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John Parmelee, Jr.

Also Known As: "Parmelee", "Parmily", "Permely", "Parmalee", "or Parmelin"
Birthplace: Durham, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of John Parmelee, Sr.; Anne Parmelee and Hanna Parmelee
Husband of Elizabeth Parmelee; Rebecca Parmelee; Anna Parmelee and Hannah Parmelee
Father of Nathaniel Parmelee; Mary Crampton; Hannah Johnson; Sgt. John Parmelee; Joshua Parmelee and 7 others
Brother of George Parmelee; Elizabeth Parmelee; Anne Parmelee; Mary Parmelee and Johan/Joane Parmelee
Half brother of Hanna Johnson; Elizabeth Parmelee; John Parmelee; Martha Parmelee and Rachael Parmelee

Occupation: drummer in the train band and was sworn as freeman Feb. 14, 1649. He acted as sexton for many years and ‘warned’ the inhabitants to town meeting
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About John Parmelee, Jr.

Colonial Families of USA by MacKenzie, Vol. III, pg.386.

"He was a drummer in the Train Band and was sworn as freeman 14th Feb. 1649. He was sexton for many years and "warned" the inhabitants to town meetings."

6/13/90, LDS Film #0207355, John Jr. did not come to America with his parents, but arrived in April 1635, four years earlier on "The Elizabeth and Ann", Roger Cooper, Master. He was twenty years old at the time of his arrival. He lived in New Haven, CT., during these years, and went with his father to Guilford upon the latter's arrival in 1639.

1635 From England to Bay Colony, Boston on the "Elizabeth and Ann" (Roger Cooper, Master), left from London, England on April 13, 1635, age 22.

John came to New England four years ahead of his father, aboard The Elizabeth & Ann which left London on 13 April 1635. It was not unusual for one family member to precede others to New England in order to scout out a good place to settle. He lived first in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, but removed to nearby Guilford, New Haven County, with his father -- who joined him in Connecticut -- in 1639. He owned a 1.5 acre home lot on the east side of Crooked Lane, the fourth lot north of Buck Lane.

He married REBECCA ------ , probably in England; her parentage is presently unknown. They had one child.

Rebecca died in Guilford on 29 September 1651. John subsequently married Anna (------) Plane, the widow of William Plane, in 1651. This William was the William Plaine who was convicted of sodomy and "corrupting of youth" and was executed in New Haven in 1646. Through her, John acquired William's homelot and four and a half acres of marsh land.

He served in the Guilford Train Band both as a militiaman and drummer. On 10 June 1652, John was granted "freedom from watching for one of his lotts [standing guard at night]" in consideration of beating "the Drumme every night at the setting of the watche." In 1656, John's fondness for drinking appears to have interfered with his military duties. On 1 January 1656/7, he was "called to answer about a comon fame or report of his inordinate drinking upon a [military] Trayneing day of late, appearing in his gestures et &c." He answered

" that he did acknowledge that he fell down at the stile of Bro: Cookes doore & hit his drumme agt. the pales there: also that he did wade thro' the water against Mr. Kitchels lott & that he againe went fro the way to ye pales ag'st Henry Goldams Lott & then hit his drumme agt the pales and further he doth confesse that he had drunk too much strong drink that day considering that he was empty & had eaten little & so acknowledgeth yt he did evill & was not watchfull over himselfe nor so carefull to avoid giving offence as he should for which he was sorry."

He received only a small fine, as "he was disabled in his understanding by drinking."

Anna died on 30 March 1658, in Guilford, and it appears that the couple had no children. John then married his stepdaughter, Hannah Plaine, on 3 February 1658/9; this marriage must have been quite a source of gossip at the time. He and Hannah had nine children.

Christening: 6 SEP 1612 All Saints, Lewes, East Sussex, England 1

Burial: New Haven Cemetery, New Haven Co., Connecticut

Immigration: 13 APR 1635 New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut

Occupation: Farmer/ Sexton/Town Drummer


He came over to America on the ship "Elizabeth and Anne" April 13, 1635.

John Jr is noted on a list of Guilford freemen on 14 Feb 1649 and again on the 1659 list. On 10 Jun 1652 "in consideration of beating the Drumme every night at the setting of the watche" John, Jr was granted "freedom from watching for one of his lotts". John's drumming abilities held him in good stead as on April 15, 1668, the records show "John Parmely to go on drumming and sweeping the meetinghouse and warning town meetings for the same salary as before" I do not know what salary that was, but on 8 Sep 1665 he successfully petitioned for a raise of 10 shillings! Guilford church records indicate that John was a "member of the Church

by desire of the church" which is an indication that he held some stature in the community. Walters says that the records also show that John Junior was "sued in 1648 by a fellow planter who complained that John's hogs had rooted through his corn, and for reporting to train band practice whild intoxicated on 1 Jan 1656 / 57".

-Jana Wellman Ulrich

The will of John Parmelee Jr. of Guilford, Conn., dated Dec. 20, 1684, disposed of property inventoried on Feb. 8, 1687/88, at 259 pounds, 4 shillings and is signed

with his mark.

After leaving his widow 20 pounds, he divided his home lot between sons John and Joshua; gave his land in Nut Plains, an area just north of the central village, and several other parcels to John; and gave Joshua the land in Nut Plains that he had purchased from John Goodrich. He gave sons Caleb and Isaac 5 pounds each; daughter Hannah 2 pounds; son Stephen 7 pounds, and his other children -- Job, Priscilla and Joel 10 pounds each. He also designated that his youngest sons would receive land on the Great Plain when they reached 21, his daughter, when she reached 18. His oldest child, Nathaniel, preceded him in death.


