Parken Family Tree

Created 2001, Revised 12/03/2020, 15/03/2020

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I have periodically receive email corrections that have inspired me to ask mum a bit more thank you to;

Dameral family’s home had been at Home Park, Brentor, Nr. Plymouth. The Parken family home was Plymouth.

My Grandfather Edgar W Parken took this picture in about 1908. It may be St. Davids Church (not sure) in Plymouth. The detail in the original is excellent achieving some detail in the darkest corners as well as some detail in the light from the stained glass. The photographic paper would have been selectively exposed by masking of parts of the paper during printing stage. The exposure was 30 minutes and people walked in and out of the church during that time but they did not stop long enough to form ghosts in the image.

Family Tree-Parken Edgar ancestors children.pdf

Parken Family Tree (PDF created using MyHeritage website)

Richard Parken & Mary Jane Dawe

Married 1852 Cadstock, Cornwall (Mary's father is registered as William Dawe) ---- mistake???


      • Fanny Anne
      • Mary Ellen
      • Elizabeth Frances
      • Wilfred? #
      • William Dawe {farmer}
      • Jane
      • John
      • Bessie Francis
      • Thomas


William Dawe Parken {??? - 1939 farmer} & Helen Dameral (??? - 1899) - her Christian name is consistently recorded as; Ellen. Married; 1883

{My mum's middle name Helen was given after this granny. I have been told in a few emails she may have been known as Ellen but my mum says no that is not so.}

Second marriage 1903 to; Jane Amelia Parken (1872 or 73 - 1919)

{My mum did not know of this second marriage previously to email received in April 2014.}



Edgar William 1885-1969 {Photographer} & (Dorothy Frances Brailsford [Queenie]) Married Dec.1919


    • Edgar Francis (Dec. 1919-2010) & Pluxie
    • Florence Mary (June 1922 - 2017?) & John Blasiak, married; 1941
    • Arthur William # (June 1923-2008)
    • Dorothy Winfred (Dec. 1924-1988? ) & Roger (19??-1970?)
    • Wilfred Charles # (Apr. 1926-2009)
    • Tom David (Dec. 1931- 201x?) & Elizabeth Mc Phie (1935)
    • Jean Helen ( June 1933 -) & John Lohmann (1929-2002)
    • Phylis May (1940-) & (Gilbert Anderson ??- 201x?)

William Dawe Parken;

Dawe was Williams mother's maiden name. I am told in an email of 2006. Did not know of Wilfred and would like more information.

Email of April 2014;

Was born in; Calstock, Cornwall. His when married the family lived in; Plymouth they moved to Homer Park, Brentor on 6 March 1891 with 1 year old Arthur and 4 year old Edgar. There is no connection between the family and the parish prior to that date.

William was a farmer but also began a rather successful coal merchant business (1891 Census says coal merchant) which supplied a lot of the surrounding properties. This business was taken over by his son Arthur in due course. The family are fondly remembered in the area.

Sadly in August 1899 your great grandmother died (aged 41) and she was buried in the local village churchyard.

At some point around 1900 William extended Homer Park to form a six bedroomed detached property. Not sure the motive behind this but he did take in lodgers at various times. In 1903 he married Jane Amelia Parken and by the time of the 1911 census it was just him and Jane living in a 13 roomed house. Presumably your grandfather had moved away by this point.

In 1919, Jane killed herself. The newspaper report at the time records that she walked the half mile to the local railway station and threw herself off the railway bridge. The local story I was told as a child was that she lost her mind, hid the Parken family fortune, which consisted of a bag of gold sovereigns and then threw herself in front of a train. The sovereigns were never found. Not sure there is any truth in that but that is the legend.

Your great-grandfather died in 1939 and was buried beside his first wife. Arthur Parken and his wife continued living at Homer Park until his death in 1961 when the property was sold.

Brentor First World War - project which is looking at the contribution the parish made on the Home Front during the 1914-18 period.


Helen (recorded as Ellen) Dameral; Father was Archibald Sidney Dameral from Plymouth. He was a piano tuner with a excellent voice.

