He married Catherine Richards. This may be the Peter who served as Private, Worcester Militia, Sinepuxent Battalion, Capt. John Rackliff's Company 1778/1780. Peter went to Kentucky (marriage & KY - notes of Suzanne B. Hurley, Ocean City Lifesaving Museum; s/o Matthew - chart at MHS from notes of Vernon L. Skinner; children-Melanie Ayres Merryweather, Genealogy of the Purnell Family, p. 27) Peter's will was signed November 18, 1789 in Worcester Co., MD. He left his son Thomas a Negro called Boson and livestock; and son John livestock, with wife Catharaine receiving remainder of his estate. Witnesses: Elisha Purnell, James Purnell and Matthew Purnell.
Peter Purnell and Catherine Richards had the following children:
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