Spring Valley Cemetery ~ Smiley Purvine ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Purvine, Smiley
LAST: Purvine FIRST: Smiley MID: 
BORN: 4 Dec 1839 DIED: 5 Nov 1919 BURIED:  (Spring Valley Cemetery)
BIRTH PLACE:  Illinois
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon

1850 OR CENSUS - Smiley Purvine, age 10, 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, Nelson, age 16, b. Illinois, Charles, age 14, b. Illinois, Jno, age 8, b. Illinois, and Rosaline, age 23, b. Illinois.
MARRIAGE - S. Purvine of Marion Co., & M.E. White, md 8 Jan 1874 at house of J. H. White; H. M. Waller, M. G. Wit: C. M. Walker & J. M. Earls.
SPELLING variation - name spelled Smiley on marker and in DC; Smilie in obituary.
DISRCEPANCY - State of birth given as Illinois on DC and in 1880 Census record; as Ohio in obituary.

1880 OR CENSUS – Smiley Purvine (30y, b Illinois, widowed, occupation dentist) enumerated with son Smiley E. (4y, b Oregon); they were living with his parents-in-law James H. White (66y, b Virginia, occupation farmer) and Francana (52y, b Virginia) and their 2 children Elisabeth P. (15y, b Missouri) and Weston J. (13y, b Oregon)

1900 OR CENSUS – Samuel Purvine [sic] (b May 1868, Illinois, widowed, occupation dentist) enumerated with son Ennis [sic; Ellis] (b Apr 1876, Oregon, occupation day labor), nephew Monroe Purvine (b Aug 1877, Oregon), and 3 lodgers Emma Purvine (b Sept 1875, Oregon), Nicholas Birt (b Aug 1845, Ohio, widowed, occupation shoemaker) and Charlie Birt (b Apr 1877, Oregon, occupation salesman) [Note-many errors in this entry]

1910 OR CENSUS – Smiley Purvine (72y, b Illinois, widowed) listed as lodger with family of Mary A. Rotzien


Smilie Purvine, 80, Well-known Dentist, Came West as Child
Salem, Or., Nov. 5—(Special)—
Smilie Purvine, pioneer dentist of Oregon, died suddenly today at the home of his son, Ellis Purvine, at the age of 80 years. He had been in good health and an hour before his death walked down town and back, a distance of two miles. He is survived by his son Ellis and a brother J. L. Purvine of Salem. Mr. Purvine was born in Ohio and crossed the plains as a child. He made his home in Marion and Polk counties since arriving in the state. In practicing his profession as a dentist Mr. Purvine had no established office, but rode about the country on horseback to reach his patients. The funeral will be held Friday and burial will be in the cemetery at Zena, in Polk county, near his former home.
Oregonian, November 6, 1919


Smiley Purvine
1839 - 1919
[shares marker with Margaret]


Janssen Compilation
Saucy Survey & Photographs
OSBH DC (Marion County 1919) #618 

1850 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., FA #47)
Polk County Oregon Marriage Records, 1849-1879, pg 60 

1880 OR CENSUS (Polk co, Eola, ED 104, FA#102)

1900 OR CENSUS (Marion co, Salem, ED 130, sheet 4B)

1910 OR CENSUS (Marion co, Salem, ED 224, sheet 14A) 

OREG 6 Nov 1919

ROW: I 26 B2