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Husband: Joseph PURDY
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Father: Francis PURDY
Mother: Mary BRUNDAGE
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Wife: Elizabeth H OGDEN
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Father: John OGDEN
Mother: Juidth BUDD
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Joseph PURDY BORN: 1652, DIED: 26 Oct 1710, BURIED: , MARRIED: Elizabeth H OGDEN, , CHILDREN: Joseph PURDY Daniel PURDY Samuel PURDY David PURDY Jonathan PURDY John PURDY Francis PURDY Elizabeth PURDY Judith PURDY Mary PURDY Phebe PURDY

Joseph2 Purdy (Francis1 ) b ca 1652 d 1709, will proved Oct 26, 1710 m 1680 Elizabeth, probably Elizabeth H. Ogden dau of John Ogden who was Assistant Governor of Connecticut at the time John Winthrop was Governor. Children of Joseph and Elizabeth * 1. Joseph3 Purdy see page 5300 b ca 1680 d before 1734 he received land in White Plains

* 2. Daniel3 Purdy see page 5500 b ca 1682 d 1769 he received land in Rye, will proved Apr 11, 1769 m Ann Brown

* 3. Samuel3 Purdy see page 5800 b ca 1685 d 4 Mar 1753 he received land in Rye and Budds Neck m 1 Clorinda Penelope Strang m 2 Sarah (widow of Jacob Budd)

* 4. David3 Purdy b d received land on Browns Point m _____ Ruttenbur

* 5. Jonathan3 Purdy b ca 1693 d 3 Feb 1772 ae 78 received land in Pondfield and Lame Wills Purchase and land east of Blind Brook m. Mary Hart (2 Apr 1694 - ) dau of Jonathan Hart and Hannah Budd.

* 6. John3 Purdy ( Still John ) b Dec 9, 1695 d received part of land in Pondfield and Lame Wills Purchase and land east of Blind Brook m Elizabeth _______

* 7. Francis3 Purdy b 1697 d 2 Jan 1760 received small piece of land near falls of Blind Brook and of farm including house and barn where Joseph Sr now lives. m Abigail Williams dau of John Williams

