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Perkerson became Purgason in early 1800's Georgia
Posted by: Brett Barnes (ID *****2866) Date: April 10, 2002 at 18:26:17
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I'm researching the Purgason clan of Heard County, Georgia. John Purgason (1820-1890) lived in Heard County most of his life and many of his descendants still live there, in the same area since the 1830's, on Purgason Road.
From Census data, John and both of his parents were born in Georgia. John was born in March of 1820 (before the Census takers made their rounds for that year). From the 1820 Georgia Census Index: there were no Purgasons listed. However, there were four 'Perkersons' listed (the only phonetically-close name). They were: Jacob Perkerson in Pulaski County and Dempsey, Joel, and Beverly Perkerson in Gwinnett County. I looked at the 1820 Pulaski County Census, but never did find Jacob Perkerson on it. From the Gwinnett Census, the only household with a male child between 0-10 years old was that of Beverly Perkerson. Joel Perkerson was the eldest of the clan, listed as 45+. (There was a Georgia Rev. War Soldier named Joel Perkerson...not sure if he is the same one or not, yet.)
From "Early Georgia Marriages", I found that Beverly Perkerson married Ansey Owens on 11-2-1819 in Jackson County, Georgia.
In the 1830 Georgia Census Index, Demsey Perguson is in Dekalb County, along with a John Perguson. And Ancy Perguson is in Clarke County. Ancy was the widow of Beverly Perkerson/Perguson.
In the 1827 Georgia Land Lottery, the "Orphans of Beverly Purgason" drew land in the 12th District of Troup County, Georgia. They were living in Clarke County at the time. This area of Troup County would be come part of Heard County when it was formed in 1830.
From the estate records of Troup County: Annual Returns from 1837-1843 to guardian, Sankey T. Johnson, for the orphans of Beverly Green Perkerson: Temperance, Green, Peggy, and Margaret. Administrator of the estate of Beverly Perkerson was Dempsey Perkerson of Dekalb County. Margaret married David Skinner and Temperance married Caleb Ready.
Evidently, John Purgason was already on his own, although I could not find him in the 1840 Georgia Census Index. He is listed in the 1850, and later, Censuses of Heard County.
Is this enough "evidence" to conclude that John Purgason of Heard County was a son of Beverly Perkerson? You'll have to decide for yourself. I will continue to research Beverly and Joel Perkerson and will post any findings here.
Brett Barnes



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