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Say hello to your swell-looking cousins from across the Web by first name -- A through L and M through Z.

Announcements & News

If you're planning a trip to our ancestral home of Lewes, England, you won't want to miss the annual Guy Fawkes Night!

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2019

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The Attic

The pre-Revolutionary War baptism bowl used by the First Congregational Church of Guilford, Conn., is one of silversmith Samuel Parmele's works. See what else we've got stored away in The Attic!

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2019

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Cybercousins' Links

Racing enthusiast Nick Parmelee, left, joins the staff of Deluxe Version Magazine. Meet more of your online cousins by first name:
A through L and M through Z.

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2019

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Family FAQs

Spelling? What does our name mean? The family in Europe? Those questions and more!

UPDATED: May 25, 2004

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Family Photo Album

We've got hundreds of photos and portraits of your cousins and ancestors, including this one of Hattie (Wetmore) Parmelee of Muscatine, Iowa, who for two years cared for an invalid adult daughter who neither moved nor spoke the last two years of her life.

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2019

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You'll never guess who Sheriff Andy Taylor of
Mayberry bought his home from.... Find dozens of family letters from long ago, our connection to U.S. presidents, a sheet music artist, authors and other feature stories about your relations near and distant. Older features are in the Archives.

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2017

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Finding Your Twig

Finding or adding your branch to the family tree.

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Home, Sweet Home

Our hometown, Guilford, Conn., on Long Island Sound.

UPDATED: Jan. 25, 2004

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Memorial Park

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 1995.

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2019

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The Nursery

It's a boy for baseball's Chris Parmelee and wife Amanda. Birth announcements.

UPDATED: June 10, 2014

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President Taft and wife Helen had their eye on a family home in New Haven, Conn. Plus encounters with John Quincy Adams and Theodore Roosevelt. ...
Cousin Mark Parmelee, right, wins his bid for a council seat in New Jersey, while cousin Debra Parmley loses hers in Colorado.

UPDATED: Nov. 11, 2019

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This Old House

The race is on to save the abandoned Jehiel "Hiel" Parmly house that overlooks Lake Erie. See family homes in Guilford, throughout Connecticut, and across the nation.

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2019

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Your Host

Who is Jim Walters and why on earth is he doing this?

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2019

Email: ParmeleeFamily@gmail.com

Sir Andrew
His days as the ceremonial Lord Mayor of the City of London and being flanked by Prime Minister Theresa May and the queen have come to an end. But some Sundays you may find Sir Andrew Parmley on the organ bench at St. James Garlickhythe, where he spearheaded a drive to raise £325,000 to restore its 1718 Knoppel organ in 2007, and five years later led another to cast eight bells to fill the church's empty tower.

The Melody Lingers

Legendary bluegrass musician Don Parmley [Claude, Prudence, Iva, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] has died after experiencing complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Don helped found The Hillmen (also known as the Golden State Boys) and later The Bluegrass Cardinals. He recorded with Glen Campbell, Doug Dillard and Billy Strange -- and provided background music for all nine seasons of "The Beverly Hillbillies." His obituary.

The Spirit
of '76

In Philadelphia, just a three-block walk down Chestnut Street from Independence Hall, sits the new Museum of the American Revolution. Amid the powder horns, books, rifles and old uniforms is the wooden canteen of Asaph Parmele [1746-1834; Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], who served in Elias Dunning's company of the 13th Regiment of Connecticut Militia, which helped defend New York City in 1776. Asaph lived in Woodbury at the start of the war and in 1795 moved to Bristol, Addison County, Vt., and was buried at Starksboro, Addison County, Vt.

Franklin to the Rescue

Soon after Benjamin Franklin arrived in Paris as commissioner from the Continental Congress in December 1776, they began arriving in the mail: desperate pleas from American seamen imprisoned in England and those who'd managed to escape to France. One of the hundreds who wrote him for assistance in getting back home was Timothy Parmele [1764-1791; Joseph, Timothy, Joshua, John, John].

The Honor Roll

Here we honor those family members in uniform, from Colonial times to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Details are being added to those on the rosters for the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Pictures of Revolutionary War soldiers' headstones are also being added. And we're thankful for your submissions, such as this one from Allan Ray Parmley [Randolph Hay, Roland Duvall, Miles, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], who stands in a Kentucky cemetery at the headstone of great- great- great- great- grandfather John Parmley (1762-1848), who fought in the Revolution.

Colonial wars Civil War Korean War Iraq War
Revolution War with Spain Vietnam War
War of 1812 World War I Gulf War
Mexican War World War II Afghan War Others

Historian David Blight, left, looks at Yale student Uriah Nelson Parmelee (1841-1865) as Part of the "Yale and the Civil War Sesquicentennial Series."

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2019

Old News 
Note: Today's "s" was primarily used at the ends of words; that strange f within words is a "long s.".


A Hartford-Canaan post rider offered a "generous" reward in the April 12, 1783, edition of the Connecticut Courant for the return of lost handkerchief that served as a receipt in a transaction between Ebenezer [1738-1802; Ebenezer, Isaac, John, John] and Benjamin Austin.


Theodore [1751-1824; Abraham, Abraham, Isaac, John, John], a captain in a Colonial light horse company during the Revolutionary War, is willing to rent out his steed Roebuck in the May 4, 1779, issue of the Connecticut Courant.


After offering a $5 reward for the return of his dog in the April 29, 1800, edition of the New York City American Citizen, Samuel D. [1775- ? ; Alexander, John, Joel, John, John] doubles the reward in this ad from the April 17, 1801, New-York Gazette. The Exchange Coffee House stood at the foot of Broad Street; today's South Street was part of what was Front Street. Samuel was living in New York City as late as 1805-06 when he appeared in the city directory as a grocer at 25 Garden St. (formerly between William Street and Broadway, just south of Wall Street; now part of Exchange Place) and residing at 20 Cooenties Slip (near the former Jeannette Park, which was between Water and South streets and closed in the 1960s.)


Have You
Seen This Man?

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 who this is, please let us know so we can place him in the family tree.

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Here's One Puzzle That We've Solved!

We've discovered the identity of Officer Parmelee who is standing in this 1901 photo of the Yuba City, Calif., Fire Department as it accepts delivery of its new fire wagon -- and learned about his less-than-stellar career in law enforcement.

More unsolved mysteries on our Features page.


The Early Generations

The majority of the North American Parmelee families of all spellings trace their roots back to Johns Sr. and Jr., the first two generations in America and the last in southern England.

Father, son and their families helped found Guilford, Connecticut, in 1639, and today the First Congressional Church, above, sits on the site of John Sr.'s home lot.

The rest of the families -- many of whom spell it Parmley or Parmely -- are related to the lead-mining families of northern England who arrived in Pennsylvania in the 1840s.

Links to continental Europe remain elusive.

UPDATED: Jan. 1, 2013

On the Streets Where You Live

Did we miss your street? Email me; photos are welcome!

Compton, Calif.: Parmelee Avenue

Costa Mesa, Calif.: Parmley Lane

Los Angeles, Calif.: Parmelee Avenue
Richmond, Calif.: Parmelee Avenue
Indian Hills, Colo.:
Parmalee Gulch Road
Durham, Conn.: Parmelee Hill Road
New Haven, Conn.: Parmalee Avenue
Haddam, Conn.: Parmelee Lane
Hamden, Conn.: Parmalee Drive
Newtown, Conn.:
Parmalee Hill Road
Newtown, Conn.:
Parmalee Park Place
Port Charlotte, Fla. Parmely Street
Punta Gorda, Fla.: Parmely Street
Conley, Ga.: Parmalee Path
Chicago, Ill.:
Frank Parmelee Way
Rockford, Ill.: Parmele Street
Waukegan, Ill.: Parmalee Place
Nineveh, Ind.: Parmalee Drive
Monticello, Ky.: Oliver Parmley Road
Monticello, Ky.:
Parmley Street
Nicholasville, Ky.: Parmelee Circle
Parmleysville, Ky.
Parmleysville Road
Parnell, Ky.: Glen Parmley Road
Wayne County, Ky.
Parmely Griggs Loop
Eliot, Maine: Parmley Lane
Acton, Mass.: Parmley Drive

Boston, Mass.: Parmelee Street
Freeport, Mich.: Parmalee Road
Middleville, Mich.: Parmalee Road
Peterborough, N.H.: Parmalee Drive
Elizabeth, N.J.: Parmelee Place
Fair Lawn, N.J.: Parmelee Avenue
Hawthorne, N.J.: Parmelee Avenue
Summit City, N.J. Parmley Place
Gallup, N.M.: Parmelee Street
Leroy, N.Y.:
Parmelee Road
Mohegan Lake, N.Y.: Parmly Court
Mohegan Lake, N.Y. Parmly Road
Yorktown, N.Y. Parmly Road
Cary, N.C.: Parmalee Court
Castle Hayne, N.C.: Parmele Road
Wrightsville Beach, N.C.: Parmele Boulevard
Wrightsville Beach, N.C.: Parmale Drive

Cleveland, Ohio: Parmelee Avenue
Elyria, Ohio: Parmely Avenue
Hudson, Ohio: Parmelee Drive
Kent, Ohio: Parmalee Street
Mentor, Ohio: Parmalee Drive
Painesville, Ohio: Parmly Place
Perry, Ohio: Parmly Road
Tallmadge, Ohio: Parmelee Drive
Twinsburg, Ohio: Parmalee Drive
Seven Hills, Ohio: Parmalee Drive
Youngstown, Ohio: Parmelee Avenue
Banks, Ore,: Parmley Avenue
Gaston, Ore,: Parmele Road

Seven Hills, Ore.: Parmalee Drive
Conway, S.C.: Parmley Drive
Murrells Inlet, S.C.: Parmelee Drive
Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Parmley Drive
Whites Creek, Tenn.: Parmley Lane
Nashville, Tenn.: Parmley Lane
Nashville, Tenn.: Parmley Drive
Cypress, Texas: Parmley Creek Court
Buffalo, Wyo.:
Parmelee Street

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2019

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