|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1855|
|Death: ||Sep. 16, 1937|
Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
William I. Purcell was born in Bastrop Co., Texas, January 1,1855, the son of Samuel and Cerraphina (Weatherbee) Purcell, the father a native of Indiana and the mother of New York. The parents went to Texas in 1852, migrated to Baker Springs, Kansas, in 1869, and returned to Pike County, Illinois, in 1870, where the father died one year later. The mother came west with our subject in 1886 and died December 7, 1889, aged seventy-six years, seven months and twenty-one days. She was a devoted member of the Christian church, was married twice and reared a family of seven children by her second marriage.
Her first husband's name was William Martin, and his death occurred in 1838.
Mr. Purcell received his early education in a subscription school in Texas, and after going to Illinois with his parents he attended school in that state three years. At the age of sixteen he engaged in work on a farm, this being his first start for himself. He remained thus engaged five years, then worked a rented farm for twelve years, at the expiration of which period he came to Adams Co., OR.
Mr Purcell was married October 15 1874, to Ruby A. Huffman who is the daughter of Barney and Lucretia (Williams) Huffman, natives of Virginia. The parents of Mrs. Purcell removed to Indiana while young and later to Pike Co., IL where they lived until 1888, then came to Washington and are now living in Adams county, both more than four scare years of age. They were the parents of eleven children, eight of whom are now living.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Purcell come of American stock as far back as the family records extend.
Mr. Purcell is a member of the Democratic party, and both he and Mrs. Purcell are members of the Christian Church. ========================================================================== Huntington Beach News
Huntington Beach, CA
Thursday Sept. 23, 1937
Mr. & Mrs. W. I. Purcell Pioneer Local Residents are United in Death
Death early Tuesday morning reunited Mr. & Mrs. William, I. Purcell of this city. The husband aged 82, died September 16. The funeral was conducted Monday afternoon. Mrs Ruby Purcell, 81, his widow, was not allowed to attend the funeral due to her critical condition. Early the day following she died at the family home, 305 Ninth Street.
Mr. Purcell was for years a deacon and a elder in the local Christian church and for 16 years he served as treasurer. He was born in Texas and early in life went to Illinois. Later he was a pioneer of Washington.
The Purcells had lived in the same house on Ninth Street for 23 years, coming to this state from Indiana. They have been life-long members of the Christian church. Mrs. Purcell had been in a coma practically all of the time since her husband died.
She revived sufficiently Monday afternoon to ask about the funeral for her husband. The attending physician and members of the family informed her that the funeral would be held in a short time. Mrs. Purcell passed again into unconsciousness and only revived once during the early evening, to recognize members of her family.
Funeral services were held at the Dixon Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. James G. Hurst in charge. Mrs. Purcell was buried at her husband's side in the Huntington Beach cemetery. She is survived by an adopted son Phil Huffman, 906 Olive Ave; Two brothers, Dan Huffman of Everett, WA and Lynn of Hooper, WA, one sister Mrs Anna Scott of Washington.
Ceraphina Weatherbee Purcell (1813 - 1889)
Ruby Huffman Purcell (1857 - 1937)
Matilda Purcell (____ - 1910)*
Hutson Martin (1832 - 1919)*
Tarble Willard Martin (1833 - 1916)*
Martha Ann Martin (1839 - 1873)*
William Ivan Purcell (1855 - 1937)
Good Shepherd Cemetery
Plot: Sec A, Lot 85, Grave 2
Created by: Darleen Ritchey Berens
Record added: Oct 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78911056