Elizabeth was born about 1753. Elizabeth was named in the will of her grandfather, Robert Nairn, February 3, 1764. Elizabeth was the daughter of Esme Marshall and Mary Nairn.
He married Sarah Irving in Worcester Co., MD, July 8, 1771. Sarah was born September 21, 1750. She made a will in Worcester Co., MD, September 3, 1823. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Co. MD Wills 1822-1833, MH f.48-49, p.4)
Sarah's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, October 8, 1823. Sarah married 2nd Charles Bennett, Sr. In her will, she named grandsons James S. Purnell and Charles B. Purnell, granddaughters Martha M. Selby, Susan Robins, Sarah A. Robins, Esther P. Robins, Mary P. Robins, Elizabeth Robins, Margaret Robins, Isabella Robins and Arlanta Robins, and Bennett grandchildren: James, Ann P. John, George J., Charles B. Edward W. Sally E., Thomas and Margaret. Witnesses were George Hayward and William Quinton. (dob-Melanie Ayres Merryweather, Genealogy of the Purnell Family, p. 21)
He made a will in Worcester Co., MD, December 10, 1795. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Co. MD Wills 1790-1799 JW f.235, p.23)
Benjamin's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, January 19, 1796. His father left him land at "Purnell's Security." (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Co. MD Land Records)
Benjamin was an Esign, Worcester Miitia, Sinepuxent Bn., Capt. John Purnell's Co., August 30, 1777, and 2nd Lt. in Capt. Elisha Purnell's Co., August 14, 1779. (Henry C. Peden, Jr., Revolutionary Patriots of Worcester & Somerset Cos. MD, Willow Bend, Westminster, MD, 1999, p. 237)
Some Worcester County records indicate he was called "Junior", possibly to distinquish him from Benjamin Purnell d. 1768. In 1775, Edward Franklin sold 65 acres of "Assateague Beach" to Benjamin and Levin Davis. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Co. MD Land Records, p. 26)
Benjamin Purnell and Elizabeth Marshall had the following children:
+ 235 i. Anne "Nancy"5 Purnell.
+ 236 ii. Mary "Polly" Marshall Purnell.
+ 237 iii. Esme Purnell was born before 1774.
Benjamin Purnell and Sarah Irving had the following children:
+ 238 iv. Elizabeth Purnell was born January 18, 1772.
+ 239 v. John Irving Purnell was born April 21, 1776.
240 vi. Benjamin Purnell(Jr.) was born August 18, 1778. Benjamin died April 10, 1804 in Worcester Co., MD. April Court 1807 Worcester Co., MD shows Benjamin received from his mother, Sarah Bennett, his part of his father's estate. (transcribed by Susan Hurley, Ocean City Lifesaving Museum) (dob-Melanie Ayres Merryweather, Genealogy of the Purnell Family, p. 21) Benjamin is shown in the 1800 census as a male over age 45.
+ 241 vii. Elisha Purnell was born May 18, 1781.
+ 243 ix. Peggy Spence Purnell was born January 5, 1789.
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