The Marsalis/Marselis/Marcelis/Merselis (and several other variant spellings) World DNA Project is available for posting suspected or known lineage trees. We need more males bearing the name and its variants to test their DNA.
As the Marsalis World DNA Project Administrator I have posted this same message on all the pertinent Message Boards here at genforum and at rootsweb.
In the long and fruitless attempt to locate the roots/origins and father of the well known John Edeson who was the great grandfather of the inventor Thomas Alva Edison DNA has born results. The results confirm that Marcelis/Marselis/Marsalis and all other variant spellings share a common grandfather with 2 Edisons who have tested. More info on the results can be found at http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/Marsalis//http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/Marsalis//
I will ignore the Dutch Patronymic pattern and list the most commonly accepted spellings of all those descended from the Dutch immigrant Pieter Marcelis. He, his wife, 4 children and 2 servants arrived in New Amsterdam in 1661 on the ship De Bever from Beesd They settled in Bergen County, NJ. Pieter's son Marcelis Pieterse was later the father of 2 sons - Pieter/Peter and Ide. Peter's lines for the most part settled in the Preakness, NJ area and are well documented. This Peter had a son Edo who was named after his uncle Ide but that line always used the "Edo" spelling.
We Marsalis and Edison current researchers surmise that the connection began with Marcelis Pieterse's son Ide. From the evidence of a marriage record it is known that Ide Marselis was married to a Maritie Coddemis/Cadmus. It has always been accepted that she died and he next married Arriantie Bras. They are the "grandparents" of all the Marsalis males who tested. See the "patriarch" page at the World DNA site linked here.
A search has been undertaken for months now to find the connecting link. One main theory is that there were previously unknown sons by Ide's first wife Maritie Cadmus. Marselis/Marseilles/Marsalis researchers for a 100 years had no reason to know that John Edeson was missing a father. The other theory is that Ide might have had a son Ide who has always been confused as Ide himself.
The Dutch patronymic pattern fits either theory --Idesen/Edeson would mean "son of Ide" Ide is Frisian and is pronounced as E -duh
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