Logan Wightman (1887-1959) = Iva Faye Covington (1894-1985)
      John Stephen Wightman (1918-1990) = Alise Emma Evans (1918-1995)
      Robert Alan Wightman (1941-2007) = Joyce Ann Marie Dixon (1941-1997)
      Laura Marie Wightman (1962- ) = Benjamin Titus Hayden (1962- )

      And of stunt UK prime minister Boris Johnson:

      Robert Parke (1580-1665) = Martha Chaplin (1585-1643)
      Thomas Parke (1616-1709) = Dorothy Tompson (1624-1709)
      Joseph Morgan (1646-1704) = Dorothy Parke (1652-1707)
      Dorothy Morgan (1676-1759) = Ebenezer Witter (1668-1712)
      Mary Witter (b. 1696) = Jeremiah Tracy (b. 1682)
      Jeremiah Tracy (b. 1719) = Margaret Huntington
      Solomon Tracy (1756-1835) = Mary Wells (~1864-1848)
      Hila Tracy (1799-~1841) = Jonathan Nobles (~1792-~1870)
      Maria Nobles (~1823-~1880) = Judson Holcomb (~1819-~1880)
      Clara Holcomb (1848-1927) = Henry Clinton Porter (1851-1922)
      Helen Tracy Porter (1876-1963) = Elias Avery Lowe (1879-1969)
      Frances Beatrice Lowe = Sir James Edmund Sanford Fawcett (1913-1991)
      Charlotte Offlow Fawcett (1942-2021) = Stanley Patrick Johnson (1940- )
      Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (1964- ), UK Prime Minister 2019-

  • Sources 
    1. [S978] American Ancestors and Cousins of the Princess of Wales by Gary Boyd Roberts and William Addams Reitwiesner. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984.

    2. [S977] The Blackmans of Knight's Creek: Ancestors and Descendants of George and Maria (Smith) Blackman by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1980., year only.

    3. [S1699] McArthur-Barnes Ancestral Lines by Selim Walker McArthur. Edited by Donald Lines Jacobus. Portland, Maine: The Anthoensen Press, 1964.

    4. [S1500] Clifford L. Stott, "The Chaplin Family of Co. Suffolk: Ancestors of the Plumb and Parke Families of Connecticut." The American Genealogist 82:250, October 2007.

    5. [S6072] Perry Streeter, "Robert Parke of Mystic, Connecticut." 1999, updated 25 Oct 2000.

    6. [S977] The Blackmans of Knight's Creek: Ancestors and Descendants of George and Maria (Smith) Blackman by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1980.

    7. [S1699] McArthur-Barnes Ancestral Lines by Selim Walker McArthur. Edited by Donald Lines Jacobus. Portland, Maine: The Anthoensen Press, 1964., year and place only.

    8. [S6072] Perry Streeter, "Robert Parke of Mystic, Connecticut." 1999, updated 25 Oct 2000., year and place only.

    9. [S977] The Blackmans of Knight's Creek: Ancestors and Descendants of George and Maria (Smith) Blackman by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1980., date only.

    10. [S978] American Ancestors and Cousins of the Princess of Wales by Gary Boyd Roberts and William Addams Reitwiesner. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984., date only.

    11. [S1699] McArthur-Barnes Ancestral Lines by Selim Walker McArthur. Edited by Donald Lines Jacobus. Portland, Maine: The Anthoensen Press, 1964., date only.

    12. [S3781] Clarence Almon Torrey, "Alice (Freeman) (Tompson) Parke." The American Genealogist 13:1, July 1936., date only.