67. Jeptha4 Purnell (Matthew3, Thomas2, Thomas1) birth date unknown. Jeptha died 1768 in Worcester Co., MD.

He married Mary Fassitt. Mary was the daughter of Lambert Fassitt. Mary died about 1773 in Worcester Co., MD. The inventory for her estate was filed by Benjamin Purnell on January 14, 1744. Next of kin were shown as John Selby and Zadock Selby.

He made a will in Worcester Co., MD, January 21, 1768. (Maryland Calendar of Wills 1767-1772 v14, p.39)

Jeptha's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, February 12, 1768. Jeptha left to his wife Mary "Purnel's Security" and land in Sinnepuxent. (marriage-research of Suzanne B. Hurley, Ocean City Lifesaving Museum; Melanie Ayres Merryweather, Genealogy of the Purnell Family, p. 21)

Jeptha Purnell and Mary Fassitt had the following children:

child 217 i. Matthew5 Purnell. Matthew died 1786 in Worcester Co., MD. He made a will in Worcester Co., MD, April 25, 1786. (Vernon L. Skinner, Worcester Co., MD Wills JW13, p. 11)

Matthew's will was probated in Worcester Co., MD, May 30, 1786. He served as a Private, Worcester Militia, Sinepuxent Battalion, Cpt. Elisha Purnell's Company, 1779/1780. He took the Oath of Allegiance in Worcester in 1778, Quepomco Hundred. (Henry C. Peden, Revolutionary Patriots of Worcester & Somerset Cos.) He named his sisters Elizabeth and Alisha and nephew Lambert Ayres.

child 218 ii. Lambert Purnell. He served as a Private, 3rd MD Independent Co., Worester Co., Capt. John Watkin's Co., enlisted May 7, 1776; muster roll dated August 20, 1776, sick at mother's. Took the Oath of Allegiance in Worcester Co. in 1778 in Quepomco Hundred before the Hon. Thomas Purnell. (Henry C. Peden, Jr., Revolutionary Patriots of Worcester & Somerset Cos. MD, Willow Bend, Westminster, MD, 1999, p. 238)

child 219 iii. Levi Purnell. He took the Oath of Allegiance in Worcester Co. in 1778 Quepomco Hundred before the Hon. Thomas Purnell. (Henry C. Peden, Jr., Revolutionary Patriots of Worcester & Somerset Cos. MD, Willow Bend, Westminster, MD, 1999, p. 238)

child 220 iv. Elizabeth Purnell. Elizabeth died 1787 in Worcester Co., MD. (Vernon L. Skinner, Worcester Will Book JW13 f.139, p.14) She was named in her brother, Matthew's, 1786 will and called daughter of Jeptha in the will of her uncle Azariah Purnell in 1778. In her will, Elizabeth called the children of her sister, Letitia (Alisha), her brothers and sisters.

child + 221 v. Letitia Purnell.

child 222 vi. Henry Purnell was born about 1768. Henry is thought to be the unborn child named in Jeptha's will.

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