John Purviance (1760 - 1833)

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Nicknames: "Sgt John Purviance"
Birthplace: Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Cartwright, Sangamon, IL, USA
Managed by: Lori Lynn Wilke
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About John Purviance

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA - SOUTH CAROLINA with the rank of PRIVATE. DAR Ancestor #: A092320 -------------------- Find a Grave Information:

Birth: Jun. 19, 1760 Lancaster County Pennsylvania, USA Death: Sep. 27, 1833 Pleasant Plains Sangamon County Illinois, USA

son of David Purviance II and Margaretha S. McIntyre married Nancy Ferguson July 10, 1783 Mechlenburg, N.C. She died in N.C. in 1796 John married Elizabeth Lisenby December 27, 1798 Cabarrus Co. N.C

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Groom Bride Date Bondsman Witness Purviance, John Lisenby, Elizabeth 27 Dec 1798 Purviance, Robert Simianer, John Source: Marriage Bonds By Year, 1793 - 1806, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

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Some of his children changed the name to Purvines after they came to Illinois . I believe his land records is under Purviance. And he is also listed in 1876 as Purviance in the "HISTORY OF THE EARLY SETTLERS OF SANGAMON COUNTY, ILLINOIS" By John Carroll Power.(Some of His children are listed as Purvines).

These are the reasons I listed him as Purviance as that is what he would have been during the Rev. War.
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John and Nancy's children

1.Elizabeth Purviance (John Houston Plunkett) 2. David Simpson Purviance (Elizabeth Weddington) 3. Matilda Purviance Irwin (Samuel Irwin) 4. Margaret J. Purviance Irwin (William Irwin) 5. Alexander Caldwell Purviance (Margaret Weddington) (Jane Coleman Hamilton) 6. John Graham Purviance (Elizabeth Coleman)

John and Elizabeth's Children

1.James Purviance (Mary A. Cox) 2.Samuel Purviance (Mary Ann "Polly" Irwin) 3.Nancy Purviance Shepherd (Peter Shepherd) 4. Elizabeth Sellars Purviance Lanterman (Peter Lanterman, Jr.)

PURVIANCE, JOHN, was born June 19, 1760. The place of his birth is not known, but he went from Pennsylvania to the vicinity of Concord, Cabarras county, North Carolina. He was a soldier in the colonial army that achieved American Independence, but whether he went from Pennsylvania or North Carolina is not known. A special monument, commemorating his services in the Revolution, has been placed at the entrance to Richland cemetery and the DAR have placed a bronze plaque at the gravesite. His name is also enscribed on the bronze plaque in the south mall, Old Station Capital, at Springfield, Illinois

In the summer of 1779, during the Revolutionary War, he volunteered for 13 months as a horseman under Captain James Wade, attached to a Regiment commanded by Colonel Davis. They marched across the Congaree, Wateree and Santee Rivers into South Carolina where the militia of North Carolina was assembling under General Rutherford of that state. The Regiment took part in the severe conflict with the British at Stono Ferry, S.C., on July 20 1779, under General Lincoln. Soon afterward, the army retreated to the northward.

In August, 1780, he again volunteered as a Private Horseman under Captain William Penny, attached to the army of young General Gates at Lynch's Creek, marching two miles beyond Rugby's Mill toward Camden and was in a fight with the enemy which probably occurred Dec 4, 1780. He was present at the capture of the fort at Orangeburg, S.C., in May, 1781, and he served in the rear guard for two days and nights, after which he was detailed with four others, including the Quartermaster Sergeant, to a mill to procure meal. While there, they were surrounded by a detachment of Tories. He was the only one who evaded capture which he managed to do by jumping from a window into the river and swimming away. He was wounded and lost his horse and saddle in the skirmish.

In July, 1781, he again enlisted in the State Troops for 10 months under Captain William Alexander, attached to the Regiment of Colonel Wade Hampton of S.C., in the forces of General Sumpter. He participated in the Battle of Eutaw Springs, S.C., September 8, 1781. The following year, he volunteered again in Mecklenberg Co., NC for 10 months with Captain Burns in the Regiment of Colonel Davis and was engaged in that County on patrol duty, watching the movements of the Tories and protecting the inhabitants from marauding parties. At the close of the war, he was mustered out, having served the greater part of five years. He was later granted a pension for this service.