  • The name Dameral goes back to a navy captain in the 1500′s there may be a record in Plymouth - I have not been able to check this information mum gave me but it comes from a Genealogist who mum paid about £20 to for the search many decades possibly in the 1980's? {Ellen is recoded christian name but my mum, Jean Helen, always said she was Helen like mums own middle name}

Jean H Parken (my Mum) met Helen (Ellen) when Helen came to visit Brighton. Mum was 15 and this is the only time my mum met that Granny.


Arthur Henry Parken - 1890 - 1960

Mum received a small legacy. Mum was contacted William John West (known to mum as John West - Mum received the letter from New Zealand from him) lived in the same house as Miss Mary Jane Pool Census 1911.

Dr. Edwin Richard Parken;

Mum’s uncle Edwin Parken, who taught Pharmacy in Brighton, originally served in WW1 as a doctor. He may have only been able to treat the injured by minimising suffering.

Uncle to my mother and her brothers below. Taught pharmacy in Brighton - many of the pharmacist in Kent and Sussex (now retired) were taught by him. Born and Died in Tavistock, served as a Doctor in the First World War.

  • Arthur ,Edgar and Edwin were brought up by Miss Poole (Brighton ~1856 -1947) as their mother died young. Mum said Miss Pool was very wealthy and the names listed in the 1911 Census may be employees, she died age about 93 mum says in Brighton and there was a very big funeral.


  • Julia Wooley email 2006 (Calstock Parish council website has more)
  • Philip Whitcomb email April 2014 (Lives at Homer Park and is writing a book on the WWI and the village's involvement in that war)
  • Jean Lohmann (my mum) gave me most of the information.

Edgar Parken;

Edgar Parken took my granny, who he employed, to cinema and proposed after. As my grandparents told it is not how things are done it now. When I new him he was a very old Victorian gentleman, he enjoyed tinkering with radios. He did not approve of granny giving me old clocks to repair (take apart) because there were repairable.

More history of Parken see Brailsford

Moved to Leven, near St. Andrews, Scotland. Later left Florence with the business and moved to Brighton and granny purchased lots of paintings cheap and a house. My grandfather Edgar was an artist in photography the photograph of St. David’s Church, Plymouth in 1908 was a half hour exposure and people walked in and out of the church during the exposure is technically excellent.

He bought the Talbot Studios, the first photographic business in Scotland, in about 1907 ( ) the original proprietor was Adam Diston. In Edinburgh in 1922 or 23, the business moved to Vorth, Berwick, then to Leven, St. Andrews, where there was seven shops. That business started in about 1855. Adam Diston was an excellent photographer the Parken family have photos from 1850′s with fantastic detail. This was the first photographic business in Scotland. More detail My Granny

Photographer and Photographic business;

Had photographic business from 1907? Talbot Studios, who continued the business after auntie Florence and uncle John. The business was sold in 1979 to people from Bellevile, Ontario. There are many old pictures from the early business which were taken to a museum in Killcoddy (CHECK this may be Kirkcaldy). My mum who had to work for the business remembers her sister Flossy mixed the chemicals in jars hypo etc in 1930's aged 14. There is a short gap between Adam Diston's ownership of the business and the Parken family's ownership according to links below. Adam Diston founded the business in 1857 which is believed to be the oldest photographic business in Scotland. Up until the early 20th century Pharmacist prepared the chemicals which the business purchased. The Parken photographic business was established in many shops and located in Cobourg, Ontario in about 1955 till 2000.

My Mother's family see Talbot Studio;;

Talbot Studio, Leven, St Andrews, Scotland (Adam Diston is not related subsequent owner Parken and Blasiak are related)


Edgar & Pluxie Parken;

Edgar Frances Parken (Ted) immigrated to South Africa in the 1950′s.

Florence Mary (Flossy) & John Blashiak;

John was born in Krakow, Poland.

The family photographic business in Scotland was handed over to them and I believe they left that business in 1979. (Check this?)

Art; (name used in Canada)

His father gave him the nickname Titus after a Cornish poet. His father apparently liked giving people nick names my mum says.

