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Re: MD Purdum connection
Posted by: Jackson Day (ID *****7357) Date: March 12, 2004 at 05:50:20
In Reply to: Re: MD Purdum connection by Loretta Purdum of 274

Loretta, here is what I have on John Purdum's descendants. I have John born quite a bit earlier because he (or perhaps his father, if his father was the immigrant), was transported in 1664 as reported by Skordas. Also, I have our common ancestor John who m. Keziah Darby as the son of James and grandson of the first John. James also had a brother John, who would have been not our John but his uncle.

Descendants of JOHN PURDOM

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 PURDOM was born Abt. 1657 in Wales; transp 16641, and died Abt. 1747 in Howard District, Anne Arundel Co.2. He married (2) MARY Bef. 1719. She was born Abt. 1690 in Anne Arundel Co..

Notes for JOHN PURDOM:
John Purdon listed in Skordas (p. 377) as transported in 1664 ( Maryland Land Patents 9:28), and is the only person listed among Maryland arrivals 1633-1680 with this or any similar name. If transported at age 21, John would have been born 1643, however this would make him aged 104 at death in 1747. This suggests a younger age at the time he was transported. I have arbitrarily assigned a birthdate of 1657, which would make him 7 on his arrival and 90 at his death. Another alternative is that the John who was transported in 1664 is different from this John, perhaps his father.

No Purdum transactions are shown in the period 1679 - 1700. On 7 Nov 1730 John Purdum received two land grants in Anne Arundel Co: 11a "Purdum's Bit" and 89a "Purdum's Discovery Addition"; these were the only Purdum transactions shown between 1701 and 1730. On 22 Nov 1737 John Purdum received a land grant, 100a. "Purdum's Choice"; presumably this grant was to father rather than son due to the young age of John Purdum the younger in 1737. Two later grants to John Purdum are presumably to the younger John Purdum.

John Purddum's will was made 10 Aug 1747, filed 19 Aug 1747, and proved 14 Sep 1747 (AAW 25:129) It lists wife Mary, , 3 sons: John, Jeremiah, and Benjamin and a grandson, John, son of James Purdum (apparently dec'd). One of the witnesses was the father-in-law of John, the son, Thomas Hutchcraft.

Children of JOHN PURDOM and MARY are:
2.       i.       JAMES2 PURDON, b. Abt. 1719, Howard District, Anne Arundel Co. MD; d. Bef. 1747, Montgomery County, MD.
       ii.       JOHN PURDUM, b. 1722; m. HUTCHCRAFT; b. Abt. 1726.

Notes for JOHN PURDUM:
John Purdum, b. 1722, executor of father's estate (Will dated 10 Aug 1747 in Anne Arundel, now Howard, Co. (Janice Beall Taylor, 1992.) On 3 Feb 1749 John Purdum received a grant in Prince George's Co, 50a Purdum's Range, and a year later on 16 Mar 1750 a grant in Frederick Co, 10a. Bear Garden Forest. John and Jeremiah Purdum are the only Purdums shown receiving land grants between 1731 and 1750. Mar 7, 1752, John Purdum, aged 28 years, deposed in a Frederick Co court case regarding the boundaries of a parcel called Mill Race, stated "he heard John Jones say at the time he was building the mill, that the bound tree of the land called Mill Race stood nigh the old road." This land was on the west side of "Patuxent River called Snowden's River." Source: (Patricia Andersen, Frederick County Land Records, Liber B, Abstracts 1748-1752, Gaithersburg, 1995, p. 60: Liber B, folio 545)

       iii.       JEREMIAH PURDUM, b. 1724, MD.

1748 Land at Anne Arundel Co, MD. On 23 Feb 1749, 20 days after his brother was granted 50 a of Purdum's Range in Prince Geoge's Co, Jeremiah Purdum was granted 50 a of the same survey. John and Jeremiah Purdum are the only Purdums shown receiving land grants between 1731 and 1750.

3.       iv.       BENJAMIN PURDUM, b. 1726, Anne Arundel Co, MD; d. June 02, 1813, Loudoun Co, VA.

Generation No. 2

2. JAMES2 PURDON (JOHN1 PURDOM) was born Abt. 1719 in Howard District, Anne Arundel Co. MD, and died Bef. 1747 in Montgomery County, MD.

James' birthdate of around 1719 is conjecture based on the birthdates of his three brothers. While James is not listed in his father's 1747 will, James's son John is, from which one infers that James was deceased at the time. From this fact, a further guess is made that James was the eldest of John Purddum's children. No land grants have been discovered in James' name, nor a will identifying his wife. It is believed he was born in the Howard District of Anne Arundel County, and died in Montgomery County, but there is no documentation of this. He was presumably still in the Howard District of Anne Arundel County in November, 1739, when his son John was born. The only documented fact for James Purdum is that he had a son John, named in the 1747 will of James' father John.
Child of JAMES PURDON is:
4.       i.       JOHN3 PORDUM, b. November 09, 1739, Howard Dist, Anne Arundel County, MD; d. January 17, 1795, Montgomery Co.

3. BENJAMIN2 PURDUM (JOHN1 PURDOM) was born 1726 in Anne Arundel Co, MD, and died June 02, 1813 in Loudoun Co, VA.

1754 land at Anne Arundel Co.
5.       i.       JEREMIAH3 PURDUM, b. Loudouin Co, VA.

Generation No. 3

4. JOHN3 PORDUM (JAMES2 PURDON, JOHN1 PURDOM)3 was born November 09, 1739 in Howard Dist, Anne Arundel County, MD, and died January 17, 1795 in Montgomery Co. He married KESIAH DARBY3 Bef. 1763, daughter of JOSIAS DARBY and HENRIETTA. She was born July 25, 1742, and died Aft. 1833 in Montgomery Co, MD.

Notes for JOHN PORDUM:
Birthdate from Parish Record. Named in will of his grandfather in lieu of his father, who predeceased the grandfather. Listed 1776 in Prince George's Parish as 37 years old, wife 36. Revolutionary War: John Pudam, private, 3rd Co, Upper Bn, Militia, Aug 30, 1777. John Purdom took Oath of Allegiance before Hon. Edward Burgess on Feb 28, 1778; John Purdum or Purdom lived in Sugarland Hd (one taxable) in 1776-1777. Peden, Patriots, 272. In Montgomery Co. Census, 1800, 1810, 1820. 1783 on Tax Assessment list but no property (p. 6, MSA S1161-8-1)

Relationship of Kesiah and Josias Darby unproved. Kesiah's name does not appear on some lists of Josias' children. Looking for documentation.
Children of JOHN PORDUM and KESIAH DARBY are:
       i.       JAMES4 PURDUM, b. May 03, 1763, Prince Georges Parish, now Montgomery Co, MD; d. Ross Co, Ohio; m. ELIZABETH BROWNING, November 19, 1785, Montgomery Co. Maryland; b. Abt. 1760; d. Ross Co, Ohio.
       ii.       WALTER PURDUM, b. May 12, 1765, Prince Georges Parish, now Montgomery Co.; d. March 09, 1836, Ross Co, OH; m. PRISCILLA BROWNING, Abt. 1786; b. Abt. 1767, Prince Geoerges Parish, now Montgomery Co; d. Ross Co, OH.
       iii.       JOSHUA PURDUM, b. June 07, 1767, near Cedar Grove, Montg Co, MD4; d. 1832, Browningsville, Montgomery Co; m. RACHEL BROWNING, Abt. 1795, Montgomery Co, MD; b. November 09, 1775; d. Bef. March 05, 1847.

Purdum ancestors were believed to be from Wales. Purdum is a contraction of "Prudhomme" and arrived in England with William the Conqueror. The English version was Purdham. Two brothers were said to have immigrated to the Americas, one of whom came to Montgomery County. Tercentennial History of Maryland, pages 548-9.

Joshua Purdum "spent his life in the cultivation of the soil". TJC Williams, p. 1325.

Head of Household, Census of 1840, between Thomas Watkins, William Glaze, and James Day. 1 female age 60-70, 1 30-40, 1 20-30. 1 male 30-40, 1 male 20-30. 1 free colored male10-25.

       iv.       KEZIAH PURDUM, b. May 10, 1769, MD; d. Abt. 1840, Montgomery Co, MD; m. URIAH LAYTON, Bef. 1791; b. Abt. 1765; d. 1835, Clarksburg, Montgomery Co, MD.

Settled near Clarksburg. large landowner and slave holder. Served in militia of Montgomery Co. 1790 Census, Montgomery Co, MD, p. 90. 1777, Sugarloaf Hundred, Uriah Leaton 1 taxable.

       v.       MARY ANN PURDUM, b. September 21, 1770; d. Aft. 1833, North Carolina; m. WILLIAM FITZGERALD; b. Abt. 1770, North Carolina.
       vi.       HENRIETTA PURDUM, b. July 28, 1772; d. Aft. 1833, South Carolina.
       vii.       L:YDIA (LOYDDA) PURDUM, b. December 25, 1777; d. Aft. 1833, Ohio; m. EPHRAIM DAVIS CAIN; b. Abt. 1775, Ohio.
       viii.       JOHN L PURDUM, b. September 11, 1779; d. 1865; m. ELEANOR M. RIGGS, April 19, 1805, Montgomery County, Maryland; b. May 27, 1784; d. 1863.
       ix.       SARAH JANE PURDUM, b. October 03, 1781; d. Aft. 1835, Ohio; m. JOSEPH CAIN, October 25, 1811, Montgomery Co. Maryland; b. Abt. 1780, Ohio.
       x.       LEVI B. PURDUM, b. November 01, 1783; d. Aft. 1835, Ohio; m. SARAH HAWKINS HARRISON, February 26, 1818; b. Abt. 1785.
       xi.       ANN DARBY PURDUM, b. January 17, 1787; d. Aft. 1835, Ohio; m. JOSHUA CAIN, January 09, 1810; b. Abt. 1785.

5. JEREMIAH3 PURDUM (BENJAMIN2, JOHN1 PURDOM) was born in Loudouin Co, VA. He married MARY.
       i.       PRISCILLA4 PURDUM, b. 1785, Loudouin Co, VA; m. DANIEL SCHUMACHER; b. July 20, 1788, Loudouin Co, VA.


1. Skordas, Gust, The Early Settlers of Maryland; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc., 1968, p. 377.
2. Will dated 10 Aug 1747 in Anne Arundel (now Howard) County.
3. Collection of Genealogical Data., Ruth Zeller.
4. TJC Williams, History of Frederick County, Maryland, p. 1325.

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