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Jane Buchanan and James Parks

James Parks
born January 30, 1761
in Horseshoe, Md. and died March 13, 1837.

Father: The father of James Parks was James Parks (Sr) who was born in Ireland but lived in Scotland and immigrated to America from there.
Source: This according to the family Bible of Vickie McClement, descendent of James Parks and Jane Buchanan.)

Migration: James Parks (Jr) migrated from Rockbridge Co VA to Scott Co KY in or about the year 1790 (
Source: a biography of H.S. Parks, farmer of Georgetown, son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth born in 1823)

James Parks then settled about 2 and 1/2 miles of Newton.

1810 Census of Scott Co. KY (source) shows:

Enumerated on the 5th day of Dec. 1810
Handwritten page number is 642
Page: 176b, Line 22 - Parks, James

2 males 0-10 (Price-4, Rice-7 months)
3 males 10-16 (John-15, James-13, Ebenezer-10)
1 male 45 and up (James-49)
1 female 0-10 (Jane M.-7)
2 females 16-26 (Polly-23, Isabel-20, Peggy-16 one of these must have been out of the home by then)
1 female 45 and up (Jane-46)

Burial: Buried Parks Cemetary, Leesburg-Newton Road, Scott County, Kentucky
Source: *family Bible of Susie Chandler Webb. Edwards Co., Illinois. Susie Chandler Webb died 9/24/1975. She was d/o Flora Parks who is the d/o John Rice Parks.
*and tombstone in Parks Cemetary, Scott County, Kentucky as transcribed in Gone, Forgotten, Now Remembered: Scott County Kentucky Cemetaries

Will: Here is the will of James Parks .

Married Jane Buchanan at Augusta Co. Va. 4 May 1786
Source: *family Bible owned by Ginger Taylor Family Bible, early 1800's. It was partially burned in a fire in Bates Co., Mo. in the 1880's
*and family Bible of Susie Chandler Webb. Edwards Co., Illinois
*and LDS online records

Jane Buchanan:
Jane Buchanan born July 14, 1764 in Bucks County, Pa. and died in Scott Co. Ky. 1-28, 1847.
Source: family Bible of Susie Chandler Webb. Edwards Co., Illinois

History of this genealogy report:

The bulk of this information is from Tony & Margo at Margo Doughty-Ashdon is the 2nd great grand niece of this Jane Buchanan. Words can not express my gratitude at their sharing this information. 

In 1999 I began corresponding with several people descended from James Parks and Jane Buchanan of Augusta County, Virginia. Interestingly each knew of one of the children of this couple from whom they were descended, but didn't know the names of any of the children. One knew though that there were nine chldren. We assumed we were related as each of us were descended from a James Parks and Jane Buchanan of Augusta County, it was unlikely, though not impossible that there was another couple with the same name.

In April of 2000 a relative sent me a list which she had obtained from Naomi Keith Sexton of all the children of James Parks and Jane Buchanan. Our suspicions were confirmed. The only mystery not cleared up is that of Ginger Taylor who is descended from Margaret Parks who married a James Wright. There is no Margaret listed among the children of James Parks, though there is a Peggy Montgomery Parks who married a ____ Thomas. It is quite likely that this is Ginger's Margaret who remarried. The list confirmed that Vic who is descended from James Buchanan Parks is a relative of mine.

I am descended from James Buchanan Parks' sister, Isabel "Ibby" Parks who married Samuel Adkins Keith. They settled in Jennings County Indiana - Jonathan Loppnow

Misc: Are these Parks relatives of James Parks?


