Captain Purdy from the 1685 Monmouth Rebellion

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My great-grandmother (Purdy-994) wrote that among her ancestors there was a Captain Purdy that fought in the unsuccessful Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.  He had his ears cut off and was banished to France where he married and later emigrated with his 3 sons to U.S.  I cannot find this person among the WikiTree Purdy records and the ancestor in our personal tree recorded be his son is Jonathan Purdy whose birth, death and location match that of Purdy-418. The father listed is not the Captain Purdy in my great-grandmother's version.  The name Monmouth has been carried in my family line ever since as a first or middle name. I would love any help on this discrepancy.
WikiTree profile: Jonathan Purdy
in Genealogy Help by Karen Shihadeh G2G1 (1.1k points)

There are records of the Bloody  Assizes following the battle of Sedgemoor. 'The Monmouth Rebels' (Wigfield) lists and gives some details of those tried. . It's not in print but can be found in libraries or second hand. See this Genuki page for details ( the page also lists the names from Devon.No Purdy.) 

Some were executed as examples to the populace. Others were transported to Barbados. Many were  eventually pardoned. Some returned from Barbados  (see this page about the fates of some men from Colyton

 After the battle some may well have escaped by boat  into exile in France.  That wouldn't  explain ear cropping which would involve a trial. 

 This was a rare punishment for sedition. I've not seen it associated with the Rebellion trials. It was used for  things like publishing or selling  'heretical books' before the civil war.There are a few very well known cases.  Usually it was an extension of the pillory where the man was nailed by his ears. Earlier in Henry VIII's time, it was ordained  for persistent vagrancy.  Wikipedia suggests that ear cropping  was a more common punishment in the New World..

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The date is not clear…but

There was a Daniel Purdy, son of John Purdy, who petitioned The court of sessions to name his uncle Joseph Purdy as his guardian.

The Minutes of the Court of Sessions (1657-1696) Westchester › books Westchester County (N.Y.). Court of Sessions, ‎Dixon Ryan Fox · 1924


Capt. Jonathan Hart of Rye, mariner, and Hannah his wife and son Monmouth gave deed for land to Daniel Purdy, son of Joseph Purdy, Esq.,dec'd of the same place on March 15, 1711. (Liber E, pg 37 Westchester Land Records)

by Anne X G2G6 Mach 3 (36.7k points)
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