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Wexford Parle

From: Bridget Parle 
Sent: Saturday 10 August 2002 
To: Michael A Parle

Hi Michael, 
My name is Bridget Parle and I'm afraid I am a first time user of the internet, which is very sad in this day and age, but there you go!  My first search was for the name Parle and I came up with your site.  My family come from Wexford, a village called Ramsgrange, New-Ross.  An aunt of mine, as far as I know traced our family back as far as Steven Parle, who was one of the brothers who landed on the Saltee Islands (which as a child I have visited).  If you would like any more information please contact me.

Bye for now, Bridget.


Irish placenames in Wexford

From: John Patrick Parle 
Sent: Wednesday 14 August 2002 

Greetings Parle researchers,

Some of us Parles will be doing family research related to County Wexford and will be mystified by the maze of Irish placename types. Here is a bit of info on the subject.

In the 1800s, townlands were the smallest official territorial unit, and a number of townlands were combined to form a civil parish (a territorial unit no longer in existence). These civil parishes were useful for record-keeping and taxation, and were different from the Roman Catholic church parishes (which often had four or so civil parishes in their boundaries). Townlands in Wexford were often a couple hundred acres in size, though size could vary. 

Normally when looking for Parle ancestors it is best to find the townland and civil parish they lived in; then it will be possible to find the lot number per the 1853 Griffith's Valuation, after which it will be possible to find the exact location of their property on the Ordnance Survey Maps.

For administrative purposes, civil parishes were combined into baronies, of which there were ten in Co. Wexford. In all, Co. Wexford was carved to make up four Poor Law Unions: centered in Wexford town, New Ross, Enniscorthy, and Gorey. (Two little plots of northern Wexford were part of the Shillelagh Poor Law Union.) The 1853 Griffith's Valuation document was organized largely by the official governmental placename categories mentioned above. Then too, Co. Wexford was part of the Leinster province, there being four provinces in Ireland. 

An article posted at , called "Irish Place Names and the Immigrant" by Dwight A. Radford and Kyle J. Betit, has these neat things below to say about Irish territorial units smaller than townlands. (For instance, there is a Parle's Field in Bannow, Co. Wexford, and my sister saw a reference to a Parle's Gap in a novel set in Blackwater, Co. Wexford.)  

Townland Sub-denominations. Within the official townlands there are other smaller subdivisions such as field and farm names known to the local people. There are also small communities within townlands not large enough to be towns; these communities have unique names and may only include a few houses. 

These sub-denominations within a townland ("Cherry Grove" in Croom civil parish, County Limerick, for example) are not listed in the 1851, 1871, and 1901 townland indexes. Sub-denominations may, however, be found in official records such as civil registration or on the Ordnance Survey maps of Ireland. For this reason, examining the "Manuscript Index to the Original 6" to the Mile Ordnance Survey Maps may be the quickest method of determining in which townland, civil parish, and county an obscure place name is located. It is not uncommon for an immigrant to identify with one of these small parcels of ground rather than with the townland name. 

Best wishes, and happy hunting.

John Patrick Parle, USA


Ellis Island

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Sent: Friday 16 August 2002 
To: Michael A Parle 
Subject: Did You Find Your Family History?

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Australian Parle/Paxton

From: williams family history 
Sent: Saturday 17 August 2002 

Hi there, 

I'm researching some of the PARLE family from Sydney, Australia. The people of interest are Richard Patrick PARLE (Son of James & Elizabeth) and his wife Rothes PARLE (Nee Paxton). I'm connected to the PAXTON family. 

Would love to hear from you all!
Thanks,  Sean Williams.


Parles in 1798 Wexford rebellion

From: John Patrick Parle
Sent: Thursday 24 October 2002 

Greetings Parle researchers,
In 1798 the United Irishmen rebellion in Ireland focused largely in Co. Wexford. After the British quelled the revolt, about 60 Irishmen from the rebellion were executed in Wexford town. Among these were a Nicholas Parle and a Thomas Parle. These names are found in the list of Irish executed between June 1798 and December 1800; the list is posted at: 1798.html 

John Patrick Parle, USA


Re: Parle

From: Joan Parle 
Sent: Saturday 26 October 2002 
To: Michael A Parle

Dear Mike
Unfortunately I only have an internet TV set box which does not allow me to enter your website. I have forwarded your message to my sisters and brother so that they can benefit from your diligence.
I have a first cousin Mary Finton who lives in the Parle family home in Ballycogley, county Wexford. She has been working on the family tree so I will give you her email address in case that is of any interest to you.
I plan on buying a lap top next year as I miss out on so much.
Yes you may print any correspondance from me.
My brother is John Parle, my sisters are Annita Parle and Margaret Parle.
If I can be of any asistance please do not hesitate to let me know.

