Deacon Thomas Parke, of Stonington

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Deacon Thomas Parke, of Stonington

Birthplace: Hitcham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Preston, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Preston City, New London, Connecticut, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Robert Parke, II of Preston CT and Martha Parke
Husband of Dorothy Parke
Father of Martha Wheeler; Thomas Parke, ll; Robert Parke, Sr; Nathaniel Parke, Sr.; Dorothy Morgan and 4 others
Brother of Martha Parke; Samuel Parke, Sr; Deacon William Parke; Anne Payson; John Parke and 5 others

Occupation: arrived Boston 1630 on Arabella
Managed by: Hatte Blejer on partial hiatus
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About Deacon Thomas Parke, of Stonington

Thomas came to Preston, Conn., after 1649. Robert Parke, Gentleman, was secretary to Gov. Winthrop during the passage on board the 'Arabella.' Other passengers were Sir Robert Salonstall, and Lady Arabella Johnson daughter of the Earl of Lincoln. Thomas Park's children were Thomas, Nathaniel, Robert, William, Martha, Dorothy and Alice, all born in Preston (?), also John. Thomas Parke, born in England about 1620; married his cousin, Dorothy Thompson, who came with her aunt Parke from England in 1630, and came with Sir Robert's family to Roxbury, thence to Weathersfield and to Preston, and later to Mystic."

It is claimed that the above was written by the Rev. Paul Park, under date of Jan. 5, 1763.

Genealogy of the Parke Families of Connecticut

Robert Parke settled with his son Thomas in Wethersfield, CT in 1640 and was deputy to the General Court in 1641-42.

Dorothy Thompson married on 28 Oct 1644 in Wethersfield, Hartford, CT to Thomas Parke. He was b: 13 Feb 1615 in Hitcham, Suffolk, England -Or- Stonington, New London, Ct c: 13 Feb 1615 in Hitcham, Suffolk, England.

Thomas Parke

b. 13 Feb 1614/1615 Semer, Suffolk, England

d. 30 Jul 1709 Wethersfield, Harford Co., Connecticut

Arrived Boston Jun 17 1630 on the Arabella. In 1698, Thomas, together with his sons Robert and John and others, organized the First Church of Christ of Preston and became its first deacon. The Rev. Richard Blinman, his brother-in-law, was pastor of this church. Reference: History of Stonington, pg. 527-528; Ancient Weathersfield.

Parents: Robert Parke and Martha Chaplin

married Dorothy Thomas (1624-1709) on 28 Oct 1644


  1. Martha Parke 1646 - 1714/15
  2. Thomas Parke 1648 - 1698
  3. Robert Parke 1651 - 1707
  4. Dorothy Parke 1651 -
  5. Nathaniel Parke ABT 1652 - 1717
  6. William Parke 1654 -
  7. Alice Parke ABT 1656 -
  8. John Parke ABT 1660 - 1716
  9. Richard (mentioned in various accounts)


Biographical Notes:

THOMAS Parke was born in Preston, England, in 1619, and died in Preston, Conn., 30 July, 1709. He emigrated with his father in 1630, settling in Wethersfield, Conn., in 1640. He removed from Wethersfield in 1649 to the Pequot Plantation (New London), where he became a deacon in the church of Mr. Blinman, his brother-in-law. Later he owned lands at Stonington on the east bank of the Mystic River. After residing there a number of years, he removed with his son Thomas to lands belonging to them in the northern part of New London, where they were reckoned as inhabitants in 1680. This same year, one hundred acres of land in one piece were voted to him to remunerate him for furnishing cedar clapboards, nails, and work for the parsonage. In 1681 he was collector of taxes for New London. In October, 1686, he was one of the petitioners to the legislature for the incorporation of the town of Preston. In 1698 he, with his sons, Robert and John, and nine others, organized the first Church of Christ, Preston, and he became its first deacon, Rev. Mr. Treat being its pastor. He served in the early Colonial wars and drew a cedar swamp lot for services performed in King Philip's War in 1676. He died in 1709 about ninety years of age. His will is dated 5 Sept., 1707.

He died July 30, 1709, after a long and well spent life. He must have been about 90 years of age, although the exact date of his birth has not been discovered. His will, dated Sept. 5, 1707, and recorded in New London, provided for his wife, Dorothy; for children John, Nathaniel, William, Martha, Dorothy and Alice; for grandson Samuel, son of Thomas; and grandson James, son of Robert.

