Jeanne Polries, Mary Ware, Bob Gootee, Jeannie Johnson and other Worcester Co., Md. Srurgis researchers..
I have a Mary (Sturgis) (Selby) Parker who married my Selby Parker, also of Worcester (Somerset until about 1742)Co., VA. My question was about this Mary, who's first husband was a Dr. James Selby. I didn't know anything on this line, so I asked my cousin Gail for help. This is what she gave me. Want to share with other Sturgis-Worcester Co., Md. folks. Howard D. Blairhblair01@comcast.com -------------------------------------------------------- from Gail Walczyk - Jan 30, 2003:: Nottingham, Stratton, Wills and Administrations of Accomack County, (Cottonport LA: Polyanthos, 1973, p ix.)
NOTE: The below info came from an addition of the book first published by Polyanthos in 1973. When Heritage republished it they inserted a new Introduction and omitted the place name index.
The Introduction in Polyanthos' addition was written by Timothy Field Beard. He is a noted Geneaolgist and at one time was the Head librarian at the New York Public Lirbrary; Family History Room I met him in 1977. This is part of his line.
"Mary Sturgis, the wife of James Selby and the mother of Nancy Selby Garrison, was the daughter of Capt. Outten Sturgis of Wocester County MD who died in 1796m and his first wife Martha Purnell. Martha Purnell's father, (obit 1742/43) Mattapony Somerset County (later Wocester) (Wocester County Wills 2 J. W., p 4) was a son of Thomas Purnell of Fairfield, Smerset Co., a long time member of the Maryland Assembly (Archives of Maryland. Baltimore, 1909-13, v. 29, p 98 ff, v 30, pp 372, 477, etc.) and he had twice gone over the border of Accomack for wives. His first wife was Director Smith, daughter of John Smith who died in 1677. Her mother Joyce Smith married secondly Maxmillian Gore who died in 1696, naming John Purnell his son-in-law in his will. Director Smith was living in 1694 when she witnessed the will of Daniel Selby of Somerset County. John Purnell had at least three duathers, two of them whom were living at the time of his death: Sarah Kellam (who had probably been the wife of John Outten), Joyce Newbold and a daugther who married a Ratciffe. Between 1705 and 1717 John Purnell married Tabitha Baily Selby the widow of Parker Selby and a daughter of John and Edith Bayly of Accomack By Tabitha Baily, John Purnell also had at least three daughters, namely Tabitha Cropper, Elizabeth Major and Sophia Jenkins all of whom he cautioned in his will not to bring forth any on their grandfather Bayly's estate. the balance of the children of John Purnell were by his third wife Martha Bowenm the daughter of William Bowen of Smoerset County. These children were Barhsheba, Hezekiah, Mary and John Purnell and Martha the wife of Outten Sturgis. Martha Bowen Purnell married as her second husband William Selby of Worcester County and she died in Worcester County in 1780. (Worcester County Wills, 4 J. W. pp 452-353.) nearly 100 years after John Purnell married director Smith. in Accomack." Gail