8/4/1776 Culpeper Co, VA. He was enlisted by his brother, Sgt James Purvis, in the 1st VA Regt of the Continental Line, the same unit as brother, John. He participated in the battles against the British in the middle states, being in the battles of Brandywine Creek, PA; Monmouth Courthouse, NJ; the storming of Stony Point, NY; as well as several minor skirmishes.
1777-8 Valley Forge, PA. He was there during the famed winter encampment.
8/1/1779 Smith's Clove, NY, was where he received his discharge.
Culpeper Co, VA. Returning home he married for the first time and returned to farming.
1782-1787 Culpeper Co, VA. William and his father were the only "Purvesses" listed in county taxpayers records.
Fall, 1795 In preparation for moving west, he sold his land. A party was formed of the Burk family, his second wife's kin, and nephew, John Purvis. They journeyed through the mountains of MD and PA, then by flatboat down the Ohio River to KY.
Maysville, KY. Disembarking, they continued overland to Flemingsburg, KY.
Fleming Co, KY. William eventually bought a 197 acre farm along the Licking River and began farming again.
1810 Fleming Co, KY. At census time, William and John "Purviss," were the only ones by the name in the entire state, both residing in this county as neighbors.
1820 Same place. That year the census found Wm and John Pervis living next door to each other. In William's household were 3 maled under the age of 10, 2 at 10-16, 1 at 16-25, William was over 45, 2 females age 16-26 and 1 at 45+.
Mid 1820s Gettin on in years, he remained behind while some of the relatives moved on. Several of the Burk in-laws apparently traveled with the group, being listed in Sangamon Co, IL, in the 1830 census.