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Children of
A. J. & Malissa


Samuel Bert

William Jesse

Sophronia May


Edna Pearl

Fern Joy

Sarah Alpha

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Ethel Love Evans
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Early Family Story by Will Durham
Land Run)

A. J. Peel
Civil War Diary

Samuel and Sarah Elmina (French) Durham Family

L to R - May, Andrew Jackson, Samuel Bert, Malissa, Will
The young girls are Pearl and Myrtle
- Expanded Photo (about 1895)
- Other Durham Family Photos

Durham Family - Standing L to R is Sophronia May, Malissa Emaline French, Edna Pearl, Fern Joy, Andrew Jackson, Samuel Bert, and Willliam Jesse; Seated is possibly Dica McMann (French), mother of Malissa; the child (seated -faint image) is Sarah Alpha Durham. The Photo is presumed to have been taken at the homestead 2 miles east of Stillwater, OK. The photo can be dated to about 1904.

Photo provided by LoriAnn Leister-Trent, Stockton, CA 

The graves, left to right, are Myrtle Durham (white marble), who died at age 6, then Malissa and A. J. Durham (tall stone), then Pearl Durham (Baird), then Fern Joy Durham; The three are daughters of Malissa and A. J.  The dark stone behind the tree is their son and his wife, Will and Ethel Durham.  Fairlawn Cemetery, Stillwater, Oklahoma (photo May 29, 2002)

Death of A. J. Durham
Stillwater Gazette  - March 6, 1914

Andrew Jackson Durham died at the family home, east of Stillwater, Saturday, February 28, 1914, at 2 o'clock a.m., after an illness of several weeks, aged 58 years, 7 months, and 10 days.  The funeral was held at the home Sunday at 2 o'clock.  Interment was made in Fairlawn cemetery.  Mr. Durham was a native of Kentucky and came to Oklahoma at the time of the opening in 1889 and has lived in Payne county since then.  Six children survive him, Bert S. [Samuel Bert Durham], William J. [William Jesse Durham], Mrs. C. A. Wilde [Sophronia May Durham], Mrs. R. O. Baird [Edna Pearl Durham] and the Misses Fern [Fern Joy Durham] and Altha [Sarah Alpha Durham].  All his children are here except Bert, who is in the Philippines.  Mr. Durham was a good man, honest, and upright, respected by his neighbors and one who will be greatly missed by his children and his friends.  His wife preceded him into the great beyond January 21, 1913 [Listed as January 22, 1913 in Malissa Durham's obituary].

Parents of Andrew Jackson Durham
Rough Creek Cemetery, Laurel County, Kentucky

Link to an Early Family Story by Will Durham

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