A grandson of Merrill Parks, Richard Fowler Parks, 1888-1974, married Lucy Ann Jones
and lived near Union City in Madison County his entire life. This narrative discusses
his ancestors, all of whom settled in the Union City/Red House area before 1800.
The chart traces Richard’s ancestors back to Charles Sr., who migrated to Madison
County from North Carolina about 1795.
Merrill’s father and siblings all left Madison County about 1830. Merrill married
Susannah Gentry and settled on her father’s farm on Otter Creek, the location of
the Gentry/Parks Cemetery. This document lists four generations of his descendants.
Timothy’s descendants retained the original Parke surname while most of Charles’
descendants consistently used Parks from about 1850 forward. One branch of Charles’
descendants adopted Parkes.
From the 1840s onward, nearly all the Parks in Madison County were descendants of
Merrill Parks, a grandson of Charles Sr., son of Charles Jr.
Four related Parke men – Ebenezer, Allen, Timothy, Charles Sr. – and their families
moved from Rowan County, North Carolina, to Madison County, Kentucky, about 1795.
Ebenezer settled in eastern Madison County; his descendants adopted Park as their
surname. Allen settled near Big Hill in southern Madison County, and his descendants
use both Park and Parks.
Charles and Timothy settled on Otter Creek near Boonesborough.
Lucy Denisa Fowler, daughter of Thomas S. Fowler and Nancy Scudder, married James
William Parks, a grandson of Merrill Parks, in 1887. Nancy Scudder idied in 1864
while Tom Fowler was a Confederate prisoner of war at Camp Douglas in Chicago. Her
Scudder grandparents raised Lucy and her siblings on Otter Creek near Red House.
Several generations of Fowler and Scudder ancestors are buried here.