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Benjamin Parke

Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
Death: 1778 (34)
Hunterdon, New Jersey
Place of Burial: Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Parke and Sarah Parke
Husband of Ann Sexton / Parke and Lucy Parke
Father of Major Benjamin Parke, US Congress; Anna Kirkendall and Rachel Parke
Brother of Elizabeth Parke; Rachel Parke; Rebecca Bonham; Naomi Bonham; Anne Chamberlain and 6 others

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About Benjamin Parke

iv. Benjamin Parke b. 8 Jan 1743 in Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey; d. 1778 in Hunterdon, New Jersey; d. 1778 – Hunterdon; m1. Lucy [__?__] (b. 20 May 1736) m2. 1788 to his cousin Anne Larison (b. 11 Feb 1743 – d. Feb 1836) Anne’s parents were James Larison and Kesiah Parke. Anne first married Judge Jared Sexton (1737 Hunterdon, NJ – 28 May 1785 – Hunterdon, NJ)


“Pioneers of Old Hopewell” by Ralph Ege (page 203-204) 1905 – The old family bible of his son Benjamin is now in possession of his great grandson William W. Kirkendall, who is the only descendant of Dr. Parke (Roger Parke) now living on the original tract on Stony Brook. This bible contains the following entry in the bold, plain hand of Benjamin Parke. “This book I give to my wife Anna, during her life, and at her decease to belong to my daughter, Anna Kirkendall.” Signed, Benjamin Parke.

It has been a popular belief, shared in at one time by the writer, that Benjamin Parke had children by both marriages, but the family record in the hand writing of Mr. Parke explodes this theory, as he mentions but two children, Rachel, born March 17, 1767, and Anna, born August 3, 1778.

Dr. Cornelius W. Larison, in The Larisun Famili ... [sic] (1888), p. 384, states that "The bodies of all these individuals [i.e., Jared Sexton, his wife Anne Larison, and her second husband, Benjamin Parke] were buried in the ancient Parke-Larison Cemetery which was near the center of James Larison's homestead." Ralph Ege, in Pioneers of Old Hopewell (1908), p. 239, states that "Judge [Jared] Sexton ... is buried in the family plot on the farm." It is not clear whether "the family plot" was the Parke-Larison burial ground, or possibly the nearby Sexton family burial ground; see GMNJ 27:14 (Jan. 1952). Note: See GMNJ 71:16 (1996)

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Benjamin Parke's Timeline

January 8, 1743
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
September 2, 1777
Age 34
New Jersey, United States
August 3, 1778
Age 35
Hunterdon, Hopewell, New Jersey
Age 34
Hunterdon, New Jersey
Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States