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Silas Purvis' home in Arboe, Tyrone, Northern Ireland- also home of Thomas Purvis and Richard Purvis
Silas Purvis' home in Arboe, Tyrone, Northern Ireland- also home of Thomas Purvis and Richard Purvis

This home is plot 38 in Griffith's Evaluation for Mullinahoe; he also rented Plot 3 in Upper Killycavanan from Rev W. Chichester O'Neill.  

Just down the road is Purvis' corner, where Purvises owned all the properties and the children are said to have gathered together to troop up the hill to school.

When Silas Purvis died, his son Silas inherited. When Silas died without living posterity, his cousin Thomas Purvis came into 

the property. The original Silas Purvis' daugher, Eliza, my great-grandmother, grew up in this home. Her son Samuel W. Purvis,

a Philadelphia, PA (USA) minister, came to visit Thomas Purvis in 1926. When Thomas died, his son Richard inherited.


Griffith's Valuation, Mullanahoe, Plot 38; Northern Ireland. Great Britain. VIEW SOURCE

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  • Hi, thanks for uploading this. Strangely enough I have been researching Silas Purvis a little as he was the original owner of the property which I now own in Leith, Edinburgh. Back then it was a butchers shop and I've been trying to find any photos of the property from the time Silas would have lived here.


    Wednesday 3rd March 2021, 05:51PM
  • Joe, this is the house in Mullinahoe, Ardboe, Tyrone, Ireland. My Silas Purvis was a farmer. Your Silas is his grandson by Silas' son, Robert. Shoemaker/bootmaker Robert Purvis married Emily Sharp, 1 November 1859 in Arboe, but had moved to Dumbarton, Scotland, by the time his first child, named Jane after his mother, was born in 1860. Your Silas was"Born on the Fourth of July" (as an American might say) 1862 in Dumbarton. He married Jennet Hawkins, 15 May 1885 in North Leith, Midlothian, Scotland. Silas was indeed a butcher. He and Jennet had 13 children, 5 of whom died young. 

    So, I am sorry to say to you, that this is the home of Silas Purvis-the-butcher's grandfather, Silas Purvis b. 1792. I hope you can find an image for your prospect in Leith. Is the Silas Purvis property historic in the sense that old buildings are on it? Local historical societies might have a shot. Check out Silas Purvis on My grandfather, Samuel W. Purvis, visited Silas' daughter Emily Chancellor in Edinburgh in 1927, after visiting other cousins in Ardboe earlier on his trip, including the one who was then living in this house.


    Wednesday 3rd March 2021, 06:33PM

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