William H. Parks


WILLIAM H. PARKS, a well known farmer of Wayne township, is one of a family which was represented among the very early settlers of the upper Ohio valley. His father, James Parks, was born November 23, 1798, near Brilliant, Ohio, and died March 14, 1879. He was the son of Laban Parks, who died in 1812. The latter was married while crossing the Ohio river, to Catherine Coleman, who was born in 1776 and died November 1846 and by her he had seven children, James, Robert, Mrs. Elizabeth Ford, Mary, William, Mrs. Amelia More, and Mrs. Sarah Tipton, the last two of whom survive. James Parks was married to Mary Copeland, born January 27, 1802, near Bloomfield, the daughter of James and Mary (Leech) Copeland, who had ten other children, the only survivor being Joseph. By this union James Parks had eight children: Laban, Mrs. Mary Hoobler, Samuel and Sarah now deceased, and Mrs. Catharine Dodds, Susan, James C. and the subject of this sketch, living. William H. Parks was born May 13, 1835, near Savannah, Ashland county, Ohio and was reared upon the farm, to which he has since his school days devoted his entire energies. His success in this vocation is highly deserving of mention and illustrates the effectiveness of industry and economy. Since six years of age he has been a resident of Jefferson county, Inpolitics he is a democrat and his church membership is with the Methodist Episcopal denomination to which his family also belongs. He was married September 19, 1872, to Anna C. Naylor, and they have had four children: Minnie, deceased; Charles A., James N. and Iva P. Mrs. Parks was born March 13, 1839 the daugher of Charles P. and Ruth (Merriman) Naylor. Her father was born near Baltimore, September 12, 1804 came to Ohio in 1810 and died September 16, 1888. He was the son of Samuel and Rebecca Naylor, natives of Maryland. The mother of Mrs. Parks was born July 19, 1808 and died September 10, 1866 and was the daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Tipton) Merriman, also of Maryland. In mrs. Parks' family were eleven children: Nicholas M., and Samuel A., now dead, and Mrs. Mary Hervey, Rebecca, Mrs. Elizabeth Rosebraugh, Mrs. Sarah J. Jones, Mrs. Effie House, Mrs. Helena Hazlette, Mrs. Anna C. Parks, Mrs. Martha Moore, and Charles A.

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