We tie into the family of PARSONS by Paulser B. PARSONS & Statira CONNOLLY >(W)VA.
Paulser is the son of the Joseph PARSONS and Elizabeth BUSH who were married in Harrison Co (W)VA in 1804.
Our branch comes in thru their son Edward P. PARSONS and his first wife Sarepta COTTRILL/COTTRELL. From what little I can gather on them, they lived in Gilmer County WV.
Gilmer Co marriages by Wes Cochran show Edward and Sarepta married on Mar 11, 1872.
1880 Census of Gilmer Co shows them with three children: Daniel E (7), Philip P (5), and *Paulser J (3). From there I have nothing else on them that I can back up.
What happened to Sarepta?
I found Edward P. (53) getting married again in Gilmer County WV on Feb 12, 1892 to Sarah C NORMAN (23). According to other researchers they had children too.
Is there anyone else out there who may tie into Edward's line or could enlighten me on it?
Also, I would really be interested in doing some barter lookups with someone from Lewis or Gilmer counties to help me gather verification on some things. I could help with courthouse records in Ritchie, Wirt, Wood, or Jackson counties in exchange if anyone is interested.
My sisters and I are trying to make an accurate family history for our father who has wanted it done for years so any and all help is very much appreciated.
I have something else I wanted to share too about PARSONS. I had used a page from Wes Cochran's Wirt County WV marriage records and saved it in my files. It stated:
Wirt Co Marriages 1848 - 1899 (pg 60)
Parsons, Charles 63
Ayres, Mary J. 53 5/8/1893
>>>>>>> BUT >>>>>>
While at the Wirt County Courthouse I saw two records stating that it was "Elias" PARSONS and not Charles that married Mary J. Ayers on that date. This is what I have now.--------------
Wirt Co. WV
Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages #1, 1854 - 1900
Parsons, Elias (63) (w)
Ayers, Mary J (53) (w) married: May 8, 1893
His POB: Jackson County Parents: not listed
Her POB: Wirt Co. Parents: Wm Sheppard & ----
No other initials used just "Elias Parsons".
I have learned quickly that you should try to verify information with actual records and not always use translations as fact. By sharing facts with each other we get things straight eventually, though don't we!
Thanks for your time.
Hoping to find some family ties!