My notes on the Marsh book included the following:
A Sarah Pearce was an organizing member of the Baptist Church in 1747.John Parse died between June and August 1777 leaving wife Marta, and sons: Philip, Michael, Melvin and Thomas (they lived near William Darby).Melvin remained in Scotch Plains.His brothers, Michael and Philip Pearce, went to Ohio.(Michael's daughter, Elizabeth, was the second wife of another 3g grandfather of mine in Indiana but I haven't been able to figure out if the Parse family of Scotch Plains is mine.)
Patty Parse obtained for the dying Mrs. Jemima Piatt Shotwell her featherbed back from her granddaughter Caroline who had appropriated it.
In Scotch Plains:William Willis’ wife, Elizabeth, was assisted in her elopement by James Shotwell and on the advice of her mother about 1770.William Willis most likely would not have been a grandfather of my ancestor Wm. Willis Pearce or his brother, Jonathan, but might have been an uncle.
*** There are so many William Willis Pearces or Willis Pearces in these two brothers' lines, that I feel they might relate to the many William Willis descendants as well (Willis family from L.I.).I was told about this "elopement" by a relative who seemed to think the couple were in our family, but I don't know if my source assumed it, or had source material for it.It would be interesting to know if Elizabeth, wife of William Willis, had the maiden name, Pearce.