NameHenry Thomas "Thomas" “Tom” Park 1
Birth5-15-1827, Millersburg, Bourbon Co, KY
Death7-3-1911, Redwing, Barton Co, KS Age: 84
BurialHoisington, Barton Co, KS
FatherElza Darnell Park (1799-)
MotherMary Polly McIntire (1792-1870)
Birth9-22-1829, Nicholas Co, KY
Death12-4-1887, Big Bend Township, Republic Co, KS Age: 58
BurialRose Mound Cemetery, Republic County, Kansas, USA
FatherThornton "John" Crawford (1807-1833)
MotherElizabeth Snapp (1808-1898)
Marriage9-2-1849, Swan Township, Warren Co, IL
ChildrenFrancis Marion (1850-1922)
 Angeline “Lina” (1852-1928)
 Mary Elizabeth (1854-1925)
 George E. (Died as Infant) (1856-1856)
 John C. (Died as Infant) (1858-1858)
 Henry H. (1860-1936)
 Warren G. (1863-1937)
 Ollie (1866-1959)
 Ella (1868-1940)
Notes for Henry Thomas "Thomas" “Tom” Park
1860 census shows Henry and family living in Swan Township, Warren Co, IL. They lived there until at least 1868. The 1870 census shows them in Prairie City Township, McDonough Co, IL. The 1880 census for Prairie City Township shows his family but he is not listed with them. Henry Thomas has not be located elsewhere until 1900. The 1900 census shows he was living with Angeline and her husband James E. Bennett in Keowee Township, Garfield Co, OK. He had an extended visit with his son Francis Marion Park and with grandchildren Francis Edward and Stella Taylor at White Cloud, KS in 1908. He was located at the time of the 1910 census back in Oklahoma living with James Bennett and family in Doyle Township, Cadda Co.

Lola Taylor Turner recalls that during his visit with her family in 1908 that “Grandaddy Tom” was quite good at swinging a cane and that he and his son Francis Marion didn’t get along well. Lola recalls “he caused no end of trouble” and that he departed when Lola’s father Edward Taylor bought a train ticket for Farmington, Illinois and sent Henry Thomas on his way.4

Living in Freemont IA in 1870.6

Biography written by Evelyn Park Blalock.

Henry Thomas Park was born on Aug 15, 1827, in Millersburg, Bourbon County, Kentucky, to Elza D. Park and Mary "Polly" Morris McIntire Park. 

The obituary for Henry Thomas Park reads as follows:

"H. T. Parke was born May 15, 1827 at Millers Burgs, Bourbon county, Kentucky and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wylie at Red Wing, Kansas, Monday, July 3, aged 84 years. In 1832 he moved with his parents to Adams county, Ills., and there was married to Sarah Ann Crawford on September 2, 1848. To this union ten children were born, eight of whom are living as follows: F. M. Park, White Cloud, Kansas; Mrs. Lina Bennett of Cyril, Okla.; Mrs. Lizzie Wylie of Red Wing; Henry Park, Kewanee, Ills.; Warren Park, Goodland, Idaho; Mrs. Ollie DeForest of Ahpeatone, Okla.; Mrs. Ella Harrison, Neola, Iowa; and Mrs. Kate Menike of Peoria, Ills. Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter at Red Wing, yesterday conducted by Rev. R. C. Smith and interment was made in the Hoisington cemetery." 

Note that whoever submitted this obituary, most likely Lizzie Wylie, provided inconsistent information regarding several events. H.T.'s birth date is placed as May 15, 1827, in the obituary, but as Aug 15, 1827, on his headstone. As no birth record has been found, a determination regarding which date is correct cannot be made at this time. Regarding H.T.'s marriage to Sarah, this record can be found in Warren County rather than Adams County, Illinois. After their marriage, Henry and Sarah remained in Warren County for the births of their first eight children, losing two of them shortly after birth (George in 1856 and John in 1858). The family moved to McDonough County about 1868, where their youngest two children were born. 

Some time between 1870 and 1880, members of the Park family began to move further west. In the 1880 US Census, H.T. is shown living with the family of his daughter, Elizabeth Wylie, in Scott, Poweshiek County, Iowa. Information contained on this census demonstrates why researchers should not rely strictly on a Census to trace their family history. H.T. is reported as a widower here, but actually Sarah was alive. She is shown on the 1880 US Census still living in Illinois with their younger children: Henry, Warren, Ollie, Ella and Kate. 

On the 1885 Kansas Census, H.T. is shown residing with daughter Angeline Bennett and her family, in Big Bend, Republic County, Kansas. H.T.'s daughter Ollie is also shown in the household. Elizabeth Wylie and her family are shown living next door. H.T. is again shown as a widower, though Sarah was still alive. Sarah is not found on the 1885 Kansas Census, but she had joined the family there by the time of her death in Republic County, Kansas, in 1887.

By 1900, Angeline's family again moved westward, and H.T. went with them. They settled in Keowee, Garfield County, Oklahoma. H.T. is shown with them again on the 1910 Census, living in Doyle, Caddo County, Oklahoma. 

Unfortunately, though H.T. did provide a strong example of perseverance and hard work while assisting in the establishment of numerous homesteads for his children, several grandchildren and great grandchildren recounted unpleasant memories. As is often the case when extended families live together in difficult situations, tempers flared and personalities clashed. 

Here is a recollection from Lola Taylor Turner (great granddaughter of H.T. through his daughter Stella Park Taylor): 

"Many incidents that stand out in our memories are not happy to recall. I, my sisters, and two older brothers remember this man demanding that we call him Granddaddy Tom. He was very good at swinging a cane. He and Francis Marion did not get along and he came to our house causing no end of trouble, until my father Edward Taylor bought him a ticket and put him on a train to Farmington, Illinois. That was the last we ever saw of him."

It is unclear exactly when H.T. returned to Kansas, but he was living in Hoisington with his daughter Lizzie (Wylie) at the time of his death in 1911. 

Children of H.T. and Sarah: 
Francis Marion Park 
Angeline Park Bennett 
Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Park Wylie
George Park - (1856-1856) - burial unk
John Park - (1858-1858) - burial unk
Henry H. Park 
Warren G. Park - d. Los Angeles, CA, 18 Nov 1937
Ollie Park DeForest 
Ella Park Harrison 
Katherine Lucinda (Kate) Park Switzer
Notes for Sarah Ann (Spouse 1)
Wife of Henry Thomas Park
Daughter of Thornton "John" Crawford and Elizabeth Snapp
Stepdaughter of Moses Thompson Hand
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