I'm researching the family of James Jefferson PURCELL. He was born in Indiana on 4 July 1812. He was apparently the son of James Purcell (born 26 Nov 1791) and Catherine (born 1 Jan 1793). James Jefferson Purcell married Elizabeth Shepherd (daughter of Reuben Shepherd) and they had several children born in Sullivan County, Indiana including Nancy Catherine born ca. 1836, Samuel born ca. 1837, Luisa born 27 March 1840, Sarah Jane born ca. 1842, Mary Anna born 25 April 1844, Armilda born 19 September1846, Martha born 19 December 1848, Caroline born 26 September 1851, and Margaret born 2 January 1854.
The family later moved to Crawford County, IL where James Jefferson died on 5 Aug 1874.
I have reason to believe my James Jefferson PURCELL may be related to the Edward PURCELL who was born in Ireland in 1731 and immigrated to the US around 1750. He married Ann HAMPTON and had three sons: Jonathan, Edward and William who all moved to IN. Each of these three sons had sons named James and I'm trying to find out if one of these James' could have been the father of my James Jefferson Purcell.
Therefore, I am interested in any of the descendants of any of these three James’.
1) James (the son of Jonathan) was apparently born 16 Jan 1789 in VA, married Catherine Ready 5 Sept 1811 in Knox County, IN, and died 1817 in Knox County, IN. He lived in the Carlisle neighborhood.
2) James (the son of William) married, first, Mary Cox, in VA and second, the widow Sarah Harness. He lived mostly south of Vincennes and died 1824.
3) James (the son of Edward) had 8 children in the 1830 census, but I know almost nothing about him. He could have been the James J. Purcell who administered the estate of estate of James Purcell in 1850 in Sullivan County, IN.
If you have any information at all about any of these Purcell families, please send e-mail to BarbPretz@aol.com.