Clark, Brockman,& Dean Families-
Mary's parents were John Meador Sr. and Mary Roberts.
Mary Meador married Nathaniel Parks on 14 Feb 1815 in Laurens District. South Carolina..
They were parents of 11 children, 8 were born in Laurens County S.C and 3 in Benton County AL. (2 may have died in infancy)
Her husband, Nathaniel went on a trip to Mississippi and died while there or on the way. After he died, Mary and some of her children left Alabama about 1853 , Lee, Texas. Mary Meador Parks ( mother) John Covington Parks (brother) and Green family along with several sisters and their husbands migrated to Burleson County Texas. Later she settled in Lexington, Lee, Texas
She was appointed guardian of Francis Marion Parks, a minor son after her husband died. In 1853, she relinquished her dower rights and Robert M. Dickson was appointed administrator of Francis. She signed Mary "X" Parks" as she could not read or write. She is found in the 1850 Census: age 54 born abt 1896 in S.C. In Subdivision 29, Benton Co .AL. She died at the age of 60 in the home of John Seaborn Allen and his wife. Louisa Jane, who was her daughter. She was buried in Old Prospect Cemetery, near Lexington, Lee County, Texas. I have a picture of her tombstone.
State of Alabama, Benton County
On this twelfth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and fifty two, personally appeared before an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the county and state afore said. Mary Parks, fifty-six years of age who resided in Benton County and state afore said, who being duly sworn according to law declares that she is the widow of Nathaniel Parks deceased of said count and state afore said. Who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Millennen in the South Carolina Regiment of Militia volunteers commanded by Colonel Nash in the war against Great Brittain declared by the United States of America on the 18th day of June A. D. 1812. That her said husband volunteered at Lawrence County Court House in the State of South Carolina on or about the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen for the term of six months and was honorably discharged or mustered out of service at Abbeville Court House, South Carolina about the latter days of July A. D. 1814 as will appear by the Muster rolls of said Company. She affirms further that if her said husband even had a written discharge she does not know it and if he had one it is lost or mislaid. She further states that she was married to the said Nathaniel Parks in the State of South Carolina Laurens District on the fourteenth day of February A. D. 1815 by one, Samuel Brown, minister of the Baptist Church and that her name before said marriage was Mary Meador and that her said husband died in the State of Mississippi while on a visit to said state on the 27th day of August A. D. 1850 but that his residence at the time of his death was in the county of Benton in the state of Alabama. There was no public record of the marriage between herself and her said husband but that she has a private record of said marriage, a copy of which is hereto attached and asked to be taken a part of this her declaration. She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land to which she may be entitles under the act passed 28 Sept. A. D. Mary X Her mark
Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year above written Wm. C. Price JP
(The State of Alabama Benton County )
To the Hon. A. Wood, Judge of Probate for said county. I Truly relinquish my right of administrator upon the estate of my deceased husband Nathaniel Parks, and request that R. M. Dickson and Robert M. Parks be appointed administrators of said estate. Yours Truly, Mary X (her mark) Parks. Sept 17 1850 attest John G. Green
Mary was appointed guardian of Francis Marion Parks, a minor son. Robert M. Dickson was appointed administrator of Francis Marion Parks 16 March 1853.. Mary Parks relinquishes dower rights.
Will of Mary Parks
Estate of Mary Parks Deceased -The State of Texas, County of Burleson
Whereas, John S. Allen, for his wife Louisa J. Allen, and as Administrator of Mary Parks, dec'd, of Burleson County, one of the heirs and distributors of the Estate of Mary Parks, dec'd has filed his final account and certain petitions, in the office of county clerk of said county, and state aforesaid, on the 28th day of December 1858, praying for settlement and distribution of the Estate of Mary Parks, dec'd late of said county. Among the heirs and distributors --- And whereas R. M. Dickson and Emily Dickson, his wife are residence of Calhoun County, Alabama; Robert M. Parks, Sanford Harris and Larcey Harris, his wife are residence of Yellow Rusk County, Mississippi, and William Parks, resident of Chickasaw County, Mississippi, heirs at law of the said Mary Parks dec'd. Notice therefore is hereby given by publication in the Brenham, Washington County, in the said State, four successive weeks, for said absent heirs, to be and appear at the next regular January term of said Court, to be held in and for said county, at the Court House in Caldwell on Monday, the 31st of said month, and file their objections, if any, why petition and distribution should not be made as asked for in Petition amongst those entitled to the same. Given under my hand and seal of the County Court of Burleson County, Texas Officer in the town of Caldwell, the 28th day of Dec A. D. L. Shoemaker, C.C.B.C
John Allen was administrator of Mary's will-( I have copies of court records)
I have a copy of the newspaper notice of the Estate of Mary Meador Park
Findagrave: Old Prospect Cemetery, Lexington, Lee,Texas # 41227804