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Robert (Rob) Merrill Purves

Male 1877 - 1943  (65 years)

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  • Name Robert (Rob) Merrill Purves 
    Born 10 September 1877  Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co., NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 March 1943  Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co., NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried White Church Cemetery, Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co., NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      # ID: I27069
      # Name: Robert Merrill Perves 1 2
      # Sex: M
      # Birth: 10 SEP 1877 in Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co., NY 2
      # Death: 10 MAR 1943 in Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co., NY 2 3

      Father: Thomas Perves
      Mother: Agnes Randall

      Marriage 1 Marion Sparrowhawk b: ABT 1875 in New York

      * Married: ABT 1911 4


      1. Has No Children Living Perves


      1. Title: George W. Sparrowhawk, d. 1924, pobate papers
      Publication: St. Lawrence County, New York copied by Pat Dominie.
      Note: Copy in R. L. Akin Library
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      Media: Official Document
      2. Title: Obituary, Robert Perves, d. 1943.
      Author: Copied by Pat Dominie
      Publication: Commercial Advertiser Newspaper, Canton, St. Lawrence Co., NY dated 16 Mar 1943
      Note: Copy in R. L. Akin Library
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      Media: Newspaper
      3. Title: Robert Larry Akin
      Note: Robert Larry Akin's web site at www.akinfamilyhistory.com
      4. Title: 1930 U.S. Census - NY, St. Lawrence Co., Canton
      Publication: www.ancestry.com
      Call Number:
      Media: Census
      Page: p. 2b
      Canton Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, March 16, 1943 pages 5 and 8
      Robert M. Purves Dies Suddenly CAME OF EARLY LISBON FAMILIES Resident of Canton for Ten Years and Had Many Friends in Community.
      Robert M. Purves died suddenly at his home, 5 Elm Street, Wednesday morning. The end came with shocking swiftness, and was so sudden that neighbors and friends could not at first believe it when they learned that he was gone. He had been about the streets on Tuesday and in the evening was with friends and members of his family. Death was attributed to coronary thrombosis.
      Funeral service was conducted Saturday morning at 1o:30 at the home, the Rev. George R. Harland, pastor of the Scotch Presbyterian Church at Chipman, officiating. Burial will take place at the White Church Cemetery, Lisbon, in the spring.
      Robert Merrill Purves was born in the town of Lisbon, Sept. 10, 1877, a son of Thomas and Agnes Randall Purves. The Purves and Randall families were of the older families of Lisbon, living down through the rich farming section where are O’Neills, many of them, Sparrowhawks and Randalls, on the River road from Red Mills, and old Lisbon Post Office. Thomas Purves, his father, was very well known throughout the county and in Canton, where he came to sell cheese on the St. Lawrence County Board of Trade, bringing his fine herd of Guernsey cattle to the County Fair or serve as a member of the Board of Supervisors. Tom Purves was in his day a cattle buyer and driver and knew every foot of a wide section the county and every farmer on every road throughout his stamping ground. He was a rare story teller and delighted to sit down in the old American Houso and swap yarns with Tommie Wells, Dan. Derbyshire, Bill Hale, Charley Walker and others. Rob., just gone, in
      (Continued on page eight)
      (Continued from page five) herited the friendly angle, no doubt from his father.
      Robert M. was, educated at Lisbon schools and later attended old Potsdam State Normal School. Later on he went went and taught for a time, saw ranching, and other angles of life, and finally made up his mind that Lisbon was a pretty good place. He returned to Lisbon and made his home there for many years, marrying Miss Marion Sparrowhawk of the Lisbon Sparrowhawks, living down on Sparrowhawk Point, St. Lawrence River. Marion Sparrowhawk came of the first settlers in Lisbon, in the late 1700s. Her mother, Mrs. Mary O’Neill Sparrowhawk, died last October, at the ripe age of 92 years. Mary A’Neill (sic) Sparrowhawk was one of the first students in St. Lawrence University after its establishment in the fifties, and her brother, Judge James O’Neill, also a St. Lawrence and Cornell man, was for many years a distinguished member of the bar and a Judge at Neilsville, Wis.
      Robert M. after his marriage with his wife settled down on the farm and there remained until the family removed to Canton about ten years ago. In Lisbon he was a member of the town board, serving as justice of the peace for many years and taking an interest in town affairs about the same as his father did years before. He stood loyally steadfast to Lisbon town for he never changed his voting residence. He went back and forth to look after the farms down on the river road and kept the old associations of his earlier years.
      In Canton he made a fine circle of friends, this group being quite attached to one another. He was like his father, Tom Purves, a good conversationalist and liked to sit down with friends. In summer time Mr. and Mrs. Purves went to their summer camp down on the St. Lawrence River in the vicinity of Camp Laurent of today. That is down in the Red Mills section.
      Mr. and Mrs. Purves had one son who came to Canton with them, married a Canton girl and went to Florida to spend the winter there three or four years ago. Ho died while in the south.
      Mrs. Purves’ mother, Mary O’Neill Sparrowhawk, made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Purves so did a Miss Janet Purves, an aunt of Mr. Purves, a sister of his father, Thomas Purves.
      Mr. Purves leaves his widow, Marion Sparrowhawk Purves, three sisters, Mrs. Janet Cornwall of Madrid; Mrs. Fred Baker of Coeymans, and Mrs. Leon Reynolds of Canton, and an aunt, Janet Purves, who made her home with the family in this village.
      He was a member of St. Lawrence Lodge No. 111, F. & A. M. of Canton; a former member of the Grange and attended the Scotch Presbyterian Church at Chipman.
    Person ID I7791  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 5 January 2007 

    Father Thomas (Tom) Purves 
    Mother Agnes Randall 
    Family ID F2679  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Marion Sparrowhawk,   b. 10 October 1875, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. January 1969, Canton, St. Lawrence Co., NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married about 1911 
     1. Thomas Purves,   d. about 1941, FL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F2212  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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