He married three times. He married Director Smith before December 12, 1694. Director was the daughter of John Smith and Joyce(wife of John Smith & Maximillian Gore). Director died after 1696. December 12, 1694 she was a witness to the will of Danile Selby of Somerset Co., MD. In 1696 she was named in the will of Maximillian Gore. Her step-father, Maximillian Gore, named John Purnell as his son-in-law. Director Purnell was a witness to the will of Daniel Selby on December 12, 1694, along with Thomas Smith, John Purnell, John Roussalls and Cornelius Shahan. (notes of F. Edward Wright)
He married Tabitha Bailey before February 25, 1714. Tabitha was the daughter of John Bailey and Edith(wife of John Bailey). Tabitha was named in her father's will, as was her first husband, Parker Selby, second husband John Purnell, and her children, Parker Selby, Jr. and Edith Selby.
He married Martha Bowen after 1717. Martha was the daughter of William Bowen(II) and Mary Hammond. Martha died 1780 in Worcester Co., MD. She made a will in Worcester Co., MD, February 13, 1780. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Co., MD Wills JW4, p.51)
Martha's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, October 13, 1780. Martha was legatee of her father's estate and shown as daughter of William and wife of John Purnell on March 13, 1735. (Vernon L. Skinner, Maryland Probate Records, Prerogative Court Abstracts, 1731-1737, Libers 11-15)
As Martha Selby, she is shown as next of kin with her son, Hezekiah, on the inventory of John Purnell in 1765.
As Martha Selby, her 1780 will named her grandsons, Robert Purnell, Thomas Purnell Sturgis, granddaughter Martha Sturgis and daughter, Martha Sturgis, and grandchildren: John, Thomas Purnell, Joshua and Mary (no surnames).
He made a will in Worcester Co., MD, April 15, 1741. John's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, March 3, 1742. John owned land at "Cold Harbor," "Paggi," "Fairfield," and "New Fairfield." John and Tabitha Purnell witnessed the will of Francis Joyce on February 25, 1714-15 (Cotton & Henry, MD Calendar of Wills 1720-1726, Vol. 5, Family Line Pub., Westminster, MD, 1988). In 1716-17, he was named executor for the will of John Bayly and in 1720 was named in the will of his brother, Thomas. In his will, he named his children and a grandson, Purnell Rackliffe.
Probably the John Purnell Sr. who stated his age as 60 in 1733 and 64 in 1736.
John Purnell and Director Smith had the following children:
+ 26 i. Sarah3 Purnell.
+ 27 ii. Joyce Purnell was born about 1685.
28 iii. John Purnell was born before 1707. John died about 1725. A John, Jr. appears in the 1723-25 Tax Lists in the household of John Purnell at Mattapony Hundred, and disappears after the 1725 Tax List. (notes of Vern Skinner) Apparently deceased before the birth of John Purnell to Martha Bowen.
John Purnell and Martha Bowen had the following children:
+ 29 iv. Martha Purnell.
30 v. Mary Purnell. Mary died 1752 in Worcester Co., MD. On October 30, 1752, her next of kin are listed as Martha Selby and Martha Purnell and administration appointed to Hezekia Purnell. (Vernon L. Skinner, Jr., Abstracts of Inventories of Prerogative Court of MD 1751-1756, Brookeville, MD) The administrative account for her estate (45:10) shows her three sisters as wife of Outten Sturgis, wife of Arthur Johnson and wife of John Jenkins. (notes of Vern Skinner)
31 vi. Bathseba Purnell. Bathseba died before 1780. She married twice. She married William Walton before 1751. She married Arthur Johnson about 1752. She is shown as wife of Arthur Johnson in the administrative account for her sister, Mary, in 1752. She was not named in her mother's 1780 will.
+ 32 vii. Hezekia Purnell was born after 1724.
+ 33 viii. John Purnell was born about 1725.
John Purnell and Tabitha Bailey had the following children:
+ 34 ix. Sophia Purnell was born after 1714.
35 x. Tabitha Purnell was born after 1714. She married Bowman Cropper. Bowman was the son of Sebastian Cropper(Sr.). Bowman died 1782 in Accomack Co., VA. He made a will in Accomack Co., VA, May 8, 1782. (Stratton Nottingham, Wills & Administrations of Accomack Co., VA, p. 334)
Bowman's will was probated in Accomack Co., VA, July 30, 1782.
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