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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Purvis Family Migration to Alabama and Mississippi

Sometime around 1818, Gilbert Purvis and brothers James and Joseph migrated their family from Chesterfield County to Clarke County, Alabama.

It was there in 1824 that John Purvis passed away and his Estate was probated in Clarke County by one William S. Thornton.

Estate-John Purvis

I haven't figured out exactly where this John Purvis fits into the Gilbert, James F., Joseph Purvis family lineage but there is no doubt that he is in facts connected to these families.

This land deed was conveyed by James “his mark E Purvis” on 28 December 1817 to Haywood Todd.  This Slanted E mark is unique for this James Purvis.

This Land Deed was convey in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Move forward 7 years to Clarke County, Alabama and the Probate of John Purvis Estate.

Now we have James “His mark E” Purvis present at the probate proceedings with this document as proof.

James Slanted E. Purvis (1826)

Resd of Wm S Thornton adm of the Estate
of John Purvis Deseast Forth Nine dollars
In part of said estate as Legitee of Said Estate
This 4th or 11th of March 1826
John W. Thornton | James “his mark E” Purvis

I had a real problem transcribing this document from the Probate file but my intent was to show that James “his mark Ewas present during the probate as indicated by this document.
James and John Purvis

The final document showing James Purvis (his mark E) migrated along with the Gilbert Purvis families to Clarke County, Alabama is this file from the Probate Folder:
John Purvis Sr

John Purvis Sen de’d do to Wm. Munell
Jan 12 Z 8 Sugar  $1.00
           Z 2 Coffee   0.66
Clarke County
Alabama State} personally cane James Purvis before Robert Taylor a Justice of the Peace for said County and being duly Qualified Sates that he did purchase the above articles for W. Munell for his Brother John by request –
Sworn to and subscribed James “His mark E” Purvis
Before me the 26th day
of February 1825.
Robt. Taylor Jus. Pec.

Other indicators within the Probate Files is the known men and women related to these Purvis families.
Gilbert Johnston Purvis – son of Gilbert Purvis
Rebecca (her mark E) Howl [Howell] – Rebecca Purvis, wife of Henry Howell
William Purvis
Sarah Purvis
James H. Purvis
James Purvis
Joseph Purvis
Levina Purvis
John Purvis
Gilbert Purvis

These families stayed on for a while in Clarke County, Alabama but eventually moved on settling in Simpson, Hinds and Rankin Counties, Mississippi.

[1]  Clarke County, AL,Clarke County, Alabama, estate case files, 1810-1915; Probate Court, Grove Hill, Alabama, LDS Family History Library Film # 2229240, Frame 1365, John Purvis, 1825, Estate, Box 22, Folder 68, Frame 1365.

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