He married Mary Jane Laws 1843. Mary was born 1824. Stephen and his family are shown in the 1850
census of Worcester Co., MD: Stephen 26, Mary J. 21, William M. 5, Stephen L. 3, James L. 1. A family tree drawn with names Emma Camp and
Dr. & Mrs. (J.W.?) Purnell in 1898 Mexico City, Mexico, shows other children for Stephen. Unfortunately, much of the information on this pen
& ink "tree" cannot be read. Melanie Merryweather's "Purnell Family" follows descendants of Stephen (p.24). 1880 census, Snow Hill,
Worcester, MD shows Mary J. Purnell, 52, with children: George E., 17, Ralph C., 14, John W., 11, and Mary, 9.
Stephen Duncan Purnell and Mary Jane Laws had the following children:
Mary K.8 Purnell.
William Mathew Purnell was born 1845. William died 1903. He married Martha
Ellen Lenard 1875.
Stephen Laws Purnell was born 1847. Stephen died 1925. He married Sarah Farlow
James Levi Purnell was born 1849. James died 1936. He married twice. He married
Dora Collins 1881. He married Annie Purnell after 1888.
Margaret A.R. Purnell was born 1851.
Gertrude D. Purnell was born 1853. Gertrude died 1893. She married George W.
Truitt(Capt.) 1878. George was born 1845. George died 1928.
Oscar Moore Purnell was born 1858. Oscar died 1936. He married Emma Jane
Purnell 1883. Emma was born 1860. Emma was the daughter of Thomas Duncan Purnell and Julia Anne Gray. Emma died