Thank you for your input.
Cheers Joan.


Re: Parle

From: David R. Parle 
Sent: Sunday 27 October 2002 
To: Michael A Parle

Hello Mike:
My father, who he passed away in 1997, was Ralph Earnest Parle. My mother Jean Leitch. I was born in 1956. My brother Steven Charles Parle, Sister Sandy Jean Parle. My uncle is Walter Parle, Wanda's ex-husband. Please forward my e-mail address to her I would really like to talk to her. My grandmother passed some years ago. Her daughters Florence, Aldith still live in San Jose, California.( I am in the process of checking on more info but need Wanda's help). I have lost contact with the California Parles when I moved to Quitman Arkansas.

Hope to here from you soon
David R. Parle


RE: Parle

From: Bob Hobson 
Sent: Sunday 27 October 2002 
To: Michael A Parle

I am at present scanning any documents (birth/death certs) of my Great Grandfather and will make them available to you. It is great to see so much on the Parle's, my Grand Mother was the only relative of Luke Parle in Keighley and believed there to be no other's Parle's locally (it being an unusual surname), so she would be happy to see this interest. My one ambition is to find a photo of her father, has she never saw him, due to his death on the Somme.


Australia WWI and Roll of Honour

From: Dennis Parle
Sent: Wednesday 30 October 2002 
To: Michael A Parle
Cc: Mike Parle

Hi Michael,
Good to hear from you.  Incidentally I have a son Michael, in fact there are a few Michael Parles around.
Congratulations on the way you have indexed all the information that Mike Parle diligently collected. In the end I found Mike's 175 pages quite overwhelming and hard to follow but you have come up with an outstanding way of presenting the info.

With specific regards to the WWI story it makes interesting reading but there is some superfluous add ons such as postscripts and other more irrelevant personal enquiries.  I therefore think much of the story could be culled and an odd editors note included.  If you would like I will have a go at it but it will take me a few weeks as I am flat out at the moment (retirement gives no rest to the wicked).  I will come back to you re having my email address included.

As you will see under the index "roll of honour" I proposed a roll for those Parles who died serving their countries. I have not yet got around to this but still plan to do it.  On reading the emails in the roll of honour there are again some references to snow and bushfires which have no relevance to the real issue.  If you wish I will also edit this.

I have copied Mike Parle with this email so would like to have both your comments about editing before I act.

Incidentally Michael what part of the UK do you live in?



From: Michael A Parle
Sent: Saturday 2 November 2002
To: Dennis Parle
Cc: Mike Parle

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, Mike's 175 pages may have been difficult to follow, but if he had not put in the hard work gathering so much information together I would not have had the basis for the website.
In trying to divide up all the Parle info into suitable categories I am aware that some items may be out of place or duplicated. However I think the personal inquiries and the references to snow, bushfires, sunshine etc add a personal dimension to the Parle family contributors. But I do agree that there is some tidying up to be done - all to be done tomorrow, whenever that is!
I am delighted that you have edited the Australia-WWI page. Your contribution is most welcome. I hope that other Parles might find the time to do likewise.
You ask which part of the UK I am from. I now live in Devon, but was born in Widnes, Cheshire (Lancashire then)
see my home page 

Best wishes,


Ref: Website

From: Christine 
Sent: Thursday 31 October 2002 
To: Michael A Parle

Dear Michael,
Thank you for your email, I have enjoyed browsing your WebPages on the Parle
genealogy well done.
I may have several emails that maybe of interest to add to the site. A coat of Arms,that's a difficult one, we were offered a search from the College of Arms, cost then was 70.00.
I think we do have a link to a coat of arms, we were not of common stock many years ago our family I believe shared a coat of arms but this has to be proved. I hope eventually to do more research on this matter.
Please us my notes on the Parle family, Coats of Arms by all means.
Will look into my emails and send what I think is useful for the site.
At last I found G.G.G.Grandad John Parle - he came from Wexford. Now the hard bit (find his birth cert).

Yours faithfully



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