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Roger Parke, Sr.

Also Known As: "pioneer physician of old Hopewell"
Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Cartmel, Lancashire , England
Death: 1731 (82)
Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of Allen Parke and Elizabeth Parke
Husband of Anne Parke
Father of John Parke, Sr.; Anna Merrill and Roger Parke, Jr.
Brother of George Parke; Thomas Parke; Ann Parke and James Parke

Occupation: Doctor
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About Dr. Roger Parke


"Doctor" Roger Parke, Sr. (1648 – 1738) was the first white settler in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Roger Parke (also known as Roger Parks) was born 25 June 1648 in Hexham, Cartmel Parish, Northumberland, England. He died abt. 1739 in Hopewell Twp, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey Colony and is buried in Hopewell Twp, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.


  1. Annie Patison (1658-?) on 10 APR 1676 in Holmes Monthly Meeting, Taylorbourne, Allendaile, Northumberland, England.

No passenger list has ever been found for a Roger Parke or for the Patisons, his wife's family, who also made the voyage to Crosswicks, Burlingon Co., New Jersey in 1682. It is possible they arrived on the ship “Greyhound” which went aground in the Delaware River in the fall of 1682, and was reported to have carried over 350 passengers.

He is also said to have come in the good ship "The Shield" in 1678, and thus be among the first European emigrants to be landed at Burlington, as no vessel had previously ventured so far up the Delaware.

In 1690 he lived in a Quaker settlement on Crosswick’s Creek, but he traveled so often to Wissamonson [Woodbridge] to study medicine under old Indian squaws and medicine men that his path was called “Roger’s Road.” About 1700 he moved his family to Hopewell as its first white settlers.


  1. John PARKE I b: 1676 in Burlington Co., New Jersey Colony
  2. Anna PARKE b: 1677 in Burlington Co., New Jersey Colony
  3. Roger PARKE II b: 1684 in Hopewell Twp, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey Colony


from Possible Origins of Some Park Families in the Eastern Part of Old Rowan County, North Carolina: (short Title: Park Origins). Percival David Park. P.D. Park, 1994 - Rowan County (N.C.) - 520 pages. Page 56: "No generally accepted list of all the children of Roger Parke, Sr., has yet been developed. At the present time, researchers are fairly sure that his children included Roger, John (I), and Ann Parke."


Doctor & Farmer; Served as JP for several years in Trenton area and, after moving into Hopewell he traveled back and forth on the "Rogers Road" to Trenton.

Arrived U.S. 1678 on "The Shield", bought land in Crosswicks, New Jersey 1 682 (7-8 miles South East of Trenton & 10 miles South East of Chesterfield ).

John Patison and son-in-law Roger Parke are listed as plantation land holders in or near Trenton, New Jersey in the year 1684.

Moved to Hopewell, New Jersey in 1696 about 16 miles North East of Trenton.

In 1698 he was a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He became Episcopal in 1700, the Baptist in 1703-4.

On August 21, 1703, a Commission of the Peace for the County of Burlington was issued and Roger Parke (among others) was appointed to the office of justices of the peace.

Biographical note (unsourced):

For many years ROGER'S descendants were not aware of their immigrant ancestor.

They believed him to be a "John Parke of Virginia". There they naturally found several Johns! They believed that Roger was born in Cumberland C o. about 1648 and that the family were Quakers.

The next confirmation was his "letter of removal" to the Chesterfield Meeting near Burlington NJ in June 1682. This corresponded with the date of Roger's first deed, "late of Hexham, Northumberland" with the purchase of 200 acres of land in May from Edward BYLINGE, clearly identifying the immigrant' Roger. In 1702 we find find that there bad been a break with the Quakers as Roger, a neighbor Andrew SMITH, and several others joined the Church of England in Burlington. This coincided with the arrival of the Rev George KEITH, sent over by the Society for Promoting Christi an Knowledge.

