|Portville on July 24th, 1887. He was one of the most highly respected pioneers of this |
area. His wife, Lavinia, died on January 8, 1907, aged 84. in Portville on July 24th, 1887.
Jeremiah Parrish of Plainfield, Connecticut, and Stockbridge, Vermont, was born in Canterbury,
Connecticut on February 17, 1765, and died in Portville, New York, on July 16, 1851, at the home
of his son, Smith Parish.
In June 1780, Jeremiah enlisted in the Connecticut Troops in Canterbury, Connecticut, for three
months as private under the command of Captain James Dana. He enlisted again on May 7, 1783,
until September 20, 1783, as private under Captain Benjamin Durkee, Connecticut Troops. His
pension records of 1832 stated that he served as a private in the Connecticut Continentals under
In the year 1787, he married Thankful Abbott, who bore his seven children:
|Alice Parrish (b. 21 November 1788), married John Sanderson|
|Nehemiah Parrish (b. 10 January 1790), moved to Louisiana and died there|
|Jared Parrish (b. 6 September 1792), married Lucy Granger of Woodstock, CT|
|Phoebe Parrish (b. 4 September 1794), married Jacob Rice|
|Harvey Parrish (b. 29 August 1796 d. 1881), married Sybil Sykes|
|Lydia Parrish (b. 27 August 1800)|
|Smith Parish (b. 27 October 1804 d. 1887 Portville), married Catherine Wales and Lavina |
Jeremiah's wife, Thankful Abbott, died in 1818. Soon after her death, in 1820, at the insistence of
his son, Smith, Jeremiah came to Western New York. Jeremiah's brother, Nehemiah (1759-1832),
was already here and farming in Farmersville. Jeremiah bought a farm there himself, a contract of
180 acres, and eventually remarried a woman named Sarah Porter. Another son of Jeremiah and
Thankful, Jared, came to Western New York and settled in Hinsdale. Jared's three sons, Lester
Julius and John G. remained in this area. John is the most known to us in Portville, as he later
became the foreman at the Mersereau Sawmill.
Jeremiah Parrish died at the home of Smith Parish in 1851 and is buried in the Chestnut Hill
Cemetery in Portville.
Photos of the Parish family can be viewed in the attached PDF file (13 pages).