Van Gundy Family Tree


Notes for John PURVIS


John was a tobacco farmer.

Residences & events:

Middlesex Co, VA.

11/2/1700 He was mentioned in a will that his father witnessed for a John Sheare.

1711 He and brother, George, apparently had a difference of opionion with their mother about their father's estate and sued her. The suit was later dismissed when the argument was resolved.

From Middlesex Co Court Abstracts:

3/3/1712 "in an action of debt between William Stanard, plaintiff, and John Purvis, defendant, Judgement for plaintiff for 463 lbs of tobacco. The attachment which the Sheriff obtained against the estate of John Purvis for his non-appearance at the suit of William Stanard, is discontinued."

Same date "in an action of debt between John Townsend, plaintiff, and John Purvis, defendant, the defendant appeared in the Sheriff's Custody and confessed judgment for 800 lbs of tobacco and cask. At plaintiff's motion, ordered that the defendant remain in the Sheriff's Custody till he be thence lawfully discharged."

3/31/1718 A notation in Christ Church vestry minutes recorded an order that one of the church wardens take care of John's newly born twins, indicating his wife's death and, either his incapability of caring for them while working, or his absence. The whereabouts of the other children is unknown.

10-7-1719 Vestry records ordered reimbursement given to two men who were caring for John's son, George, and another child.

Bef 1720 Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Co, VA. It is possible John was preparing to bring the family to the new home at the time of his wife's death. He accumulated a large amount of land there.

9/28/1728 He acquired 770 acres "on the branches of Terry's Run. Beginning at three white oaks by a horse lick in the fork of a branch."

2/4/1730 St George's Parish, Spotsylvania Co, VA. He transferred the above 770 acres to a carpenter named Phillip Walters in addition to 5000 lbs of tobacco. Considering the family tradition that a Purvis had built the first wood frame house in Fredericksburg, this transaction may have been compensation to the carpenter for building his house, a sign of his success as a tobacco farmer. He also helped all his sons become prosperous planters and farmers.
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