He married twice. He married Sarah Rackliff. He married Mary Simpson. Mary died 1787 in Worcester Co., MD. She made a will in Worcester Co., MD, May 30, 1787. She named son Rouse Purnell, underage; son John Fassitt executor; son Thomas S. Fassitt; daughter Sophia Miller. Witnesses: Thomas Niember (dec'd), Ebenezer Townsend and Ezekiel Davis. (Vernon L. Skinner, Worcester Co., MD Wills JW14 f.140, p. 14; Sue Hurley, Ocean City Lifesaving Museum)
Mary's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, June 19, 1787.
He made a will in Worcester Co., MD, August 7, 1780. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Co., MD Wills JW4, p. 53)
William's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, January 5, 1781. He was named in his father's will. William named his sons, John and Rouse, and brothers Elisha and Matthew, and Martha, daughter of his brother, John.
William Purnell and Mary Simpson had the following children:
+ 246 ii. Rouse Fassitt Purnell was born February, 1780.
William Purnell and Sarah Rackliff had the following child:
+ 247 iii. John Purnell was born about 1772.
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