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Rev Archibald Peurifoy
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Birth: Jul. 20, 1798
Craven County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 14, 1866
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA

Rev. Archibald Peurifoy was a Methodist Circuit Riding Preacher. He served the Little River Circuit during the 1820's. (This information was written by Dr. Robert Peurifoy)

Obituary of Archibald Peurifoy

Rev. Archibald Peurifoy, M.D., was born 20th July, 1798, near Newborn, N. C., and died in Charleston, S.C., 14th January, 1866, in his 68th year.

He embraced religion early in life, and was soon after ---ted to preach. In January 1821, he was received into the S. C. Conference, at Columbia S. C., and located at Conference held at Augusta, Ga., January 1827, being six years an -----pt and thirty-nine a local preacher. For nearly half a century he was thus engaged in proclaiming the unsearchable riches of truth to a dying world. His preaching was plain and practical, his piety deep and genuine, and in all his dealings was exhibited the meek and quiet spirit of a Christian. The picture drawn by the Apostle Paul, of a true minister, was peculiarly reflected in his life and character; truly, "He approved himself as a minister of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness, on the right hand and on the left by honor and dishonour, by evil report and good report, as a deceiver, and yet true, as unknown and yet well known, as chastened and not killed, as sorrowfull, yet always rejoicing, as poor, yet making many rich, as having nothing, and yet possessing all things "Of a truth it may be said of him, he was a child in malice and in patience he possessed his soul.--He was a man of many and great afflictions.

Disease and death marked many of his family as their prey; and while he experienced the most painful anxiety for one and then another whom disease had touched, he was often called upon to drain the cup of sorrow to its very dregs in witnessing the departure of his loved ones from earth. His friends can well remember how the young and promising were snatched from his side by the cruel hands of death, and how his patieat soul mourned over the mangled corpse of his youngest boy; yet in all this he murmured not, but exclaimed with Job, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." I attended church with him a few days before he was taken sick, the last Saboth that he was permitted to visit the sanetuary I believe. He seemed much to enjoy the service and spoke with feeling of the comfort and encouragement to Christians set forth in the excellent discourse delivered on that occasion. He spoke but little during his last illness, but that little gave ample evidence of a peaceful assurance that all was well.

"I have triumphed over all my trials. I love God, and hope to meet them in Heaven," was the meassage left for his absent son and daughter. May the blessing of Heaven rest upon his aged, afflicted and sorrowing widow, and upon his son and daughters, that they may follow him as he followed Christ and thus secure a happy reunion with their sainted loved ones; in that better world, where sickness and death never enter. Amen.
Southern Christian Advocate, 16 March 1866, Vol. 21, #11, Page: 9, Col: 3
Transcribed on 6/5/2008 by James D. Munnerlyn,, From Photo Copy obtained from Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College of the Archives of
the Southern Christian Advocate and successor newspaper, the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate.

(special thanks to Robert C. Peurifoy #46928811 for the following info)

1. In the Obit from the Southern Christian Advocate (which was the official newspaper of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Later The United Methodist Church), he was born in New Burn, not newborn, Craven County, NC.

2. He was the son of William Purifoy and Mary Brother's Purifoy. They both died in Putnam County, Georgia. William was one of three son of Thomas Peurifoy who migrated south to Georgia. Brother Caswell remained in Georgia while Brother John moved on to Alabama. 
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Ann Grier Peurifoy (1797 - 1827)
  Margaret Skinner Peurifoy (1807 - 1850)*
  Nancy H. Eiger Peurifoy (1811 - 1853)*
  Mary Ann Peurifoy (1825 - 1826)*
  Margaret Grier Peurifoy (1827 - 1827)*
  Eliza M. Peurifoy Jeffords (1829 - 1853)*
  Mary Skinner Peurifoy (1834 - 1853)*
  Archibald McCaroll Peurifoy (1837 - 1869)*
  Pressley B. Peurifoy (1853 - 1853)*
*Calculated relationship
No Headstone found. This is a transcription from the City of Charleston death register.

Burial-Bethel cemetery/name-Rev. A. Peurifoy/male/white/death age-67 years/born SC/resident of Charleston 25 years/place of residence-Vanderhorst Street/died of consumption/attending physican-George S. Pelzer/died on 14th January 1866.
Note: City of Charleston death record transcribed by Dave & Sonya Eason
Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Cousins by the Dozens
Record added: Jan 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33302493

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Circuit Rider of the Gospel.
- Robert C. Peurifoy
 Added: Aug. 13, 2013

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