James R Parks1

#936, b. January 1860, d. 23 July 1933
Father*George Ballard W. Parks2,3,4 b. 19 Mar 1817, d. 28 Mar 1898
Mother*Cynthia Ann Richardson2,3,4 b. 11 Aug 1826, d. 28 Apr 1887
     James R Parks was born in January 1860 Douglas County, Oregon.4,5 He was the son of George Ballard W. Parks and Cynthia Ann Richardson.2,3,4 James R Parks married Olive J Russell 1882 Olive Russell is listed as the mother for John Roy Parks, d 5 Nov 1918, in Benton City, Benton County, Washington. Roy was born in 1884. James R Parks died 23 July 1933 , in Pasco, Franklin County, Washington at age 736 and was buried Benton City Cemetery, Washington.
     He witnessed the probate of the estate of George Ballard W. Parks on 8 April 1898 Marion County, Oregon;
The probate listed:
George B W - noted his will was dated 15 July 1896 and he died 28 March 1898, testate;
Mary A Palmer - Daughter, Executor, Marion County;
Nixon E Palmer - grandson, Executor, age 22, Marion County;
Mary A Palmer - daughter, heir [husband, G W Palmer] age 52;
William W Parkes - son "last heard from at Cheyenne, WY" heir, age 51;
Robert H Parkes - son, Lewiston, ID, heir, age 48;
Caleb A Parkes - son, Colton, WA, heir, age 44;
James R Parkes - son, Concord, WA, heir;
George B Parkes - son, Colton, WA, heir;
Flora A McAlpin - daughter, Kiona, WA, heir;
Mary Palmer - granddaughter (Lottie), Lebanon, OR, heir, age (--?--);
Emma Reed - granddaughter (Lottie), Portland, heir, age 24;
Nettie Palmer - granddaughter (Lottie), Marion Co., OR, Heir;
Nellie Palmer - granddaughter (Lottie), Marion Co., OR, heir.

Weekly Oregonian Statesman (Salem) 15 Apr 1898
Testaments files with the County Court yesterday: Estates of Geo W B Parkes and Joseph Hassing Divided among the Respective heirs.
The last will and testament of Geo B W Parks, whose death occurred on March 28, 1895, was filed for probate yesterday. The will, which bears the date of July 15, 1896, disposes of real and personal property of the value of $5000. The will directs that all the just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of the estate; the reminder of the estate do be divided to the children of the decedent.
Mary A Palmer, aged 52 years, and Nixon E Palmer, aged 22 years are named executors of the will. Thomas Palmer and John English were the witnesses to the testament, and certify to the genuineness of the document. The heirs named are:
Mary A Palmer, daughter aged 52 years, of Marion County, Oregon. William W Parkes, son, aged 51 years of Cheyenne, Wy; Robert H Parkes, son, aged 48 years, of Lewiston, Idaho. The heirs of Lottie E Palmer, daughter: Mary Palmer, aged 26 years, of Lebanon; Emma Reed, aged 24 years, Portland; Nettie Palmer, aged 9 years of Marion county, and Nellie Palmer, aged 9 years, of Marion county; Caleb A Parkes, son, aged 44 years of Colton, Washington. James R Parkes, son, of Concord, Washington; George B Parkes, son, of Concord, Washington; Flora McAlpin, daughter, of Kiona, Washington.
Decedent was 80 years old when the will was made and signed.7,8
In 1898, James R Parksresided Concord, Washington, according to information from the probate of GBW Parks will.9

J R Parks to Mary A Palmer assigns interest in estate of F B W Parks deceased. (Colfax Gazette, 22 Feb 1901.)

Children of James and Olive

Last Edited=21 Aug 2016


  1. [S68] Unknown author, Excerpts from County Census Books, Douglas Co., OR (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date), James - 6/12 - Or; #426 Douglas Co., 1860 Census.
  2. [S73] Lineage application of GBW Parks & Cynthia Ann Richardson, Oregon Pioneer Certificate, Although sources are same as other books, some spellings and such have been changed. Check primary sources, 1870 Union Co., Census, La Grande Precinct., 8 jul 1870: James 10; p 14.
  3. [S73] Lineage application of GBW Parks & Cynthia Ann Richardson, Oregon Pioneer Certificate, Although sources are same as other books, some spellings and such have been changed. Check primary sources, 1860 Census of Douglas Co., Or 13 jul 1860.
    James 6/12 mo; p 14.
  4. [S140] _____ Parks Family Bible owned by Caleb Parks or wife Listed as "Family Reckard of Geo. B. W. Parks Family." Was with family items in household of Carl Andrew Parks, Spokane, Washington, 2000.
  5. [S472] 1860 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Census Place: Cawley Valley, Douglas, Oregon; Roll: M653_1055; Page: 121; Image: 248; Family History Library Film: 805055.
  6. [S350] Washington State Digital Archives, online http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/61010A4CABE0CEE87D4180617BCBD6C5
  7. [S112] Marion County, Oregon Probate Record , Marion County Oregon Probate Records (Extract/Index) Vol 2 H-Q8 Apr 1898 Probate of Will of GBW Parkes/Parks (File 1787).
  8. [S580] Weekly Oregon Statesman, Salem, Oregon.
  9. [S74] George B W Parks will (Dated 8 Apr 1898), GBW Parks Probate of Will-File 1787,, unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as GBW Parks Will.