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Brentford Families - Purches

Nigel Purches from West Wales originally wrote in November 2009.

In January 2011 he added 'Three hundred years in the making and thirty years of compilation - this 350 A4 page work (Purchas Family History 1710 - 2010), with cd was finally printed and delivered in December 2010. Compiled by my newly found 4th cousin 'Tony' Purchase (aka Anthony Purches) and proof read by myself. Contact Nigel direct for more information and to obtain a copy.

MyGGG GF was George Purches 1805-1849

Born Stratford, London

September 1829 he married a Mary Ann BOYNES (from Kingston) in Hanwell and the Purches/as/ase name remains in old Brentford until the late 1861's when the 'kids' marry and relocate to New Brentford, Islington and West Ham for example.

In OLD Brentford the babes were

  • 1829 George - eventually marries an Ellen SMITH (nee DEAR) born Old Brentford, daughter of fisherman.
  • 1831 Lucy (child death)
  • 1833 Thomas (marries an Old Brentford Elizabeth 'SHEPHERD' - a High
  • 1836 William - marries an Old Brentford Mary 'WOODMAN'
  • 1838 Mary Ann - marries a James 'WOODMAN' and lives in Bull Lane, Old Brentford
  • 1840 John - child death
  • 1842 Simon - my GG GF - marries a Sarah 'MOONEY' and relocates to Islington
  • 1844 Sarah - marries a Joseph HARRIS
  • 1847 Henry - marries three times (Margaret MELLETT/ Phoebe HARRINGTON/ Sarah A.CHURCH)
  • 1849 James - marries Emily 'PRATT'

(1851 Walter is Mary Ann Boynes child after George died) - marries Emma STOCKWELL in 1871.

1851 Census: 74 Back Lane

Widow Mary Purchase with
William 15, Mary Ann 13, Simon 9, Sarah 7, Henry James 4 (older George and Thomas already moved on)

1851 Census:

(Thomas 18, is servant to High street confectioner Henry BARNES 104, High Road New Brentford)
Elizabeth Shepherd (16) lives in Back Lane (basket maker) but claims to be 26. Her parents live High Street Old Brentford.
1860 Thomas and Elizabeth have baby Thomas - Dad now working as umbrella maker (common in the family)

1861 3, Warden Cottages

Mary (now DEEN) with Sarah (17) - a needle-worker and Henry James (14)

As I said - late 1861's the family are all over the shop!


November 2009; updated January 2011