I was browsing through the Palmateer family genforum tonight (http://genforum.genealogy.com/palmateer/) and found a message you had posted to me on July 17 of last year.I'm very sorry, I have been busy with work and family and only NOW am I checking back into those forums.
In your message, the FOURTH GENERATION, your ancestor is Damen Palmatier.His brother, John, born abt 1740, is my ancestor.That makes us distant cousins, and we are both in the 10th generation level, though I don't know exactly what kind of cousin you would call it.I'm going to bring all of your information into my files for records, and can let you know another time.I am four years younger than you.I could talk at great length on this, however, for the sake of keeping this short and to keep from typing very much more, my ancestor line goes: Pierre Parmentier Michael Parmentier Michael Palmatier (Jr.) John Palmatier Peter Palmatier John P Palmatier George Palmatier Charles W Palmatier James Phillip Palmatier Aleck Louis Palmatier Eric James Palmatier (me!)
I have recently found an indication of what might be the names of Pierre Parmentier's parents, and am working to find some proof to support it.Most people get stuck at Pierre, given the Huguenots had a tendency of keeping family relationships secret to protect those who stayed in Europe.Also, I am getting around to creating a Palmatier history web site including the very LARGE family file I've spent years putting together.
Oh, and in case you're curious, by my research, every Palmatier, Palmateer, Palmentier, Palmiter, and possibly Palmertree name originates from Pierre Parmentier.These names are truly a uniquely American name, given that they have existed just slightly longer than America itself (at least, from British colony on).Also, the name is uniquely a New York name, and the familys' ancestors are considered among the founding families of New York, and in it's time, one of the wealthiest among the Roosevelts and others.
Thanks for your inquiry.If you'd like to hear more, let me know.