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Puryear, John B. (1837–1921)

Aragorn Storm Miller Biography Entry

John B. Puryear, Confederate officer, was born to Hardeman and Mary Puryear on May 4, 1837, in Tennessee. Sometime before 1860, the family moved to Gainesville, Texas, in Cooke County. Although originally a member of the Texas Militia, John Puryear was appointed second lieutenant in the Confederate Army on October 2, 1861, and assigned to Company B of the Eleventh Texas Cavalry Regiment. He received promotions to captain on May 8, 1962, and major on December 21, 1863. In early 1864 Puryear fell sick and was removed from the Eleventh's rolls. Following the Civil War, Puryear relocated to Palo Pinto, Texas, and married Jane A. Mann on January 18, 1869. By 1880 they had two sons and four daughters. The couple moved once more, to Poolville, Parker County, where they remained until John Puryear died on August 29, 1921. He is buried in Poolville Cemetery.

D. Michael Cobb, Jr., "The 11th Texas Cavalry, CSA: 'From Cooke to Cavalry'" (, accessed March 22, 2011. R. Scott Gartin, "Field and Staff," 11th Texas Cavalry (, accessed March 22, 2011. Parker County Texas: Civil War Soldiers Buried in Parker County (, accessed March 22, 2011.

Time Periods:

  • Civil War

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Aragorn Storm Miller, “Puryear, John B.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 27, 2020,

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