Margery Park

Death 31 May 1656
Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 148960657 · View Source
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Biography researched and written by Evelyn Park Blalock. Please do not publish elsewhere without providing full and proper credit. Thank you! :-)

No headstone remains.

Wife of Richard Park.
Maiden name and parentage unproven.
Sailed with her husband and children on the 'Defence' from London to Boston, Massachusetts, arriving with Reverend Thomas Shepard's company on October 3, 1635.
Source of death information: Massachusetts Vital Records.

Only three known children:
Thomas Park #148950797
Isabel Park Whitmore #12668688
Elizabeth Park Winship #8238047

The position of the Parke Society regarding Margery's name:
"...the surname of Richard's wife Margery as being 'Crane' has been floated much, but there still is no good proof of this as fact. This is an example of how incorrect data continues to be perpetuated throughout the years."

The position of the Parke Society regarding a "son" Richard:
(proven through the Parke Society's paternal DNA project)
"The Karl Eaton Parks volumes represent a lineage which descends from Richard’s 'son' Richard to a third generation Richard, generally known as Lt. Richard Parks, and DNA testing has confirmed the suspicions that these two Richards were NOT connected to the immigrant Richard [arr. 1635]. Lt. Richard Parks does NOT match Richard [arr. 1635] genetically." -Ken Parks, President of the Parke Society and manager of the Parke Society's paternal DNA project, July 2014

As the paternal DNA project of the Parke Society has proven that this other Richard had no familial relationship with Richard Park who arrived aboard the 'Defence' in 1635, PLEASE do not link a "son" Richard to this memorial. Thank you.

Burial Location:
The Old East Parish Burying Ground is the resting place for all of the founding families of Newton. In 1654, families living south of the river started holding religious meetings locally rather than making the journey to Cambridge. John Jackson provided an acre of land for a burial ground and for a meeting house, and this remained the only burying site for residents of Newton until 1781. A monument was placed in memory of Newton's founders in 1852, erected by the descendants of the first settlers. At the time inscriptions were recorded, only six headstones from the earliest inhabitants were still standing. However, their memory lives on through their descendants.

The original acre was added to three times, and the cemetery was used continuously until near the end of the 1800s. The final addition to the burying ground was made in 1834. Family members dying in Newton after 1781 may be found here in the East Parish Burying Ground, in the West Parish Burying Ground (opening 1781), or in the South Parish Burying Ground (opening 1802).

Family members in this cemetery with known plot location:
Park, Thomas, d. 1705, Plot 603
Park, Richard, see 1st Settlers Monument (no headstone remains), Plot 432
Park, Ensign Richard Philip, d. Nov 28, 1746, 52y, Plot 805
Park, Sarah, d. Mar 20, 1737, 42y, w/o Richard Philip Park, Plot 921
Park, Esther, d. Dec 28, 1746, 42y, w/o Richard Philip Park, Plot 806
Park, Thomas, d. Sep 2, 1775, 72y, Plot 1043

Family members in this cemetery with unknown plot:
Park, Margery, d. Mar 31, 1656, Plot unknown
Park, Thomas Jr, d. Jun 23, 1681, Plot unknown
Park, Thomas, d. Aug 11, 1690, Plot unknown
Park, Abigail Dix, d. Feb 3, 1691, Plot unknown
Park, Anna Spring, d. Apr 27, 1691, Plot unknown
Park, Elizabeth Spring, d. Apr 10, 1713, Plot unknown
Park, John, d. Mar 21, 1717, Plot unknown
Park, Jonathan, d. 23 Jan 1719, Plot unknown
Park, Sarah Coolidge, d. Mar 5, 1721, Plot unknown
Park, Oliver, d. May 4, 1721, Plot unknown
Knapp, Sarah Park, d. Dec 19, 1726, Plot unknown
Park, Sarah King, d. May 16, 1727, Plot unknown
Park, Lucy, d. Jan 9, 1730, Plot unknown
Knapp, John (husband of Sarah Park), d. Feb 2, 1733, Plot unknown
Park, Richard, d. Feb 1, 1738, Plot unknown
Park, John, d. 3 May, 1741, Plot unknown
Park, Edward, d. Mar 1, 1745, Plot unknown
Park, Martha Fiske, d. Nov 29, 1746, Plot unknown
Park, John, d. May 4, 1747, Plot unknown
Fuller, Sarah Park, d. Apr 23, 1774, Plot unknown

Family Members


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