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The Parks - Family History

 

Archibald Park

=

(m.13-Aug-1792)

St Lukes, Old St

Mary Stuart

 

William Park

(b. 8-Jul-1793)

(chr 20-Apr-1794)

 

Mary Eleanor Park

(chr Jun-1795)

 

Arthur Park

 

Delia Parke

(b. 10-Sep-1797)

(Chr 24-Sep-1797)

 

Jane Catherine Park

(b. 26-Feb-1802)

(chr 21-Aug-1808)

William Prosser

=

(6-Dec-1798)

Old Church, St Pancras)

Sarah Bulkeley

Eleanor Mary Park

(b. 6-Dec-1806)

(chr 21-Aug-1808)

 

William Prosser

(b 4-Dec-1803)

Selina Parke

(Chr. 19-Nov-1809)

 

Maria Prosser

(b 6-May-1818)

(Chr 18-May-1818)

Archibald Alexander Park

(b 18-Nov-1799)

(Chr 22-Dec-1799)

=

(m.1-Sep-1835)

St Matthew, Bethnal Green

Sarah Prosser

(b. 9-Jun-1805)

(Chr 16-Jun-1805)

 

Sarah Prosser

Alexander Park

(b 6-Jul-1840)

=

(m.10-Oct-1864)

St Peters, Hackney

Ellen Juniper

 

According to George Speaight Arthur and Archibald Alexander Park were brothers. Arthur being the founder member of the printing business and was responsible for the majority of the works created and sold by the Parks. However it was Arthur who emigrated to America in 1835 where he later died in 1863, leaving his brother to run the business. Arthur quite probably left the business to Archibald as a wedding present, the latter marrying on 1st September 1835 at St Matthew’s Church in Bethnal Green. The 1841 Census shows one of the few crossovers between the better-known publishing families, in that William Webb appears to be Archibald’s apprentice.

 

The parents of Archibald Alexander Park were Archibald Park and Mary Stuart.

 

1792 M A Park = Mary Stuart (A Park Signature).jpg

 

Marriage Banns

St Luke, Old Street

Date

Names

Condition

29th Jul- 12th Aug

Archibald Park

Bachelor

1792

Mary Stuart

Spinster

 

1792 M A Park = Mary Stuart (Cut).jpg

 

Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of St Luke, Old Street in the County of Middlesex

Date

Names

Condition

13th Aug

Archibald Park

Bachelor

1792

Mary Stuart

Spinster

 

 

Archibald Park was buried at West Hackney on 28th December 1827 aged 67. His abode was given as Roseberry Street, West Hackney.

 

 

A Park (Arthur Park 1815 to 1835)

 

So far I have discovered nothing of Arthur Park, except the following:-

Kelly’s Directory for London 1841, has one Arthur Park, engraver & publisher, resident at 47 Leonard St, Finsbury.

 

AA Park (Archibald Alexander Park 1835 to 1865)

 

1835 M - AA Park = Sarah Prosser (AA Park Signature).jpg

 

Marriage Banns

Chapel of Ease

Date

Names

Condition

12th-26th Sept

Archibald Alexander Park

Bachelor

1830

Francis Rome

Spinster

 

The Marriage for the above Banns does appear to have taken place. The entry has the word “Out” listed beside, which seems to indicate some form of problem. Was one of the parties already married? Or, more likely, was this just a jilted relationship.

 

Marriage Banns

St Matthew, Bethnal Green

Date

Names

Condition

30th Sept to 14th Oct

Archibald Alexander Park

Bachelor

1832

Sarah Prosser

Spinster

 

AA Park seems to have problems getting to the Altar, as again I can find no corresponding marriage. However two years later he tries again for the third time and again with Sarah Prosser. This time there is a corresponding marriage.

Archibald Park became the Rate Payer for 47 Leonard Street in 1834, taking over from William Prosser, his father-in-law, whom has been the Rate Payer at that address since 1816. This Archibald Park was obviously Archibald Alexander Park, who married Sarah Prosser in 1835.

 

 

1835 M - AA Park = Sarah Prosser (Cut).jpg

 

Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of St Matthew, Bethnal Green in the County of Middlesex

Date

Names

Condition

1st Sep

Archibald Alexander Park

Bachelor

1835

Sarah Prosser

Spinster

 

Census Extract 1841

HO107-667-6 Folio 15 - Page 21

Leonard Street, St Luke, London

Name

Age

Occupation

Born in County

Archibald Pack

40

Engraver

Yes

Sarah Pack

30

Yes

Alexander Pack

11m

Yes

Maria Prosser

20

Yes

In Separate rooms

William Webb

20

Apprentice

Yes

Maria Gordon

30

Female Servant

Yes

Emma Leaper?

15

Female Servant

Yes

Maria Prosser was almost certainly Sarah’s sister.

 

William Webb became apprenticed to Archibald Park of 47 Leonard Street on 23rd September 1835.

 

Kelly’s Directory for London 1846, has one Arch. Alex Park, engraver & publisher, resident at 47 Leonard St, Finsbury.

The same entry appears in 1848 & 1852.

