1860 His father having died 8 yrs prior, he was living with Uncle George Purvis at census time.
7/28/1870 Town of Jonathan Creek, Moultrie Co, IL. At census time James lived next door to cousin Robert Bracken, followed by Aunt Malinda and Jeremiah Standerfer. James, 32, worked as a farmer with $1000/600 in property. Wife Martha was 29 and their only child was Lawrence, 6.
1900 Jonathan Creek Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. At census time he and Martha only had hephew Irving G, 19, living with them as a servant. James was a farmer and Irving was a laborer, probably farm hand.
1910 E Nelson Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. He and Martha were aged and great nephew, Ervin G Purvis, 29, laborer, was still there.