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Meet your swell-looking cousins from across the Web -- by first name A through D, E through L,
M through Q and R through Z.

Announcements / News

An arguement over a loose dog resulted in the shooting deaths of the owner and Robert S. Parmley, above. And a Louisiana family severely injured in a traffic accident a year ago has an unexpected reunion with a member of the medical crew that responded to the call. See who else in the family is making news.

UPDATED: Oct. 17, 2022

The Attic

This hard-times token was issued by Edwin Parmele, owner of a New York City bowling saloon, as "currency" during the The Panic of 1837 and the seven-year recession that followed. He also was proprietor of the fabled Bowery Cottage. See what else we're recently found in The Attic!

UPDATED: Dec. 1, 2020


Say hello to two more of your far-flung kinfolk: Dustin Parmley, a public defender in Provo, Utah, and Sheri Dean Parmelee, an associate professor at Liberty University. We've got links to scores of your online kinfolk by first name:
A through D, E through L,
M through Q and R through Z.

UPDATED: Oct. 17, 2022


How is our name "really" spelled? Just what does our surname mean? Who were our ancestors in England? Answers to those questions and more!

UPDATED: Dec. 30, 2019


Imagine standing before friends and family -- and everyone else in town -- to profess that you enjoy making whopee more than you probably should. Or that you hit more than your share of the sauce over the weekend. An old Killingworth, Conn., deacon's notebook chronicles Parmelees gone wild. ... Find dozens of family letters written long ago, a sheet music artist and other feature stories. And older features in the Archives.

UPDATED: Ocgt. 17, 2022

Guilford, Conn.

Links and more of the town on Long Island Sound where the American tale of the Family Parmelee began in 1639.

UPDATED: Nov. 3, 2019

Memorial Park

At 108, retired air traffic controller James Ernst Parmley James Ernst Parmley is the oldest known member of the family. ... An index to hundreds of obituaries beginning in 1995.

UPDATED: Oct. 17, 2022

The Nursery

We've got a couple of new infants in the family! Birth announcements of the newest Parmelees of all spellings.

UPDATED: March 29, 2021

Photo Album

Siblings Anna, Randy and Allan, who met up in France, sent us this swell shot. We've got hundreds of photos and portraits of your ancestors listed alphabetically by first name -- or you can browse them from Gallery 1 through Gallery 20.

UPDATED: March 29, 2021


Massachusetts voters have elected Dori Parmelee, left, to a school board seat. ... Did you know that we are distantly related to two occupants of the White House? Or President Taft had his eye on a family home in New Haven, Conn.

UPDATED: Oct. 17, 2022

This Old House

This four-bedroom, 2�-bath home is about to have a historical marker erected in the yard! Why? The 1890 house once belonged to Edward J, Parmelee and wife Annette, left, the "Suffragette Hornet" who fought to bring the vote to Vermont women.

UPDATED: Oct. 17, 2022

Your Host

After 40 years of collecting and cataloguing 22,000-plus members of the family, just who is Jim Walters and why on earth is he doing this?

UPDATED: July 1, 2020

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Ian Blows Into Town
Hurricane Ian, tying with several others as the fifth-strongest storm to make landfall on the U.S. mainland, slammed into southwest Florida the morning of Sept. 28. With sustained 150-mph winds, the storm pushed its way into Lee County, killing at least 58 and wreaking billions of dollars in damage. The Tamiami Trail, US 41, was closed over the Peace River between Charlotte Harbor, above, and Punta Gorda. Northbound traffic was rerouted to Marion and Olympia avenues while those who were southbound traffic were detoured to Kings Highway and Parmely Street. After barrelling across the Sunshine State, Ian regained some steam over the Atlantic and came ashore Sept. 30 near Georgetown, S.C.

But its effects were also felt in North Carolina. The Wrightsville Beach Police Department closed the intersection of North Lumina Avenue and Parmele Boulevard after a powerline was sent down.

The Big Church
The nation bids farewell to the famous at Washington National Cathedral, including state funerals for Presidents Eisenhower, Reagan, Ford and Bush Sr. Above, a photo of the 2020 funeral of Colin Powell, the four-star general and secretary of state, which captures three of the four central piers, each enscribed with the names of the original four $50,000 donors. "Parmelee" is one one.

First Single
heyenne (Adams) Parmley calls it "surreal." The 25-year-old Monticello, Ky., mother of two has released her first single, "I Can't Stay Away From You." And recording a studio album in the middle of a pandemic turned out to be a real production.

Our Puritan Patriarch

Reproduced with the permission of East Sussex Record Office, copyright reserved

The Parmeles of Lewes

For decades relatives have debated the "real" spelling of the family surname, for it comes in dozens of ways. And now we know how John Sr. (1584-1659), patriarch of most of the North American family, most likely spelled it: Parmele.

That may very well be his signature, found on a Jan. 2, 1608, counterpart deed of covenant held at the East Sussex Record Office, "The Keep," in Lewes, England. John, a bricklayer, agreed to lease a property that the Sussex Archaeological Society identifies today as occupied by Trinity House on School Hill Street. He would have been about 23 at the time, and just a few months before the first of his five marriages.

That wedding and the christenings and burials of his first seven children were all recorded at All Saints. But in the 1630s, the family switched to St. Michael, a church with more Puritan leanings. There John became a church warden and promptly got into trouble over the positioning of the communion table -- a flash point within the Church of England. The diocesan chancellor, attending a 1637 Archdeaconry Court at St. Michael, was so horrified to see its table remaining in its east-west position that he personally moved it north-south. A week later, someone who obviously thought the table's altar-wise positioning had looked much too popish turned it back. A record of the court proceedings shows the culprit was John. Not everyone supported John's moxie, and the parish was fined 7 shillings.

