BENJAMIN F. PARKS, deceased, was formerly a merchant of Le Roy, and one of its prominent and reliable business men.

He was born near Bloomington, Ind., Feb. 21, his ancestors being among the early settlers of that State. Mr. Parks grew to manhood in his native county, and in company with his brother, L. H. Parks, engaged in the manufacture of tobacco until 1853.

Both brothers then came to Illinois, and locating in Le Roy, this county, established a dry-goods business, which they conducted until after the war. Then our subject purchased the interest of his brother in the business and operated it alone until his death, which occurred Jan. 7, 1871.

The marriage of Mr. Parks with Miss Martha J. Brown occurred on the 1st of September, 1858.

Mrs. Parks was born in Knox County, Ohio, March 12, 1840. Her father, Aaron Brown, was a native of Pennsylvania, where he pursued the occupation of a farmer for some years, finally removing to Knox County, Ohio, where he died in 1846. In 1852 his widow removed with her children to this county, and settled near Le Roy. Mrs. Brown before her marriage was Miss Isabella Pollock, and she was born in Ohio. She made her home with Mrs. Parks until the last years of her life, her death occurring about 1876, aged eighty-four. Mrs. Parks has three sons living: Theophilus and Charles live in Le Roy, the former engaged in the grocery trade; Fred is at home with his mother. Mrs. P. is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Parks in politics belonged to the Democratic party, and socially was a member of Le Roy Lodge No. 149, I. O. O. F.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 398. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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