Facts concerning his life have been confused with his Uncle James Purvis, especially in connection with spouses and children.
Residences & events:
Culpeper Co, VA
9/5/1775 He joined the Rev War efforts with the 1st VA Regt of the Continental Line and was soon promoted to Sgt.
8/4/1776 Returning home on recruiting duty, he enlisted his brother, William, to serve in his company along with their brother, John.
3/7/1777 He was appointed Ensign, a rank he held for about a year while his unit engaged in the fighting around Philadelphia.
2/18/1778 He resigned under pressure because he could not discharge the duties of an officer due to his inability to read or write.
1/1779 Following discharge he received enough learning to obtain a commission as lieutenant in the Regt of State Guards, being stationed this date at the VA constitution convention, and soon after in command at the Albermarle Barracks near Charlottesville, guarding British prisoners taken at Saratoga.
10/8/1779 He was promoted to Capt in Crockett's State Regt. He marched from Shepherdsville, VA, to Louisville, KY, where the unit served as frontier guards against the Indians.
6/1781 The regiment was disbanded and he returned to civilian life. For his efforts in the was he received warrants for 7,187-20, 000 acres of land in KY (the number depending on which family history is being read) but he never moved there.
Abt 1785 Berkely Co, VA, where he rented a plantation and married Cassandra.
Frederick Co, VA. Shortly after the marriage, they moved where he would be a planter until his death.
1832 He was remembered by a fellow officer, Capt Henry Bedinger, as "an uneducated man, but of sterling worth."
In his will he mentioned siblings, William and Susan, and nephew, John, son of John Purvis, deceased.
Some family listings have 10/1811 as his death date.