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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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PUD BIOGRAPHIES

in Dorchester County, 1731. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: between October 21, 1760, and February
6, 1761, in Dorchester County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, at least £450.8.2 current money (in-
cluding 3 slaves, books, and plate). LAND: 217
acres in Dorchester County.

PUDDINGTON, GEORGE (?-1674). BORN
probably in England. IMMIGRATED: in 1649/50 as
a free adult with wife and two daughters from
Northampton County, Virginia. RESIDED: in Vir-
ginia by 1640-1649/50; South River, Anne Arun-
del County, ca. 1650-death. MARRIED Jane (last
name unknown). She was called the "sister-in-
law" of Richard Robins. CHILDREN. DAUGHTERS:
Mary; Comfort. Puddington's will names his "son"
Richard Beard (?-1681), "grandson" Neale Clarke,
and "son-in-law" Robert Franklin. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Protestant, with Puritan leanings. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., on first appearance
in Maryland records. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
planter, merchant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Providence (Anne Arun-
del County), 1650-1650/51 (Accounts 1; Laws 1),
Anne Arundel County, 1663-1664. LOCAL OF-
FICE: justice, Anne Arundel County, 1650, 1663/
64-1674 (quorum, 1668-1674). WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: rights to 800

acres; owned 100 acres in Northampton County,
Virginia, by 1645. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: owned over

1,500 acres in Anne Arundel County, by 1663.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated September
24, 1674. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least
116,735 pounds of tobacco (including 4 servants).
LAND: probably over 1,500 acres.

PURNELL (PURNALL), JOHN (?-ca. 1742).
BORN: in Somerset County. NATIVE: second gen-
eration. RESIDED: in Mattapony Hundred, Som-
erset County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:

Thomas Purnall (?-1693/94), who immigrated by
1673; Mr., by 1683. MOTHER: Elizabeth Dorman.
BROTHER: Thomas Purnell (?-1723). SISTERS:
Elizabeth, who married (first name unknown)
Nutter; Sarah. MARRIED first, in 1707, Tabitha,
widow of Parker Selby (1675-1705/6), daughter
of John Bailey (Bayly) (?-1716/17), of Virginia.
MARRIED second, Martha (?-1780), who subse-
quently married by March 3, 1742/43, William
Selby (1683-1762). CHILDREN. SONS: Hezekiah (?-
ca. 1768), who married Sarah; John, of Matta-
pony Hundred, Worcester County. DAUGHTERS:

Sophia, who married Jesse Jenckins (Jenkins);
Sarah (?-by 1760), who married first, John Out-
ten (?-1735/36), and second, by 1737, John Kel-
lam (?-1744); Joyce, who married (first name
unknown) Niebold (Newbolds) (Nubold); Tabi-
tha, who married Bowman Crappers (Croper);
Elizabeth, who married Littleton Scarborough
Major; Bathsheba, who married William Walton;
Mary (?-ca. 1760), who probably never married;
and Martha (?-ca. 1794), who married Outten
Sturgis (?-1796). ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Ta-
bitha, Elizabeth, Sophia, and probably Sarah and
Joyce were children of Purnell's first marriage.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION: Anglican, probably Snow Hill Par-
ish, Somerset County. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Somerset County, 1712-1714, 1715,
1716-1718. LOCAL OFFICES, constable, Matta-
pony Hundred, Somerset County, 1694-1695;
justice, Somerset County, 1713-1725; Snow Hill
Parish Vestry, 1713; sheriff, Somerset County,
1728-1731. MILITARY SERVICE, captain, by 1722/
23. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: named by
William Whittington (ca. 1650-1720) in his will as
trustee with Samuel Hopkins (1668-1744) and Na-
thaniel Hopkins (?-1739/40) over two tracts of
land Whittington devised for keeping and main-
taining up to six poor children of the county.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: ca. 1,000 acres, probably in Somerset County
(all inherited from father). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
between April 13, 1741, and March 3, 1742/43,
in Somerset County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: will
mentions 12 slaves. TEV, £1,034.2.3; FB,
£608.18.6. LAND: at least 1,950 acres in Somerset
County.

PURNELL (PURNALL), JOHN (?-1755). BORN
probably in Somerset County; of age by 1720/21.
NATIVE: third generation. RESIDED: in Synepuxon
(Sinepuxent), Somerset (later became Worces-
ter) County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:

Thomas Purnell (?-1723). MOTHER: Elizabeth
Hammond. STEPMOTHER: Katherine (Catherine)
(?-1753). UNCLE: John Purnell (?-ca. 1742).
BROTHERS: Thomas (?-1769); Matthew (?-1761);
Elisha (1706-1767); and Walton, who was under
18 in 1720/21. BROTHER OR HALF BROTHER: Ben-
jamin (?-by 1768). SISTERS OR HALF SISTERS: Eliz-
abeth (?-by 1768); Anne (Ann). FIRST COUSIN:
Martha Purnell (?-ca. 1794), who married Outten
Sturgis (?-1796). NEPHEWS: Thomas Purnell, of
Thomas (?-1790); William Purnell (1739-1796),

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