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15. Joseph A. DURHAM was born on 15 Apr 1818 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.5,6,10,21 Gene Martin states that the birth info of Joseph Durham - 15 April 1818, comes from his gravestone. He died Fever on 27 Dec 1874 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.5 Buried Walnut Grove Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Information provided by Gene Martin - Genforum

You are correct about the older boys in the 1870 census being Rector. James W Durham is a different issue. I do believe he is William D (Billy Rock) Durham, born 17 Aug 1861. And I now believe he is the son of Joseph and Matilda, though he was born about 19 months prior to their Mar 1863 marriage. He is listed an 1877 Rockcastle court case in which a lien holder is suing to get property Joseph owned money on when he died in 1874. The Durham estate lost the property and it appears to have evicted Matilda from the home place. This loss appeared to put Matilda in destitute circumstance, I found two Laurel County court awards to a person I believed to be Matilda to help support. In 1879, Matilda married John Norris and is found in 1880 Rockcastle census. It appears John died prior to 1873, because Matilda bought a small farm in adjoining Lincoln County and moved there with most of her children, both Rector and Durham. Going back to Joseph Durham, 1818 – 1874, I have found all most of his first wife. He may have married at about 18 years old and moved to Indiana. They had at least 3 children: Julia Ann, 1838-1924; John Hardin, 1842-1926; and Mary A, 1848-1911. Julia Ann married in Rockcastle in 1857, which leads to my speculation that her mother may have died and she was sent to relatives in KY. John and Mary appear to have remained Indiana, Mary marrying there about 1864 and I believe are in the 1870 Jackson County IN census, they are in Rockcastle KY by 1880 census. Except for a brief period around 1880, John H appears to have lived and died in Jackson County IN. Of the two death certificates I’ve seen for these three children, none names their mother. I do have significant information for descendants of Joseph Durham and will be happy provide. Joseph and Matilda are my G G/P’s.
Gene Martin
Joseph Durham, 1818-1874 is buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery , located on the banks of the Rockcastle River , about six miles up stream from Livingston . Phillip Rector is also buried there. Both have rough stones with data scratched in, they are almost illegible now. According to a great grandson, Thomas Rector, son of Phillip and Matilda installed the markers. Thomas and his wife are also buried in this cemetery; they have a professional grade marker.
There are Durham lines of the same era in Casey County , in Laurel County ; and in Boyle County that I have not been able to connect. Both my Durham and the Boyle County line were in Jackson County Indiana in early/mid 1800s. There was also Durham lines in Pulaski County and Bell County that I have not attempted to research.
Gene Martin

In the 1870 Census for Rockcastle County, Kentucky - Joseph A. Durham, age 52, and wife Matilda are living next door to Hardin and Mariah Durham.

Joseph A. DURHAM and ??? (UNKNOWN) were married about 1854 in Kentucky. Joseph A. DURHAM and ??? (UNKNOWN) had the following children:



Julia Ann DURHAM.



John Hardin DURHAM.



Mary Ann "Polly" DURHAM.

Joseph A. DURHAM and Matilda MAHAFFEY were married on 17 Mar 1863 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.10,21 Matilda MAHAFFEY was born on 12 Sep 1830 in Georgia.9,10,11 In the 1880 Census for Rockcastle County, Kentucky - Matilda and several children are living in the household of John Norris, age 73. Matilda's husband "Joseph A. Durham" died in 1874 of "fever". Marriage records show Matilda married John Norris 24 September 1879 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Joseph A. DURHAM and Matilda MAHAFFEY had the following children:



James W. DURHAM was born about 1862 in Kentucky.10 James W. Durham, age 8, in the 1870 Census for Rockcastle County, Kentucky, is most likely "William G. Durham". More research is needed.



William G. "Billy Rock" DURHAM.



Nancy Jane DURHAM.



Ella Belle DURHAM.



Lewellen "Lucy Ellen" DURHAM.



Joseph Newman "Joe" DURHAM.