Progress report – Park family history and others

We haven’t had much time for family history the last couple of weeks, and now there seems to be a problem with our ISP so we can’t access the web (though e-
mail still seems to be working). We’ve made contact with some other researchers who have provided quite a lot of useful help on the PARK family. My ggg grandfather William PARK (c1780-
1844) of Bath, Belfast and Quebec seems to have had a number of children, and thanks to Shaun Jones on the Rootschat site, we’ve managed to find quite a few possible links. We’ve also made contact with a James PARK in Luxembourg, who has suggested a possible link between William PARK and a PARK family of Ballynure, Antrim, Ireland. We’re still looking for confirmation of most of this.

William Park married Mary Martin, daughter of John Martin, a merchant of Belfast, and we are still looking for more information on the Martin side of the family as well. Their daughter Matilda PARK married Richard VAUSE, and came to Natal in 1852, immediately after their marriage. Richard Vause was part owner of the Natal Mercury (with John Robinson) and was five times mayor of Durban.

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