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Farmers and labourers

By far, most mid nineteenth century Purseys come in this category – and most of them are agricultural labourers rather than farmers. Those who were farmers are from the wealthier branches of the family. The earliest were the Purseys from Hertfordshire. Thereafter, a number of the Street Purseys had farms as did the Pursseys from Stogumber. […]

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Coaches and Horsemen

In June 1791, James Pursey of Chard, Somerset, posted the following ad in the Bath Chronicle: (A post-chaise was a closed four-wheeled horse-drawn coach used as a rapid means for transporting mail and passengers in the 18th and 19th centuries.) He seemed to be a wealthy man, certainly an entrepreneur and although I cannot link him […]

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Smiths

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, […]