3. John T. Parkinson1 was born in 1822 in Clitheroe, Lancashire,
England. He died on 7 Oct 1862 in Willow Creek, Malheur, Or.
He was buried in Willow Creek, Malheur, Or. SOURCE
MARRIAGE RECORD: at St.Peter's Church, of Bradford, Yorkshire, at 17 Sep,
John Parkinson, age 26, Bachelor, Shoemaker, of Bradford, f. John Parkinson,
Labourer, married, Mary Woffenden, age 22, spinster, weaver, of Bradford, f.
William Woffenden, bricklayer, witnesses, Charles Hemsworth, Elizabeth Baxter,
by Thos. Greenall, Assistant Curate.
BURIAL RECORD: Baker County, OR records; John T. Parkinson, died 7 Oct 1862
while en route to Oregon. He is buried in an unknown grave somewhere in
the Willow Creek section. The grave was marked with the end gate of a wagon
with name and date carved on it, however, no one was ever able to locate it
CENSUS RECORD: 1860 Census of St.Louis, St.Louis, MO. 1851 Census of Bradford,
York, England, George Gospien, age 58, well sinker, b. Whalley, York, wife, Hannah,
age 76, b. Bowling, York, lodger, John Parkinson, age 29, boot and shoe maker,
b. Clitheroe, Lancashire, England on 4 Fountain St.
EMIGRATION RECORD: sailed on "Emerald Isle" 28 Beaford St. Wakefield
Bradford, 30 Nov 1855, age 35.
BIOGRAPHY: Baker County Sketch Book, 1920, John Parkinson-3016 N.E. 27th Ave.,
Portland, OR; Mr. Parkinson worked in Griffin Gulch for a long time at $2.00
per day. The old cabin of those first prospectors was a commonplace to him.
He knew Mr. Gibbs well while working in the Gulch and later called on him in
San Francisco. When on one of his visits Mr. Gibbs came up to the old cabin
and took down from the wall a pair of prong sets that he had nailed there as
a gun rack. They were made by cutting prong branches, whittling one side flat,
and nailing to the wall. He took the rack to San Francisco with him as a memento
of that first winter in 1861-1862. He says Gibbs was fond of guns and fishing
tackle. Mr. Parkinson thinks there was a Luther French in the cabin that first
winter also, he syas Luther French Duckworth was named after him. Mr. Parkinson
also knew "Van" Schriver one of the other occupants of that cabin.
Schriver later was a wholesale liquor deal in Portland. The cabin, Mr. Parkinson
says, was about 12x14 feet. He is convinced that Luther French was one of the
occupants of that cabin that first winter 1861-1862. To sum up, we have the
statement of Isaac Hiatt in his "Thirty-one years in Baker County"
that there were four men in that first group of prospectors who lived in the
cabin on Griffin Creek in Griffin Gulch through the winter of 1861-1862. Those
four men were David Littlefield, Henry H. Griffin, William Stafford, and G. W.
Schriver. Next we have the statements of Mrs. William Stafford and G.W. Schriver.
Next we have the statements of Mrs. Alexander and her family that Robert Bruce
Gibbs was also a member of that first group occupying the cabin that winter.
And Mr. John Parkinson supports the Alexander statement and adds a sixth man
to the group-Luther French.
John T. Parkinson and Mary Woffindin were married
on 17 Sep 1847 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. Mary
Woffindin1 was born on
27 Nov 1825 in Wombwell, Yorkshire, England. She was christened on
30 Apr 1826 in Darfield, Yorkshire, England. She died on 18 Dec 1857
in St.Louis, St.Louis, Mo. SOURCE
CHRISTENING RECORD: Parish Register of Darfield; p.134; 30 Apr 1826,
Mary daughter of William and Sarah Woofindale of Wombwell, Labourer.
