Rebecca Purcell

Femaleabout 1759–1838

Brief Life History of Rebecca

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.

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Jerome Agler
Rebecca Purcell
Marriage: about 1780
Jonathan Agler
Katharine Agler
William Agler
Nancy Agler
Conrad Agler
John Agler
Peter Agler
Ruth Agler
Hester Ann Persley Agler
Mary Agler
Daniel Harvey Agler
Jerome B Agler
Elizabeth Agler

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Rebecca Pursley or Pursel -

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  • Marriage
    about 1780New Jersey, United States
  • Children (13)

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    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 16

    "During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the ""Ten Crucial Days"" and remembered by the famous phrase ""the times that try men's souls"". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time."


    Age 17

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1781 · The First Constitution

    Age 22

    Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

    Name Meaning

    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’.

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

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