1. Matthew DURHAM was born about 1727.
He died on 9 Dec 1795 in Orange County, North Carolina.1 Early DURHAM/LINDSEY connections:
Thomas Durham, (b. ca 1697) m. Margaret "Peggy" Lindsey, (b. ca 1700),
around 1722 Virginia.
Matthew Durham, (b. ca 1727) m. Susannah Lindsey (b. ca 1731) around 1750 VA
George G. Durham m. Winifred Lindsey (ca 1744??) (George G. Durham died in Brunswick
Co., VA - left a Will in 1767)
Samuel Davis Durham, b.ca 1755 Hanover Co, VA) m. Isabel Lindsey, b. ca 1760)
m. 10 Sept 1781 in Hanover Co. VA.
Matthew Durham, Sr. (born around 1730, died 9 December 1795); did patriotic service
in North Carolina; married to Susanna Lindsey. (Book Source: Durham Family History
- American Genealogical Research Institute, Heritage Press, Inc. Washington,
D. C. 1978)
Information collected from Allan Hunter Baumbach
Birth year (1727) given in "Durham Family in North Carolina" by Farnsworth
Holman and in the Lillias Durham Bell Family Bible. (Robert Durham, Freeport,
24 Sep 1753 - Survey for Richard Caswell of Johnston County, Esquire, 337 acres
on north side South Fork of Marks Creek. Surveyed by W. Churton. Sworn Chain
Carrriers: Thomas Durham and Math. Durham. [5NOR34]
1755 - Orange County Tax List: Mathew Durham - 1 Pound.
1758 - Orange County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions: Marks reported by Mathew
Durham, Thomas Durham and John Edwards.
Mar 1758 - On motion of Matthew Durham it is ordered that his mark (for livestock)
be recorded to wit: a crop in the right ear and a crop and underkeel in the left.
Orange Co., NC Court Minutes, 1752-1761, Book I, by Wynette Parks Haun.
10 Dec 1776 - Mathew Durham voted in the Orange County election for representative
to the Provincial Congress.
1779 - Orange County Tax List: Mathew Durham - 584 pounds (largest valuation
for any Durham).
1782 - Orange County Tax List, Caswell District: Mathew Durham - 350 acres (largest
acreage for any Durham); John Durham - 140 acres; John Durham, son of Mathew
- no land.
5 Apr 1783 - Surveyed for Benjamin Davis, 490 acres on Collinses Creek of Haw
River adjoining the land of David Edward, Matthew Durham and Athenatious Robertson,
including the improvement where he lives and also the improvement which he purchased
of William Weatherspoon. Surveyed by Thos. Mulhollan. Sworn Chain Carriers: Wm.
Edwards and Ried Williams. 5 Apr 1783. Entered 12 Aug 1779 for 500 acres. [10NOR67-68]
9 Nov 1784 - State of North Carolina granted to Benjamin Davis 490 acres on Collins
Creek of Haw River adjacent David Edwards, Matthew Durham & Athenatus Robertson.
12 Feb 1785 - Surveyed the 12th of Feb 1785 by Andw. Borland DS, Sworn Chain
Carriers: William Durham and William Willis, for Matthew Durham. The original
warrant was made through mistake for 640 acres instead of 884 acres, the old
survey was issued for 884 acres. On Terls Creek of Haw River bounded on the east
by land of William Stroud. Entered 10 Jan 1787, issued 28 May 1789. [10NOR130]
(This does not say when the original entry was made. The face of the survey denotes
it is for 884 acres.)
1785 - Orange County Tax List, Caswell District: Mathew Durham - 350 acres.
1787 - Orange County Tax List, Caswell District: Mathew Durham - 350 acres.
1788 - Orange County Tax List, Caswell District: Mathew Durham - 300 acres; Liceus
Durham, no acreage.
1790 - Orange County Tax List, Caswell District: Mathew Durham - 1 white poll,
no black polls, 300 acres. Listed between Benj. Davis and Robt. Hunnecut.
14 Feb 1791 - William Buckner of Orange County deeded to William Lindsey Durham
of same 8 acres on the west side of Terrels Creek, joining Matthew Durham's land.
