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Alice Parke (Freeman)

Also Known As: "Alice (Freeman) Thompson Parke"
Birthplace: Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in Mystic, New London, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Freeman; Henry Freeman; Margaret Edwards and Margaret Freeman
Wife of Rev. John Thompson and Robert Parke, II
Mother of Anthony Thompson; Thomas Thompson; Lt. John Thomson; William Thompson; Mary Blinman and 4 others
Sister of John Freeman; Thomas Freeman; Henry Freeman and Jane Spencer

Managed by: Tiffany Beesley Brock
Last Updated:

About Alice Parke
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Alice Freeman

  • b. 21 Apr 1605 Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
  • Parents: Henry Freeman and Margaret Edwards
  • Husbands: John Thompson, Robert Parke
  • d. 11 Feb 1644/1645 New London, Connecticut


  1. John Thompson (1576-1626) on 6 Nov 1618
  2. Robert Parke (1580-1665) in 1644

Children with John Thompson:

  • 1. William Tomson ABT 1618 -
  • 2. Mary Tomson 1619 -
  • 3. Bridget Thompson 1622 - 1643
  • 4. Dorothy Thompson 1624 - 1709
  • 5. Nathaniel Tomson 1625 -
  • 6. Martha Tomson 1626 -

Children with Robert Parke: none


Biographical Notes:

Alice, widowed, came to America with her children and lived in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Wheeler: The baptisms of the children of Alice Freeman and John Thompson are recorded at Preston Capes, Northants. It is not known when Alice Thompson brought her son and daughters to New England, but she was living in Roxbury, Mass., before 1640.

From "History of the Town of Stonington, County of New London, Connecticut, from its First Settlement in 1649 to 1900," by Richard Anson Wheeler, at page 620:

"The Thomson family in England held a high position, their social status being next to that of the county families. Mistress Alice must have been a lady of character and refinement. Her success in bringing her children through all their troubles and so well preparing them for the duties of life which they assumed, testifies to this."

In New England, she married Robert Park(e). He was the father of Thomas Parke Sr., who married Dorothy Thompson, Alice's daughter. This means Robert Parke was both the father-in-law and stepfather of Dorothy. And Alice was both the mother-in-law and stepmother of Thomas Parke.


Note: Alice Freeman was probably born in the county of Northampton,England. Her ancestry has been traced to the early Saxon and Scottish kings, bypassing the later Norman kings. She married John Thompson, as his second wife about 1615 and their children were recorded at Preston Capes, Northampton. Her husband died in London in 1626. Sometime after that, she came to New England with her three daughters and had permission to marry Robert Parke "without further publishment" at Roxbury, Massachusetts in1644. She moved with him to Wethersfield and later New London,Connecticut.


Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough Author: Anna Chesebrough Wildey Publication: New York: Press of T. A. Wright 1903

Media: Book Page: page 519. Winthrop Fleet of 1630, The Author: Charles Edward Banks Publication: Boston, 1930 Originally; reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, Baltimore, 1994 Media: Book Page: page 84. Ferguson Family Records Author: Misty Missouri Ferguson Publication: Mar 2000 Media: Letter.


Source: Tom Melton (

History of Stonington by Wheeler; Boston Evening Transcript; A. Roots 29A; Roberts/Reitwiesner; The Blackmans of Knight's Creek; The

Carolingian Ancestry of Edmond Hawes, Alice Freeman and Thomas James; American Genealogist, 13/3; The Visitation of Northamptonshire 1564 and 1618-19 (film 94,956); Potter-Richardson Memorial; Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants; The Great Migration Begins, v1, p523; A Witter Family History by Edwin D. Witter Jr.; Magna Charta Sureties 163-10.

  1. Text: New Engl Hist & Genealogical Register; NEHGS; on-line images at 

Text: 136:85 GRoberts, Ancestry of the Princess of Wales

  1. Text: Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Gen Publ Baltimore, MD. 1985 plus Supplements 1 and 2. & S&R CDROM. 

Text: {Stonington Hist. 336, 620; Fulton Anc. 469; Brown (#1) 17; Denison 6; Chesbrough 519; Winthrop-Babcock 478; Wethersfield 2:526; Williams (#16) 162; Crary-Hill 57; Dixon-Williams 29, 30; TAG 13:1, 14:145 Reg. 40:273, 49:455;

  1. Text: Bunce, Julia Locke Frame. Some of the ancestors of the Reverend John Selby Frame and his wife Clara Winchester Dana Minneapolis, Minn.?: unknown, 1948, 405 pgs. Heritage Quest on-line 

1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, (Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1992.).

