When Rebecca Purcell was born about 1759, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, her father, Jonathan Purcell, was 39 and her mother, Hester Moon, was 28. She married Jerome Agler about 1780, in New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. She died in 1838, in Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 80.
English, Welsh, and Irish (of Norman origin): from Old French pourcel ‘little pig’ (from Latin porcellus, a diminutive of porcus ‘pig’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd, or a nickname, perhaps denoting someone thought to resemble a pig. This surname is common in Ireland, having become established there in the 12th century. There may sometimes be confusion with Pearsall .
English: habitational name from Purshull in Elmbridge, Worcestershire. The placename derives from an uncertain first element + Old English hyll ‘hill’.