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JULIA (PARMLY) BILLINGS 1835-1914
Eleazer, Eleazer, Jehiel, Stephen, Stephen, John, John
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Julia, at top right with three of her daughters, married Frederick Billings (1823-1890), above, a New York attorney, environmentalist, railroad president and businessman.

Today the family spread outside Woodstock, Vt., is a working dairy farm that is part of the Billings Farm & Museum, operating in partnership with the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.

Julia appears in "The Parmly Sisters," a painting by Thomas P. Rossiter. And that's also her in the portrait at right.

Billings, Mont., founded in 1882 by the Northern Pacific Railway as a home for its employees, was named for Frederick.

The couple's oldest son, Parmly, left, arrived in the frontier town five years later and became part owner of a ranch and a bank, and landed a seat on the local school board. He contracted pneumonia and died at the age of 25; his grief-stricken family established the Parmly Billings Memorial Library in his honor.

External link: Parmly Billings Memorial Library.
External link: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.

Photos No.: 07-0225f, 07-0227, parmbillings, 07-0225a