Sources: History of Stonington by Wheeler; Boston Evening Transcript; A. R oots 29A; Roberts/Reitwiesner; The Blackmans of Knight's Creek; The Carolingian Ancestry of Edmond Hawes, Alice Freeman and Thomas James; Amer ican Genealogist, 13/3; The Visitation of Northamptonshire 1564 and 1618- 19 (film 94,956); Potter-Richardson Memorial; Royal Descents of 500 Immigr ants; The Great Migration Begins, v1, p523; A Witter Family History by Edw in D. Witter Jr.; Magna Charta Sureties 163-10.


Roberts/Reitwiesner: Alice Freeman, birth and death dates unknown, immigrant. Married Robert Parke shortly after 30 May 1644.

Blackmans: Alice Freeman, died 1664/5.

Additional info from AF records. One says she was born about 1587

and another in 1595.

[Prodigy post says Parke Society has her lineage back to Charlemagne ...(.This line has been disproved as having insufficient evidence)

King John, but 7th edition of Ancestral Roots cuts line off at Joan de Harley. Will have to check Parke Society. Roots says: "Other lines available for Alice Freeman" but doesn't list any.]

"American Ancestors & Cousins of the Princess of Wales" by Roberts/Reitwiesner, lists a line back to Thomas Giffard and Joan Langston. The Giffard line then goes back to Ethelred II, King of England. The Langston line goes back to Hugh Capet, King of France. Both these lines are traced farther back via other sources.

Am. Genealogist, citing The Visitations of Northamptonshire: Alice Freeman, wife of John Tomson of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire.

Memorial: The baptisms of the children of Alice Freeman and John Thompson are recorded in the parish register of Preston Capes. Alice, widowed in 1627, came with her children to Roxbury, MA, by 1640. She married 30 May 1644, as second wife, Robert Parke, 1580/85-1664/5, of Wethersfield and Stonington, CT. She died in 1660.

Descents: Alice Freeman of Massachusetts and (presumably) Connecticut married (1) John Thompson; (2) Robert Parke. (Dorothy Thompson, her daughter by John Thompson, married Thomas Parke, son of Robert Parke and Martha Chaplin, his first wife) are ancestors of H.R.H. The Princess of Wales and her sons, H.R.H. Prince William and H.R.H. Prince Henry of Wales.

Migration: Alice Freeman Thompson of Preston, Northamptonshire, mother of Bridget Thompson.

Witter Family: Alice Freeman, died 11 Feb. 1664/5, New London, Conn. Had six children by John Thompson. Married (2) Robert Parke of Roxbury, Mass., who married (1) Martha Chaplin, daughter of Robert Chaplin. [My other sources say she was the daughter of William Chaplin.]

Sureties: Alice Freeman, died New London, Conn., 11 Feb. 1664/5. Married (1) about 1615, as his second wife, John Tompson, gentleman, of Little Preston, Preston Capes, son of Thomas Tompson. Married (2) at Roxbury, Mass., before 30 May 1644, Robert Parke.

Carolingians: Alice Freeman.

Visitation: Alice Freeman, ux. John Tomson of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire.

Alice Freeman did not have any children by Robert Parke

The following children were the offspring of Robert Parke and Martha Chaplin, his first wife.

This list does NOT match the children given in this tree.

Ethel Stanton, profile manager

Note for Birth Order:

This website gives a different birth order that apparently matches the Christening dates that you have given below. Children of ROBERT PARKE and MARTHA CHAPLIN are:

i. MARTHA7 PARKE, b. 1603. ii. ROBERT PARKE, b. 1605. iii. WILLIAM PARKE, b. 1607; d. 1685; m. MARTHA HOLGRAVE. iv. JOHN PARKE, b. 1610. v. JANE PARKE, b. 1613. 9. vi. THOMAS PARKE, b. February 13, 1614/15, Hitcham, Suffolk, England; d. July 30, 1709, Preston, New London, CT. vii. ANNE PARKE, b. 1618; m. EDWARD PAYSON. viii. SAMUEL PARKE, b. Abt. June 20, 1621; m. HANNAH

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Alice Parke's Timeline

April 21, 1586
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
April 21, 1601
Age 15
Pulborough, Sussex, England
April 12, 1608
Age 21
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 25
December 23, 1616
Age 30
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
Age 30
Northamptonshire, England
Age 31
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, , England
November 14, 1619
Age 33
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
September 11, 1622
Age 36
Preston Capes, Parish, Northamptonshire, England