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Robert Milton Parks (1815-1890)

From "History of Lawrence County Indiana 1884", Page 233

Re: The Lawrence County Seminary: The institution lingered along under various instructors until the Legislature, in 1852, provided for the sale of County Seminaries and applying the proceeds to the common school fund. This one was sold at public sale to R. M. Parks, who had formerly been one of its teachers, for $1,050, and thus died the Lawrence County Seminary.


1860 Census

Shawswick Twp, Lawrence Co., IN, July 23rd, 1860, Series: M653 Roll: 276 Page: 690

The Bedford Independent, Wed., July 5, 1865

BURGLARY.--The residence of Rev. R. M. Parks, was entered by burglars, on Sunday night last, and $240 in money taken from the drawer of a bureau. Another package, containing $70, was secreted in the same drawer, but had been overlooked by the robbers. Their operations evidently were conducted with coolness and leisure, as the half of a loaf of bread had been eaten, together with a quantity of blackberries, and two whole loaves carried off. No clue has been obtained as to who the perpetrators were.


1870 Census

1-WD Franklin, Johnson Co., IN, June 18th, 1870, Series: M593 Roll: 330 Page: 304B

1880 Census

Bedford, Lawrence Co., IN, June 18th, 1880, Series: T9 Roll: 292 Page: 543

History of Lawrence County Indiana 1884,. A Reproduction of the original "History of Lawrence, Orange, and Washington Counties" 1884, Published by Stout's Print Shop, Paoli, IN, 1965

Rev. Robert M. Parks was born in Bono Township, this county, December 16, 1815, one of seven children born to Pleasant and Esther (Carlton) Parks, who emigrated from Burke County, N.C., to Lawrence County, Ind., in 1815, and made it their home the remainder of their days. Pleasant Parks was elected from this county to the Indiana House of Representatives two terms, and in early days was a Colonel of State militia. He and wife were charter members of the Baptist Church of this county. Robert M. Parks was educated in the country schools of the county and Lawrence County Seminary. At twenty-one years of age he began teaching school, which he continued for twenty years, and in March, 1837, united with the Baptist Church four miles east of Bedford. Since that time until the present the greater part of his life has been passed in preaching and teaching, largely in his native county. March 1, 1842, his marriage with Miss Jane T. Short was solemnized, and this lady has indeed been his helpmate, taking an active interest with her husband in all matters pertaining to religion or education. For nearly twenty years Mr. Parks served as Clerk of the Bedford Association of Baptists, at the same time acting as Moderator. He undoubtedly has married more couples and attended more funerals than any man now in the county. In politics he is a Democrat but was opposed to slavery and is an active worker in the temperance cause. For a time he was Postmaster under President Pierce's administration. Mrs. Parks has been a church member fifty-two years, joining when only twelve years old.


The Lawrence Mail, Bedford, IN, Friday, 23 Nov 1888

Elder R. M. Parks spent last Sunday in the city of Nashville. He informs us that he attended the First Baptist church in the forenoon and heard a very good sermon from the eloquent Dr. Strickland, the pastor. At 7 p.m. he heard the eloquent Dr. Witherspoon at the First Presbyterian church. Elder Parks spent Monday seeing the sights in the grand old city. Among the most interesting were the three universities; the great Vanderbilt University, with its grand and beautiful grounds and grander buildings; the General Fisk University for male and female colored people; the Roger Williams University for the colored people under the control of the American Baptist Home Mission Society, all prospering and doing good; and last but not least he visited the Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, Ky., which is succeeding grandly.

The Lawrence Mail, Bedford, IN, Friday, 23 Nov 1888, page 3

Married--In the city of Nashville, Tennessee, on the 20th day of November, 1888, by Elder R. M. Parks, Prof. R. M. Parks, Jr., to Miss Lillian Moorman, of Nashville, Tenn. We congratulate our young friend on his matrimonial venture. May he and his handsome bride have their full share of the blessings of life and dwell long upon the earth to enjoy those blessings.


The Lawrence Mail, Bedford, IN, Friday, 21 Feb 1890, page 3

Died--Monday night at about 12 o'clock, in the 73d year of his age, after a lingering illness, Eld. R. M. Parks, an old and well known citizen. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Elder J. M. Stalker, of this place, C. H. Hall, of Franklin, Ind., and others, officiating. The interment was at the Green Hill Cemetery.

The Lawrence Mail, Bedford, IN, Friday, 7 Mar 1890, page 1

After a lingering sickness of one year, died on the 17 Feb. 1890, at the age of 74 years. He was buried on the 19th in the old grave yard in Bedford. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. C. H. Hall of Franklin, Ind., from Rev. 14:13. Revs. Wm. Culmer, J. Walls, J. W. Newland and Carothers were present and assisted in the services. A brief sketch of his life was prepared and read by J. M. Stalker of which the following is a synopsis. Rev. R. M. Parks was born near Lawrenceport, Lawrence county, Indiana, Dec 16, 1815, and died Feb. 17, 1890, aged 74 years 2 months and 1 day. He was reared on the farm and by diligence fitted himself for teaching at an early age, which he followed for 15 years.

He was converted and united with the church at the age of 18. He was married to Miss Jane T. Short, March 1 1842. He lived in Bedford the greater part of his life, and was known by most of the people of Lawrence and surrounding counties. He began preaching in 1842 and served in the ministry 47 years. During the ministry he served as pastor 31 churches. As a citizen he threw his influence on the side of education, morals and temperance. As a business man he was economical, honest, industrious and prosperous. But man is born to die. He fought a good fight, he kept the faith and henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of life.


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