John Hembree

Male 1744 - 1808  (~ 64 years)

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  • Name John Hembree 
    Born ~1744  Purrysburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Purrysburg is an unincorporated community in Jasper County, South Carolina. While the town itself was abandoned, the settlers were successful. The town was located on the South Carolina bank of the Savannah River on 40,000 acres.

      Purrysburg (aka Purysburg, Purrysburgh, Purysburgh, Purisburg, Purisbourg) was named after Jean-Pierre Purry,[2] from Neuch„atel which during this time did not belong to Switzerland as it does today, but to the King of Prussia.[3] Pury, a man using slave labor, led the first settlers there in 1734.[citation needed] Pury first delivered his plan to Lord Newcastle as a representative of the Lord Proprietors, but roused no interest. But by the time Robert Johnson became Royal Governor in 1729, it fit very nicely with his needs and instructions. He was trying to strengthen and expand frontier settlement by any European Protestants to block French and Spanish expansion.

      By 1736, there were 100 houses and as many as 450 settlers in the new town. The settlers were primarily French and German speaking Swiss Protestants from Neuch„atel and Geneva. At its peak the town likely had fewer than 600 residents. But the settlement suffered from disease and an unhealthy atmosphere. The settlers also had difficulties due to overlapping land grants. Over the next few decades many of them moved on to other towns in South Carolina, or the newly developing Georgia.[4]

      Archaeological exploration at Purrysburg includes studies in the 1980s by LePionka, Elliott and Smith. More recently the townsite was explored by archaeologists with the LAMAR Institute for its Revolutionary War battlefield.

      As of 2010, The remaining American De Pury family lives in Tampa, and Pensacola Florida.,_South_Carolina
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As John Emory 
    Also Known As Old John Hembree  [1
    Died ~1808  Pendleton, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I48813  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2019 

    Father John Amory, The Immigrant,   b. ~ 1695, (Lincolnshire) England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0Oct 1746, South Carolina, A British Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Mother Mary Moore, half Keowee Indian 
    Married Y  [1
    Family ID F18032  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - ~1744 - Purrysburg, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - ~1808 - Pendleton, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Old John Hembree (1744-1808)
    Old John Hembree (1744-1808)

  • Sources 
    1. [S11141] "OLD JOHN HEMBREE", aka JOHN EMORY, THIRD DRAFT, Larry Petrisky, Atlanta, GA, March, 2004, edited by Dale Standifer &.