4. John DURHAM
was born about 1750 in Brunswick County, Virginia. He died on 4 Apr
1837 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Notes
From Robert Davidson:
"John Durham and his wife, called Mollie, were in Surry Co., NC by 1774,
where they lived on Deep Creek next to the Carlton family. They led the family
migration to Spartanburg Co, SC, going back and forth and finally settling there
about 1789. The Durhams had a large farm near Switzer in the sou thern part of
the county, and over the years they prospered. John Durham 's will leaves land
and property and nine slaves to his children.
"John and Mary Durham died on the same day. The tradition passed along by
a granddaughter, Matilda Hoy, is that Mollie died first, and John, not wishing
to live any longer, but in good health, simply put his hands over his eyes and
expired. This may be fanciful, but the "Greenville Mountaineer" for
April 15, 1837 gives this account:
'Departed this life on Tuesday, the 4th instant, in Spartanburg District, Mr.
John Durham, aged 86, and Mary, his wife, aged 83. They had been upwards of fifty
years members of the Baptist Church at Green Pond, and their truly Christian
deportment had marked their course. In death as in life, they seemed one, both
being interred in the same grave."
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WILL OF JOHN DURHAM
In the name of God Amen.
I; John Durham S of Spartanburgh District & State of South Carolina knowing
that it is appointed for men once to die, who am of a disposing mind and memory;
do dispose, give and bequeath what personal estate I am now in possession of
as in manner following.
After paying all my just debts and funeral expenses, I lend unto my loving wife
Mary Durham two negro girls Jane, about twenty years of age, Nancy, about seventeen
years of age and the increase of Nancy; also their two children Polly & Jane;
two head of horses; all my stock of cattle, hogs and sheep; all of my working
tools with other small articles necessary for house keeping; three feather beds
& furniture; and bead steads, the three above mentioned beadsteads &
furniture; to be disposed of at the descression of my wife Mary Lind the above
named property during the natural life time of my wife Mary.
After her death I request my underneath appointed executors to sell agreeable
to Law all the above named personal property above mentioned, except Jane &
her increase, if any, from this time which I give and bequeath to Gresham Durham
and his heirs for Ever
I also except one negro girl named Folly, daughter Jour which is about five years
of age, which I give her and her increase to Kindred Durham, son of Gresham Durham,
to him and his heirs which will be in the possession of my wife Mary at her decease
and distribute the proceeds thereof as follows (Viz).
I give and bequeath to my son Joshua five dollars. I give and bequeath to the
legal heirs of son Joshua two hundred dollars to them and their heirs for ever.
I give to Delphia Durham, daughter of Joshua Durham, one feather bead, beadstead
& furniture the balance of the before mentioned property which is to be sold
after the death of my wife Mary to be equally divided between my heirs except
I give unto my daughter Elizabeth, wife of Newbil Johnson, and the heirs of her
boddy one negro woman Sarah, about forty years of age, for ever. I have heretofore
give & bequeateed & delivered to my daughter Elizabeth, wife of Newbil
Johnson, one feather bed, bedstead & furniture; one cow and calf; one negro
girl named Maria to her and her heirs for Ever.
I have given & delivered to Rebecca, wife of Phillip Johnson, one feather
bed, bedstead & furniture; one cow and calf; one negro girl named Amy and
her increase to her and her heirs for ever.
I have given and delivered to Dicy and the heirs of her boddy for ever I have
given & delivered to Thody wife of John Johnson J. one feather bed, beadstead
& furniture; one cow and calf; one negro boy Moses to Thody and the heirs
of her boddy for ever.
I have given to Folly, wife of A. McCravy, one feather bed, beadstead & furniture;
one cow and calf; one hundred acres of land; one negro girl named Finaty to the
heirs of her boddy for ever and also the increase of sd. girl Finaty.
I have given & delivered to my son Joshua two hundred acres of land; one
cow & calf; one feather bed, beadstead & furniture; four head of horses
to him and his heirs for ever.
I have given and delivered to my son Gresham one feather bed, bedstead and furniture;
one cow & calf; one sorrel mare; two hundred acres of land; one negro boy
named Aaron to him and his heirs for ever.
I have given and delivered to my son George one feather bed, bedstead & furniture;
one cow and calf; one sorrel mare; one negro girl named Titter and her increase
to him and his heirs for ever.
I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons George & Gresham Durham my executors
of my last will and do hereby revoke all other wills this being my last will
in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty
second day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred &
Signed & Sealed in the presents of us--
John Durham (Seal)
Z. F. Weatmoreland
Recorded in Will Book C Page 112 Box 9 Package 7 Recorded 17th April 1837
J. Bomar 0. S. D.
More About John Durham:
Residence: Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
Will: April 22, 1830, Written.
More About John Durham and Mary Carlton:
Marriage: Abt. 1772
John DURHAM and Mary "Mollie" CARLTON were married about 1772 in place unknown.
Mary "Mollie" CARLTON (daughter of John CARLTON and
Agatha LINDSEY) was born in 1753 in Brunswick County, Virginia. John
DURHAM and Mary "Mollie" CARLTON had the following children:
|John DURHAM , Jr. was born about 1772
in Surry County, North Carolina.|
|Mary DURHAM was born about 1773 in Surry
County, North Carolina.|
|Dicy DURHAM was born about 1774 in North
DURHAM was born about 1775 in South Carolina.|
was born about 1776 in South Carolina.|
DURHAM was born about 1780 in South Carolina.|
was born about 1785 in South Carolina.|