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"The Lost Parks of Chariton County Missouri" (#46913528)
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Bio Photo I started researching my grandpa's surname Parks 1979-1982. Raised my son resumed my quest with full force in 1997. Not taking no for an answer.
Jock Parks had his own way of doing genealogy. He may have not known that was what he was doing, but he was searching for those "Lost Parks Of Chariton County Missouri"
My Great "Aunt Corie" gave me a few simple clues. With those few clues it has been a long and hard search spanning nearly 30 years.
From the letters that had been written for her to personal interviews when I returned from a 2 year tour in North Africa with an oil company. This is what she had to say.
1. Papa was orphaned when he was 2 1/2 years old raised by some people in Chariton County she did not know. I found out for you Aunt Corie
2. Papa's mother was Amelia White. (McAllister, Moore, Parks)
3. Amelia had a half brother Aquilla Jones that sent "Aunt Corie", Lucy & Violet to school. When I asked her why he didn't send grandpa to school, her answer was "He was needed on the farm." Daisy was already grown, married and starting a family.
4. He had a sister, Sarah, married a DeHaven, lived in the Rocheport area and that was all she knew about her. (I found her Aunt Corie)
5. He had a brother Noah and he moved to Imperial California.
I wanted to know what happened to make Columbus an orphan. I thought it would be simple. Little did I know. Ever since then I have hit one brick wall after another. I have tromped, traced and tracked Chariton, Howard, Randolph, Boone, Audrain, and a few in between and beyond.
Probate records burned in 1861 during the Civil War. Then the entire courthouse burns in 1960 to the ground. "Have you checked Tax Records, you say?" They were stored on the stairwell to the tower. "When the Walls Come Tumbling Down" Lemuel's probate court record was empty. Amelia dies approximately 2 months later.
This is only naming a few of the brick walls.
Oh! yea along comes internet. Wow that really helped! Everybody and their brother in Chariton County was trying to connect Lemuel to Perterson Parks Sr's family. It didn't fit, it was like sticking a square peg in a round hole. "You all what about John Parks, I ask?" Well I just don't know anything about him. So the search was on. Since that time I have had Nathan Parks family, Sarah Parks Littleton family, Will Parks family and a Dehaven descendant, get in contact with me and agree, I was onto something. Read in between the lines, read their dash. The paper proof is not there, but the heart is.

Please visit memorial #43571525 Louise Parks Smith.
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Pat Shaw
Have missed you! Hope you are doing okay.

Patty Shaw
Added by Pat Shaw on Nov 08, 2014 1:18 PM
Joe Pearce
Fannie Bumpass Parks
Thanks for the recent transfer of this memorial.
Joe A. Pearce 46885687
Added by Joe Pearce on Apr 29, 2014 2:15 PM
RE: Hello
I can only imagine. You are in my thoughts often and will continue to be in my prayers. Hoping I can make it back up to Missouri this summer and maybe we can get together.
Added by txgirl on Apr 23, 2014 2:12 PM
Thinking about you cousin! Hope you are well.
Added by txgirl on Mar 06, 2014 7:29 AM
Nancy Meadows
Sneed children in Mott Cemetery Chariton Co. MO
I just wanted to let you know that we searched and probed this cemetery thoroughly yesterday and found no sign of their burials, so couldn't fill your photo requests. Sorry!
Added by Nancy Meadows on Apr 30, 2013 11:42 AM
Ghost Family Hunter
Grand central Joplin
Hello I am Cora Lee Reeves Daughter of Sybil Edmonds the grand daughter of Cora Nettie Joplin and Great Granddaughter of James David Joplin.

I would love to share information with you on the Joplin side of the family. If your on facebook I have made a page Fan's of All in the family. This is where my cousins and I are sharing info and talking about family history.

I also have GRAMPS from where I have stored all my info and I am willing to share what I have in gedcom file format. I also have where I have information out there and growing...some varified some not...Its a work in Progress

just let me know what works for you and we can start sharing information ASAP!

Added by Ghost Family Hunter on Mar 25, 2013 12:45 AM
Noah Parks and Mattie Lancaster marriage
Tried to send email to address listed and it bounced.

This database is for Western marriages :

Groom Last Name: PARKS
Groom First Name: Noah F.
Groom Residence:
Bride Last Name: LANCASTER
Bride First Name: Mattie J.
Bride Residence:
Place: Phoenix
Date: 28 Dec 1893
County of Record: Maricopa
State: Arizona
Volume: 1
Page: 405

I am helping a cousin research the Nathan H.O. Polly family--especially his daughter Arizona.
Added by PattyMac on Feb 11, 2013 7:33 PM
Patricia Gilliland Devoti
Added by Patricia Gilliland Devoti on Dec 06, 2012 8:38 PM
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Added by Patricia Gilliland Devoti on Dec 06, 2012 8:37 PM
David Sharp
Clarence Robinson
Tried to send you and E mail, but says address no longer exists. Drop me a note with new address, thanks David
Added by David Sharp on Dec 04, 2012 11:23 AM
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