J. WARREN DURHAM, farmer, P. O. Elco, Alexander County. The ancestors of the gentleman whose name heads this sketch were among the early settlers of this county. The grandfather, William Durham, who was a native of North Carolina, came to this county in 1830, and resided there until his death in 1847. Thomas Durham, the father of subject, was born in North Carolina in 1800, remained there until manhood, and then went to Todd County, Ky., where he married Mary Brizendine, daughter of William Brizendine. Came from there to Union County in 1831, settling near Mill Creek, where subject was born December 24, 1838, the fourth of seven children. Warren received his education in the subscription schools of his county, attending there until about eighteen years of age, and then worked on the home place. In November, 1805, he purchased a farm of eighty acres, where he now resides, in Section 12, Town 14, Range 2 west. Twenty acres of the farm were cultivated when he bought it, and he now owns a farm of 120 acres, of which about sixty acres are cultivated. Subject was married, January 22, 1860, to Sarah Bass, born in November, 1842, and daughter of Matthew and Zeolody (Hutson) Bass. Mr. Durham enlisted in the One Hundred and Ninth Regiment Illinois Infantry August 15, 1862, but was transferred to the Eleventh, and was discharged at Baton Rouge, La., August 15, 1865. Is a member of Elco Lodge, No. 643, I. O. O. F., and in politics is a Democrat.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 221-222.
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