I have also looked at the lineage ofWilliam Monroe Purvis. There is a lot of misinformation on the web about this man and 2 other William Purvis. He is often tied to James Purvis and Elizabeth Magee; but I can assure you that their son was born about 10 years later. He is William Purvis, b. 1837 in Rankin County, Mississippi. William Monroe in 1860 is in Clarke County, AL and is married to Effie Howle.
1860 CENSUS: Clarke County, Alabama; Roll: M653_6; Page: 693; Image: 141; Family History Library Film: 803006; Line 10, Household 1220/1351; William PURVIS, male, age 31, born in MS; Effie PURVIS, female, age 35, born in AL; Martha L. PURVIS, female, age 7, born in AL; Margaret S.PURVIS, female, age 4, born in AL and Alice C. PURVIS, female, age 1, born in AL.
Then there is William R. Purvis, b, abt 1836 in Mississippi. He married Mary J. Gillespie and can be found in Louisiana in 1860.
1860 CENSUS: Trinity PO, Concordia Pr., LA; Series: M653, Roll: 410, Page: 808, Line 17, Household 166/178; H. B. WHITE, male, Lawyer, age 38, born in VA; S. W. CAMPBELL, male, Deputy Sheriff, age 22, born in MS and W. R. PURVIS, male, age 24, born in MS, Clerk of District Court.
So it’s very obvious these two men are not the same individual.
William Purvis, son of James & Elizabeth Magee was born about 1837 in Rankin County, MS.
1850 CENSUS: Rankin Co., Mississippi; Roll: M432_380; Page: 247B; Line 28, Household 640/640. James Pervis, male, age 41, born in SC; Elizabeth Pervis , female, age 38, born in LA; Elizabeth Pervis, female, age 15, born in MS; William Pervis, male, age 13, born in MS; Martha Pervis, female, age 11, born in MS; James Pervis, male, age 9, born in MS; Catharine Pervis, female, 7, born in MS; Sarah Pervis, female, age 5, born in MS; Thomas Pervis, male, age 3, born in MS; Charles Pervis, male, age 1, born in MS.
This is the William Purvis that I am looking for and I have not found this William past this point. I know that he is definitely not William Monroe because William Monroe is living with his Wife in Clarke County, Alabama in 1850 and the William Purvis I am looking for is a 13 year old kid in his parents James & Elizabeth Magee Purvis home.
Just based upon the following info we know that William Monroe is a distinct individual from the other two William's.
Between the other two William’s there is a possibility that they are the same Individual.
William Purvis born 1837 – Only found in 1850 Census and unable to locate after that point.
William R. Purvis, born 1836 in MS – first found in 1860 census in Louisiana; not found prior to this census.
Personnel researching the PURVIS FAMILIES in Mississippi need to understand that there are two sets of PURVIS in this State and as of today I HAVE NOT found a Connection.
You have the Descendant of John Purvis & Eliza Pritchard who founded the Town of Purves, MS
And you have
The descendants of John Purvis & Sarah Johnson/Johnston who lived mostley in Rankin, Hinds, Smith, and Simpson Counties.
That being said if you look at the 1830 census WILLIAM MONROE PURVIS must be a son of either:
John Purvis, age 40-49, Hinds County , MS
John Purvis, age 40-49, Princeton, Washington County , MS
Allen B. Purvis, age20-29, Adams, Ms (NOT OLD ENOUGH - SCRATCH HIM)
John Purvis, age 50-59, Marion County, MS
All other PURVIS in the state during that time are descendants of John & Sarah Johnson Purvis from the best that I can determine. So basically, William Monroe Purvis father is mostly likely one of the 3 John Purvis listed above from the 1830 Census.
If in your research you run across either one of the other two William born in the 1830’s during your research please post the information here so that it can be shared.