Wilbur and His Mother

Wilbur Parmely and his Mother (G’pa Parmely & Great Grandma Parmely)

The subjects of the above photograph are as James Wilbur Parmely (1863-1922) and his mother Elizabeth Toay Ferrill (1844-1908). As you can see below, the reverse of the photograph also shows the name of Wilbur’s son Edwin Samuel Parmely (1890-1957). I resolved this possible confusion by dating Elizabeth’s dress to the 1860s. This photograph was purchased from Artifacts, Antiques, and Art on Main Street in Spearfish, SD by a StuffCTWFound.com field operative.

Elizabeth was born in Montreal, one of five children of James Ferrill (1799-1864) and Mary Toay (1810-1888) of Cornwall, England. The couple married in 1834, moved to Canada in the 1840s, and had settled in Wisconsin by 1849. There she married Melvin Augustus Parmely (1843-1910) in 1862 and Wilbur was the first of their 12 children.

Melvin was born in Missouri, the first of more than 20 children fathered by Ellsworth M. Parmely (1819-1913) and his four wives. Rhoda Emmaline Knowlton (1819-1855) was his mother. Melvin’s roots were also in southern England: John Parmely (1615-1689), Melvin’s fourth great-grandfather, emigrated from East Sussex, England to the Connecticut Colony in 1639. Soon after Melvin was born the family moved to Wisconsin, then to Iowa, then to South Dakota in about 1882. He received four land patents in Hand County, SD between 1888 and 1901.

Wilbur was born in Wisconsin. He was a farmer all his life. He married Isabella Hastings Barrett (1870-1910) in Hand County in 1890. Isabella had emigrated from Scotland with her parents, Thomas Barrett (1851-1905) and Mary Stevenson (1850-1918), in 1871 and spent time in Pennsylvania and Iowa before settling in South Dakota. Wilbur and Isabella had five children.

The Parmely family is very well documented on genealogy websites and there is a comprehensive family website where I reckon this photograph may one day appear. There is also a cache of letters from the early 1800s in the Sylvanus and Lois Gould Parmely Collection at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. Sylvanus (1784-1874) and Lois (1789-1873) were Melvin’s paternal grandparents and early settlers in Ashland and Lorain Counties in Ohio.

Wilbur and His Mother

Sallie and Friends

Sallie Branch Vann Yokley

The inscription on the back of the above photograph (see below) says “Me, Sallie Vann Yokley.” We’ve seen over they years that people sometimes do not have precise memories of faces in photographs and the identities of their owners, but we usually take it for granted that the inscriber recognizes herself. In this batch there is some doubt about who everybody else might be.

Sallie Branch Vann (1890-1980) was born in Enfield, NC to Macon Edward Vann (1862-1932), a ship pipefitter, mail carrier, and bookkeeper, and Sallie Branch (1866-1890) who were married in Halifax County, NC in 1887. Her mother died 31 days after she was born. Her only sibling was her older brother, John Richard Vann (1888-1971).

Sallie married William Ross Yokley (1884-1970), a Baptist minister known as Ross, in 1914 at in Pineville, KY. The ceremony was performed by William Cartwright Sale (1876-1958), who may have been an Army buddy of Ross’s, and Sale’s wife, Grace Porter (1875-1953), played “Hearts and Flowers.” Sallie and Ross probably met while both were students at the “Missionary Training School” in Louisville. Ross was born Hughsville, MO to Amos N. Yokley (1859-1949) of NC and Mollie Ann Smith (1857-1920) of KY. After studying at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, Ross was ordained at his home church, Bethel Baptist Church near La Monte, MO in 1907. Ross served at churches from Ohio to Florida, and as a chaplain in the U. S. Army and the Civilian Conservation Corps. They had five children: Mary Virginia Yokley (1915-2004); Sarah Virginia Yokley (1916-2009); Josephine Hunter Yokley (1918-1997); William Ross Yokley, Jr (1921-1952); and Carolyn Dehaven Yokley (1927-1999). Sallie, Ross, Sr., and Ross Jr. are buried in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville.

Sallie wrote on the back of the following photograph that its subject is Lutie Mary Love (1892-1977). She did not name the dogs.

Lutie Morrison Love

Lutie Mary Morrison (1892-1977) was born in Lynchburg, VA to James Nelson Morrison (1848-1926) and Lutie Ann Bunch (1848-1940). She married Jacob Taylor Love (1889-1945) and they had four children.

The inscription on the back of the following photograph identifies the ladies as Edith Boswell and Sallie Vann Yokley. I could not find Edith Boswell and suspect the lady on the right is actually Lutie Morrison Love.

Identified as Edith Boswell and Sallie Van Yokley

The last photograph is inscribed, “Harlan, KY, 1914.”

“Harlan, KY 1914”

Following are the backs of the photographs in order of their appearance.

Sallie and Friends