Woodworkers, Carpenters & Cabinet-makers

Purseys have a history with wood.

One of the earliest, working during the late C16th/early C17th is Christopher Pursey (d1723 Bishop’s Hull, Somerset), a pump maker (maker of canal locks). I believe it is his son Christopher who was apprenticed to cooper Daniel Pavier/Paviour in May 1729.

Then there is the first of a long line of carpenters/joiners – Edward Pursey (b1692). Married to Ann(e) Blisset (alias Pavior), he worked in Taunton. It seems likely that all of Edward’s sons joined him in his trade although the only one identifiable as yet is Thomas Pursey/Percy of Sherborne, Dorset. He took on apprentice Will Jeffrey in 1761.

Another possibly, is joiner Daniel Pursey of Taunton St Mary. He took on apprentice Christopher Winter in 1768, and is probably the same Daniel, house-carpenter mentioned in his brother Joseph’s will in 1757.

[To continue the link between the Purseys and the Paviors, the Taunton St Mary parish registers list a Henry Purcey marrying an Elizabeth Pavior in both 1731 and 1747! The earlier couple had children Daniel 1732 and John 1734.]

Another cluster of carpenters is found in London. Benjamin (d 1795 Southwark) is the first mentioned. His son Benjamin established Pursey & Sons of Great Castle Street, London.

Then there is Richard b about 1780 in Pitminster, Somerset. He was a ‘sawyer’ before being invalided out of the Coldstream Guards 1n 1817.

Cabinet-maker James Pursey (son of John and Hannah (Vickery) married Jane Nation in 1853 in Norton Fitzwarren.



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