CENSUS RECORDS: 1851 Census of Bradford, 37 Portland St., William Whitaker,
age 42, wool comber, b. Colne, Ann Whitaker, age 33, b. Sheffield, Hannah
Whitaker, age 12, b. Bradford, William Whitaker, age 11, assistant
comber, b. Ovenden, John, age 6, scholar, b. Bradford, Hannah Bennett,
lodger, visitor, 53, b. Wakefield, Mary Parkinson, sister, married, age
24, power loom weaver, b. Barnesley, Sarah Benntt, visitor, age 16, drawer
worsted, b. Wakefield, Squire Hodgson, lodger, 26, butcher, b. Allerton,
Susannah Hatton, lodger, 22, power loom weaver, b. Huddersfield, Thomas
Hatton, lodger, 2 months, b. Hinton. John T. Parkinson and Mary Woffindin
had the following children:
Parkinson and Mary Ann Nutman were married in 1859 in St.Louis, St.Louis, Mo.
Mary Ann Nutman1
was christened on 21 Oct 1835 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
She died on 14 Oct 1913 in Baker, Baker, OR. She was buried on 17
Oct 1913 in Baker, Baker, OR. SOURCE
PARENTAGE: Mary Ann, daughter of George Thomas and Ann Louisa (Rose) Nutman.
The parents were married 12 Aug 1821 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
OTHER MARRIAGES: after the death of John Parkinson, she married 7 Nov 1863,
Charles Grant, and 13 Dec 1871, David S. Littlefield.
DEATH RECORD: Oregon State Board of Health; at Baker, Baker, OR, 940 Elm
St., Mary Ann Littlefield, female, white, born 15 Oct 1836, age 76 years, 11
months, 29 days, widowed, born England, f. John Nutman, b. England, m. don't
know, b. England, housewife, informant, R.W. Littlefield, of Baker, died 14
Oct 1913 of myocarditis and asthma, buried 17 Oct 1913 at Baker, OR.
FUNERAL RECORD: Mary Ann Littlefield, age 76 years 11 months 29 days died 14
Oct 1913, born 15 Oct 1835, buried Mt.Hope Cemetery, funeral ordered by R.
W. Littlefield, Vol. 7 West & Co.
CHURCH RECORD: Minnie Margett's File, GS (416,452); Mary Ann Nutman, Ward or
Branch, Melborn, London Conference, received from Camden Town, Aug 1855,
Book No. 425 p.11 Line 613, removed to Yarmouth, ref. book 313 p.11 line
413, Mary Ann rec Burton Crescent London Conference, Book p.11 line 170.
CENSUS RECORDS: 1870 Census of Baker City, Baker, OR. 1880 Census of Auburn
Precinct, Baker, OR; John Parkeson, age 18, stepson, blacksmith apprentice.
Rufus Littlefield, father of David, was in 1850 Census of Prospect, Waldo,
ME, David S., age 20, sailor. 1900 Census of Baker County, OR.
COUNTY HISTORY: History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties, p.252;
David S. Littlefield, In Auburn, on December 13, 1872, our subject married
Mrs. Mary A., widow of Dr. Grant, a pioneer of 1862, and proprietor of the
first drug store in the county, as also of the first pharmacy in Baker City.
To them were born two children, Charles Grant, a resident of Baker City,
and Isophine, wife of Prof. Alexander of this county. By a later marriage
Mr. Littlefield has three children: Rufus W., engaged in the stock business
at Auburn, Eva wife of Oliver Holloway, of Baker City, and Grace, wife of
Wallace Holloway, engaged in the coal and ice business in Baker City.
CENSUS RECORDS: 1851, Great Yarmouth, p.34; No. 5 St. Peters Place, Edward Smith,
age 36, Blacksmith, Elenoir Smith, age 30, Emma Smith, age 3, daughter, John
Smith, age 2, son, Elizabeth Chilvers, visitor, age 61, born Shipmeabow, Suffolk,
Mary A. Nutman, age 16, visitor, everyone except Elizabeth born at Great Yarmouth.
John T. Parkinson and Mary Ann Nutman had the following children:
|Eliza A. Elizabeth Parkinson1 was born about Apr 1860 in St.Louis, St.Louis, Mo.
She died on 14 Oct 1865 in Auburn, Baker, OR. She was buried in
Auburn, Baker, OR. SOURCE
CEMETERY RECORDS: Auburn Cemetery; 14 Oct 1865; three year old daughter of
Mrs. David Littlefield, then Mrs. Grant.