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The P*rr*tt Society is a registered one-name genealogical society for those interested in the study of the family origins of the names Perrott, Perrett, Parrett, Parrot, etc.

Members of the Society receive the quarterly Family Notes journal and have access to the Society’s considerable research data. These pages are updated regularly with Society news as well as information likely to be of interest to researchers on the world-wide web. New members are always welcome and membership details are given on these pages.



We are sad to announce the recent death of Peter Perrett, P*RR*TT Society member no. 1, who with George Perrett founded the Society in 1984. In the early years of the Society Peter worked tirelessly to establish it as one of he highest rated Family History societies in the country, acting as its Chairman, Secretary, Research Director, Magazine Editor and Treasurer.

Born in Taplow, Bucks in 1927 and by profession a civil engineer, Peter took early retirement to focus first on founding a local boys’ football league, and from 1979 to trace his family history. Following the publication of George’s book ‘In Search of the Perretts’ he and George in 1984 organised a meeting in Bath of 40 interested people and at this meeting the Society was formed. At the time George estimated that it might last 5 years but it continues today, 33 years later.

In later years ill health prevented Peter from taking an active part in the affairs of the Society but he was its leading light over many years and introduced countless P*RR*TTS to the pastime of genealogy. He appeared a number of times on radio and TV in support of the Society.

The number of people who have taken an interest in P*RR*TT genealogy has increased immensely since 1984 and many new avenues of research – principally the internet – have appeared but we will remember Peter as a pioneer whose dedication to the hobby helped countless other researchers. We shall miss him, and our sincere condolences go out to his widow, Joyce, and to his children.


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The P*rr*tt Society, covering all spellings of the name, was officially inaugurated in April 1984. The formation of the Society was a direct result of the publication by George Perrett in 1983, of his book In Search of Perretts. Mr Peter Perrett of Crowborogh, East Sussex was instrumental in establishing the Society. Peter was the Secretary for many years and still remains active as the President of the Society.

The aims of the Society are as follows:


To maintain an association of those interested in the origins, history and development of the various branches of the family, the various spellings of whose names are shown on the letterhead of the Society.


To circulate a quarterly journal to inform members about matters of topical interest relating to the family, and to publish genealogical and biographical information.


To encourage the study of the history of the various spellings of the name shown on the the letterhead of the Society and to encourage the publication of definitive research where this is appropriate.

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This is a sample of the information provided to members of the P*rr*tt Society in the most recent edition of Family Notes. Family Notes is a 56-page printed magazine that is distributed to society members every quarter.

News from America

Wayne Parrott (775) has been busy scouring the newspaper archives for P*rr*tt articles …

The Wyandott Herald – Kansas City, Kansas – 26th April 1892

The remedies for the grip are almost as numerous as the cases of that dreaded malady. One was tried by William Parrott, of Dillsboro, Ill., at the suggestion of a well-meaning friend, between whom and the unfortunate Parrott there is now a chilling coolness. The friend told Parrott that his grip would be driven from his system in ten hours by a warm lye bath. Parrott followed his friends instructions, and the warm lye caused the patient to shed his skin like a snake, and removed his hair and beard. He is now as bald as a billiard ball, and his cuticle all over his body is as smooth as that of a freshly skinned calf. But the grip is gone.

The Maysville Bulletin – Maysville, Kentucky – 7th February 1901

At Batavia, O., Robert Parrott, with half a dozen comrades, engaged in a foot race. The runners circled one of the principal and largest squares, dropping out one after the other, until Parrott and his brother were running for the honors, side by side. Robert Parrott won the race after running around the square twenty-seven times, a distance of about five miles, without stopping. He collapsed soon afterward, dying from exhaustion.

The person in the article is Robert Kennedy Parrott (1884-1901), a descendant of John Parrott, arrived to Maryland 1736, family #052 listed at

Detroit Free Press – Detroit, Michigan – 26th May 1903

Yesterday morning at an early hour George Parrott and Charles Dorland, both of whom work on the Hacker dairy farm, went to the barn to do the milking. Parrott became impatient because of the other man’s slowness, whereupon words passed between them and Parrott struck Dorland over the head with a milking stool, inflicting a severe wound which had to be sewed up. He made a complaint and Parrott was fiend $10 and costs. Both are remarkably quiet men, neither one having ever been mixed up in a quarrel before.

The Adair County News – Columbia, Kentucky – 9th September 1908

Mr. Tyler Parrott, of Campbellsville, was badly bitten by a copperhead snake Sunday of last week. He and a young lady were out buggy riding and they noticed a snake crossing the road. Tyler alighted to kill the reptile, and he concluded he would do it the old time way, catch it by the tail and jerk the head off. The snake’s tail was protruding from under fence rails, and Tyler slipped up and took hold, and as he did so the fangs of the reptile were fastened on his hand, the snake having drew his head to where his tail was. Parrott threw the snake from him and killed it, but before he reached town, on his return, he had a badly bitten hand and arm and was suffering great pain.

The person in the article is Rhodam Towler ‘Tyler’ Parrott (1888-1986, descendant of Lawrence Parrott from Northumberland Country, Virginia, family #062b listed at – he is Wayne Parrott’s third cousin three times removed.

The Tennessean – Nashville, Tennessee – 15th July 1890

LONG-STANDING QUARREL. Rival of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud to Be Produced in Arkansas.

PINE BLUFF, ARK., JULY 14. – C. K. and T. P. Huddlestone, two brothers, were shot and killed by Charles Parrott near Orlando, a few miles south of this city, Saturday evening. The killing was the outcome of a long-standing quarrel between the two families, both of whom are numerous and wealthy. The Huddlestones have four brothers left, who swear vengeance for the death of their brothers, while the Parrotts assert they will die by their kinsmen, and it is thought a good deal of blood will be shed before the affair is settled.

The person in the article is Charles Lafayette Parrott (1857-1938) descendant of Henry Blanton Parrott, from Greene Co., Georgia, family #069 listed at

Hartford Republican – Hartford, Kentucky – 21st June 1918

P. Parrott, a prisoner in the Morganstown jail, who had just been given a life sentence in the penitentiary, escaped from jail one day last week, and after a diligent search by the officials, was discovered in top of a tree in the jail yard. Persuasion supplemented by a shower of stones by the street urchins, finally induced the prisoner to come down from his perch.

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The Times Dispatch – Richmond, Virginia – 4th December 1910

A Neglected Cough – Dangerous Catarrh Followed. “I have been using Peruna for some time for a cough and catarrh of the throat with very satisfactory results.

“Having neglected the cough, catarrh developed, and my physician said I was threatened with catarrh of the stomach. My breath was very offensive, and I was troubled with nausea. Less than two bottles of Peruna cured me” – Mr. George Parrott

Frank Alvord Perret (1867-1943) was a volcanologist, inventor and entrepreneur. He spent some time working in the laboratories of Thomas Edison in New York and was particularly noted for his studies of Mount Vesuvius. Frank was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His father, Charles Perret, came from Switzerland and worked in New York as a watch importer.
Frenchman Jules Perrot (1810-1892) was a dancer and choreographer who became Balletmaster of the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg. While in Russia he met and married Capitoline Samovskaya, with whom he had two children. Jules was internationally acclaimed for creating some of the most enduring ballets of the nineteenth century.

Jules Perrot was the subject of a painting, The Dance Class, by Edgar Degas in 1874 – by this time he had retired to Paris, where he gave dance classes.

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