I have done a great deal of work on the Jaycocks/Jaycox (and variant spellings) surname,
during the course of which, working with the PCHS, I was sent this information about the
burial of Deborah Purdy, wife of James Jaycox:
Putnam County Historical Society
Pelletreau, Williams S., "History of Putnam Co. NY", 1886, Brewster NY reissue
St. Philip's Churchyard, Garrison, Putnam County
Tombstones" p537: Deborah Jaycocks 14 May 1843, age 93 years
and also the information that on this same page, in Pelletreau, was listed the burial of
their son John Jaycox and his wife Elizabeth Garrison.
Recently I was discussing the Purdy family with Alec Purdy, and he brought up the fact
that Deborah Purdy, and her specific identification, was critical to Purdy research. He
said that the will of Mary Purdy Snook mentioned a sister Deborah Serrine, and that this
was the same Deborah Purdy who married James Jaycox, and that she had not been buried with
family, or with either husband, and died in 1849. He said that the Serrine marriage came
from "family lore".
This didn't correlate with the burial information I had, so I have been lookingt into
I finally found a Serrine researcher, who sent me, from the Serrine genealogy, this
"In the Jaycox file located in the Putnam County Historical Society in Cold
Spring, the following statement was discovered concerning the wife of James
Jaycox: "He married Deborah Purdy, born 21 January 1757, and died in Putnam
Valley, 14 May, 1849, aged 92 years, 3 months and 23 days; and is buried in
the South Highland Churchyard, Philipstown, NY (She is said to have had a
second husband, Peter Surrine. They soon parted, no issue.) Authority,
William O. Jaycox, a grandson." ("The Sirrine Family Legacy--The Family of
Isaac and Sarah Sirrine, 1748, Vol. I", Larry E. Hibbert, privately printed,
2003, p. 116)
So, it appears from this that the same Deborah Purdy married both James Jaycox and Peter
Serrine, as Alec Purdy suggested.
But I am left with two different versions of where she is buried.
Does anyone have access to Pelletreau, to check what I was sent about the burial at St.
Philip's. Garrison, and/or, can anyone tell me about how to check out burials at
South Highland Churchyard. Philipstown.