Mrs Catherine <I>Reed</I> Parks

Mrs Catherine Reed Parks

Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Death 8 Apr 1863 (aged 85–86)
Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Lancaster, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 9540150 · View Source
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Father: William Reed
She married at age 15 to George Parks, a widower with eight children. Catherine and George moved to Burke County, North Carolina after their marriage. Their farm was located on the Yadkin River. They had seven children born to their union: Hannah, born 1797; Meredith, born 1800; Alfred, born 1802; Carrollton, born 1807; Curtis, born 1809; Sally, born 1811; and Rebecca, born 1813. They were all born in Burke County, North Carolina.

After the War of 1812, new territories began to open and the Parks family began to think of relocation. They heard of the promise of free lands available just for the settling in Indiana. So they, along with many other family members and friends, made the long journey from North Carolina to Indiana, where they arrived in October 1815.

The group made camp that day on the east bank of the White River in what is now known as Lawrence County. They sang hymns and offered a prayer of thanksgiving. The next morning the men of each family chose their lands and readied them for survey. They lived on those lands, improved them, planted and harvested.

The next fall the men prepared to go to Jeffersonville for the land sale. But a man named Bullit had more money and he outbid the colonists and was able to acquire the whole settlement! It is said that, after hearing what Bullit had done, George Parks told his wife, "Well, I guess his pole was longer than ours." A whole year's work was for nothing. Blue days followed, but the group pulled together, moved on further north and began again. They settled in Monroe County, picked new lands, cleared them, built new cabins, working the lands, and at the next land sale held at Vincennes, were successful in acquiring titles to their farms.

George and Catherine lived near Ellettsville, farming and rearing their children until George died in 1837. He is buried in Presbyterian Cemetery in Ellettsville. The Daughters of the American Revolution has marked his grave. George was 78 when he died. Catherine was left a widow at 56. She lived with her married children. When they decided to move to Texas after the Mexican War, she decided to come with them. They arrived in 1847 and settled in southern Dallas County between what is now Lancaster and DeSoto. All of Catherine's sons received headrights from the Peters Colony. One son, Meredith, died the year after they arrived leaving a widow, Malinda Sharp, and 14 children. His original land grant was kept in the family for 100 years. The property her son Curtis headrighted stayed in the Parks family for almost 150 years.

Catherine applied for and received a Revolutionary War widow's pension after she arrived in Texas. She lived until April, 1863. She is buried at Rawlins Cemetery next to her son, Curtis, and her grave was marked by the Lancaster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, honoring her as the widow of a revolutionary soldier. George Parks and Catherine Reed had MANY descendants who helped to populate Dallas County in the earliest years of its existence, and there are still many of this family there today.

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  • Maintained by: Rev. Burton Bagby-Grose
  • Originally Created by: Joe D. Deaver
  • Added: 1 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9540150
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mrs Catherine Reed Parks (1777–8 Apr 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9540150, citing Rawlins Cemetery, Lancaster, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Rev. Burton Bagby-Grose (contributor 46860805) .