I am researching Jesse Durden, who was murdered by vigilantes in Calhoun County, Florida, on September 24, 1860.
This murder was the opening phase an a mini-civil war of sorts that ended with the Florida militia came in to save the Durden family from a group of 75 or so vigilantes who were trying to either drive them out of Calhoun County or "exterminate" them.
I would love to hear from any descendents of Jesse or any other members of the Durden family who were living in Calhoun County in 1860. I am particularly interested in learning any family stories about these events, or finding any eyewitness accounts (diaries, letters, etc.) written by members of the family at that time.
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