|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,
Lieutenant Purvis was taken prisoner in 1780 along with Lieut.-Col.
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.,
and William G. Purvis. Polly Purvis married
Benjamin Franklin (not the President of the United States),
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.