First Name:  Last Name: 
[Advanced Search]  [Surnames]

John PURSELL

Male Aft 1728 - 1804  (< 74 years)


Personal Information    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name John PURSELL 
    Born Aft 1728  Kent County, DE or Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 24 Dec 1793  Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Dec 1804  Nockamixon Township, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 5 Feb 1805  Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) McCracken, George E., Thomas Pursell and His Earlier Descendants, The American Genealogist, Vol. 36, No. 4 (October 1960), pp. 211-212:

      John Pursell, son of Dennis and Ruth (Cooper) Pursell, was born after 1728 in either Kent County, Delaware, or Hunterdon County, N. J. The principal reasons for identifying this man as Dennis' son are two: (a) his descendant, Howard Pursell, M.D., of Bristol, Pa., was quite certain that his great-grandfather was son of Dennis, and may have possessed some sort of family record not indicated in the sketch in Davis and Ely's History of Bucks County (3:150 f.), and (b) this man named a son Dennis and a daughter Ruth, presumably for his parents. He resided most of his life in Nockamixon Township, Bucks County. As John Pursley he has 100 acres, 3 horses and 3 cattle in 1780 [Penn'a Archives, 3:13:151]. As John Pursell he has the same acreage, 2 horses, and 4 cattle in that township in 1782 [ibid., 3:13:393]. As John Pursel he is taxed there in 1783, ??2/15/6, and has 100 acres, one house, one outbuilding, and 11 white Inhabitants [ibid. 3:13:553]. As the same, he is in the same township in 1785, but with three horses and three cattle [ibid.], and he is there also in 1786 and 1787.

      In his will he mentions wife Ann, who is identified by Davis and Ely as Ann Coone. I believe this is a mixup of this man with the first wife of his cousin who married Ann Moon. Harold A. Sonn, History of Colonel Joseph Beaver (1948), p. 138, states that this John Pursell married first, Esther Moon, and second, Ann Kitchen, and that the latter died 9 Sept. 1825. What evidence he had I do not know, but I am convinced that the connection with the Moon family belongs to his cousin and not to this man. When of Nockamixon Township, John Pursell made his will on 24 Dec. 1793, probated 5 Feb. 1805 [Bucks Wills, 7:48], in which he names, besides his wife Ann and the children listed below, a granddaughter Ann Henry [whose parents are not listed in this source].

      Children [not necessarily listed in birth order]:

      i. John, d. 1816; m. Mercy Iliff . . . , on whom see J. P. Snell, History of Hunterdon County, p. 448. They are said to have had eleven children, names unknown to me.

      ii. Thomas, d. 1841; m. Catherine Crause; in 1790 Census of Bucks (2/2/1). On 11 Aug. 1796, when of Durham Township, Bucks, but owner of land in Alexandria Township, Hunterdon, he sued William, John and Edward Hunt, all of Greenwich Township, Sussex County, over damages to the Alexandria property (Trenton Deeds, AV, p. 231). . . .

      iii. Brice, b. 15 Aug. 1776, d. 12 Aug. 1830; m. Catherine Moore, b. 25 May 1784, d. 12 Aug. 1848. He was a justice of the peace, bought land on an island in the Delaware in Nockamixon Township, 18 Feb. 1824 (survey at Bucks County Historical Society). . . .

      iv. Dennis, went west; perhaps the Dines in 1790 census of Franklin Co., Pa., (2/3/3).

      v. Ruth, wrongly said to have m. Daniel Strawn.

      vi. Elizabeth, m. Benjamin Holden.

      vii. Ann.

      viii. Hannah, m. John Williams, b. 29 1st mo. 1745, son of Benjamin and Mercy (Stevenson) Williams (Roberts, op. cit., p. 71).

      ix. Margaret, m. Daniel Strawn . . . , as second wife, he being her second cousin.

      x. Jane, m. Jacob Housewirth, perhaps the man b. 2 Dec. 1758, bapt. Tohickon Union Church, 16 Apr. 1759, son of Valentine and Anna Maria Housewirth.

      (2) Davis, William Watts Hart, History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 2nd ed., rev. and enl., New York, NY: Lewis Publishing Co., 1905, vol. 3, p. 152:

      . . . John PURSELL, "of Pennsylvania," . . . married in 1761 Ann Coone (COOMB), of Tinicum township, Bucks county, and settled in Nockamixon township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, where he purchased land in 1773. . . .

      John PURSELL, of Nockamixon, died in that township in December, 1804, and his will was probated February 5, 1805. It is probable that his father, Dennis PURSELL, settled in Nockamixon while John was a young man, as a Denes PURSLE was sergeant of the Nockamixon company of Associators in 1775, and, though John had a son Dennis, it is hardly probable that he could have been of sufficient age to have held a commission at that date. The children of John and Ann (COOMB) PURSELL were: 1. John, Jr., who married Mercy ILIFF, and died in 1816, leaving eleven children. 2. Thomas, who married Catherine CRAUSE, and died in 1841, leaving six sons, Dennis, William, John, Thomas, Jacob and Frederick, and one daughter, Mary, who married Jacob FULMER. 3. Brice, mentioned hereinafter. 4. Dennis, who went west and left no descendants in Bucks county. 5. Ruth, who became the wife of Daniel STRAWN, born 1752, son of Jacob and Christiana (PURSELL) STRAWN, of Haycock, the former of whom was a half-brother of Ruth (COOPER) PURSELL, by the second marriage of Mary (BUCKMAN) COOPER with Launcelot STRAWN. 6. Elizabeth, who became the wife of Benjamin HOLDEN. 7. Mary. 8. Ann. 9, Hannah, who became the wife of John WILLIAMS, a son of Benjamin and Mercy STEVENSON WILLIAMS. 10. Margaret. 11. Jane, who became the wife of Jacob HAUSEWORTH. Mary, Ann and Hannah, aforementioned, were triplets; all grew to womanhood, married and all died at the birth of their first child. Either Mary or Ann married a Henry, and left a daughter Ann. . . .

