He married Zipporah Purnell. Zipporah was born in Worcester Co., MD 1736. (Melanie Ayres Merryweather, Genealogy of the Purnell Family) Zipporah was the daughter of John Purnell(Mjr.) and Elizabeth Rackliff. Her father left her "Bowens Choice" and "Deep Swamp."
He made a will in Worcester Co., MD, March 28, 1758. (Maryland Calendar of Wills, v11 p. 211)
John's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, May 19, 1758. John owned tracts "Brandt Pond," "Boys," "Point Lookout" and "Muddy Branch." Land records for "Mt. Ephraim" show John and wife Zipporah sold the land to his father, Thomas. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Land Records). In "Genealogy of the Purnell Family" by Melanie Merryweather, he is called Captain. His wife, Zipporah married second John Rackliffe. (dates-Merryweather, Genealogy of the Purnell Family, p.15) John patented "Pointers Gift to Purnell" in 1755 as a resurvey of "Edward's Lott." Edward Pointer had willed to friend John Purnell of Thomas in 1751. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Land Records, p. 203)
John Purnell and Zipporah Purnell had the following children:
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