John Parmelee Sr., of Guilford and New Haven

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John Parmelee, Sr.

Also Known As: "John Permely"
Birthplace: Durham, England
Death: Died in New Haven, New Haven Colony, Connecticut
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of John Parmelee, Sr. and Alice Parmelee
Husband of 1st wife of John Parmalee Sr.; Hannah Parmalee and Elizabeth Evarts
Father of John Parmelee Jr., of Guilford; Hannah Johnson and Mary Crampton
Brother of Margaret Parmelee; Katherine Parmelee, died young and John Parmelee, of Lewes

Occupation: Bricklayer in England, Bricklayer, Brick Layer, Sexton
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About John Parmelee Sr., of Guilford and New Haven

John Parmalee, of New Haven

  • Probate: 20 DEC 1658 Guilford, New Haven Co., Connecticut

John is recorded as setting sail from London on 20 May 1639.


Married 1) unknown; mother of John 2) Hannah; mother of Hannah & Mary 3) Elizabeth, widow of Daniel Bradley; no children; she married John Evart 3rd. Perhaps he was the same person as John Parmelee, of Lewes

Said to have had 5 wives but only two are proven: the mother of John ["Hannah"], the mother of Hannah ("Hannah" or another?) & his widow, Elizabeth, the widow of Daniel Bradley; no children by Elizabeth.

John's last wife was Elizabeth, widow of Daniel Bradley, whom he married in 1653 at New Haven. She died in January 1683 at New Haven, Connecticut. Her maiden name may have been Sheaffe but this has not been proven. Her third husband was widower John Evarts, died 1669, whom she married 27 May 1663 at Guilford, Connecticut.

children (based on will data)

  • John Jr. (1612-1688) married 1) Rebecca 2) Hannah, widow of John Plane 3) Hannah Plane (his stepdaughter)
  • Hannah (1632 - aft 1693) married John Johnson


Last Will and Testament of John Parme Unsigned and undat Presented 2 Jan 16 Estate inventoried at £ 78 13s on 3 Jan 1659 / 60

Know all men by these presents, I John Parmely of Newhaven being very sicke in body but prfect in minde, doe Institute and ordaine this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following I doe give and bequeathe to my beloved wife Elizabeth Parmely my house-lott and all my whole Estate for her to enjoy and possesse without molestation during the whole time of her life.

"And after her decease I doe give and bequeath half of my house and lott to my sonne, John Parmile of Guilford, the other half, one quarter to my Grandchild Nathaniel Parmile, the sonne of John Parmile of Guilford. And the other quarter part I give to my wife to dispose to her sonne, Stephen, if she see cause and for those goods whch shall be left at the dease my will is that my daughter Hannah Johnson the wife of John Johnson of Newhaven, and her dauter Ellen Allan ye wife of John Allen of Newhaven, should have ye greater part equally divided betwixt them and what doth remain I doe leave to her discretion to dispose as she pleaseth.

-Families of Early Guilford CT by Talcott, Alvan - 1984; Kelsey Genealogy by Claypool, Edward & Clizbee, Azalea -1928

There is no mention of a daughter Mary, who married Dennis Crampton. Neither John's signature nor his mark appear on the document.

Reputed 5 wives

  • 1. Anne Howell
  • 2. Hannah Wilbur
  • 3. Elizabeth Holter
  • 4. Joanne Cobden
  • 5. Elizabeth Sheafe? Widow of Daniel Bradley married John Evarts 3rd

Extra wife and children comments


"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."


Occupation: Bricklayer

He signed the Plantation Document June 1, 1639 along with others to come to America with Reverend Henry Wakefield and a group of farmers from Kent, Surrey and Sussex aboard the ship St. John under Capt. Richard Russell. He came to America at age 55 after his son John settled here. He was one of the original settlers of Guilford, Connecticut.

