The present volume was made possible by the generosity of the late William Scranton Pardee of New Haven, in his life an active member, and by the terms of his will a benefactor, of The New Haven Colony Historical Society. Under one clause of his will, a fund was established, to be administered by the Society for a history of his first American ancestor, George Pardee, and of the Pardee family.
THE PARDEE NAME
A large majority of the Pardees of America descend from George Pardee, who settled in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1644. The name was spelled Pardee or Pardy in the early records, but the former became the standard spelling in nearly all branches of the family. In a few instances, the spelling Pardy was adopted and occasionally has survived to the present time.
PARDIEU AND PARDE
The undoubted French origin of the Pardee name, and the long accepted tradition that George Pardee was of French descent, justify a brief investigation of families of a similar name in France. Mr. Theodore Q. Pardee very kindly furnished a document dealing with the subject which was prepared for him in France, and following this ldead Mr. J. Homan Pardee engaged the services of M. Sorbier, whose official position, and wide knowledge of French genealogies, guarantee the authenticity of his findings. The unquestioned fact that the name Pardee is derived from Pardieu leads interest to the knowledge that a distinguished family named Pardieu flourished in Normandy, just across the channel from England. The account of this family was prepared by M. Sorbier:
Chapter 3 - George Pardee in England
Until recently, nothing was definitely known about George Pardee, the ancestor of the American Pardees, prior to 1644, when he was first mentioned in the New Haven records as being apprenticed to Francis Brown. The only clue to his Old World antecedents was afforded by the known fact that he has studied Latin in his youth, making him competent to serve as rector of the Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven.