FAMILY HONOR ROLL
From the start of the
family's appearance in New England, members of the family
have been serving their country. The first to pick up
arms were those members of town train bands, to protect
the new settlements from Indians as well as other
While names on the Colonial,
Revolutionary, War of 1812 and Civil War honor rolls are
fairly complete, I'll add more about each soldier's and
sailor's exploits as time allows. Civil War records are
scattered everywhere; Washington kept track of the Union
servicemen but left the states of the old Confederacy
keep their own records. And I'm including our Canadian,
British and other Parmelees while compiling lists of
World War I and II veterans.
most interesting find to date is William Parmley of
England, who was killed on the Mesopotamian Front in WWI;
he's buried in Iraq at the North Gate War Cemetery, which
is about half a mile beyond Baghdad's North Gate, on the
right side of the road to Baquba. A
BBC reporter stopped by the cemetery in April, 2003,
as the Iraq War got under way -- and, as you'd expect,
it's a mess.
All of these pages will continue to be
works in progress:
- Train bands --
Colonial town militias.
- Indian wars -- Pequot
War (1636-1637), King Philip's War (1675-1676),
Pontiac's War (1763-1765), Creek Wars (1780s and
1790s), First Seminole War (1817-1819), Black
Hawk War (1830-1831), Second Seminole War
(1835-1842), Third Seminole War (1855-1858),
Sioux Wars (1860s and 1870s), Washita War
(1868-1869), Red River War (1874).
- Colonial Wars -- King
William's War (1689-1697), Queen Anne's War
(1702-1713), King George's War (1744-1748),
French & Indian War (1754-1763).
- Revolutionary War (1775-1783) -- This has been
split into one page on individuals
and another on battles.
At least 63 men fought for the American cause;
nearly all the soldiers have been placed into the
main family tree. We've added about a dozen new
- War of 1812
- Mexican War
- Civil War (1861-1865)
-- The list has grown to more than 200 soldiers
from the Union and the Confederacy. Of all the
veterans pages, this one seems to update most
frequently. Again, we welcome copies of photos.
- Spanish-American War
(1898) -- The first of these soldiers, including
the man who became the patriarch of the
Philippine branch of the family.
- World War I (The
Great War) (1914-1918) -- We have our first French Foreign Legion
member, who was awarded the Crois de Guerre. And
a wounded nurse
is our first Distinguished Service Cross
- World War II
(1939-1946) -- The list of U.S., Canadian and
British service men and women is well under way.
More photos are being added.
- Korean War
- Vietnam War
- Persian Gulf War
(1991) -- One veteran so far.
- War in Afghanistan (2001- ) -- No known
participants or 9/11 victims.
- Iraq War (2003-2011)
-- Several veterans. Know of more?