He married Mary (wife of John Purnell) before 1766. His father called him "youngest son," and left him "Purnells Lot," "Mattapany Marsh," and "Brothers Love." John was not named in his mother's will; however, his son, Robert, was called "grandson." He is shown on the 1723 Tax list.
This is probably the Robert Purnell, Private, Worcester Militia, Wicomico Battalion, Capt. Fisher Walton's Company.
Administration of his estate was submitted August 22, 1766 by Mary Holland, administrator, wife of William Holland. Deceased was former guardian of Fisher Walton. (notes of F. Edward Wright)
NOTE: research of Karen L. Robert in 1999 for "Descendants of Thomas Purnell," indicates John Purnell was born February 6, 1715 and married Comfort Armstead June 7, 1743 Worcester Co., MD and that John died in 1783. She also notes that John had a son, William b. May 10, 1745, d. February 27, 1820 in Caroline Co., MD and married Ann Sylvester in 1770. This line was submitted by a Carrie Purnell b. 1868 to National Society of Daughter of Founders & Patriots of America. William was not named as a grandchild by Martha Bowen in her 1780 will.
John Purnell and Mary(wife of John Purnell) had the following child:
98 i. Robert5 Purnell was born before 1780. A Robert Purnell, Private, served in the Worcester Militia, Wicomico Battalion, under Captain Fisher Walton's Company, 1st Class, July 15, 1780. (Henry C. Peden, Jr., Revolutionary Patriots of Worcester & Somerset Cos. MD, Willow Bend, Westminster, MD, 1999, p. 239) He was named in his grandmother, Martha Selby's, 1780 will.
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