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Parmenter Ancestry in England

John Parmenter and Bridget

Mary Parmenter and John Woods         John Leavens and Rachel Wright

                Hannah Woods and John Leavens

                Hannah Leavens and Jonathan Peake

                Abigail Peake and Isaac Johnson

                Abigail Johnson and Abijah Child

                Sarah Child and Elijah Mason

                Sophronia Mason and Eli Morey

                Elijah Mason Morey and Elizabeth Merrill

                William Clemeth Morey and Melvina E. Andrews

                Minnie Elsie Morey and Aretus Erastus Freeman

                Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson

                Stephen Martin Lawson

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Parmenter Ancestry in England

The Parmenter ancestry in England is primarily from "Further Notes on the English Background of John Parmeter of Sudbury and Roxbury, Massachusetts," by Ralph Parmenter Bennett, in NEHGR 147:377-82 (Oct. 1993).

George PARMENTER - b. about 1520; bur. Feb. 7, 1591/2, Little Yeldham, Essex. He made his will May 8, 1591, naming his daughter Katherine ALLISON, granddaughter Elizabeth PARMENTER, sons Edward and William, and others.

Alice - bur. Aug. 23, 1592, Castle Hedingham, Essex.

  1. Robert - b. about 1545; d. after 1613.
  2. Christian - Married by 1591 Robert PAGE, and had children.
  3. Katherine - Married Mr. ALLISON, and had children.
  4. Richard - Married and had daughter Elizabeth (bap. Nov. 16, 1572, Little Yeldham, Essex).
  5. George - b. about 1552; bur Jun. 27, 1613, Little Yeldham, Essex. His will, dated Nov. 12, 1612, and proved Jul. 8, 1613, names brothers Robert, Richard, Edward and William, and sister Christian, among others. Married first Amy (bur. Oct 12, 1594, Little Yeldham, Essex), and second Elizabeth (MOTT) PURCAS (bur. Jun. 24, 1629), daughter of John MOTT, and widow of William PUYRCAS.
  6. Alice - d. 1591-1612.
  7. Joane - b. about 1558; bur. Oct 6, 1625, Little Yeldham, Essex. Married Thomas STAMAR (bur. Nov. 29, 1628, Little Yeldham, Essex). Children: Elizabeth; Susan; Thomas married Joane SAMFORD; Henry; Samuel; Adue; and Richard.
  8. Edward - b. about 1561; d. after 1612. Inherited land from his father and from his brother George. Married.
  9. William - bap. Jan. 7, 1562/3, Ovington, Essex; bur. Dec. 4, 1617, Little Yeldham, Essex.
  10. Elizabeth - bap. Jul. 27, 1564/5, Ovington, Essex; d. by 1591.

William PARMENTER - bap. Jan. 7, 1563, Ovington, Essex; bur. Dec. 4, 1617, Little Yeldham, Essex. William inherited land at Tankerton and Busheleyes from his father, George PARMENTER, and at Cowell alias Gouldwell from his brother. William wrote his will Oct. 12, 1613 at Over Yeldman, naming his son John, and John's minor children Mary and John. Married Jan. 21, 1583, Ovington, Essex.

Margery GARROLD - bap. Sep 18, 1560, Ovington, Essex. Oldest of the 8 children of George GARROLD alias BUTCHER.

  1. Robert - bap. Oct. 23, 1586, Little Yeldham, Essex. Inherited land at Tankerton.
  2. John - b. about 1588, probably at Little Yeldham, Essex, England; d. June 1, 1671, Roxbury, MA.
  3. Ursula - Living in 1613, and named in father's will.
  4. George - Married Mar. 12, 1617 at Little Yeldham, Essex to Marie USHER alias CLARKE.
  5. Sara - b. about 1592. Married Oct. 4, 1616, Bures St. Mary, Suffolk to John CRESSALL/CHRISALL (will dated Jul 9, 1625 and proved Jul. 28, 1625).
  6. Margaret - bap. Feb. 25, 1594/5, Little Yeldham, Essex. Married Sep. 20, 1614, Little Yeldham, Essex to Richard POOLE.

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John and Bridget Parmenter

John - b. about 1588, probably at Little Yeldham, Essex, England; d. June 1, 1671, Roxbury, MA. Son of William PARMENTER and Margery. John, a tailor by trade, arrived with his family in New England from Great Yarmouth in 1639. He became freeman May 13, 1640 and served as a deacon and selectman of Sudbury, MA. By 1654, John PARMENTER was authorized by the town of Sudbury "to keep a house of common entertainment and that the court shall be moved on his behalf to grant a license to him" (Colonial Tavernrkeepers, Vol. 5, edited by Harriet Stryker-Rodda, 1982, page 19). His will, dated Mar. 25, 1671 and proved Jul. 25, 1671, names his second wife, son-in-law John WOOD, grandson John PARMENTER, and cousins CHEEVERS and John STIBBINS. John married second Aug. 9, 1660 at Roxbury, MA, Annis BAYFORD (d. Mar. 15, 1682/3, Roxbury, MA; bur. there Mar. 17, 1682/3), widow of William CHANDLER and John DANE. John and Bridget were married about 1609, probably at Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England.

