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Capt Hervey C. Parke

Capt Hervey C. Parke

Middle Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Death 3 Oct 1880 (aged 90)
Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Burial Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Plot Block 1, Lot 54, Grave 6
Memorial ID 47805196 · View Source
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Hervey Parke was the son of John Parke (1760-1819) and Bethia Smith (d. 1802). His parents were married July 1, 1784 in Middle Haddam, Connecticut.

He was married to Mercy Brownson; their children included:

* Sarah Lucintha Parke (m. Levi Bacon, Jr.)

* Cleantha Bethia Parke (Mrs. W. M. McConnell)

* John Hervey Parke, his only son, b. 1823 in what is today Birmingham, Michigan (m. Harriet Loring Fuller)

"Capt. Hervey Parke, of Pontiac, one of the earliest Michigan pioneers, a Government Surveyor, and a highly esteemed and widely known citizen."

His compass is in the collection of the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society.
"Compass brought from Connecticut to the terriory of Michigan in 1818, by Captain Hervey Parke and used by him in all his work surveying that part of Illinois where Chicago now stands, the northern part of Ohio and eastern part of Michigan in the counties of Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac and Lapeer." Presented by Hervey J. Parke, grandson.

"In the autumn of 1823," he says in his second narrative, "I purchased of Shubael Conant, the southeast quarter of section 33 in the township of Pontiac, at a little less than three dollars per acre. The following year I added thirty-one acres on the north and adjoining the same at five dollars per acre. The year previous, however, I purchased of the same sixteen and a half acres to secure building ground, as the line of road from Detroit had cut off my former guilding ground and first purchase, the price being ten dollars, with the privilege of one, or as many acres as I chose. In May of 1824, I was ready to take possession..."

"In 1839 when Captain Hervey Parke was employed by the village to survey Outlot 9 of the original plat of the village, Oak Hill Cemetery was laid out."

His brother was Dr. Ezra S. Parke, b. 1793.
"Dr. Ezra S. Parke, a native of Middle Haddam, Connecticut, and brother of Captain Hervey Parke, of Pontiac, came to Bloomfield, from Onondaga county, New York, in 1822. He studied medicine with Dr. Ransom, of Camden, Oneida county, New York. He had a good practice, which he continued to follow until his death, which occurred in 1846. He was postmaster at Bloomfield for several years. (Hervey Parke, organizer and senior partner of the great firm of manufacturing chemists, was his son.)"

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  • Created by: Ray Henry
  • Added: 8 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47805196
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Hervey C. Parke (14 Apr 1790–3 Oct 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47805196, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Ray Henry (contributor 46815070) .