I, also, looked at the name "Parmelia" to compare it to the V's and P's. I decided that was actually "Cornelia" (anyone ever heard the name Parmelia?).
I vote for Pennsylvania, which is right next to Ohio. To get to OH from Virginia, you have to go through West Virginia, don't you? That seems a "fur" way to go back in the 1880's via horseback/wagon.