Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for George PURVIS

Residences & events:

Amherst Co, VA. George was still at home when the Revolution began but even before actual fighting started, George enlisted in a company of volunteer minutemen, one of the many bands of "shirtmen" who equipped themselves with a hunting shirt, rifle, tomahawk, and trained in case they were needed.

1775 He enlisted and served 3 months as a private in Capt James Higginbotham's VA company.

5/1775 He was on the march to Williamsburg where the British governor was trying to subvert the American cause. This was the first organized military resistance to the British government in VA, leading to the governor fleeing the colony on 6/8/1775.

1776 He enlisted for another 3 months, again as Pvt in James Montgomery's VA company.

1777 Apparently he hadn't had enough, enlisting again for 3 months, this time in Capt John Digges Co of Col Matthews' VA Regt, still a private.

1778 Another stint of 3 months was served under Catp James Pamplin's Co of Col Danile Ganes' VA Regt.

1779 Capt John Jacob's Co of Col Thompkins' VA Regt listed him on the roster for 3 months as Pvt.

1780 He served another 3 months in Capt Tilman Walton's VA Co.

5/24/1781 James Morrison's Co of Col Merriwether's VA Regt got him for another 3 months. He was part of the siege of Yorktown.

Following the war, he returned home and became a farmer.

1810 Nelson Co, VA. His place of residence had become part of the new county, rather than him actually moving. According to the census, he owned 2 slaves.

9/25/1832 He was allowed a pension based on his military record.

His military record verifies his birth date.

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