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Monday, July 24, 2017

Amanuensis Monday~Sale of James F. Purvis, Sr. Estate Lands

Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog.

His definition of Amanuensis is:
Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.


Today’s subject is the Sale of James F. Purvis, Sr. Estate Lands

James F. Purvis, Sr., age 76, died about November 1836 in Rankin County, Mississippi. Two of his sons, John and George, were assigned as administrators of the estate. Also, as a party on the deed is another son, Alexander.

This land deed (DB 5, page 209 & 210) shows that Daniel Taylor purchased the 80 acres for a sum of four hundred dollars. No explanation is given for waiting two years after the death of James Sr. to sell the property.

J.F.P., Sr. Deed P. 209 (1)-page-001
Transcription:

Rankin County, MS
Deed Book 5, page 209
Chancery Clerk Office
This indenture made and entered into this the third day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine between John Purvis & George Purvis who is administrators of the estate of James Purvis deceased and also Alexander Purvis whose name is subscribed to this of the County of Rankin and Sate of Mississippi of the first part and Daniel Taylor of the same County and State aforesaid of the second part – Witnefseth that for and in consideration of the Sum of Four hundred dollars to them in hand well and truly paid by the party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have this day bargained sold conveyed and confirmed am doth by these presents Sell convey and confirm unto the said party of the Second and to his heirs and assigns forever the following described land situate lying and being in the county and State aforesaid and described as follow to wit: the N ½ of the E ½ of the South East quarter and the N1/2 of the W ½ of SE ¼ of Section No. 23 in Township No. 5 of range No 5 East containing Eighty acres more or lefs to have and to hold with all and singular the improvements and appurtenances of right belonging to the said premises unto the said party of the second part and to his heirs and assigns forever and we the said party of the first part bind ourselves to warrant and forever defend the title to the above described premises clear of the claim of ourselves our heirs executors administrators or afsigns and that of any other person or persons whatsoever unto the Said party of the Second part in testimony whereof we the party of the first part have hereunto set our hands and affixed our Seals this day and year above written.
George X his mark Purvis {Seal}
John Purvis {Seal}
Alexander X his mark Purvis

The State of Mississippi}
Rankin County} Personally appeared before me the undersigned Justice of the peace in and for said county the above named George Purvis and John Purvis also Alexander Purvis whose signature is subscribed to this deed and acknowledged that they signed Sealed and delivered the same as their own act and deed for the Purposes therein specified.}
Witnefs my hand and common Seal this}                        Lewis P. Rhode J.P. {seal}
The 3d day of October 1837}
The foregoing deed was filed November 4th and duly recorded November 5th 1839.                                                                                                                                 John Sate, Clk.



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[1] Mississippi, Deed Book 5: pages 209 & 210, John Purvis & George Purvis who is the administrators of the estate of James Purvis deceased; Chancery Clerk, (Rankin County, Mississippi; accessed 2 July 2014).






















Sunday, July 23, 2017

Joseph Purvis, Selling the Farm


Joseph Purvis and Elizabeth Cook were married about 1823. I have not found a marriage record for them and this marriage year is based on the belief that their first born was Caroline or Nancy Jane Purvis born about 1823.

In the 1830 census for Rankin County the Family composition consisted of Joseph (30-39) and his wife Elizabeth (30-39)
  • 1 Male under 5
  • 1 Female under 5
  • 2 Females 5-9
  • 2 Females 10-14 (1816-1820)
By 1840 and a new census the family has increased with the addition of another daughter and three sons.

Joseph was a farmer and had a total of 160 acres with 80 acres in Section 23, Township 4, Range 5 and another 80 acres in Section 26, Township 4, Range 5.  

On 15 November 1841, Joseph and Elizabeth sold all their land to John Dunagan of Newton County, Mississippi.  A total of 160 acres more or less.

I’m convinced they took this action because they knew that Joseph was ill and his life expectancy was very short. Failure to sale the land would leave Elizabeth burden with 160 acres of farmland and six or seven children under 15 years of age.

Between 15 November 1841 and May 1842, Joseph Purvis passed away.  This timing is devised based on a statement from the estate of Gilbert Johnston Purvis.

Joseph Purvis Dec'sd
Transcription:
By a note of G. J. Purvis paid by Jos. Purvis dec’d. which said admins are bound to pay to Sd. Jos. Purvis or his heirs.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9Q8-895S?i=688&wc=M7M1-WWL%3A344538201%2C345915201&cc=2036959






With a household full of very young children Elizabeth Cook Purvis had no choice but to re-marry. We know that she married Richard Odom, son of Isaac Odom and his wife Millie Breland. The date of marriage and location is documented all over the Web as  22 January 1844, Smith County, Mississippi; However, this cannot be confirmed or verified as a correct date and place. [Data said to be sourced from War of 1812 Pension File]

After Richard’s death about 1854; Elizabeth move her family to Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
1860 CENSUS: Rapides Parish, Louisiana; Roll: M653_423; Image: 31; Family History Library Film: 803423; Page 31, Line 36, Dwelling 226, Family 227; Elizabeth ODUM, female, age 60, born in SC and Alexander PURVIS, Son, age 20, born in MS.

She died there sometime before the 1870 census were enumerated. I haven’t identified the under 5 male in the 1830 census but her last three sons, James, Joseph and William Alexander ALL died in the Civil War. I don’t know her death date so I don’t know if she was alive long enough to receive word that her 3 babies were gone.

Elizabeth suffered much grief in her lifetime.

The Land Patent and Deed below shows the sale of the Joseph Purvis land. 

STA_Patent_MS2060__.399-page-001STA_Patent_MS2060__.348-page-001
Rankin Deed Book 6, page 326Rankin Deed Book 6, page 327

Transcription:
DEED BOOK 6, page 326 & 327
Rankin County, MS
This indenture made and entered into this the 15th day of November in the year of our Lords one thousand eight hundred and Forty One by and between Joseph Purvis and Elizabeth Purvis his wife of the County of Smith and State of Mississippi of the first part and John Dunagan of Newton County and State aforesaid of the second part Witnesseth that the Said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Six Hundred Dollars to them in hand will and truly paid by the party of the second part receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath this day granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain sell and convey and make over unto the said party of the Second part all that certain tract or parcel of Land Situate lying and being in the County of Rankin and State of Mississippi and described as follows to wit: the E ½ of NE ¼ of Section No. 26 and Township No 4 of range No 5 East and the W ½ of SE ¼ of section No 23 and Township No 4 of range No 5 East containing in all one hundred and sixty acres more or less to have and to hold with all and singular the above described tract of Land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining to the same and we the party of the first part do by these presents bind ourselves to warrant and forever defend the title to the Said Land clear of all Claims whatsoever from us our heirs executors and administrators unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever . Witness our hand and Seals the day and year above first written.
                                                 Joseph X his mark Purvis {seal}
                                                 Elizabeth X her mark Purvis {seal}

State of Mississippi}
Rankin County} Personally appeared before me Lewis P. Rhode an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the said County Joseph Purvis whose name is subscribed to this Indenture and acknowledged that he signed Sealed and delivered the same as his act and deed and at the same time was present Elizabeth Purvis wife of thee said Joseph Purvis whose names is also subscribed to this Indenture and after being questioned separate and apart from her Said husband and the nature of the deed fully explained to her She acknowledged that She Signed Sealed and delivered the same freely and voluntarily without any fear from threats of from compulsion of her Said husband as her own lawful act and deed.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this the 15th day of November 1841. Lewis P. Rhode, J. P. {Seal}








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[1] Land Deed - https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4Y-4Y5Q?i=500&cat=253106
[2] https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9Q8-895S?i=688&wc=M7M1-WWL%3A344538201%2C345915201&cc=2036959

















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