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Re: "Parlee Farms" in Chelmsford, MA (one Tyngsboro, MA)
Posted by: Mike Smith (ID *****5504) Date: April 19, 2006 at 11:55:36
In Reply to: "Parlee Farms" in Chelmsford, MA (one Tyngsboro, MA) by Betty Fredericks of 66

If these Parlee families came from New Brunswick, Canada, there is a strong likelihood that they are descended from a Peter Parlee, Sr. who arrived in New Brunswick in 1784. He was a Loyalist who served in the 3rd battalion of New Jersey Volunteers regiment, later remnumbered to the 2nd battalion. He had moved to Bucks county, PA just a few years before the Revolutionary war, having gradually moved through several places across New Jersey, originating in Staten Island, NY. His family name was originally known as Perlier, and his ancestors were French Hugeunots (Protestants) who escaped from France to avoid religious persecution by the Catholics sometime in the 1600's. Peter's name is variously spelled as Perlie, Purlee or Perlee.

I know all this because Peter's sister, Elizabeth, married my gggg grandfather, Nathaniel Parkes. They both served in the same outfit in the New Jersey Volunteers, they both had their property confiscated by the so-called patriots, they went into exile in New Brunswick at war's end in 1784, and their names appear together on at least one land grant. The one grant that I know about was issued on 24/02/1785 in Sunbury County, NB. Peter's grant was for 500 acres.

Well, you didn't ask for any of this, but I thought you, or maybe someone else, might find it interesting.


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