Mary ( Polly) Davis

1793–1864 (Age 71)
Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Mary ( Polly)

Mary ( Polly) Davis was born in 1793, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. She married Jonathan Pursel on 9 July 1808, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850. She died in 1864, in Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jonathan Pursel
Mary ( Polly) Davis
Marriage: 9 July 1808
John Pursel
Oliver Hazzard Perry Purcell
Andrew John Purcel
Rachel Pursel
Charlotte Pursel

Spouse and Children

9 July 1808
Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States



    Oliver Hazzard Perry Purcell




    Charlotte Pursel


World Events (8)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 1

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

Age 11

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.

Age 19

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

Southern English: patronymic from David .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Pursel in household of Jonathan Pursel, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Polly Davis, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
  • Polly Davis, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"

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