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Harriet Maria Gordon Edwards Purviance
Birth: Jul. 10, 1833
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 1928
Henry County
Illinois, USA


Came Here in Covered Wagon in 1836 When Three Years Old

Funeral services for Mrs. Harriet M. Purviance, who died early Christmas morning, December 25, 1928 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Abel Ward, were held Thursday afternoon with the Rev. Frank S. Brewer of Sheffield, a former pastor of Mrs. Purviance, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Jeffrey D. Hoy, pastor of the Congregational church. Following brief services at home at 12:45 for the immediate family, funeral services were held in the Congregational church at 1 o'clock.

A mixed quartet consisting of Mrs. C. L. Bean, Mrs. H. Ward Rivenburg, Will Lieberknecht and Charles Lieberknecht sang three numbers at the services. The songs were, One Sweetly Solemn Thought, Beyond the Smiling and the Weeping, and Asleep in Jesus. Mrs. Glenn A. Meeker accompanied at the organ.

Pall bearers were grandsons of Mrs. Purviance: Royce and Ellwood Edwards and Harold, Frank, Herbert and Robert Ward. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Moline.

Among those from out of town attending the funeral were Mrs. Carrie Mumm of Loan Tree, Iowa, a niece, and Clarence Edwards of Gothenburg, Nebraska, a son.

Mrs. Harriet M. Purviance has finished a long life of usefulness. Early Christmas morning, at the dawn of the Yuletide, she slipped away and went "home." She had lived over ninety-five years. She had lived well. To twenty-six grandchildren and thirty-nine great grandchildren she has left a grand heritage, the memory of herself at a great age – strong minded and mentally capable. She was frail of body; she was stalwart of mind. She was a pioneer.

Her family was distinguished for longevity. Her father, Amos Gordon, lived to be ninety-nine. Her mother died at ninety-three; her oldest brother died at ninety-four. And her family was equally famous for its strength of character and its usefulness. Her own father was a veteran of the War of 1812. Her brother, Daniel Gordon, donated the ground for the Gordon Memorial Church of Moline. The first Congregational Church of Moline was organized in her father's parlor. She lived in Moline in the days before the railroad crossed the Mississippi when Rock Island was still Ft. Stevens. Many were the vivid pioneer stories that she could tell.

Mrs. Purviance was born in Wayne County, Michigan, July 10, 1833. When she was three years old, her parents, with their six children, trekked their way in covered wagons to a point two and one-half miles northeast of Geneseo on the south bank of the Green River, east of what was then Stimpson's Ford. Here a brother and a sister, Henry and Henrietta, twins, were born. Mr. Gordon ran a sawmill here until about 1840 when a flood wrecked the plant. The family then moved to Moline. At Moline, her father not only busied himself in the sawmills, but ran a steamboat landing and a hotel. Splendid old pioneers were those Gordons – with a like bent for founding churches and running frontier hostelries.

Mrs. Purviance taught school in Hampton and resided with her parents until in 1853, on the 4th of July, she married Herbert Root Edwards of Moline. In 1866, they moved to a farm in Henry County, near Orion. There were seven children in the Edwards family: Mrs. Carrie M. Stewart, deceased; Frank, who resides in Geneseo; Clarence A. of Gothenburg, Neb.; Charles, who died in infancy; Mrs. Flora B. Tully of Yakima, Washington; Mrs. Grace F. Ward, of Geneseo; and Mrs. Nellie Ward, of Geneseo.

When the youngest child was but a year old, Mrs. Purviance was left a widow. Alone, she was forced to rear and educate her family. She did it well, as was said of another pioneer:

And I was left with the children,
To feed and clothe and school them.
And I did it and sent them forth
Into the world all clean and strong,
And I followed the wisdom of Pope the poet,
"Act well your part, there all the honor lies."

In 1890, she was united in marriage to David Purviance. He died in 1912. Since 1919, she has made her home with her daughters, Mrs. Grace Ward and Mrs. Nellie Ward.

She took a lively, friendly interest in the affairs of her children and grandchildren. She was a great lover of flowers. She tended them and gloried in them to the last years. Life, for her, was sweet. It was because she made it sweet for others.

Life! We've been so long together
Through pleasant and through cloudy weather,
‘Tis hard to part when friends are dear-
Perhaps ‘t will cost a sigh, a tear;
Then steal away, give little warning,
Chose thine own time:
Say not "good night", but in some better clime
Bid me "good morning".

(Geneseo Republic Dec. 28, 1928.)

Harriet Maria Gordon was born on 10 Jul 1833 in Wayne County, Michigan, one of 8 children born to Amos and Amy (Bucklin) Gordon. Her father, Amos Gordon was born in 1815 in Ohio and her mother, Amy Bucklin, was born in 1815 in Ohio. Herbert Root Edwards was born 3 Dec 1826 in Guilford, Windham, Vermont. Harriet and Herbert were married on 4 Jul 1853 in Moline, Rock Island, Illinois.

Harriet M. Gordon, who was a school teacher, and of pioneer parentage. Her ancestry was traced to the Gordon family, members of which settled in the Salem Colony in Massachusetts, and one of whom was Abner Gordon.

