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Source: Family Records or genealogies of the first settlers of Passaic Valley and Vicinity above Chatham, with their ancestors and descendants, as far as could be ascertained in 1851. By John Littell, 1851.


WILLIAM PARSONS, Esq. came to Passaic Valley from Long Island, and settled on lot No. 13 of the Elizabethtown lots, first owned by William Broadwell, where J. H. Parsons lived. He was born 1710, and died 4th October, 1765, aged 55 years. His wife's name was Deborah, who died 5th Feb. 1792, very aged. They had children: (2d Gen.)

1. Deborah, who married David Potter, son of Daniel Potter, as a first wife.

2. William, Jun. who married Mary Searing, of Connecticut Farms. He died 10th Nov. 1792. She was born 2d Sept. 1734, and died 16th August, 1815. They had children: (3d Gen.)

1. Samuel, born 21st February, 1757, and married Polly Crane, daughter of Isaac. He died 25th Dec. 1822. She died 12th Nov. 1850, aged 90 years.

2. Sally, born 10th Dec. 1758, and died 17th Aug. 1831, aged 73 years. She married Capt Samuel Potter, son of Col. Samuel Potter, and removed to Lamington. [See Capt. Samuel Potter.]

3. Jacob Searing, born 7th Jan. 1761, and married, 21st March, 1785, Sally Bonnel, daughter of Benjamin Bonnel, Esq.

4. Daniel, born 10th Nov. 1762, married, 21st March, 1785, Sarah Woodruff, daughter of Matthias Woodruff of Chatham, and went to Ohio.
[Daniel Parsons m. 21 Mar 1785 Sally Woodruffe by Rev. Jonathan Elmer; Presbyterian Church at New Providence, NJ GMNJ Vol 19 No 1 January 1944]

5. Jonathan, born 7th Nov. 1764, married, 30th December, 1790, Elizabeth Allen, daughter of Daniel Allen. He died 9th Sept. 1821, aged 57 years. She died 4th July, 1844.
[Jonathan Parsons m. 30 Dec 1790 Betsey Allen by Rev. Jonathan Elmer; Presbyterian Church at New Providence, NJ GMNJ Vol 19 No 1 January 1944]

6. Elizabeth, born 14th Feb. 1767, married, 17th Feb. 1786, Samuel Cory, of Westfield. He died 1st March, 1810, and she married George Townley. She died 6th May, 1847, without children.
[Betsey Parsons m. 17 Apr 1786 Samuel Cory by Rev. Jonathan Elmer; Presbyterian Church at New Providence, NJ GMNJ Vol 19 No 1 January 1944]

7. David, born 28th Nov. 1768, married, 23d Dec 1789, Jane Osborn, daughter of Jonathan Howel Osborn. She died, and he married, second, Hannah Sturgis, of Green Village. She died, and he married, third, Deborah Mott, who died 18th July, 1829, aged 52 years. He died 10th Nov. 1849, aged nearly 81 years. He had no children by his third wife.
[David Parsons m. 23 Dec 1789 Jenny Osborn by Rev. Jonathan Elmer; Presbyterian Church at New Providence, NJ GMNJ Vol 19 No 1 January 1944]

SAMUEL PARSONS, (son of William, Jun.) and Polly Crane, had children: (3d Gen.)

1. Chloe, who died 7th April, 1788, when young.

2. Polly married, 1st Dec. 1811, Parker Parcel, of Springfield, and had children: (4th Gen.)

1. Chloe Parcel who married Chauncy Canfield, of Connecticut, and had a daughter Chloe, and then died.

2. Matthias Parcel married _____ ; 3. Elizabeth Parcel. 4. Phebe Parcel married Augustus Garrison; went to Illinois. 5. William Parcel married _____ ; 6. Catherine Parcel; 7. Huldah Parcel; 8. Mary Parcel married Moses Vail, and had children, Mary Elizabeth and Harriet Vail, twins.

3. Lewis, who died 6th April, 1789, aged 5 years.

4. Isaac Crane Parsons died 24th March, 1849, unmarried.

5. Sally, who married John Coddington, and had a daughter, 

1. Mary Coddington, who married Samuel Baldwin, son of David. Mr. Coddington then died, and she married Wm. Petty, and had children:

2. Samuel Petty; 3. Sarah Anne Petty; 4. Charlotte Petty; 5. David Petty.

6. Chloe, who married Aaron McKinstry, son of John, of Lamington, and had children:

1. Mary McKinstry; 2. Elizabeth McKinstry; 3. Matilda McKinstry; 4. Thankful McKinstry; 5. Jonathan McKinstry; 6. Sarah McKinstry.

7. Betsey, who married Jonathan Ketchum, lived in Newark, and had children:

1. David Ketchum, who married _____ ; 2. Elmira Ketchum; 3. Margaret Ketchum married _____ ; 4. Hyla Anne Ketchum.

8. Squier, who married Eliza Jennings, daughter of David, and had children:

1. Samuel; 2. Caroline; 3. Phebe Lucretia married Geo. Stanford, son of John, of Boundbrook; 4. Betsey; 5. Aaron; 6. Mary. 

Mrs. Eliza Parsons died January 5th, 1852.

JACOB SEARING PARSONS, (son of William, Jun.,) lived where his father did. He and Sally Bonnel had children: (3d Gen.)

