Gale: You are opening up a can of worms that have bedeviled PARMAN researchers forever. The more generally accepted theory is that Giles Parman was of English descent. However, there are those researching the Parman's who steadfastly defend their theory that they were German. This comes primarily from the fact that Giles and his family lived in the Wyoming Valley PA which was a hotbed for people of German descent. It is believed Elizabeth Penn, Giles 1st wife was of German extraction. However, when Giles moved to Greene Co. TN he was a founding member of a Baptist Church. His eldest son Emanuel married a German woman and converted to the Lutheran religion, which was generally the religion of folks from German extraction. I don't personally believe he was German primarily because of the naming of his children and grandchildren. There are no German names used which would not have been the case if he were German. In fact, the name Giles itself is English.
Suffice it to say that I doubt this controversy will be decided within my lifetime. However, I am certainly willing to listen to other peoples thoughts on this. I would love to find documentation that Giles was either English or German, I don't care which. However, the documentation is simply not there for either theory, at least as far as I have been able to determine.
Good luck with your genealogy.
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