George K. Purcell

Brief Life History of George K.

When George K. Purcell was born on 16 May 1862, in Marion, Illinois, United States, his father, Thomas Wantland Purcell, was 31 and his mother, Elizabeth L Hartline, was 29. He married Violetta Nina Bailey on 15 November 1883, in Marion, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Foster Township, Marion, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Patoka, Marion, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. He died on 25 March 1944, in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Marion, Illinois, United States.

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George K. Purcell
Violetta Nina Bailey
Marriage: 15 November 1883
Frederick Lyle Purcell
Georgia Purcell
about 1903–
Ernest Lynn Purcell
Janetta B Purcell
Eliza Florence Purcell
Olga Purcell

Sources (23)

  • George Purcell in household of Thos Purcell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • George K. Purcell, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • G K Purcell, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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Historical Boundaries: 1866: Marion, Illinois, United States

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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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