Children of James Parks (Jr) and Jane/Jean Buchanan:

  • Polly Parks, born 10 Oct 1787 VA, died 5 June 1822 Scott County KY. Married Hugh Kincade
  • Isabel "Ibby" Parks, born 27 Oct 1790 VA or KY, died 24 May 1849 Jennings County, IN, buried "Keith Cemetary" near Paris Crossing, Jennings County, IN. Married Samuel Adkins Keith.
  • Peggy Montgomery Parks b 30 Nov 1794 VA or KY, died 26 Aug 1838(?) KY md a Thomas.
  • John Parks, born 26 Feb 1795 VA or KY, died 20 March 1854 Scott Co. KY. Never married
  • James Buchanan Parks born 27 April 1797 KY, died 22 August 1853 at Macomb, McDonough County, IL or according to in Colchester, Ill. Married M. Nancy McCreight on 7th of June 1821, in Adams County, Ohio, (born June 19, 1700 and died in 1824 according to ); and Elizabeth "Betsy" Patton on 28th of July 1828 or according to July 24, 1828 at Augusta Co VA. (Elizabeth Patton was born 5 Jan 1806 to Margaret "Polly" Ewing and Thomas Patton - Place: Rockbridge Co, Va. and died19 Dec 1876 Place: Orion, ILL Henry Co. ; Burial: Place: Orion, ILL, according to

    Two children from first marriage to Nancy McCreight are:
    • William Hall Parks born 1822 (see note)
    • Jane Parks born 1824 (see note)

      Note: William Hall Parks and his sister Jane were originally placed under the second marriage but belong to the first marriage of James Buchanan Parks and Nancy McCrieght. "The marriage records of Adams County, Ohio show that James and Nancy were married on the 7th of June 1821 and the marriage to Elizabeth Patton occurred on the 28th of July 1828. The births of William Hall Parks and Jane Parks were in 1822 and 1824. William Hall Parks is my great great great grandfather." Howard and Sandy Sappington

    The children from the second union of James Buchanan Parks and Elizabeth Patton are:

    • Nancy Parks
    • John Rice Parks
      • Children: Flora Parks
        • Children: Susie Chandler Webb
    • Mary (Polly) Ann Parks
    • Elizabeth Parks
    • Harriet Calahan Parks
    • Virginia Parks
    • Martha Bolles Parks
    • Maranda Parks,
    • Hugh Henry Parks
    • James Harvey Parks.
  • Ebenezer Parks, born 12 August, 1800, KY. Died 11 April 1824, Scott Co. KY Married Elizabeth Woodgate. After his death she married Ebenezer's brother Rice Hall Parks. (From a biography of H.S. Parks, farmer of Georgetown, son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth born in 1823. Ebenezer's son, Harvey S. Parks said his father Ebenezer was a cabinet-maker and was the son of James Parks.
    • Children: H.S. Parks
  • Jane M. Parks, born 17 July 1803 KY, died 28 July 1836 Macomb, McDonough Co., IL. Married John Oxley. 3 children
  • Price Ricketts Parks born 31 Jan 1806 KY, died 14 Jan 1864 Boone Co MO. Married Elizabeth Rogers.
    • No children.
  • Rice Hall Parks born 27 June 1810 Scott Co KY and died 1892 (?) Scott Co KY. Married Elizabeth Flourney and Mrs. Elizabeth Woodgate Parks, widow of his brother Ebenezer.
    • Chlildren:
    • Harvey S. Parks born ca 1825
    • Sarah J. Parks born ca 1836
    • James F. Parks born ca 1837
    • Ebenezer R. Parks born ca 1841
    • "I have some info (not much, but looking for more!) on Sarah J. Parks, b. ca. 1837, KY, d/o Rice Hall Parks & Elizabeth Pryor Flourney (b. 1 May 1813, d/o Francis Flourney & Sally C. Goodwin.) Sarah J. Parks m. as his second wife, John Y. Snodgrass, b. ca. 1844, TN. They are on the 1880 census in Scott Co., KY, and on the 1900 & 1910 censuses in Fayette Co., KY. I am doing a one-name study of Snodgrasses, so my interest in the Park family is limited to this one family." Charlou Dolan - or

      • 1850 Census of Scott County KY (

        CENSUS YR: 1850 STATE or TERRITORY: KY COUNTY: Scott DIVISION: District No. 1 East Part REEL NO: M432-218 PAGE NO: 423A

