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Loyalist Directory: Gabriel (brother of Gilbert and Henry) Purdy

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Surname : Purdy
Given name : Gabriel (brother of Gilbert and Henry)
Rank : Sergeant
Where Resettled : Westchester Township, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty :  
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : Colonel James DeLancey's Regiment
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : 18 May 1755, Philip's Manor, West Chester County, Province of New York
Settled before war :  
Date & Place of Death : 08 May 1841, Westchester Township, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia
Place of Burial : Rose Cemetery, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia
Wife Name : • m. (1st) on 28 March 1775 Charity Purdy (b. 12 December 1758; d. circa 1776 or 1780), his second cousin, daughter of Joseph Purdy (born 1728) and Charity Eisenhart of White Plains, New York.
• m. (2nd) Esther Angevine (b. 1766; d. 5 October 1803), daughter of Louis Angevine/Angivine (1702, New Rochelle, Province of New York - ) and Phoebe, of North Castle, Province of New York. Esther's tombstone, located next to that of her husband, Gabriel5, at Rose Cemetery, records “Here lies the body of Esther Purdy who died. Parted this life the 5 of October 1803, in the 43 year of her age.”
• m. (3rd) a widow, Elizabeth (Wilkinson) Richardson (d. after 1812), on 7 September 1804 in Sackville, New Brunswick.
• m. (4th) Esther Knight (b. 1766; d. 5 December 1828, age 62).
• m. (5th) on 5 August 1830, Ann Aitkins/Aikens, widow of John Aitkins. Ann outlived Gabriel and is buried in Glenholme, Colchester County, Nova Scotia.
Children : He had 17 children
Biography :  
Proven Descendants : Halifax-Dartmouth 1982.10.26; Winnipeg 1996.08.24; New Brunswick 2001.05.12; Kawartha 2001.08.25; Kawartha 2012.09.17; Kawartha 2013.04.08 (Robert William Camp and Miranda Evelyn Oakes); Kawartha 2013.07.15 (Benjamin Jeremy Collins Richardson); Kawartha 2016.10.05 (Autumn Elizabeth Richardson);
Military Info : At the age of 21 Gabriel joined the British Army and fought in the battle of White Plains. He was made a Sergeant at the close of the battle and served as a non-commissioned officer during the war. Gabriel Purdy was [a] Sergeant in the Corps of West Chester Refugees and Light Infantry commanded by Isaac Hatfi eld from Nov. 16, 1779 to Feb. 4, 1780 and on Feb. 5, 1780 continued as [a] Sergeant in Captain Henry Purdy's Company of Light Infantry, commanded by James Delancy. Fought in the Battle of White Plains under Col. Emerick, then Major Holland.
Loyalist Genealogy :  
Family History : A Family Divided: Sgt. Gabriel Purdy UE, by Grietje (Purdy) McBride and Bob McBride
Family Genealogy :  
Sources : Information contributed by Grietje R. (Purdy) McBride, UE
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