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Purviance From "Catawba Frontier 1775-1781 Memories of Pensioners" by Mary Elinor Lazenby, 1950. PURVIANCE, JOHN 1778-1779. Served two months in South Carolina under Col. Wade Hampton and General Thomas Sumter. Was at taking of Fort of Orangeburg, a private in the company of Capt. William Alexander and Maj. James Rutherford (a son of General Rutherford), who fell at Eutaw Springs. Volunteered under Capt. James White, Colonel Davie. Was at Stono. When General Greene retreated from Ninety-Six (begun June 19, 1781) Purviance was with his rearguard two days and two nights. While sent with four other privates to a mill to get meal he was fired on by the Tories. The sergeant was wounded. The rest escaped but Purviance lost his horse, saddle and bridle. Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1763. Brought to Mecklenburg County (NC) when twelve years old. Later they moved to Cabarrus (NC), where his brother Robert remained. Moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1820. He was wounded and applied for relief under the invalid pension act of Mar. 18, 1818.
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As early as 1817, certain children commenced migrating to Illinois.

Dec. 15,1819 John sold farm of 319 acres on WILD MEADOW BRANCH in N.C. to Phillip Barringer for $4700. Shortly thereafter left N.C. He visited relatives in Jackson, Tenn. for a brief time, arrived in Il. 1820. All his children except Matilda came to ILL. Serveral Nephews and cousins migrated to IL. during the same period. Also at least two sisters, Margaret, and Martha. Margaret went later to Iowa, and Martha to Missouri. John remaind in Sangamon Co. until his death and is buried in Richland Baptist Cemt. between , Salisbury and Pleasant Plains, Il. beside his wife , Elizabeth.
Richland cemt. is a family cemt. Many, many of the early family are buried there. Others are at the cemt . inside the town of Pleasant Plains. others are buried though- out many cemt. around Pleasant Plains and Salisbury.
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send as a suggestion Rev. NC, Private, Capt. White Company, Rev. War ------------------------------------------------- which is written on his military stone that is why I didn't include it on here.


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Children:
 Eliza Purviance Lanterman (1805 - 1882)*
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Burial: Richland Baptist Church Cemetery Pleasant Plains Sangamon County Illinois, USA

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was born on 19 Jun 1760 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, died on 27 Sep 1833 in Sangamon Co, Illinois at age 73, and was buried in Richland Baptist Church, Cartwright Township.

General Notes: BIOGRAPHY: In the summer of 1779, during the Revolutionary War, he volunteered for 13 months as a horseman under Captain James Wade, attached to a Regiment commanded by Colonel Davis. They marched across the Congaree, Wateree and Santee Rivers into South Carolina where the militia of North Carolina was assembling under General Rutherford of that state. The Regiment took part in the severe conflict with the British at Stono Ferry. S.C.. on July 20 1779, under General Lincoln. Soon afterward, the army retreated to the northward.

BIOGRAPHY: In August, 1780. he again volunteered as a Private Horseman under Captain William Penny, attached to the army of young General Gates at Lynch's Creek, marching two miles beyond Rugby's Mill toward Camden and was in a fight with the enemy which probably occurred Dec 4, 1780. He was present at the capture of the fort at Orangeburg, S.C., in May, 1781. and he served in the rear guard for two days and nights, after which he was detailed with four others, including the Quartermaster Sergeant, to a mill to procure meal. While there, they were surrounded by a detachment of Tories. He was the only one who evaded capture which he managed to do by jumping from a window into the river and swimming away. He was wounded and lost his horse and saddle in the skirmish.

BIOGRAPHY: In July, 1781, he again enlisted in the State Troops for 10 months under Captain William Alexander, attached to the Regiment of Colonel Wade Hampton of S.C.. in the forces of General Sumpter. He participated in the Battle of Eutaw Springs. S.C.. September 8, 1781. The following year, he volunteered again in Mecklenberg Co., NC for 10 months with Captain Burns in the Regiment of Colonel Davis and was engaged in that County on patrol duty, watching the movements of the Tories and protecting the inhabitants from marauding parties. At the close of the war. he was mustered out. having served the greater part of five years. He was later granted a pension for this service.

BIOGRAPHY: Nancy died July 10, 1796 two days following the birth of John Graham and is buried in North Carolina. He married Elizabeth Lizenby and four additional children were born.

BIOGRAPHY: As early as 1817, certain of his children commenced migrating to Illinois. Dec 15, 1819 he sold his farm of 319 acres on Wild Meadow Branch in NC to Phillip BARRINGER for $4700. Shortly thereafter, he also left NC. He visited relatives in Jackson Co, TN for a brief period and arrived in Illinois in 1820. Eventually all of his children settled in Cartwright Twn, Sangamon Co, 111, except Matilda who had married and died in NC. Several of his nephews and cousins migrated to Illinois during the same period.

BIOGRAPHY: A special monument, commemorating his services in the Revolution, has been placed at the entrance to the cemetery and the DAR have placed a bronze plaque at the gravesite. His name is also enscribed on the bronze plaque in the south mall. Old Station Capital, at Springfield, Illinois. He was married to Nancy FERGUSON on 10 Jul 1783 in Mecklenburg Co., NC.

