Jean, this is probably old news to you. Elizabeth, ca 1844, was the d/o Henry Purser, born abt 1810, died 1851-55, and a Leonora ?. Their other three children were Amanda,ca 1835 Anna Elizabeth,ca 1837, and William,ca 1840. There is a headstone atDamascus Cemetery which has "Purser, William, 10/20/1840-7/4/1864, killed at Coleman's Lane", not sure if this is Henry's son. According to a 1913 obit. for Anna Elizabeth, Henry's four children were taken in and raised by Henry's brother, Frederick and his wife, Benetta Higdon Purser, after the death of Henry (and his wife?). The 1850 census of Copiah county has this:
Purser, Henry, 40, born SC
Also included in this household are:
1. Touchstone, Sarah T.9, born AR
2. Touchstone, John G.6,"AR
This seems to bear out the information that Henry, a widower, married the widow, Elizabeth Ann (maiden name unknown),Touchstone,who had these two children from her prior marriage.The older children in Henry's household are from his first wife, Henry, 3 years of age, and David, 1 year old, are from Elizabeth Ann Touchstone Purser. Now, it would make sense that at Henry's death, Frederick would take in the four children from Henry's first wife, and Elizabeth, with the children of her first marriage, and the children she had with Henry, would move in with either her parents, or with the parents of her first husband. As you can see, more research needs to be done om this. According to Tom Purser, Henry and Frederick were the sons of a David Purser,born ca 1774 in SC, died 7/20/1835 in Pike County, AL, and is buried there. He was married to Anne Ingram, d/o Charles Ingram---I'll have to check my Ingram database for more--, Charles left a will.