Parsels Family History
Henry "Persel" was born 12 Oct. 1791 in Schraalenburg, Bergen Co. NJ, , the son of Willem Persel and Rebecca Leslie (also spelled Asley, Ashley, Esselie, Lashly, Ossly). He married Sarah Conklin (born 19 Oct 1794) the daughter of John Marcus Conklin and Blondean Ostrom.
Also recorded as children of Willem Persell in the same church records, but with no wife listed, are Jacob, Johannes, Willem and Abraham. Willem's birth is not recorded here, so it is not certain whether he is part of the one Parsel family recorded in this church since 1724. There are no entries at all for any Ossly surname.
Henry's letter from 1862 listing uncles and cousins who have died recently, gives little reference to his own Parsels family line. He only mentions "Unkel David Parsels he is dead and so is cusen garrett". Other references are to the Conklin side of the family, relatives of his deceased wife.
In 1917, Morilla Garrison, a descendant of Henry and Sarah, published a family history for her relatives. She did such a complete job of research and documentation, that copies of her notes, and her 'tree' can be found in almost all the branches of this family.
She traced Sarah's Conklin ancestry back several generations to John Conklin of Rye NY, who resided there in the late 1600's.
She also drew a 'tree' showing all 611 descendants of Sarah and Henry thru the year 1917.
I was lucky enough to find her written history of Sarah's ancestry in the hands of one distant cousin, and then my luck multiplied when I found another distant cousin, who had a copy of the tree.
I was also able to obtain a copy of the letter written by Henry Parsels
in 1862, in which he tells his daughter Caty of the relatives who have
died within the previous 8 years. He also tells her where all
her brothers and sisters were currently located (for correspondence purposes).
*** Dutch Reformed Church, Schraalenburg, Bergen
Co. NJ Church records 1724-1801, copied in 1947