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Park Family- London, England to Ross Co., Ohio
Posted by: Byron Park (ID *****4531) Date: May 31, 2012 at 18:01:07
  of 2007

My name is Byron N. Park. My gg-grandparents, Thomas Park and Eleanor (Helen) Sullivan were married 17 July 1843. The reprinted data from their marriage certificate gives the following data:
1. They were married in the Parish Church, The Holy Trinity Minories, Liberty of the Tower of London
2. Thomas resided at 7 Princes Street.
3. Helen resided at 7 Buck (Back) Lane.
4. Thomas' father was James Park, a hatter.
5. Eleanor's father was George Sullivan, a tiler.
Additional Facts:
1. They immigrated to the United States sometime in the 1840s or early-mid 1850s.
2. I've seen a copy of an old sketch/painting of them and they were wearing what seemed to me, very elaborate clothing.
3. Their grandaughter, my great-aunt Nina Park told me her Park family was "snobby"
4. Thomas Park was born, 19 May 1819 and christened 21 May 1820 at St. Botolph without Aldergate, London England.
5. Thomas had a brother James Joseph Park, christened 07 Oct. 1821 at St. Botolph Without Aldergate, London England.
6. My search for 7 Princes Street seems to put it in the heart of London's business district. There is a 7 Princes Street that still exists (one of 4 houses) and was "the first building in the world devoted wholly to piano manufacture", (from 1766 until early 1800's) the home of John Christopher Zumpe.
7. Eleanor (Helen) Sullivan was born 25 July 1821
Some speculation/family rumors(?) that may or may not be true:
1. Helen's mother (married name Sullivan, other names unknown) was a Royal Servant.
2. Helen played with Alexandrina Victoria, b. 24 May 1819 (two years older than Helen) when a child before she became Queen Victoria.
3. It was suggested that Thomas and Eleanor (Helen) may have been associated with a family that Owned Ships (Shipping.)

SPECULATION- it is hard to believe, but if somehow it is true that Helen (Eleanor)'s mother was a royal servant at Kensington, then she may have been around her at least once.
Questions that need answered:
1. Of course, who are the ancestors, Park, Hammond and especially who was Eleanor's mother, what was her maiden name and what family was she from?
2. Can the residents of 7 Princes Street in the 1840/1 census be determined, and who were they? (Are there more than one 7 Princes Street in that area?)
3. Can it be determined if there was a lady royal servant during the appropriate time whose married name was Sullivan, married to George Sullivan.
4. Is there a researcher in London (or somewhere else) who can help me?

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