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Jacksonville Daily Journal, Thursday, Sept. 11, 1879


Mr. F. Purdy died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mawson, in the 90th year of his age. He was born at Leeds, Yorkshire, England, on the 19th day of June, 1790 and came to America in 1831 and to the state of Illinois in 1837 or 1838. Frederick Purdy was a man of inventions and made an edge trimming machine to cut edges, out of old machinery that he picked up on the farm of A. Allison, near Lynnville. It was a success. He also invented a reaper with an endless sickle. This machine was tried and was partly a success, but was never put into operation. He was at the battle of New Orleans in 1813, on board the ship Ramboles, under Capt. Hardy, and was with the convoy of ships that took the great Napoleon to the Island of St. Helena; he likewise took part in the East India wars of his day. Mr. F. leaves four daughters to mourn his loss, Mrs. McDougall of St. Louis, Mrs. Roads of DeWitt, Ill., Mrs. Roads of Nebraska, and Mrs. Mawson, who is living five miles west of your city. Sept. 6, 1879, Dick (neighborhood correspondent).

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