Person Sheet

Name: Francis Marion Park 1, GG Grandfather
Birth: 7-22-1850, Swan Tnp., Warren Co, IL1
Death: 2-2-1922, White Cloud, Doniphan Co, KS Age: 71
Burial: Olive Branch Cemetary, White Cloud, KS
Residence: 11-27-1885, Republic Co, KS Age: 35
Occupation: Farmer
Father: Henry Thomas "Thomas" “Tom” Park (1827-1911)
Mother: Sarah Ann Crawford (1829-1887)
Spouse 1: Margaret Elizabeth Crane 1, GG Grandmother
Birth: 12-31-1847, Peoria Co, IL
Death: 5-31-1918, White Cloud, Doniphan Co, KS Age: 70
Burial: Olive Branch Cemetary, White Cloud, KS
Father: Alexander Crane (1809-1875)
Mother: Rebecca Ann Hand (1826-1907)
Marriage: 9-8-1875, Walnut Grove, McDonough Co, IL
Children: Francis Edward “Ed” (Link) (1876-1938)
  Stella M. (1878-1966)
  Lawrence Asa “Parksy” (1880-1949)
  Lewis Elza (1882-)
  Ada W. (1884-1967)
  Alex Elton (1886-)
  William Thornton (1889-1956)
  Canzada Frances “Zaddie” Or “Zada” (1891-)
Notes for Francis Marion Park
Francis Marion Park and his family lived at Walnut Grove, McDonough Co, Illinois until 1885. They purchased a covered wagon and equipment and moved with their five children to Kansas traveling through Iowa and Nebraska. They arrived in Republic Co. Kansas on November 27, 1885. They established a home about two miles south of the Kansas/Nebraska border near the Repulican River. They then moved to Phillips Co. hear Phillipsburg in 1887 and then to Prairie View, Phillips Co, KS in March 1892. They lived in sod houses during this time. After enduring prairie fires, grasshopper and drought they decided to move back to Illinois. On their way they passsed through White Cloud, Doniphan Co, KS arriving in January 1895. They found they were unable to cross the Missouri River because the ferry had been taken out of the water due to floating ice. There were no vacant houses so the city of White Cloud gave them permission to live in the jail. By spring the family had made friends and decided to make White Cloud their home. Francis Marion rented a farm west of White Cloud.3,4,1

Francis Marion was disabled in later years. He was missing part of his left hand, lost in an farming accident. He had broken his leg and it wasn’t set correcltly leaving him unable to work.5 Lola Turner recalls that his farm equipment was sold following the accident. She says a hayfork rope broke throwing him to the ground breaking his leg and some ribs.4

After Margaret’s death in 1918 he moved in with his daughter Ada Taylor and family. Herman “Mike” remembers his Grandpa as his buddy.5

Lola Turner say Francis Marion was known as an honest, hard working man, respected by all who knew him.4
Last Modified 10-12-2002 Created 5-14-2013 (null)