Milledge S. DURHAM was born about 1813 in Clarke County, Georgia.2,18,19,20
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY BARRY C. CHAPMAN
BRCHAPMAN - 7/30/2009
Ok, here goes; Milledge was born in 1812 in Clarke County, Georgia, to John Durham
and Matilda Reynolds. John Durham was born 25 Nov 1787 in Wilkes County, Georgia,
and died at the age of 27 in 1814, in Clarke County, GA. He married Matilda Reynolds
(b. abt 1795) in Clarke County, Georgia, 21 Oct 1810. John's parents were Abraham
Durham, (b. abt 1760, d. 1826, Clarke Co, Ga)and Sarah ???. Matilda's parents
were Spencer Reynolds (b. abt 1750, Henry, VA, d. 19 May 1830, Flat Creek, Williamson
County, TN.) and Phoebbe Waggener (b. abt 1753, d. 15 Dec 1823, Flat Creek, Williamson
After John Durham died, Matilda and young Milledge Durham moved to Williamson
Co., Tn, to live with her father. The guardianship records for Williamson Co.,
TN, show Millege and Matilda living there with Spencer as surety and her brother
as guardian. Matilda remarried John A. Boon, and they had two children, Amanda
Boon, b abt 1829, and Ratliff H. Boon, b. Jun 1834.
This is where I come in: Ratliff is the primary reason I got into genealogy research
about 8 years ago. My wife's parents asked me to see if I could find out anything
about Ratliff Boon's parents. I spent over 7 and 1/2 years trying to find them
to no avail. They were my proverbial brick wall! I finally went to Clarke County,
Georgia, and to Jackson County, Georgia, where Ratliff had lived. I found deeds
in Clarke County, Georgia, between Ratliff and Milledge Durham, but didn't make
any family connection between them until I went to the deed records of Jackson
Ratliff died in Oct of 1879, and left a widow and about 8 children in a destitue
state. I found a deed by an administrator of an estate selling estate property
on the court house steps in 1882. The property was bought by H. C. Durham and
his wife Emma for $400.00, and simultaneously transferred to the widow of Ratliff
Boon for $5.00. Why would they do that??? That led me to believe there may have
been a family connection and when I checked on the lineage of H.C. Durham, I
discovered H.C. Durham's father was the same Milledge Durham who had been transferring
property back and forth in Clarke County, Georgia,with Ratliff Boon in the late
I checked on Milledge's lineage and discovered his mother was Matilda Reynolds
Durham, who it turns out married John A. Boon in Williamson County, Tn, in 1826.
John A. Boon shows up in the Clarke County, Ga, 1850 census and Ratliff shows
up there in the 1860 census. I haven't been able to find any definitve proof,
but the circumstantial evidence is pretty darn strong to support the idea that
John A. Boon and Matilda Reynold Durham Boon were his parents and that Milledge
Durham was his half-brother. At any rate, that's my story, and I'm sticking to
it! Hope this helps1
The 1840 Census for Clarke County, Georgia shows M. S. Durham, 30-40, living
near Lindsey Durham, 50-60. The 1830 Census for Clarke County, Georgia only
lists Lindsey Durham.
GEORGE SORRELL OF OGLETHORPE AND GREENE COUNTIES, GEORGIA
Etheldred Sorrell is listed on the 1820 Oglethorpe County, Ga. census as 26/45
yrs old, and on the 1830 Clarke County, Ga. and 1840 Tishomingo, MS censuses.
Etheldred was in Chambers Co. Alabama about 1836-37, before he went on to Mississippi.
[Bobby L. Lindsay, A Reason For Tears, p. 158].
Etheldred's estate was first probated in December, 1840 [Old Tishomingo County
Probate Case #31, Office of the Chancery Clerk, Corinth, Alcorn Co.. MS]. The
legatees named in this case were: NANCY SORRELL, widow and Admr., HARRISON W.
ELDER, husband of SARAH, MILLEDGE S. DURHAM, husband of ELIZABETH, REBECCA L.
SORRELL, WILLIAM F. LAMBERT, husband of SUSAN ANN, WILLIAM A. TREADWELL, husband
of LUCY ANN, MELKIJAH SURATT, husband of AMANDA
L., WALKER WILLIAM SORRELL, MARY ANN FRANCES SORRELL, BENJAMIN E. F. SORRELL.
Case #35 (same source) names MARY ANN FRANCES SORRELL, WALKER WILLIAM SORRELL,
BENJAMIN E.F. SORRELL, minor heirs of Etheldred Sorrell, and NANCY SORRELL, gdn.
ELIZABETH T., b. ca. 1813, Ga; m. Dr. MILLEDGE S. DURHAM. Census 1850 Oglethorpe
Co. Ga., 1860 Clarke Co. Ga.
DIGITAL LIBRARY ON AMERICAN SLAVERY
Petition 20685014 Details
Location: Oglethorpe, Georgia
Salutation: To the Honorable Superior Court of Said County
Filing Court and Date: Superior, 1850-August-30
Ending Court and Date: Superior, circa 1850
General Petition Information
Abstract: Slave traders Milledge Durham and William Brightwell purchased a slave,
Abe, for $500 from John M. Cureton. They aver that at the time of the sale, unbeknownst
to them, the slave was "an idiot & a fool or grossly deficient in mind"
and "wholly valueless." The petitioners have asked Cureton to refund
their money, but he has refused. The petitioners seek $1,000 in damages.
# of Petition Pages: 3
Related Documents: Copy of Bail Affidavit, 30 August 1850; Subpoena, John M.
Cureton, 30 August 1850; Sheriff's Return, 31 August 1850; Settlement, ca. 1850
Pages of Related Documents: 1
People Associated with Petition 20685014
Free Persons of Color: 0
Repository: Oglethorpe County Courthouse, Lexington, Georgia
Records of the Superior Court, 1847-1853
Book Edition?: No
Record Created: 8/12/1996
Record Final Edited: 5/30/2000
Record Last Updated on: 6/20/2007 3:59:00 PM
Dr. Milledge S. DURHAM and Elizabeth T. SORRELL were married.
Elizabeth T. SORRELL (daughter of Etheldred SORRELL
and Nancy WALKER) was born about 1812 in Georgia.18,19,20 Dr. Milledge S. DURHAM and Elizabeth T. SORRELL had
the following children: