James Liberty Purviance Sr

Brief Life History of James Liberty

When James Liberty Purviance Sr was born on 14 January 1733, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America, his father, James Purviance, was 21 and his mother, Margaret McKnight, was 21. He married Sarah Jane Wasson in 1764, in Iredell, Brunswick, North Carolina, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. He registered for military service in 1776. He died in May 1819, in Bourbon, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 86.

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James Liberty Purviance Sr
Sarah Jane Wasson
Marriage: 1764
Elizabeth Purviance
Elam Purviance
Margaret Purviance
John Parsons Purviance
Mary Purviance
Nancy Purviance
James Liberty Purviance Jr
Joseph Purviance Sr
Uriah Purivance
Sarah Purivance
David Parsons Purivance
Hepsibah Keziah Purviance

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  • James Liberty Purviance, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Liberty Purviance, "United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783"
  • James Liberty Purviance, "United States Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783"

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1767 · Tryon Palace

Built on August 26, 1767, the Tryon Palace became the capitol building for North Carolina. The building was named after William Tryon a British officer and colonial official.


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1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

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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