John Roy Parks

#937, b. 13 September 1884, d. 5 November 1918
Father*James R Parks b. Jan 1860, d. 23 Jul 1933
Mother*Olive J Russell b. Dec 1862, d. 10 Jan 1901
     John Roy Parks was born on 13 September 1884. He was the son of James R Parks and Olive J Russell. John Roy Parks died 5 November 1918 , in Benton City, Benton County, Washington at age 341 and was buried Benton City Cemetery, Washington.
     ( Leroy J in the 1900 census.)

Miss Ella and Master Roy Parks of Clarkston spent Fourth of July week with the family of their uncle, County Clerk Renfrew.
Colfax Gazette. 5 Jul 1901, p 2.

Roy, as he was known, apparently never married. He is found in photographs with various members of the family, particularly where Nellie (Palmer) Dunford is found. She is the one who first identified his photograph. It appears that he moved around with the various relatives, including Wash and Mary (Parks) Palmer, and perhaps Caleb and Mary (Campbell) Parks.

In 1901, there was a court proceding to appoint "John P Palmer guardian ad litum of Roy Parks, a mior now residing in Washington" to enable him to participate in a partition suit re GBW Parks probate, on land owned by GBW in Washington.

Presumably this was because father James could not be found.2

Pullman Herald, 4 Jul 1919
In the Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for Whitman County.
J K Smawley and Dovey Smawley, husband and wife, Plaintiffs, vs. James R Parks, Olive McKenzie, the Unknown Heirs of Roy Parks deceased; also all other persons or parties unknown, claiming any right, title, interest, estate of lien in the property described in the complaint herein, defendents.
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Olive is the dau of Roy's sister Ella, who married Wm McKenzie. J K Smawley was a prolific property buyer and seller, as well as dealing with stock. Probably got some deal that went bad and he's trying to get his money back.
Last Edited=21 Aug 2016


  1. [S350] Washington State Digital Archives, online,
  2. [S581] Daily Capital Journal, Salem, Oregon, 9 Aug 1901:2,3.