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Col. John Purves ancestry in Scotland
Posted by: Cathy Purvis (ID *****0241) Date: January 31, 2003 at 16:32:23
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I have recently come upon the following information on Col. John Purves family back in Scotland (from another cousin). I have verified this information from the official records in Scotland at (You have to subscribe to this service, but it is nominal)

Descendants of William Purves, Sr.

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM1 PURVES, SR. was born August 04, 1689 in Haddington, East Lothian Scotland. He married ISOBELL GILLIE/GILLY April 25, 1714 in Haddington, East Lothian Scotland.
2.       i.       JOHN2 PURVES, b. October 30, 1715, Haddington, East Lothian Scotland.
       ii.       WILLIAM PURVES, b. November 11, 1717, East Barnes, Dunbar Parish, East Lothian, Scotland.
       iii.       GEORGE PURVES, b. July 31, 1720, East Barnes, Dunbar Parish, East Lothian, Scotland.
       iv.       JAMES PURVES, b. December 01, 1723, East Barnes, Dunbar Parish, East Lothian, Scotland.

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN2 PURVES (WILLIAM1) was born October 30, 1715 in Haddington, East Lothian Scotland. He married ELIZABETH MELVILL July 20, 1739, daughter of ROBERT MELVILL and ELIZABETH DALRYMPLE.
3.       i.       JOHN3 PURVES, b. October 02, 1745, Dunbar Parish, East Lothian, Scotland; d. May 22, 1792, Edgefield Co., S.C..
       ii.       ELIZABETH PURVES, b. July 03, 1740.
       iii.       ROBERT PURVES, b. February 14, 1741/42.
       iv.       JEAN PURVES, b. October 23, 1743.
       v.       ISOBEL PURVES, b. October 23, 1743.
       vi.       WILLIAM PURVES, b. May 08, 1748.
       vii.       MARION PURVES, b. November 02, 1750.

Generation No. 3

3. JOHN3 PURVES (JOHN2, WILLIAM1) was born October 02, 1745 in Dunbar Parish, East Lothian, Scotland, and died May 22, 1792 in Edgefield Co., S.C.. He married ELIZA ANN PRITCHARD February 1775 in Charleston, S.C., daughter of JAMES PRITCHARD and ELEANOR BULLOCH.

Notes for JOHN PURVES:
John Purves was born in Scotland in 1745. He came to South Carolina in 1770, and in April of that year was granted 150 acres of land on Turkey Creek in Granville County, near present-day Edgefield, and soon became an active figure in the Revolution. He was a member of the first congress of the province, which met in January and June of 1775; in June, he was commissioned as captain of a ranger company of the Thid South Carolina Regiment. Exactly one year later, Purves fought at Sullivan's Island, where Sir Henry Clinton's first attempt to take Charleston was defeated. When the South Carolina regiments were made part of the Continental army, Purves appears to have remained with the local militia, and he ended the war as lieutenant colonel of the Lower Ninety-six Militia Regiment. After the war, he served in the South Carolina legislature and became an extensive landholder, acquiring thousands of acres, opposite Augusta and near "Campbelltown" in his adopted state.

Spring, 1989, John Purves was approved as a Revolutionary Veteran by the Daughter's of the American Revolution.

Fact 1: 1765, Moved from Scotland to Charleston, S.C.
4.       i.       JOHN4 PURVES, JR., b. 1777, Edgefield Co., S.C.; d. June 1862, Jasper Co., Mississippi.
       ii.       CHARLES PURVES, b. 1778; d. 1850.
       iii.       WILLIAM PURVES, b. June 06, 1777; d. May 08, 1850, Warren Co., GA; m. SARAH.
       iv.       THOMAS M. PURVES, b. 1775; d. 1850.
       v.       ELIZA ANN PURVES, b. 1781; d. February 05, 1851, Charleston, SC; m. THOMAS ANDERSON.

Thomas and Eliza had eleven children.

       vi.       MARY SARAH PURVES, b. 1792, Edgefield Co., S.C.; d. February 1813, Edgefield Co., S.C.; m. WILLAIMS.

Generation No. 4

4. JOHN4 PURVES, JR. (JOHN3, JOHN2, WILLIAM1) was born 1777 in Edgefield Co., S.C., and died June 1862 in Jasper Co., Mississippi. He married ELIZABETH LOVETT 1819 in Madison, AL.
       i.       THOMAS MELVILLE5 PURVIS, b. March 08, 1820, Marion Co., Alabama; d. May 09, 1911, Purvis, Lamar Co., Mississippi; m. DOROTHY ABNEY, 1843, Neshoba County, Mississippi.

Town of Purvis, MS is named for Thomas Melville Purvis, who left Greene County in 1871 and homesteaded 160 acres of land on which the town in now located.

At age 90, the Lamar Co., MS census shows Thomas living with his daughter, Martha Fillingame's family.

Thomas is buried in Fillingame Cemetery, Purvis, MS.

Dolly had some medical training and served the community for many years tending the sick and delivering babies. She was said to have delivered over 100 babies without losing a mother or child.

       ii.       JAMES MORGAN PURVES, b. January 06, 1826, Alabama; d. April 08, 1900, Erath Co., Texas; m. MARY ANN PARKER, March 27, 1844.


       iii.       WILLIAM WASHINGTON PURVES, b. December 25, 1823, Alabama; d. July 01, 1910, Pecan Cemetery, Purvis, Erath Co., Texas; m. ROSEANNE FERRABA.


His headstone in the Pecan Cemetery in Erath County, TX has a Masonic emblem on the back. Instead of his birth date, it shows he lived 86 years, 7 months, and 5 days. That makes his birth date of 12-25-1823 as suspect.
Buried in Pecan Cemetery, Purves, Erath Co., Texas.

From "PURVES Erath County, Texas" by Raymond Hancock (Rt.1, Box 153, Dublin, Texas 76446) pg. 22, W. W. PURVES:

"W. W. Purves was born in 1824 in Mississippi and died in 1910 in Erath County. His wife, Rose Anna, was born in Mississippi in 1827 and died in Erath County in 1906.

On April 6, 1877, he paid a sum of $11.00 to the tax collector of Erath County to cover court cost and one year back taxes on 135 acres out of the southeast corner of the John Harmon Survey. Here he built a log home for his family. The following year, 1878, he paid one year back taxes and court costs, total of $31.88, on the remaining 505 acres of the John Harmon Survey. This gave him a tax title to the 640 acre survey. For the next seven years, Mr. Purves labored here to provide for his family of nine children, dividing the acrege with the children as they reached maturity.

In 1885 the heirs of John Harmon brought suit and won the land in court. J. W. McKinzie, W. T. Hancock, and Robert Martia were appointed commissioners by the court to partition the land for the heirs. On November 16, 1886, W. W. Purves bought 186 acres from the John Harmon heirs for $422.35. In every instance in this area the heirs were willing and sold the land to the inhabitants. The price usually ranged from $2.00 to $2.50 per acre. Children of W. W. and Rose Anna Purves were: Enoch, John, Jim, Frank, Dalton, Asa, R. L. (Bob), Susan, and America. We regret that we do not have the names of the wives and children of the sons. America never married. Susan married W. L. Moorhead.

W. W. and Rose Anna Purves are buried in Pecan Cemetery."

[Note from Charles Hughes, following an interview, 12/25/96, with Willie B Purves Cook]: Pretty Mama (Willie B Purves) says the names of William W. "Willie" or "Billie the kid" Purves' children are wrong. She says she remembers only the following great aunts and uncle (i.e., children of William W. Purves): Enoch P. Purves (PM's grandfather), Asa Purves (who was a barber at Fair Park in Dallas, TX), an "old-maid," America, and another "old-maid" sister, Roxie.

So, Willie B Purves says the children of W.W. Purves were: Enoch P., Asa, America, and Roxy. She has never heard of "Susan F. Purves" mentioned in the book. Further, the names: John, Jim, Frank, Dalton are all children of Enoch P. Purves, not the children of W.W. and Rose Anna Purves as the book states. Or at least she says she doesn't remember anyone ever mentioning these names as Enoch's brothers, only his children. In addition, Enoch had other children namely, Tom, Leonard and Laurene. Finally, Willie B (no name, initial only) Purves says her father always told her to spell her name "Purves" with an "e" not "Purvis" with an "i".

Died of Dysentery at age 79

       iv.       JOHN PURVES, b. 1825; d. 1915.
       v.       WALDEN LEWIS PURVES, b. August 01, 1835, Mississippi; d. February 13, 1909, Jones Co., Mississippi; m. MARY S. PITTMAN.
       vi.       ALFRED MARION PURVES, b. 1828; d. 1907; m. (1) HULDAH JONES; m. (2) ELIZABETH PARKER HAIR.
       vii.       NANCY PURVES, b. 1829, Alabama; d. 1923; m. CORLEY KINCHEN.
       viii.       ELIZABETH ANN PURVES, b. 1833, Mississippi; d. 1927; m. WILLIAM S. SMITH.
       ix.       MARY SARAH PURVES, b. 1830, Mississippi; d. 1924, Purvis, Lamar Co., Mississippi.

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