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Early families in
Europe, the first generations in Connecticut in the 1630s and Pennsylvania in the 1840s.
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At 108, retired
air traffic controller James Ernst Parmley James
Ernst Parmley is the
oldest known member of the family. ... An index of
obituaries beginning in
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ancestral family homes in Lewes south of London and in Middleton-in-Teesdale in County Durham.
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is the Long Island Sound town that the family
helped settle in 1639.
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|The 'Boo' Suit
An 8-year-old 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. She did not
A prostitute meets a young man
from an established Connecticut family in
1836 New York. Sex. Money. Murder. The
press covered the trial like no other up
to that time. Despite the evidence, a
verdict of not guilty was returned.
Richard Robinson was
free to start a new life in Texas -- as Richard
[1817-1855; Cynthia, Hiel, Ezra,
Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John].
Yet the Helen Jewett murder case never was closed.
Plane Crash and Its Aftermath
Just over half a
century ago, a North Continent Airlines C-46
plane carrying stewardess
Harriet Gale Parmelee [Gale
Freeland, Freeland "Fred," Nathaniel
Blanchard, John Orcutt, Hezekiah, Simeon,
Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] and 28 other
people crashed in the foggy hills above Puente
Hills, Calif., on April 18, 1952. John Garside
has just produced an impressive video documentary
of the crash of Flight 416 West, which includes
clips from old newsreels.
Harriet was returning home to
Whittier after attending the funeral of her
uncle, Claude Edson Parmelee,
right, a marksman who
was fatally injured Feb. 29 when an explosion
crumpled Parm's Sporting Goods in Royal Oak,
Mich. A gas leak was blamed.
After losing his brother and daughter, Gale
Freeland Parmelee died July 19, the
family said, "of a broken heart."
artist Raymond "Ray" C.
Parmelee's [1882- ? ; Lewis
Hall, Charles Prentice, Theodore Hudson,
Theodore, Abraham, Abraham, Isaac, John, John]
work graced the covers of dozens pieces of sheet music. Over
the years, many copies have been sold on the web,
traded by collectors and framed as art in
home-decorating schemes. Take a look at some of
the Ohio native's works -- and listen to "Polly,"
probably his most frequently sold cover on the
W. West, who was known as "a little
hunchback slave," attained his
freedom and became "The
Dominie," an Adventist preacher
who primarily ministered to white
congregants, including the James
A. Parmalee [1819-1854; Asahel, Charles, Hezekiah,
Joel, John, John] family.
as a Dollar
of the rarest U.S. coins is the 1804 dollar --
and this one was once part of Lorin
Gilbert Parmelee's [1827-1905; Jeremiah,
Gilbert, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel,
Nathaniel, John, John] collection. Lorin
established himself in the baked-bean business
in Boston and amassed a number of coins
auctioned in 1890.
|One 'Cabin,' Two Stories
Tom's Cabin" author Harriet
Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) has links to the
family in Guilford, Conn.:
- Candace, a slave owned by Ebenezer
Parmelee [1690-1777; Isaac,
John, John] and wife Anna, lived at
House. Later, as a free woman, it's
likely she was the woman who helped young
Harriet understand that Africans, too,
- When the First Congregational Church
Parmelee Sr.'s home lot at the north
end of the Village Green, the 1740
Benton-Beecher house stood there. Rossiter
Parmelee [1783-1855; Nathaniel,
William, Joseph, Isaac, John, John]
and a team of 70 oxen moved it to a new
foundation -- and turned it into a
|The CSS Hunley
study of the recently recovered Confederate
submarine continues, I have learned that an
ancestor assisted such an attempt years ago!
Philip Elting Parmalee
[1837-aft1876; Ezra Sherman, David, Noah,
Noah, Stephen, John, John] worked as a
bookkeeper for Prof. Benjamin Maillefert of
Charleston, S.C., who salvaged many of the ships
that were sunk in the harbor during the Civil War
-- he even a contract to salvage the CSS
Hunley. The South
Carolina Historical Society in Charleston has
Maillefert's business ledgers from 1874-76 which
were kept by Philip!
For more on the Hunley salvage and
restoration, click here.
And the gentleman at the
right is Edward Parmalee. All we know
about him is his name, written on the
back of an old photograph which, judging
by the clothes, probably was taken in the
1840s or '50s. If you know more about
him, please let
us know so we can place him in the
- Our kind of town:
Chicago re-names a street
to honor Franklin Parmelee as Continental
Airport Express, successor to Parmelee Transfer,
celebrated its 150th anniversary.
Beach, Calif., aboard the Queen
Mary in 2000.
- Gone with
the wind: The 1913 Omaha Easter
Sunday tornado. ...
the 1878 Wallingford, Conn., tornado.
a comet: NASA
ordered its comet-hunting Stardust probe
to shut down the spacecraft after a
12-year career. Relatives had their names encoded
in microchips that were placed aboard the
spacecraft, which encountered a comet in
2004 and brought back samples to Earth in
- Photo album
mystery: We think we've
of Robert Parmley and some of his 24
Former flight attendant Abbie Parmele,
right, has created a series of
cloudscapes which were displayed at
an Indiana bank and another series of hay bales, which
is on view in Rensselaer, N.Y.
Author! A chance meeting
leads to Mary Alice Parmley's first book.
- Our man in
Eleazur Parmly served as the top
U.S. diplomat to Cuba during the second Bush
- Got a
promotional matchbook cover comes from an
shop in Sea Bright, N.J. Does anyone
know anything about it?
brush with teaching: UC Davis art major Alex
Palmerlee teaches in the ArtsBridge program.
old homestead: Camp
Atterbury was once an Indiana family
donors: William Douglas and Luann Parmelee have created
two funds for faculty excellence at the University
of North Carolina in their wills.
- The suffragette:
Annette, left, was
known as the "Suffragette
Hornet" as she sweet-talked and
bullied the Vermont Legislature to
right to vote.
Wesley Parmelee, the Washington arsonist
who's called "The
Inmate Who Won't Shut Up."
in the Dell': Hikes
through the Horace and Eunice Maria
(Parmelee) Parmelee Farm in Killingworth,
- School days: Charlotte
(Cooper) Parmley, who worked in the bursar's office at State
University of New York, Genesco, recalls
growing up in the Great Depression and
attending a one-room schoolhouse.
- The family
silver: Among the family items that have
recently surfaced are the baptism
bowl of Deacon
Nathaniel (1771/72 - 1717/18) and son
Ezra's (1714-1800) children, and
a pair of candlesticks Ezra gave to
daughter Jemima when she married Josiah
Griswold in 1774.
- Home, sweet home:
Recognize this old
homestead in Virginia? Why was it called the Parmelee House?
- Tug race: The captain of the Parmelee, which plied the waters off
Charlevoix, Mich., for years, learns that
a head start doesn't guarantee victory.
- Cream of
the crop: The days of the
milkman may be over, but Barbara and
George R. Parmelee are part of a
Bethlehem, Conn., dairy
institution that began in 1922.
Joel and Trish Parmelee of Randolph
Center, Vt., rebuild
after a fire.
- Lacrosse: Carson Parmelee is the man behind the
mask at the University of Arizona.
outside Guilford, Conn., that's been in
the family for generations will get a
face-lift thanks to a grant.
Madison University student Dan Parmelee
is on his way to earning a commercial pilot's
on a budget: What
happens when parenting years overlap with
and Jan Parmalee
of Albany, N.Y., are finding out.
the tsunami: The James Aaron Parmelee
family of Bangkok, Thailand, was visiting
the United States when 2004 disaster
- Home tour: Ron
and Sherri Parmely open their house
- Rock hound:
Horatio "Harvey" Plum
Parmelee collected rocks
from all over the world.
1857 group portrait, "The Parmly
Sisters," hangs in a gallery in
Washington, D.C. They're the daughters of
dentist Eleazer Parmly.
alive!: Jeff Parmele of
Simpson College is on a mission to save the timber
rattlesnakes in Iowa.
Prize-winning author David McCullough
pays tribute to Elizabeth
in a commencement address at Wheaton
College shortly before her death.
- Tae kwon
do champ: James
Hernando (Fla.) High School, has
qualified for National AAU Tae Kwon Do
Championships and the Junior Olympics.
- An MS
story: Donna Karan manager Marlo
is glamorous, smart ... and suffering
from multiple sclerosis. When Marlo, 37,
of London, failed to find a narrative
that conveyed what she was going through,
she decided to write it herself. The
result is "Awkward Bitch: My Life
With MS" (AuthorHouse).
- A novel
idea: Author Stephen Lewis takes the
1895 Michigan murder case of Julia
Curtis, a servant girl buried in a
shallow grave. Levi
Woodruff Parmelee was convicted, then pardoned of
- What's cookin'?: Pat
Parmele, a former caterer and food
service director, cooks Monday dinner for
son Gerik, photo editor at the
Columbia Daily Tribune, and his
family. She's taken to blogging many of
her recipes at Dancing
in the Kitchen.
- Parmele-Dohrmann: You
still can find their items at online
auction sites. But a century ago, the
best in tabletop finery was sold at this housewares
- WWI dog
tags: Kenneth Parmelee of
Santa Fe, N.M., doesn't know how his
War I dog tags ended up at a woman's
Texas home, but he is glad to have the
items back. The tags were found while Jim
Woods was cleaning out the Big Spring,
Texas, estate of his maiden aunt. And the
connection was made through our Web site!