 

Census Extract 1851

HO107-1501 Folio  - Page

4 Medina Cottage, Sevensisters Road, Islington

Name

Relation to Head of Household

Age

Occupation

Where Born

Archibald A Park

Head

50

Printer & Engraver

Middlesex

Sarah Park

Wife

45

Middlesex

Alexander Park

Son

10

Scholar

Middlesex

Sarah Park

Daughter

8

Scholar

Kent

 

Census Extract 1861

RG9-208 Folio 45 - Page 18

46 & 47 Leonard Street, St Luke, London

Name

Relation to Head of Household

Age

Occupation

Where Born

Sarah Park

Head

56

Printer & Publisher

Shoreditch, Middlesex

Alexander Park

Son

20

Litho Printer

St Lukes, Middlesex

Sarah Park

Daughter

18

St Lukes, Middlesex

? Oldman?

Female Servant

23

Domestic Servant

Shoreditch, Middlesex

 

Mrs Sarah Park (1863 to 1867)

Presumably this was Sarah Park, Archibald Alexander Park’s widow. If this is the case then from the 1861 Census Return it would appear that Archibald Alexander Park died before 7th April 1861, when the Census was held.

 

A Park (Alexander Park 1867 to 1880)

Presumably Alexander was Archibald Alexander Park’s son.

 

1864 M - A Park = E Juniper (A Park Signature).jpg

 

Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of St Peters, Hackney in the County of Middlesex

Date

Names

Age

Condition

Occupation

Abode

Father

Father’s Occupation

10th Oct

Alexander Park

Full Age

Bachelor

Printer

Archibald Alexander Park

1864

Ellen Juniper

Full Age

Spinster

 

 

Census Extract 1871

RG10-454 Folio 41 - Page 29

30 St John’s Road, Shoreditch, London

Name

Relation to Head of Household

Age

Occupation

Where Born

Alexander Park

Head

30

Printer (Employing 1 Boy)

St Lukes, Middlesex

Ellen Park

Wife

28

St Lukes, Middlesex

Archibald Alexander Park

Son

4

St Lukes, Middlesex

Henry Park

Son

3

Hackney, Middlesex

Kate Maria Park

Daughter

1

St Lukes, Middlesex

 

Census Extract 1871

RG10-410 Folio 65-66 - Page 20-21

30 St John’s Road, Shoreditch, London

Name

Relation to Head of Household

Age

Occupation

Where Born

John Chapman

Head

63

Fishmonger

Colchester, Eseex

Annie Maria Chapman

Wife

30

Saxmundham, Suffolk

Henry Chapman

Son

27

Fishmonger

St Leonards, Shoreditch

Frederick Chapman

Son

22?

Grocer’s Assistant

St Lukes, Middlesex

Charles? Chapman

Son

17

No Occupation

St Lukes, Middlesex

Sarah Park

Sister in Law

60

Formerly a Publisher

St Leonards, Shoreditch

Sarah Constable

Servant

20

General Servant

St Lukes, Middlesex

 

Sarah Park was shown as “Formerly a Publisher” and sister-in-law to John Chapman. It is probable that Sarah Park was sister to John Chapman’s first wife, as there are 30 years between Sarah and John Chapman’s second wife Annie Maria.

 

Census Extract 1881

RG11-1722 Folio 78 - Page 12

1 Imperial Villa Field Road, West Ham, Essex
Name

Relation to Head of Household

Age

Occupation

Where Born

Alexander Park

Head

40

Litho Printer

Finsbury, Middlesex

Ellen Park

Wife

39

Finsbury, Middlesex

Helen Park

Daughter

15

Finsbury, Middlesex

Archibald Alexander Park

Son

14

Finsbury, Middlesex

Henry Park

Son

13

Hackney, Middlesex

Kate Maria Park

Daughter

12

Finsbury, Middlesex

Edith J Park

Daughter

6

Hackney, Middlesex

Caroline Fenton

Boarder

25

Bungay, Suffolk

William H Terry

Boarder

18

Printer

Bungay, Suffolk

 

Census Extract 1891

RG12-1335 Folio 11 - Page 15

66 Capel Road, West Ham, Essex

Name

Relation to Head of Household

Age

Occupation

Where Born

Alex Park

Head

50

Printer

Finsbury, Middlesex

Ellen Park

Wife

48

St Lukes, Middlesex

Helen Park

Daughter

25

Finsbury, Middlesex

Arch’d A Park

Son

24

Printer

Finsbury, Middlesex

Henry Park

Son

23

Hackney, Middlesex

Kate Park

Daughter

21

Finsbury, Middlesex

Edith Park

Daughter

16

Shoreditch, Middlesex

John Cobb

Nephew

13

Surrey, Newington

Arthur Cobb

Nephew

12

Surrey, Newington

Zillah Milton

Visitor

24

Middlesex, Highgate

Florence Morris

Servant

17

Domestic

Essex, Colchester

 

Alexander died some time between 1891 and 1901, as Ellen was a widow in 1901, having moved to Bournemouth to run a Boarding House.

 

Census Extract 1901

RG13-1043 Folio 112 - Page 11

Cranbrook House, Bournemouth, Hampshire

Name

Relation to Head of Household

Age

Occupation

Where Born

Ellen Park

Wife

59

Boarding House Proprietor

St Lukes, London

Helen Park

Daughter

36

Finsbury, London

Edith Park

Daughter

26

Hoxton, London

6 Boarders & 1 Servant

 

Alexander Park’s son Archibald Alexander Park still lived in West Ham in 1901 and continued his father’s trade of “Lithographic Printer”. Also living with him was his wife and two children and his brother Henry, who worked as a “Commercial Traveller”. (RG13-1567-F36-P8)