John Henry Purviance

Male 1763 - 1820  (56 years)


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  • Name John Henry Purviance 
    Born 31 Dec 1763  [1
    Gender Male 
    Burial 1820  Congressional Cem, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 1820  Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 6 Nov 1820  [1
    Notes 
    • John Henry Purviance, son of Samuel and Catherine Purviance, never married. He was well educated (presumbaly in the schools of Europe since no record has been found as to his attending schools in America) and was employed as early as 1794 as secretary and interpreter for the State Department, accompanying James Monroe to France.

      That he was associated with the State Department from that time until his death is fairly obvious. Just exactly what this association was, however, is not always clear. While many of his papers, and a number of diaries are maintained in the Purviance Papers by the manuscript department, Duke University, there are not sufficient documents to cover the entire period. That he was a close intimate of many in the foreign service is made clear and he traveled extensively to and from the continent on various missions. There are several memoranda in his handwriting of interviews with Monroe and representative of the French government concerning treaties with the United States as it related to France and to Spain; and negotiations for keeping the Mississippi open to American shipping. A number of Monroe's rough drafts of speeches or letters remain in the collection. Some mystery surround some of the documents. In 1796, at Monroe's request, he compiled a series of memoranda explaining the difficulty in obtaining cash for a draft for $120,000 sent to Monroe by the U.S. Treasury. While not specifically stated, it would appear that the money was to be paid to Napolean's brother. (Purvines, Stuart Hoye. The Purviance Family: A Genealogy with Allied Families. Privately Printed, 1986.)
    Person ID I10404  mytree
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 

    Father Samuel Purviance, Jr.,   b. 24 Sep 1728, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1788, Ohio River, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Catherine Stewart 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 15 Jun 1776  [1
    Family ID F2258  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S74] Internet, http://www.geocities.com/rbpurviance/index.html.
      saved as "Descendants of Jon de PurVaiance.htm"

    2. [S57] Find A Grave.


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