George Benton Parks1

#1842, b. 1 October 1863, d. 10 January 1922
Father*George Ballard W. Parks2 b. 19 Mar 1817, d. 28 Mar 1898
Mother*Cynthia Ann Richardson2 b. 11 Aug 1826, d. 28 Apr 1887
     George Benton Parks was born on 1 October 1863 Douglas County, Oregon.3,4 He was the son of George Ballard W. Parks and Cynthia Ann Richardson.2 George and Elizabeth Rebecca Whiteley were married 10 May 1888 Moscow, Idaho. George Benton Parks died 10 January 1922 , Whitman County, Washington at age 585 and was buried Div 1, Row 25, Lot 145, Grave 4, Normal Hill Cemetery, Lewiston, Whitman County, Idaho.
     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.6,7
In 1898, George Benton Parksresided Colton, Whitman County, Washington.8

Colfax Gazette, 26 April 1901.
Wild Cayuses
Colton Newsletter: John Boyles and Geo. Parks held their spring roundup of horses on the brakes of Snake River Sunday. They were assisted by a number of local rough riders and covered the bluffs from opposite Lewiston to Steptoe landing. It was hard work for men and horses, and when the large herd started down the narrow defile at Evans' bar, something frightened them and they stampeded back for the bluffs. The cayuses were wild as coyotes, and the riders on their tired horses couldn't hold them. Most of the herd got away, but 160 were landed safely in the corral. These horses are to be shipped to Chicago. Two agents have been here and contracted for ten carloads and will probably want as many more. The roundup will be held over again in a few days when a larger number of riders will participate.

24 Jan 1902 Colfax Gazette
Estray Notice
Taken up and posted by the undersigned, residing ten miles southwest of Colton, Washington.
One dark bay gelding, about eleven years old, branded G on the left shoulder, white spot in face, right hind foot white, weight about 850 pounds.
----- eleven more of these ---
Unless claimed and proved by owners and charges paid, the aforesaid animals will be sold according to the estray laws of the state of Washington.
G B Parks
P O Colton, Wash.

2 Feb 1902 Colfax Gazette
Estray Sale
Notice is hereby given, that I will, at the hour of 10 o'clock a.m., at the residence of G B Parks, on Snake river, ten miles southwest of Colton, Wash, sell at public auction:
One dark gelding about eleven years old, branded C on left shoulder, white spot on face, right hind foot, weight about 850 pounds.
---- and follow ten more ----

(Were these animals caught by the "rough riders" in their roundup?)

Later, 25 April 1902, from the Colfax Gazette, "Colton News-Letter" Geo B Parks has 100 head of cavalry horses in his pasture at Steptoe Landing belonging to McCrane & Co. of Lewiston. They are soon to be shipped to Wyoming, thence to New Orleans and from there to South Africa for use in the British army.

Children of George and Elizabeth

Last Edited=22 Apr 2018


  1. [S140] _____ Parks Family Bible owned by Caleb Parks or wife , Listed as "Geo B W jr" Listed as "Family Reckard of Geo. B. W. Parks Family." Was with family items in household of Carl Andrew Parks, Spokane, Washington, 2000.
  2. [S40] Ruth Parks Durham, "George Ballard W. Parks", Celebrating Families of Whitman County: George Ballard W. Parks (ca 1988).
  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, 1870 Union Co., Census: George 6; 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. [S350] Washington State Digital Archives, online, George B Parks,.
  6. [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).
  7. [S580] Weekly Oregon Statesman, Salem, Oregon.
  8. [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.
  9. [S254] 1900 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Census Place: Colton, Whitman, Washington; Roll: 1753; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0096; FHL microfilm: 1241753.