Alexander Parks


Alexander Parks lived in Albany in 1800. We seek information on his origins and path to Albany.

Perhaps, he was a member of the Parks family of eighteenth century New Hampshire or North Carolina. However, his name probably points to Scottish or Ulster origins. We have not yet connected him to convicted contemporary Timothy Parks.

Subsequent resources help fix Alexander's birth date at between 1756 and 1774. In 1800, the census listed an age-appropriate woman and two young boys also as members of his household. Thus, we can expect that he was married and raising a family. His name does not appear to appear in the extant records of early Albany's churches.

In 1799 and again in 1802, he was one of three newcomers whose personal property was valued under the Pine Street (second ward) home of Philip Willis.

Perhaps he was the Alexander Parks who was listed in city directories as a shoemaker on Orange and/or Arbor Hill beginning in 1818 and at least until 1825.

With the above, we have presented what we currently know about Albany resident Alexander Parks. With essential questions still outstanding, we move on for now.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Alexander Parks has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. IRS sweep 7/31/12.

first posted: 5/10/12; updated 9/4/12