Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

This site created by and maintained by Robert J. Parks, 11 Regents Park Lane, Frankfort, KY  40601-3845

© Robert J. Parks 2009-2013

Madison County Families

Kentucky Pioneers and Their Descendants

Come on in –

    meet the families

Parks, Parke, Fowler, Scudder, Gentry, Jones, Johnson, Denny, Shearer, Massie

Million, Newby, Heathman, Perkins, Jennings, Dozier, Christopher, Munday, Broaddus


All of my Kentucky ancestors migrated to Madison County, Kentucky, between 1780 and 1810.  My mother’s family settled primarily along Tates Creek west of Richmond while my Parks ancestors settled along Otter Creek between Richmond and Boonesborough or along Muddy Creek to the east.  

While I focus on genealogy, I’m also interested in my ancestor’s communities, their neighbors and their experiences.  I have posted – and regularly update – two extensive family trees on  One documents my father’s side (Parks, Jones, Fowler, Scudder, Shearer), the other on my mother’s (Million, Newby, Christopher, Dozier, Perkins).  Both include all of the members of these families who lived in Madison up to about 1930 (and many afterwards).  

If you do not subscribe to, email me at and I will  grant guest status.  

Thus, for this website I have shifted my work toward context – toward the times my ancestors lived in and the challenges they faced.  Recently I added the Madison County portion of the US Census of Agriculture for 1850.  It contains an alphabetical list of all farmers in Madison County, along with the size of their farms and the value of livestock and improvements.  

About  me:  I am Robert James (Jim) Parks, son of James Edwin Parks and Evelyn Million.  I live in Frankfort, Ky., but I grew up in Madison County near the village of Newby.  

Now  retired, I reported for newspapers in Kentucky, North Carolina and Wisconsin during the 1960s and 1970s, then worked for Kentucky State Government (Revenue and Education) until 2005. 

I have degrees in social sicience from Eastern Kentucky Universtiy (1964) and in history from Vanderbilt University (1971).  

Recent Additions

The Parke Parade:  From England to Kentucky details the migration of Dr. Roger Parke’s descendants from New Jersey to Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky.  

Madison County Agriculture  in 1850 describes different types of farms and their principal crops and livestock.  

Driving Hogs to Virginia is a tale from The Climax about a dozen young men driving hogs to Virgina in 1842.  Family names include Dozier, Million, Parke.

Morgan’s Madison Men recounts the experience of dozens of young men from Madison County who formed a cavalry regiment that wreaked havoc for a few months before capture and imprisonment.  Names include Fowler, Newby, Perkins, Scudder, Chenault, McCreary.  

Anthony Perkins, Soldier of the Revolution, was one of several bothers who settled in Baldwin in the 1790s.