Hi Donna, goodness, with all the similarities we should be cousins for sure. My Gr-Gr-Grandfather James W. Parks had 15 children in Williamson County, Illinois. I haven't tracked all of them. When did your Parks family come to Illinois? Did William Belford Parks have sisters and brothers? There is a Hugh A. Parks/ Jane Boyd family in that area who were from Kentucky. Also a James Parks/ Frances(....),who also were from Kentucky and they had a son william B1832 TN? KY?.Your Grandfather sounds like he was related to my Parks. Very independent, but very loving.