Photographs related to the life and
family of Gervaise Purcell (1844-1925), a California pioneer and owner of Rancho Las Tunas,
San Gabriel, California.
Gervaise Purcell was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1844. He came to the United States and in
1871 married Helen Augusta Pope (1849-1932) of St. Paul, Minnesota. They lived in Japan for
some years in the 1870s, where Gervaise worked as an engineer in the service of the Imperial
Government. In 1880, the Purcells purchased Rancho Las Tunas on Mission Road, San Gabriel,
California, where they lived the rest of their lives. The Purcells had seven children:
Geoffrey M. Purcell; Norah Purcell (Gittings) (b.1874); Hugh G. Purcell (1875-1961); Col.
Launcelot M. Purcell; Ruth Purcell (Cummings); Burgo Purcell; and Harold A. Purcell.
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