In New London, about 1680, "100 acres of land in one entire piece" were voted to "Mr. Thomas Parkes, Senior" to remunerate him for furnishing cedar clapboards, nails and work for the parsonage house. The second entry in the Town Meeting Book of Preston is as follows: "1689, Mar. 30. At a town meeting granted to Thomas Parke Senr. 100 acres of land which was formerly granted by New London lying on ye east side of gt. to sd. Parke his land," etc.

Part of this information was from Leta Fischer's records.

Park, Thomas Sr (<1615 - 1709) - male b. BEF. 13 FEB 1614/15 in Bures or Hitcham, Suffolk, England; d. 30 JUL 1709 in Preston, New London County, CT

father: Park, Robert (1580 - 1665) mother: Chapen, Martha (1584 - 1630)

1. Thomas owned lands in Stonington purchased from his brother-in-law,Rev. Richard Blinman. He disposed of his land and removed to Preston in 1680 where he was the first deacon of Rev. Treat's church organized in that town in 1698.

Title - Dea.

Christening - [date: 13 FEB 1614/15] [place: itcham, Suffolk, England]

Burial - [place: Avery Cemetery, Preston, New London, CT]

Immigration - [date: 12 JUN 1630] [place: Salem, Massachusetts (and then 17 Jun 1630 at Boston) in the Arbella from Cowes, Isle of Wight, England in the party of the Winthrop Fleet]

Event AFN - [place: 8LMM-QV] spouse: Park, Martha 1St wife of Thomas Sr (~1621 - <1644) - m. ABT. 1640 in England probably spouse: Thompson, Dorothy (1621-1709) - m. 20 OCT 1644 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT children: Park, Martha (1646 - 1717)


  1.   LAND:
     1:105 Thomas Parke June his deed from Thomas Parke Senr of the Town of Preston ... my Deare and well beloved son Thomas Parke Juner is Deceased and dyed intestine and had not obtained any Lagall convaighance of these Lands and improvements which my sayd son held in his Life time ... 24 Aug 1693 ... 150A where my Daughter in Law relict of Tho Parke Junr Now Liveth bounded as land of John Parks ... Thomas Averie ... Joseph ... Daniell Brester ... 50A bounded on Joseph Morgan ... 24 Aug 1693. Signed: Thomas Parke, Dorothy Parke. Witesses: John Stanton, Jonathan Tracy. Preston 22 Jan 1701/2. Thomas Parke Senor appeard and ack. Recorded: 30 Jan 1701/2.
     1:259 Deed of gift baring Date 24 Aug 1693 ... Thomas Parke senior of the towne of Preston ... love and affection which I bare unto my son Robart Parke ... tract of land this present deed of gift being part of that land which I formerly purchased of Capt. James Avery of New London & it is in estamation 50 Acres ... at the River ... above Goodman Morgans ... Signed: Thomas Parke, Dorithy Parke. Witesses: John Stanton, Jonathan Tracy. Ack: 11 Jan 1695 before me Benjaman Brewstar. Entered: 24 Feb 1696.
     Deed of Gift baring date 24 Aug 1693 ... Thomas Parke senir of Preston ... for love and greatfaction which I bare unto my loveing & deutyfull son William Parke of the same town ... part of the land which I formerly purchased of Edward Stallian of New London ... 50 Aces ... joining Robart Parkes ... excepting 9 Acres which I ye sd Thomas Parke do reserve ye use and improvement and benifite ... during the term of my naturall Life and during the term of the naturall Life of Dorithy my wife & att the expiration thereof the sd nine acres to returne and properly to belong to my son William Parke ... Signed: Thomas Parke, Dorithy Parke. Witnesses: John Stanton, Jonathan Tracy. Ack: 11 Jan 1695. Recorded: 23 May 1706.
     3:6 [copy] Preston Deed of gift baring Date 24 Aug 1693 ... Thomas Parke Seniour of ye town of Preston ... Love and Great affection which I bare unto my Loveing and Dutifull sons Robert Parke and William Parke ... tract of meadow to be equally devided between them ... meadow which I purchased of Joseph Morgan and is in estimation four acres ... north side of Sider Swamp ... Signed: Thomas Parke, Dorothy Parke. Witnesses: John Stanton, Jonathan Tracy. Ack: 11 Jan 1695 before me Benjamin Bruster. Entered: 22 Mar 1721/2.
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Deacon Thomas Parke, of Stonington's Timeline

February 13, 1615
Hitcham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
October 27, 1646
Age 31
Connecticut, United States
April 18, 1648
Age 33
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Age 35
New London, CT, USA
March 6, 1652
Age 37
Storington, New London, Connecticut, (USA)
March 6, 1652
Age 37
Stonington, New London, CT
Age 38
New London, New London , Connecticut