        REFERENCE: Enumerated on 24th day of August 1850 By W. T. V. Bradford

        19 406 406 Parks Rice H. 40 M Farmer 6,525 Kent'y

        20 406 406 Parks Elizabeth 48 F Kent'y

        21 406 406 Parks Harvey S. 25 M None Kent'y

        22 406 406 Parks Sarah J. 14 F Kent'y X

        23 406 406 Parks James F. 13 M Kent'y X

        24 406 406 Parks Ebenezer R. 9 M Kent'y

Genealogy Contacts:

  • Vic(kie)
    Vickie ithe 4th GGrandaughter of James Parks & Jane Buchanan through their son James Buchanan Parks
  • Jonathan Loppnow or
    I am a descendent of Jane Buchanan and James Parks through
    their daughter Isabel Parks. Isabel married Samuel Adkins Keith. Their daughter Harriet Keith married Daniel Lewis. Their daughter Serelda Lewis married William Jackson Owens. Their daughter Ida May Owens married George Newton Rogers. Their son Avery Wesley Rogers married my grandmother Marie Jacqueline DeGraffenried. Their daughter __Rogers married __Loppnow and they had me, Jonathan Loppnow.
  • Ginger Taylor
    Ginger is either a descendent of James Parks sister or a daughter of James Parks and Jane Buchanan. The ancestor's name is Margarent Parks who married James Wright. She has a Bible record
  • Tony & Margo (e-mail no longer works)
    These two have done extensive research on the Buchanan family. Margo Doughty-Ashdon is the 2nd great grand niece of this Jane Buchanan.
  • Howard and Sandy Sappington
    William Hall Parks is my great great great grandfather."
  • Eric Jacobsen
    Eric has done a wonderful job or organizing his data. He has info on the Parks family and the Keith family (that Isabel Parks married into).
    Here is a link to his surname page. Eric is descended, as I am through Harriet Keith, daughter of Isabel Parks who married Samuel Adkins Keith. Harriet Keith and Daniel Lewis had a son named Eli Lewis. He migrated from Indiana to Kansas, along with other Lewis and Keith relatives. He settled fist in Waterville, Marshall Co. KS and then moved to Greenleaf, Washington County, Kansas. Eli was married at the time to Judilee Stewart. They had a daughter named Florence. Florence married first Edward Gullion and then Ulysses Grant Stewart. From the first marriage with Edward Gullion Florence had Myrtle Blanche "Mertie" Gullion. She married Perry Green Law. She died in San Diego CA on April 14, 1951. They had Ellis Saw Bud Law who was Eric's grandfather. He married ________. He died in 1947 and his widow remarried to a _______ Jacobsen who adopted Eric's Father.

Interesting Links

  • Ohio bio book Be sure to read this first:
    Notes from Tony and Margo:
    "I have still not found the link between our line of Buchanans and those on the other side. This George (referring to Ohio bio book was the son of James Patton Buchanan and Isabel Hall. James Patton was the son of Col. John Buchanan and Margaret "Peggy" Patton (doughtier of Col. James Patton). This Col. John Buchanan was the son of James Buchanan and Jane Sayers. They were from Ireland via PA and that is where my information stops. I have seen where was to be a connection between Pres. James Buchanan's ancestor William Buchanan and a grand or great grandson. I do not see a William Buchanan as direct ancestor of Pres. James Buchanan. I do know of Archibald Buchanan of VA that is a grandson of William Buchanan. This Archibald was born c. 1585. And my Col. John Buchanan (son of James & Jane Sayers) was born c. 1599. I can take this William Buchanan way way back, so he is most likely the one in the article. I have seen where some one on the internet has attempted to connect a Archibald Buchanan to be the son of James Patton Buchanan & Isabel Hall. Untrue. That Archibald was born before James Patton Buchanan or Isabel Hall. So, the article of 1900 sort of leads you to believe that James Buchanan (& Isabel Hall) was the James Buchanan that was one of the three brothers that came to PA. Not so. It is further misleading because of the Archibald Buchanan of VA was of the ancient lines and there is no known connection between this Archibald and James Buchanan & Isabel Hall.".