This site created by and maintained by Robert J. Parks, 11 Regents Park Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601-3845
© Robert J. Parks 2009-2016
Madison County Families
Kentucky Pioneers and Their Descendants
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meet the families
Parks, Parke, Fowler, Scudder, Gentry, Jones, Johnson, Denny, Shearer, Massie
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 Ancestry.com. One chronicles 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).
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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).
The Slaves Among Us: In recognition of Black History Month, I researched slave ownership among my ancestors in Madison County and discovered some interesting patterns.
Rice Park and his Descendants: Rice Park, oldest son of William Parks and Mary Crews, died at age 29, leaving a pregnant widow, Bettie Ford Park, and three little girls, the oldest one six. Bettie and two of the girls were fixtures in downtown Richmond in the early 1900s, one died young, another married a cousin, Thomas Parks Jr., of Woodford County.
Runyon Grove School 1893: My Grandfather Parks left a photograph of the students and teachers at this one room school on Union City Road. The teacher was his great uncle, Richard Scudder, several of the students are named Parke or Parks, and the rest are cousins and neighbors.
Madison County Agriculture in 1850 describes different types of farms and their principal crops and livestock. Plus a list of all the farmers and their assets.
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.
Madison County, Kentucky
My Roots Grow Deep