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View Tree for Samuel James PurcellSamuel James Purcell (b. February 1828, d. April 23, 1873)

Samuel James Purcell was born February 1828 in Indiana, and died April 23, 1873 in Sullivan County, Indiana. He married Etha Linda Brewer on March 30, 1851 in Sullivan County, Indiana Book E, page 247, daughter of Aaron Brewer and Mary Bedwell.

 Includes NotesNotes for Samuel James Purcell:
Indiana did not start keeping death records until 1882

Knox Co. was created in 1790 from the N.W. Territory.
Sullivan Co. was created in 1816 from Knox Co.
Vigo Co. was created in 1818 from Sullivan Co.

Enlisted as a Private on 23 March 1865
Drafted in Company U, 53rd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 23 March 1865
Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. (INRoster) Published in 1865-66 by Holloway

Etha L. Purcell filed for civil war pension on Dec. 15, 1889
Posted on Genforum by Andrea Dougan 4/16/01 -

This is taken out of a Knox Co. History book written in 1988. The Purcell family came to Knox county somewhere between 1790-1797. There are two different dates: one stating they came in 1790, which was also when Knox Co. was established, and in 1797. There were three brothers and their families that traveled from northern Virginia: Jonathan (1754-1813), Edward (1759-1851), and William (1761-1852). They were all Revolutionary War veterans. Jonathan had purchased 11 400-acre donations from local patriot Francis Vigo and that's how they came to Knox Co. Jonathan's oldest son was Noah, who settled in Palmyra Township. Noah's son, John, was a farmer and also served as Sheriff of Knox Co. from 1830 to 1835. Jonathan had another son, Andrew, whose farm became the site for Purcell's Station, which included a rural post office.

Sullivan Co. Marriage Record shows name as Samuel J. Pursell.

Tombstone added to Virtual Cemetery at

In 1850 Putnam County, Washington Twp., there is a Samuel Purcell (age 22 - same age as Samuel James Purcell) married to Lucinda (age19) with unnamed child age 3/12

1850 Census - Greene Co., IN
No Samuel James Purcell found in Greene Co., Stafford Twp.
1860 Census Records Greene County, Indiana=Image 81 on

Pursel, Samuel, J. /32 /b. IN/507
Pursel, Etha, J /43 /b. VA
Pursel, Lewis W. /7 /IN
Pursel, Jacob /23 /IN- This may be the Jacob living with Elizabeth in 1850.
Pursel, Mary J /3 /IN - This is Mary Jane Purcell b. 18 May 1854
Wm. Page 20
Rebecca 18
John 19
Aaron 13

State: IN Year: 1860
County: Greene County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Township: St.Afford Township. Page: 507
Database: IN 1860 Federal Census Index
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3 Sullivan/Knox Cty, IL James Purcells
Posted by: Barbara Fleming Date: August 10, 2000 at 18:07:40
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I'm researching the family of James Jefferson PURCELL. He was born in Indiana on 4 July 1812. He was apparently the son of James Purcell (born 26 Nov 1791) and Catherine (born 1 Jan 1793). James Jefferson Purcell married Elizabeth Shepherd (daughter of Reuben Shepherd) and they had several children born in Sullivan County, Indiana including Nancy Catherine born ca. 1836, Samuel born ca. 1837, Luisa born 27 March 1840, Sarah Jane born ca. 1842, Mary Anna born 25 April 1844, Armilda born 19 September1846, Martha born 19 December 1848, Caroline born 26 September 1851, and Margaret born 2 January 1854.

The family later moved to Crawford County, IL where James Jefferson died on 5 Aug 1874.

I have reason to believe my James Jefferson PURCELL may be related to the Edward PURCELL who was born in Ireland in 1731 and immigrated to the US around 1750. He married Ann HAMPTON and had three sons: Jonathan, Edward and William who all moved to IN. Each of these three sons had sons named James and I'm trying to find out if one of these James' could have been the father of my James Jefferson Purcell.

Therefore, I am interested in any of the descendants of any of these three Jamesí.

1) James (the son of Jonathan) was apparently born 16 Jan 1789 in VA, married Catherine Ready 5 Sept 1811 in Knox County, IN, and died 1817 in Knox County, IN. He lived in the Carlisle neighborhood.

2) James (the son of William) married, first, Mary Cox, in VA and second, the widow Sarah Harness. He lived mostly south of Vincennes and died 1824.

3) James (the son of Edward) had 8 children in the 1830 census, but I know almost nothing about him. He could have been the James J. Purcell who administered the estate of estate of James Purcell in 1850 in Sullivan County, IN.

If you have any information at all about any of these Purcell families, please send e-mail to

Thanks for your help!

More About Samuel James Purcell:
Burial: Pleasantville Cemetery, Sullivan County, Indiana.

More About Samuel James Purcell and Etha Linda Brewer:
Marriage: March 30, 1851, Sullivan County, Indiana Book E, page 247.

Children of Samuel James Purcell and Etha Linda Brewer are:
  1. +Mary Jane Purcell, b. May 18, 1854, Indiana, d. November 12, 1929, Greene County, Indiana at 4:30 PM.
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