Colin, that is strange.If the ages given had been the same for each of the men, I would have wondered if someone in VA had a memorial erected in honor of John Purss of Gilnahirk.Too much age difference, though, I think. Since your John was b abt 10 years earlier, he couldn't be the Henrico Co. John's father... not likely his brother, either.Uncle? Cousin?
Thanks for pointing out the different spelling.I should have thought about that since spelling was such a free-for-all.Did do a quick look at ancestry.com and rootsweb for "Purss" and found the following (none seems relevant and you no doubt already know about them, but it makes me feel good to think I may be sharing something):
WM PURSS002The Original Lists OF PERSONS OF QUALITYHotten, John Camden. Lists of the Livinge and Dead in Virginia Febr: 16th 1623.
PURSS, JOHN 1732-1803 Dictionary of Canadian Biography. "Volume V: 1801 to 1820." Edited by Francess G. Halpenny. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1983. (DcCanB 5)
PURSS, HENRYUS Census 1790State:NC Year: 1790Cnty: CravenRoll:M637_7
Thanks again, Colin.I probably won't try much longer, since I have my own family lines needing attention.Every once in awhile I think of Margart "Widow" Purse, and get an urge to find more about her.