John Parmele - Two Immigrant Forefathers
The purpose of this post is to help those interested in the line of John Parmele, one among the founders of Guilford, New Haven Colony (Connecticut) in 1639, who signed the historic document: Guilford Plantation Covenant.
There were two immigrant Parmele forefathers: John Parmele and his son John Parmele. The son “John Parmelin” sailed in 1635 into Massachusetts Bay. His father, “John Parmeley” sailed in 1639 into New Haven (CT). They appeared to reunite before 1641 when record of the son’s presence at Guilford became known.
This post concerns only those records at Guilford Town Hall clerk office:
8 deaths between 1646-1692
10 marriages between 1651-1699
33 births between 1658-1699
The range of dates is relevant only to vitals concerning John Parmele.
Vitals records relevant to John Parmele at Guilford (transcribed as written on record):
Death: William Plaine executed 1646
Death: Rebecca Parmelin wife of John Sept 29, 1650
Death: Anne Parmelin wife of John Jr. Nov 1659
Death: John Parmelin 1689
Note: No tombstone exists for any of these deaths. Reference was made in the Smallwood Parmelee Data @1940 to a tombstone for John Parmele that gave his birthdate as 1615. The death of Rebecca Parmelin was one year prior to the marriage between John Parmelin and Anne Plaine (below). The record shows 1650 and per Puritan custom John Parmele would have to grieve one year prior to re-marriage. Also, no record of death was found for Hannah Parmele (see below)*.
Marriage: John ParmelinA Anne Plaine (widow) 1651
Note: No record for the marriage of John Parmele and Hannah Plaine, dau. of William and Hannah Plaine.
Birth: John Parmelee son of John & Hannah Nov. 25, 1659
Birth: Isacke Parmelee son of John & Hannah Nov 21, 1665
Birth: Hannah Parmerly dau of John & Hannah Nov. 5, 1667
Birth: Steven Parmerly son of John & Hannah Dec 6, 1669
Birth: Job Parmerlin son of John & Hannah July 31, 1673
Birth: Prisilla Parmely dau of John & Hannah May 8, 1678
Note: six out of ten children born to John & Hannah were recorded. No record for the birth of Nathaniel to John and Rebecca Parmele.
Political events between 1659 and 1665 may account for missing birth records at Guilford. Andros came from Britain to make null and void charters; Guilford was for a short period rendered not in existence, politically unrecognized until it agreed to union with Connecticut Colony. Guilford resisted in hopes to become a separate colony. These events influenced Guilford jurisdiction. Thankful there was only one Parmele at Guilford, the son, to whom offspring by the same name could be connected. Land records, wills and probates also served to verify the lineage of John Parmele.
*There was no record of death at Guilford for Hannah Parmele, wife of John Parmele- the son. However, there were land records showing she was alive as late as 1707/8, putting into question mention of her death in some genealogies as Jan 8, 1687/88. Guilford land record Vol B pg 212 July 4, 1684 John Parmele “husbandman in the consent of his wife Hannah”….and gives signature marks for both. Guilford land record Vol B pg 231 Jan 26, 1684 “John Parmele with the consent of Hannah his wife..” again gives signature marks for both. Guilford land record Vol 2 pg 86 Jan 14, 1707/8 “…ten acres of fourth division…1691 and now made over by me to my son John Parmele….,” Hannah Parmele was the only signature mark as grantor.
Brief explanation of land deeds above: the statement “with consent of Hannah his wife” indicated John Parmele was transferring title of land that likely belonged to his wife by inheritance (Plaine was also a signer of the Plantation Covenant and held substantial property that fell to John Parmele by marriage). She brought property to the marriage and custom considered the wife’s will although did not in all circumstances permit a woman to transfer property on her own. Circumstance did exist however whereby Hannah Parmele alone transferred title as in the case above to her son; she was a widow. John Parmele was a “husbandman” that moreover related to livestock; a “planter” would have meant he was a farmer.
I am a Parmele descendant and live in Guilford. I have ease of access to these records.
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