The Biography of Elder David Purviance


Written by Levi Purviance

Originally published in 1848, this book contains a biography of one of the witnesses of the Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery.


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David Purviance (1766-1847) was a preacher, statesman, abolitionist, and an early figure of the Restoration Movement. He was a contemporary of Barton W. Stone and one of the witnesses of “The Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery.” In addition to a biography of this largely-forgotten man, this volume contains memoirs written by himself and various biographical and historical sketches of people and events connected to him.

Biographical sketches of the following men are included: John Hardy, Thomas B. Kyle, George Shideler, William Dyer, Reuben Dooly, William Kinkade, Samuel Kyle, Thomas Adams, Nathan Worley, and John Rogers.

Additional Information:

Type: Paperback, perfect bound
Page count: 313 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
ISBN: 978-1-942036-30-2


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