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PARKE [22672]
William Tollemache PARKE [7719]


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1. Elizabeth BUSCHE [7728]

William Tollemache PARKE [7719]

  • Born: 1790
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth BUSCHE [7728]
  • Died: 1852 aged 62

bullet  General Notes:

William Tollemache Parke (1790-1852), was an innkeeper at India House on Rotherhithe Street, in his early thirties. This was near the docks in south-east London. He was a tradesman carpenter, not a person of wealth, but a person of some means. He moved his family of eight children, a flock of lambs, and a shepherd, to Grahamstown South Africa in 1834. Not long after they had settled there, the Parkes were attacked by men they referred to in their letters as "Kaffirs". These were members of the Xhosa tribe who had traditionally raised cattle on land that the Parkes were trying to farm. For decades before the Parkes had arrived, battles between the Xhosa and the settlers had been a regular occurrance.
Family lore records William feared for the safety of his daughters and would rather see them dead than abused at the hands of assailants. The Dare family version is that a gun was given to the eldest daughter and should they be overrun, that she was to shoot her sisters and then herself rather than be captured by the Xhosa. At the time, they were on the other side of the river from the relative safety of the white settlement. William Parke was injured* while escaping and went down to Capetown and bought property outside Capetown. Ref: Pamela Dare
*William had fallen off a wagon, and this injury plagued him until he died at age 61.

William seems to have had mixed success with his enterprises. Here is a report of a Court Hearing of Nov 3, 1837: "From what has appeared before me in the Resident Magistrate's Court I have reason to believe the Memorialist is in great pecuniary difficulties. He brought little or no capital into the Colony and his affairs seem not to have prospered since his arrival. Therefore as far as poverty is in question I believe he may be admitted with the class of persons comprehended in the Circular of last September. His family consists chiefly of females, who reside with him and to whose exertions he owes his support. I also believe him to be industriously disposed but that his health does not permit him to follow his trade of a carpenter. He is also subject to occasional deprivation of reason which renders his case the more deserving of commiseration."
The family moved to Capetown in 1838. where by 1846 he was L697.5.11 in debt and declared officially bankrupt.
Ref: The Silver Bowl


William married Elizabeth BUSCHE [7728] [MRIN: 2577]. (Elizabeth BUSCHE [7728] was born in 1790 and died in 1880.)

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