Peter Purcel

14 December 1796–2 August 1875 (Age 78)
Alexandria Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Peter

When Peter Purcel was born on 14 December 1796, in Alexandria Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, his father, John Purcell, was 28 and his mother, Mary Haughawout, was 25. He married Ann Wilson on 5 September 1816, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 2 August 1875, in Greenwich Township, Warren, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Greenwich, Cumberland, New Jersey, United States.

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Family Time Line

Peter Purcel
Ann Wilson
Marriage: 5 September 1816
Lefford Haughawout Pursel
John Pursel
Dr. Isaac Pursel
Dr. Peter H. Pursel
Margaret Pursel
Hettie H. Pursel
William Pursel
Mary Pursel
Daniel Pursel

Spouse and Children

5 September 1816
Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States




    Dr. Isaac Pursel


    Hettie H. Pursel


    Dr. Peter H. Pursel


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 4

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Age 8

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had been political enemies with intense personal differences for quite some time. Burr accused Hamilton of publicly disparaging his character during the elections of 1800 and 1804. On the morning of July 11, the two politicians went to Weehawken, New Jersey to resolve the disputes with an official duel. Both men were armed with a pistol. Hamilton missed, but Burr's shot fatally wounded Hamilton, who would die by the following day. The duel custom had been outlawed in New York by 1804, resulting in Burr fleeing the state due to an arrest warrant. He would later be accused of treason, but ultimately be acquitted.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 23

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

English and Welsh: variant of Purcell .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Will of John Pursel

Will of John Pursel, Decd Filed Aapril 16th, 1850 by J. C. Reed, Surrogate Admited to probate, May 20th, 1850. 5230J; Hunterdon Co., New Jersey May - 1849 The last will, and testament of John Pursel …

Sources (3)

  • Peter Pursel, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Peter Pursell, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Peter M. Pursell in entry for Daniel Pursell, "New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985"

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