Official Web Site of the
Samuel Rose Parkinson
Last Updated: 30 May 2011
Samuel Rose Parkinson was born April 12, 1831 in Barrowford, Lancashire, England, and died May 23, 1919 in Preston, Idaho, USA. As a boy he moved with his family to Sydney, Australia, then Valparaiso, Chile, then to England again, and finally to St. Louis, Missouri, where he got his start in life as a drayman. After converting to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he drove his mule team to Utah Territory, where he settled in Kaysville, Utah, and was later a pioneer in Franklin, Idaho.
Samuel worked as a farmer, rancher, constable, storekeeper, and trader, ran a woollen mill, and had an interest in a silver mine. He served an exploration mission for the Church in Arizona, joined the United Order, had three wives and thirty-two children, and served a term in the Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise for his beliefs. He spent his retirement in the Logan Temple and did the work for hundreds of his ancestors and relatives.
|Arabella Ann Chandler
||Charlotte Elizabeth Smart
||Maria Hayter Smart
- Reunion Planned for 2011. Plans are underway to hold a reunion in the Salt Lake area this coming summer. Join us as we renew old acquaintances and make new ones, further our family history goals, and have fun! Also on the agenda: amending the constitution and appointing officers ot carry the organization forward into the next generation. Watch this space for details, or, better yet, write the webmaster to get on the mailing list (see below).
- Samuel R. Parkinson Journals Available. Our longstanding effort to gather and transcribe all of Grandfather Samuel R.'s journals is complete. We have come up with eight volumes and one additional notebook. As of today (May 5, 2011), all have been transcribed and are available on this web page. These will be published in full color and made available at about the time of the reunion.
Did Samuel Rescue the Rescuers?
In summer 2003 I visited Devil's Gate, Wyoming, where I read about the teamsters who wintered there after the 1856 Martin handcart rescue, and where he saw, as part of the display, a shed full of "handcart goods" left behind to make more room in the wagons for the handcart pioneers. I was immediately struck with this line from Samuel's journal: "In the Spring of 1856 I put in A crop of wheat; and went on A Mission to the Devel gate for A load of ancarts goods." The teamsters who wintered here at Devil's Gate very nearly starved before they were rescued by teamsters from the Salt Lake Valley. Is it possible Samuel is a year off in his journal, and that he was one of the rescuers of the rescuers of the Martin Handcart Company?
If anyone has more information on this or Samuel's Salmon River Mission, please write Ben Parkinson, the Parkinson Family webmaster.
I have gathered numerous family photos in the form of high-resolution scans that I can share with any family member at minimal cost. Prints are also available.
Learn more about Samuel Rose Parkinson
Cousin Clyde Parkinson got a nice mention in a recent Ensign magazine. See Douglas Springmeyer, "If Not for Clyde," pp. 68–69, October 2002. Clyde, (Samuel Clyde Parkinson, son of Raymond C, son of Samuel C.) died in 1973. Click here to read the article in PDF format or HTML format. Preston Parkinson told me shortly before his death that he had called the author, who told him he originally submitted this article 20 years ago!
Note: Please send word when family members receive honors or die—especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Samuel R. See the webmaster's address below.
What's New Since the Last Update
- Added four journals (29 Dec 2010)
- Maintenance update—changed contact information (13 Mar 2010)
- Added histories of Fred and Bessie from Katie Spjut (11 Sep 2007)
- Added photos of Fred and family from Yvonne Parkinson (20 Feb 2006)
- Added photos of monuments from Ben Parkinson, and of Samuel and sons from Eric Parkinson (19 Feb 2006)
- Added SRP journal to 1876 (11 Feb 2006)
- Added photos of Samuel R.., Arabella family, and Vivian and family (23 Oct 2005)
- Added history of Susanna Parkinson Nielson (25 Sep 2005)
- Added DUP photo of Maria and family tree, updated guestbook (9 Apr 2005)
- Added photos of Leona and Walter P. Monson and of Samuel P. Cowley (19 Feb 2005)
- Added survey and guestbook forms, plus added pictures to Ben's histories of SRP and Arabella (22 Jan 2005)
- Added LaRue Bates's obituary (5 Jul 2004)
- Added new photo of Franklin's family (13 Jun 2004)
- Added additional "Hunt the Buffalo" notation files (17 Feb 2004)
- Added letter from William C. Parkinson (3 Feb 2004)
- Corrected "Fanny" to "Ann" in SRP & Charlotte shot (18 Oct 2003)
- Added photos of Samuel, Arabella, and Charlotte Pratt's family (31 Aug 2003)
- Restructured Charlotte Pratt page (22 Aug 2003)
- Added photos of Charlotte C. P. Pratt (14 Aug 2003)
- replaced photos from Franklin Relic Hall (14 Aug 2003)
- Added David P. Parkinson history of SRP (5 Apr 2003)
- Added photos of Hazel (more to come) (16 Feb 2003)
- Added IDs for photo of five kids in front of family tree (8 Feb 2003)
- Added Preston Parkinson obituary (31 Dec 2002)
- Added final SRP journal (working backwards) (9 Nov 2002)
- Added final versions of Ben's histories of Samuel and Arabella (7 Oct 2002)
- Added many photos from Clarence Parkinson family (7 Sep 2002)
- Moved to new service provider (1 Aug 2002)
- Added a little to William C.'s page (30 Jun 2002)
- Replaced various photos (I'm getting better at retouching) (20 Jun 2002)
- Added a photo of Samuel and one of Arabella (15 Jun 2002)
- Added Illustrated History of Idaho history of Samuel (25 May 2002)
- Added 1966 family group sheets, songs, and Smart prints (21-24 Apr 2002)
- Updated Ben's histories of Samuel and Arabella (14 Apr 2002)
- Added Nelson history of Samuel's Arizona mission. (27 Feb 2002)
- Added Arabella obituary. (19 Feb 2002)
- Updated Hunter Cannon link; tweaks. (26 Jan 2002)
- Added histories of Samuel C. Parkinson. (19 Jan 2002)
Contact Ben Parkinson, webmaster, at "feedback at parkinsonfamily.org" (replace "at" with "@").