      (3) Bucks County, PA Tax List - 1779 :

      NOCKAMIXON TOWNSHIP.

      John Pursly
      Acres: 100
      Horses: 4
      Cattle: 5
      Servants:

      (4) Bucks County, PA Tax List - 1779 :

      NOCKAMIXIN [sic] TOWNSHIP.

      John Pursly
      Amount of Tax: ??48.10.0
      (5) Bucks County, PA Tax List - 1782 :

      NOCKAMIXON TOWNSHIP.

      John Pursell
      Acres: 100
      Horses: 2
      Cattle: 4
      Servants:

      (6) Bucks County, PA Tax List - 1783 :

      John Pursel
      Amount of tax: ??2.15.6

      (7) Bucks County, PA Tax List - 1784 :

      NOCKAMIXON TOWNSHIP.

      Name: John Pursel
      Acres: 100
      Dwelling Houses: 1
      Out Houses: 1
      White Inabitants: 11
      Black Inhabitants:

      (8) Bucks County, PA Tax List - 1785 :

      NOCKAMIXON TOWNSHIP.

      John Pursel
      Acres: 100
      Horses: 3
      Cattle: 3
      Servants:
      (9) Bucks County, PA Tax List - 1786 :

      NOCKAMIXIN [sic] TOWNSHIP.

      John Pursel
      Amount of tax: ??18.6
      (10) Bucks County, PA Tax List - 1787 :

      NOCKAMIXON TOWNSHIP.

      John Pursell
      Amount of tax: ??19.9

      (11) A household headed by John PURSEL is listed in the 1790 census of Bucks County, PA.

      Listed in John's household are 3 free white males over 16 years of age; 2 free white males under 16 years of age; and 4 free white females.

      Assuming that John was one of the 3 free white males listed in the 1790 census as then being over 16 years of age, he would have been born before 1774, according to the 1790 census.

      (12) A household headed by a John PURSLEY, Jr. is listed in the 1800 census of Nockamixon Township, Bucks County, PA.

      Listed in this John, Jr.'s household are 1 free white male under 10 years of age; 1 free white male between 16 and 26 years of age; 1 free white male over 45 years of age; 1 free white female under 10 years of age; and 1 free white female between 26 and 45 years of age.

      John PURSLEY, Jr. was probably a son of the John PURSELL who is the subject of these notes. The compiler has not found John PURSELL, Sr. in the index to the 1800 census of Bucks County, PA.

      (13) http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/bucks/wills/willabstbk7.txt:

      Wills: Abstracts: Book 7: Bucks Co, PA 1804-1808

      PURSLEY, John. Nockamixon Twp. February 5, 1805. 7.48.

      (14) Genealogy.com, Abstracts of Bucks Co, PA, Wills, 1685-1785:

      John Pursley, Nockamixon Twp., yeoman. December 24, 1793. Proved February 5, 1805.

      Wife _____. Signed by Ann Pursley together with testator, both by mark.

      Sons John and Thomas exrs. Sons John, Thomas, Brice and Dennis. Daus. Ruth, Elizabeth, Ann, Margaret and Jane.

      Wits: Benjamin Williams, James Templeton.
    Person ID I8152  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Father Dennis PURSELL,   b. Bef 28 Apr 1708, Somerset County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 5 Nov 1768  (Age > 60 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ruth COOPER,   b. Abt 1704, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 5 Nov 1768  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 18 Sep 1728  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3949  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne W. COONE,   b. 1746, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1820  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 21 May 1761  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    License 21 May 1761  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Nelson, William, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900, p. 306:

      Pursell, John, Pennsylvania, and Anne W. Coone, Pennsylvania 1761 May 21
    Children 
     1. Jane PURSELL,   b. Abt 1763, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Thomas PURSELL,   b. 25 Aug 1769, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1841, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
     3. Brice PURSELL,   b. 15 Aug 1776, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1830, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)  [natural]
     4. Ann PURSELL,   b. Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Mary PURSELL,   b. Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Hannah PURSELL,   b. Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     7. Margaret PURSELL,   b. Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     8. Elizabeth PURSELL,   b. Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1846, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     9. John PURSELL,   b. Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Apr 1816, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Ruth PURSELL,   b. Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 24 Dec 1793  [natural]
     11. Dennis PURSELL,   b. Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 24 Dec 1793  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F3948  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) New Jersey Marriages, Colonial Era,1665-1800 [database online], Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997: Pursell, John, Pennsylvania, and Anne W. Coone, Pennsylvania 1761 May 21.