Rocky Strickland's Genealogy Puryear

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My line:
Samuel Puryear (1694-1748) m. Elizabeth
 Peter Puryear (b. ca. 1720) m. Susannah Major (d. 1801)
  John Puryear (b. ca. 1760) m. ??? Hubbard
   Thomas Puryear (d. 1838) m. Elizabeth Marshall (1790-1852)
    Mary Puryear (1829-1856) m. Thomas L. Jones (1822-1895)
     Elizabeth Jones (1855-1925) m. John N. Cole (1852-1915)
      Lucy Cole (1882-1958) m. Plato Tracy Durham (1873-1930)
       Lucy Cole Durham (1925-2008) m. Roscoe Lee Strickland, Jr. (1917-1997)
        Roscoe Lee Strickland III

Puryear is an old French name that had many spellings, but the most common was Prieur. The earliest bearers of the name in this country were Huguenots, Protestants who left France because of religious persecution.
According to Hotten, "Ship Hopewell sailed from London in April, 1635. Included among it's passengers, 27 in number, are the names of Alice, 37 years, wife of William Purryer, Mary, Sarra, and Kathren, ages 7, 5, and 18 months, children of William Purryer." The earliest Puryear mentioned by Grace Hollis Puryear, in her book, Puryear, Kin and Kin to Kin, was Robert Puryear. He was already established in Warwick County, Virginia in 1647.
Samuel and Elizabeth Puryear are the earliest to whom our Puryear line has been traced. Their direct descendants located in Virginia and North Carolina. Seven men and one woman are listed as being the first generation, but they may not all have been in the same family. There is documentary proof that some were, and various records link others.
Samuel Puryear's will was proved March 2, 1748, in Warwick County, Virginia, and his sons Samuel and John were named as executors of his estate. Son Robert was the executor of their mother's estate in 1755 in Warwick County.

Peter Puryear (b. ca. 1720) was probably married in Warwick County or Lunenberg County, Virginia. His family settled in Henrico County where, in 1747, he was appointed Processioner of Lands for the 2nd District of Henrico Parish. Some of his brothers served in that capacity in some of the other districts. Peter and Susannah raised their family in Henrico County, and although Peter acquired a great deal of land in Lunenberg County, they never moved there.
Peter Puryear's will was written in Henrico County, but evidently it was among the Henrico County records destroyed by the enemy during the Revolutionary War and not re-recorded. There is a record of the division of slaves among his wife and children.

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