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1. John DURHAM was born about 1788 in North Carolina.1 Information provided by Bob ????

I am descended from John Durham's second daughter Ann/Anna (b. April 24, 1814, NC) by his first wife, whom I believe was Martha Hamilton. As you know, John had six children by his second wife, Anna Lamb, the third child being Jesse W. Durham (b.1833, IN). Ann/Anna Durham's older sister, Margaret, (b. 1812, NC) married Nelson Burkhart and after John and Anna Durham moved to Newton Co, MO, Nelson and Margaret Burkhart also moved to Newton Co, as did her sister Andrew and Ann/Anna (Durham) Spears. The 1850 US Census for Lost Creek, Newton, MO, includes Luiza [Louisa] Bozarth, age 16, and Rebecca C. [E. for Elizabeth] Bozarth, age 2, who may be her sister or perhaps her child. As you know Louisa Bozarth married Jesse W. Durham in 1850, but the identity of her parents has been unknown. If you search for Nelson Burkhart (b.1810, IN) living in Benton, Newton, MO, the original 1840 US Census lists a John Bozarth between Nelson Burkhart and his borther George and their father Federrick Burkhart, which makes them neighbors and probably friends. I suspect something happened to John Bozarth and Nelson and Margaret Burkhart raised his children as their own. Please let me know if this is helpful.


Jan 11 7:50 PM GMT

I have no need of credit. Although I believe I know the name of John's first wife, in fact, the evidence is thin:
A record on Ancestry.com say John Durham married Martha Hamilton on July 21, 1810, in Rowan County, NC. John had two daughters born in NC and in the late 18-teens moved to Mercer Co, KY, and on August 20, 1820, is married to Anna Lamb in Monroe Co, IN. John and Ann and all his eight children moved to Newton County, MO, in the 1840s. The 1880 US Census that lists Margaret Burkhart,his eldest daughter (by Martha), says her mother was born in England. The only other evidence that his first wife was named Martha in the occurrence of "Martha" among John's children and grandchildren -- his 6th daughter was named Martha, b. 1839; and four of his granddaughters were named Martha (Martha E. Burkhart, b. 1852; Martha I. Durham, b. 1851; Martha A. Durham, b. 1856; Martha J. Durham, b. 1869), which suggests they were named in memory of his first wife. In the absence of more concrete evidence or other viable alternatives, I believe Martha Hamilton was John Durham's first wife.

And, if the Rowan Co, NC, on John's marriage to Martha establishes where he grew up, the 1800 US Census for Salisbury, Rowan, NC, lists a John Durham, age 45+, who has two 10-15 year-old sons, one of which could be John who would have been 12 years old in 1800.

If you can add anything to the above information, please let me know.


In the 1860 Census for Newton County, Missouri (Lost Creek), Ann Durham, age 66, b. South Carolina, is listed in the household of Nelson Durham (spelled "Dunham" at Ancestry.com).

John DURHAM and Martha HAMILTON were married on 21 Jul 1810 in Rowan County, North Carolina.2 John Durham <https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F8Z3-7PB>
North Carolina, Marriages, 1759-1979
marriage: 21 Jul 1810 Rowan, North Carolina

spouse: Martha Hamilton
groom's name: John Durham
bride's name: Martha Hamilton
marriage date: 21 Jul 1810
marriage place: Rowan, North Carolina
indexing project (batch) number: M75225-9
system origin: North Carolina-EASy
source film number: 1760524
John DURHAM and Martha HAMILTON had the following children:



Margaret DURHAM.



Ann (Anna) DURHAM.

John DURHAM and Anna LAMB were married on 6 Aug 1820 in Morgan County, Indiana.3 Anna LAMB was born about 1795 in South Carolina.1,4 John DURHAM and Anna LAMB had the following children:



William W. DURHAM.



Jesse W. DURHAM.



Telitha Ellen DURHAM.



Nelson D. DURHAM.



Martha DURHAM was born about 1839 in Illinois.1