James Garfield Purvis

4 March 1881–6 February 1951 (Age 69)
Columbia, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of James Garfield

James Garfield Purvis was born on 4 March 1881, in Columbia, Wisconsin, United States as the son of George Purvis. He married Lillian Augusta Erbes on 22 May 1907, in Truman, Martin, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Springdale Township, Redwood, Minnesota, United States in 1920 and Holly Township, Murray, Minnesota, United States for about 10 years. He died on 6 February 1951, in Ortonville, Big Stone, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Tracy Community Cemetery, Tracy, Lyon, Minnesota, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Garfield Purvis
Lillian Augusta Erbes
Marriage: 22 May 1907
Elaine Madelyn Purvis
Meryl George Purvis
Gladys Pauline Purvis
Della Purvis

Spouse and Children

22 May 1907
Truman, Martin, Minnesota, United States


Parents and Siblings

    George Purvis




World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 2

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 19

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

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)

  • Jim G Purvis, "United States Census, 1930"
  • J G Purvis, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James G Purvis, "United States Census, 1910"

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