John Parmely 1755-1828
Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John


John and his family were buried at Sullivan, Ohio, in a small cemetery off State Route 58.

Born in Connecticut, they lived in Vermont for more than 30 years before moving to the Connecticut Western Reserve, now northeastern Ohio. Their oxen-drawn wagons left Dover, Vt., on June 6, 1817, and traveled through Albany and Buffalo, N.Y., and Cleveland. At Medina, on Aug. 21, they buried his granddaughter Hannah, and then continued on to Harrisonville, now Lodi. They arrived at Sullivan on Aug. 28.

Son Sylvanus' house still stands in Sullivan; it underwent a move in 2007.

When I was growing up in Ohio in the 1960s and '70s, our family often went out to eat on Sundays. One of our favorite places was the Reed House Restaurant, which closed in the early '00s. Little did I realize all that time -- long before I'd ever begun compiling a Parmelee family history -- that we'd be driving right past this cemetery time and again! Many of the stones are gone; many of those left -- like John's -- were broken when I visited in 1997.

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