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116. John Wilson DURHAM was born on 27 Nov 1853 in Alabama.35,90,91,92,102,103,104 He died on 22 Dec 1945 in Hall County, Texas. In the 1880 Census for Baxter County, Arkansas (Independence - District 6), Elizabeth Durham, age 60 and born in South Carolina, is listed as "Mother" in the household of J. Wilson Durham, age 28 (b. Alabama) and wife, Josephine, age 21 (b. Arkansas).

In the 1900 Census for Hall County, Texas (Justice Precinct 2 - District 9), Josie Hudgins, age 3 and Maggie Hudgins, age 1, are listed as "grand-daughters" of John W. Durham and wife Josie (Josephine). There is also a "Nathaniel W.", age 22, listed as "nephew" in this household, but I believe Nanthaniel W. Durham may be a "grand-son". "N. W. Durham", age 12, appears in the household of William H. Durham, b. 1880 - Arkansas, with wife Lena, and another son - Joe, age 9. William H. Durham is a son of John Wilson Durham and wife Josephine.

Notes provided by Allison Bennett - Rootsweb

Notes for John Wilson Durham:
John Wilson Durham

John Wilson Durham, a pioneer of Hall County, died December 22, 1945. Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Texas, on December 23. The Rev. H. L. Peacock, assisted by the REV. R. E, Yarbrough of the First Methodist Church in Memphis conducted services.

Mr. Durham was born in Alabama November 27, 1853. He was the son of Steven Durham and Elizabeth Morton. He was married in 1877 to Araminta Josephine Messick in Arkansas (Mountain Home?) The Durhams had six children. Mrs. Durham died in 1930. Preceding Mr. Durham in death were his children Mrs. Margaret Durham Hudgins and Robert W. Durham.

Mr. Durham was survived by four children: Henry Durham of Lakeview, Tessie Smith of Memphis, Ella Upton of Lubbock, and Atta Mae Nash of Azle, and also by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mr. Durham was truly a pioneer of this county and community, coming here December 15, 1890, and settling near Lakeview. He helped build the first church at Lakeview, which was built where the tabernacle in Union Hill Cemetery now stands. He rode the community taking subscriptions for the building of the church. He hauled lumber and boarded the carpenters, and worked himself on the building until it was completed. The first service in the new church was a Thanksgiving service. The building was completed but there were no pews, so Durham brought chairs from his house.

Mr. Durham was a man of this word, paid his debts, and had the confidence of his fellow man. He believed that honesty and integrity were the highest principles of manhood. He helped his friends in time of sickness and distress, worked hard and enjoyed his work, and was active until about two years before his death.

Pallbearers were Clifton Burnett, Barney Burnett, John L. Burnett, Paul Smith, Bud Godfrey, and W. M. Wolf. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery at Lakeview.

John Wilson DURHAM and Arminta Josephine "Josie" MESSICK were married on 22 Dec 1877 in Baxter County, Arkansas.102,104 Arminta Josephine "Josie" MESSICK (daughter of E. H. MESSICK and Nancy LLOYD) was born on 11 May 1858 in Arkansas.18,90,91,92,102 She died Exhaustion - Paralysis on 19 Mar 1930 in Memphis, Hall County, Texas.18 Buried in Lakeview, Texas. Informant at death listed as "J. W. Durham" of Memphis, Texas. John Wilson DURHAM and Arminta Josephine "Josie" MESSICK had the following children:



Margaret "Maggie" DURHAM.



William Henry DURHAM.



Tessie O. DURHAM.



Ella Eugenia DURHAM.



Robert W. DURHAM was born in Mar 1892 in Texas.90



Atta Mae "Attie" DURHAM.