Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman: 1804-1873
Samuel Paul [“Pablo”] Parkman, the founder of the Mexican branch of the family, was born in February, 1804, in Aurora, New York, and died at Guanajuato May 2, 1875. When he was yet an infant, his parents moved to Parkman Township, Geauga County, Ohio, where he was reared. In 1827 he made his way to Missouri, and in 1828 was named postmaster at Petitsaw Bluffs, Lafayette County, Missouri. In 1829 he went to the Rocky Mountains with William L. Sublette, returning the following year. He then became the clerk of Jedediah S. Smith, and in the spring of 1831 accompanied Smith in the journey on the Santa Fe Trail on which Smith was killed. Briefly he took charge of Smith’s affairs, and afterward was associated with Jedediah Smith’s younger brother, Peter, in the firm Parkman & Smith. In the fall of 1832 he went down into Mexico and through a series of vicissitudes settled at Guanajuato, connected with various mining enterprises. In 1835 he married Antonia de Vega, and to them 12 children were born, of whom Felipe, Franco, and Juan Ignacio figure in these family papers.
The Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman family papers includes correspondence, mining documents, diaries, personal legal documents and genealogies from 1807-1961:
Samuel Pablo Parkman of Guanajuato, Mexico is a descendant of Robert Breck Parkman, co-Founder of Parkman, Ohio. Samuel’s family had migrated from Parkman, Ohio to Berkeley, CA where his family had donated land to the University. Samuel’s family were silver miners in Guanajuato. Samuel is today of metals engineer. I have visited his cousins in Mexico City – Roberto Ibanaez Parkman. The second photo is an oil painting of the Mexican Parkman progenitor. The third painting I am holding a rifle that is a flint lock and hexagonal barrel from the Civil War era that was owned by his Grandfather.
Parkman Reunion, Guanajuato, Mexico