John Purcell

23 September 1768–18 March 1850 (Age 81)
Alexandria Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States

The Life of John

When John Purcell was born on 23 September 1768, in Alexandria Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, his father, Jonathan Pursell, was 28 and his mother, Esther or Hester Moon, was 28. He married Mary Haughawout from 1787 to 1788, in Alexandria Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 18 March 1850, in Greenwich Township, Warren, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Greenwich, 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 H. Purcell
Peter Purcel
William Pursell
Sarah Purcell
Ester Pursell
Jacob Pursel
Charles Purcell
Eli Pursel
Mary Purcell
Rebecca Purcell

Spouse and Children

from 1787 to 1788
Alexandria Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States


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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.
1790 · Trenton - State Capital

Age 22

Trenton, New Jersey officially became the state capital in 1790. The first state governor would be William Livingston.

Name Meaning

English, Welsh, and Irish (of Norman origin): from Old French pourcel ‘piglet’ (Latin porcellus, a diminutive of porcus ‘pig’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd, or a nickname, perhaps affectionate in tone. This is a common surname in Ireland, having become established there in the 12th century.

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 …

Sources (3)

  • John Pursell in entry for Charles Pursell, "Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950"
  • John Pursell in entry for Charles Pursell, "Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950"
  • John Purcel in entry for William Purcel, "New Jersey, Deaths, 1670-1988"

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