From “Laurel County, Kentucky Census 1850” published in 1992 by the Laurel County Historical Society, PO Box 816, London, KY 40743-0816:
On page 83
624 PARMAN, Elizabeth [CURTIS] 48 F KY md (1) Frelias Parman (2) 2 Feb 1853,Ray Co. MO, John Cunard
Ann 18 F KY
Joseph 15 M KY
Mary 11 F KY
Jesse 8 M KY md. 12 Apr. 1862, Louzanna P. Keelin in MO
Jarvis 6 M KY
The above data is, as you can see, annotated.Someone at the society was obviously familiar with Jesse’s biographical sketch from the Caldwell County, MO history book.Somehow Frethias’ first name became spelled incorrectly as “Frelias”.Possibly, it was a printer’s error.They also inserted the marriage dates from Missouri data.
Frethias Parman was my 4th-great grandfather.I descend through his son, Alexander Parman (1823-1875), a 7th KY Infantry veteran who is buried at Laurel River Cemetery, east of London.Alexander is mentioned in a deed in Knox County, KY as being probably the second son of Frethias.Alexander obviously followed them out to Missouri in 1850, because my 2nd great-grandfather, William Craig Parman, is shown in the 1860 Laurel County, KY census as having been born in MO, along with a few other siblings.
I would LOVE to see the microfilm roll of the 1850 Laurel County, KY census to see if there wasn’t possibly an error in transcribing Elizabeth’s age as “48”.Jesse’s bio says she was born March 29, 1809 in Knox County, KY.If that is true, Elizabeth should have been listed as age 40 or 41 in the 1850 Laurel County, KY census.
I would also LOVE to see the 1860 Ray County, MO census reading of John Cunard and his household to see what age is listed by Elizabeth.Perhaps, it could settle the argument of which data is incorrect.Jesse’s biographical sketch says that his father and mother were “both of Kentucky birth”, which I know to be untrue.Giles Parman was living in Greene County, TN when Frethias Parman was born about 1797.The 1880 snapshot of Jesse Parman in Caldwell County, MO has blanks by the father’s birthplace and mother’s birthplace.Jesse may have been absent from the home during the census taking, and possible Louzanna did not remember the answers to give the census taker.Jesse is said to have lived until 1909 or so, according to some pedigrees I have seen.Perhaps, a 1900 census snapshot could yield more data on the topic of where his parents were born.
Personally, I think Jesse and Jarvis may have remembered very little about their father, except what was told them by others.Because, I believe that Frethias Parman died in 1843, possibly even before Jarvis was born.The 1844 Laurel County, KY tax list has Elizabeth Parman, John Parman (oldest son of Frethias) and Alexander Parman, but Frethias Parman is NOT listed in the tax list data in Laurel County, KY after 1843.
Curiously enough, the 1840 Knox County, KY census page 317 shows in the household of “Prethias Parman” (another misspelling of Frethias, or, it is mispelled “Fruthias” in the 1830 Knox census [120001-20002] page 234 at Ancestry.com) that there is NO MOTHER in the home at that time.Frethias ceases to officiate marriages in Knox County, KY after 1840 and begins officiating marriages in Laurel County, KY thereafter until the last one listed in January of 1842.Arlene Parman, in her book, speculated that Frethias took some of his family out to Ray County, Missouri to find them a new home.I have not seen ANY proof that he ever set foot there.I, rather, think that Elizabeth moved them out there to make a new start because her brother, John Curtis, had been living out there for decades.John Cunard was a neighbor of John Curtis, according to the real estate data out there.
Get back to me if you would like to exchange information.
God bless our troops, Dave,