Descendant Dorothy Berry has his diary and says "his handwriting is very scripty and he was eloquent in speech and his writing."
Residences & events:
Shelby Co, IL
1863 Minerville, CA, where he was living after crossing the plains.
2/15/1863 San Francisco, CA. The Union Army recruited him to serve in Co E 2nd Mass Cav, a battalion donated by CA to Massachusetts so that state could meet its quotas. There they were merged with the 2nd Mass Cav and served in the eastern theater of the war.
7/1/1865 Washington, DC. He received his discharge from the army.
6/10/1870 T1 R16, PO Falls City, Richardson Co, NE. The census taker found the family there and recorded Lawrence G, 33, a farmer with property valued at $2500/300. Rebecca G was only 16. They lived next door to John Martin, also from IL.
IA Following the war he headed west again, staying there awhile.
6/2/1880 Warren County, Hartford Township, IA. The census that year recorded
Purvis, Lawrence - head, m, w, married, age 43, apiarist, IL-KY-KY
Rebecca - wife, f, w, married, age 26, keeping house,IA - -
Lizzie E. - daughter, f, w, single, age 7, IA-IL-IA
Anna P. - daughter, f, w, single, age 5, IA - IL- IA
Melvin E. - son, m, w, single, age 3, IA-IL-IA
Edna M. - daughter, f, w, single, age 9 months, IA-IL-IA
Richardson Co, NE, was the next stop.
1882 Holt Co, MO and St Joseph, MO, were also temporary abodes. He became a bee keeper by occupation during this time.
1893 Paonia, Delta Co, CO.
1894 Oklahoma City, OK.
1895 St Joseph, MO
1904 Elwood, KS, was the final home after living all over the US.