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This interesting surname is widespread in both Ireland and England and is of Norman descent, a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd, deriving from the Old French "pourcel" meaning piglet. The Irish Purcells are found mainly in Counties Kilkenny and Tipperary. The picturesque ruined castle of Loughmoe, the seat of the head of the family, is a well known landmark near Thurles in Co. Tipperary. Though Norman, the Purcells did not come to Ireland until some years after the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1172, when they became adherents of the great Butler (Ormond) family. Early recordings of the surname in England include Ralph Purcel (1159) in the Pipe Rolls of Staffordshire, and William Purcell (1230) in the Pipe Rolls of Leicestershire...

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PURCELL

George Purcell born 1776 in VA is as far back as we've found. He ran boarding home in what became Fellowsville WV. Found many George names but none that tie to his death in 1869 in WV. Family gossip tells us he was Scot-Irish (family today is not catholic). Rumor said he came with a brother to america - no info found. George was born in VA per census. The Scot-Irish is where I'm trying to look these days.

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St George

My 2nd great grandmother was Mary Purcell born 1817 and married Thomas St George in 1834 in Urlingford, Kilkenny. Mary died in 1874. Mary's parents were John Purcell born about 1791 in Dublin (we think - going by the Baptismal record) and he married Catherine Smith in Oct 1813 (she was born about 1791). We believe that John may have died in 1871. Catherine's death is unknown. I would like to have more information about John Purcell and his ancestors. I have already posted an email regarding my St George connection as they overlap with the Purcell families.. Mary and Thomas's son - Richard St George was born in 1839 and came to Australia in 1863. I am his great granddaughter and live in Australia. Richard St George born 1839 (and died in 1926 in NSW, Australia) was recorded at time of death as being the nephew of Sir Richard Nicholas Purcell. I would like to verify this connection as well as finding more about link with the Purcell families I have been researching these families for over 15 years - sadly my mother and any family members who had more details re these people have been dead for at least 20 years.

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Brian Purcell

Which DNA service are you using? I am in Georgia (USA) and would like to explore the possibilities.

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Purcell

Hi Ann, I am a purcell from Goresbridge/paulstown

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Purcell

Ralph and Henrietta Purcell where my great great grandparents, they apparently came from Country Clare and their son was Ralph Bashford Purcell born 1860/1861. I have looked everywhere but cannot find any birth cert's of Ralph Purell or his marriage to Henrietta purcell in County clare. (They would have been born around 1820-1840.

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Jacqueline Purcell

Looking for more info on James Purcell 1794-1860 who married Margaret/Mary Burke 1798-1879. Cannot find James' parents or his wives grandparents (parents being Mathew Whalen and Mary Lynch). I can share my ancestry tree to anyone who is interested. Any help is much appreciated!

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Purcell

My Purcell connections are from Paulstown, Co Kilkenny. Patrick (PJ) born in 1891 but moved to Birr, Co Offaly in 1914. He and his sons built up one of the largest livestock shipping companies in Ireland spanning four decades.

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Purcell

Commandant James "Jim" Purcell, 4th Battalion , Kilkenny. Born in Garryduff, Paulstown in 1894 and died Feb 1938.

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PURCELL

Kieran Purcell, Lamogue, Windgap, Co. Kilkenny DOB 05/08/1945 Sportsperson Dr. Mariel Purcell, BM BCh BAO MRCGP Graduated from University College, Dublin 1997 Consultant in Spinal Injuries Southern General Hospital , Glasgow

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Purcell

Kieran Purcell, Lamogue, Windgap, Co. Kilkenny Ireland Born August 1945? Sportsperson

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Hattie purcell

I am looking for ancestors at Moses Manderville Purcell born in Indiana USA

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Michael Eugene Purcell Jr

Hello I am Michael Eugene Purcell Jr. I am looking to find and locate family. My dad Drowned in Wabash River in Terre Haute Indiana. His name is also Michael Eugene Purcell. I did not get a chance to meet my dad. My mother was pregnant with me when he drown.

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South

Hey, Celeste. Its Kaylah Harris. You're welcome, hon, for trying to find your 5th great grandfather. If I give you some information, do you think you could trace it for me. We might find out how we're related.

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Purcell

This msg is for Kaylah Harris. This is Celeste. Thank you for your response. Busy today but will get a post together for you. Thanks so much for the offer if help.

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Purcell

Hello I am looking for information about my family. They are from Paulstown and Goresbridge? Ann

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John Purcell

Hi Ann, My Purcell family roots also come from Paulstown, my e mail address is jpurcell@goodherdsmen.ie if you want to contact me, regards, John Purcell

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South

Hi, this is Kaylah Harris. This message is for Celeste. I tried to search your 5th great grandfather. The search came up empty. If you could give me more information about your Purcells, I'll be glad to look the people up on find a grave if they are deceased.

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Purcell

Hello my name is Celeste, Looking for any information on my 5th Great Grandfather. James Purcell, Born Ireland, around 1740, died 1793, Halifax County, Virginia. Married possibly and Elizabeth Hall. Any info about his years in Ireland or immigration would be tremendously helpful. Thank you in advance.

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South

Hi. My name is Kaylah Harris. I'm from Connersvill, Fayette County, Indiana, USA. My great great great great grandmother's maiden name was Purcell. She is buried in Bethany Cemetery, Dugger, Sullivan County, Indiana, USA.

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Purcell

I am descended from Thomas Pursell/Purcell born about 1662-1667 in Ireland. He was first married in Ireland (wife's name unknown) and he had two children born there Daniel and Dennis Purcell. They moved from Ireland to New York in the USA. Thomas was 2nd married to Christiana Van Woggelum. DNA says the family were in Ireland some 3000 years ago. This proves they are not descended from Sir Hugh Purcell who came to Ireland later. I would to connect with Irish Purcell who would join with me and having their DNA tested to see if we are related. My email address is cynthiatweedle@outlook.com and my name is Judith Purcell. I would enjoy hearing from you.

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