A number of early Purseys were woollen weavers and I believe some of their descendants became tailors.

One line – beginning with Samuel Pursey who married Elizabeth Lawrence in Taunton in 1811 – followed this profession for a number of generations. Samuel was born in 1791 or thereabouts. He could well be the Samuel, son of Richard and Sarah Pursey, born Pitminster 1792.

Among Samuel and Elizabeth’s children, were I believe, Samuel (b about 1811 in Taunton, m Hannah Skinner), John (b 1820), Charles (b about 1826, m Hannah Savage Hammett), Henry Lawrence and George – all of whom were tailors.

Around 1830, Samuel and Elizabeth moved to Ruishton and subsequently, I believe, to Bristol. Many of their children and grandchildren settled there and elsewhere in Gloucestershire, especially in and around Nantwich.

Henry Lawrence Pursey (b 1827 in Ruishton) is notable in that he married four times! Initially to Mary Ann Perret, then Sarah ?, then Fanny Dodd (who was just 19 when he was 35) and finally Elizabeth Phillips. Perhaps he travelled too for in 1871, his youngest children Georgina and John Henry are found on the census staying with brother John

Another Samuel (b 1837), also followed the profession. I believe he was Samuel and Hannah’s eldest son.

The posted tree needs to be treated with some caution as much of it is based on dates and places rather than known facts. Any further information which can shed further light on Samuel and his descendants would be welcome!




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