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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (L)

In our clan tradition, my mother presented me to my Great Granduncle Frank about 25 years ago.  His hands were crippled with arthritis, however he reached for my hand and cradled it softly.  Then he looked lovingly into my eyes and I'll never forget when he said.  "Child, you cannot know where you are going until you know who you are."

He proceeded to tell me the most wonderous stories of his family...

His stories took me to the clans of Lindsay and McDonald in Scotland and Ireland along with the Hatfield clan of America.  I have discovered a wealth of information in my search to prove Uncle Frank's stories.  While some people want to find their roots to claim they are decended from famous people, my family tree is not for that purpose. As Uncle Frank told me, I just needed to know who I am, and I want my children to know their heritage.  I only hope that I have done Uncle Frank justice in putting together our family history for my children.

My biggest "roadblock" in my family tree is my own father's line, Eddie Marvin Purdy.  His father worked in the Wv coalmines.  Determined not to work in the mines, he enlisted in the Navy right after high school.  Eddie transferred to the Air Force after 3 years of service in the Navy.  He spent 20 years in the Air Force and retired as a Master Sargeant.  He did four tours of duty in Vietnam. Early in his Air Force career, Eddie's buddy had pulled guard duty and asked Eddie if he would let his girlfriend Marcella Boyer know that he could not keep their date that evening.  Eddie was glad to help out his friend.  He appeared at Marcella's door with a handful of flowers and a box of candy to console her.  He promptly announced that his buddy could not keep the date with her.  However, he was sent as a substitute.  Sweeping her off her feet and winning her heart they were married two weeks later.

I do not know where my grandfather Edward Purdy b. 9-5-1907(no middle name) was born. He married Nanny Thelma Parcell (date unknown) also of WV.  I have almost nothing to go on to research this line.  If anyone has any information on this Purdy family in Wv please contact me. Edward was not raised by his natural parents and he had a borther or half-brother Henry.  The Purdy and Parcell names are supposed to go back to the Donald or McDonald Clan of Ireland. 

Thank you, 

Linda Bentley

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