From the “History of Columbia County, Wisconsin-1880” under the ‘Town of Wyocena’ there is a biographical sketch for James I. Purvis, farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Wyocena; born June 4, 1801, in Berwickshire, Scotland; son of George and Isabell (Ingalls) Purvis; he was bound out to learn the tailor’s trade when 10 years old and served till he was 17; when 20 years of age, he obtained the position of foreman in one of the principle establishments in the city of Edinburgh, where he remained till March, 18, 1828. He married in Edinburgh in 1824 to Rebecca, daughter of Walter Wear, a portrait painter or “limner” (as they are called there); she was born Feb 16, 1802; they started for America on the 4th of March, 1828, and landed in New York City on the 2d of May; he lived in New York about six months, then went to St. Lawrence Co, NY., and went into business for himself in the town of Waddington; three years after, he bought a farm of 70 acres in an adjoining town and carried that on in addition to his other business till the summer of 1844, when he sold out both and started for Wisconsin, arriving at Racine on the 5th of August; he lived in Racine Co. till Nov 3, 1847, then came with his family to Columbia Co. and settled on the farm he now owns in Wyocena, having purchased about a year previous to that time. Mr & Mrs Purvis have had ten children, five of whom are still living: George lives on Sec. 13, Wyocena; Thomas lives in Olmsted Co, Minn.; John lives on the homestead; Elizabeth is now Mrs B.S. Vradenburg, of Sec. 4, Wyocena, and Jane is the wife of Royal Hawkins, of Olmsted Co., Minn.; three children died in infancy; Rebecca died when 3 years old, and Walter W. died in the army soon after the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, in which he was engaged; was in the 18th W.V.I., Co. F. Mr Purvis is a Republican and has been Town Treasurer three terms and Supervisor several terms; has thirty-four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr & Mrs Purvis are members of the First Congregational Church of Wyocena. He has 300 acres of land in company with his son John, who was married in 1866 to Emma Price and has seven children – Rebecca, Frank, Sarah, James, Walter, Olive and Mary, at home.