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Margery Parke (unknown)

Also Known As: "Crane", "widow Backster", "Park"
Birthplace: England (United Kingdom)
Death: March 31, 1656 (50-59)
Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of Richard Parke
Mother of Thomas Park; Isabel Whitmore and Elizabeth Winship

Immigration: 1635 on the “Defence” from London
Managed by: Private User
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About Margery Parke

the surname of Richard Parke’s wife Margery as being "Crane" has been floated much, but there still is no good proof of this fact.

Margery sailed with her husband and children on the 'Defence' from London to Boston, Massachusetts, arriving with Reverend Thomas Shepard's company on October 3, 1635.


Richard Parke (ca. 1602 England – 1665 MA) [Moniker: Richard (MA, 1635,R)]. A miller from England to Watertown, MA 1635 aboard the Defence; m. (1) in England Margery (Crane?), four [SIC: three] children, named below; m. (2) after 1656, Sarah (Collier) Brewster, widdow of Love Brewster, no issue. This is an Immigrant Line.

  1. Thomas (2R2) (1628. England – 1690, MA) m. Abigail Dix, nine children. Descendants of this line have a Lineage Key of R2 in the membership database. [named only son.]
  2. Isabel (2R3) (ca. 1628, England – 1665, MA) m. Frances Whitmore; seven children. Descendants of this line have a Lineage Key of R3 in the membership database.
  3. Elizabeth (ca. 1631, England – 1690, MA) m. Edward Winship; seven children. Descendants of this line have a Lineage Key of R4 in the membership database.


  • Removed birth of February 12, 1601 London, Middlesex, England (United Kingdom)
  • Richard (2R1) (ca. 1628 – ca. 1711) m. Mary (Unknown), two children known. There is some debate as to the existance of this Richard: F.S. Parks deals with this in his Massachusettes volume on this line. Descendants of this line have a Lineage Key of R1 in the membership database. DNA evidence against. "The Karl Eaton Parks volumes represent a lineage which descends from Richard's 'son' Richard to a third generation Richard, generally known as Lt. Richard Parks, and DNA testing has confirmed the suspicions that these two Richards were NOT connected to the immigrant Richard [arr. 1635]. Lt. Richard Parks does NOT match Richard [arr. 1635] genetically." -Ken Parks, President of the Parke Society and manager of the Parke Society's paternal DNA project, July 2014 Disconnected Richard Parks as child.
  • is this proven as the same Margery? Parish register by subscription: link for subscribers, citing FHL Film Number: 597245 < AncestryImage > London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P93/DUN/265. Name Richard Parkes Gender Male Record Type Marriage Marriage Date 12 May 1629 Marriage Place St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex, England Spouse Margery Backster


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Margery Parke's Timeline

England (United Kingdom)
February 16, 1604
Age 3
London, Middlesex, England
February 16, 1605
Age 4
London, London England
England (United Kingdom)
England (United Kingdom)
England (United Kingdom)
March 31, 1656
Age 55
Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, Colonial America
February 1, 1928
Age 55