Signed: William (+) Buckner. Witnesses: George Rives and Thomas Snipes. [4NOR96]
21 Jul 1791 - Matthew Durham deeded to Lysias Durham 244 cares on Terrels Creek
on William Strouds line, up said creel to mouth of Indian Camp Branch, granted
to said Matthew Durham by deed. Witnesses: Wm. Lindsey Durham, Mark Durham, and
George Meacham. [4NOR92]
25 Jul 1791 - Matthew Durham deeded to William Lindsay Durham, 100 acres on the
east side of Indian Branch, by a Dividing Line, granted to Matthew Durham. Witnesses:
Lysias Durham, Mark Durham and George McAikam (Meacham). [4NOR117]
25 Jul 1791 - Matthew Durham deeded to Lysias Durham, 100 acres at the Dividing
Line on the road and up the road. Witnesses: Wm. Stroud, John Jolly and Wm. Lindsay
25 Jul 1791 - Matthew Durham deeded to William Lindsay Durham, 100 acres on the
west side of Terrels Creek, beginning at the Road at a pond, to the Indian Camp
Branch, along the Road. Witnesses: William Stroud, John Jolly, and Lysias Durham.
1792 - Orange County Tax List, Caswell District: Mathew Durham - 200 acres.
25 Feb 1793 - Orange County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions: Probate of deeds
of Matthew Durham to William Lindsey Durham. Acknowledged.
20 Jan 1794 - Lysias Durham of Orange County deeded to William Lindley Durham
of same 100 acres beginning at the Road, by a dividing line, west on dividing
line to Matthew Durham's west line, south to corner of Durham's line, east to
road, up road to beginning. Signed: Lysias Durham. Witnesses: Mark Durham, Moses
Rives and Isaac Durham. [12NOR11]
9 Dec 1795 - Matthew Durham signed his will in Orange County. He names his wife
Susanna, son Mark. Witnesses: Wm. Stroud and Lysias Durham.
23 Jan 1796 - Benjamin Davis and Rebeckah his wife deeded to John Durham 90 acres
on both sides of the Wilded Branch, on Matthew Durham's line. Witnesses: Lysias
Durham, Mark Durham and Charles Durham. Delivered to John Durham. [8NOR127]
29 Nov 1798 - John Edwards of Orange County deeded to Alexander Hatch of same
225 acres adjacent Allen Edwards, Matthew Durham's line, on the Road, up the
road to Mebanes Branch and down the branch. Signed: John Edwards Jr. Witnesses:
Mark Durham and Henry Edwards. Proved Feb (1799?) Term by Mark Durham. [15NOR62]
30 Apr 1799 - Susannah Durham signed her will in Orange County. She named sons
Mathew, Lysias, Mark; daughters Mary Meacham, Jane Piper and her children Susannah
and Sarah Piper. Executor: Lysias Durham. Witnesses: Alexander Hatch, Frances
Durham and Oney Hutson. Proved May Court, 1799.
30 Apr 1799 - Will of Susannah Lindsey Durham, Orange County, North Carolina
Will Book C, pages 137-38. Probated May, 1799:
In the name of God, etc.... first of all my debts and burial paid. Then I give
one cow and calf to my son, Matthew Durham, to be his choice of my cows. Then
I give my son, Lysias Durham, one bed and bedstead with one cover lid. Then I
give my daughter Mary Meachum, my bed and bedstead with furniture and all my
clothes, also my cupboard and teaware, my beast and saddle to be praised and
half the price to my daughter Mary and the other half to my daughter Jane's children,
Susannah Piper and Sarah Piper, to be equally divided between the two. I also
give to my son, Mark Durham, one bed and bedstead and furniture, also I give
my son, Mark Durham, one cow and calf, a second choice of my cows and my pewter
to be divided between Mark and Mary. I also give my son, Mark, my loom and gear,
the walnut table, one pot and two ovens. The frying pan I leave to my daughter
Mary, also one 2-gallon jug to her, one large butter pot I leave to Mark. Then
I leave one cow and yearling and all my sheep and one chest with drawers to be
praised, my burial to come out of it and the rest to be equally divided among
all my children.
Signed Susannah Durham (her mark). Lysias Durham and William Durham appointed
executors. Testators: Alexander Hatch, Frances Durham and Oney Hutson.
