Posted By:Anthony Purser
Subject:Re: Reply toany Pursersin UK
Post Date:February 25, 2006 at 06:31:41
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Sarah Henrietta Purser (1848 to 1943), the Irish Artist, was my 1st cousin twice removed. She was a granddaughter of John Secundus Purser (1783 to 1858), Guinness partner and Brewmaster at St. James' Gate Brewery, Dublin. He was my 2nd great grandfather.
Sarah's biography, "The Life and Work of Sarah Purser" was written by John O'Grady in 1996, publisher Four Courts Press, Dublin. This book contains many details of family history, as well as a catalogue of her paintings (mainly portraits).
Our line of Pursers goes back to a farmer of Tewkesbury, England, who had 3 sons and 2 daughters. The eldest son, John Purser, trained as an expert brewer of Porter (dark beer) in London, then moved to Dublin some time between 1764 and 1781, and joined in business with a Mr Famile (or Farrell), who had a brewery at Blackpitts in the Liberties of Dublin. John Purser died in 1781 and was buried at Rathcormick.
His eldest son, by his first wife, John Purser (1760 to 1830), married Dorothea Antisile (or Antisell) (1749 to 1817) and had 2 sons and 2 daughters. The eldest son, John Secundus Purser, and his father both became partners with the Guinness family, brewing the famous stout. The eldest son of John Secundus, John Tertius, also entered the brewery and became General Manager but turned down an offer of a partnership on his father's death.
The third son of John Secundus Purser and his wife Sarah Smyth, was Benjamin Purser (1815 - abt 1900), who married Anne Mallet on 3 March 1836. Benjamin served a 5 year apprenticeship with Guinness but left and eventually joined a competitor brewery, and later ran other businesses.
Sarah Henrietta Purser was the 8th of 10 children of Benjamin and Anne. She was elected as Honorary Hibernian Academician by the RHA in October 1890, and later became the first woman full member.
This information is in general agreement with that posted by Aubrey George Purser (3/09/02).
I hope this is of interest.
Anthony Purser