Daniel Parke, Sr. (1628 - 1679) MP

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Birthplace: Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Williamsburg, VA, USA
Managed by: James Hutchison
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About Daniel Parke, Sr.

Daniel Parke of London, Esquire.

Will 11 August 1677; proved 16 September 1679. To my son Daniel Parke all my Plantations and Negroes in Virginia, and to the heirs male; failing heirs male, to the heirs at law, providing they take the name of Parke; failing his issue, to my eldest daughter and her heirs, they also to take the name of Parke. To my daughter Eveling Parke £ 15oo of lawful money of England when she is 18 or day of marriage. To my daughter Rebekah Parke £ 15oo when 18 or married. To my daughter Jane Parke ,£15oo when 18 or married. If any die, to the survivors of them. All money remaining in England and coming from the sale of Tobacco and profits of Shipping to be put into the Chamber of London for my said daughters' benefit. To my friends Coll. Edward Carter, Mr. Michaiah Perry, Mr. Thomas Lane, James Bray, Esq., and Mr. Robert Cobb, £ 5 apiece to buy them rings with. All the rest of my estate in Virginia and England to my son and sole executor, Daniel Parke. Executors in trust for England: Coll. Edward Carter, Michaiah Perry, and Thomas Lane. Executors in trust for Virginia: James Bray and Robert Cobb. Witnesses: Rowland Place, junior, Samuel Pettit, John White, servant to Hen: Faucon, scrivener. ["Sometime of London Esquire, but now in Virginia in the parts beyond the sea deceased."—Probate act book.]

King, 12o.

Daniel Parke, doubtless a son of William Parke, whose will was printed in this Magazine XIII, 192, seems to have been in Virginia when a child. He was born, according to a deposition, about 1628, and probably lived for a time in England. He was in Virginia in 1652, was a justice of York county 1653, and sheriff 1659; was a Burgess for York county in 1666 and doubtless at other sessions of that long Assembly; was sworn as member of the Council June 21, 1670, was Secretary of State 1678-79, and was at the same time Treasurer. He married, in or before 1658, Rebecca, widow of Bartholomew Knipe, of Virginia, gentleman, and daughter of George Evelyn. On Nov. 25, 1658, a renewal patent was granted to Robert Bourne and Daniel Parke, gentlemen, for 580 acres in York county on the south side of York River, adjoining the lands of Richard Ford, Thomas Smith, the Rickahock path &c., formerly granted them on Oct. 8, 1655. Daniel Parke, his wife, &c., headrights. On March 24, 1662-3, Captain Daniel Parke was granted 528 acres in James City county on the west side of Rickahock Path, and on the cart path that goes from Mr. Sorrel's to Mr. Barker's, adjoining the land of Col. Pettus, the path that goes to Chickahominy Gate, &c., sold in part to said Parke by Christopher Harris, and in part by Mr. Robert Sorrell.

On the wall of Bruton Church, Williamsburg, is a tablet with the following inscription :

"Near this Marble Lyes

ye Hon'ble Daniel Parke

of ye County of Essex Esq who

was one of his Ma'ties Counsellors

and some time Secretary of the Collony of Virg'a he Died ye 6th of

March Anno 1679

His other Felicityes were crowned by

his happy Marridg with Rebecka

the Daughter of George Evelyn

of the County of Surry Esq she dyed

the 3d of January Anno 1672 at Long

Ditton in ye County of Surry and

left behind her a most

hopefull progeny."

It should be noted that the counties named in this epitaph are English, not Virginian.

One of the "hopeful progeny" was the noted (or notorious) Col. Daniel Parke, who was born in 1669, was appointed to the Virginia Council in 1692, removed to England where he purchased an estate in Hampshire and was elected to Parliament; but was unseated for bribery, then entered the army and distinguished himself greatly at Blenheim as one of Marlborough's aids. In recognition of his gallantry the Duke sent him to England with the first news of the victory.. A fac simile of the brief note has been published in one of the lives of Marlborough. Parke was then appointed Governor of the Leeward Islands, and was murdered in a riot at Antigua, Dec. 7, 1710. A copy of his will is in the "Byrd Title Book," Virginia Historical Society. Two fine portraits of Daniel Parke the younger, by Kneller, are in Virginia, one at "Brandon," which descended through the Byrd family, and another at Washington- Lee University, the property of the Lees, which came through the Custis family. The younger Daniel Parke married Ludwell, and had two children, Lucy, who married Col. Wm. Byrd, of "Westover," and Frances who married Col. John Custis ]

-------------------- Daniel Parke of London, Esquire.

