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The Family Parmelee
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 15:11

Settling in Connecticut

After arriving in America, John Parmelee (1584-1659) and the other members of the Rev. Henry Whitfield's expedition entered into the Plantation Covenant, a contemporary copy of which is housed at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Plantation Covenant 1639

Jim Walters interprets it to read:

"We whose names are herein written, intending by God's gracious permission, to plant ourselves in New England, and if it may be in the southerly part, about Quinpisac [Quinnipiac, later named New Haven], we do faithfully promise 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 entire plantation and to be helpful to the other in any common work, according to every man's ability and as need shall require, and we promise not to desert or leave each other on 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 into a church way and the choice 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 plantation.

"In witness whereof we subscribe our hands, this first day of June 1639.

[alphabetically]

Robert Bickell/Richell Abraham Crittenden John Housingsoe John Mepham Wm. Plane
John Bishop Wm. Crittenden Thomas Joanes Thomas Naish John Stone
Francis Bushnell Henry Doude John Jurden William Noble Wm. Stone
Francis Chatfield William Dudley Henry Kingstone John Norton Richd. Sutridge
Thomas Cooke John Hoadley Wm. Leete John Parmarly Henry Whitfield

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