Bridget - b. probably at Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England; d. Aug. 6, 1660, Sudbury, MA. She was probably the sister of Elizabeth, wife of Henry LOKER. Bridget and Elizabeth may have been daughters of William PERRY or of John SIMPSON, who both had daughters with their names baptized at Bures St. Mary between 1585 and 1593.

Children of John and Bridget Parmenter

  1. Mary - b. about 1610, probably at Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England; d. Aug. 17, 1690, Marlborough, MA. Married John WOODS.
  2. John - b. about 1611, probably at Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England; d. Apr. 12, 1666, Sudbury, MA. Married about 1638 in England to Amy. Son: John married Anna CUTLER.

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John and Rachel (Wright) Leavens

John LEAVENS - b. about 1582, England; d. Nov. 15, 1647, Roxbury, MA. Sailed from London in early Mar. 1631/2 in the 'William & Francis', arriving in America Jun. 9, 1632; freeman at Roxbury on Mar. 4, 1633/4. Married first on Jun. 16, 1603 at St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex to Elizabeth STEBBIN (bur. Oct. 10, 1638, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA). John's first marriage data and Elizabeth's surname is from a LEAVENS descendant and unconfirmed. John and Elizabeth had no known children. He was married second on Jul. 5, 1639 at Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA.

Rachel WRIGHT - b. about 1620, England.

Children of John and Rachel Leavens

  1. John - b. Apr. 27, 1640, Roxbury, MA; d. Oct. 16, 1696, Woodstock, CT.
  2. James - b. Apr. 16, 1642; Roxbury, MA; d. 1675, Hadley, MA. Killed by Indians.
  3. Peter - b. Sep. 11, 1644, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA; bap. there Sep. 15, 1644; bur. there Jan. 15, 1644/5.
  4. Andrew - b. Sep. 11, 1644, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA; bap. there Sep. 15, 1644; d. Feb. 19, 1698, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA. Andrew was of Roxbury on Jan. 19, 1673, when he sold land "formerly granted by the Town of Roxbury to my father."
  5. Rachel - bap. Aug. 2, 1646, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA. Married on Mar. 16, 1669/70 at Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA to Samuel BUCK.

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John and Mary (Parmenter) Woods

John WOODS - b. Feb. 6, 1609/10, England; d. Jul 10, 1678, Marlborough, MA. Son of James WOODS. John WOODS, a pin-maker by trade, arrived in America at age 26 in 1635 aboard the 'Hopewell,' and first settled at Salem, MA, but removed to Sudbury, MA by 1638, becoming a proprietor there in 1639. He was admitted freeman on May 10, 1642, and received several Sudbury land grants through 1655. After Marlborough was formed in 1660, John sold his property at Sudbury and relocated to Marlborough, where he had been granted land and served in various town offices. On Apr. 4, 1664, he deposed that he was about age 54. His will, dated Nov. 26, 1677 and proved Oct. 1, 1678, names his wife Mary, his three sons, daughter Katherine, son-in-law John BELLOWS, and grandchild Hannah LEVINS. The inventory of his estate, on Jul. 19, 1678 at £303.03.07, mentions son-in-law Joseph NEWTON. Married about 1633.

Mary PARMENTER - b. about 1610, probably at Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England; d. Aug. 17, 1690, Marlborough, MA. Daughter of John PARMENTER and Bridget. Note: There are various unresolved date differences in alternative publications for events recorded for the following children.

