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Gabriel  Purswell 



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Gabriel Purswell
6/18/1809 - 4/8/1898
Gabriel Purswell was born on June 18, 1809 in Barnwell County, South Carolina and died on April 8, 1898 in Dale County, Alabama. He lived to be 88 years old.

His parents were Henry Purswell (abt.1781 PA - abt.1867 Barbour County AL) and Catherine Bright (abt.1795 Orangeburg County, SC)

Gabriel married Elizabeth Stivender (1811 SC- 9/18/1863) and they had five children. After her death in 1863 he married Mary Louisa Bateman (11/1840 to 1924), they had six children.
Land Deed1/1/1850 AL (Barbour County) 40 yrs old 
Rural Land Owners of Barbour County, Alabama in 1851: Gabriel Purswell, sec. 16 & 21 township 9, range 27 and section 21, township 10, range 27; adjoining Henry Purswell, sec. 16 township 9, range 27.  
Census1/1/1850 AL (Barbour County) 40 yrs old 
page 27 -Gabriel Pursewell (40)SC, Elizabeth Pursewell (39)SC, William S. Pursewell (20)AL, Frances J. Pursewell (18)AL, Henry D. Pursewell (14)AL, Rachel Pursewell (12)AL. Gabriel is a farmer 
Census7/28/1860 AL (Barbour County) 51 yrs old 
#762 -Gabriel Purswell (age 51)SC, Elizabeth Purswell (48)SC, Mary E. Purswell (8)AL, Eliza I. Sprowl (20)FL. Gabriel is a farmer. 
Marriage1/15/1864 AL (Barbour County) 54 yrs old 
Name: Gabriel Purswell, Spouse: Louisa Bateman, Marriage Date: Jan.15,1864, County: Barbour, State: Alabama  Source:   Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969
Military8/24/1892 AL  83 yrs old 
Pension for Indian Wars - Court Record book N, page 59, Name: Gabriel Purswell , Type: Pension Date: 1892, Place: Alabama, Company: Moar's Co. Alabama volunteers, Affiliate Publication Number: T318, Affiliate Film Number: 9, GS Film number: 821618, Digital Folder Number: 005246535, Image Number: 04052  
Graveyard/Tombstone4/8/1898 Clayhatchee AL (Dale County) 88 yrs old 
Gabriel Purswell (1809 to 1898) - Shiloh Cemetery Dale County, Alabama

Elizabeth Stivender Purswell (1812 - 1863)
Mary Louisa Bateman Purswell (1840 - 1924)  
Other1/1/1931 TX  33 yrs after death 
Hightower Texas
January 1931
Mr. J. F. Purswell
Age 77
I am the oldest one living by this name and I will undertake to show according to my ability from the begining of the name until now. For the sake of my children and grandchildren to show my relation. My great (another great struck through) grandfather was a Scottish sailor named Henry (Henry inserted) Purs and when he stopped sailing he stoped in America and he married a woman by the name of Well and they put their names together that gave us our name Purswell.
They then had one son and he married and had one son and he married a Stinner (Stivender inserted), which was (great struck through) grand mother and they had two girls, two boys. My father William Purswell was the oldest boy. He married a Condra (struck through, Condry inserted), his brother married a Vinson, his oldest sister Jane married a Wise. His youngest sister Mellisie married a Etheridge and they had two boys, Daniel and Olenzo. her husband died and she married a Runnels. They had two sisters and one married a Hicks and the other married a Zorne. She had two brothers dead and two living in Florida.
My Grandmother Purswell had two sisters. Fannie married a Hollman. Sennie married a Creel. The name of my relation are: Stinner, Hollman, Purswell, Creel, Condray, Hicks, Zorne, Underwood, Price, Thomas, and are gone to east Florida. I don't know who they married. There is one large family in South Florida and East Florida Creel (he sometimes spells it Crell), Purswell, Hicks, Zorne, Condry all originated from South Carolina in Early days and settled in Barba (crossed out and Barbra inserted, crossed out and Barbour inserted) and Heny (crossed out and Henry inserted) co. Alabama. Some of thes younger ones went to east Florida. My own children, I have seven children living, four dead. My oldest child Mollie married Tom Metts, she had five children, 3 girls, two boys, two living 3 dead. Frank Metts is the oldest boys name and married Leota Simmons and they have two boys living and one girl dead. Annie Bell Metts 2nd child married Frank Jahos (or Johos). They had two children both boys. Many Metts, the fourth child married Frazier Loyd. They had one child, a girl. Edgar Metts youngest married Bessie Jordan, they have two boys one living and one dead.
My 2nd child Mellisie Purswall married T. J. Walker and they had ten children, nine living & one dead. The oldest girl Lizzie Walker married a Hubert Garrison. and they have five children four living one dead. The second child Albert Walker married Grace Money. They had 3 children all living. William Walker the third married Fannie Money and they have one boy living, Fannie his wife is dead. Maudie Walker the fourth child married Edward Stanfield and they have four children living. Ora Walker fifth child married Harry Fenley they have three children 2 dead one living. Ada Purswell 3rd child married Ben W. Goss, they have five children 3 dead, 2 living.
Lula Purswell fourth child married Marrcan (sp?) Ott and they had 3 children, 2 dead, 1 living. Julia Ott married Charlie Taylor & they have 3 children.
Lee Anna Purswell 5th child married Ed. J Hale, and they have four children 3 living & 1 dead.
Ella Purswell 6th child married Jobe Stegval & they have 3 children, 2 living & 1 dead. She then seperated & married Jessie Goss & they have four children living.
W. A. (Allie inserted) Purswell 7th child married Mussouri Walker. They have 6 boys 2 girls - 1 baby dead. Clarence Purswell the oldest married Dora Eavens & they have 1 girl. He seperated & then married Mattie Reaves & they have 1 child. Clara Purswell 2nd child married Stanley Mizell (or Mizeel). They have 2 boys, one girl, one girl one boy & girl dead.
T. J. Purswell 8th child married Cassie Walker & they have 10 children all living - 6 boys & four girls - Lucian Purswell their oldest married Ola Mae Buckner - they have 1 child a girl.
I was born Barbour co. Ala, twelve miles South of Eufaula Ala and lived there until 13 yrs of age & then moved into lower of Dale co. Ala and when 19 yrs of age then married A. E. Dean then moved to Texas in 1873 - 1905 my wife died was buried in the County line Church in San Jacinto co. In 1917 I married Amelia (Millie inserted) Singleton and maiden was Atwell and in 1929 she died, and was buried in Davis Cemetery in Jasper co. And the 13th day of last June I was 77 yrs old. I am now alone waiting for my time to come, which won't be long, and a member of Premitive Baptist Church at Couty line
John F. Purswell

