1850 OR CENSUS - Nelson Purvine, age 16, b. Illinois, is enumerated with John, age 50, occupation farmer, b. Missouri, along with William, age 25, occupation farmer, b. Tennessee, Henry, age 23, occupation farmer, b. Tennessee, Andrew J., age 18, b. Tennessee, Charles, age 14, b. Illinois, Smiley, age 10, b. Illinois, Jno, age 8, b. Illinois, and Rosaline, age 23, b. Illinois.
MARRIAGE - Nelson Purvice [Purvine], of Sprig [Spring] Valley, Polk Co., and Miss Paulina Jolly, at home of her father Rev. Wim Jolly, 5 Mar 1859; Horace Lyman, Minister; Rec. 17 May 1859.
1860 OR CENSUS - Nelson Purvine, age 24, occupation farmer, b. Illinois, is enumerated with his wife Paulina, age 18, b. Iowa, along with Ada, age 4 months, b. Oregon. They are enumerated in the home of her [presumably] brother Joseph Jolly, next door to her father, Rev. William Jolly.
1870 OR CENSUS - Nelson Purvine, age 30, occupation faborer, b. Illinois, is enumerated with Paulina, age 23, b. Missouri, along with William, age 3, b. Oregon, and Ada, age 1, b. Oregon.
DIVORCE - "THE COURTS. Pauline Purvine vs Nelson Purvine; default entered."
Oregonian, The (Portland, Oregon) 2 Nov 1874, pg 2
NOTE – wife Paulina remarried to Mitchel Feker. She died 23 May 1881 and was buried at Hillsboro, Oregon
1880 WA CENSUS - Nelson Purvine, age 45, widowed, occupation stock raiser, b. Illinois, is enumerated in the home of Wellington Walker, along with several others.
1900 WA CENSUS – Nelson Purvine (b Mar 1835, Illinois, widowed, occupation teamster) enumerated as brother-in-law with family of Wellington B. Walker (b Mar 1827, Virginia, married 51y, occupation farmer), his wife Catheren [nee Purvine, sister of Nelson] (b May 1829, Illinois, mother of 7 children, 5 living at time of census), their son Fisk M. (b Nov 1865, Oregon, married 8y, occupation farmer), his wife Dora N. (b Dec 1865, Washington, mother of 3 children) and their 3 children, Routh T. (b Nov 1893, Washington), Mary M. (b Dec 1897, Washington) and Clayburn J. (b Sept 1899, Washington)
1910 WA CENSUS - Nelson Purvine, age 72, widowed, occupation farmer, b. Illinois, is enumerated with Georgie A. Peck, identified as housekeeper, age 49, b. Alabama.
PHOTOGRAPH [date unknown] - The picture of Nelson Purvine is shown courtesy of Bill Rogers, whose original source for the photographs was Gerrald White, of Bellevue, Nebraska.
EARLY SETTLER OF THIS COUNTY DIES
The Late Nelson Purvine Of Klickitat Co., Wash. Will Be Buried Today.
C. M. Walker reached Salem at 10:59 yesterday with the body of Nelson Purvine, who died in Klickitat county, Washington, on Sunday evening. Deceased was one of the early settlers in Marion county having moved to a donation land claim with his parents and their family, near the present city of Hubbard, in 1848.
They later moved to Zena, Polk county, and while a comparatively young man, Nelson, with his brother-in-law and sister, W. B. Walker and wife, moved to Klickitat county, Washington, where he has resided continuously until his death.
He was about 75 years old, and leaves two brothers living, S. Purvine and J.L. Purvine, both of this city, and a sister, Mr. C. C. Walker of Portland. C. M. Walker, of North Howell, this county, is a nephew. The friends and relatives accompanying the remains will leave Clough & Lehman’s undertaking parlors at 9:30 this morning, and a short service will be held at Zena at 12 o’clock, noon, where burial will take place.
Oregon Statesman, (Salem, Oregon) February 22, 1911
Saucy Survey & Photographs
1850 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., FA #47)
Records of Washington Co., Oregon, Vol. 1 (1842-1880), pg 77
1860 OR CENSUS (Washington Co., Forest Grove, FA #176)
1870 OR CENSUS (Washington Co., Forest Grove, FA #547)
Oreg. 2 Nov 1874, pg 2
1880 WA CENSUS (Klickitat Co., Alder Creek, ED 41, pg 328A)
1900 WA CENSUS (Klickitat Co, Dot, ED 117, sheet 10A)
1910 WA CENSUS (Klickitat Co., Roosevelt, ED 120, sheet 3A)
Bill Rogers/Gerrald White
OS 22 Feb. 1911