Hello, I think these Parmele bio's make for good posting. And since John and John Parmele are the immigrate fathers it is nice to see their history related online. I too descend from John Parmele of Guilford. I also live in Guilford, the town John Parmele founded among others in 1639.
May I accept the invitation to add and clarify a detail? There was a source known as Parmele Data that discussed the Parmele European line into Belgium and further suggested connections to the Hugenot [sp] Society. As part of my verification process I learned the society does not recognize Parmele as a Hugenot. Subsequently, I find their relationship to Rev. Henry Whitfield and Calvinist Puritan connections too real to deny. Parmele was among the last ships to immigrate to New England before the King put a stop to it. However, several immigrants of this unit were allowed to return to England as did Rev. Whitfield indicating they were not included in the general assumption of gastly persecuted Englishmen. In fact their motivation was both economic and religious.
Additionally the ship the the son sailed in 1635 - four years before his father arrived - came to Boston. Not until the new harbor opened at New Haven @ 1638 and until 1639 when New Haven settlers split from New Haven to found Guilford in 1639 was there a Guilford for John, the son, to reunite with his father and sisters.He was considered a later settler as early as 1641. He married and had a son named Nathaniel founded Killingworth, Conn. After his first wife died he married widow Anna Plaine, no issue. He then married Hannah Plaine, the daughter of Anna and William Plaine [original settler too] whereby he gained the property on the southend of the green opposite his father. He was drummer and sexton of the church.
The Parmele family left their legacy here at Guilford. There is a colonial silver baptismal bowl in the First Congregational Church (still being used)crafted by a Parmele. The same church was the first church in New England to house a steeple clock that was built by Ebenezer Parmele (the clock is presently in the possession of the Whitfield Musuem and can be viewed online). The historic 17th century Hyland House was owned by Parmele and their family bible remains on display there - open to the page of John Parmele the son.They were carpenters too...designing and crafting chairs known as 'heart and crown.' On Water street there remains historically registerd homes once owned by Parmelee. Mention of their name to the "old tymers" evokes memory of honest and well-liked people.I walk everyday along the same paths as they...and maybe across their gravesite as I cross the green [they are still buried there without the tombstones].Just last season a descendant S. Parmele killed a rabid fox that had attacked his dog during an afternoon walk near where I live. He just happened to be carrying his service pistol with him that day.
I certainly hope there are more online to enjoy the history of Parmele and the towns they founded.