Ancestry of Wilford Edison Park
Prepared November 1971
Wilford E. Park's Place of Birth and Parents
Born at Fair Ground (a small community which no longer has a post office) in
Houghton Township in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada, March 27, 1901.
Father -- Watson Park -- farmer
Mother -- Lura Cutler
Ethnic Heritage and Known Genealogy
Mother's paternal ancestors -- Pennsylvania Dutch
Mother's maternal ancestors -- Scottish
Father's paternal ancestors -- English
Father's maternal ancestors -- Irish
Much of Wilford E. Park's ancestry through his father is known and documented. It
extends through an unbroken line of Park male ancestors back 16 generations to Robert
Parke of Gestingthorpe, Essex, England, who died in 1400 A.D.
A 7th generation descendent, also named Robert Parke (1580-1665), and his son Thomas
Parke (1616-1709) came together with Governor John Winthrop's party to Boston,
Massachusetts, on the sailing ship Arabella arriving at Boston on March 29, 1630,
after a voyage of 76 days from Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, with 76 people on
In America, Thomas Parke, on October 28, 1644, married Dorothy Tompson (1624-1709),
in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Wilford E. Park is of the 8th generation of the direct
male descendants of Thomas Parke (1616-1709) and Dorothy Tompson (1624-1709) who was
the daughter of Alice Freeman Tompson.
Dorothy Tompson's ancestry, through her mother, is documented through 21 generations
(some male and some female) back to Aethelred II who was the 7th of the first kings
of all of England. The direct line of ancestry (males only) of Aethelred II, 7th
King of England, is documented through 17 generations back to Cedric, King of the
West Saxons in England from 519 to 534 A.D.
Cedric's son, Cynric, succeeded him as King of the West Saxons from 534 to 560 A.D.
Cynric's son, Ceawlin, likewise was King of the West Saxons from 560 to 591 A.D.
A tenth generation male descendent of Cedric, King of the West Saxons, in the line of
descent to Aethelred II named Eahlmund was King of Kent in 784 A.D.
Egbert (775-838), a son of Eahlmund, was King of Wessex from 802 to 827 A.D. In 827
A.D. Egbert became King of all of England and thus became the founder of the first
line of kings to rule all of England. Egbert reigned from 827 to 836 A.D.
The direct male descendants of King Egbert who succeeded him as King of all of
England and forming the line of descent to Aethelred II were --
Aethelwulf who reigned from 839 to 858 A.D.
Alfred the Great, the most famous of the early English kings, reigned from 871 to
Edward I, the Elder, reigned from 901 to 924 A.D.
Edmund I, the Magnificent, reigned from 940 to 946 A.D.
Edgar, the Peaceful, reigned from 959 to 975 A.D.
Aethelred II, the Redeless, reigned from 979 to 1016 A.D.
The reign of the original line of English kings was interrupted in
1016 A.D. when the Vikings under King Knut, the Mighty, of Denmark conquered
England. Danish kings then ruled England until 1042 A.D. when Aethelred II's
son Edward, the Confessor, was recalled from France to become King of England.
Edward the Confessor had no children and his reign terminated when he died in
January 1066 A.D.
Later in 1066 A.D. Edward's cousin William, Duke of Normandy, came over from France
with an army and wrested the English throne from the interim Saxon King Harold, at
the Battle of Hastings. Since that time William has been known as William the
Conqueror. William the Conqueror was crowned King of England on Christmas Day 1066
A.D. The present ruling family of England can trace its ancestry, without a break,
back to William the Conqueror and Alfred the Great.
Dorothy Tompson was a descendant of King Aethelred II through his daughter Alfgifu
(Elgiva) who married Uchtred, Earl of Northumberland.
The line of descent of Dorothy Tompson was through Ealdgyth (Edith), daughter of
Alfgifu and Uchtred. Ealdgyth married Maldred, Lord of Carlisle and Allerdale.
Maldred was a brother of Duncan, King of Scots, and son of Crinan the Thane and
Bethoc, daughter of Malcolm II, King of Scots.