8. Elizabeth3 Purdy b d m ?

9. Judee3 Purdy 2nd wife of John Horton b d

10. Mary3 Purdy m Isaac Covert b d

11. Phebe3 Purdy m Daniel Strang b d

22 Joseph2

This Joseph Purdy has been the subject of genealogical controversy ever since the days of the first Purdy "pedigree", compiled by Robett Bolton Junior, and published in his "History of the County of West-chester" in 1848. Mr. Bolton places Joseph2 in the fourth generation instead of the second and makes a thoroughly confusing job and a greatly erroneous one of much of the Purdy family history. However, Mr. Bolton gives the wife of this Joseph2 merely as Elizabeth....... Charles W. Baird, in his "History of Rye" (1871), places this Joseph Purdy in the second generation but fails to name a wife for him. This Joseph died sometime between the date of his will, October 25, 1709, and the date of the will's probate, October 26, 1710. (The original will is on file as #505 in the Historical Documents Collection, Queens College, Flushing, New York City). The will provides for eleven child-ren, most of them grown by 1709. It would therefore seem improbable that he was of any generation but the second. Other dubious historical data regarding Joseph2 Purdy, son of Francis and Mary (Brund-age) Purdy is in "History and Genealogy of Families of Old Fairfield" Vol l, parts 4-6, pages 495 et seq -1930/34 by Donald Lines Jacobus, the eminent genealogist. He lists Joseph as son of Francis, but questions another assertion that has been made over and over regarding Joseph2 Purdy- that is the assertion that Joseph's wife was Elizabeth Ogden, daughter of John Ogden and Judith Budd. Mr. Paul B. Purdy in his book "A Branch of the Purdy Family" even goes so far as to call her "Elizabeth H. Ogden". So far none has offered any proof whatsoever of this assertion. Joseph2 Purdy did have a wife "Elizabeth Purdy". Joseph's will mentions "my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Purdy" in four different sections. "My wife Elizabeth Purdy" was named, along with Caleb Heathcote Esquire and John Hoyot (Hoit or Hyatt) as executors of Joseph's will. At New York, on October 26, 1710, Elizabeth Purdy, one of the executors named in the will "was duly sworn" and power of administration was awarded to "Caleb Heathcote Esquire and John Hoyot. Thus, consistently, is Joseph's wife called "Elizabeth Purdy". Perhaps the cause of whatever confusion there is about Joseph's wife is that on October 25, 1709, the witnesses to Joseph's will were Anthony Miller, Abraham Miller ahd "Elizabeth Ogden". On October 26, 1710, at New York, Anthony Miller and Abraham Miller appeared and proved the will and stated that "They saw Elizabeth Ogden, the other witness to the said will, subscribe her name". It is not probable that Joseph's wife Elizabeth Purdy would sign his will as a witness as "Elizabeth Ogden". To be a legal witness Elizabeth Ogden would have to have been either Miss Elizabeth Ogden or Elizabeth Ogden, widow of an Ogden, at least 18 years old. In addition, the John Ogden, who married Judith Budd (as his 2nd wife), did not have a daughter Elizabeth so far as has been discovered by careful examination of documents. An inventory of John's estate was sworn to by "Jude" Ogden on August 7, 1682, (Fairfield, Conn.P.R.). Donald Lines Jacobus in his "Families of Old Fairfield" vol 2, pages 447-9, names the children of John Ogden as: 1. Joseph Ogden, of Rye, m Mary _____ He died ca 1715 2. Hannah Ogden, conveyed to Hachaliah Brown, Nov 11, 1684 land confirmed to her as part of her portion by Francis Brown, she being "his [Francis'] daughter in law" (step dau). 3. Richard Ogden 4. David Ogden of White Plains


Joseph2 Purdy

It should be noted here that after the death of John Ogden, his widow, Judith (Budd) Ogden, married second Francis Brown, of Rye, and Mr. Jacobus notes that on Dec 12, 1690, Francis and Jude Brown gave lands to Joseph Ogden, son of John Ogden, as his legacy. On June 5, 1700 Francis Brown conveyed to "son in law" (step-son) David Ogden, to "son in law" (step son) Richard Ogden on June 11, 1700, to wife Judith, and to "son" Richard Ogden, Feb 19, 1706 land "which was our son Richard Ogden's own father's, John Ogden.

Therefore, until some further proof is found it seems likely that Joseph2 Purdy married Elizabeth _____.

Joseph2 Purdy is first mentioned in 1677, and in 1678 owned land adjoining that of his brother John's children. He was a leading member of the community, being supervisor of the town in 1707-01 and 1707-8, justice of the peace in 1702, and later Representative of the county for several years in the Assembly, a member of the Colonial Legislature in 1693 and again from 1702 to 1709, and one of the chief promoters of the church, writes Mr. Wetmore (Rev) many years later. With Colonel Heathcote and others, he (in 1701) purchased lands in North Castle, where some of his descendants settled.

Court held in Eastchester July 26, 1704 that Captain John Horton, Joseph Purdy etc to take inventory and manage estate of Joseph Horton so long as he remain in distracted condition. (Westchester Co. Land Records, Lib C, page 321). Joseph2 Purdy Senior deeded to son Joseph3 Purdy Junior "all right of lands in White Plains on the west side of the Mamaroneck River" Joseph2 Purdy Senior, his son Daniel, and John Horton of the town of Rye, deeded to Tamisen Williams........ 300 acres of land in the patent granted John Clapp and Co. in Westchester Co... on May 20, 1707 (West. Co. Lands Deeds, Lib C, page 43) In 1708, William Fowler and ........, all proprietors of Brown's Point (in Harrison) Rye, sold one share to Joseph Purdy (West. Co Deeds) Joseph2 Purdy Senior to "Jorst Paldinck, minor son of Joost Paldinck living in the Town of Westchester all right to tract of land known as Whitefield's Patent- Sept 30, 1709....."

