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Purcell Cemetery Mystery

August 17, 2020

During my many years of genealogical research about my family lines, I have enjoyed the process for a number of reasons, such as learning the history of this country and countries of origin as my ancestors lived it and therefore gaining a better understanding of my place in that history.  And the compulsion of adding one more relative to the growing tree; I have begun to collect dead relatives like others collect Beanie Babies.  But there is also the love of a good mystery and the thrill of discovery.  Many genealogical mysteries have been solved with the help of the always generous genealogy community.  Consider the following mystery and see if you can help.


Purcell Cemetery


Located in Alba, Jasper County, Missouri, the Purcell Cemetery, also known as the Friends Cemetery, contains the following grave records.  Some are family members and are in the same section and/or plot.  The eldest known member of the family, David J. Purcell, came to Missouri from Kentucky in the late 1700s or early 1800s.  These also included descendants of John Purcell (1818-1884) from Hardin County, Kentucky.  His grave and that of his immediate family are found in a private graveyard on his former farm (Purcell Farm) and that graveyard is still there, if deteriorated.  Otherwise the names marked with asterisks (*) are wives of his sons George Duncan Purcell (1847-1923), James Frederick Purcell (1856-1909) and Franz Siegel Purcell (1861-1916).

But the rest are descendants of David J. Purcell (1814-1881) from Kentucky, his three wives and his 10 known children, as well their spouses and children.  If this is your ancestry, I have created a detailed family tree for David and would be glad to share it.  But I am interested in his own ancestry in Kentucky and before.  My family hailed from Kentucky about the same era and then migrated to the same towns in Jasper County, Missouri, and yet I cannot find a connection with this family, nor any mention of family members in our records.  Please contact me (editor.pfa@gmail.com if you have information about this numerous Purcell family.



Each Plot has 8 graves 


*Anna Gillfillan Purcell Section H Plot 24 No stone-no name on old 

1864-1930                                                map. Maybe near husband Franz Siegel Purcell below


Baby Boy Purcell Can't locate grave Not listed on old map



Carl Leslie Purcell Section I Plot 46



Chester Edward Purcell Section H Plot 51          



Crystal Faye (Mills) Purcell Section K Plot 36



David J. Purcell Can't locate grave Not listed on old map  



Edna May Purcell Section H Plot 51



Eileen June Purcell Section B Plot 1



Fay Katherine (Ford) Purcell Section B Plot 1   



Franz Seigel Purcell Section H Plot 24 Old map-no stone



*Gulia Elma Purcell Section H Plot 22    1st wife of George Duncan Purcell



Imogene Purcell Section K Plot 19            Stone may be dirt covered.

1927-1927                                                                                         Will try to dig it out.


Infant Son Purcell Section G Lot 2              Son of Austin & Della



James H Purcell Obit says "Purcell Farm"                                           



John Hamilton Purcell Section B Plot 22



Laura Lenora Purcell Section H Plot 48



Lawrence Bedford Purcell Section A Plot 59



Lola Mabel Purcell Section I Plot 46



Lucy Sabine Purcell No Stone found, not on old map



Margaret Elizabeth McKinley Purcell Section H Plot 23



Marvin Edward Purcell Section K Plot 36



*Mary E Draper Purcell Section I Plot 38 1st wife of James Frederick Purcell



Maude Ethel Martin Purcell Section H Plot 51



Phyllis June Purcell No Stone found, not on old map



Priscilla Dean Gary Purcell Section K Plot 37



Ralph Edward Purcell Section H Plot 51




Randy Eugene Purcell Section L Plot 41



Robert Eugene Purcell Section K Plot 37



Robert L Purcell Section L Plot 56



Ronald Paul Purcell Section A Plot 59



Ruth P Davis Purcell Section A Plot 59



Sadie Lenora Ford Purcell Section K Plot 19         



Samuel Bedford Purcell Section B Plot 1



Triplet Girls Purcell No Stone Found, not on old map



Viola M. Purcell Schell Section K Plot 36



Willard Franklin Purcell Section K Plot 19



William David Purcell Section H Plot 51


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