John PARKES 2
John is thought to have been a lock manufactuer in New Invention in the Parish of Willenhall, but there is no documentary evidence to substantiate this. He had four children with his wife Anne Woodward (qv). Little is known about their eldest son James, except that he was fond of riding to hounds over the Hilton Estate. Their younger son Joseph was a locksmith, and had a large family with his wife Sarah Davies: their two younger sons John and George left substantial sums of money to charity, acquired in the brewing trade. John and Anne's eldest daughter was Mary (qv) who married Barnabas Bailey (qv), a mining agent. Their younger daughter Harriet married John York, but little more is known about them.
John married Anne WOODWARD on 26 Mar 1780 in St Michael and All Angels, Tettenhall, Staffordshire.1 (Anne WOODWARD was born in 1749,5 died in New Invention, Willenhall, Staffordshire 6 and was buried on 5 Jul 1831 in St Giles, Willenhall, Staffordshire 7.)
1 Church Register, Tetenhall, FHL(L) ref Mf 1040884.
2 Church Register, Willenhall, FHL(L) ref Mf 1526220 (baptism of daughter Mary).
3 Edgar F Thomas, Thomas Family History (Unpublished and undated).
4 Church Register, Willenhall, FHL(L) ref Mf 1526220.
5 Inference, Willenhall, FHL(L) ref Mf 1517616 (burial).
6 Church Register, Willenhall, FHL(L) ref Mf 1517616 (burial).
Church Register, Willenhall, FHL(L) ref Mf 1517616.