Circa 1835, Litchfield, New York.

August 30, 1901, at his son’s home in Newark, New York. He and his wife Jenette were killed in a train wreck on the Northern Central Railroad between Fairville and Zurich, New York. They had been returning home from a week’s outing at their summer cottage at Lake Bluff, Sodus Point, on Lake Ontario.

Newark Cemetery, Newark, New York.


Son of abolitionist Seth Burgess, Parke attended Hamilton College, and taught mathematics there for a while. He served at the East Mexico Presbyterian Church (Old Pratham), Oswego County, New York; in East Dennis, Massachusetts; Duxbury, Massachusetts. He also edited The Temperance Press out of Boston, Massachusetts, lived for a year in Syracuse, New York, working for the New York State Temperance Society, and was editor-in-chief of the Watchword, a weekly family newspaper. In 1874, he moved to Newark, New York, where he served as pastor of the Park Presbyterian Church for 26 years. He later took a position as Superintendent of the Syracuse District of the Anti-Saloon League. In 1884 Monroe College awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree. His works include:

  1. Meet It with the Sword of Truth
  2. Work for Jesus