DURHAM was born about 1794 in Orange County, North Carolina.2,12,17 Information provided by Allan Hunter Baumbach
August 20, 1940 - Family History of Tom Durham, As compiled through research
and memory of E. W. (Bud) Durham and Charlie J. Durham, Sons of Tom Durham, Courtesy
of Elaine Durham Lee:
"Our great grandfather's name was Thomas Durham and his wife's, Lucy. He
had six sons; Aaron, John, Thomas, Matthew, Isley and Izra Durham. (The foregoing
record was taken from Thomas and Lucy Durham's will dated 1823 and is recorded
in Orange County Court House that they will some land to their six boys.)
The following account was acquired by us through memory and also by personal
contact with some of the aged residents of Orange and Alamance Counties. Matthew
Durham, our grandfather, served the trade of blacksmith at Antioch, in Orange
County. He was married three times. No record of the names of his first two wives
has been found. He had one son by his first wife named Elishey, who married Mary
Roach in 1847. Elishey and Mary had three sons; John, Tom and Bill, and also
three girls; Mamie, Margaret and Martha.
Matthew Durham had four girls by his second wife; Alpha, Nancy, Polly and Ann.
On September 29, 1846 he married Matilda Willis and they had two sons; Joe and
Tom and also three girls; Betty, Sally and Matilda.
Our father, Tom Durham was born October 3, 1850. He was first married to Martha
J. Cates on May 13, 1873 at Saxapahaw, N.C. They had 7 sons, namely; J. Cicero,
Edward W., Charles J., William T. , Berry W., and two that died in infancy. They
also had three daughters; Mamie E. Sallie (who died at the age of eighteen months)
and Lottie (who died at the age of six weeks).
For a period of years Tom Durham managed C. C. Moore's stock farm at Cedar Cliff,
N.C. After removal of the stock farm to Charlotte, N.C. he served as dairyman
for Mr. June Hardin at Big Falls, N.C. It was while he was at Big Falls that
his first wife, Martha J. Cates Durham, died on June 27, 1890.
While still at Big Falls he was married to Florence Rippy, his second wife, in
fall of1891. They had two sons; Walter M. and Irvin, and also three daughters;
Mattie, Lona and Florence.
He later moved to West Burlington and was employed at Elmira Cotton Mills.
After retirement from active work he died at his residence on Durham Street,
July 5, 1920.
Family line of Elaine Durham Lee:
Thomas, b. ?, d. ca. 1823, m. Lucy
Matthew, b. ? d. ?, m. (1)? (2) ? (3) Matilda Willis
Thomas, b. 10/3/1850, d. 7/5/1920, m. (1) Martha J. Cates, (2) Florence Rippy
Charles John, Sr., b.?, d.?, m. Mary Emily Rich
Bruce Carmel, b. 5/29/1904, d. 1/26/1981, m. (1) Snowdie Thelma Bivens, (2) Jeanette
Barbara Elaine Durham living."
1820 Federal Census for Orange County, North Carolina - Matthew Durham does not
appear as a head of household on this census. However, a male age 16-26 appears
in the household of Susanna Durham on page 416 of the census and this could possibly
be Matthew Durham. (AHB)
1830 Federal Census for Orange County, Page 273 - Mathew Durham age 30-40, 1
male age 15-20, 2 male age under 5; 1 female age 50-60, 1 female age 15-20.
7 Aug 1850 - 1850 Federal Census for the 1st District, Orange County, North Carolina,
Page 181B, Dwelling 417, Family 417 - Matthew Durham, blacksmith age 56, Matilda
(Willett) Durham age 26, Ann Durham age 9, Alpha Durham (female) age 6, Polly
Durham age 3, Nancy Durham age 3.
1860 Federal Census for Alamance County, North Carolina, Page 69, Dwelling 915,
Family 915 - Mathew Durham, laborer age 67, M. Durham (female) age 89 (sic),
E. Durham (female) age 19, S.? Durham (female) age 16, Polly Durham age 13, Nancy
Durham age 13, E. Durham (female) age 12, Thos. Durham age 10, Joe? Durham age
9, Sallie Durham age 7, M. Durham (female) age 1.
Matthew DURHAM and Elizabeth KIRK were married on 22 Jul 1820 in Orange County,
North Carolina.2,6,7 Orange County
Durham, Mathew & Elizabeth Kirk, 22 July 1820; Samuel Faust (Faucett), bm.;
Witness: Jos A. Woods Matthew DURHAM and Elizabeth KIRK
had the following children:
Matthew DURHAM and Matilda "Bettie" M. WILLETT
were married on 29 Sep 1847 in Orange County, North Carolina.2,5,6 Orange County Marriages, 1779-1868
Durham, Matthew & Matilda Willett, 29 Sept 1847; Thomas Cate, James Cate,
bm.; Witness: E. G. Gray Matilda "Bettie" M. WILLETT
was born about 1824 in North Carolina.2,12,17
Matthew DURHAM and Matilda "Bettie" M. WILLETT had the following children:
|E. Ann DURHAM was born about 1841 in
Orange County, North Carolina.2,12,17|
was born about 1844 in Orange County, North Carolina.12,17,18 In the 1850 for Orange County, NC and the 1860 Census
for Alamance County, NC - Alpha is listed as "female". But in the
1870 Census for Alamance County, NC - Alphenia Durham is listed as "head
of household" and "male".|
DURHAM was born about 1848 in North Carolina.17|
|Thomas "Thos" DURHAM.|
DURHAM was born about 1851 in North Carolina.17|
DURHAM was born about 1853 in North Carolina.17,18|
DURHAM was born about 1859 in North Carolina.17,18|