He married Martha McClemmy before 1730. Martha was the daughter of Owen "Woney" McClemmy and Elizabeth Jones. Martha was named in her parents' wills and her husband, Matthew, was called "son" by Martha's mother in her 1730 will.
He made a will in Worcester Co., MD, November 8, 1760. (Maryland Calendar of Wills 1759-1764 v12, p. 62)
Matthew's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, May 29, 1761. Matthew received "Fern Hill," "Fairfield," "Chance," and "Spalding" from his father's will and obtained "Purnell's Security," "Addition," and "Sherbourne." (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Co. MD Land Records)
Matthew Purnell and Martha McClemmy had the following children:
+ 62 i. Elisha4 Purnell.
+ 63 ii. Levi Purnell(Sr.).
He made a will in Worcester Co., MD, August 19, 1778. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Co., MD Wills JW4, p.50)
Azariah's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, February 1, 1780. His father left him "Purnell's Security" and "Addition to Sherborn." He took the Oath of Allegiance in 1778 Worcester Co., Buckingham Hundred. (Henry C. Peden, Revolutionary Patriots of Worcester & Somerset)
+ 66 v. Matthew Purnell(Jr.).
+ 67 vi. Jeptha Purnell.
+ 68 vii. Rachel Purnell.
+ 69 viii. Thomas Purnell was born 1738.
+ 70 ix. Benjamin Purnell was born 1740.
+ 71 x. John Purnell was born about 1740.
+ 72 xi. William Purnell was born about 1745.
+ 73 xii. Mary Purnell was born about 1745.
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