The village just east of New Haven was settled that fall. His home lot was at the north end of the Village Green, the site now occupied by the 1st Congregational Church. He appeared at a 1647 New Haven hearing to testify about a shoemaker's shoddy workmanship. John was voted a freeman at Guilford on May 22, 1649. He and his family returned to New Haven, where he was admitted as a freeman there on Aug. 8, 1659.

Guilford Covena signed "on shipboard" June 1639

We, whose names are hereunder written, intendending by God's gracious permission to plant ourselves in New England, and, if it may be, in the southerly part, about Quinnipiack: We do faithfully promise each to each, for ourselves and families, and those that belong to us; that we will, the Lord assisting us, sit down and join ourselves together in one intire plantation; and to be helpful each to the other in every common work, according to every man's ability and as need shall require; and we promise not to desert or leave each other or the plantation but with the consent of the rest, or the greater part of the company who have entered into this engagement.

As for our gathering together in a church way, and the choice of officers and members to be joined together in that way, we do refer ourselves until such time as it shall please God to settle us in our plantatio

In witness whereof we subscribe our hands, the first day of June 1639 Robert Kitchell John Stone Thomas Norton John Bishop William Plane Abraham Cruttenden Francis Bushnell Richard Gutridge Francis Chatfield William Chittendon John Hughes William Halle William Lute Wm. Dudley Thomas Naish Thomas Joanes John Parmelin Henry Kingsnorth John Jordon John Mepham Henry Doude William Stone Henry Whitfield Thomas Cooke John Hoadly

As noted above, John was a proprietor of the plantation of Guilford.. His homelot was about 1 1/4 acre on land that eventually was the site of the 1st Congregational meeting house and the buildings to its rear. He is included on the May 22, 1649 list of freeman (John Parmelin, Sr. ] with an indication that he was also a signatory on the covenant and an original "Planter". John, Sr. apparently left his Guilford properties to his son, John and removed back to New Haven where he is noted on the 1659 list of freemen.

Colonial Famlies of USA by MacKenzie, Vol.III, pg.385. At Guilford, CT in 1639 his will was probated Nov 8, 1659.

LDS Film #0207355 6/13/90; He married twice, first in Europe, Hannah Bradley, who accompanied him to this country in 1639 in Guilford, CT and died probably in New Haven, CT. He married second, Elizabeth, widow of Mr. Bradley. She married third in 1663 John Evarts of Guilford, CT and died in January 1683 in New Haven, CT.

History of the Plantation of Menunkatuk by B.C. Steiner, Fifteenth signer of the Covenant; He is listed among the passengers of the ship "Saint John", Captain Russell commanding, which sailed from England May 20, 1639, and arrived at New Haven, (then Quinnipiac), CT between July 10 and 15, 1639. With him came his wife Hannah, and his two daughters, Hannah and Mary.

John Parmalee of Huguenot family of De Parmele or Belgian family of Van Parmele. Emigrated from England to Guilford, CT in 1639. Signed the Guilford covenant in 1639. Name spelled Permerly on the covenant.

Baptism: 27 Sep 1584 All Saints, Lewes, Sussex County, England

Immigration: 20 May 1639 From England to New Haven, Connecticut on the "St. John", arrival between June 10 - 15th. He is listed as 55 years old. He traveled with the group led by Rev Henry Whitfield.

Occupation: Bricklayer

Married first Hannah (__)

Married second Elizabeth Bradley

-- unclear from source which was mother of son John

Families of Early Guilford, II:943

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John Parmelee Sr., of Guilford and New Haven's Timeline

September 27, 1584
Durham, England
September 1584
Of Guilford, New Haven, Ct
September 1584
April 13, 1615
Age 30
Durham, Surrey, England
May 20, 1632
Age 47
St. Michael, Lewes, England
Age 49
Lewes, East Sussex, UK
November 8, 1659
Age 75
New Haven, New Haven Colony, Connecticut
November 1659
Age 75
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
February 20, 1906
Age 75