6th great grandfather
Benjamin moved his family to Vermont in the early 1750's but the rest of Francis Purdy's descendants stayed in New York. At the time of the Revolutionary War, there were at least a score of Purdy men in New York who refused to sign the Association of 1775 and declared themselves loyalists. Many fought for England with the Westchester New York Loyalists. Some were incarcerated but most were driven to Canada. Aaron Burr threatened to "hang" Elijah Purdy if he was caught. Jotham Purdy was shot down on his doorstep during an argument with neighboring rebels. Their lands were sequestered (confiscated) by the rebel government.
Father: Daniel Purdy b: 1682 in Rye, Westchester Co., NY
Mother: Phebe Horton b: 1687 in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., CT
Marriage 1 Deborah Smith b: ABT 1723 in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., CT