Durand Family Genealogy
We started building this website in Oct. 2010. The family tree starts with Samuel Durand Jr. and his two wives, Elosia Lewis and Rebecca Root, even though we know this Durand lineage goes back to Jehan Durand in 1635. We are focusing our attention on the more recent part of the family tree because of our collection of letters. John, being our direct relative, is the fourth of Samuel's 15 children, and nearly all the letters are addressed to him.
We have listed 4 generations: Starting with my great-great-great grandfather Samuel, then Samuel's son John, John's daughter Mary, and finally her son Edward, who is my grandfather.
Click on linked names for more information, including photos and correspondence about each individual. We have many more letters yet to transcribe, so keep checking in.
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When a young man, he worked for Daniel Hitchcock and may have met Elosia Lewis there; in later years, often in debt or necessitous of cash, he writes his son(s) asking for financial help. See a typical letter in which he addresses his financial issues as well as reporting on some of his many children.
m. first March 18, 1813, ELOSIA LEWIS, daughter of Clear and Sarah (Hall) Lewis of Southington, CT, from a prominent family, originally from England ; b. July 2, 1793; d. Feb. 7, 1832.
m. secondly May 1, 1834, REBECCA ROOT, daughter of Asheal and Hannah (Goodrich) Root
d. Dec. 4, 1870, Berlin, CT
CHILDREN WITH ELOSIA LEWIS:
i. JENNETT AMELIA
b. Jan. 14, 1814
m. Oct. 22. 1838, HARRISON COX of Scottsville, NY
Described by her brother Samuel A. Durand as "misanthropic" and "inclined to dwell upon melancholy subjects" 
d. Aug. 30, 1880 
ii. FREDERICK LEWIS
b. Sept. 25, 1815
1839: in LaGrange studying law 
Jan. 1840: Principal of an academy in Lafayette, AL 
Occupation: Attorney in Rochester N.Y.
1860: described by his brother Andrew S. Durand as "one of the most virulent Abolitionists in Rochester" 
1861: has, by this time, broken up housekeeping, and his children are living with Jennett and Harrison in Scottsville 
d. Aug. 9, 1903. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
2. JOHN EWING, b. Jan 11, 1856 , d. May 15 1926. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y.
4. HARRISON COX, b. Aug. 4, 1860, d. Nov. 1, 1908. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
b. Feb. 13, 1817
m. Oct. 15, 1838, CAROLINE BROOKES COWLES; d. late 1870 
1. UNKNOWN boy, d. ca. 1852 [see transcription]
m. Jan. 2, 1873, GERTRUDE M. WHIPPLE
m. Feb. 3, 1875, ELIZA B. WHITE
Had 7 children with 2 wives, of which only three grew to adulthood.
Considered himself a military man. 
d. Mar. 14, 1899
iv. JOHN: see Generation 2
v. ANDREW SAMUEL (III)
b. March 12, 1821
d. Oct. 25, 1821, at 7 months
b. Aug. 12, 1822
Oct. 31, 1839: Sailed from New York to Savannah, Georgia on the brig William Taylor, arriving in GA Nov. 3, 1839 
Jan. 1840: running a store in Clinton, GA 
1843 through 1844: lived in Greenville, GA 19]
Jul. through Aug., 1844: worked as a book-keeper in Warm Springs, GA 
1847: "purchased" a "first rate cook" a "female"; "she is my slave" 
Apr. 1847: running a "credit business" and although a bachelor, "negotiating" with a lady of "unsurpassing beauty" in LaGrange, GA 
m. Sept. 1847, M. F. "FANNIE" RANKIN from LaGrange, GA , daughter of a merchant who worked in Greensboro, GA; she attended Brownwood University under Dr. Brown and was once considered the "most beautiful female in Western Georgia" . See a letter from Fannie to John.
Nov. 1857: in sewing machine business with Gamaliel Snow, his brother-in-law 
1861: making tents for Rebel army in GA; previously was making bags for buckwheat 
Jan. 1867: in Atlanta, GA, begins saw mill and lumber preparing business with lathes and planers for making floor boards, lath and shingles 
Sept. 1867: has investment in I.M. Mabbitt and Co. Insurance firm in Atlanta, GA 
1870: Runs a small milling business 
1886: In LaGrange, GA for business? 