Through him grew what became known as the Keithian Movement in New Jersey. It should be noted that in New England there were Puritans and Separatists (from the Church of England) and Quakers in Philadelphia and west Jersey. While to the south, the Church of England was the crown-designated only church. (Keith's break with the Quakers is another subject to pursue.)

During the time he was settled in West Jersey, ROGER had close contact with the local Indians. He showed great interest in their study of her bs as a source of healing. Much of this he learned from the Indians and practiced the use of herbs among his neighbors.

He soon became known as Dr. Parke and was highly revered by many who came for his cures.

About the Keithians:


Keithian Quakers — George Keith (1638 - 1716), a prominent Quaker leader and schoolmaster in Philadelphia , was an early opponent of slavery and criticized the close relationship of the leaders of PYM and the provincial authorities in Pennsylvania . He and his followers, sometimes called Christian Quakers, accused Philadelphia Quaker leaders of spiritualizing religion, making anything physical or fleshly nonessential.

This schism, the first , is generally overlooked among Friends, perhaps because the "Keithians," calling themselves "Christian Quakers," were successfully suppressed by Friends holding the reins of power in Penn's colony. At a key juncture, they had George Keith and several supporters arrested and prosecuted for sedition. Although the jury failed to convict on the most serious charges, the Keithians were never able to build up their momentum again. Not much later, Keith went to London Yearly Meeting and asked them to endorse his position, but the Friends in London disowned him, and a few years later Keith joined the Episcopal Church.

Geanealogical notes:


"From Viking Roots & English Nobility to Pioneer Travels and Achievements in forging the New America."

Dr. Roger Parke, son of Allen (b. 15 Dec 1606)and Elizabeth Parke of Cartmel Parish, Lancashire Co., England. Roger's grandparents were Sir John Parke (b. 1575) and wife, Jane. John and Jane had several children between 1593-1616. Their grandson, Dr. Roger Parke, was baptized at Cartmel Priory Church on 25 June 1648, along with brothers, George, Thomas, James and sister, Ann.

Dr. Roger Parke, Sr. b.1648 in Hexham, Cumberland Co.,England; d. 1731 in Hunterdon Co., NJ; m. Anne Pattison b.1658 in Northumberland Co., England, daughter of John and Margaret Pattison of Allendaile on 10 April 1676 (Quaker Records) at Taylorbourne, Allendaile, Northumberland, England (possible second marriage); d. 1731 Hopewell Township, Hunterdon Co., NJ.

Some of Roger and Ann's descendants, including their son, John Parke I, migrated from Hopewell, NJ to Frederick Co., VA which later became Hampshire Co., VA and then Hampshire Co., WV, near Capon Bridge.


Marriage of Roger Parke and Anne Patison was recorded in "Digest of Quaker Marriages for Cumberland and Northumberland Counties, England." Also recorded in the HOLMES MONTHLY MEETINGS, ref. Book 355, page 268., daughter of JOHN PATISON and MARGARET.


Referring to the notes in the book "Roger Parke, Immigrant,England--West Jersey, 1682" by Cecilia B. Parke, copyright 2000. Dr.Roger Parke, Sr. came to America with his family in 1682. He had received a Quaker "Letter of Removal", dated June 11, 1682. Roger had purchased 200 acres of land from Edward Byllings before leaving for America and had the deed which was dated 25th of May,1682

In Liber B., Part 1, Book of Deeds, on file in the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton, is found the record of a deed dated May24-25, 1682, from Edward Bylinge to "Roger Parke of Hexham, county of Northumberland, England, yeoman," for 200 acres of land, to be laid outi n "West Jersey." On November 11, 1686, "Roger Parke, late of Hexham, now of Crosswicks Creek," sold the above tract to John Watkins, of Middlehook.

NOTE: Roger Parke was living in Hexham prior to his immigration to America.


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Dr. Roger Parke's Timeline

June 25, 1648
Cartmel, Lancashire , England
June 25, 1648
Cartmel, Lancashire , England
Age 26
Hexam, Northumberland , England
Age 28
Northumberland , England
June 25, 1684
Age 36
Burlington , New Jersey
Age 82
Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey