UPDATED APRIL 1, 2016 -- This is the page you'll want to bookmark.
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Announcements & News

Jason J. Parmeley faces charges in the FBI investigation of a stolen-goods ring. Find out what other family members are up to, reunions, items for sale, lost & found and more.

April 1, 2016

The Attic

Mementos, tools, street signs and the extraordinary. Above, the Parmele's Service Station in Mackinaw, Ill..

Dec. 10, 2015

Cybercousins' Links

Meet Gavin Parmley, a singer/dancer with the Boston Conservatory, 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.

UPDATED: April 1, 2016

Family FAQs

Spelling? What does our name mean? The family in Europe? Those questions and more!

UPDATED: May 25, 2004

Family Photo Album

Above, the three
children of Hoyt Perry Parmelee pose for the camera..We've got hundreds of pictures and portraits of your ancestors and cousins.

April 1, 2016


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

Finding Your Twig

Finding or adding your branch of the family tree.

Home, Sweet Home

Our hometown of Guilford, Conn.

Jan. 25, 2004

Memorial Park

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.

Dec. 28, 2015

The Nursery

It's a boy for baseball's Chris Parmelee and wife Amanda. Birth announcements.

June 10, 2014

The Parmelee Family Magazine

Publication has ceased.

Jan. 15, 2001

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 offices.

April 1, 2016

This Old House

Irene (Parmelee) Pike, above, is restoring her
family home in Washington. Family homes abound around Guilford, Conn., and other Connecticut towns. We've also got other homes in the East and West

Dec. 10, 2015

Queries / Lost & Found

Looking 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

Your Host

Who is Jim Walters (one busy boy!) and why on earth is he doing this?

Dec. 10, 2015

Email: ParmeleeFamily@gmail.com


I've 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 me.

Meet other swell-looking cousins from across the Web by first name --
A through L and M through Z. Reach me at ParmeleeFamily@gmail.com!

News: Getting Away With Murder

A young prostitute meets a young man from an established Connecticut family in 1836 New York City. Sex. Money. Murder. And a trial that was covered by the American press like no other up to that time. Despite the evidence, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. Richard Robinson was free to establish a new life in Texas -- as Richard Parmelee. But the Helen Jewett case never was closed.


Wright brothers' pilot Philip Orin Parmelee [1887-1912; Charles W., Orren M., Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] set many records in the early days of flight, including the first cargo delivery. He also enjoyed a brief movie career, playing the hero in the 1912 Mack Sennett silent comedy "A Dash Through the Clouds," flying a Wright Model B alongside actress Mabel Normand in the final scenes. Philip died in a plane crash outside North Yakima, Wash., just a few months later.

Old News: 1782

As this clipping illustrates, Asa [1758-1828; Silas, Abraham, Isaac, John, John] and wife Lucy (Fitch) Parmele of Richmond, Mass., were not on good terms. Fact of the matter was, Lucy (1756-1818) was the second of the Revolutionary War soldier's three wives. He first married Mary Betts (1755- ? ), then he and Lucy tied the knot about 1777, and his third wife, Keziah (Frisbie) Munson Collins (1748-1821), whom he wed in January 1816, petitioned the Connecticut Legislature just nine months later for an annulment after he'd "absconded"; the newlyweds had lived together only for about a week when he "became possessed of her property under pretext of engaging in business." And because he was a nephew of Keziah's late husband, Uriah Collins [Asa's mother was Leah Collins], their marriage was in violation of the law. An annulment was granted in May 1817.

Indeed, Asa was a character. In 1814, he feuded publicly with church elder Douglas Farnum in the pages of The Rhode Island American. Asa called Farnum, "alias Far-numskull" a "straggling liar and draining from the poor the earnings of industry under the pretense of preaching the gospel." Farnum called Asa "a notorious adulterer, having abandoned his wife [Lucy] and a number of small children, together with an aged mother (in some part of the state of New York) after having possessed himself of their property ..." and even dragged Asa's "own daughters (legitimate and illegitimate)" into the fray.

Have You Seen This Man?

Edward Parmalee.

That's all we know about him. His name was on the back of this old portrait, which, judging by the clothes, was taken in the 1840s or '50s. If you know who is in this picture, let us know so we can place him in the family tree.

Tombstone Puzzler

Who was Dr. John Parmele (ca1801-1844) -- and why on earth 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


We're 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.


Maybe you can solve some of these
other photo mysteries ...

Firefighter From Our Past

Officer Parmelee
poses with members of the Yuba City, Calif., Fire Department. Any idea who he is?


Here we 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 in a Kentucky cemetery at the headstone of great- great- great- great- grandfather John Parmley (1762-1848), who fought in the Revolution.

