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John Parke, Sr.

Birthplace: Hexam, Northumberland , England
Death: 1757 (77-86)
Hampshire , Virginia (Perhaps killed by Indians)
Place of Burial: Capon Bridge, Hampshire, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Roger Parke and Anne Parke
Husband of Sarah Parke
Father of Roger Parke, Ill; Andrew Parke; John Parke, II; George Parke; Anne Smith and 1 other
Brother of Anna Merrill and Roger Parke, Jr.

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About John Parke, Sr.

John Parke, son of Roger, married Sarah, daughter of the first Andrew Smith, who bought land in Hopewell in 1688, and his deed is the first recorded document bearing the name of "Hopewell." The Parke family and Andrew Smith, Senior, were also Quakers, but there being no church of their faith nearer than Stony Brook, near Princeton, they all contributed toward the support of the Presbyterian church at Pennington. John Parke was one of the first constables of Hopewell Township in 1705, and served as juror in 1706. In 1721 he served on the Grand Jury with his brother, Roger Parke, Jr., James Stout of Amwell, and David and Freegift Stout of Hopewell.


About 1700/01, a fateful marriage occurred when John Parke married Thomas Smith’s sister Sarah. (These two brothers-in-law, Smith and Parke, later acted together in open rebellion during “The Coxe Affair”, fled together, and both families would be early pioneers of Jersey Settlement.)  In 1701 Dr. Daniel Coxe, as physician to the Royal Household, learned that New York (and New Jersey) was about to become a Royal Colony — and that the West Jersey Society had not registered his transfer of the Hopewell tract to them.  Using this inside information, in 1702 Dr. Coxe gave Hopewell to his son: “Dr. Daniel Coxe of London Doctor in Phisiq” (conveyed his… tracts and proprietary rights to) “Daniel Coxe of London, Gentleman Son and heir apparent of the said Daniell Coxe Doctor in Phisiq.”

From Origins of the Jersey Settlement of Rowan County, North Carolina: First Families of Jersey Settlement. By Ethel Stroupe 1996. (Reprinted by permission of the author from vol. 11, no. 1, February 1996, Rowan County Register, PO Box 1948, Salisbury, NC 28145))

Thomas Smith and John Parke did not wait for High Sheriff Bennet Bard to pursue nor for Governor Cosby to declare them outlaws. Before dawn, they had crossed the Delaware river, and were safely beyond the reach of New Jersey's royal officials. Two years after receiving eviction notices, some in Hopewell who had not paid for their land a second time nor paid "rent" on their own homes, fled to avoid being thrown into Debtor's Prison and having their personal property seized.

John is believed to have died in 1757 at about the same time as his sons, John Jr and George.” This was “during the French & Indian War that ravaged the pioneer western settlements. Some say he was killed by Indians and his body propped up on a post for all to see.

He was certainly deceased before 1762 when his grandson, John son of John Jr. tried unsuccessfully to inherit the 400 acre grant of John Park Sr. assigned to his son George.”


  1. History of the Parks Family of Old Frederick County and Eastern Hampshire County. Wilmer L. Kerns. West Virginia Advocate, 1990 - 18 pages


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John Parke, Sr.'s Timeline

Hexam, Northumberland , England
February 28, 1703
Age 28
Burlington , New Jersey
Burlington, New Jersey, American Colonies
November 11, 1709
Mercer, Hopewell, New Jersey
February 11, 1711
Hopewell Township, Burlington , New Jersey
February 11, 1712
Burlington, New Jersey
Hunterdon Co., New Jersey
Hunterdon Co., NJ
Age 82
Hampshire , Virginia