Aaron Alexander Parkinson 1855 IL - 1895 KN

Aaron Alexander Parkinson was born September 6, 1855 in Bernadotte, Fulton county, Illinois, the son of Thomas Parkinson and Margaret McKee.

In 1881, at the age of 26, after working at home as a farm laborer, Aaron moved to the Jamesburg area near Maize in Sedgwich county, Kansas. It was to remain his home thereafter.

He was converted and became a member of the Congregationalist Church.

Aaron's Obit

Marriage - Wilhelmina Isadora Roof

Aaron and Minnie/Mina Roof were married on January 16, 1890 in Sedgewick county, Kansas.

She was born September 15, 1870 in Stoutsville, Fairfield county, Ohio to Joseph Ruff and Anna Marie Coble

[1-29-2013 birth records ordered from Fairfield co. Probate Court (740) 652-7461]

We knew her as Aunt Minnie because Great-grandma Lulu Eberly called her that.
Bruce L. Lee

1964 Letter from Mina to Beatrice Smart

Children - Mina & Aaron

Reference Information Only! For children that don't have a site page linked below, addtional info is held by the webmaster (database format).

Alva Francis

b. 1890 KS
d. 1979 OK

m. Lena Withrow 1932
According to World War I Bounty Claims Records (Kansas Box 35, folder 1) he was in the Army.
See picture of Alva, Mina and Aaron at right.

Leslie Earl

b. 1892 KS
d. 1910 KS

Died young b. 4-22-1892
d. 6-17-1910 Maize Park Cem. Sec 6, Row 6, Grave 13

Earl's Obit

Cecil Emily

b. 1894 KS
d. 1984 WA

m. Jerry Winn 1913 KS

The 1895 Kansas State Index for Delano, Sedgwick county Vol. 340 p. 5 (Vol. 340 p. 5) shows:

A. 39 years old, M, W, b. IL
Mina 24 years old, F, W, b. Ohio
Alva 4 years old, M, W, b. KS
Earl 3 years old, M, W, b. KS
Cecil .9 years old, F, W, b. KS
As well as other Parkinsons in the same county as well as other parts of Kansas.

Aaron Dies Young

Aaron Alexander Parkinson passed at a relatively young age of 39 on June 13, 1895 in Jamesburg, Kansas from typhoid pneumonia.

He was buried on June 15th in Maize Park Cemetery northwest of Maize [Sec 6, Row 6, Grave 12].

Fifteen years later, his younger son Leslie Earl would be buried along side him and they share a gravestone.

When Aaron died, Wilhelmina was 24 and had three children.

Aaron's Obit

Parkinson listings (Maize Cem)


Front - larger pic
Aaron's Obituary

His last illness, though severe, was of short duration and borne with christian resignation. He did not fear death, stating on his deathbed "That to die would be gain." But his greatest desire for health and life was for the sake of his family, to whom he was attached. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. He was a kind and loving husband and father as well as a good citizen and neighbor and will be greatly missed.

He left behind a wife and three children, two boys and one girl to mourn the loss of a loving husband and kind father, and he will be sadly missed by all.

A friend wrote this tribute to his memory:

Alex. Parkinson was born in Illinois and died at his home near Jamesburg June 13th, at 10 oclock. He moved here in an early day with his father and mother, and in 1890 was married to Miss Minnie Roof.

He leaves a wife and 3 small children who in this trying situation have the kind sympathy of a large circle of friends. Mr. Parkinson was a devoted and loving husband and father, and a true friend. He left numerous friends to mourn his loss; for he was much beloved for his kindly deeds. His remains were taken to Maize for burial. The funeral services were held in the U. B. church and a large number of friends from far and near followed him to his last resting place in Maize cemetery. Aaron's Obit

John Johnson

According to the 1900 census, Mina married John B. Johnson (her second marriage) around 1897. He was a day laborer born June 1860 in New York.

Alva Parkinson, Earl L. and Cecil were adopted.

It is unknown what happened to John.

Oliver Jones (1847 - 1920)
Mina marred (her third) Oliver Jones in Kansas, pictured at right, in 1903.

Oliver was born in 1847 in Byrnyreglas, Illonevenog, Cardiganshire, South Wales.

He came to America around 1868 at the age of 21. In 1884 he took out his naturalization papers and became an honest and true citizen of the United States, the country of his adoption.

In that year he located in Comanche County, proving up on the home place and lived on it continuously ever since for the period of 36 years.

Oliver was a good friend, kind and considerate of everyone and a good neighbor. He was always kind hearted and ready to help all with whom he came into contact and whereever and however he could. Especially was he a friend to every child that he met.

In the years he was united in marrige to Mrs. Mina Parkinson their union bore three children, a boy and two girls, the son having preceded the farther to the Sprit land.

He died Friday, May 14, 1920 in Protection, Comanche County, KS at the age of 73.

Oliver Jones was a kind and loving husband, father and stepfather. Death was robbed of its victory by his willingness and resignation as he calmly awaited the call of the Lord to go with him to that home not made with hands and just before he passed beyound the river he clasped glad hands with some one to us unseen.

He left to morn his departure a sorrowing and stricken wife, two little daughters, one stepson and one stepdaughter as well as a host of friends and acquaintances. Interment was made in the Protection cemetery there to await the call of the Angle of the Resurrection.

Children - Mina & Oliver Jones
Oliver, Jr.

b. 1905 KS
d. 1905 KS

Died young - Irwin-tp.

Marie Shirley

b. 1908

m. Rex Estes

Ana Marguerite "Babe"

b. 1910 KS
d. 1968 WA

m. Clyde Wheeler d. 1959

Funeral Card

Babe cared for Mina in her old age.

Leslie Earl Parkinson Killed Accidently

On June 17, 1910, during the forenoon, Earl, in company with Ellis Jones, were driving in a flat-bottom cart. They had a shotgun along. In some manner the gun dropped through a crack in the bottom of the cart, causing the gun to discharge.

The load struck Earl's left arm just below the elbow and blew almost the entire arm away. Physicians were summond at once. But before they could arrive, Earl had become very weak through the loss of so much blood.

The arm was amputated above the elbow, but the patient failed to rally from the operation. The body was taken to Maize, Kansas, Mrs. Jones' former home, for burial. He was a few months past 18 years.

The circumstances of the young man's death evoked the profoundest sympathy of all.

Leslie Earl is buried with his father in the Maize cemetery. See picture above.

Mina posed with son, Alva Parkinson



James Lane

Later, after Oliver's death, Mina married (her fourth and last) James Lane. He also preceeded her in passing. James and Mina moved to Wenatchee in 1925.


Wilhelminia lived to be well over 100 years old. Here is a picture of her celebrating her 100th birthday.

On March 8, 1971, she died in East Wenatchee, Douglas county, Washington.

Funeral Card/Obit

Wilhelmina Lane was burried on March 12, 1971 at Evergreen Memorial Park, 1301 10th St NE, East Wenatchee, Washington. [a listing but no grave pic on find-a-grave 1/13] [need DEATH CERT]