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Notes for John Wesley PURVIS


Residences & events in his life:

5/3/1864 During the Civil War, he enlisted with Co I 135th IL Inf with the rank of Cpl, mustered for only 100 days service.

9/28/1864 St Louis, MO. He received his discharge after serving his term here.

4/7/1866 Moultrie Co, IL. He signed a petition for the township and also for a bridge at Jonathan Creek.

7/11/1870 Town of E Nelson, PO Sullivan, Moultrie Co, IL. In the census John's name was recorded as James W. He was listed as a 26 year old single farmer with $800 in personal property only and head of the house over his 62 year old father's family that included a new step-mother, 2 sisters, a new half-brother, as well as 2 adopted children, Amanda Webb, 14, and George Reams, also 14. George Reams was probably a brother to the Sarah Reames, 11, who was living with Levi Seass, and the Charles Reames, 19, living with the Henry Evans family. Both George and Sarah were born in IN while Charles was born in KY.

1874 MO. His second child was born and died there.

1875 Moultrie Co, IL. Back home again.

6/1/1880 E Nelson Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. At age 71 William was still farming when the census taker came around. Wife Ellen was 41 and William had an entirely new family: Jasper, 11, William, 9, Lucy, 7, Clara Bell, 6, and twins Franklin and Florence, 11 months. Also counted there was Oliver Perry, 19, farm laborer. Son Enoch was next door and 3 doors in the opposite direction was brother George.

Aft 7/1883 Germantown, Seward Co, NE. One family history places him here until after 5/1886 but from items below, he was back home earlier than that.

6/16/1885 Pct H, Seward Co, NE. His family was counted by the census taker there, listing JW, 42, NJ, 31, AC, NM, 10, MH, 10, ME, 3, and WF, 2, as well as 2 nephews, Arthur Purvis, 25, and Andrew Purvis, 12. Brother Enoch was in Germantown while brother Ephraim was in Pct G.

1885 Wesley initiated trouble between his father's 2 families, resulting in the destitute step-mother moving her family to NE.

8/8/1895 Sullivan, Moultrie Co, IL, was his residence when his last set of twins was born.

7/15/1896 Jefferson Co, IL, was their address when the last child was born and where he himself died.

6/4/1900 Webber, Jefferson Co, IL. Listed in the census were John W, 57, Nancy J, 45, and a large family with Minervia M, 22 Maud E, 18, William T, 16, Thomas A and Matilda A, 14, Sarah 3, 11, Mary R, 9, Ethel G, 7, and grandson Francis W, 7. John and Nancy had been married 29 years with 14 children, only 10 still survived. John was a farmer, the two oldest sons were farm laborers.

Two children died in Keenes, IL, in 1908 and 1910, according to someone's hand written family listing. Keenes is no longer on the map but was probably in Jefferson Co, IL, also.

The dates posted are from hand written family records in the possession of Edna Powell Van Gundy. Some listings have 10/11/1842 as his birth date.

Some family listings show his death date as 2/9/1904.
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