William Howard Purdom was the son of John Wiley Purdom and Elenor Clifford Gilliand. John Wiley Purdom was the son of Elisha Purdom and Nancy Hopkins, who married on 23 July 1799 in Stokes Co., NC. Elisha was the son of John Purdom II and Mary McKinney, which is where we connect -- I'm descended from John and Mary's son William. I have lots of info on the early Purdoms that I'd be happy to share. If you're interested, please email me directly.