Dorcas Purvis

1844–8 July 1885 (Age 41)
North Carolina, United States

The Life of Dorcas

When Dorcas Purvis was born in 1844, in North Carolina, United States, her father, Thomas Jefferson Purvis, was 39 and her mother, Nancy Wilson, was 32. She married Edward Washington Kidd about 1866, in Chatham, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Bear Creek, Chatham, North Carolina, United States in 1880. She died on 8 July 1885, in North Carolina, United States, at the age of 41, and was buried in Bennett, Chatham, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

Edward Washington Kidd
Dorcas Purvis
Marriage: about 1866
William Thomas Kidd
Isaac E. Kidd
Dennis Curtis Kidd
Andrew Jackson Kidd
Nancy Celanie "Lanie" Kidd
Sarah Ann Kidd
Eli Aaron Kidd

Spouse and Children

about 1866
Chatham, North Carolina, United States


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Jefferson Purvis


    Nancy Wilson




    James A Purvis



    Cynthia W Purvis Hunt


    Lydia M Purvis


    Martha Purvis


+5 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1853 · First State Fair

Age 9

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.
1862 · Battle of Roanoke Island

Age 18

On February 7, 1862, General Burnside's expedition started with the Battle of Roanoke Island. The battle was mostly fought by the Union and Confederate Navy's. This was a Union victory.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English (Northumberland and Durham): probably from Middle English purveys ‘provisions’, ‘supplies’ (from Middle English purvey(en), Old French porveoir ‘to provide, supply’), hence a metonymic occupational name for an official responsible for obtaining supplies for a monastery or manor house.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Dorcas Kidd in household of Edward W Kidd, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Darcus Purvis in entry for Nancy Celanie Purvis, "North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000"
  • Darkis Purvis in entry for William Thomas Kidd, "North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000"

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