Thomas Purcell

16 November 1881–8 July 1928 (Age 46)
Sullivan, Indiana, United States

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Purcell was born on 16 November 1881, in Sullivan, Indiana, United States, his father, John Williamson Purcell, was 26 and his mother, Sarah Elizabeth Carrico, was 24. He married Della Fanny Nelson on 9 February 1911, in Sullivan, Indiana, United States. He lived in Carlisle, Haddon Township, Sullivan, Indiana, United States in 1900 and Gill Township, Sullivan, Indiana, United States in 1910. He died on 8 July 1928, in Sullivan, Sullivan, Hancock, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 46.

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Thomas Purcell
Della Fanny Nelson
Marriage: 9 February 1911

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    Della Fanny Nelson


9 February 1911
Sullivan, Indiana, United States

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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.

Age 5

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 15

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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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Sources (3)

  • Thomas W Purcell in household of John W Purcell, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Thos W Purcell in household of John W Purcell, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Thomas Purcell, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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