He had no male offspring. The life of this man has been confused with that of nephew, James, son of William, with several family records attributing the same facts to both men, especially spouses and children, military life, and death dates.
Residences & events:
Spotsylvania Co, VA, where he amassed a substantial estate as a tobacco planter.
1782 He owned 6 slaves according to the tax roll. Brother, Francis, was on that same list.
1783 He was recorded as owning 15 slaves by then.
A daughter was married in Spotsylvania shortly before his death indicating the family remained in the same place for several years.
His will was filed at the courthouse in 1798.
PURVIS, JAMES, Spotsylvania Co., d. Dec. 18, 1797. Wit. John Stewart, John Carter, John Herndon. Ex. William Lovell, Thomas Minor, Edward Herndon, son of Joseph; Lewis Holloday. Leg. grandson James Dudley; grandson Robert W. Dudley; granddaughters Sally, Nancy, Molly and Kitty Dudley; daughter Ann Dudley; grandson Ambrose Dudley; daughter Molly Lovell.