George W. Parlette
History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania and its People; Author Jordan, John
Woolf; pub. Louis Historical New York, 1914; p. 633
family has been identified with some of the most important interests of Delaware
county, Pennsylvania, and its various member have always show a public spirit in
all matters concerning the welfare of the community in which they have lived,
which has been highly commendable. The
name would indicate that this family is of French origin, and they are probably
descended from the French Huguenots, many of whom sought and found refuge in
George W. Parlette was born near Baltimore, Maryland, Mary 7, 1870, and
died in South Media, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 1888.
He was a farmer by occupation, and the greater part of his life was spent
in Harford County, Maryland. He
married Ariel Standeford and they had
children: Elizabeth, born December 25, 1837, died July 31, `862; David Oliver,
born February 25, 2839, died in 1912; Dennis Standeford, born April 25, 1840;
George W., born May 23, 1842, lives in South Media; William Henry; Hannah Ann,
born January 2, 1846, now deceased; Zachariah Taylor, and Winfield Scott,
twins, born May 19, 1847, W. Scott, deceased; James W., born March 19, 1849;
Cordelia S., born July 11, 1850; Claudius Richard, born January 28, 1855.
Mrs. Parlette died in 1893. She
and her husband were members of the Methodist church.
William Henry, son of
George W. and Ariel (Standeford) Parlette, was born in Harford county, Maryland,
March 18, 1843, and died in South Media, Pennsylvania, in November, 1882.
His childhood was spent in Harford county, and it was there that he
learned his trade as a wheelwright. About
1870 he located in Wilmington, Delaware, and lived there about ten years.
He then removed to South Media, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, where he
was identified with his trade until his early death.
He had a shop at Hinkson Corners, which was destroyed by fire in 1881.
He then established a shop in Media, on the same site and in the same
building as the present post office, where he carried on his business until his
death. Mr. Parlette married Margaret, born in Wilmington,
Delaware, 1850, died in Philadelphia 1907, a daughter of Benjamin Franklin
McDaniel, a millwright in Lee’s Mills, Wilmington, Delaware, where he died in
1856. She had one brother, Benjamin
Franklin McDaniel, Jr., who lives in Wilmington.
Children of Mr. And Mrs. Parlette: Frank M., unmarried, lives in
Philadelphia; William P., unmarried, lives in Media; H. Leslie; William A.,
married, lives in Philadelphia; May, died in infancy.
Leslie, son of William Henry and Margaret (McDaniel) Parlette, was born in
Wilmington, Delaware, March 19, 1877. He
was a very young child when his parents removed to Media, Delaware county,
Pennsylvania, and he there attended the public schools.
He completed his education in Upper Providence School No. I.
He commenced his business career at the early age of eleven years,
becoming clerk in a grocery store, a position he retained for one year.
He then worked two years in the mills at Rose Valley and at the age of
fourteen years began an apprenticeship in a blacksmith’s shop in Media where
he remained seven years and then entered the employ of J. W. Moyer &
Company, who were engaged in the manufacture of Overhead Tramrail Systems.
He remained with this concern for a period of four years, at which time
they went out of business. He then
established himself in Washington, District of Columbia, later making his head
quarters in Baltimore, Maryland, and after he had completed all of his contracts
in and around that city, he shipped his equipment to Media, Pennsylvania, opened
a factory there in 1905, and has since been located in that place.
Some of the important contracts he has been called UPON TO ENGINEER HAVE
BEEN Cuba; South America; Baltimore; Washington, Dist of Columbia; Racine,
Wisconsin; Houston, Texas; Charles, West Virginia; Hartford and Bridgeport,
Connecticut; Concord, New Hampshire. The
goods are now made in Media and shipped all over the county, being used in
abattoirs, factories, etc., wherever heavy shifting is done.
In political matters, Mr. Parlette favors the Republican party, and he
and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church.
Mr. Parlette married, February 4, 1903, Elizabeth, born in Manayunk, Pennsylvania, April 3, 1876, a daughter of Liewellyn Clevenger, Sr., a native of Philadelphia, who died in South Media, October 11, 1907; he was a carder in a woolen mill, and married Mary Smith, who was born in Shrewsbury, York county, Pennsylvania. They had children: Elizabeth, mentioned above; Algernon, married Mamie Wetzel; L. M., married Edith Harrison Black; Oliver, married Mae Meridith; Albirdie, died unmarried; Annie; John; Louis; Lettie. Mr. And Mrs. Parlette have had children: H. Leslie, Jr., born March 31, 1904; Elizabeth, born December 3, 1905; Liewellyn, born August 2, 1907; William H., born December 28, 1908; Robert W., born January 11, 1910.
Carol’s note: Ariel Standiford was the daughter of Claudius and Cordelia Hitchcock Standiford. Claudius was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Robinson Standiford.
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