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 Alexander Parks Jr.

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Alexander Parks Jr.

Birth
Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death
11 Jun 1928 (aged 81)
Burial
Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID
111155890 View Source

In the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Censuses, Alexander was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his parents.

In the 1870 U.S. Census, Alexander was living in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, and he was a "distillery bookkeeper."

Alexander married Mary Ella (Nadenbousch) Parks (24 Dec 1854 - 5 Sept 1910) about 1875.

In the 1880, 1900, and 1910 U.S. Censuses, Alexander and Mary were living in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

In the 1920 U.S. Census, the widower Alexander was still living in Martinsburg.
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Information provided by #50006409:

History of West Virginia, Old and New, Vol. 2, pp. 633 and 634:
[Alexander Parks. As a citizen, business man and public official, Mr. Parks, former member of the West Virginia Senate, has played a large and benignant part in the community life of his home City of Martinsburg, judicial center of Berkeley County, where he has maintained his residence for over fifty years.
Mr. Parks was born in the City of Baltimore, Maryland, on the 22d of April, 1847, and in the same city was born his father, Alexander Parks, Sr., who was a son of Edward Parks, the latter having been born about 1785 and having served honorably in the United States Army. While stationed at Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia, Edward Parks married Mile. Elise deLoupt, who was born in France. Alexander Parks, Sr., was well educated and became a skilled chemist. For many years he was supervising chemist in the laboratories of the great pharmaceutical house of Powers & Wightman in the City of Philadelphia, where he continued to reside until his death. He married Miss Sarah Jackson, who likewise was born in Baltimore, her father, James Jackson, having been born In County Down, Ireland, and having been a kinsman of General Andrew Jackson, who when president of the United States appointed James Jackson to a responsible official position in the City of Baltimore, where the family home was established. The maiden name of Mrs. James Jackson was Bethia Rennie Moore, and she was of Scotch ancestry. Alexander and Sarah (Jackson) Parks, the latter of whom likewise died in Philadelphia, became the parents of seven children: Sarah Jackson, Ann Eliza, Alexin, Mary Roberts, Alexander, Jr., George and Thomas Powers.
He whose name initiates this review was educated in the public schools of Philadelphia and was there graduated in the high school. Upon coming to Martinsburg, West Virginia, he turned his attention to the milling business, of which he has here continued a successful representative to the present time. He first operated the Nadenbousch mill, and since 1898 he has owned and operated the Equality mills, which have the best of modern equipment, and In connection with which he has a large grain elevator, which was erected by him. He is also in active management of his several farms and other real property in Martinsburg and vicinity.
Mr. Parks has been an exponent of liberal and progressive citizenship, and has taken lively Interest in all things pertaining to the welfare of his adopted city and state. He served for some time as chairman of the Democratic County Committee of Berkeley County, was for three terms a member, from 1906 to 1909, Inclusive, and was president of the County Court of the City Council of Martinsburg, during which period he served one term as city treasurer. In 1890 he was elected to the Senate of West Virginia, as representative of the Thirteenth Senatorial District. In the Senate he gave four years of characteristically loyal and effective service, and he was assigned to important Senate committees, including those on privileges and elections, banks and corporations, militia, enrolled bills, public printing, and agriculture, of which latter committee he was the chairman. He did much to further wise and constructive legislation and to advance the best interests of his constituent
district.
At Martinsburg was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Parks and Miss Mary Ella Nadenbousch, who was there born and reared and who is a daughter of Col. John Q. A. and Hester J. (Miller) Nadenbousch, of whom more specific mention is made elsewhere in this publication. Mrs. Parks is deceased, she having been a devout communicant of Trinity Protestant Episcopal Cliurch in her native city, of which church her husband likewise is a communicant, a member of the Vestry and a trustee. The loved wife and mother is survived by five children: John Nadenbousch (individually mentioned on other pages), Elise deLoupt, Hester Gray, Sarah Rennie and Alexander B. Mr. Parks is a past master of Equality Lodge No. 44, A. F. and A. M.; is affiliated with Lebanon Chapter No. 2, B. A. M. ; is a past eminent commander of Palestine Commandery No. 2, Knights Templars; and is a past most eminent grand commander of the West Virginia M. E. Grand Commandery of Knights Templars. The family home at Martinsburg is a fine old stone mansion that is one of the oldest houses in the city, its interior finishing and decorations being of most artistic type, and on the walls of one of the rooms of this residence is to be seen fine wallpaper that is nearly a century old. The home is further made attractive by an ancient spinning wheel and other relics of other days and of family history.]