The Third Draft of lots laid out in Will's Purchase containing 7 acres ..... #15 to Daniel3 Purdy; #16 to Justice of the Peace(Joseph2) Purdy .... #30 to Francis Purdy..... April 11, 1709

On page 16,of "Allied Families" (notoriously unreliable) it is stated that Joseph2 Purdy married Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Ogden, of Rye, who was son of John Ogden and wife Judith Budd. He purchased from his father-in-law his house and 8 acres of land, "on the highway that goeth to the Mill". The house stood on a knoll, just south of the road to Milton. (Hamlet in Rye at mouth of Blind Brook; Joseph's farm was located here or very nearby).

N.Y.G. and B. Record 1918, page 302; Joseph2 Purdy and Francis2 Purdy, brothers, had land in the second division....... Children Joseph of White Plains, Daniel, Samuel, David, Jonathan, Francis, John, Eliza-beth, Jude, Mary, Phebe.

24 Joseph2 The first settlement in the Town of Rye was made in 1660. Originally Rye was land between the Byram and Blind Brook rivers. Lands west of Blind Brook and east by Stonybrook were called Budd's Neck. The hamlet of Milton in Rye was at the mouth of Blind Brook river. Rye was included in limits of the Colony of Connecticut on May 30, 1663. On Sept 5, 1664 New Netherlands surrendered and became the Province of New York. On Nov 28, 1683 the governors of New York and Conn agreed on the Byram River as the new boundary. Rye was a part of the Province of New York from 1702.

Joseph's brother John2 Purdy came to Rye from Eastchester in 1670. In Bolton, Vol 2 there are two conflicting dates: page 166 Joseph Purdy came to Rye by 1677 and Francis Purdy came to Rye by 1679 The earliest record of town officers occurs on 25th of April, 1671. Upon this occasion, George Kniffen and Francis Purdy were appointed pounders.

On the 27th of May, 1675 the town orders that the home lot of Peter Disbrow (Desborough or D'Elesborough) be taken for a parsonage lot. On Feb 26, 1677 John Brundage and John Purdy are empowered to sell the frame intended for the parsonage house. On Feb 14, 1678 Joseph Purdy of Rye sold to Caleb Hart land in Rye, bounded by land laid out to the children of his brother John2 Purdy, land formerly in possession of John Faccon. (Lib B Rye Land Records). Pondfield draft containing 20 acres each, in 1683. Francis Purdy, Joseph Purdy and Elizabeth Purdy, widow of John2...(Rye Land Records, Lib B, page 67) In 1685 John Budd sold to Joseph Purdy a certain tract of land in Rye, lying and being upon the neck called Epawainos, bounded on the east by Blind Brook. This could be the cemetery still there in 1980. On Feb 28, 1695 Joseph Purdy was elected a vestryman. At a meeting of the Governor and Council(conn), Jan 19, 1697, Thomas Merritt and Deliverance Brown appeared in behalf of the town of Rie..charter was granted....confirmed unto .... Francis Purdy .... George Lane ...* etc Town meeting in Rye, Feb 14, 1699-1700, the town made choice of Joseph Purdy to survey and lay out White Plains purchase and Lame Wills.

Scharf Vol 2, pages 629-30. On July 5, 1701, the Indian Proprietors conveyed to Colonel Caleb Heathcote, Joseph Theal, John Horton and Joseph Purdy, of Rye, land lying between the north and south courses of the Mianus River. This was the Middle Patent granted on Feb 17, 1701/2 (Westchester County Records, Lib G, page 108). Middle Patent: "William, the third by the Grace of God of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith etc to all to whom these presents shall come or may concern sendeth greetings. Whereas our loving subjects- Colonel Caleb Heathcote, John Horton, Joseph Purdy, Robert Walters, Leigh Atwood, Matthew Clarkson, Lancaster Sims, Cornelius Depeyster, Richard Slater, John Cholwell, Robert Lurtig and Barne Cosens- have, by their petition, presented unto our trusty and well-beloved John Nanfan Esq. our Lieutenant Governor and commander in chief of our province of New York and territories depending there-on in America etc, and prayed our grant and confirmation of a certain tract of land in the County of Westchester, bounded southerly by the colony line of Connecticut, easterly by the Mehanas (Mienus?) 25