They had 7 children:

Carrie M. Edwards b. 21 Feb 1855, Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, d. 1904, Colorado
Frank Herbert Edwards b. 2 Aug 1857, Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, d. 21 Nov 1939, Geneseo, Henry, Illinois
Clarence A. Edwards b. 17 Nov 1859 d. 15 May 1936, Gothenburg, Dawson, Nebraska
Charles Edwards b. 5 Mar 1862, Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, d. 1864, Moline, Rock Island, Illinois
Flora B. Edwards b. 26 Dec 1864, Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, d. Jul. 31, 1957, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Grace Florence Edwards b. 27 Apr 1869, Orion, Fulton, Illinois, d. 28 Nov 1932, Geneseo, Henry, Illinois
Helen "Nellie" E. Edwards b. 14 Sept 1873, Orion, Fulton, Illinois, d. 16 Dec 1948, Geneseo, Henry, Illinois

Herbert Edwards died 21 Nov 1874 in Henry County, Illinois, USA. Harriet married again in 1890 to David Levi Purviance and died 25 Dec 1928 in Geneseo, Henry, Illinois, USA

Name: Harriet Gordon
Age: 17
Birth Year: abt 1833
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1850: Henrietta, Monroe, New York
Gender: Female
Family Number: 1636
Household Members:
Name Age
Charles Gordon 55
Sarah Gordon 45
Milton Gordon 23
Harriet Gordon 17
Charlotte Gordon 21
Charles Gordon 0
Edward Remington 15
Harriet Swoon 17
John Birden 24
Catherine Fulman 18

(Source: 1850 United States Federal Census)

Name: Harriet Edwards
Age in 1860: 27
Birth Year: abt 1833
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1860: Marcellus, Onondaga, New York
Gender: Female
Post Office: Marcellus
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Andrew Brooks 40
Sarah Brooks 50
Harriet Edwards 27

(Source: 1860 United States Federal Census)

Name: Harriet Edwards
Age in 1870: 37
Birth Year: abt 1833
Birthplace: Michigan
Home in 1870: Western, Henry, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Morristown
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Herburt R Edwards 43
Harriet Edwards 37
Carrie Edwards 16
Frank Edwards 12
Clarence Edwards 10
Laura Edwards 5
Grace Edwards 1
John Olson 16

(Source: 1870 United States Federal Census)

Name: Harriet Edwards
Age: 46
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Michigan
Home in 1880: Western, Henry, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Maine
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Keeping House
Cannot read/write:
Deaf and dumb:
Otherwise disabled:
Idiotic or insane:
Household Members:
Name Age
Harriet Edwards 46
Frank Edwards 22
Clarence Edwards 20
Flora Edwards 15
Grace Edwards 11
Nellie Edwards 7

(Source: 1880 United States Federal Census)

Name: Harriet M Edwards
Gender: Female
Spouse Name: David L Purviance
Marriage Date: 31 Jul 1890
Marriage County: Henry
Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film # 1435944 - 1435945.

(Source: Illinois, Marriages, 1851-1900)

Name: Harriet N Purviance
Age: 66
Birth Date: Jul 1833
Birthplace: Michigan
Home in 1900: Geneseo, Henry, Illinois [Henry]
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: David L Purviance
Marriage Year: 1854
Years Married: 46
Father's Birthplace: Maine
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Mother: number of living children: 6
Mother: How many children: 7
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
David L Purviance 66
Harriet N Purviance 66

(Source: 1900 United States Federal Census)

Name: Harriet Maria Purviance [Harriet Maria Gordon]
Birth Date: 10 Jul 1833
Birth Place: Battle Creek, Michigan
Death Date: 25 Dec 1928
Death Place: Geneseo, Henry, Illinois
Burial Date: 27 Dec 1928
Burial Place: Moline, Rock Island, Ill.
Death Age: 95
Occupation: None
Race: White
Marital Status: W
Gender: Female
Father Name: Amos Gordon
Father Birth Place: U.S.A.
Mother Name: Amy Buckin
Mother Birth Place: U.S.A.
Spouse Name: David L. Purviance
Comments: 45y in city
FHL Film Number: 1642928

(Source: Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947)



Amos Gordon
Birth: 1815 in Ohio, USA
Death: 1914

Amy Bucklin
Birth: 1815 in Ohio, USA
Death: 1908

Herbert and Harriet had 7 children:

*Carrie M. Edwards (1854- 1904) married Francis M. Stewart (1848- 1926)
*Frank Herbert Edwards (1857- 1939) married Anna M. Smith (1856- 1921) and married Elizabeth (1876- ????)
*Clarence A. Edwards (1959- 1936) married Elvira Vina Luhm (1862- 1944)
*Charles Edwards (1862 - 1864)
*Flora B. Edwards (1864- 1957) married William D. Tully (1858- 1948)
*Grace Florence Edwards (1869- 1932) married Clarence Thomas Ward (1875- 1945)
*Helen "Nellie" E. Edwards (1873- 1948) married Abel D. Ward (1871- 1937)

 (bio by: Bob & AJ) 
Family links: 
  Amos Gordon (1791 - 1890)
  Amy Bucklin Gordon (1803 - 1896)
  Herbert Root Edwards (1826 - 1874)*
  David Levi Purviance (1833 - 1912)*
  Carrie M. Edwards Stewart (1855 - 1904)*
  Frank Herbert Edwards (1857 - 1939)*
  Clarence Arthur Edwards (1859 - 1936)*
  Charlie Edwards (1862 - 1864)*
  Flora B. Edwards Tully (1864 - 1957)*
  Grace Florence Edwards Ward (1869 - 1932)*
  Helen E. Edwards Ward (1873 - 1948)*
  Daniel Gordon (1822 - 1916)*
  Phebe N. Gordon Hicks (1824 - 1867)*
  Emma E Gordon Davies (1828 - 1895)*
  Harriet Maria Gordon Edwards Purviance (1833 - 1928)
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Feb 14, 2009
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