Will 11 August 1677; proved 16 September 1679. To my son Daniel Parke all my Plantations and Negroes in Virginia, and to the heirs male; failing heirs male, to the heirs at law, providing they take the name of Parke; failing his issue, to my eldest daughter and her heirs, they also to take the name of Parke. To my daughter Eveling Parke £ 15oo of lawful money of England when she is 18 or day of marriage. To my daughter Rebekah Parke £ 15oo when 18 or married. To my daughter Jane Parke ,£15oo when 18 or married. If any die, to the survivors of them. All money remaining in England and coming from the sale of Tobacco and profits of Shipping to be put into the Chamber of London for my said daughters' benefit. To my friends Coll. Edward Carter, Mr. Michaiah Perry, Mr. Thomas Lane, James Bray, Esq., and Mr. Robert Cobb, £ 5 apiece to buy them rings with. All the rest of my estate in Virginia and England to my son and sole executor, Daniel Parke. Executors in trust for England: Coll. Edward Carter, Michaiah Perry, and Thomas Lane. Executors in trust for Virginia: James Bray and Robert Cobb. Witnesses: Rowland Place, junior, Samuel Pettit, John White, servant to Hen: Faucon, scrivener. ["Sometime of London Esquire, but now in Virginia in the parts beyond the sea deceased."—Probate act book.] King, 12o.

Daniel Parke, doubtless a son of William Parke, whose will was printed in this Magazine XIII, 192, seems to have been in Virginia when a child. He was born, according to a deposition, about 1628, and probably lived for a time in England. He was in Virginia in 1652, was a justice of York county 1653, and sheriff 1659; was a Burgess for York county in 1666 and doubtless at other sessions of that long Assembly; was sworn as member of the Council June 21, 1670, was Secretary of State 1678-79, and was at the same time Treasurer. He married, in or before 1658, Rebecca, widow of Bartholomew Knipe, of Virginia, gentleman, and daughter of George Evelyn. On Nov. 25, 1658, a renewal patent was granted to Robert Bourne and Daniel Parke, gentlemen, for 580 acres in York county on the south side of York River, adjoining the lands of Richard Ford, Thomas Smith, the Rickahock path &c., formerly granted them on Oct. 8, 1655. Daniel Parke, his wife, &c., headrights. On March 24, 1662-3, Captain Daniel Parke was granted 528 acres in James City county on the west side of Rickahock Path, and on the cart path that goes from Mr. Sorrel's to Mr. Barker's, adjoining the land of Col. Pettus, the path that goes to Chickahominy Gate, &c., sold in part to said Parke by Christopher Harris, and in part by Mr. Robert Sorrell.

On the wall of Bruton Church, Williamsburg, is a tablet with the following inscription :

"Near this Marble Lyes

ye Hon'ble Daniel Parke

of ye County of Essex Esq who

was one of his Ma'ties Counsellors

and some time Secretary of the Collony of Virg'a he Died ye 6th of

March Anno 1679

His other Felicityes were crowned by

his happy Marridg with Rebecka

the Daughter of George Evelyn

of the County of Surry Esq she dyed

the 3d of January Anno 1672 at Long

Ditton in ye County of Surry and

left behind her a most

hopefull progeny."

It should be noted that the counties named in this epitaph are English, not Virginian.

One of the "hopeful progeny" was the noted (or notorious) Col. Daniel Parke, who was born in 1669, was appointed to the Virginia Council in 1692, removed to England where he purchased an estate in Hampshire and was elected to Parliament; but was unseated for bribery, then entered the army and distinguished himself greatly at Blenheim as one of Marlborough's aids. In recognition of his gallantry the Duke sent him to England with the first news of the victory.. A fac simile of the brief note has been published in one of the lives of Marlborough. Parke was then appointed Governor of the Leeward Islands, and was murdered in a riot at Antigua, Dec. 7, 1710. A copy of his will is in the "Byrd Title Book," Virginia Historical Society. Two fine portraits of Daniel Parke the younger, by Kneller, are in Virginia, one at "Brandon," which descended through the Byrd family, and another at Washington- Lee University, the property of the Lees, which came through the Custis family. The younger Daniel Parke married Ludwell, and had two children, Lucy, who married Col. Wm. Byrd, of "Westover," and Frances who married Col. John Custis ] -------------------- NOTES: Daniel Parke is buried at the Beal Farm, near, Williamsburg, VA. \ Source: "Ancestral File v4.19," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/M4W4-246 : accessed 17 August 2012), entry for Daniel PARKE.

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Daniel Parke, Sr.'s Timeline

1628
1628
Norfolk, England
1663
1663
Age 35
<St.Peter's Parsh, Kent, England>
1664
September 5, 1664
Age 36
York, Virginia, United States
1669
1669
Age 41
Williamsburg, VA, USA
1671
1671
Age 43
St.Peter's Parsh, Kent, England
1675
1675
Age 47
<St.Peter's Parsh, Kent, England>
1677
1677
Age 49
<St.Peter's Parsh, Kent, England>
1679
March 6, 1679
Age 51
Williamsburg, VA, USA
1684
1684
Age 51
Virginia,USA
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