Lost & Found

Lost & Found

One of the ideas of this site is to list every adult Pursey in the 1841 census. Ancestry.com lists 350 or so individuals. If we allow for an average of 3.5 children per couple, that makes about 100 parents.

However, there are many loose ends and a good number of Purseys manage to keep themselves well under the radar. Use the form to see if we can shed any light on them. Here’s a few of mine to start the ball rolling:

Taunton, England
Joseph Pursey, b 1815 in Taunton (St James) to Benjamin and Ann.
He married Elizabeth Coles and as far as I know, they had just one daughter – Elizabeth.
Like many other Purseys, he was a publican. In 1849, he took over the Railway Hotel in Williton, just north of Sampford Brett. He left in 1867, or thereabouts. The ad for a new proprietor said that he had ‘satisfactory reasons’ for leaving.
If you know more about Joseph, or two of his eight siblings William b 1807 or Daniel b 1810, or parents Benjamin and Ann, please get in touch!

London, England
In 1820, a Benjamin Pursey, aged 38 was buried in St Benet, Paul’s Wharf Church in the City of London. His address is given as Upper Thames Street – the same street as Christopher Pursey, formerly of Taunton, Somerset. Any ideas as to Benjamin’s family – or how is related to Christopher appreciated!

Sandridge, Australia
In August 1867, George Pursey, publican, was discharged from insolvency. Who was he?


3 thoughts on “Lost & Found”

  1. I have some information on recent Pursey!s from London dating back to about end of 1800’s. It may relate and help in some way. I know someone was writing a book about the family tree many years ago and they got I touch with my father who was a Pursey.

    My fathers name was Roy Thomas Pursey he was born in 1942. He was from Camden Town London

  2. Hi Jeffrey – thanks for getting in touch. Sadly, the short answer is no. The site at the moment is a little lacking in American Purseys (except for those from Walton, Somerset). It’s something I hope to rectify in due course but I think I’m going to need a good deal of help from my American cousins! Do please get back to me if you find anything further. Thanks again. Nic

  3. JOHN F. PURSEY (b.1832 @ Murfreesboro Tenn)
    (my great grandfather)
    ELIZA JANE HERBERT (b. 1839 @ Murfreesboro Tenn)
    (my great grandmother)
    Married: 13 Nov 1855 @ Rutherford County Tenn)
    WILLIAM HENRY PERCY (b.11-24-1858 d. 10-28-1933)
    (my grandfather)

    Do you have any of these individuals in your research?

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