and Elloner SHOULDER (c1560-1584)
and unknown (c1560-1632)
and his second wife were my 10x Great Grandparents
twice over. (Click
here to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They may
have married in about 1584/5. John had previously married
Elloner Shoulder on 16 February 1578/9 at the parish church of All
Saints in Lindfield, Sussex.
There were no marriages recorded in the Lindfield parish registers between 1
February 1584 and 2 August 1585.
John Purvey's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown,
to me. He was probably buried on 13 March 1604/5 in Lindfield.
John may have had a sister named Rose Purvey who married
Richard Chase on 14 October 1577 in Petworth, Sussex.
Her marriage was the first Purvey marriage to be listed in the Sussex
Eleanor Shoulder's date and place of birth/baptism
are unknown, to me. She was buried on 13 June 1584 in Linfield.
The burial register recorded that she was Elner Purveye ux
Jo Purvie. The IGI suggests that an Elnor
Sholder was born about 1554 in Wivelsfield, Sussex, the daughter of
Roger Sholder and Johanne. The
Wivelsfield parish registers begin in 1558.
John's second wife's name and date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.
She was most probably buried as widdow Purvey on 17 January 1631/2 in Lindfield.
Only John's name was recorded against the baptism of his children. How
did his wife manage to raise their children after his death? She was
left with at least 5 children under 16 years old, the youngest less than a
year old. Was she left sufficient money and property with which to
support herself and the children? Or were they taken in by relatives?
Neither John nor his wife left a will and none of their sons remained in
Lindfield, which implies to me there wasn't any property or a lease to pass
John Purvey and Eleanor Shoulder had 1 known child:
Jone Purvey was baptised on 31 December 1582 in
Lindfield. (She was the the first Purvey baptised in Lindfield
since the registers began in 1558.)
and his second wife had
10 known children:
Mary Purvey was baptised on 28 August 1585 in Lindfield
and buried there on 29 September 1585.
Elizabeth Purvey was baptised on 28 August 1585 in
Lindfield. I assume Mary and Elizabeth were twins, but this was
not mentioned in the baptism register. She was buried on 25
January 1620/1 in Lindfield and it was noted in the burial register that
she was the daughter of widow Purvie.
John Purvye was baptised on 18 February 1587/8 in
Kathryne Purvey was baptised on 8 November 1590 in
Lindfield and buried there on 26 December 1590.
Peter Purvey was baptised on 13 December 1591 in
Lindfield. He died before November 1637. On 20 February
1623/4, Peter Purvy provided surety to the marriage
licence of John Pollington and Elizabeth Bull.
John was a tailor of Keymer and Elizabeth a widow of Hurstpierpoint.
Peter was then a husbandman of Keymer.
As Peter Purver he married Joan Smith
on 18 November 1616 in Patcham, Sussex.
Joan was then of Monscomb (should that be Moulscombe). He may have married for a
second time as Peter Purvoy to Joan Hills
on 12 September 1631 in Henfield, Sussex.
Joane Purvey was buried on 17 January 1630/1 in Keymer.
Peter had the following children:
Henrie Purvey was baptised on 29 March 1619 in
John Purvey was baptised on 25 November 1621 in
Edward Purvey was baptised on 9 January 1624/5 in
Elizabeth Purvy was buried on 22 November 1637 in
Clayton, Sussex. It was noted in the burial register that she
was the daughter of Peter Purvy, deceased. At
that time her Uncle Richard Purvey was living in
Clayton. Might Elizabeth have gone to live with him after her
Rosse Purvey was baptised on 17 March 1593/4 in
Lindfield. She was buried on 7 April 1634 in Cuckfield and it was
noted in the burial register that she was Rose wife of
As Rose Purvey she married Henry Nutley
on 29 October 1621 in Cuckfield, Sussex.
Henery Nutley was buried on 27 May 1637 in Cuckfield.
Henry and Rose had the following children:
Thomas Nuttly was baptised on 14 July 1622 in
Henry Nutley was baptised on 19 December 1624 in
William Nutly was baptised on 16 September 1627 in
Elizabeth Nutley was baptised on 28 November 1630
my 9x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 22 August 1596 in Lindfield.
He married Margaret
Newname in 1624. (They have their own page.)
Jeames Purvye was baptised on 19 August 1599 in
Frauncis Purvey was baptised on 17 January 1601/2 in
Lindfield. He was buried on 2 April 1635 in Findon and his name
was then recorded as Francis Purvye.
As Francis Purbey he may have married Mary
Fielder on 18 October 1633 in Broadwater, Sussex. Mary may then have married Robert Smythe
on 4 September 1637 in Findon, Sussex.
Francis and Mary had the following son:
William Purvie baptised on 13 July 1634 in Findon.
He was buried on 26 October 1703 in Broadwater and the burial
register noted that he was William Purvy, senior.
He or his son may have left a will, proved in 1709 at
Chichester (ref. 30 647), in the name of William Purvy of
Angmering, Sussex. When the 1662 hearth tax assessment was
taken, there was a William Purvis with 1 fireplace,
living in Broadwater. Might his surname have been incorrectly
recorded or transcribed?
As William Purvee he may have married
Elizabeth Hoad. Banns of marriage were published
between the couple in October 1657 at St. Michael's in Lewes,
Sussex. William was then a husbandman of Portslade and
Elizabeth a spinster of Coombe.
Elizabeth was buried on 24 January 1678 in Broadwater.
William and Elizabeth may have had the following children:
Elizabeth Purvey was baptised on 12 September
1658 in Broadwater. As Elizabeth Purvy
she married John Astinn on 26 October 1680 in
William Purvy was baptised on 24 January 1664/5
Margerye Purvey was baptised on 23 September 1604 in
Lindfield. She may have been buried as Margery Purvey
on 4 January 1640/1 in Lindfield.
The pictures are of Old Place in Lindfield, built in 1590 by the
Chaloner family. The one of the left is circa
1905, whilst the one on the right is circa 1946. I have copied both
from postcards sold on ebay. I wonder if the house was known to the
Purvey family? Perhaps they worked in the house or grounds or perhaps
John was one of the labourers who built the house?
view of Lindfield, this time the pond. Again I have pinched the
picture from a postcard sold on ebay. As yet I don't know if the pond
was in existence when the Purvey family lived in Lindfield. It is
spring fed, so I assume there was something there circa 1600.
In August 1603
seven members of the same family were buried in Lindfield and it was noted
in the burial register "supposed to be of the plague". An eighth
member died in September 1603 and it was then noted "all those were buried
at Santhill". They were Richard Payne and his wife
Ann, along with their children: Gregorie,
Tomyson, Elsabeth, Mary,
Thomas and Ann. No other members of
the community seem to have been infected.
Philip Henslowe (c1550-1616) have been known to the Purvey
family? Philip was born in Lindfield and in 1587/8 built The Rose
Have any manorial records survived for Lindfield from about 1575-1640?
I would like to know if there is anything that might record where the Purvey
family lived, and how John came to have settled in Lindfield. Of the
pre 1650 Lindfield wills, did any mention a Purvey? I am hoping that
John's second wife may have been mentioned in a will as sister or some other
sort of kinswoman. Have any apprenticeship or employment records
survived that might record how the sons came to leave Lindfield? Are
there any overseers accounts for Lindfield, pre 1650?
Purvie was buried on 28 September 1616 in Twineham, Sussex.
Might he have been a brother of John?
I put together the
above family group on 13 and 14 April 2008 and had not found the details
published elsewhere. I have taken all the data from transcripts and
indexes that I have at home on CD and microfiche. At some point I will
check the original registers.