In Court

We’ve all done things we wish we hadn’t. Here are a few Purseys who got caught! Perhaps the one who received the stiffest sentence was one Edward Pursey. In March 1828, at the age of 19, he found himself aboard the William Miles bound for Van Dieman’s Land (now Tasmania). He had been convicted the […]

Court Reports

Where is Mr John Purssey?

So asked the South London Chronicle in April 1870. John was a son of John [and Elizabeth Birdeye], the youngest son of Stogumber farmer George Purssey and his wife Elizabeth Pinn. John senior was a successful meat salesman at London’s Smithfield market. Building on his father’s business, he became a pillar of the community. But […]