The first records I have for my family are a 1761 tax record from Lower Smithfield for Johannes Pensal and a 1763 militia enrollment in Lower Smithfield for Henry Bensil.
The family name has been spelled Bentzel, Benzel, Bensil, Pensil, Pensel, Pencil, etc.
The family next appears in Wyoming Valley in 1772. I have reason to believe that the Marriage of Henry and Sallie Pensil and his sister Elizabeth Pensel to John Jacobs occurred before the move to Wyoming Valley. The family was German but lived with the Connecticut faction in the Hanover district of Wyoming Valley. Perhaps the spouses were not German?
What colonial churches were there in the area during the 1765-1772 period?
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