I have been able to find more information about my Purtell relatives and now I am searching for my great great uncle on my grandfather James Purtell's side.
His name was George Purtell. He moved to California before the Korean War and we know he had a daughter named Patti because she spoke to my father, Robert Francis Purtell, before 1980.
However, we have since lost contact with her and her family. My grandfather's relatives owned a car dealership and a food store in Morristown, NJ but I do not have the dates on when they operated both. It is believed that George moved to California sometime after my family ceased operating the food store and car dealership.
My great grandfather, John Purtell, married Ellen Flynn and he had a brother George and a sister Gertrude (I think). I have no information on my great grandfather's parents or where they came from.
My grandfather was James John Purtell. He had a sister named Emily and their father died in the flu epidemic of 1917 (I think) and my great grandmother Ellen married David Noonan. They in turn had 2 children.
My grandfather married Evelyn Anderson and they had 4 children: my father, Robert Francis Purtell; Jack Purtell; Maureen Hope Purtell Russo and Richard Edward Purtell. My grandmother died at a very young age when my father was only 11.
Any help that anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated.