John Purcell

Male23 September 1768–18 March 1850

Brief Life History of John

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.

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Family Time Line

John Purcell
Mary Haughawout
Marriage: from 1787 to 1788
Jonathan Pursel
Leah Purcell
Lefferd H. Pursell
John Purcell
Daniel Haughawout Purcell
Peter Purcel
William Pursell
Sarah Purcell
Ester Pursell
Jacob Pursel
Charles Purcell
Eli Pursel
Mary Purcell
Rebecca Purcell

Sources (6)

  • John Pursel, "Find A Grave Index"
  • John Pursell in entry for Mary Haughawout Pursell, "Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950"
  • John Pursell in entry for Charles Pursell, "Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    from 1787 to 1788Alexandria, Hunterdon, New Jersey, British Colonial America
  • Children (14)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)


    Age 7

    "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 8

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


    Age 23

    Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.

    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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    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 …

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