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James and Sarah Ellen (Foster) Purdum

Purdum,_James.jpg(Photo of James Purdum from Schuyler County Illinois History by the Schuyler County Jail Museum, 1983, page 479).The following is a biographical sketch of James Purdum found in The History of McDonough County, 1885, pages 704-705. 

James Purdum is a native of this county, born December 29, 1839 in Bethel township.  His parents, Samuel and Rebecca (Dull) Purdum, came here in an early day.  The former was a native of Maryland, and came to McDonough county in 1837, and the latter of Virginia.  In 1850, they removed to Schuyler county and James resided with them until about the year 1847, when he came back to this county and went to work by the month.  February 19, 1860, he was married to Sarah E. Foster, who was born in Schuyler county, April 20, 1841.  They have ever since resided in this county.  Mr. Purdum now has 80 acres of valuable land located on section 30, Bethel township.  They are the happy parents of the following children—Will R., James W., Luella M., Charles E., Thomas O., Olive B., Samuel M., Frederick W., Clara M. and Jessie L.  Mr. and Mrs. Purdum are members of the M.E. church.  Mr. Purdum is a republican politically, and a much respected citizen.  He served his country during the late war, being mustered into the service August 6, 1862, into company C, 84th Illinois infantry, and after a service of three years returned to this place, and is now living within four miles of the place where he was born.  He is a carpenter and joiner by occupation, and lives on the east half of the northwest quarter of section 30, Bethel township.  His postoffice is Fandon.

History of McDonough County, Illinois. Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Co., 1885.


JAMES PURDUM

Birth: 29 Dec 1839 in Bethel, McDonough, Illinois          Death: 17 Jan 1912

Burial: in Oakwood Cemetery, McDonough, Illinois

Marriage: 19 Feb 1860

Father: SAMUEL PURDUM

Mother: REBECCA TULLIS DOLL

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SARAH ELLEN FOSTER

Birth: 30 Apr 1841 in Schuyler, Illinois           Death: 20 Jan 1917 in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

Burial: in Oakwood Cemetery, McDonough, Illinois

Father: FREDERICK LEVI FOSTER

Mother: MILLIE MASON

Children:

1. WILLIAM RILEY PURDUM

Birth: 20 Nov 1860 in Bethel, McDonough, Illinois          Death: 05 Nov 1944 in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

Burial: 09 Nov 1944 in Oakwood Cemetery, McDonough, Illinois

Marriage: 20 Apr 1892 in McDonough, Illinois to KATHERYN TOMLINSON

2. JAMES W PURDUM

Birth: 20 Sep 1862 in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois          Death: 10 Aug 1934 in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

Burial: 12 Aug 1943 in Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

3. LUELLA MAY PURDUM

Birth: 27 Sep 1866 in McDonough, Illinois          Death: 09 Apr 1947 in McDonough, Illinois

Burial: Markee Cemetery, Schuyler, Illinois

Marriage: 08 Mar 1887 in Plymouth, Bethel, McDonough, Illinois to ELBRIDGE LEE YOUNG

4. CHARLES E PURDUM

Birth: 09 Nov 1868 in McDonough, Illinois          Death: 12 Sep 1945 in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

Burial: 15 Sep 1945 in Oakwood Cemetery, McDonough, Illinois

Marriage: 27 Aug 1890 in McDonough, Illinois to EDITH STONEKING

Marriage2: abt 1910 to IDA E CRABB

5. THOMAS OSCAR PURDUM

Birth: 05 Jul 1872 in McDonough, Illinois          Death: 1955

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

Marriage: to MAUDE MYRTLE CAREY

6. OLIVE B PURDUM

Birth: 26 Nov 1874          Death: 06 Sep 1875

Burial: in Scott's Cemetery, McDonough, Illinois

7. SAMUEL MARTIN PURDUM

Birth: 11 Apr 1877 in McDonough, Illinois          Death: 23 Apr 1966 in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

Burial: 27 Apr 1966 in Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, Illinois

Marriage: 05 Jul 1905 in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois to MAUDE V KNIGHT

8. FREDERICK WALTER PURDUM

Birth: 27 Apr 1879 in Hancock, Illinois          Death: 14 Sep 1959 in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

Burial: 16 Sep 1959 in Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

Marriage: 17 Apr 1907 to NELLIE RUBY HELMS

9. CLARA M PURDUM

Birth: 16 May 1880          Death: 24 Oct 1882

10. JESSIE LEA PURDUM

Birth: 19 Nov 1883 in Illinois          Death: 1962

Marriage: Abt. 1908 to BERT CHIDESTER

Marriage 2: 09 Mar 1922 to JESSE E WALTERS

2 Comments
Added by Andy Morgan
November 11, 2014

Hi - I am wondering what your source is for the information regarding children Olive and Clara. Olive I understand might be elusive, but Clara should have been enumerated in the 1880 census, but she is not listed. Wonderfully laid out site by the way.

Andy Morgan - andymorgan777@hotmail.com
Added by Richard Hines
November 22, 2014

Andy,

Olive and Clara are both listed as children in a Purdum biographical sketch in the book "Schuyler County Illinois History" a publication of The Schuyler County Jail Museum. The sketch was written by a Great-Great-Granddaughter of James Purdum. I added a link in under "Records" above, as well as a photo of James from the sketch. Everything in the sketch seems to match with verified facts, so I have no reason to doubt the information. I am guessing that the dates may possibly even come from a family bible or other record. As for the 1880 census, I'm not sure why Clara isn't listed, but I've seen similar things before in other families. It should also be noted that there was an 11th child who died (both the 1900 and 1910 census attest to this), however it was likely a stillbirth and never named.
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