The PIERSOL family grew up around Morgantown, Berks, Pennsylvania, with many other Welsh immigrants with surnames such as Davis, Evans, Hudson, Jenkins, Hughes, Bowen, Allen, Owen. Interestingly, I noted that a Pearsall Family DNA study shows that the males have a Swedish origin from perhaps 2000 years ago; they list many spellings for the Piersol/Pearsall surname. If this is your surname, do check out their site for testing.
Note: I have a copy of the Caernarvon Township map of Warrants/Surveys/Patents of landowners, constructed in 1934 from original drafts. This may be requested of me by direct-message or below, using my email address as shown; for personal use only, not for publication, as it is copyrighted.
Rachel is my 5th great-grandmother on my mother's lines. The PIERSOL surname is spelled many ways, of course: e.g., Pearsall, Pearsol(l), Piersol(l), Persall, and so on.
Rachel's father was Richard PIERSOL, born about 1677, apparently in Wales. He immigrated with his father (name either John or Richard Sr.), about 1683. His family settled in Pennsylvania. On about 1720, in Caernarvon, Richard married Bridget BROWN about 1720. Bridget emigrated before that date, but I know nothing about Bridget's family.Well, except that a Richard Brown was one of the executors of her will - a brother? Maybe. Richard was the only living son, along with at least 4 sisters, as named in his father's will, 1777.
Rachel PIERSOL was born about 1723 in Caernarvon Township/Morgantown area - note that Morgantown (Morgan's Town) was not laid out until about 1770. She married Jacob MORGAN in 1739 in Honey Brook, Chester, PA. Honey Brook is only about 5 miles south of Morgantown area.
Much is known of Jacob MORGAN (Sr) as he was very well known in the region in various roles, e.g., as a Judge and other official capacity; a Captain in the Seven Years War (French & Indian Wars), in Col. Weiser's regiment; plus a Colonel in the Revolutionary War. A number of DAR and SAR applications may be researched, based on Jacob Sr. or his son Jacob Jr. MORGAN's military service.
Rachel and Jacob seem to have settled in the Caernarvon/Morgantown area, raising their 7 known children:
- Rebecca, b. 1741; m. John Price
- Jacob (Jr.), b. 1742; m. Barbara Leisure Jenkins, 6 children
- Benjamin, b. abt 1745; m. Harriett Ashton, at least 1 son
- Mary [ancestor], b. 20 Jun 1748; m. John/Jonathan HUDSON, 7 children
- Sarah, b. abt 1750; m. Joseph Jenkins
- Frances, b. est. 1752
- John, b. est 1755