switched to a new computer, but my genealogy
program ("My Family Ancestry," Version
1.9 by Ronald Duncan) won't work with Windows 7,
and attempts to switch to another program have
hit a snag -- the gedcom files it makes fail to
pick up the source notes. If anyone can offer
some tips, please email
left, has been elected president of the
University of Wyoming's Board of
Trustees. Find out what other family
members are up to, reunions, items for
sale, lost & found and more.
tools, street signs and the
extraordinary. Above, Officer Parmelee poses with members of the Yuba
City, Calif., Fire Department for the
camera in 1901.
Nov. 1, 2011
football player at the University of
Rochester, and say hello to scores of
your other cybercousins from around the
globe. You can browse by first name, A through L and M through Z.
Jan. 1, 2014
What does our name mean? The family in
Europe? Those questions and more!
The Henry Lincoln Parmley family, above, gathers for the
camera in 1955. We've got hundreds of pictures and portraits of your ancestors and cousins.
June 1, 2013
You'll never guess who sold their home to
Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry. ...You'll also find letters
from long ago, our connection to George W. Bush, a sheet music artist, authors and other feature stories about your cousins near and
distant. Older features, such as hiking the Parmelee Farm at Killingworth, Conn., are
kept in the Archives.
May 1, 2011
or adding your branch of the family tree.
hometown of Guilford, Conn.
Jan. 25, 2004
Sarah Walton (Parmele) Cooke of Austin, Texas, has died at
the age of 106. An index of obituaries -- more
than 350 of them, some with
pictures -- beginning in 1995.
June 10, 2014
It's a boy for baseball's Chris
Parmelee and wife Amanda. Birth announcements.
Parmelee Family Magazine
|One relative meets President John Quincy Adams and another nearly comes to
blows with Theodore Roosevelt. ... And we're compiling a list
of those who have served in federal,
state and local office.
Dec. 1, 2011
This year's old home tour in
Wilmington, N.C., included the 1849
Parmele-Williams House, above. Family
homes abound around Guilford, Conn., and other Connecticut towns. We've also got other homes in
June 10, 2014
/ Lost & Found
for a lost friend or relative? A list of pre-1800 unplaced family members. ... Maybe you
can help solve other genealogy puzzles.
April 1, 2010
Jim Walters (one busy boy!) and why on
earth is he doing this?
The Great War's Centennial
century ago, Europe virtually blew up and took
much of the rest of the world along for a
conflict that dragged on nearly five years.
Eventually more than 40 nations and their
colonies were pulled into World War I, which
killed more than 9 million soldiers, sailors and
airmen, and 5 million civilians. And animals: Of
a million horses sent to France, only 62,000
returned to Britain at war's end. Three
Tasmanians join "Old
Joe" Parmley, right, of South Melbourne,
Victoria, in a 1914 photo of an Australian
Imperial Force artillery unit.
than 80 members of the
family around the globe served in uniform, as
well as nurses and ambulance drivers. Help us add
photos to this page. Even an old dog tag turned up a
few years ago.
your American ancestor register for the World War
I draft? I have 688 cards filed under our name. The data on them also provide a nice snapshot of the family in 1917-18.
'Cabin,' Two Stories
Other cities may
lay claim to her historic homes, but Guilford,
Conn., is where "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
author Harriet Beecher
Stowe (1811-1896) connected with the
- Candace, a slave who was willed to an
aging Ebenezer Parmelee
[1690-1777; Isaac, John, John]
and his wife, Anna, lived at the Hyland
House. Years later, as a free woman,
it's likely she was the same woman who
helped young Harriett understand that
Africans, too, were human.
- When the First Congregational Church
Parmelee Sr.'s home lot at the north
end of the Village Green, the 1740
Benton-Beecher house stood there. Rossiter
Parmelee [1783-1855; Nathaniel,
William, Joseph, Isaac, John, John]
and a team of 70 oxen moved it to a new
foundation -- and turned it into a
Jan. 1, 2014
pretty sure that one of the photos in this album
is that of Robert Parmley
(1789-1875), who was the father of 24 -- count
'em, 24! -- children. But just who the rest of
these people are has us stumped. Can you help us
identify any of them?
Maybe you can solve some of these other photo mysteries
was Dr. John Parmele
(ca1801-1844) -- and why is his tombstone
sitting in the basement of a Milwaukee church?
New clue: A Wisconsin newspaper obituary asks
that newspapers in St. Lawrence County, N.Y.,
reprint the story.
the Streets Where You Live
most curious street I've run across is
Parmalee Drive in Kent, Ohio, from where
my own kin hail -- but my family spells
it Parmelee -- go figure! Hawthorne,
N.J., recently renamed part of its
Parmelee Avenue for Officer John L.
