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Guide to the Rufus J. Purvis Papers, RG 151


Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: October 2003

Date Span:
1894-1909

Size:
0.5 cubic feet; 600 items.

Number of Boxes:
1 document box.

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Rufus Jackson Purvis was born on November 15, 1824 to Chelsey J. and Lydia Purvis in Stewart County, Georgia. He and his family relocated to Dale County, Alabama in 1842 and by 1850 was residing Washington County, Florida. In 1856, Purvis returned to Dale County and farmed. During the American Civil War he served in the Confederate Army with the 11th Florida Infantry. Following the war, he returned to Alabama and resided in Geneva County. In 1876 he purchased a farm in Henry County, Alabama but returned to Geneva County where served as Circuit County Clerk from 1892 to 1904. He died in Dothan, Alabama in March of 1913. (see The Heritage of Geneva County, Alabama)

Scope and Content:
Consists of the legal and business correspondence of Rufus J. Purvis while he served as Circuit Court Clerk of Geneva County, Alabama from 1894 to 1904. Includes official correspondence with State and Federal Land Offices, Circuit Court records, and miscellaneous letters received from attorneys and other circuit court clerks from across the State of Alabama.


Item list:
Box 1

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