Children of John and Mary Woods

  1. Mary - b. Aug. 30, 1634, England; d. Sep. 16, 1707. Of Sudbury and Marlborough, MA. Married May 9, 1655 John BELLOWS (1623-1683) of Concord. After their marriage Mary and John BELLOWS lived at Marlborough, and had the following children: Mary; Samuel; Abigail; Daniel; and Benjamin married.
  2. Dorcas - b. 1636, England. Lived at Sudbury and Marlborough, MA.
  3. Hannah - b. May 10, 1638, England; d. Oct. 25, 1666, Roxbury, MA. Married John LEAVENS.
  4. John - b. May 8, 1641, Sudbury, MA; d. Apr. 5, 1715. Of Sudbury and Marlborough, MA. Married Lydia RICE (b. Dec. 10, 1649; d. Sep. 24, 1723), daughter of Edward RICE and Anna BENT. Children of John and Lydia: John married first Martha BIGELOW, and second Patience BENT; Lydia married Abraham EAGER; Hannah married Thomas WITHERBEE; Joseph; Sarah married Simon GATES; Silence; Col. Benjamin married Elizabeth MORSE; and James married Dorothy BARNES.
  5. Frances - b. Oct. 3, 1645, Sudbury, MA; d. May 14, 1718, Marlborough, MA. Married Jun. 7, 1671 Isaac HOWE (b. Aug. 8, 1648; d. Dec. 9, 1724), son of John and Mary. Children: Elizabeth; Sarah; Mary possibly married James RUSSELL, then married Jonathan WILDER, then married David CHURCH; John died as infant; John married Deliverance RICE; Bethia; Hannah; and Thankful.
  6. James - b. Jul. 18, 1647, Sudbury, MA; d. Aug. 7, 1718, Sudbury, MA. Married Apr. 22, 1678 Hopestill WARD (b. Jan. 24, 1647; d. Dec. 23, 1718), daughter of William and Elizabeth. Children, who all died young: Bethiah; James; James; Mary; and Bethiah.
  7. Catharine - b. 1651, Sudbury, MA; d. Jan. 26, 1617, Sudbury, MA. Married Joseph NEWTON (d. Sep. 24, 1727).
  8. Isaac - b. Jul. 14, 1655, Sudbury, MA; d. Jul. 18, 1720, Marlborough, MA. His will, dated Jun. 8, 1720 and proved Aug. 17, 1720, names his wife, sons Isaac, Joseph, Sharles and Solomon, and daughters Elizabeth and Dinah. The estate was inventoried Aug. 2, 1720 at £515.18.06, about 2/3 being in real property. Married first Mary MAYNARD (d. Feb. 3, 1689, Marlborough, MA), daughter of John MAYNARD and Mary GATES, and second on May 8, 1700 Mary FAIRBANKS. Children of first marriage: Isaac died young; Ephraim died young; Mary married Abijah BRUCE; and Elizabeth married Josiah NEWTON. Children of second marriage: Isaac married Margaret; Joseph married Thankful; Dinah; Bethia died young; Charles; and Solomon.

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John and Hannah (Woods) Leavens

John LEAVENS - b. Apr. 27, 1640, Roxbury, MA; d. Oct. 16, 1696, Woodstock, CT. Son of John LEAVENS and Rachel WRIGHT. John was a carpenter at Roxbury on Feb. 25. 1670/1, when he sold land inherited from his father. Married first Jun. 7, 1665, Roxbury, MA; and second Nov. 23, 1674, New Haven, CT Elizabeth PRESTON (b. Sep. 29, 1655, New Haven, CT; d. 1693, Killingly, CT), daughter of Edward. Elizabeth married second Peter ASPINWALL, son of Peter ASPINWALL and Remember PALFREY. Elizabeth (PRESTON) LEAVENS ASPINWALL's daughter Mary ASPINWALL married Dea. Eleazer BATEMAN.

Hannah WOODS - b. May 10, 1638, England; d. Oct. 25, 1666, Roxbury, MA. Daughter of John WOODS and Mary PARMENTER of Sudbury, MA.

Child of John and Hannah Leavens

  1. Hannah - b. Oct. 17, 1666, Roxbury, MA; d. Oct. 16, 1756, Woodstock, CT. Married Jonathan PEAKE.

Children of John and Elizabeth Leavens

  1. James - b. Dec. 9, 1675, Stratford, CT; d. Apr. 23, 1678, Stratford, CT.
  2. Peter - b. Nov. 9, 1677, Stratford, CT; d. Feb. 7, 1708/9, Killingly, CT. Married Dec. 27, 1704, Canterbury, CT Patience BROOKS. Children: Esther; and Peter.
  3. James - b. Oct. 24, 1679, Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT; d. May 9, 1746, Killingly, Windham Co., CT. Married Nov. 21, 1699, Woodstock, Windham Co., CT Mary CHAMBERLAIN (perhaps bap. Oct. 22, 1678, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA; d. Feb. 11, 1729/30). Children of James and Mary LEAVENS: Hannah married Eleazer BROOKS; Jerusha married Cyprian MORSE; John married Mary WINTER; and Elizabeth married Timothy CUTLER.
  4. John - b. Dec. 10, 1681, Roxbury. MA. Died young.
  5. Joseph - b. Nov. 15, 1683, Roxbury, MA. Married. Children: Joseph; Judith; Rachel; Zerubabel; Abigail; Sybil; Sarah; Hannah; Keziah; Alice; and John.
  6. Rachel - b. Dec. 15, 1685, Roxbury, MA; d. May 22, 1755. Intention to Marry Thomas BROWN of Canterbury, CT published Dec. 26, 1705, Woodstock, CT. They were married Jan. 30, 1705/6 at Canterbury, CT.
  7. Benjamin - bap. Apr. 10, 1692, Woodstock, CT. Reportedly married Dec. 21, 1715, Woodstock, CT Elizabeth CHURCH. Son: Benjamin married Dorothy PERRIN.
  8. Mehitabel - b. Feb. 3, 1695/6, Woodstock, CT. Married Nov. 17, 1718, James WILSON, Jr.

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