Copy of J.F. Purswell letter - by Allbe Alsbrooks Rogers.  

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Gabriel Purswell's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Gabriel, his family, and friends. For example, Gabriel is 2 years old when By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
2 1811 Tecumseh visits the Creek Indians living in what will become Georgia and Alabama to try to persuade them to join his fight against the flood of white settlers. Some towns join forces with Tecumseh and become known as "Red Sticks".
3 1812 The Creek tribes in southern Alabama and Georgia find themselves under increasing pressure from white settlers. Led by Chief Weatherford, they accepted an alliance with Tecumseh and are nicknamed "Red Sticks".
4 1813 Two battles begin the Creek Indian War: (1) Fort Mims Massacre - Fort Mims is attacked on August 13 by the Red Sticks while the inhabitants are eating their noon meal. The massacre brings an immediate response from the whites and soldiers are recruited from Tennessee, Georgia and other territories, and (2) The Battle of Holy Ground on December 1813.
4 1813 During 1813-14, Muskogee-speaking Creeks leave AL and move into areas in Northern FL in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War).
5 1814 Battle at Horseshoe Bend on March 27, leaves the Creek Red Sticks scattered and unorganized. Those that survive the battle flee south into northern Florida and band together as the Seminoles. Red Eagle (Billy Weatherford) surrenders to General Andrew Jackson at Fort Jackson later in the year.
5 1814 The Treaty of Fort Jackson is finalized on August 9, 1814. William Weatherford (Red Eagle) surrenders to Gen. Andrew Jackson and cede their lands to the federal government. This opens approximately half of present-day AL to white settlement.
8 1817 Alabama Territory is created when Congress passes an act to divide the Mississippi Territory and admit it into the union as a state. Alabama will remain a territory for two more years.
10 1819 Alabama admitted to the United States
26 1835 Alabama gold rush begins in the east-centrl hill country.
28 1837 The Second Creek war begins in 1836. In 1837 The Battle of Hobdy's Bridge becomes the last indian battle in AL.
31 1840 Alabama reports a total population of 590,756 on the 1940 Federal Census. This includes 335,185 whites, 255,571 blacks, 253,532 slaves, zero Native Americans, and others.
41 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
5 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
21 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
30 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
35 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
44 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
47 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
50 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
56 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
60 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
68 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
70 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
80 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
86 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
88 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
2 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
3 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
19 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
25 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
52 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
53 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
73 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
76 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
21 1830 South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union, setting the stage for the creation of the Confederacy.
51 1860 About 63,000 men from South Carolina served in the Confederate armed forces.
59 1868 South Carolina was readmitted to the Union.
2 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
11 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
21 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
26 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
28 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
31 1840 Oregon Trail is established
33 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
46 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
51 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
53 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
54 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
56 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
59 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
66 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
67 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
24 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

The Children of Gabriel Purswell

48 years old
Mary Elizabeth Greenville Purswell
Born in Barbour Co., Alabama on an unknown day in September 1852 and died in Slocomb Co., Alabama on an unknown day in January 1928. She was 75 years old.

Her parents were Gabriel Purswell (1809 -1898) and Elizabeth Stivender (1811-1863)

She was called "Mollie" ...
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