Luther L. Parmeter, farmer, section 20, Barton Township, was born March 5, 1812, in Orange, Franklin Co., Mass. His parents, Nathaniel and Hannah (Chaney) Parmeter, were also natives of the Bay State, where the father was a farmer and lumberman. They removed thence to St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., when the son was seven years old.
He remained in the home of his parents until he was 19 years of age, when he became interested in that branch of lumbering known as "rafting," which he pursued as an occupation two years. He was married in 1839, to Emily Freeman, a native of St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., who was born in 1822. Mr. Parmeter removed to Michigan in July, 1865, and located on 80 acres of land in Barton Township, where he has since carried on the business of farming and operated as a lumberman, as opportunity has afforded. He enlisted in the 11th N. Y. Cav., in 1861, and was discharged for disability after one year's service. Mrs. Parmeter died July 3, 1881, leaving five children: Helen(Mrs. Sylvester Healey), Lucian, Earl, Maud(Mrs. Andrew Ewing), and Fred; two children are deceased.
Mr. Parmeter was a second time married June 19, 1883, to Mrs. Martha (Lewis) Shannon. She was born in Malone, Franklin Co., N. Y. and is the daughter of William H. and Orissa (Seely) Lewis. Her first husband, William Shannon, died in 1874, and left two children: Nelson A. and Marie Antoinette.
Mr. Parmeter is an adherent to the Republican faith, and has held the position of Justice of the Peace 12 years and has officiated in other important local offices.