"History of Northeast Indiana LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties"
by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1920 Volume II
p.344 in the Biography for George T. Parsell
"GEORGE T. PARSELL. It has been the good fortune of George
T. Parsell to have his home associations centered around one spot from birth
until the present time. The farm he owns today in Jackson Township of Steuben
County was where he
was born May 22, 1867. Mr. Parsell has the reputation of being one of the
leading farmers of Steuben County, and when only seventeen years old he began
buying and dealing in livestock, and in that business his name has become
known throughout Northeastern Indiana.
He is a son of Thomas B. and Caroline (Klink) Parsell, and some further
history regarding these old and well known Steuben County families is found
on other pages. Mr. Parsell grew up on the homestead and attended local schools
the Angola High School. He acquired 120 acres of the home farm in 1893,
and in 1908 he bought eighty-seven acres adjoining and in 1913 acquired another
eighty acres. Thus his management as a farmer and stock man extends to 287
improved with excellent buildings, and is a first calss crop and stock farm.
During past years he has been an extensive feeder of sheep, cattle and hogs.
Mr. Parsell is a republican in politics, but without official record,
and for thirty-three years has been identified with the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows. He is a member of the Lodge at Salem Center and for twenty
been affiliated withthe encampment.
May 24, 1891, he married Miss Estella M. Davis. She was born in Salem
Township, October 15, 1868, a daughter of Edwin and Thresa (Dreher) Davis.
Her father, who was born in 1828 and died in 1871, was a son of Abram and
Nancy (Conklin) Davis, among the earliest settlers of Steuben County. Abram
Davis spent his last years in Missouri. Theresa Dreher was a daughter of
Daniel and Elizabeth (Roeader) Dreher, the former born in Pennsylvania in
1804 and the latter in New Jersey. The Dreher family moved to Ohio, where
died, and about 1860 Daniel came on to Steuben County and lived there until
his death in 1895, at the age of ninety-one. He and his wife had a family
of thirteen children. Mrs. Parsell's mother died in 1916, at the age of
seventy-eight. Edwin Davis grew up in Salem Township, was married in that
county, and had five children, named Melvina, Alfretta, Estella M., William
and Edwin. Of these Mrs. Parsell is the only survivor.
Mr. and Mrs. Parsell had four children; Ruth E. is the wife of J.
LeRoy Boggs, of Pittsburg, and has a daughter, Ruth Elizabeth. Winifred is
the wife of Roscoe Warring, a son of Charles W. Warring, of Steuben County.
They have a son, Ralph
Augustin, and a daughter, Helen. The third child Z.A., died at the age of
twenty-two months, and the youngest is Georgia Pauline, still at home with
Submitted By: Theresa