A. J. & Malissa
Family Story by Will Durham
|Samuel and Sarah
Elmina (French) Durham Family
L to R - May, Andrew Jackson, Samuel Bert,
The young girls are Pearl and Myrtle
Photo (about 1895)
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,
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
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
to an Early Family Story by Will Durham