Meyers who was struck and killed in 1948
while directing traffic after a Labor Day
Compton, Calif.: Parmelee
Costa Mesa, Calif.: Parmley
Los Angeles, Calif.: Parmelee
Indian Hills, Colo.: Parmalee Gulch Road
Conn.: Parmelee Hill Road
New Haven, Conn.: Parmalee Avenue
Haddam, Conn.: Parmalee Lane
Hamden, Conn.: Parmalee Drive
Newtown, Conn.: Parmalee Hill Road
Newtown, Conn.: Parmalee Park Place
Port Charlotte, Fla. Parmely
Punta Gorda, Fla.: Parmely Street
Conley, Ga.: Parmalee Path
Chicago, Ill.: Frank Parmelee Way
Rockford, Ill.: Parmele Street
Waukegan, Ill.: Parmalee Place
Nineveh, Ind.: Parmalee
Monticello, Ky.: Parmley Street
Nicholasville, Ky.: Parmelee
Parmleysville, Ky. Parmleysville Road
County, Ky. Parmely-Griggs Loop
Maine: Parmley Lane
Acton, Mass.: Parmley Drive
Boston, Mass.: Parmelee Street
Freeport, Mich.: Parmalee Road
Middleville, Mich.: Parmalee Road
Peterborough, N.H.: Parmalee
Elizabeth, N.J.: Parmalee
Fair Lawn, N.J.: Parmelee Avenue
Hawthorne, N.J.: Parmelee
Summit City, N.J. Parmley Place
Gallup, N.M.: Parmelee Street
Leroy, N.Y.: Parmelee Road
Mohegan Lake, N.Y.: Parmly Court
Mohegan Lake, N.Y. Parmly Road
Cary, N.C.: Parmalee Court
Castle Hayne, N.C.: Parmele Road
Wrightsville Beach, N.C.: Parmele
Wrightsville Beach, N.C.: Parmale
Cleveland, Ohio: Parmelee
Elyria, Ohio: Parmely Avenue
Hudson, Ohio: Parmelee Drive
Kent, Ohio: Parmalee Drive
Perry, Ohio: Parmly Road
Tallmadge, Ohio: Parmelee Drive
Twinsburg, Ohio: Parmalee Drive
Seven Hills, Ohio: Parmalee Drive
Youngstown, Ohio: Parmelee Avenue
Banks, Ore,: Parmley
Seven Hills, Ore.: Parmalee Drive
Murrells Inlet, S.C.: Parmelee
Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Parmley
Whites Creek, Tenn.: Parmley
Cypress, Texas: Parmley
Buffalo, Wyo.: Parmelee Street
Did we miss your street?
me; photos welcome!
honor those family
members in uniform, from Colonial
times to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Details are being added to those on the
rosters for the Revolutionary and Civil
wars. Pictures of Revolutionary War
soldiers' headstones are also being
added. And we're thankful for your
submissions, such as this one from Allan
Ray Parmley [Randolph Hay,
Roland Duvall, Miles, Emerson Bell,
Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel,
Nathaniel, John, John], who stands
at the headstone of great- great- great-
great- grandfather John
Parmley (1762-1848), who fought in
Historian David Blight, below, looks
at Uriah Nelson
Parmelee (1841-1865), a Yale student,
as Part of the "Yale and the Civil
War Sesquicentennial Series."
A Break in Sussex!
only have I stumbled across fresh 17th century
data on the family, but the family has turned up
in a new parish! The burial record of Anne
Howell, the first of John Sr.'s five
wives, has turned up at St. Wulfran, right, an
ancient church in Ovingdean, a village just east
of Brighton in East Sussex. A bishops transcripts
entry for "Annie Parmely" includes a
notation that she was John's wife of "St.
Miychells in Lewes." Buried Feb. 3, 1629,
she was John's wife of nearly 21 years and the
mother of at least seven children, only one of
whom -- John Jr.
-- survived childhood. Anne was the daughter of
John and Anne (Geare) Howell of Rottingdean,
which is just east of Ovingdean.
St. Wulfran, the "little church"
first mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book, is a
Norman building whose tower was built about 1216
and contains a bell made in 1430. The church is
about eight miles south and west of Lewes. Until
now, all records for the Parmelees who helped
found Guilford, Conn.,
in 1639 have been in the Lewes parishes of All Saints (1572 to
1620) and St. Michael
(1632 to 1638). Anne's burial is the first to
fall in that 12-year gap -- let's hope there's
The pieces are
slowly coming together on the first generations
to live in America and the last to live in England
Europe. The vast majority of the North
American Parmelee families of all spellings
trace their roots back to Johns Sr.
and Jr. who arrived in Connecticut
in the 1630s. These families helped found Guilford,
where the Congressional Church, left, now sits on
the site of our family's first home. The rest of
the families are related to those who came to Pennsylvania
in the 1840s.
UPDATED: Jan. 1,
A list of the pre-1800 "unplaced"
you know that members of our family
- Le Roy
"Bud" Parmelee (1907-1981),
who pitched for the New
York Giants, St. Louis
Cardinals, Chicago Cubs
and the Philadelphia
Athletics? His widow, Ortha, recently died
- Chris Parmelee, who plays
first base/outfield for
the Minnesota Twins? He
was selected in the first
round of the 2006 amateur
draft and played for
Florida and Connecticut
- Grace Parmelee,
who in 1988 became the
officer in the U.S. Coast
- Oakland Raiders
- Bernie Parmalee
(1967- ) who played for
the Miami Dolphins and
New York Jets and is now
a coach for the Kansas
- Football player
Jalen Parmele, who played
for the Baltimore Ravens?
- Descendants of
Phoebe (Parmelee) Castle
(1779-1856), founders of
financed the Dole
pineapple industry, are
buried at the Royal
Palace in Honolulu?
- James C.
Parmelee, a major
contributor to the
Cathedral in our nation's
- Dentist Levi Spear
who, in 1819, was the
first to advocate
flossing? Brothers Eleazer (1797-1874),
also a dentist, has been
honored with a medal,
- Architect Julia
Morgan (1872-1957) who
designed William Randolph
Hearst's castle at San
Simeon, Calif., the
building in L.A. and many
YWCAs? (Her mother was
Eliza W. Parmelee.)
- Parmly Billings,
family funded a library in his name in
Billings, Mont., when he
died at age 25? (His
mother was Julia Parmly.)
- Charles Roy
who piloted the Prince of
Wales -- later King
Edward VIII, who
abdicated -- during the
prince's tour of Central
- Composer Charles
E. Ives (1874-1954),
whose mother was Mary