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William Purvis

WILLIAM PURVIS, born 13th October 1796 at Fordel Sutlery, Dalgety Parish, near Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland, baptised 28th November 1796 at Mains of Kinnedder (Kinnedar), Saline, Fife, died 3rd December 1854 (aged 58) in Edinburgh of pneumonia. Memorial stone in Dunfermline Abbey burial ground (South side, lairs 517-518), Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. Lieutenant, Royal Navy, when he first visited Sumatra (1816) and met his wife. From 1820 to 1824 he was in the service of the mercantile house at Batavia (Djakarta), Java, called Van Der Kaa, Haste & Co., being master of their ship Baron Van Der Capellen trading in the Eastern Seas. In 1825 he went to Padang, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), bought (1827) a 60 ton cutter called "Padang" and traded pepper with the adjacent islands, being successful he then bought a 160 ton brig called "Norfolk" and was harbour master for a time, until c. 1831/1833 when he moved his family to Edinburgh, Scotland. (Note: Padang was a British possession until 1825 when it became Dutch under the Treaty of London (17th March 1824)). He continued to trade with the Dutch East Indies through his company Purvis & Co. and purchased (1833) an important rice plantation called Soedimara (or Sudinara) 10 miles from Batavia (Djakarta) in Java. (After his death this property and the trading company were mismanaged by his sons and Soedimara (Sudinara) was ultimately sold in 1898). Per Lloyds Register of Shipping, he was Owner and Captain of the 298 ton bark "Cinderella", registered London and plying London - Sumatra in 1845. Married (22nd December 1822 at Padang, Sumatra) Cornelia Louisa (or Louiza) Intveld (see OA.36-1.6.) (born 1808 at Padang, baptised 26th February 1815 at Calcutta, India, aged 6 years, together with her elder sister Catherina Elisabeth (or Elisa) Intveld (see and OA.36-1.5.), died 18th October 1857, aged 49, at Utrecht, Netherlands, memorial in graveyard (South side) of Dunfermline Abbey, Fife), sixth daughter of Anna Francina Carels (or Karels) (born 1776 at Padang, died 4th September 1833 at Padang), whose father Andries Carels was one of the first European inhabitants of Padang and whose mother was Indonesian from Nias Island, off the West coast of Sumatra, and of Theunis Intveld (baptised 20th January 1768 at Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands, married 1792, died 15th July 1846 at Padang) who was Dutch Resident in Padang, but lived in Calcutta, India, between c. 1808 - 1817, having fifteen children:-

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