Hello fellow researchers. I would like to swap Purkapile info with anybody interested,just drop me a line. According to the family info that has been passed on to me, the earliest Purkapile(in my line), begins with: Johannas (John) Berchebeil-b)Mar 18,1781 in Germany and d)Oct 1,1846 in USA. He changed his surname to Purkapile upon entry(or soon after) into America. He married Marea(Mary) Beyer-b)Aug 25,1776 in VA and d)1867.(Of the 8 children I have),his son Johannas(John)Jr. Purkapile-b)May 23,1805 in VA and d)1906.He married: 1)Nancy-b)1809 in VA; 2)Matilda Ann Dudley.(Of the 7 children I have),his son James Madison Purkapile-b)Oct 2,1859 in Springfield,IL and d)Apr 27,1931 in Fort Dodge,IA.He married Mary Lappien(Lepine)-b)Aug 28,1850 in Scales Mound,IL. and d)Aug 7,1923 in Fort Dodge,IA.(Of the 11 children I have),their daughter Martha Ellen Purkapile-b)Aug 24,1885 in IA. and d)Jan 27,1956 in Granata Hills,CA and buried in Fort Dodge,IA.She married Otto V Ackerson-b)Feb 15,1884 in New Hartford,IA. and d)Jan 21,1949 in Fort Dodge,IA.They had 12 children(3 died in their childhood),of which is my grandfather, Ned Y Ackerson-b)1921 and d)1987. It states in my info that Jonahhas departed out of Holland to America, and came to Pittsburgh,PA.Other places mentioned that he moved around to is:VA,KY,IL,and (maybe)OH. Would like to correspond with other Purkapile, Ackerson or other interested/related researchers.Thank you for looking!!!!