Richard Parke (1609-1664)

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Richard Parke was born 8 August 1609 in London, England, United Kingdom to William Parke (1557-?) and Mary Manning (1561-) and died 12 July 1664 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Margery Crane (1595-1656) 1627 in England, United Kingdom. He married Sarah Collier (1616-1691) 1656 in Massachusetts, United States.


Richard Parke, a miller, born in England about 1602 (the son of Robert Parke) sailed from London in the ship Defense August 10, 1635, bringing with him wife Margery and three children. Ship records name Richard Perk 33, Margery Perk, Isabel Perk age 7, and Elizabeth Perk age 4. Son Thomas was not listed on the ship's manifest.

The family arrived in Boston Oct 1635 and settled in Cambridge, Their house was near the Commons; and was removed in 1800. In 1647 Richard owned 11 acres in Newton village (now Cambridge, where Harvard College stands).

In 1657, Richard Parke was to lay out and settle highways in the village along with Edward and John Jackson, and Samuel Hyde. He sent a petition to the Court requesting to retain his connection with Cambridge church, if Cambridge Village was set off.

In 1663, Richard was released from militia training due to his age - which might suggest he had reached the age of 60. Perhaps this was the source of a birth year of 1602.

Richard died sometime between the making of his will, July 12, 1665, and its probate, October 19, of that year. He left his son Thomas, all his housing and lands in Newton [was Cambridge Village] after the death of his wife. Thomas appears to have inherited the 600 acres tract. Other tracts were divided equally between daughters Isabel and Elizabeth.

Burial: Old Burying Ground, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA

Marriage & Family

1st Marriage: Margary Crane

2nd Marriage: Sarah Collier

Richard took a second wife, circa 1656. She was Sarah Collier, daughter of William & Jane Collier of Duxbury, and the widow of Love Brewster, son of Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower. After Richard's death, she moved back to Duxbury where she was a member of the Plymouth First Church. Thomas purchased her life estate in the land of his father, 26 Sep 1678.


Offspring of Richard Parke and Margery Crane (1595-1656)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Richard Parke (1626-1678)
Thomas Parke (1628-1690) 2 November 1628 St. Botolph, London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom 11 August 1690 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United Kingdom Abigail Dix (1637-1691)

Isabel Parke (1628-1665)
Elizabeth Parke (1631-1690) 4 December 1631 England 19 September 1690 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Edward Winship (1612-1688)


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