Historian David Blight, above, looks at Yale student Uriah Nelson Parmelee (1841-1865) as Part of the "Yale and the Civil War Sesquicentennial Series."
Colonial wars Revolution
War of 1812 Mexican War
Civil War War with Spain
World War I World War II
Korean War Vietnam War
Gulf War Afghan War
Iraq War Others

UPDATED: April 1, 2016

On the Streets Where You Live

Hawthorne, N.J., has 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 fireworks show.

Compton, Calif.: Parmelee Avenue

Costa Mesa, Calif.: Parmley Lane

Los Angeles, Calif.: Parmelee Avenue
Indian Hills, Colo.:
Parmalee Gulch Road
Durham, Conn.: Parmelee Hill Road
New Haven, Conn.: Parmalee Avenue
Haddam, Conn.: Parmelee Lane
Hamden, Conn.: Parmalee Drive
Newtown, Conn.:
Parmalee Hill Road
Newtown, Conn.:
Parmalee Park Place
Port Charlotte, Fla. Parmely Street
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 Drive
Monticello, Ky.:
Oliver Parmley Road
Monticello, Ky.:
Parmley Street
Nicholasville, Ky.: Parmelee Circle
Parmleysville, Ky.
Parmleysville Road
Parnell, Ky.: Glen Parmley Road
Wayne County, Ky.
Parmely Griggs Loop
Eliot, Maine: Parmley Lane
Acton, Mass.: Parmley Drive

Boston, Mass.: Parmelee Street
Freeport, Mich.: Parmalee Road
Middleville, Mich.: Parmalee Road
Peterborough, N.H.: Parmalee Drive
Elizabeth, N.J.: Parmelee Place
Fair Lawn, N.J.: Parmelee Avenue
Hawthorne, N.J.: Parmelee Avenue
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 Boulevard
Wrightsville Beach, N.C.: Parmale Drive

Cleveland, Ohio: Parmelee Avenue
Elyria, Ohio: Parmely Avenue
Hudson, Ohio: Parmelee Drive
Kent, Ohio: Parmalee Drive
Mentor, Ohio: Parmalee Drive
Painesville, Ohio: Parmly Place

Perry, Ohio: Parmly Road
Tallmadge, Ohio: Parmelee Drive
Twinsburg, Ohio: Parmalee Drive
Seven Hills, Ohio: Parmalee Drive
Youngstown, Ohio: Parmelee Avenue
Banks, Ore,: Parmley Avenue
Seven Hills, Ore.: Parmalee Drive
Conway, S.C.: Parmley Drive
Murrells Inlet, S.C.: Parmelee Drive
Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Parmley Drive
Whites Creek, Tenn.: Parmley Lane
Nashville, Tenn.: Parmley Lane
Nashville, Tenn.: Parmley Drive
Cypress, Texas: Parmley Creek Court
Buffalo, Wyo.:
Parmelee Street

Did we miss your street? Email me; photos are welcome!

UPDATED: Dec. 28, 2015

Genealogy: A Break in Sussex!

Not 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 are more!

The Early Generations

The pieces are slowly coming together on the first generations to live in America and the last to live in England and continental 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, 2013

A Few Notables

Did you know that members of our family include ...

  • 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 at 99
  • 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 farm teams.
  • Grace Parmelee, who in 1988 became the first female Asian-American warrant officer in the U.S. Coast Guard?
  • Oakland Raiders cheerleader Michelle Parmley?
  • Bernie Parmalee (1967- ) who played for the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets and is now a coach for the Kansas City Chiefs?
  • Football player Jalen Parmele, who played for the Baltimore Ravens?
  • Descendants of Phoebe (Parmelee) Castle (1779-1856), founders of Castle-Cooke, which financed the Dole pineapple industry, are buried at the Royal Palace in Honolulu?
  • James C. Parmelee, a major contributor to the Washington National Cathedral in our nation's capital?
  • Dentist Levi Spear Parmley (1790-1859), who, in 1819, was the first to advocate flossing? Brothers Eleazer (1797-1874), also a dentist, has been honored with a medal, right.
  • Architect Julia Morgan (1872-1957) who designed William Randolph Hearst's castle at San Simeon, Calif., the Herald-Examiner building in L.A. and many YWCAs? (Her mother was Eliza Woodland Parmelee.)
  • Parmly Billings, whose grief-stricken family funded a library in his name in Billings, Mont., when he died at age 25? (His mother was Julia Parmly.)
  • Charles Roy Parmelee (1896-1931), who piloted the Prince of Wales -- later King Edward VIII, who abdicated -- during the prince's tour of Central America?
  • Composer Charles E. Ives (1874-1954), whose mother was Mary Elizabeth Parmelee?

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