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James Purcell at Battle of Tippecanoe
Posted by: Shelby Purcell (ID *****4038) Date: February 12, 2011 at 16:35:58
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I have been doing internet research to determine which of three men, all named James Purcell and first cousins one to the other, fought at the Battle of Tippecanoe (BOT) on November 7th, 1811.

Information gathered thus far:

All three cousins were descended from Edward Purcell b. 1731 d. 1782. Edward had three sons:

Jonathan Purcell b. 1754, Edward Purcell, Jr b. 1759, William Purcell b. 1761.

Each had a son named James.

Son of Jonathan, James Purcell - b. 1/16/1789 d. 1817
Son of Edward, Jr., James Purcell - birth/death dates not known
Son of William Purcell, James Purcell - b. 2/16/1789 d. 1824

There were at least five members of the Purcell family who
participated in the BOT. Only one was named James.

All the Purcells who fought had settled around Vincennes, IN (Knox County). Interesting that two of the cousins named James appear to have been born a month apart in the same year. Also, information collected indicates James, son of Jonathan, married Catherine Ready on September 6th, 1811. If this James was the one serving, he married
Catherine just twelve days before answering the call of the Indiana Militia on September 18th, 1811.

Further, most information I have heretofore collected shows this couple had a son named Andrew - born in 1811, the same year his parents married. Possible, of course, but not likely given the customs of the time. If he and Catherine were married so close to the date of muster, would not his youth (age 22) and recent marriage been a
possible reason to be deferred? Or would his marriage have been undertaken, perhaps earlier than planned, in view of the imminent warfare to come?

So, it may be that Andrew descends from one of the other men named James Purcell. Meager records of the names and birthdates of their children seem to exist.

So, help needed to figure out which James Purcell fought at the Battle of Tippecanoe. Do military records show birth dates for service in 1811? BOT is considered to be the first battle of the War of 1812.

Also, because of the date found for the marriage of James and Catherine, is it possible that Andrew Purcell is the son of one of the other two James Purcells known from the same generation?

There are two weekend events set around the Battle of Tippecanoe. I plan to attend both and hope to use the opportunity to find some answers.

Shelby Purcell


Muster on the Wabash
September 24-25th, 2011
Vincennes, IN.

200th Anniversary, Battle of Tippecanoe
November 5-6th, 2011
Battle Ground, IN

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