Arthur William Parken immigrated to Canada in 1957/8?

Kings own Scottish Boarders, seconded into the Palestine Police until the formation of Israel in 1948.

I was also talking to mum about the Israel situation many people say that the conflict was a problem primarily created by the British. I told mum about speaking to a chap who had served in the British forces throwing Arabs out of there home in 1948 delousing them and manhandling them on to tramp ships – he hated what he had done for his country. Mum told me that just prior to that her brother Arthur was in the British Armed forces protecting Palestinians from Jews come in to the Country in ship loads. – The British ~

Dot & Roger Arnold;

Dorothy Winifred Parken her father bought her a house in Gravesend she never moved from because she was the black sheep and should never do photography. Consequently was a WAAF photographer with husband Roger. Roger was killed at road junction on bicycle by a car in 1970. He had worked at the Paper Mill near the dock yards in Gravesend, Kent. Mum tells me her sister Dot was sent to her in-laws in Graves End, Kent because she was not liked. Her Father told her to pack her case and he went with her on the Train to Kent.


Wilfred Charles Parken Farm worker before emigrating to Canada in 1952 Drove lorries, and lived under the counter of his photographic shop on baked beans.

My uncle joined up to fight in World War 2 when he was under age (15). He fraught at El Alamein (the film A Bridge too far) deeply shocked to find himself left beside his dead serving mates in a creator then found wondering around three days possibly the sole survivor of his regiment. He saw the bodies in Belsen piled up. He saw the survivors who stank but feared being washed put in the river. This was of cause very risky those survivors being so frail but the soldiers were young and terribly in shock.

Tom & Elizabeth Parken;

Thomas David Parken immigrating to Canada in 1966.

Jean & John Lohmann;

Jean Helen Parken (My mum) went to Canada in 1955 for a year and worked in many places travelling light with her Hudson Bay Company reference. Prior to that mum had a year in hospital treated for TB using antibiotics which were quite new then. This beautifully engineered at minimum cost Radio was given to mum for her 21st birthday by her dad in 1954 (cost £16).

Cruise to Canada for £60.

I asked how mum got into Canada in 1955 having had TB?

Mum was not allowed to immigrate so she went in on a visitor visa. It neglected to say she was not allowed in to Canada under any circumstance. But after that entry to Canada at the end of April 1955 mum was on the list and that is why she had to come back the immigration was so close (4hr.s travel away). Mum returned on The Empress of Scotland for Glasgow at the beginning of November 1955 this was an old ship to be scrapped which did not dock at Glasgow and was not scrapped but sold.

Two of mums brothers, Arthur and Wilfred met her at Port Hope Ontario at 8pm. The ship had taken two days travelling up the St Lawrence. Mum said the ship, Empress of France, carried immigrants and was a luxury, ship not like a bus which I was asking about trip cost £60.

Although mum was not supposed to work she did not say anything. Secretarial work was well paid and she moved on and worked for the Hudson Bay Company in Winnipeg for Three months. She also worked in Calgary but by September she got to Vancouver but there was no work. People came into the towns to work in the winter.

The ships were at that time owned by Canadian Pacific. Mum remembers the banging on the side of ship by the ice as the outgoing ship travelled up the St. Lawrence. The train to Cobourg was also Canadian Pacific, the other company being Canadian Nation used to run the rail line in parallel but now both companies are replaced by VIA Rail.

RMS Empress of Japan (1930) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I found the passenger list it recalls mum sailed on 29th April and returned at the beginning of November. Mum also recalls that the ship had previously be called the Empress of Japan. When mum returned to Brighton she was offered work for £3/10s a week but negotiated £5 a week.

Phylis & Gilbert Anderson;

Phylis May Parken emigrated to Canada in 1954. From my auntie's perspective she was sent to Canada by her mum in order to carry money to invest for her mum. Quite telling this statement as it quite accurately illustrates how my granny controlled things for her family's good but not by consent.

Gilbert Anderson died when they were on a cruise so the costs were all picked up by the insurance/holday and my auntie continued with the cruise home.

Lives in Vancouver.