4. John2 Pursell (William1) was born Bucks Co, Pennsylvania April 22, 1844.

He married Martha T Slack February 14, 1866. Martha was born in Buckingham, Bucks Co, PA February 14, 1842. Martha was the daughter of Ephrain Slack and Elizabeth Heston. In the 1870 census Buckingham Twp Bucks Co Pa page 135, John (age 26) is recorded with Martha (age 28), Franklin (age 3), William (age 1), Charles Slack (age 26), John Burton (age 15), Artimus Pursel (age 11), Ephraim Slack (age 56), Anna Slack (age 30), and Jane Slack (age 23). John is a farmer and all births except John Burton (Del) are recorded as Pennsylvania.

In the 1880 census Buckingham Twp Bucks Co Pa page 141, John (age 36), is recorded with his wife Martha (age 38), Franklin (age 13), Charles Slack (age 36), Anna Slack (age 42), and a servant Henry Off (age 21). He is a farmer born in NJ. Also recorded next to or with is William (age 68, widower) and Mary Ellen (age 28),

In the 1900 census Buckingham Twp Bucks Co Pa page 178A, a John (age 56) is living with his wife Martha (age 58). They have been married for 34 years, have had 3 children with one still living. John has the occupation of Farm Laborer and rents their home.

John Pursell and Martha T Slack had the following children:

child 10 i. Franklin3 Pursell was born in Buckingham, Bucks Co, PA January 20, 1867. He married Harriet F Paxson Bucks Co, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1887. Harriet was born in Lahaska, Bucks Co PA March 13, 1856. (Additional notes for Harriet F Paxson(4257))

child 11 ii. William Pursell(4258) was born in Mechanicsville, Bucks Co PA May 6, 1869. William died May 3, 1874 in Mechanicsville, Bucks Co PA, at 4 years of age.

child 12 iii. Lewis Pursell(4259) was born in Mechanicsville, Bucks Co PA November 13, 1875. Lewis died November 15, 1875 in Mechanicsville, Bucks Co PA, at less than one year of age.

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