CATHARINE D. PURKAPILE, farmer; P.O. Petersburg; widow of the late James Purkapile; was born in Mason Co., Ky., Oct. 14, 1817; daughter of Chas. P. and Elizabeth (Vandeventer) Houghton; her parents were among the first settlers of Menard Co., coming from Mason Co., Ky., in 1824. Her father died in 1835, and her mother in 1836. She was twice married - first, to Mr. T.J. Nance, Sept. 20, 1836, who was a prominent man of this county, and died in 1842, leaving three children, but one of whom is now living - Hon. Albert G. Nance; she married for her second husband. J. Purkapile, May 26, 1859; he was one of the prominent pioneers of this county, industrious, benevolent and highly respected; he died Jan. 19, 1878; she had one child by this marriage - Mary E. Mrs. Purkapile owns and superintends her farm, which consists of 230 acres of land. Her residence is among the best in the county.