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364. William Richard DURHAM was born on 17 Mar 1838 in Stewart County, Georgia.24,85,214,215 He died on 26 Jun 1894 in Prospect, Clay County, Texas.24,216 Information provided by Amy D. Hale

William Richard Durham, Sr., was small in stature, with red hair. He earned the reputation of a drinker after the death of Julia Crenshaw. He was a well-respected Physician with an office in Dawson, Ga., and a practice that included a portion of Alabama. He enlisted in the 5th Regiment, Dawson, GA Volunteers, on May 11, 1861, and earned an impressive war record. He also served in the Army of Northern Virginia and fought in Virginia's major battles and valley wars. He served at Cedar Creek, Bristow, Mannassas, Chantilly and Strasburg. He was a prisoner of war for ten days, was exchanged at Lookout Mountain, and surrendered to Brig. Gen. E.M. McCook by Maj Gen. Sam Jones (CSA) in Tallahassee, Florida. He was paroled in Albany, GA. on July 15, 1865. After his discharge, he started a fight with a much larger man and couln't win, so he shot him. He was jailed, but allowed out to tend patients. One day he was met by a woman as he went on a call. She gave him a horse and supplies to escape. He fled to Texas, and en route, changed his name from William Richard Durham to William Richard with ink eradicator on his medical license. Once in Texas, he took another wife, began another family, and set up another practice. After his death, Sarah Richards, (wife #3), battled with Mary E. Durham, (wife #2) over his estate. Facts about this person: Occupation Doctor

Muster Roll
Company E, 31st Regiment
Evan's Brigade, Gordon's Division
GA Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia; "Bartow Guards"
These records were transcribed by Betty and Bernie Johnson from the set of books Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861 - 1865 compiled for the State of Georgia by Lillian Henderson.

Durham, William R. -- Private Nov. 13, 1861. Appointed 2d Corporal Aug. 1862. Private June 1863. Appointed 4th Corporal Dec. 1863. Paroled at Albany, Ga. May 15, 1865.

Civil War Record

Enl: 11/13/1861 Savannah GA; 12/05/1861 xtra-duty/nurse at hosp; 09/01/1862 wounded at Battle of Chantilly VA; 06/01/1863 rtn to ranks; 10/19/1864 POW/captured Strasburg VA; 10/29/1864 arrive Balto Hosp, Pt. Lookout MD & prisoner xchg'd same day; 11/19/1864 wounded at Cedar Creek & POW for 2nd time; 11/25/1864 admitted to U. S. A. Gen Hosp, Baltimore MD, from Shenandoah Valley for gunshot wound to L. thigh & F W

William Richard DURHAM and Julia M. CRENSHAW were married on 20 Apr 1862 in Stewart County, Georgia.215,217 William R. Durham <https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FW33-Q5M>
Georgia, Marriages, 1808-1967
marriage: 20 Apr 1862 Stewart, Georgia

spouse: Julia M. Crenshaw

groom's name: William R. Durham
bride's name: Julia M. Crenshaw
marriage date: 20 Apr 1862
marriage place: Stewart, Georgia
indexing project (batch) number: I00590-7
system origin: Georgia-EASy
source film number: 159060

Julia M. CRENSHAW was born about 1842 in Georgia.215 William Richard DURHAM and Julia M. CRENSHAW had the following children:



Euola DURHAM was born about 1864 in Georgia.214,215



Sarah "Sallie" B. DURHAM.



David DURHAM was born about 1867 in Georgia.214,215



Mahala DURHAM was born about 1868 in Georgia.214,215



Frances DURHAM was born about 1869 in Georgia.215



Annie DURHAM was born about 1872 in Georgia.214



Mattie Mildred DURHAM.



William Richard "Willie" DURHAM.



Jennie DURHAM was born about 1875 in Georgia.214

William Richard DURHAM and Mary E. (UNKNOWN) were married about 1877 in Georgia.216 Mary E. (UNKNOWN) was born in Oct 1860 in Georgia.214,216 In the 1900 Census for Webster County, Georgia (Gooseberry - District 85), Mary E. Durham, age 38 and "widowed", is listed as "m-in-law" in the household of Arthur Panicky?? and wife Lena (Durham). Willie H. Durham, age 15 is also listed as "s-in-law" with this family. William Richard DURHAM and Mary E. (UNKNOWN) had the following children:






(Baby) DURHAM was born in Apr 1880 in Georgia.214



William H. "Willie" DURHAM was born in Sep 1884 in Georgia.216

William Richard DURHAM and Sarah Jane GIBSON were married on 7 Dec 1885 in Clay County, Texas.24 Information from Amy D. Hale via DURHAM FAMILY GROUP on FACEBOOK

"My great great grandfather was William Richard Durham of Georgia. He moved to Texas Montague / clay / Jack counties and changed his name to William Richards. -- he was a doctor and escaped jail on Georgia to Texas."

"He left georgia because he was a doctor in the war and got drunk and killed a man and escaped from jail......"

"He was married 3 time(s)...the last being Sarah Jane Gibson"

Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002 <http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795&enc=1>
about William Richards

Name: William Richards

Marriage Date: 12 Feb 1873
Spouse: Sarah Williams
Marriage County: Jack
Marriage State: Texas
Source: Texas Marriages, 1814-1909 Sarah Jane GIBSON (daughter of Frank S. GIBSON and Molly Parker WALKER) was born about 1852 in Louisiana.24 She died on 27 Aug 1931 in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas.24 William Richard DURHAM and Sarah Jane GIBSON had the following children:



Claude Thomas RICHARDS was born on 29 Mar 1886 in Clay County, Texas.24 He died on 6 Mar 1947 in Wichita County, Texas.24



Georgia DURHAM was born on 25 Oct 1888 in Clay County, Texas.24 She died on 10 Mar 1972 in Kerr County, Texas.24



William Eugene DURHAM was born on 8 Jul 1892 in Clay County, Texas.24 He died on 10 Jul 1963 in Harris County, Texas.24