I have been studying this line alot lately and it is my belief that the elder Parmenas was born in Essex County, Virginia around 1755 to 1760 and he was the son of Ambrose Pilkinton and the brother of Nicanor Pilkinton (my ancestor). Ambrose died March 4, 1774 in Essex County and his estate was administered in 1777. Three Pilkington/Pilkinton's purchased some of his items: Sarah Pilkinton (household items), Permenus Pilkington (coat and breeches) and "Icaner" Pilkington (coat). I assume "Icaner" to be my Nicanor Pilkinton. Ambrose appears to be the son of William Pilkinton who died in Essex County in 1848 and had a will which mentioned his wife and three daughters (Appalonia, 3 daus: Appalonia, Frances and Jane); however the will was proved in court by Ambrose Pilkinton and Isaac Hawes. I have found many land transactions for this William who was apparently indentured from England around 1700 or so by Thomas Tinsley who claimed 50 acres for him in 1704 in Essex County. There are several voting records for Ambrose Pilkinton in the same area in the 1760's. My ancestor Nicanor named his third son Ambrose which would fit known tidewater Virginia naming patterns. Nicanor also named a son Larkin. There is a Larkin Pilkinton from Chesterfield/Powhatan area born in the 1760's who stated that he was born in Essex county, Va. in his Revolutionary records. Permenus (spelled several ways)stayed on the Pilkinton land in Essex County around the Loretto-Occupacia creek area and his descendants appear to go by Pilkington although the name in early records is Pilkinton. The younger Permenus discussed here that ended up in Alabama is the son of John Pilkinton Sr. from Virginia. I can only speculate that this John could be the elder Permenus' brother due to his age (he was born in the mid 1700's) and the fact that he named a son Permenus. That would make John the son of Ambrose also. This is speculation, but the unusual name appears to connect everyone. Parmenas and Nicanor are both biblical names and appear only ONCE in the King James Bible: BOTH are in Acts 6:5.
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