Born 21 Sep 1835 in Warren Co, TN, son of George Tunley and Sarah Morris (Herndon) Purvis.
Joined (Captain Arthur M.) Rutledge's (Tennessee Light Artillery) Battery and transferred across to the Regiment on the 20 November 1862.
Was on detached duty with Ordnance Dept from 3 August to 1
Married Sarah Sophia Searcy born 1834 at Paris, Henry Co, TN the daughter of Lafayette and Sophia Thorpe (Reid) Searcy, died 19 April 1873 in Nashville, TN, on the 6 Dec 1865 at Franklin, TN. They had three children: George Herndon, John Reid and Ethel Purvis.
His second marriage was to Susan Amanda Eastin, born in Louisiana in1854, daughter of John Donelson and Sara Amanda (Galloway) Eastin, died on 3 Apr 1903 buried in St Johns Episcopal Church, in 1875. They had five children: Rachael, Mary, Susan (Suzanne), Eastin and Emily Purvis.
Died 03 April 1908 in Pulaski Co, VA, and is buried St. Johns Church Cemetery, Ashwood, Town, Maury County, TN