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Meet other swell-looking cousins from across the Web by first name -- A through L and M through Z.

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 is Dr. George Luther Parmele's 1810 history book..

Nov. 3, 2017

Cybercousins' Links

Meet John Parmelee, chairman of the University of North Florida's Department of Communication and co-author of "Politics and the Twitter Revolution," and other cybercousins from around the globe. Browse by first name:
A through L and M through Z.

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2017

Family FAQs

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

UPDATED: May 25, 2004

Family Photo Album

We've got hundreds of photos and portraits of your cousins and ancestors, including this one of five generations of Parmerlees!

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2017


You'll never guess who Sheriff Andy Taylor of
Mayberry bought his home from.... Find dozens of family letters from long ago, our connection to U.S. presidents, a sheet music artist, authors and other feature stories about your relations near and distant. Older features, such as hiking the Parmelee Farm at Killingworth, Conn., are in the Archives.

Nov. 3, 2017

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

Ruth (Latham) Parmelee of Denver, Colo., died at the age of 107. She was the oldest known member of the family. An index of obituaries -- more than 350 of them, many with pictures -- beginning in 1995.

Nov. 3, 2017

The Nursery

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

June 10, 2014

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

Take a look at family homes in Guilford and other Connecticut towns. And more and old haunts in the East and West

Nov. 3, 2017

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.

The 'Boo'

An 18-year-old schoolgirl swore a retired Connecticut merchant scared her beyond belief with just one word: "Boo!" All eyes were on Ethel Bartholomew as took the witness stand in her $10,000 lawsuit against Charles Ives Parmelee [1854-1921; Samuel Blakeslee, Leander, Solomon, Roswell, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] in 1901. Newspapers report she didn't disappoint.


After leaving the White House in 1913, William Howard Taft, left, decided to return to Yale, his alma mater in New Haven, Conn., to teach. The former president and wife Helen had their eye on 23 Hillhouse Ave., the Henry Spencer Parmelee [1844-1902; Spencer "Thomas" Thomas, Henry, Samuel, Joseph, Isaac, John, John] mansion. The 123-year-old home is still a head-turner.

Franklin to the Rescue

Soon after Benjamin Franklin arrived in Paris in as commissioner from the Continental Congress in December 1776, they began coming: pleas from American seamen imprisoned in England and escapees who'd managed to make it to France. One of the hundreds who wrote him for assistance in getting home was Timothy Parmele [1764-1791; Joseph, Timothy, Joshua, John, John].

The Fight for New Orleans

When Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson ordered every able-bodied man in the city to enroll in a military unit as the British approached, Oliver Parmlee [1785-1814; Oliver, Ezra, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] was one of 68 merchants and lawyers who stepped forward. Sadly, Oliver was killed the day before diplomats signed the Treaty of Ghent to end the War of 1812.

A Race Against Time

Near Perry, Ohio, on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie, sits the Parmly Mansion. Built in 1834 by Jehiel "Hiel" Parmly [1799-1873; Eleazar, Jehiel, Stephen, Stephen, John, John], it became the homestead of America's premier dental family: At least 18 men in this branch of the family took up the profession -- including the inventor of dental floss. The race is on to save it from the wrecking ball.


Have You Seen This Man?

Edward Parmalee. That's all we know about him. His name was on the back of this old photograph, which, judging by the clothes, probably 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

Photo Album

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 ...


Old News 


Aaron Parmele [1733-aft 1795; Abraham, Isaac, John, John] puts his property in Richmond, Mass., up for sale in this clipping from the Oct. 23 edition of the Berkshire Chronicle, published in Pittsfield, Mass.

Eighteenth century real estate transactions were a little different. The down payment literally could be on the hoof. And a generous two- or three-year mortgage!

Aaron was born in Guilford, Conn., and moved to Richmond at the conclusion of the French and Indian War, in which he briefly fought.

Note that printers back in the day had two kinds of lower-case s's. The one we use today only came at the ends of words. That strange f with the right side of the strike-through missing is the other.

The Honor Roll

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.

Colonial wars Civil War Korean War Iraq War
Revolution War with Spain Vietnam War
War of 1812 World War I Gulf War
Mexican War World War II Afghan War Others

Historian David Blight, left, looks at Yale student Uriah Nelson Parmelee (1841-1865) as Part of the "Yale and the Civil War Sesquicentennial Series."

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2017


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 Eleazar (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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