Death: 09 DEC 1795 in Orange County, North Carolina
(Death Date comes from Joan Evans, 112 Whipple Dr., Bellaire, TX, 77401, Oct
1994. (Robert Durham) This was the date that Matthew Durham signed his will
in Orange County, NC. AH)
Death before April 1799.
Information provided by Gerald Collins
Matthew Durham is reimbursed for provision he supplied to the Continental Army
(North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Secretary of State Treasurer's &
Comptroller's Papers, Journal "A" , Public Accounts, 1775.1776 by Weynette
Parks Haun. The Will of Matthew Durham was dated 9 December 1795 and proved in
Orange County, North Carolin in the February Term 1796. Will Book C 1794-1800
page 69. The Will read as follows: In the name of God Amen I Mathew Durham of
the County of Orange and State of North Carolina being sick and weak of Body
though sound of mind and memory do make this my Last Will and Testament that
is to say First I give unto my well beloved wife Susanna Durham two cows and
calves named Frosty and Cherry and one horse named Bay and four head of sheep
choice of Ewes and eight head of Hogs choice out of twelve and two choice of
feather beds and furniture and all the rest of my household furniture and working
tools and the rest and privilege of the plantation and houses during her life
also I give unto son Mark Durham the tract or parcel of Land I now live on containing
one hundred acres more or less and one young horse saddle and Bridle one cow
two heifers and four head of hogs and three head of sheep and one feather bed
and furniture. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth
day of December one thousand seven hundred and ninety five --- signed sealed
and delivered in presence of us [Signed] Matthew (his mark) Durham (seal) Test
Wm Stroud Lysias Durham Orange County February Term 1796. The execution of the
foregoing Last Will and Testament of Matthew Durham deceased was duly proved
in Open Court by the ord of William Stroud a subscribing Witness thereto and
Ordered to be recorded. Test [end of page 69]
Matthew DURHAM and Susannah LINDSEY were married about 1750. Susannah LINDSEY (daughter of William LINDSEY and Jane
(UNKNOWN)) was born on 20 Jul 1731.2
She died on 30 May 1799 in Orange County, North Carolina.1 Information provided by Gerald Collins
The Will of Susannah Durham was dated April 30, 1799 and proved in Orange County,
North Carolina in the May Term 1799 (Will Book 6, pages 137-138). The Will read
as follows: North Carolina, Orange County April 30th 1799. In the name of God
Amen I susana Durham being weak in body but sound in judgement I make this my
last Will and Testament -- First of all my debts & Burial paid. Then I give
one cow & calf to my son Matthew Durham to be his choice of the cows -- Then
I give unto my son Lysias Durham one bed & Bedstead with one cover lid. Then
I give unto my Daughter Mary Mechum my Bed & Bedstead with the furniture
and all my clothes Also my cupboard & Tea ware My Beast and saddle to be
praised and Half the price to my daughter Mary & the other Half to my daughter
Janes children Susannah Piper and Sarah Piber to be equally divided between the
two -- I also give to my son Mark Durham one Bed & Bedstead & furniture.
Also I give to my son Mark one Cow & calf a second choice of my cows and
my pewter to be divided between Mark & Mary. Also I give my son Mark my loom
& Gear the Walnut table one pot and two ovens three frying pans. I leave
to my daughter Mary also one two gallon jug to her. One large butter pot. I leave
to Mark thin I leave one cow & yearling and all my sheep and one chest with
drawing to be praised my Burial to come out of it and the rest to be Equally
divided among all my children. [Signed] Susannah (her mark) Durham. I appoint
Lysias Durham & William Durham Executors of this my Will -- Orange County
May Term 1799 Test Alexander Hatch Frances (her mark) Durham Oney (her mark)
Hutson The Execution of the foregoing Last Will & Testament of Susannah Durham
Deceased was duly proved in open court by the parties of Alexander Hatch &
Oney Hutson subscribing Witnesses hereto & Ordered to be Recorded -- at the
same time Lysias Durham Executor therein named qualified and Wm Durham be called
in Open Court to qualify as Executor to this Will refuses the same. Test [end
of page 138]
Matthew DURHAM and Susannah LINDSEY had the following children: