1. Anstice Cox, youngest of the four daughters of John Cox and Alice Walsbeer, was baptized on 25 June 1587. Her sisters were older by four, seven and nine years. On 3 May 1614 Anstice married Anthony Pardee, who was four years her junior, baptized 17 July 1591. Her husband was a schoolmaster in Pitminster in the west of England where they had married, and later a curate at Taunton. Anstice began having children nine months after their wedding, and within a little over 12 years had five daughters and two sons, beginning with Elizabeth, baptized 6 Feb 1615. George, the Emigrant, was the younger son and the last child but one. He was baptized 19 Feb 1624, and at age 19 or 20 immigrated to New Haven, Connecticut, probably because the Royalists had taken over Taunton and were persecuting Parliamentarians and Puritans. It is not known if the other children stayed in Taunton, or when Anstice died. Anthony died 14 Jan 1646, in his mid-50s.                                                                              
  2. Katherine Lane, second wife of George Pardee (1624-1700), married him in Dec 1662; at the time George had 4 children by his wife Martha Miles, whom he had married when he was 26 years old and had completed his five year apprenticeship to a tailor. When Martha died earlier in 1662, the children ranged in age from 2 ½ to 9 years old and included George Jr. who started one of the Pardee lines in the US. At the time they were married, Katherine’s husband ran the ferry in addition to working as a tailor. Shortly after the marriage he became the schoolmaster of the Hopkins School; though he did not have a college degree, he was the only man in town who knew Latin, learned at school in Pitminster and from his father. Katherine and George produced four children during their 25 or 26 year marriage, in addition to the four who were her stepchildren. Katherine’s first, born in April 1664 (sixteen months after they married) was our first male ancestor born in America, Joseph. He was followed by sisters Rebecca (1666-1731), Sarah, (1668-1756) and Hannah, b. 1672. Katherine may have died by 1688, because it is thought George married a third time to Rebekah, mentioned in records from 1689. Katharine’s birthplace and birth and death dates are not known. 
  3. Elizabeth Yale, born at New Haven Jan 29, 1668, lived only 34 years. She was the daughter of Thomas Yale and Mary Turner. Her father was a stepson of the governor Theophilus Eaton and her mother was daughter of Nathaniel Turner, who had been the first ranking officer of New Haven Colony until he was lost at sea. Elizabeth’s first cousin, Elihu Yale, funded Yale University. In 1689 on the day after her 21st birthday, Elizabeth married Joseph Pardee, the younger and apparently favorite son of the emigrant George Pardee. Joseph was nearly 24. He worked as a joiner; as a teenager he had been the town bell ringer. Elizabeth and Joseph were deeded several pieces of property by his father at the time of their marriage. However, during George Sr.’s lifetime, they lived with him on College Street in New Haven. Their first child, John, was born just nine months after their marriage. The baby lived only one week.  At two year intervals, Elizabeth gave birth to four more sons; the fourth, again named John, was our ancestor. He was born 6 Feb 1697 when Elizabeth was 29 years old. A daughter Mary was born in April 1700, the same month that father-in-law George Pardee died. Elizabeth died in New Haven 19 Sept 1702. Her children were aged 11, 9, 7, 5 ½ (John, our forebear), and 2 ½.  Joseph re-married fifteen months later, to Elizabeth Payne, who was 26 years old. She gave birth to ten children between Sept 1704 and Aug 1721. Joseph lived into his 70s, as did his second wife; they had settled the family in West Haven, while half-brother George settled East Haven, producing five children with his first wife and seven with his second. 
  4. Betsey Horn, born at Bristol (?), England, 1699, is thought to have been abducted by Free Rovers (pirates? white slavers?) from London and brought to the New World to be sold into bond servitude. She was ransomed by, and married, our ancestor Lieutenant John Pardee of the Connecticut militia. He was around two years her senior and was the fifth child, third surviving son of Joseph Pardee and Elizabeth Yale. Presumably John and Betsey were married before Oct 1722, when their first child, our predecessor Thomas, was born. By then, they had moved to Norwalk, Connecticut; they moved to Sharon sixteen years later. John was a shoemaker and tanner by trade, obtained a lot of property, and served as one of the first representatives of Sharon in the Connecticut Assembly. Betsey, meanwhile, gave birth to seven children in Norwalk and four more in Sharon, the last two being born when she was in her early 40s. Betsey lived to be around 62 years old; she died in Sharon, Connecticut on 8 Jan 1762. After her death, John married a widow, but that marriage produced no additional children. 
  5. Weltheon Cook, born at Windham (?), Connecticut, 20 Aug 1724, was a daughter of Bradford Cook and Lydia Ripley. She married Thomas Pardee at Sharon 24 Nov 1743 when she was 19 years old and he was 21. He eventually attained the rank of Captain of the train band of the east part of Sharon (whatever that was), and served in the Connecticut Assembly. Weltheon was of Mayflower descent. She had ten children between Christmas Day, 1744 and Feb 1759. The first, a daughter, died at three months. Our ancestor Samuel was born eleven months later, on 7 Mar 1746. Then another Christmas daughter was born in 1748; she lived to adulthood. There followed a son Gamaliel who died at one month, then, six months later, another Gamaliel who survived, a son William in 1754, followed two years later by boy and girl twins who died within a month of their birth. Another son and daughter followed the twins. A son died at 12, a daughter (Asena, the youngest), at 18. Weltheon outlived many of her children, dying at age 80 in Sharon. 
  6. Faith Brewster was born at Windham, Conn., 18 Nov 1746. She was descended from Elder William Brewster: (her father was James, son of Jonathan, son of Wrestling With the Devil, son of Love God, son of William). Her mother, Faith Ripley, and her husband’s maternal grandmother, Lydia Ripley, both were from Windham, and probably were related.  On 12 Oct 1769, at nearly 23 years of age, Faith Brewster married Captain Samuel Pardee, in Sharon, Connecticut where they lived all their lives and had nine children within the first eighteen years of their marriage. Their first daughter, Lavinia, was born eleven months after their marriage; their son, Augustus S. (originally Samuel Augustus) was born a year later. Those two lived beyond their parents, but were followed by three that died in infancy or toddlerhood. The next four children, Luther, Orrin (our ancestor), James, and Laura lived to adulthood, but James died at a young 29, several months before his mother Faith died on 26 Dec 1815 at age 69. Faith’s oldest and youngest daughters, Lavinia Pardee Beardsley and Laura Pardee Tucker as well as sons Augustus, Luther and Orrin, survived her husband Samuel Pardee who himself was the longest surviving of the ten children of Thomas and Weltheon, living until 26 April 1827, aged 81.  
  7. Julia Gay, born at Sharon, 1 Feb 1789, was the daughter of Daniel Gay and Clarissa Ensign. In 16 Sept 1810, at age 21, she married Orrin Pardee, a farmer and a Captain in the Connecticut militia. He was seven years her senior, having been born (also in Sharon) on 27 Jan 1782. As a very young man he had married a teenage girl, Polly, who died at age 18 in June 1804. Julia and Orrin had nine children while living in Sharon, the first a son Richard born thirteen months after their marriage, the last a daughter Helen Maria born in Feb 1829. Our ancestor was their fourth child, Augustus, born 11 June 1817, presumably named after Orrin’s oldest brother. Death dates of Julia’s and Orrin’s children are not known; one hopes they all survived Julia, who died at age 47 on 7 May 1836. Orrin lived 21 years longer; he died at East Bloomfield, NY, on 6 Dec 1857 at age 75. He had moved the family to Romulus, NY, in the same year that Julia died; there he married a third time, to Sophia (Delano) Gibson. She and Orrin had three more children, the last when he was 60 years old.  
  8. Emily McKnight was born at Rochester, NY, 24 Aug 1827, daughter of William McKnight and Elsie Bristol. She married Augustus Pardee on 25 April 1850 when she was 22 and he was 33. They had two children, our ancestor William McKnight, born 18 Feb 1855, nearly five years after his parents married. Emily and Augustus had moved to Brooklyn by the time William was born and to NYC when he was a few months old. Their second son, Howard Ashley, was born in NYC four years later, on 3 Feb 1859. In 1865, the family moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey. When Augustus died on 20 June 1879, his and Emily’s younger son was 20 years old and in college (he later attended medical school and was father of our “cousin Katharine” and her sister Emily and brother Howard Judd). Their older son William had returned to his parents’ home six months earlier to recuperate from malaria. With him was his wife of one year, who gave birth to their first child a month before her father-in-law died. Emily lived until 9 May 1896, 68+ years old, surviving her son William (our ancestor) by two years. 
  9. Katharine Dransfield was born in New Harmony, Indiana, on 12 February 1855. She was daughter of Catherine Husband and Charles Dransfield, both of families that were drawn to the utopian socialist society established a few decades earlier in New Harmony. The Husbands and Dransfields were partners in a large brick making operation. At age 23 she married William McKnight Pardee, who was six days younger than she and whom she had met when his survey company was working in the area of New Harmony. Their first daughter, Elsie, was born eleven months after their wedding and died before she was 4 months old. A second child, Howard, was born on the same day as Elsie (30 May) two years later, when the family was living back in Katharine’s home town of New Harmony. Howard lived to be only 31 months old. After the couple moved to Fort Wayne, their son Robert McKnight (our ancestor) was born on 27 March 1885 and another Elsie arrived two and a half years later on 9 Oct 1887. A few years later, in 1891, Katharine’s husband was diagnosed with tuberculosis. She traveled in the Rocky Mountains and California with him, in search of a cure, but he died 8 March 1894 when Elsie was only 6 and Robert about to turn 9. Katharine and William were 39 when he died. Within a year of her husband’s death, Katharine returned to New Harmony with her children; in her last years, she lived with her son’s family in Atlanta, Georgia, where she died on 18 July 1924. The family returned her remains to New Harmony later that summer.
  10. Emily Purvis was born in Mulranny, County Mayo, Ireland, 13 Jan 1889, daughter of Samuel Purvis and Mary Jane Cairns. She was the youngest of seven or perhaps nine children in a family that emigrated to Canada but returned to Ireland from time to time. Emily was closest to her sister Annie Purvis Glines,who was 7 or perhaps 9 years older than she. The two of them and their mother lived winters in Los Angeles for a number of years (Samuel having died when Emily was quite young). Emily worked as a secretary. In 1912 she met Robert McKnight Pardee, a civil engineer who was nearly four years her senior and was working with a railroad survey crew in western Canada. He was looking for water and secretarial help on her brother Albert’s ranch. The couple married on 11 September 1912. Their first child, John Munn McKnight Pardee, was born eleven months later on 9 Aug 1913, when Robert had taken a job as city engineer for the city of Buffalo, NY. Emily was 24 and Robert was 28 when they started their family. They moved to Pittsburg shortly before the birth of their second child, Constance, born 6 Dec 1917, then lived for around two years in Houston, Texas, and settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where they were living when their two youngest sons were born in 1920 and 1923. Like his father, Robert died young of tuberculosis, early in the Great Depression, 11 April 1930. The children were between 7 and 16 years old at his death. Emily returned to work as a secretary and took in boarders. All her children graduated from college. All served in the Armed Forces during WWII. Forced into retirement at age 80, she moved into an apartment in Charlotte, NC, where her daughter Connie Braxton lived with her family. Emily still was living on her own with Connie’s support when she died of a massive heart attack on 21 Aug 1976. She was 87 years old.

 Compiled by Jude Pardee from the Pardee Geneology

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