Amos Parmenter m Tryphena Bannister 8 April 1798

Amos Parmenter was born 15 August 1773 in Framingham MA, son of Amos and Mary (Berry) Parmenter.  This date was taken from an index on Family Search.  The story quoted below gives a different date, but his headstone matches the birth year of 1773.  When he was 13, his father died.  Tryphena Bannister was born 23 February, 1782, in Goshen MA, daughter Barzallai and Deborah (Cushman) Bannister.  Amos married Tryphena 8 April 1798 in Framingham.  They had 12 children.  Amos and family moved to Antrim NH.  Tryphena died 10 days after the birth of her daughter, who was named Tryphena.  Amos married Mrs. Hannah Heald, and she died 25 December 1859.  Amos, Tryphena, and Hannah are all buried at Center Cemetery in Antrim (and are listed at Find-A-Grave.)

Amos was listed in the 1790 and 1800 census in Framingham MA, and thereafter in Antrim (except that I could not find him in Antrim in 1830). 

Amos Parmenter served as executor for several estates.   

History of the town of Antrim, New Hampshire: from its earliest settlement … by Warren Robert Cochrane

PARMENTER.

The name Parmenter signifies “a mountaineer.” They were French Huguenots, and fled to England in 1520 to escape massacre. John Parmenter (whose father John came over with him) came from England in 1635, and became one of the first proprietors of Framingham, Mass. He had a son George, who married Hannah Johnson, and died in 1727. Amos, son of this George, married Mary Wood in 1715, and, besides other children, had a son Phinehas, who was born in 1717, married Zebulah Parmenter, and they had but one child, Amos, born in 1736, who was the father of Dea. Amos Parmenter of Antrim.

Dea. AMOS PARMENTER, son of Amos and Mary (Berry) Parmenter, was born in Framingham, Mass., in 1769. (The town records of Framingham show that he was four years older than his tombstone indicates.) He married, first, Tryphena Bannister of Framingham in 1798, and came from that place to Antrim in 1800. He had great difficulty in finding the town, then called in common talk ” Enterum,” a pronunciation not yet dead. He traveled several miles northwest of Antrim, was displeased with the land, and was on his return home; but, on being told again of this township, he turned back and bought twenty-five acres on the spot now owned by his son, George F. Parmenter, on which there was then a small house in the corner of the field northwest of the present house, which seems to have been built and occupied some years by Taylor Joslin. The rest of his large farm he subsequently bought and cleared. His wife died Feb. 2, 1818, aged thirty-six, and he married, second, Mrs. Hannah Heald of Carlyle, Mass., in 1821. In 1827 he built the brick house; was appointed deacon in the Presbyterian Church in 1825. He was a live, wide-awake man, doing business for other people constantly, and filling many important places during his long life. Held all the offices the town could confer. His second wife died Dec. 29, 1859, aged eighty-six, and he survived her, dying Aug. 15, 1865, as easy as a child drops to sleep. Thus he entered on his ninety-seventh year. His children, all by the first wife, were Nancy, Prescott, Luke, John, Lawson, Charles, Horace, George F, Almira, Gardiner, Harriet, and Tryphena.   

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