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Re: Free Lookups (John Purlee) 1810 Wayne Co. KY.
Posted by: Anna Bertram (ID *****7731) Date: March 26, 2005 at 17:00:05
In Reply to: Re: Free Lookups (John Purlee) 1810 Wayne Co. KY. by Marshall Purl of 1100


Names seldom stay the same through several generations. Keep an open mind and a practiced eye while searching records for alternative spellings of your family name. As I believe I have already said . . . I am a BUTTRAM researcher and that is my only reason for being interested in the PURL or similar name. Here is all I have. Good luck in your search!

Descendants of William Perly

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM1 PERLY was born in New Jersey?, and died 1786 in Rowan Co., NC. He married ELIZABETH BUTTRAM BOUTTERAM January 28, 1776 in Abbots Creek, Rowan Co., NC, daughter of WILLIAM BUTTRAM and MARGARET UNKNOWN. She was born Abt. 1757 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 1793 in Iredell Co., NC?.


Variations of the name: PERLY (marriage record), PURLEE, PARLEY, PARLIER (daughter's marriage record)


A research acquaintance of mine hired a professional genealogist in Salisbury, North Carolina to search the records regarding William BUTTRAM, Sr. and Margaret, and their family. One of the results was the discovery of another daughter, Elizabeth, who married into the German or Dutch community in Rowan Co., N.C. in 1776. The marriage was recorded in the original diary of the clergyman, Pastor Joann Gottfried Arends, which was in the possession of the genealogist. Elizabeth's last name was recorded by the pastor as BOUTTRAM, and the marriage took place on Ebellscrick or Ebettscrik, which was the same as Abbotts Creek where Elizabeth's parents lived.

1778 Rowan Co., NC Tax List; Captain DAVIS'S District - William BUTTRUM, 169 acres; Jacob PERLEE, 134 acres; William PERLEE, no acreage listed, implying he did not own land yet

1778 - October 2: Rowan Co., NC Vacant Land Entries - William PURLEE 100 acres on a branch of Rich Fork of Abbots Creek adjacent Obediah LEDFORD and Earhart SIMMERMAN including his own improvement.

The 1784 Rowan Co., NC Tax List includes the names of "William BUTRUM, William BUTRUM, Jr., and Jacob PERLEE", all on the "Rich Fork of Abbits Creek".

1786 - February 4: Rowan County, NC Land Records; Grant #1933, Book 71, Page 147: Elizabeth PERLEE for the sum of 25 pounds assigns over to Jacob PERLEE all her rights to the 100 acres previously owned by William PERLEE. Witnessed by William BUTRUM, Jr. and Thomas JONES.

1789 - August 3: Quarter Sessions of Superior Court for Rowan County, North Carolina - "Let Administration on the estate of WILLIAM PURLEER, deceased, issue to Isaac PURLEER who qualified and gave bond with WILLIAM BALTRAM security". (BALTRAM same as BUTTRAM?)

1790 - February 4: Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for Rowan County; Account of sales of estate of Wiliam PURLEER filed.

1793 - April 6: Iredell Co., North Carolina Deeds 1788 - 1800, Book A- B: Peter KEETON to John LUND for 50 pounds, 140 acres adjacent to Elizabeth SLOAN, William BUTRUM, Sr., Widow PARLEE, and John SHARP.

1798 - January 24: Rowan Co., NC Deed Book 16: John P. Purlier, son of Isaac PURLIER; John O. PURLIER, son of Jacob PURLIER; and Rachel PURLIER, daughter of William PURLIER; all of Wilkes Co., NC, as heirs of Jacob and William PURLIER, to Hugh YOKELEY of Rowan for 75 pounds, 100 acres on Rich Fork of Abbotts Creek adjacent to Thomas JONES and Obadiah LEDFORD. Being a grant to Jacob PURLIER on May 18th 1789. Witness: Jacob BUTTRUM, Joseph SUTLIVE

Knowing that families that married into each other tended to migrate together I checked Wayne Co., KY Federal Census records of 1810 to 1850. John PURLEE was on the 1810 census, page 363, line 23. This was on the same page as Jacob BUTRAM, John BUTRAM, and William BUTRAM/BERTRAM, III, and near Cornelius BUTRAM, and Nicholas BUTRAM.

1810 Wayne Co., KY Census; page 363: JOHN PERLEE 52010 - 000100

5 males under 10

2 males 10 - 16

1 male 26 - 45

1 female 26 - 45

I also found an entry dated August 26, 1820 (Deed Book D 1823 - 1828, Wayne Co., KY), where Jacob BUTRAM and wife, Julia, bought land that was located between lands of John BUTRAM and John PURLEE. Oddly enough, I did not find John PURLEE on the 1820 Wayne Co., KY Census index although he must have been there.

I have seen the name spelled as PURLEE, PERLEE, PERLY, PURLEER, PURLIER, PERLIER, AND PARLEE. The name was also spelled PARLIER. On January 23, 1999 my research friend, Deloris N., forwarded me an electronic message from a Dennis M. Dennis was researching a Rachel PARLIER, daughter of Elizabeth and William PARLIER. This Rachel married William GRISBY (or GRIGSBY) on August 24, 1799 in Wilkes Co., NC. It is believed that Rachel's mother, Elizabeth, was living in Irdell Co., North Carolina in 1790 as she has not been found on the Wilkes Co., NC census for that year. She appears to have been the one listed as Widow PARLEE on a land transaction in Wilkes Co., NC in 1793, and living next to William BUTRUM, Sr., her father.

Some of the PURLEES, BUTTRAMS, and KEETONS left Rowan Co. and Iredell Co., North Carolina toward the end of the 1700's and migrated to nearby county, Wilkes Co., North Carolina. There is an old query from the North Carolina Genealogist Journal from an issue now about twelve years old that suggests these families married into each other and migrated together from Wilkes Co., North Carolina into Cumberland Co., KY. Part of Wayne Co., KY was carved from Cumberland Co., KY, which today is adjacent to Wayne. A land letter sent to the author of the query about 1999 was returned "Addressee Unknown - No forwarding address".

Here is what the query said . . .

Query # 1557 . . . "Information wanted on family of KEETONS: JOHN KEETON of Iredell County, NC bought land in Wilkes Co., 1799. PETER,

CLIFTON, and JAMES KEETON were there at the time. A JOHN and a WILLIAM KEETON came to Cumberland County, KY with families by 1811 - 1812. JOHN'S wife was MARGARET PERLIER (PARLEE), daughter of JACOB and RACHEL PERLIER. WILLIAM'S wife thought to be NANCY ______?" This was submitted by MRS. JON KEETON HUGHES of 3306 Forty-second Street; Lubbock, Texas 79413.


Marriage: January 28, 1776, Abbots Creek, Rowan Co., NC


i. RACHEL PERLY2 PARLIER, b. Abt. 1777, Rowan Co., NC; m. WILLIAM GRISBY, August 24, 1799, Wilkes Co., NC.



Her husband's name may have been William GRISBY, GRIGSBY, or GRIGSLEY.

Information on WFT on the internet hints that Rachel and William may have moved to Ashe Co., NC and/or to Blount Co., TN.

Wilkes Co., NC 1784 - 1787

PERLEAR, Isaac, page 179

MASH, Aaron, page 171 = 1 - 3 - 6 (MASH or MARSH, & BUTTRAM were frequently associated with each other)

1 white male 21 to 60 years of age

3 white males less than 21 and above 00

6 white females of all ages No slaves

1790 Federal Census for Wilkes Co., NC Third Company

PARLIER, Isaac 2- 2 - 7 - 0

2 white males 16 +

2 white males 16 -

7 white females of all ages


1790 Federal Census for Wilkes Co., NC Sixteenth Company

MARSH, Aron 1- 3 - 4 - 0 (only MASH/MARSH found)

1 white male 16 +

3 white males 16 -

4 white females of all ages


Cornelius BUTTRAM (#1628), son of William BUTTRAM, I, and Margaret, was also in Wilkes Co., NC prior to 1806 according to a land transaction there in which he sold land.

John BUTTRAM (#1085), son of William BUTTRAM, I, and Margaret, was in Wilkes Co., NC in 1798.

Andrew BUTTRAM (#1626), son of Wm. BUTTRAM, I, and Margaret, married Tobias KEETON in 1798 in Wilkes Co., NC.


Marriage: August 24, 1799, Wilkes Co., NC

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