From the "History of Steuben County, Indiana, 1885", page 715 Abijah Parsell

Abijah D. Parsell, deceased, was born Oct. 25, 1821, in New Jersey. His father, Moses S. Parsell, was born Feb. 12, 1797, and Dec. 11, 1817, married Mary Campbell, who was born Sept. 10, 1795. She died in August, 1824, and March 17, 1825, he mar­ried Hannah Crilley, who died Aug. 6, 1846. In 1838 the family came to Steuben County, Ind., and settled in Jackson Township. Abijah grew to manhood on his father's farm and after his mar­riage, in 1851, bought the farm on section 35, where his family now live. For many years he devoted his entire attention to farm­ing, and then engaged in buying produce. In April, 1872, he moved to Angola and engaged in the produce business a year. Then returned .to the farm, and in April, 1878, again rented his farm and moved to Angola and engaged -in the grocery business till his death Nov. 11, 1882. He was married Dec. 4, 1851, to Jane T. Alcott, a native of Marion County, Ohio, born Sept. 24, 1829, daughter of Samuel and Nancy Alcott, the former a native of New Jersey, born in 1802, and the latter of Delaware. They moved to Marion County, Ohio, about 1831, and later to Lagrange County, where Mr. Alcott died April 24, 1861. The mother is still living with her children. Mr. and Mrs. Parcell had a family of seven children; but three are living-Austin M., born Nov. 1, 1855, and married Adeline M.. Weight, daughter of Frederick Weight, of Salem Township. They have two children — Leona E. and Abijah D.  Ichabod S. was born ¥arch 10, 1864, and Mi­chael A., Jan. 18, 1870.

Transcribed by R.G. Cleaveland 7/25/2004