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The Durrum Family

How do you spell it - Durrum or Durham?

John Durrum's name is spelled "Durham" in some Civil War records. What was the "real" spelling?

John Durrum clearly and consistently used "Durrum." Only in some military records and the 1850 census, when he is listed in his step-father's household, do you find "Durham." In the 1880 census the enumerator actually lists his name as 'Jno. J. "Durrum"(sic)' There is a citizen's record for the Confederate States that is a receipt for payment to him for 3 days service as a carpenter in Oct 1861 at $1.50 a day. His signature at the bottom is "John Durrum"

Records for his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather also fairly consistently show "Durrum." Here are signatures taken from a religious petition of 1787. His great-grandfather, James Durrum (1736-1792) clearly signed his own name, and spelled it Durrum. His grandfather James Durrum, jr. (1765-aft 1840) has a signature immediately following, as "Durham." It is much more fluent, so he either was better educated, or perhaps less educated, since is appears someone else would sign for those who couldn't sign their own name (though I think they would have copied his father's spelling in that case). Anyway, the spelling Durrum, despite its peculiarity, was used predominantly. If James jr. intentially used the more common/refined spelling in his youth, he later reverted since later records refer to him as "Durrum."

Cora Francis Durrum

Cora Fannie was born on 15 Mar 1883 at Appomattox Co., Virginia and died on 14 Jun 1957 at Gladstone, Appomattox Co., Virginia, at age 74. She married Daniel Wellington Johnson, son of William Robert Johnson and Alice Cora [--?--], in 1899. He was born on 18 Aug 1879 at Evergreen, Appomattox Co., Virginia and died on 8 Sep 1927 at Lynchburg, Virginia, at age 48. They had 3 children born in Appomattox Co., Va. and raised in Lynchburg, Va.

Cora married second E. Holmes Smith after May 1935 at Appomattox Co., Virginia. She married third Wilson Walker Thornhill before Jan 1956 at Appomattox Co., Virginia.

John J. and Ann Rebecca (Harvey) Durrum

John J. Durrum was born May 1843 in Prince Edward Co., VA and died on 17 Mar 1919 in Appomattox Co., VA, at age 75. He married Ann Rebecca Harvey, daughter of Nathan Tanney Harvey and Harker Hutcheson Wooldridge, on 19 Dec 1866 in Appomattox Co., VA. She was born in Dec 1848 in Campbell Co., VA and died on 26 Dec 1952 in Appomattox Co., VA at age 104. They raised 7 children in Appomattox Co., VA.

James B. and Mildred Ann (Martin) Durrum

James B. Durrum was born circa 1816 in Prince Edward Co., VA and died before 1846 in Appomattox Co., VA at age about 30. He married Mildred Ann Martin, daughter of John Martin and Molly Wright, on 18 Jul 1837 in Prince Edward Co., VA. She was born circa 1822 in Prince Edward Co., VA and died on 30 Jun 1876 in Appomattox Co., VA..They had 3 children in Appomattox Co., VA.

Mildred married second Campbell S. Wright circa 1845 in Appomattox Co., VA. They raised 4 children in Appomattox Co., VA.

James and Elizabeth (Corley) Durrum

James Durrum was born circa 1765 in Cumberland Co., VA and died after 1840 in Prince Edward Co., VA, at age 75. He married first Passey Sammons on 27 Dec 1792 in Cumberland Co., VA.

He married second Betsy Corley, daughter of William Corley, on 1 Jan 1806 in Cumberland Co., VA. She was born circa 1780 in Cumberland Co., VA and died after 1834 in Prince Edward Co., VA, at age about 54. They had at least 2 children in Prince Edward Co., VA.

James and Betsy (?) Durrum

James Durrum was probably born between about 1740 and 1745, location undetermined and died in 1792 in Cumberland Co., VA at age about 50. He married Betty in about 1760-1762. She was born about 1740 and died aft 1792 in Cumberland Co., VA, at age over 50. They moved to Cumberland Co., VA after 1768 and raised 8 children there.

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