Noted events in his life were:

• Pension: From "Catawba Frontier 1775-1781 Memories of Pensioners" by Mary Elinor Lazenby, 1950.

PURVIANCE, JOHN

1778-1779. Served two months in South Carolina under Col. Wade Hampton and General Thomas Sumter. Was at taking of Fort of Orangeburg, a private in the company of Capt. William Alexander and Maj. James Rutherford (a son of General Rutherford), who fell at Eutaw Springs.

Volunteered under Capt. James White, Colonel Davie. Was at Stono.

When General Greene retreated from Ninety-Six (begun June 19, 1781) Purviance was with his rearguard two days and two nights. While sent with four other privates to a mill to get meal he was fired on by the Tories. The sergeant was wounded. The rest escaped but Purviance lost his horse, saddle and bridle.

Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1763. Brought to Mecklenburg County (NC) when twelve years old. Later they moved to Cabarrus (NC), where his brother Robert remained. Moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1820. He was wounded and applied for relief under the invalid pension act of Mar. 18, 1818.

John married Nancy Ferguson on 10 Jul 1783 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Nancy was born on 2 Jun 1763 in Mecklenburg Co, NC and died on 10 Jul 1796 in Sangamon Co, Illinois Or Cabarrus Co, NC at age 33. The cause of her death was Complications from childbirth (2 days after birth of John G. Purviance).

Children from this marriage were:

  292 F    i. Mathilda Purviance was born in 1784 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina and died in 1802 in North Carolina at age 18. Ancestral File Number: L8X6-T6. 

Mathilda married Samuel Lynn Irwin on 2 Mar 1801 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Samuel was born on 6 Jun 1779 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina and died on 1 Mar 1845 in Pleasant Plains, Sangamon County, Illinois at age 65.

+ 293 F ii. Elizabeth (Purvines) Purviance was born on 18 Mar 1785 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina and died on 8 May 1858 in Sangamon County, Illinois at age 73.


+ 294 M iii. David C Simpson (Purvines) Purviance was born on 18 May 1787 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina and died on 14 Mar 1852 in Cartwright Township, Sangamon Co, Illinois at age 64.


+ 295 F iv. Margaret J (Purvines) Purviance was born in 1791 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina and died on 25 Oct 1852 in Sangamon Co, Illinois at age 61.


+ 296 M v. Alexander Caldwell (Purvines) Purviance 1 was born on 16 Mar 1794 in , Cabarrus, North Carolina, died on 16 Jul 1861 in Pleasant Plains, Sangamon, Illinois at age 67, and was buried in Pleasant Plains, Sangamon, Illinois.


+ 297 M vi. John Graham (Purvines) Purviance was born on 8 Jul 1796 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, died on 1 Jan 1862 in Sangamon Co, Illinois at age 65, and was buried in Richland Baptist Church, Pleasant Plains, Illinois.

John next married Elizabeth Lisenby on 27 Dec 1798 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Elizabeth was born on 12 Dec 1761 in Wales, England and died on 23 Mar 1832 at age 70.

Children from this marriage were:

  298 M    i. James S (Purvines) Purviance was born on 12 Oct 1799 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina and died on 12 Jul 1865 at age 65. 

James married Mary A Cox. Mary was born in 1803.

+ 299 M ii. Samuel H. Purviance 1 was born on 1 Aug 1801 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina and died on 26 Sep 1852 at age 51.

  300 F    iii. Nancy Purviance was born about 1803 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. 

Nancy married Peter Shepherd. Peter was born on 1 Jan 1799 and died on 11 Nov 1878 at age 79.

  301 F    iv. Elizabeth Sellars Purviance was born on 27 Nov 1805 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina and died on 20 Feb 1882 at age 76. 

Elizabeth married Peter Lanterman Jr. Peter was born on 26 Jul 1795 and died on 26 Jun 1866 at age 70.

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John Purviance's Timeline

1760
June 19, 1760
Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
1783
July 10, 1783
Age 23
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
1784
1784
Age 23
Mecklenberg County, North Carolina
1785
March 17, 1785
Age 24
Mecklenberg County, North Carolina
1787
May 18, 1787
Age 26
Mecklenberg County, North Carolina
1791
1791
Age 30
North Carolina
1794
March 16, 1794
Age 33
Cabarrus, NC, USA
1796
July 8, 1796
Age 36
Cabarrus, North Carolina, United States
1798
December 27, 1798
Age 38
Cabarrus County, North Carolina
1800
October 12, 1800
Age 40
Cabarrus County, North Carolina