George Purvis

George Purvis served in the Revolutionary War as a Second Lieutenant in Capt. Patten's Company, Col. Hall's Delaware Regiment, Continental Establishment starting on 5 April 1777, and was made First Lieutenant on October 15th, and later Regimental Adjutant on 15 August 1778.  This regiment saw service under Gates, Greene, Lee, Williams, and DeKalb.

Lieutenant Purvis was taken prisoner in 1780 along with Lieut.-Col. Vaughn and Major Patten, they were exchanged at Ashley Ferry, South Carolina on 26 February 1782.  Later he was commissioned as a Captain and served till the war's end.  By 1794, he shows up in the Glynn County Tax Digest.  In 1796 he was County Surveyor and made a map of Brunswick, a copy of which can be found at the state archives in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to the above mentioned positions, George also served as the Glynn County member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1798; Justice of the Inferior Court from 1796 to 1799; president of the Board of Education in 1796, Commissioner of Town and Commons of Brunswick up to 1805 when he supposedly died.

George and wife Eliza had four children: Polly, Sarah A., Martha Eliza, and William G. PurvisPolly Purvis married Benjamin Franklin (not the President of the United States), Martha married James Hatcher, Sarah married John Flinn, then later Philip Ulsch, and William married Martha Goodwin Bills, whose father, Jonathan Bills, built the first Glynn County Courthouse.

 

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