River, northerly by Bedford line marked to Mehanas River again, and southerly as the said river goes against the stream to ye head of said river, and so to the said Colony line, which saidtract land, on the 5th Day of July last past, was by our said Caleb Heathcote, Joseph Theal, John Horton and Joseph Purdy etc. purchased of the native proprietors,and containing within the limits aforesaid, by estimation, about 1500 acres of profitable land, besides wastes and woodlands, which reasonable request we being willing to grant. Know we, that in our especial grace, certain knowledge and mere motion, we have given, granted, rat-ified and confirmed and by presence due for us, our heirs and success-ors, give, grant, ratify and confirm unto our said loving subjects -Colonel Caleb........ Joseph Purdy....... Casens- all the aforerecited tract of land within the County of Westchester, and within the limits and bounds aforesaid, together with all the woods, underwoods, trees, timber, feeding, pastures, meadows, swamps, ponds, pools, waters, water courses, rivers, rivulets, runs, brooks, streams, fishing, fowling, hunting, hawking, etc, mines, minerals etc (silver and gold mines excepted) and all other profits, benefits, privileges, libert-ies, advantages, hereditements, and appurtenances whatsoever, to the aforesaid tract of land...... yealding, yielding and paying therefore yearly and every year on the feast day of the nativity of our Blessed Saviour, the annual yearly rent of one pound seven shillings and six pence current money of New York in lieu and stead of all other rents, dues, duties, services and demands whatsoever."

Scharf Vol 2,pages 362 and 363: On June 11, 1701, Colonel Heathcote, Joseph Theal, John Horton and Joseph bought from the Indian Proprie-tors "a certain parcel and tract of land" bounded as followeth: East-erly by Byram River, northly to the Northwest corner of a great swamp, commonly called Pound Swamp, thence a southwesterly line to Rye's great pond, and bounded by the said westerly end so runs to Harrison's great marked tree (Harrison's Purchase)- On July 11, 1701, the Indian Proprietors, Wapato, Anaquah and Ronata sold to James Mott, Mr. Justice Joseph Purdy and Henry Disbrow a tract "bounded as followeth Myanas River East, Colony line south, Bieram River west, Bedford northwest and another pattene north"-(County Records, Liber G, Page lO8, Westchester County Clerks office, White Plains, N.Y. On Feb 25, 1701/2, the patent called "East Patent" was granted to the same group, including Joseph Purdy, Joseph Theal and John Horton. Later, John Clapp and a company obtained a large grant East of the Byram River on Sept 25, 1708. These tracts plus the West Patent made up the town of North Castle, which until 1791 included New Castle. Joseph Purdy was a Justice of the Peace for a time. "Petition of the Protestants of New York to King William 3rd- We underwritten in behalf of ourselves and upwards of two thirds of the freeholders and inhabitants of Westchester County, New York, Caleb Heathcote, John Horton, Joseph Purdee, John Drake, William Willet, William Barnes- Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Vol N, page 930 (New York Papers 'S.P.O.' Bundle 382 City of New York Dec 30, 1701)



Westchester County Deeds Liber D, page 48- "know ye....... that parcel of land....... known by name of Pondfield....... granted unto 5 persons viz: John Clapp, Ann Bridges, Caleb Hyat, in behalf of Joseph Purdy, Augustine Graham and John Houghton, several years time, to witt, in ye year 1704....... by reason that one or two person never had any interest to settle or improve their respective parts but to keep it for a better marcate, they have prevented a division....... .., we met and resolved to divide ye said tract into 2 parts and to divide one of ye said parts into 5 equal parts and shares & cast lots........ John Clapp one of ye 5 proprietors (to take up 100 acres of land begin to settle and immediately)..... The heirs of Joseph Purdy, deceased, and John Houghton, also deceas-ed, confirm unto said John Clapp upon ye terms and conditions as is in ye said writings and agreements...... 19 Dec 1709 Witnesses John Houghton Timothy Knapp Daniel Purdy Charlotte Strang

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