He married Sarah Purnell. Sarah was born about 1773. Sarah was the daughter of Levi Purnell(Jr.) and Delilah Brittingham. She was named in her grandmother Brittingham's will of 1782, but not in her father's will of 1788. Thomas Dixon Purnell names a Thomas Duncan Purnell Davis, son of William Davis. William Davis was the son of Nixon Davis d. 1821 (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Co., MD Wills MH2, p.37) John's father left him 50 acres "Addition" and the manor plantation at "Hog Ridge." He was under age 18 in 1780 and Isaac Houston was appointed his guardian. John, with wife Sarah, sold "Addition" to Jeptha Bowen in 1796 (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Land Records, p. 8)
John Purnell and Sarah Purnell had the following child:
+ 556 i. Matthew6 Purnell was born November 18, 1794.
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