From information gathered by RKW. Only a brief stay by family in Cowley County. MAW
Nicholas Parken was born in Harrowbarrow, Cornwall, England, November 18, 1847. He grew up as a carpenter’s apprentice. At the age of 21 he was given a journeyman certificate, a set of tools, a suit of clothes and 10 pounds. He left home and worked in Liverpool.
In April 1869 he sailed from Liverpool on a steamship and came to America where he worked as a carpenter.
In July 1871 he came to Otter township, in Cowley County, Kansas. On June 6, 1872, he married Mary Ann Truscott, and they returned to Cowley County.
On November 2, 1875, their first child, Lulu P. Parken was born. Their second child, Lottie Grace, was born November 29, 1881, in Cedarvale in Chautauqua County. The third child, William Henry Parken, was born December 2, 1884, in Morrowville in Washington County, Kansas. The fourth and last child, Fred E. Parken, was born January 7, 1888, in Morrowville, Washington County, Kansas.
In September 1884 the Parken family sold their homestead in southern Kansas and moved to a farm at Mill Creek Township (Morrowville), Washington County, Kansas.
Nicholas Parken died at Morrowville, Kansas, October 9, 1930.
Mary Ann Parken died at Morrowville, Kansas August 25, 1935.
This information was received from Stephen Chinn at Vanderbilt University.