Jean-Pierre Purry, (1675-1736) and Purrysburg Settlement

A List of Selective Resources



The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value about the people, places, and themes which records the history of our area, 10,000 BCE to ~ 1965.

Jean-Pierre Purry, 1675-1736, led the settlement of one of South Carolina’s earliest townships, Purrysburgh, in 1732. The townships were established to help provide buffers against the enemies of the English colony. This list was prepared by Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA, Manager of the Beaufort District Collection of the Beaufort County Library, SC. Latest update: 5 December 2014

Web based resources:

“A Description of the Province of South Carolina” by Jean Pierre Pury Accessed 13 Nov 2014

Come to the Beaufort District Collection to see these items:

Beaufort County Historical Society Papers, #29 “Purrysburg” contains a letter written by Purry about his settlement in Carolina. (BDC only for hardcopy; Microfilm available at BEA, HHI)

Purrysburg [BDC Vertical File]

SC 975.799 DES A description of the Province of South Carolina [Pamphlet] : drawn up at Charles Town, in September, 1731by Jean Peter Purry, James Richard, Abraham Meuron and Henry Raymond, 1837. Also available online at Accessed 13 Nov 2014

SC 284.557 TRA NO. 39 “The Swiss background of the Purrysburg settlers,” by F. Harold Fercken; “Purrysburg as it is today,” by Henry L. Beck in Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina No. 39(1934) [Fragile, ask for assistance]

SC 975.7 PUR Lands of true and certain bounty : the geographical theories and colonization strategies of Jean Pierre Purry by Jean Pierre Purry, 2002

SC 975.702 CRA The Southern frontier, 1670-1732 by Verner Winslow Crane, 1929 (BDC, HHI)

SC 975.702 MER The expansion of South Carolina, 1729-1765 by Robert L. Meriwether, 1940

SC 975.702 PUR Memorial [Pamphlet]: presented to His Grace My Lord the Duke of Newcastle, Chamberlain of his Majesty King George, &c., and Secretary of State : upon the present condition of Carolina, and the means of its amelioration by Jean Pierre Purry, 1880

SC 975.702 SMI VOL. 2 Vol. 2. Cities and towns of early South Carolina The historical writings of Henry A.M. Smith: articles from the South Carolina historical (and genealogical) magazine,1988 (BDC, HHI)

SC 975.7 SOU “A tarnished legacy revisited: Jean Pierre Purry and the settlement of the Southern frontier, 1718 – 1736″ by Arlin C. Migliazzo, South Carolina Historical Magazine 92 (October 1991): 231- 252. (BDC, HHI)

SC 975.7 SOU “Compilation of Lists of German-Speaking Settlers of Purrysburg” by George F. Jones, South Carolina Historical Magazine 92 (October 1991): 253-268. (BDC, HHI)

Check out these materials from the Beaufort County Library:

Entry for “Purrysburg” in South Carolina Encyclopedia (ALL)

975.702 OAT A colonial complex: South Carolina’s frontiers in the era of the Yamasee War, 1680-1730 by Steven J. Oatis, 2004 (BDC, BEA, BLU, HHI, STH)

975.702 SIR Colonial South Carolina: A Political History, 1663-1763by Marion Eugene Sirmans, 1966 (BDC, BEA, HHI)

975.702 SMI VOL. 2 Cities and towns of early South Carolina The historical writings of Henry A.M. Smith: articles from the South Carolina historical (and genealogical) magazine,1988 (BDC, BLU, HHI)

975.798 MIG To make this land our own: community, identity, and cultural adaptation in Purrysburg Township, South Carolina, 1732-1865by Arlin C. Migliazzo, 2007 (BDC, BEA, BLU, HHI, LOB)

975.798 PER Moving finger of Jasper by Grace Fox Perry, 1962 (BDC, BEA BLU, HHI)

975.799 ROW V1 The history of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Volume 1, 1514-1861 by Lawrence Sanders Rowland, Alexander Moore, and George C. Rogers, Jr. (ALL)

Materials may be found at the following Beaufort County Library locations: Beaufort District Collection (BDC) Beaufort Branch Library (BEA) Bluffton Branch Library (BLU) Hilton Head Island Branch Library (HHI) Lobeco Branch Library (LOB) St. Helena Branch Library (STH)

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