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George Brown Purvis

Biographical Information: GEORGE BROWN PURVIS of New Etal, Ford, Northumberland, England, baptised 13th September 1779 at Ford. Was visiting (c.1817) at Waukmill, Charlestown, Fife, Scotland, when Alexander Purvis (, 1st of Kinaldy, was also there. Married (September 1803) Mary Grey, third daughter of John Grey of Heton, Northumberland (born 1746, died 1817) (Grey of Milfield) and Patience Anderson (whose brother William Anderson was tenant of Kimmerston Farm on the Ford Estate, Northumberland, and whose father was George Anderson of Glanton (See History of Northumberland Vol. xi. p. 247)). Mary Grey's sister Patience Grey (died 1846) married John Carr (?Jack) (born 1753, died 1829) of Ford (younger son of George Carr (died 1769) of Dotland Park, Hexham, Hexhamshire (Northumberland)), who, after positions as a schoolmaster at Hexham, Ford and Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, was appointed bailiff of the Ford Estate by Lord John Hussey Delaval in 1784, remaining as bailiff to his childless widow Susanna Knight when he died in 1808, and who, from that position, also built up a large and prosperous coal-mining, banking and railway business around Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland. John and Patience Carr had eleven children (Patience, Mary (died 1797 aged 7 months), John (born 1799, died 1866), Thomas, Elizabeth (born c. 1804, drowned c. 1829 aged 25 in a boating tragedy at Scremerston, Northumberland), George, Mary, William, Henry Edward, Henry (died 1814 aged 2 months, buried in Ford Churchyard) and (?) another Henry), of whom the eldest son John Carr, Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1839/1840, married Jane Susannah Parr (born c.1806), daughter of Captain H.T. Parr, having 2 sons and one daughter (the eldest being John Carr (born 1830, died 1894) of Roseworth, Northumberland, Vicar's Warden at Gosforth, Northumberland, and Sheriff of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, much involved in coal and railway businesses around Newcastle) and from whom is descended Margery Grant Atkinson, wife of Kenneth David Druitt Henderson (see below). Mary Grey's brother George Grey was the father of John Grey of Dilston, Corbridge, Northumberland, whose daughter Josephine Grey or Butler was a notable reformer for womens rights in Victorian England. See also below - where Thomas Grey, land agent, a son of William Grey of Greyfort, Tipperary, Ireland, who was possibly a son of John Grey of Dilston, married (1845) Frances Wells, sister of Margaret Wells who had married (1834) Thomas Henry Purvis (see below) of Prospect, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, being daughters of William Wells of Ballycormick, Borrisnafarney, near Moneygall, Co. Offaly, Ireland. They had no issue (?).

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