1. William, who died a young man, unmarried.

2. Benjamin, who married Fanny Willcox, daughter of William, son of Noah Willcox; lived in New York. (4th Gen.)

3. Nancy married John Anderson; lived in New York.

4. James Hervey married, 20th Sept 1812, Betsey Doty, daughter of James; lived where his father did. He died 1st March, 1846; his wife died 10th Dec. 1832, aged 42 years; they had children: (5th Gen.)

1. William, who died at 27 years.

2. Pamelia, who married Lyman Meeker, son of Zadoc Meeker, of Clinton.
3. Israel married Harriet Pierson, daughter of Charles,
4. Albert married, 24th Sept. 1851, Sibel Osborn, daughter of John Osborn.

5. Nancy married, 18th July, 1850, John D. Martin, son of Thomas. [See Martin.]
6. Lewis married _____ _____ .

7. Betsey, who died at Clinton, of cholera, 24th August, 1849.

5. Mariah married David Howel of Morris county. He was Elder of the church of New Providence.

6. Electa, who did not marry.

JONATHAN PARSONS, (son of William, Jun.,) lived where his son, Luke, now does; he and Elizabeth Allen, had children: (4th Gen.)

1. Eliphalet, who married Nancy Parcel; removed to Baltimore, and has children: 1. Ira, born 1812, and died at 3 years; 2. Ira, 2d, who died at 23 years; 3. Elizabeth, who died at 5 years; 4. Lewis; 5. Francis Asbury; 6. Harriet, who died at 3 years; 7. Joseph; 8. Stephen; 9. Harriet, 2d; 10. Anna; 11. John, who died at 1 year.

2. Samuel Cory, who married Abigail Parrot, daughter of William, Jun.; had a son, John Parsons, and died.

3. Charlotte married Thomas Squier, son of Stephen. [See Squier.]

4. Luke, who lives where his father did; he married, 1st, Eliza Halsey, daughter of John Halsey, of Morristown, and had children: (5th Gen.)

1. Emily Eugenia, who died 8th Jan. 1841, aged 9 years.

2. Henry Halsey Parsons, born 22d Jan. 1824.

3. George Searing Parsons, born 26th Sept. 1825. 

His wife Eliza, died 27th June, 1827, aged 25 years, and he married, 2d, Eliza Halsey, daughter of Henry Halsey, 3 miles east of Morristown, a cousin of his first wife, and had a son.

4. William Edgar Parsons, born 23d Sept. 1829. 

His 2d wife, Eliza, died 9th Feb. 1838, aged 40 years, and he married, 3d, Eliza Walker, daughter of Miller, by whom he had no children.

5. Anne, born 16th Dec. 1805, and married, 10th March, 1827, David Coddington, son of Archibald, of Mount Horeb; lived at Plainfield, and had children:

1. Jonathan P. Coddington, born 20th Oct. 1829; 2. Mary Louisa Coddington; 3. Edward James Coddington, born 23d Sept. 1834; 4. Ira Coddington, died at 3 weeks: 5 Charles Emory Coddington, who died at 5 1/2 months.

6. Mary, who married David C. L Rounsavelle, son of Peter, and grandson of Nathaniel Littell, Esq and had one son, Daton Rounsavelle, and died in Baltimore, 20th October, 1840, where they lived. [See Nancy Littell, daughter of Nathaniel Littell, Esq.] (3d Gen.)

7. Jonathan, who went to Baltimore; he was born 12th January, 1812, and married Mary Anne Marr, born 7th Nov. 1813, daughter of Thomas Marr, and half sister of D. C. L. Rounsavelle's 2d wile, and had children:

1. Eliphalet, born 18th July, 1834; 2. George Francis, born 12th August, 1836; 3. William, born 25th Nov. 1838, and died at 3 1/2 years; 4. Charles Emory, born 28th May. 1841; 5. David Essex, born 30th June, 1843; 6. Emma Eliza, born 12th November, 1846; 7. John, 8th July, 1848.

DAVID PARSONS, (son of William, Jun.) had children: (5th Gen.)

1. Lewis, born 23d March, 1790, and went to Ohio.

2. John Marsh, born 30th June, 1791, and married, 12th March, 1820, Polly Morehouse, daughter of Simeon; live on Stony Hill, and had children: 1. William; 2. Eliza Anne, who married, 16th November, 1848 Elias Osborn son of Stephen B. Osborn' [see Osborn;] 3. John L.; 4. Nancy M. who married, 16th November, 1848, Ezra Reeve, of Newark; 5. Rebecca.

3 Polly, born 25th May, 1794, and married Samuel Marsh, of Westfield.

4. Rhoda, born 24th March, 1796, and died young.

5. Esther, born 18th March, 1798, is not married.

6. Deborah, born 15th July, 1800, is not married, she lives with Maj. J. Potter.

7. Howel, born 4th July, 1803; he went away, they know not where.

8. William, born 9th March, 1807, and died young.


MATTHIAS PARSONS lived in this Valley. I know not that he was of kin to William Parsons or his family. He married Mercy Shaw, sister of Richard Shaw, and had children: 1. John, baptized 25th May, 1788; 2. Abigail, baptized 25th May, 1788; 3. Phebe, baptized 25th May, 1788; 4. Mary, baptized 26th June, 1791. Mr Parsons, with his family, removed to the Big Miami River, Ohio.


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