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Re: Maplet ? d/o Francis of Poughkeepsie
Posted by: Thomas Murray (ID *****5502) Date: October 13, 2002 at 11:06:08
In Reply to: Re: Maplet ? d/o Francis of Poughkeepsie by Jamie of 207

Hi Danna,
I am not able to give you anything concrete. There are several problems with the Jaycocks, including a lack of concrete records and the fact that by 1700 they were a large and very dispersed family. There are several people interested in James and Deborah (Purdy) Jaycox, including especially Mary Jacox if you can find her. A tenative theory is that the large portion of the family found in Philipstown might be descendants of Benjamin Jaycocks. This Benjamin was an uncle of Francis of Poughkeepsie, and a brother of David of Hempstead. It is known that when David's father, William Jaycocks, died in Hempstead that he left a son, Benjamin, under the age of 21. It is also known that a Benjamin Jaycocks was in Fishkill about 1737-40, and that he m. 1JUL1741 Jannetje Jones. It is believed he had a son, also Benjamin, in the Philipstown area. It seems probablt that the Benjamin, son of William, in Hempstead; and the Benjamin in Fishkill were the same person. William was the son of Francis and Grace Jaycox from Stratford-upon-Avon.
This is all theoretical. When I searched for Purdys, I noted that there were over 70,000 web sites. When I added 'genealogy' as a key word, this was reduced to over 8,000. There is a lot of information on the Purdy's, and the acknowledged experts are Alec and Clay Purdy. Alec gives a hint at one of these web sites:

ID: I30011 Name: James JAYCOX Sex: M Birth: ABT. 1750 Death: BEF. 28 JUL 1797 Note:
1810 U.S. Census, Albany Co, NY
Household of James Jaycox
1 male under 10
1 male age 16-25
1 male over 45 (James?)
1 female age 10-15
1 female age 16-25
1 female over 45 (Deborah?)

Next door is a David Jaycox
2 males under 10
1 male age 10-15
1 male age 26-44
2 females under 10
2 females 10-15
1 female age 26-44

And 2 families away is a Samuel Jaycox
3 males under 10
1 male 16-25
1 male 26-44
2 females under 10
1 female 10-15
1 female 16-25
1 female 26-44

ID: I30003 Name: Deborah PURDY Sex: F Birth: ABT. 1755 Death: 1849 Note:
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 01:07:39 -0500
From: Alec Purdy

I have gotten just three e-mails in the past two years about a Deborah Purdy who seems to have left practically no footprint other than that she married James Jaycox and even the list of children was different in each e-mail. Recently someone was walking in a cemetery and spotted a stone for a Mary Snooks. This was a surprise but was noted because the searcher remembered a distant relative named Snooks. The researcher traced this lead and found a goldmine. Fortunately for a lot of people, Mary left an extensive will and the probate list included a lot of relatives (which has led to a re-organization of 6 pages of our tree) and named a sister Sarah (who we can identify) and among others a sister Deborah Serrine. In piecing together all the data I'd received from various sources that fit that area, one from Feb 2000 mentioned that family lore said that Deborah had married a second time to a Peter Surrine! So
Deborah is a daughter of Stephen4 Purdy yet we don't find her in any data relating to the family. Incidentally, Deborah is not buried with her first or second husbands or the family. She died 1849, and the will was written 1848. If Mary Snooks had written her will a year later we would never have known, and if that searcher hadn't thought of the in-laws she would have kept on walking and found nothing.
father: Stephen Purdy
mother: Esther Bailey

It may be that Deborah (Purdy) Jaycox 2nd marriage to Peter Surrine/Serrine may be a clue. The above was taken from a website beginning at:
Karin Corbeil's Genealogy Page

Also, there is information on the Purdy's at:
The Purdy Family
by Maureen McKernan
Peekskill, N.Y., Evening Star, Monday, August 7, 1951

and at:

Outside of that, the only I can recommend is a long and meticulous search with careful notes. I realize the difficulties, as I also find the later generations of the Jaycocks very confusing.


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