Robert Parks

#1795, b. between 1770 and 1780, d. before 1850
Father*(--?--) Parks
     Robert Parks was born between 1770 and 1780 Maryland. In the 1840 census of Cabell County, Virginia, in the
Robert Parks household, there is one male 60-70.

The "Maryland" comes from "family tradition" from the Charles Rice Parks line. There is some indication he may have come from Pennsylvania.

However, there are parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland that could have had vague borders at that time. So, so far, no evidence either way.1,2 He was the son of (--?--) Parks. Robert Parks married Polly Hardwick, daughter of J. Hardwick, 14 May 1809 Greenup County, Kentucky. Robert Parks died before 1850 , Wayne County, now West Virginia.
      The 1850 census of District 66, Wayne County, Virginia, shows a family:
Michael B Loer, 35
Dulcena Loer, 37
Mary A, 13
Elizabeth S, 11
James, 9
Andrew, 7 and
Michael, 1
With them is Joseph Parks, 75 (b c 1775 in PA)

By 1860, Joseph is no longer on the census.

In 1840, in then Cabell County, on one page we have:

p 58
Andrew Loar
Mrs Mary Ann Loar
Robert Parks 000200001-0002 (Robert Parks is the white male 60-69; there are two younger sons (or other males).
Thomas Buskirk
William Bellamy
Michael Loar 000010001-02001 (Michael Loar is the 60-69 year old male, Michael B may be the 25-35 year old male)

Other pages have:

p 55
James S. Parks 12001-10001 - this is probably James Shelton Parks.

Children of Robert and Polly

Last Edited=29 Apr 2016


  1. [S2] 1840 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Census Place: , Cabell, Virginia; Roll: 555; Page: 58; Image: 122; Family History Library Film: 0029685.
  2. [S243] 1880 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Both Robert Harrison Parks and Charles Rice Parks indicated in this census that their father had been born in Maryland. Contrarily, GBW Parks in the 1880 Washington Territory Census lists NY as his father's birthplace. The Wash Census is riddled with errors, so it is more likely that Maryland is correct.
  3. [S139] Parks Family from West Virginia to Oregon, Family History, 1975, Lincoln County Historical Society, Newport, Oregon, unknown repository address.
  4. [S169] , Patricia L Dunford Files, Patricia L Dunford, 3736 N Tucson Blvd, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, 85716, Based on two boys 15-20 in the 1840 Wayne Co., Census with Robert Parks. If Joseph is the other, that leaves Cage.
  5. [S112] Marion County, Oregon Probate Record , Pg 191.
  6. [S77] Gloria Snyder, online unknown url, Gloria Snyder (Washington).