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William Henry Purvis 1885
Hello All -

I would like any if possible about what happened to William Henry Purvis born in 1885 in Sunderland after the early 1920's.

What I can tell you about William is that he is the eldest son of John Purvis & Jane Ann Carr... When William was aged 13yrs his father died, then by the 1901 his mother and other 3 siblings are all listed at 50 Dundas Street, Monkwearmouth in their uncles house. On the 1901 census William is record as being at: North Eastern Reformatory, Netherton, Stannington, Northumberland. Then in 1909 William Henry Purvis married in Sunderland to Annie Burnell. In the governments records of all birth this couple are recorded as the parents of the following children:1916 George William Purvis, 1918 Arnold Purvis, 1921 John Purvis, 1924 Joseph Laverick Purvis... with each record their mothers maiden name is recorded as Burnell as you would normally expect to see... yet upon buying the birth certificates William Henry Purvis is not recorded as their father and on each birth record the is a dash, no father is name in each case... Then in 1932 Annie Purvis nee Burnell then gets married a second time to a Joseph Laverick... in my opinion there has to be more than just a simple coincidence that Annie Burnell when still married to William Henry Purvis name her 4th child Joseph Laverick Purvis.. To be honest what really happen in the relationship between Annie Burnell and William Henry Purvis is not really that important to me even though admittedly I have a slight curiosity. I have spoken and exchange info on other sites to some of Annie Burnell's direct descendants yet none of them say or seem to want to tell me what happen.. it maybe try that they do not know what really happen or they are simply choosing not to tell me!.. Anyway... The thing that I am seriously interested in is what happen to William Henry Purvis who was born in 1885?? I did buy one death certificate of a William Henry Purvis who died on the 27th May 1947 in South Hetton, Haswell who was the same aged as my William Henry. After more research in the person named on the death cert I purchased and the informant on the death cert who was a cousin to the deceased I had to rule out the William Henry Purvis on the death cert as mine! Can Anyone out there please help or point me in the right direction? Did My William Henry Purvis born in 1885 in Sunderland who would would have been 40yrs old in 1925 re marry?... if so on a second marriage cert his father would have been named as John Purvis and deceased... does anyone out there possible descend William?.. or does anyone at all know anything about what happen to him after the 1920's? Any help ould be appreciated!! Many Thanks!!.. James

Posted: 2009
Sunderland, Durham


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