d. Aug. 6, 1891
2. HENRY; b. spring 1853.  In Oct. 1870, working in a store, and a Baptist
3. ALMA; b. Feb. 8 1855 
5. SAMMY; twin; b. ca. Feb. 1866
6. UNKNOWN boy; twin; b. ca. Feb, 1866; d. Oct. 1866 
7. KATIE; b. Oct. 17, 1867 
b. Oct. 13, 1824
1844: boarding in Bristol, sewing pants as a small job 
m. Feb. 2, 1847, GAMALIEL F. SNOW; occupation: sewing machine business
d. Feb. 14, 1860
b. Feb. 9, 1827; died 12 days later on the 21st
ix. FRANCES AUGUSTA
b. March 10, 1828
1845-Jan. 1846: engaged to a Mr. Wilson, but broke it off 
m. Dec, 15, 1846, MOSES MILLER of Rahway, NJ
d. Aug. 27, 1868, in Racine, WI
1. WILLIAM H. MILLER
Occupation: Lawyer in Racine, WI, at Insurance Agency 
CHILDREN WITH REBECCA ROOT:
b. Oct. 25, 1835
1859: Teaching in Newington, CT 
1861: Teaching in Berlin, CT 
d. May 6, 1910
ii. LOUISA REBECCA
b. June 12, 1837
1859: Teaching in CT, near Newington 
iii. JANE ELIZABETH
b. June 7, 1839
d. Mar. 30, 1938
iv. LOYAL ROOT
b. Sept. 7, 1840
m. MARIA ELIZABETH MCVICKAR
Summer of 1861: was in Hartford, CT
Oct. 1870: living in Milwaukee, WI 
d. Nov. 19, 1871
2. SAMUEL BENJAMIN DURAND, b. Aug. 27, 1870
v. WILLIAM TIMOTHY
b. June 7, 1842
vi. HANNAH GOODRICH
b. May 2, 1844
m. Oct. 1875, SAMUEL G. GOULD of Boston
II. JOHN DURAND
b. June 3, 1819, Cheshire, CT
Occupation: Railroad General Superintendent
d. Nov. 24, 1891. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
i. JOHN STEWART
b. Oct. 30, 1859, Cincinnati, OH.
Involved in a scandal and trouble with Bella Hume around 1880, in New Haven, CT. 
m. EMMA LOUISE WEBER, daughter of Martin L. Weber and Barbara Bretsch, widow of ____ Ely. d. Jan.1925. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
d. May 19, 1923. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
1. HARRY STEWART
b. Aug. 13, 1891
m. May 19, 1916, MILDRED HOLMES
2. JOHN DURAND
b. Aug 17, 1893 and died Aug 23, 1893. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
b. June 6, 1861, Cincinnati, OH
1881: Graduated Yale University
Wrote Bright College Years, Yale's alma mater
m. 1916, HARRIET BEST, in Mexico. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
d. Jun. 1929. Buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
iii. ELLA FLORENCE
b. Oct. 8 1864, Xenia OH.
m. July 12, 1893, EMMETT HOLLISTER JENNINGS, d. Feb. 1921. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
d. July 1939. Buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
1. Infant, died at childbirth, May 1894. Buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
2. As a widow, Ella adopted A GIRL, LIVING DESCENDANT
iv. MARY STEWART: see Generation 3
b. April 4, 1871
d. Jan. 1872, aged 9 months
III. MARY STEWART DURAND
b. Feb. 20, 1869, Xenia, OH
She was an active anti-suffragist and a hostess for George Eastman
m. Sept. 1, 1893, EDWARD WRIGHT MULLIGAN, b. Sept. 24, 1858, d. Jan. 2, 1930. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
He was a personal doctor for George Eastman in Rochester, NY.
d. Feb. 8, 1927, London, England. Buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
i. EDWARD DURAND MULLIGAN: see Generation 4
ii. LELLA DURAND MULLIGAN
b. Aug. 2, 1896, Rochester, NY
d. Apr. 24, 1901. Buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
iii. MARY STEWART MULLIGAN "MOLLY"
b. March 18, 1911, Rochester NY
m. ALAN GORDON
d. Feb. 1983, Scarsdale NY. Buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester N.Y. See the cemetery plot.
1. LIVING DESCENDANT
b. Sept. 7, 1894
m. May 1, 1918, FRANCES TAYLOR, b. May 9, 1897, d. July 13, 1983
Occupation: farmer in Avon NY
d. Aug. 8, 1964
i. MARY MULLIGAN
b. March 20, 1919
m. Frank Wray McKee, doctor, d. Apr. 25, 2002
d. Sept. 16, 2004
1. adopted BOY
2. adopted GIRL
ii. EDWARD TAYLOR MULLIGAN
b. July 11, 1921
Occupation: Surgeon at University of Rochester's Strong Hospital
m. LIVING DESCENDANT
m. LIVING DESCENDANT
d. Nov. 12, 1976
iii. LIVING DESCENDANT
iv. LIVING DESCENDANT
This pedigree has been assembled using several sources, some of them conflicting.
Typed Durand Letter Collection. Author. Date.
Collection of Letters. Author. Date.
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