When John Purcell was born on 23 September 1768, in Alexandria, Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America, his father, Jonathan Purcell, was 46 and his mother, Hester Moon, was 36. He married Mary Haughawout from 1787 to 1788, in Alexandria, Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 18 March 1850, in Greenwich Township, Sussex, New Jersey, British Colonial America, at the age of 81, and was buried in Greenwich, Greenwich Township, Cumberland, New Jersey, United States.
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’.
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 …