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Park Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0538

This collection houses correspondence, ledgers, and bank records documenting the lives of several members of the Park family in Knoxville, Tennessee and Galleighan, Ireland. Among the topics discussed are family news, national politics, and land holdings that the Parks are renting out.

Dates

  • 1803 May 30-1874 May 1

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

1.7 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses correspondence, ledgers, and bank records documenting the lives of several members of the Park family in Knoxville, Tennessee and Galleighan, Ireland. Among the topics discussed are family news, national politics, and land holdings that the Parks are renting out.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Park was born to Robert and Nancy (Aiken) Park in Donegal, Ireland on April 14, 1770. He immigrated to the United States in 1796 and eventually settled in Knoxville, Tennessee. Park married Sophia Moody (1770-1816) on February 23, 1804 and the couple had twelve children: Nancy Aiken (Park) White (1804-1827), Andrew (1806-1871), William P. (1807-1895), Sophia Moody (Park) White (1809-1894), Eliza (Park) Coffin (1811-1871), Mary (Park) English Kennedy (1813-1900), Harriet (1813-1899), Joseph (sometimes given as Hugh) (1816-1816), Margaret (Park) Welcker (1817-1892), Jean (Park) Bowie (1819-1897), James (1822-1912), and Carrick White (1826-1890). James Park Sr. became a pioneering merchant and businessman and died on September 19, 1853.

James Park was born to James and Sophia Moody Park on September 18, 1822 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He married Phebe Caruthers Alexander (1825-1908) of Lexington, Virginia on May 27, 1847 and the couple had nine children, Sophia Moody (Park) Brooks (1849-1886), John Preston (1851-1907), Juliet (Park) White (1859-1938), Sallie Caruthers (Park) Hughes (1855-), Mary (1856-), James Welcker (1859-1902), William Alexander (1863-1902), Harriet (Park) Thomas (1865-1935), and Andrew (1868-1917). Park served as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee from 1866 until 1905 and as Pastor Emeritus from 1905 to 1912. He died on July 14, 1912 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two folders and one volume.

Acquisition Note

These letters were deposited in Special Collections in March of 1970.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480