John was married second to Anna --- PLAINE/PLAIN, the widow of William Plaine/Plain, in Guilford in 1651. William, another signer of the Plantation Covenant, was executed in 1646 in New Haven after being found guilty of sodomy and "corrupting boys." Anna was born --- and buried March 30, 1658, at Guilford.

John and Anna had no children.

John's third wife was Hannah PLAINE/PLAIN, the daughter of William and Anna Plaine/Plane, whom he married in February 1658/59. Yes, this is his stepdaughter. She was born --- and died Jan. 8, 1687/88.

Note about the purported marriages: "Greetings,

I am unaware that any marriage between John Parmele 1585-1659 can be confirmed/verified other than the one to Bradley.

Those who have connected this John Parmele back to Lewes England have found countless parish records to support several marriages to a John Parmelee to include some 14 children or so named John! He only had one son John 1615-1689 who made it to New England in 1635, ten years before his father sailed to New England in 1639. To this day father and son are confused as one immigrant.

I live in Guilford, CT where John Parmele 1585-1659 signed the Plantation Covenant and have researched all available records New HAven Colony that had been preserved. There is no substantiation in New England that John Parmelee had as many wives and as many children as he was stated to have by private researchers.

You are welcome to contact me about Parmele data." M. FitzGerald


“Through his second wife, he obtained Plaine’s home lot and four and a half acres of marsh land. He was a drummer in the train band and was sworn as freeman Feb. 14, 1649. He acted as sexton for many years and ‘warned’ the inhabitants to town meeting.”2

“He may have been baptised 14 April 1615 in St. Nicolas Church, Guilford, Surrey, England [references a letter from Mrs. Smallwood]. He is listed, under the date 13 April 1635, as sailing on the Elizabeth and Ann at the age of 20.

“In his will John, Jr., spelled his name ‘Parmele.’ At about the age of twenty, on the documents for his coming to America, he used ‘Palmerley.’ His children used many variant spellings. He was a drummer in the train band, and, as sexton for many years, ‘warned’ the inhabitants to town meetings.”3

He was “born 1639; died 1725; married first Rebecca, who died Sept. 25, 1651. He married second Hannah, widow of William Plaine. John was one of the first planters in Guilford, with his father in 1650. He was a proprietor in 1685. For many years he acted as sexton and was a drummer in the Train band.” [Burritt’s dates make no sense, since he has John’s first son Nathaniel b. 1645, only 6 years after John’s supposed birth year.]4

“John was made freeman of Connecticut Colony in 1665, and was the John Parmarly in the list of freemen which was submitted by Guilford to New Haven Court in 1669.

“He was long a drummer in the Guilford trainband, and in 1652 there is a record that the Guilford court ‘granted John Parmelin, Junr, freedom from watching for one of his lotts, in consideration of beating the drum every night at the setting of the watch during the time he so beateth it.’ (A John Parmelee of a later period was a drummer in Guilford, 1779.)

“Where he married, whom he married for his first and third wives, and what he did before the birth of his son in 1645, and even the birthplace of that son, had not been found by this compiler. He perhaps lived with his father on the farm. In 1650 he and his father went on record in regard to their contributions towards Rev. Mr Whitfield’s maintenance. With his second wife he came into possession of her former husband’s home lot and four and a half acres of marshland. The home lot was on Whitfield Street, reaching up to the Guilford Green. ‘John Parmalee married the widow Plaine and soo these tow parsells of land... .as they are here teriord became his possession...this six day of Aprill, 1668.’

“He was still beating the town drum in 1657, when there was trouble about THOMAS COOKE’s fence. Among others,. John Parmelee, Jr., testified: ‘He did acknowledge that he fell down at the stile of Bro: Cooke’s and hit his drumme against the pales there, also that he did wade through the water against Mr Kitchell’s lot and that he againe hit his drumme against the pales and further he doth confesse that he had drunk too much strong drink that day considering that he was ampty & had eaten little....’ He served as sexton for many years, and called the inhabitants to town meeting with the drum. The population increased, and after he died it became necessary to divide the work between two men.”6

John first married Rebecca Eaton3, in Guilford, CT.3 Rebecca died in Sep 1650 in Guilford, CT.3,8,2 24 Sep 1654 per Palmerlee; 24 Sep 1651 per Smyth.

Death dates appears wrong if John m. Anne in 1651.8

They had one child:

5 i. Nathaniel (1645-1676)

In 1651 when John was 31, he second married Anna3, in Guilford, CT.3,8,5 ca 1655 per Palmerlee. Anna died in Mar 1658 in Guilford, CT.3

“John, Jr., m. Anne Plum(?), wid., [ ], 1651.”8

In Feb 1659 when John was 39, he third married Hannah Plane, daughter of William Plane & Anna, in Guilford, CT.2,5 1658/9. Hannah died on 8 Jan 1687 in Guilford, CT.6

They had the following children:

6 i. John (1659-1725)

7 ii. Joshua (1661-1729)

8 iii. Caleb (1663-1714)

9 iv. Isaac (1665-1749)

10 v. Hannah (1667-)

11 vi. Stephen (1669-1749)

12 vii. Job (1673-1765)

13 viii. Priscilla (1678-1692)

14 ix. Joel (1680-1748)

Families of Early Guilford, II:943

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John Parmelee, Jr.'s Timeline

September 27, 1584
September 27, 1584
England, Europe
September 27, 1584
England, Europe
September 27, 1584
April 13, 1615
Durham, Surrey, England
April 13, 1615
Durham, Surrey, England
April 13, 1615
Durham, Surrey, England
April 13, 1615
April 13, 1615
May 20, 1632
Age 17
St. Michael, Lewes, England