He married Sarah Elizabeth "Bettie" Spence in Worcester Co., MD, June 6, 1849. Sarah was born in Worcester Co., MD April 17, 1825. Sarah was the daughter of John Selby Spence (Dr.) (Senator) and Sally "Maria" Purnell. Sarah died July 3, 1883 in Worcester Co., MD. Bettie is listedin the 1870 and 1880 census near Berlin; she was living with her father-in-law in 1860. She is buried at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Berlin, MD. (Leslie P. Dryden, Dryden Family & Descendants, Alamo, TX, 1999; Melanie Ayres Merryweather, Genealogy of the Purnell Family, p. 14) He is buried at St. Pauls Cemetery, Berlin. Date of death recorded in Atalanta Purnell Bible. His widow resided with his father in 1860 census. (Leslie P. Dryden, Dryden Family & Descendants, Alamo, TX, 1999)
John Henry Purnell and Sarah Elizabeth "Bettie" Spence had the following children:
+ 930 i. John Selby7 Purnell was born May 4, 1850.
+ 931 ii. Margaret Campbell Purnell was born January 8, 1852.
932 iii. Henry Purnell was born in Worcester Co., MD October 7, 1853. Henry died after 1910. He married Anne Catherine "Kate" Derickson in Worcester Co., MD, November 8, 1883. Anne was born October, 1853. Anne was the daughter of Levin L. Derickson and Sarah E. Foreman. Henry was a farmer and worked at the branch office of Internal Revenue in Berlin. (family Bible-Leslie P. Dryden, Dryden Family & Descendants, Alamo, TX, 1999)
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