Purcell Cemetery Mystery
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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