231. Matthew5 Purnell (Cpt.) (Thomas4, Matthew3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born in Worcester Co., MD about 1755. Matthew died June 16, 1791 in Worcester Co., MD. (Melanie Ayres Merryweather, Genealogy of the Purnell Family)
Mary's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, December 20, 1822. Mary was the sister of James Houston. She married second Joshua Townsend. Witnesses to her will: Esme P. Bowen and Riley Jones.
He made a will in Worcester Co., MD, June 16, 1791. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Co., MD Wills JWB f.38-39)
Matthew's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, August 23, 1791. He served as Captain, Worcester Militia, Sinepuxent Bn., August 30, 1777 to at least July 25, 1780. Took the Oath of Allegiance in Worcester Co. in 1778 before the Hon. Nathaniel Miller. (Henry C. Peden, Jr., Revolutionary Patriots of Worcester & Somerset Cos. MD, Willow Bend, Westminster, MD, 1999, p. 239)
Matthew's will gives his wife's name. He was named in his grandfather, Matthew's, will in 1760 and his father left him "all lands that my father Matthew willed me and "Purnells Industry." Matthew named two of his sons and two daughters, his sister, mother and uncle Elisha.
Matthew Purnell(Cpt.) and Mary Houston had the following children:
513 i. Charlotte "Charlotty"6 Purnell. Charlotte died after 1822. She married Lemuel Henderson. Lemuel died 1822 in Accomack Co., VA. She was named by her sister in 1829. Lemuel Henderson's will dated May 13, 1822, probated August 26, 1822, Accomack Co., VA, named William Hickman and Moses Purnell executors and wife Charlotte and children: Mary, James, Isaac, Lemuel and Charlotte, all under age 21. (Miles & Miles, Wills & Administrations of Accomack Co., VA 1800-1860, p. 259)
Elizabeth's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, February 26, 1830.
+ 516 iv. Moses Purnell was born 1784.
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