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Early Long Island Immigrant
English residence before immigration: Olney, Bucks, England
Spouse: Alice Knight (TAG 65:69, Torrey Supplement). Married Feb 21, 1621/22 in Olney, co Bucks, England. She was living in 1671, when he made his will.
the Hopewell Passenger list (note another of my ancestors, John Cooper
and his family is aboard.)
Death: About 1676 (1671 will proved 1676.)
WILLIAM PURRIER, of Southold, "In perfect health of body," makes
his grandson James Reeve, "now living with
me," his sole executor, and desires him to take his mother, my
eldest daughter Mary Reeve, into his family and provide for her
during life. If she refuse, then he is to pay her 20 Nobles yearly. "I
leave to my two youngest daughters, Sarah Mapes
and Martha Osmun œ20 each." To "Isaac
Reeve who now lives with me," two oxen. To my grand child Mary
Wyndes, one cow. To Thomas Terrill
who married my grand daughter Mary Reeve,
two acres of land by his dwelling house. To grand son James
Reeve all my dwelling house, lands and meadows. Dated December 13,
1671. Witnesses Nicholas Eades, John Youngs. James Reeve is confirmed as
executor May 13, 1676.
Witnessed his will: Nicholas Eades, John Youngs
I am not aware of a comprehensive treatment of the immigrant or a published genealogy of the Purriers. Please let me know if you know of any.
One major branch is the Reeve family: "A Study of The Reeve Family" by Wesley Baker
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The three daughters named in his will lead to three main branches of this family with surnames: Reeves, Mapes, Osman. Note that many/most Mapes in America are also Purriers, as Thomas Mapes, the immigrant, married William Purrier's daughter, Sarah Purrier.
For Martha's line, see Osman
For Sarah's line, see:
The Reeves Database - a major branch of the Purriers are Reeve.
The Leone Database - with Reeves. Unfortunately, this database doesn't show Mary Purrier as the matriarch, but the downstream descendants might give some clues to your Reeve search.
Terry Newsletters - I'm not a Terry, but the Purriers married into the Terry family frequently.
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