Both the Eastern PA and Ohio Permars are descendants of William Permar who farmed the Eastern Shore of Maryland @1777. He is listed in the MARYLAND STATE ARCHIVES as giving his oath of alligence to the new government in 1778. The letter of 1911 which gives the family history says this 'William Permar fought alonside Lafayette in the Revolutionary War.' This is completely plausible.
The only record I could find in the MARYLAND STATE ARCHIVE MUSTER ROLLS for the Revolutionary War was:
THIRD REGIMENT name;William Palmourrank: dotime of service;substituteremarks;taken to Col Adams There is no other reference of a William Permar in the Maryland Muster Rolls.
The fact that the story says he 'fought alongside Lafayette' is completely possible. At the landing of the 19,000 British at Elk Head Maryland in Sept. 1777 Washington, accompanied by Gen.Green and Lafayette camped so close to the British that Washington did not reveal his identity to the innkeeper where he stayed.There was extreme danger Washingtonmay be captured and historians say it wasvery unwise for them to take such a risk. After accessing the British they then circled around, right through the Tuchahoe Hundred, Queens County, MD (later Caroline County) where the PERMARS farmed. Then Washington moved up and through the MD Western Shore and to the Brandywine Creek in PA , stationing men along the Brandywine in wait for the British approach to take Philadelphia. Well, the U.S. Continental troops lost this battle but it is possible the 1911 family letter is true.William Permar could very well have fought with Lafayette.Both were in the same place at the same time.
One other thing of interest. We do not know how William Permar died in 1779 so far. Perhaps he died during the Revolutionary War. Still looking.
This family letter of 1911 also states William Permar (died 1779) spent his youth in Wales.(Concerning my our family association with the Permars it was said my gt gt grandmother Permar had English roots) Yet, in the letter it also asserts there was a more ancient, further back, French association concerning the PERMAR family.So, you decide.