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John Parks
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Birth: Feb. 23, 1816
Juniata County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 9, 1894
Selinsgrove
Snyder County
Pennsylvania, USA

John Parks was born in PA, his father was born in Ireland and his mother, Elizabeth b. 1787 in PA. His father was a gunsmith. He and John both made guns. Several of their guns are still around owed by collectors. There is one in the Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg, PA. He had at least 3 brothers; Levi 1823 of Rome City, IND; James 1819 (#75519179) and Robert 1821 of Elkhart Co, IND. In 1850 his mother, Elizabeth was living in Concord, Elkhart Co, IND and was a widow. John married Lidia Gemberling on May 9th 1843. They had two sons; Calvin E. 1844-1884 and Charles Benjamin (Benjamin) 1849-1909 and three daughters; Mary (Parks) Romig 1850-1899, Martha Jane (Parks) Bloomfield 1862-1944 and Esther (Parks) Swineford Dunn. John Parks was a member and drummer of the Emmitt Guards which was organized in 1850 prior to the Civil War. The Emmitt Guards wore black pants, with white stripes, blue short coat or blouse, having brass buttons as conspicious ornaments. The company disbanded after a few years and the drum went back to it's builder, who died in 1858. According to the Selinsgrove Times, Thur. May 26, 1921, "Calvin Parks (John's son) said he could get the old drum for $5.00. This sum was at once collected and the (Emmitt Guard) drum was brought back to town and remained with the old veterans of Co. "G", until a few days ago when it was taken by Comrade Fred Ulrich to the University, where it is to be placed with the military library and relics deposited by the Pont 148, G. A. R." Around 1878 John had a gun smith shop on the corner of High & Pine streets near the schoolhouse in Selinsgrove and he was a farmer. He escaped an accident in 1891 when he was struck by a train while gathering coal on the tracks and two times his stable to the rear of his house on High street along the railroad tracks caught on fire. In 1894 he was taken sick while visiting his daughter, Mary Romig, in Williamsport, PA which proved fatal several weeks later. His remains were brought back to Selinsgrove on a special car with friends. The funeral took place from his residence on High St. Services were held in the Reform Church, he was 77 years, 10 months and 17 days. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Parks (1790 - 1849)
  Elizabeth Parks (1787 - 1854)
 
 Spouse:
  Lydia Gemberling Parks (1824 - 1906)*
 
 Children:
  Calvin E. Parks (1844 - 1884)*
  Charles Benjamin Parks (1848 - 1909)*
  Mary E. Parks Romig (1850 - 1899)*
  Esther E. Parks Swineford Dunn (1851 - 1899)*
  Martha Jane Parks Bloomfield (1862 - 1944)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Parks (1816 - 1894)
  James Luther Parks (1819 - 1900)*
  Robert Parks (1821 - 1879)*
  Levi Parks (1823 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Brother James L. Parks #75519179
 
Burial:
Union Cemetery
Selinsgrove
Snyder County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Mary Jane (Young) Evertz
Record added: Jul 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72465858
John Parks
Added by: Mary Jane (Young) Evertz
 
John Parks
Added by: Mary Jane (Young) Evertz
 
John Parks
Added by: Mary Jane (Young) Evertz
 
 
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