Edwin Parmele 1812-1852
Jeremiah, Joseph, Timothy, Joshua, John, John
|This brass token with the bust of a jolly imbiber
was issued by Edwin, the owner of a bowling saloon at
Pearl and Dover streets in New York City between 1834 and
'39. Privately made hard-times tokens such as this one
were struck between 1833 and '43 as unofficial currency
during the political and financial upheaval that preceded
The Panic of 1837 and the seven-year recession that
followed. The token is the size of the "large
cent" piece of the time -- 1 1/8 inches in diameter.
These coins were replaced by our present-day size pennies
Edwin was probably born in Guilford, Conn. His father, Jeremiah, and brother Horatio -- both cabinetmakers -- also lived in New York City, and the family had strong ties on both sides of Long Island Sound. Edwin's mother, Helen, was the daughter of Jonathan and Hannah Vail. The Vails fled Long Island for Guilford in 1775 during the Revolution, and he, being a ship captain, transported other Long Island refugees across the sound throughout the war.