Progressive West Virginians (1905), p. 143:
[ALEXANDER PARKS. — Martinsburg. Owner Equality Flour Mills. Born in Baltimore, Md., April 22, 1849. Educated in public schools of Philadelphia, Pa. Came to Martinsburg in 1868. Engaged in the manufacture of 1 flour in 1878. Resident Secy, and Manager The Hannis Distilling Co. Politically a Democrat. Member City Council several terms. Also City Treas. Member State Senate, 1890-1894. Pres. Co. Court of Berkeley Co., W. Va., 1903 to 1905. Member P. G. C., K. T., W. Va. and Mystic Shrine. Member of Episcopal Church.]

Prominent Men of West Virginia (1890), 944 and 945:
[ALEXANDER PARKS.
ALEXANDER PARKS, who was the eleventh Grand Commander of Knights Templar of West Virginia. from May, 1887, to May, 1888, was born in Baltimore, Md., April 22, 1847. In August, 1868, he settled in Martinsburg, Berkeley county, W. Va., and engaged in the milling, grain and fertilizer business. In 1877 he remodeled the Martinsburg Flouring Mills and at the same time built the Shenandoah Fertilizer Mills; and having conducted these enterprises successfully, to meet the demands of the flour trade, he purchased and built the Enterprise Roller Mills. During this time he was, elected and served four years as town Councilman and city Treasurer. He has always taken an active interest in politics, and has served for a number of years as chairman of county committees, with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his fellow citizens.
Mr. Parks has been an earnest and energetic Free Mason since his connection with the institution. January 14, 1871, be was initiated as an Entered Apprentice, in Equality Lodge, No. 136, of Martinsburg, Berkeley county, W. Va. He was elected Worshipful Master of his lodge June 26, 1875, was appointed District Deputy Grand Master in November, 1875; exalted to the sublime degree of the Royal Arch, September 5, 1871 ; created a Knight Templar in Palestine Commandery at Martinsburg, March 11, 1872; Representative of Palestine Commandery at the formation of the Grand Commandery of West Virginia, February 25, 1874; Deputy Grand Commander at Weston, May 12, 1886; Grand Commander at Charleston, Kanawha county, May 11, 1887. He has done much to advance Masonry in the State; is a man of kind and agreeable manner and has an encouraging word for all.]

In the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Censuses, Alexander was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his parents.

In the 1870 U.S. Census, Alexander was living in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, and he was a "distillery bookkeeper."

Alexander married Mary Ella (Nadenbousch) Parks (24 Dec 1854 - 5 Sept 1910) about 1875.

In the 1880, 1900, and 1910 U.S. Censuses, Alexander and Mary were living in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

In the 1920 U.S. Census, the widower Alexander was still living in Martinsburg.
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Information provided by #50006409:

History of West Virginia, Old and New, Vol. 2, pp. 633 and 634:
[Alexander Parks. As a citizen, business man and public official, Mr. Parks, former member of the West Virginia Senate, has played a large and benignant part in the community life of his home City of Martinsburg, judicial center of Berkeley County, where he has maintained his residence for over fifty years.
Mr. Parks was born in the City of Baltimore, Maryland, on the 22d of April, 1847, and in the same city was born his father, Alexander Parks, Sr., who was a son of Edward Parks, the latter having been born about 1785 and having served honorably in the United States Army. While stationed at Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia, Edward Parks married Mile. Elise deLoupt, who was born in France. Alexander Parks, Sr., was well educated and became a skilled chemist. For many years he was supervising chemist in the laboratories of the great pharmaceutical house of Powers & Wightman in the City of Philadelphia, where he continued to reside until his death. He married Miss Sarah Jackson, who likewise was born in Baltimore, her father, James Jackson, having been born In County Down, Ireland, and having been a kinsman of General Andrew Jackson, who when president of the United States appointed James Jackson to a responsible official position in the City of Baltimore, where the family home was established. The maiden name of Mrs. James Jackson was Bethia Rennie Moore, and she was of Scotch ancestry. Alexander and Sarah (Jackson) Parks, the latter of whom likewise died in Philadelphia, became the parents of seven children: Sarah Jackson, Ann Eliza, Alexin, Mary Roberts, Alexander, Jr., George and Thomas Powers.
He whose name initiates this review was educated in the public schools of Philadelphia and was there graduated in the high school. Upon coming to Martinsburg, West Virginia, he turned his attention to the milling business, of which he has here continued a successful representative to the present time. He first operated the Nadenbousch mill, and since 1898 he has owned and operated the Equality mills, which have the best of modern equipment, and In connection with which he has a large grain elevator, which was erected by him. He is also in active management of his several farms and other real property in Martinsburg and vicinity.
Mr. Parks has been an exponent of liberal and progressive citizenship, and has taken lively Interest in all things pertaining to the welfare of his adopted city and state. He served for some time as chairman of the Democratic County Committee of Berkeley County, was for three terms a member, from 1906 to 1909, Inclusive, and was president of the County Court of the City Council of Martinsburg, during which period he served one term as city treasurer. In 1890 he was elected to the Senate of West Virginia, as representative of the Thirteenth Senatorial District. In the Senate he gave four years of characteristically loyal and effective service, and he was assigned to important Senate committees, including those on privileges and elections, banks and corporations, militia, enrolled bills, public printing, and agriculture, of which latter committee he was the chairman. He did much to further wise and constructive legislation and to advance the best interests of his constituent
district.
At Martinsburg was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Parks and Miss Mary Ella Nadenbousch, who was there born and reared and who is a daughter of Col. John Q. A. and Hester J. (Miller) Nadenbousch, of whom more specific mention is made elsewhere in this publication. Mrs. Parks is deceased, she having been a devout communicant of Trinity Protestant Episcopal Cliurch in her native city, of which church her husband likewise is a communicant, a member of the Vestry and a trustee. The loved wife and mother is survived by five children: John Nadenbousch (individually mentioned on other pages), Elise deLoupt, Hester Gray, Sarah Rennie and Alexander B. Mr. Parks is a past master of Equality Lodge No. 44, A. F. and A. M.; is affiliated with Lebanon Chapter No. 2, B. A. M. ; is a past eminent commander of Palestine Commandery No. 2, Knights Templars; and is a past most eminent grand commander of the West Virginia M. E. Grand Commandery of Knights Templars. The family home at Martinsburg is a fine old stone mansion that is one of the oldest houses in the city, its interior finishing and decorations being of most artistic type, and on the walls of one of the rooms of this residence is to be seen fine wallpaper that is nearly a century old. The home is further made attractive by an ancient spinning wheel and other relics of other days and of family history.]

Progressive West Virginians (1905), p. 143:
[ALEXANDER PARKS. — Martinsburg. Owner Equality Flour Mills. Born in Baltimore, Md., April 22, 1849. Educated in public schools of Philadelphia, Pa. Came to Martinsburg in 1868. Engaged in the manufacture of 1 flour in 1878. Resident Secy, and Manager The Hannis Distilling Co. Politically a Democrat. Member City Council several terms. Also City Treas. Member State Senate, 1890-1894. Pres. Co. Court of Berkeley Co., W. Va., 1903 to 1905. Member P. G. C., K. T., W. Va. and Mystic Shrine. Member of Episcopal Church.]

Prominent Men of West Virginia (1890), 944 and 945:
[ALEXANDER PARKS.
ALEXANDER PARKS, who was the eleventh Grand Commander of Knights Templar of West Virginia. from May, 1887, to May, 1888, was born in Baltimore, Md., April 22, 1847. In August, 1868, he settled in Martinsburg, Berkeley county, W. Va., and engaged in the milling, grain and fertilizer business. In 1877 he remodeled the Martinsburg Flouring Mills and at the same time built the Shenandoah Fertilizer Mills; and having conducted these enterprises successfully, to meet the demands of the flour trade, he purchased and built the Enterprise Roller Mills. During this time he was, elected and served four years as town Councilman and city Treasurer. He has always taken an active interest in politics, and has served for a number of years as chairman of county committees, with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his fellow citizens.
Mr. Parks has been an earnest and energetic Free Mason since his connection with the institution. January 14, 1871, be was initiated as an Entered Apprentice, in Equality Lodge, No. 136, of Martinsburg, Berkeley county, W. Va. He was elected Worshipful Master of his lodge June 26, 1875, was appointed District Deputy Grand Master in November, 1875; exalted to the sublime degree of the Royal Arch, September 5, 1871 ; created a Knight Templar in Palestine Commandery at Martinsburg, March 11, 1872; Representative of Palestine Commandery at the formation of the Grand Commandery of West Virginia, February 25, 1874; Deputy Grand Commander at Weston, May 12, 1886; Grand Commander at Charleston, Kanawha county, May 11, 1887. He has done much to advance Masonry in the State; is a man of kind and agreeable manner and has an encouraging word for all.]


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/111155890/alexander-parks: accessed ), memorial page for Alexander Parks Jr. (22 Apr 1847–11 Jun 1928), Find a Grave Memorial ID 111155890, citing Norbourne Parish Cemetery, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA; Maintained by myta (contributor 47351841) .