I am 58 years of age. I have heard my father speak of Ambrose Parkes and his wife, Frances Isbell Parkes. My father was born in 1831. My father told me that when he was a very small boy, his grandfather, Ambrose Parkes and his wife, Frances, passed through here and visited his relatives on their way to Missouri when he, my father, was a very small boy. My father remembered distinctly this visit. He described Ambrose Parkes as a small man, a small “white headed Scotchman”, and his wife was very large woman — he called her a “very large Irish woman”. I never heard my father say where Ambrose and Frances died. But he said they never came back to this part of Tennessee again, and it was my father’s belief that Ambrose and Frances died in Missouri.
My father told me about Hastings Parkes. Hastings was an uncle of my father; a brother of Allen W., Martin L. 1st., and the rest — being a son of Ambrose and Frances Parkes. Hastings Parkes settled at St. Genevieve, Missouri, and I understand that some of his descendants still live there.
I knew Allen W., but do not remember my own grandfather. Allen W. Parkes, father of R. B. Parkes, grandfather of R. A. Parkes and greatgrandfather of Roy H. Parkes of Lynchburg, died in 1884. Allen W. died here at Lynchburg.
All the sons of Ambrose Parkes who settled in the vicinity of Lynchburg were large men; were large men weighing over two hundred pounds each when they came to this country. I have heard my father tell me about them; he said all were large men, and that their father, Ambrose gave each a negro slave, and all these slaves were large like their masters. I know one of the slaves — the slave which was given my grandfather. He was called “King David”. He died here. I recall an anecdote told of this old negro: He met another negro, Peter Motlow, and said “Good morning, good morning, Brother Peter”; Peter replied, “Good morning, Brother Dave” “the inclemency of the weather somewhat predominates rain”. Dave replied, “Yes, and I think it will commune about Saturday evening”.
My oldest son, Len, lives in Detroit; my next son, Otis, lives in Huntland, Tenn.; my next son, Alton, lives with me. My daughter, Lyda, lives with me. My address is Mulberry, Tennessee.
M. N. Parkes