The following year, when John was no longer a church warden, he and wife Joane were taken to task for "living in incontinency before their marriage," a serious offense among Puritans. The only evidence offered was the birth of daughter Rachael, baptized Nov. 5, 1638, "within one or two and thirty weeks next after their [April 3, 1638] marriage" -- about one month premature. The charge was apparently dropped, but John had had enough of England. The following spring, in his mid 50s, he boarded the St. John in London for a fresh start in New England and a reunion with John Jr. who'd departed four years earlier. And the rest is our history.


Paradise & Tragedy  
Visit the last privately-owned island along Florida's Overseas Highway between Miami and Key West. Businessman Alfred Franklin Parmelee [1907-1977; Franklin Henry, Franklin Henry, Truman, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John] and wife Dorothy used the 40-acre key to escape Kansas City's harsh winters after the harrowing death of their son Truman. Just two years after the 11-year-old's death, a playmate confessed to killing him.


Los Angeles, 1902
On Spring Street, facing north toward Fourth Street, you can see "Z.L.Para--" painted on the side of the gas and electric appliance store of Zelotes Larkin Parmelee [1851-1926; James, James (?), James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] on the east side of the street. He and brother Charles Albert [1865-1960] were longtime merchants.Today the Reagan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse sits on the property, and, prior to that, it was a parking lot hundreds of Los Angeles Times employees -- including yours truly -- used.

Who's a
Good Boy!

Meet Parmalee, an AKC male standard poodle from Poodles of Willow Glade breeders in Texas and Oklahoma. He has "an amazing personality" -- of course! -- and "been working on house training." Follow Parmalee by his hashtag -- #pwg_Parmalee -- on social media.

A Movable Fest:
Ringing In the
New Year on the
Fells of England

"Dad hailed from "Up North." Mum hailed from "London." As kids, we use to spend Christmas in London, then take the overnight train up north for New Year's Eve and stay with family on the fells [the Lake District]. All there was was a row of 12 to 15 houses, mainly two [rooms] up, two [rooms] down. And loads of sheep. On New Year's Eve the family in the end house would go next door, have a drink, then all go into next home and so on until everyone reached the last home where a party started. At midnight one of the uncles -- who had to be tall and darked-haired -- would be shoved out of the front door. He would make his way round to the back door where a lump of coal was waiting on the back step. He would knock loudly on the door, then pick up coal and step into the home. This was known as "first footing" and would bring luck and good fortune to everyone in the house at that time."

-- Lynne (Parmley) Biggs [Thomas William, George Pinkney, Samuel "Joe," Joseph, Samuel, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmond, John, --?--, Henry], who was born in Hertfordshire, England, and now lives on Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Old News  


Auburn, N.Y., was home to Joel Parmelee [1802-1851; Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] who ran a tavern, a livery stable and the National Hotel on Genessee Street. From this May 15 clip from the Auburn Journal and Advertiser, right, it looks like one got away. Joel's unusual death at age 49 made the papers far and wide: "sitting at the kitchen table talking to his wife" when he slumped over dead in his chair.


President James Monroe sings the praises of Levi Spear Parmly [1790-1859; Eleazer, Jehiel, Stephen, John, John] in the Feb. 20 edition of the New Orleans Courrier de la Louisiane. Levi, called "The Father of Preventive Dentistry" and credited with inventing dental floss, began his career studying teeth from the skulls of War of 1812 soldiers. More than a dozen Parmly men on this limb of the family tree were dentists.


Got formaldehyde? Yep, according to the July 25 Nashville (Tenn.) Banner. James Cyrus Parmley [1874-1935; Nimrod, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] was fined $50 -- which would be $1,986 in today's dollars -- for peddling tainted milk around the city. James and family kept moving west: to Kellogg, Iowa, about a decade later; to Manhattan, Mont., about 1915; and finally Cornelius, Ore.

The Honor Roll  

Many members of the American family have served in uniform, from Colonial times to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Details are being added to those on the rosters for the Revolution and Civil wars. Photos of soldiers and their headstones are also being added. And we're thankful for other submissions such as this wooden canteen of Connecticut militiaman Asahel Parmele [1743/44-1784; Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], which is on display at Philadelphia's Museum of the American Revolution, and this photo of Union drummer boy Martin Egbert Parmelee [1852-1945; Egbert Benson, Phineas Meigs, Phineas, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John].

UPDATED: March 29, 2021

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 1st Congressional Church, right, 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: April 15, 2020

Let's Find
Your Twig

Trying to find your branch on the family tree? Let me know what you know -- as far back as you can -- and I'll try to figure out where you fit in. Places are great clues. Occupations can be, too. Your patience is appreciated -- sometimes it takes a day or more to put together a reply.


On the Streets Where You Live

Did we miss yours? 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
Evansville, Ind. - Parmely Drive
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
Caledonia, Mich. - Parmelee Road
Cedarville, Mich. - Palmerlee Road
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
Rumson, N.J. - Parmly Street
Summit City, N.J. -Parmley Place
Tinton Falls, N.J. - Parmly Road
Wyckoff, N.J. - Parmley Avenue
Gallup, N.M. - Parmelee Street
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
Fayetteville, N.C. - Parmlee Drive
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
Norwood, Ohio - Parmalee Place
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
Yeadon, Pa. - Parmley Avenue
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
Leonard, Texas - Parmele Street

Ashland, Va. - Parmele Place
Buffalo, Wyo. -
Parmelee Street

... and in Canada
Penticton, British Columbia - Parmley Place

UPDATED: Feb. 28, 2021

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