Smithing links a number of Pursey families – especially those from the west country.

My own 3x great-grandfather John Pursey b Jun 1811, Pitminster, Somerset was a whitesmith in St James’s Street, Taunton. Subsequent censuses list him as a ‘smith’ though his 1871 death certificate lists him as a blacksmith.

Another was Charles Christopher Pursey, living in Somerset Street, Aldgate, London. Born 1783, his father Christopher (believed b 1753 Taunton, Somerset) apprenticed him to Ellick Overall, a whitesmith in Newington, Surrey on 28 March 1798. In turn Charles’s son Alfred was listed as apprentice smith in 1851.

Then there is John Pursey b about 1822 in Hemyock, Devon. He was head of the family at aged 20, living next to smith Matthew Trump.

If you have any smiths in your family, please get in touch.


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