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John Purvis

Biographical Information: JOHN PURVIS, born 16?? probably in Northumberland, England, died between 1725 and 1750, probably nearer 1750. His sister (1.2.) helped look after his children and apparently actually adopted the third child, John Purvis (1.1.3.), so presumably he and his wife died while the children were still young. Tenant (c. 1700 - 1750) of New Etal, Ford, Northumberland. Voted in the election for Knights of the Shire in 1725. Is believed to have married a Miss Culley, daughter of Thomas Culley (Tom) (see note below), having three sons:- [Note: Thomas Culley (Tom) could have been a son or grandson of Robert Culley (baptised 19th December 1643), son of John Culley (buried 20th March 1690) of Beamont (Beaumont) Hill, Haughton le Skerne, near Darlington, Co. Durham, England, and Elizabeth Parkinson (buried 10th November 1658), or he could have been the Thomas Culley (baptised 17th September 1704), son of John Culley (baptised 2nd June 1674, died c. 1755) and Mary Harrison, though this would have made his daughter about 30 years younger than her husband John Purvis (1.1.). It was the former John Culley's great-great-grandson Matthew Culley (1786-1834), who purchased Coupland Castle, Wooler, Northumberland, England in 1806 and Fowberry Tower, Chatton, Northumberland, in 1807 from a cousin, and continued a family tradition as pioneering farmers in Northern England (see Vol. III of the Fifth series of Archaeologia Aeliana (journal of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1975)). This also brought the family geographically close to the Purvis family in the Tillside district of North Northumberland (see stained glass window in Ford Church in memory of George Culley (1735-1813) of Fowberry)].

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