The line of descent passes through Gospatric I, son of Maldred and
Ealgyth. Gospatric I was Earl of Northumberland, 1067-1072 A.D., first Earl of
Dunbar, 1072-1075 A.D., and Lord of Carlisle and Allerdale.
Of the 21 generations and descendants of Aethelred II, which form the line of
descent to Dorothy Tompson, one of the males in the line was both an Earl and a Lord,
one of the males was both an Earl and a Baron, two of the males were Knights, one of
the females was married to an Earl, two of the females were married to Lords and one
of the females was married to a Knight.
When blood lines of titled ancestry coming to Wilford E. Park through Dorothy
Tompson, wife of Thomas Parke (1616-1709), are added together they add up to a
sizable number of noblemen consisting of twelve Kings, three Earls, three Lords, one
Baron and three Knights. The number represents 20 titled individual men instead of
22 because two of the Earls had combined titles.
Further Information on the Ancestry of Dorothy Tompson Parke (1624-1709)
William G. Cook, newly-elected President of the Park/e/s Society, at the annual
meeting of the Society in Mystic, Connecticut on Aug. 11, 1973, gave the "address of
the day" in which he reported that records compiled by various genealogists and
historians show that the distinguished ancestors of Dorothy Tompson, through her
mother Alice Freeman, include 69 Kings and Emperors. This is not surprising when
you consider the custom of restricting royal marriages to the aristocracy and the
intermingling of royal lines.
On Mr. Cook's nine-foot chart was shown the line of descent from Cedric, King of the
West Saxons already mentioned on page 1 of this document. Additional lines of
descent trace the forebears back through the English Kings Henry II (1132-89) and
Henry I (1070-1135) to William the Conqueror (1027-87). Among William the
Conqueror's ancestors was Charlemagne (742-814), sometimes rated as The Greatest King
of The Middle Ages.
The Scottish Kings among Dorothy Tompson's forebears were Malcolm III (1031-93),
Malcolm II and Duncan I who died in 1040. Another line of her ancestry runs through
Llewellyn the Great of Wales (1173-1240) back to Brian Boru (941-1014) King of
Prince William, who may one day become King of England, and his mother, Princess Diana, are also descended
from Dorothy Tompson Parke. For a chart showing the relationship of the ancestors of
Princess Diana to those of the Parke family, click here.
Ancestral Roots in America and Canada
Thomas Parke (1616-1709) and his father Robert Parke (1580-1665) were among the
early settlers of Connecticut and among the founders of the settlement which later
became known as New London.
The great, great grandfather of Wilford E. Park named Amos Park was a physician who
practiced in Palmyra, New York. He was twice married and was the father of 17
children. Sometime, probably in 1780, he moved to the Niagara Peninsula area of
Wilford E. Park's great grandfather Halsey Park was born in Ontario. He became a school
Wilford E. Park's grandfather, Phillip Bender Park, and father, Watson, both born in Ontario, were farmers in
Wilford E. Park, M.D., emigrated to Minnesota, U.S.A., on December 30, 1949, and
became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America on June 8, 1955.
"Genealogy of the Parke Families of Connecticut" by Frank Sylvester Parks, 1906.
"The Parke Scrapbook, Number 1" by Ruby Parke Anderson, Port City Press, Inc.,
Baltimore, Maryland, 1965.
"The Parke Scrapbook, Number 2" by Ruby Parke Anderson, Port City Press, Inc.,
Baltimore, Maryland, 1966.
The ancestry of Dorothy Tompson and her mother, Alice, is documented on pages
104-106 of "The Parke Scrapbook, Number 2" but the information recorded there was
copied from, "Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists" by Frederick Lewis Weiss, 1964 and
"Magna Charta Sureties 1215" by Arthur Adams and Frederick Lewis Weiss, 1964.
"The Parke Scrapbook, Number 3" by Ruby Parke Anderson, Port City Press, Inc.,
The above was almost entirely taken, with some reorganization, from a Nov. 1971 document
prepared by Wilford E. Park entitled Information About Wilford Edison Park. A chart
of Known Park Family Ancestors of Wilford E. Park and a listing of birth, marriage and death dates from the bible of Wilford's grandfather, Phillip Bender Park, are also available.