Missing Link (6T344)
Descendants of Thomas Park
PS Newsletter, Vol. 47, No. 1, Page 6 (2010)
The following are notes from the Register and Recorders Office, Towanda Courthouse, Bradford County, PA
Book 1, p. 248, #414 - Last Will and Testament of Daniel (07T281) Parke, April 13, 1842. Probate taken October 22, 1842 and letters of administration granted to Nancy Parke, Reuben Parke and William Osborne. Named in the Will are sons John, Reuben, James, Moses, Benjamin, Joseph, Owen, and Warren; and daughters Sally, Phebe, Abigail, Alvina, and Patty.
Book 8 p. 375 #4640 Will of Joseph Park (son of above Daniel) written 25 January 1883. Petition for probate filed by Alvarado Park, Executor on 7 January 1889. Joseph's Will names his wife, Elizabeth, his adopted son, Alvarado Park, and his niece Elizabeth Hanna, daughter of Ira Hanna of Barton, Tioga County who is to receive the sum of one thousand dollars. (This provides proof that Alvina/ Elmyra Park Hanna of Barton is the daughter of Daniel Parke)
Book 13 p. 270 #6897 Will of Moses Park (son of above Daniel) written 21 January 1891. Proof provided that Moses Park died 1 January 1901, admitted to probate 13 February 1901. In his will, Moses names his wife, Hannah; his daughters: Almira Merrill, Sarah D. Chandler, and Mary Elizabeth Munn; and his granddaughter Clare H. Park.
Using census and cemetery data, Sarah (1846-1939) is found married to Alfred D. Chandler (1843-1913) Their son, Burton Alonzo Chandler (1874-1912) married Nellie Herrick (1878-1919). Sarah's grandson, Burton E. Chandler born in 1912- died in 1924. (dates are from Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Bradford Co, PA)
In 1880 granddaughter, Clara H. Park is living with her mother M. Dell Park, age 27 in Litchfi eld, Bradford Co, PA. Moses Park's son, Orlando must have been her father since he is the only son not appearing on the 1880 census with his parents. On the 1930 Census, I found a Clara H. Morse (mother in law), widowed, living in the household of "Wloser" (i.e., Ulysses) T. Moore whose wife is named Della, age 33, born in PA. Backtracking to the 1900 census, Clara is found married to Irving V. Morse and their daughter is Della born August 1897 in PA. Tioga Point Cem. Records: Orlando Park (1848- 1877); Irving V. Morse (1874-1930); Clara H. Morse (1876-1944); Ulysses T. Moore (1890-1974); Della Moore (1897-1985). Son, Orlando Dale Moore (1925-1945) killed in action in Holland, World War II.
Book 2 p. 469 #1407 Will of Thomas (07T287) Park written 9 February 1861 - Letters of Administration granted to Margaret Parks and Silas Wolcott on 6 May 1861.
In his Will, Thomas makes provision for the surviving children of Samuel (07T285) Park deceased: Minerva Wilkinson, Rushell Parks, and Charles C. Parks. The children of Thomas are in the will but not mentioned by name. (Inventory Files June 14, 1861; see Orphans Court Files.) This needs to be checked to see if the names are mentioned there.
A Story For My Children by Etta Wolcott Park names six children from the marriage of Samuel and Margaret: Minerva, Samuel, Thomas, William, Russell, and Charles. This book also gives the death date of Samuel as 1825 which is probably correct since their youngest, Charles was born in September 1824. The Park State Line Cemetery list mistakenly has 1823.
Pioneer and Patriot Families of Bradford County, PA by Clement Heverly, 1913 states that Samuel and Margaret had 4 sons and 1 daughter. I have not been not been able to find any further source material relating to the sons: Samuel, Thomas, and William, all of whom certainly had died by 1861.