I'm a direct descendant of (Baron) Maurice de Parmele(e), and I am building my family tree.However I have no more information prior to him, of his ancestors, and can't go any further.Does anyone have information regarding this man?He is my 12th great-grandfather.He was born about 1537 in Belgium; lived in an area called Parmelie in Liege, Belgium; and died in 1570 in Holland/Netherlands.Apparently he might have been a French Protestant or Hugenot, was involved as a leader and reformist in rebellion against the Catholic Church, and was a supporter of WIlliam of Orange.(Baron) Maurice de Parmele(e) was then driven out by the Duke of Alva and fled to the Netherlands, where he passed in 1570.
His son, John Parmelee, also known as Johannes Van Parmelee, was born in Gex, France (about 1550) and became Baron of Batavia, who looks like might have emigrated to Sussex,or Surrey, England.From there his son also named John Parmelee (would be Maurice de Parmelee's grandson), was born in Sussex England (about 1584) and emigrated to America in 1639, a few years after his own son also named John Parmelee (born about 1612, would be Maurice de Parmelee's great-grandson) emigrated (on 1635).That's where my American line comes from, then a few generations later we find it in the Philippines.
Needless to say, we have an army of John Parmelees in our family, and I've traced it to my direct line, but again my trouble is not having the lineage prior to (Baron) Maurice de Parmele(e).The only clues of ancestors I have found was a thread in genealogy.com, as follows below:
"As far back as 1080, the forefathers of the Parmley family were in the part of the world that is now called Belgium. The family of Parmalee originated in Belgium from a noble Belgian House named Parmelie from the province of Parmelie which is located about nine miles south of Liege. The names were de Parmele and von Parmele, using both the French and Flemish use of the name. The surname itself was not used until 1467, beginning with Francis de Parmele. The family is traced back to 836 A.D. through the Counts de Joigny, de Joinville and de Sens. At the time that Belgium was under control of Spain, Maurice de Parmele was a leader in the rebellion against the Catholic Church. His acts came to the attention of the Emperor of Spain who instructed the Duke of Alva to take care of the matter. The Duke ordered de Parmele to renounce his Protestant doctrines or prepare for trial under charges of seditious blasphemy, in openly condemning the Catholic faith."