John Wasson Purviance

Brief Life History of John Wasson

When John Wasson Purviance was born in 1810, in Giles, Tennessee, United States, his father, Eleazer Purviance, was 28 and his mother, Elizabeth Orr, was 27. He married Rebecca Mitchell on 21 August 1834, in Warren, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died on 18 October 1857, in Warren, Indiana, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in West Lebanon Cemetery, West Lebanon, Pike Township, Warren, Indiana, United States.

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John Wasson Purviance
Rebecca Mitchell
Marriage: 21 August 1834
Drusilla Purviance
Eleazer Purviance

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  • John Wasson Purviance, "Find A Grave Index"

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Name Meaning

French and Irish (of Norman and Scottish origin): nickname from Anglo-Norman French purveiance ‘foresight, providence, wisdom’, also ‘provision of royal or monastic household supplies’ (compare Purvis ). The surname Purveyance has apparently died out in Scotland, where it is recorded in Glasgow in 1505 and Ayr in 1623. In the form Purviance it was brought to North America from Ireland, where it came from France. The name Purviance is virtually non-existing in France. In the US, it is also found among African Americans. Compare Provine and Purvines , and also Provance .

History: The majority of the Purviances trace their origin to Jon De Purvaiance born c. 1590 in Royan, Charente-Maritime, France (he was, according to various sources, of Scottish ancestry), whose son (or grandson) Jacques (De) Purv(a)iance fled with his family from France to Donegal, Ireland, where he died c. 1697. This Jacques Purviance is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors. It were one of his sons, two of his grandsons, and four of his great grandsons who emigrated from Ireland to North America in the 17th and 18th centuries; their descendants also bear altered forms of the surname, such as Provine and Purvines.

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

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