Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Richard T. Purser 1841-1896

Here's a photo I found online of the tombstone of 3rd great grand uncle, Richard Thomas Purser. You may have read a little bit about Richard in my stories about his brother (and my 3rd great grandfather), James Monroe Purser. Richard, Jim and their brother, Moses, served during the Civil War in the 28th Alabama Infantry, Company B. Richard and Jim were captured at Missionary Ridge during the Battle of Chattanooga on November 23/24, 1863. They were both held by the Union Army at Rock Island Prison until Spring 1865, when they were released at the end of the war.

Richard was born on April 11, 1841, in Henry County, Georgia. After the Civil War, Richard and his family eventually moved from Alabama to Texas. He died on May 19, 1896, in Lexington, Lee County Texas. He is buried near his mother, Elizabeth Scott Bentley Purser, at the Hugh Wilson (Tanglewood) Cemetery in Tanglewood, Texas.

Photo by Carol Wilson at http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com


  1. Richard T. Purser is my 3rd Great Grand Uncle. James Monroe Purser is my 3rd Great Grandfather.
    I've been researching and using Ancestry.com for a few years now.

  2. Hi Michele. Great to meet you!! I'll send you a separate email. I'm in touch with another 3rd great granddaughter of James Monroe, as well as the wife of another descendant of his. Would be great to put our heads together on our Purser research!

  3. my email is actually michele_stephens76@yahoo.com all lower case.
    I'm pretty sure you may have more info than I do on the Purser family. I'm not sure about the accuracy of the stuff I got off of ancestry.com