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1. William Berry DURHAM , Sr was born between 1774 and 1755. The 1800 US Census for Pendleton District has William Durham's age recorded between 26 to 45 years old.

According to Siloam Baptist Church's history book, William Durham donated land in 1828 for the old Siloam Church and Cemetery site in the present day Powdersville, SC area. The 5 JUNE 1932 Greenville News article by Miss Maude Cely and Mrs. L G Moore states that he gave 4 acres of land on the public road which is now known as Powdersville Main, although the public road went on the back side of the Siloam Cemetery. The same article said he gave one acre of land to Bethesda Methodist Church in 1832. Both Siloam and Bethesda churches used a spring on his property for water.

"A History of Siloam Baptist Church 1791-1978" states that the name SILOAM first appeared in 1819 in the Saluda Association. In 1821 it had 20 members. Land was donated and a log meeting house built in 1828. The Rev. Steven Powell was pastor. In 1846 the church was down to 16 members.

His son, William Berry Durham, Jr., bought 351 acres of his land from his father's estate for a thousand dollars on a branch of Brushy Creek (in what is now Powdersville) on 29 OCT 1846 according to the deed on page Z-151 on Roll C952 at the SC State Archives in Colunbia, SC.

William Berry Durham, Sr. and his wife lived near another spring on the South side of Circle Road owned in 2001 by Mary Elizabeth "Mary" Richey (wife of Ray Knight). Pentacle Bank was building on this location in 2007 and opened the building in 2008.

William Berry DURHAM , Sr and Unknown wife _____ were married. Unknown wife _____ was born before 1775. She was recorded in the 1800 US Census as over 25 years old,
William Berry DURHAM , Sr and Unknown wife _____ had the following children:






William Berry "Buck" DURHAM Jr..