He married twice. He married Mary Purnell. Mary was born about 1745. Mary was the daughter of Matthew Purnell and Martha McClemmy. Research of Dr. George Bishop indicates that Mary was the wife of John Sturgis. His wife at the time of his death was called Molly and she was most probably a second wife and mother of his three youngest children. Proof for this marriage is not known.
He married First Wife. John was living in Accomack in 1763. He bought land from Daniel Sturgis, son of John of Worcester, in 1767. 1783 Tax List shows him with "Rochester," "Double Purchase" and "Sturgis' Chance," 2M, 3F. 1790 census: 1M-16, 1M16+, 3F. John's first wife is unknown. It is thought that his second wife was Molly Purnell, daughter of Matthew & Martha McClemmy Purnell.
John Sturgis(IV) and First Wife had the following children:
+ 112 iii. Zadock Sturgis was born about 1757.
John Sturgis(IV) and Mary Purnell had the following children:
+ 114 v. John Sturgis(V) was born after 1774.
+ 115 vi. Eleanor "Nelly" Sturgis was born about 1788.
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