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Re: Revised Story of Ann Hill Tallman (c.1633-c.1683) & Thomas Durfee (1643-1712)
Posted by: Rick Durfey Balmer (ID *****8955) Date: September 14, 2012 at 10:10:02
In Reply to: Re: Revised Story of Ann Hill Tallman (c.1633-c.1683) & Thomas Durfee (1643-1712) by Sally Durfey Lyon of 890

Hello, Sally. Although a few people have "adopted" Job as the father of Thomas the immigrant, there's no evidence at all for that of which I'm aware, so Job should not be included in our line. I'm going to start a new post on the "original Durfee Immigrants" so it will be "at the top". But in short, we still know nothing of Tom's parents or exactly where in England he came from, or whether he could be connected to the French d'Urfe family.

Otherwise, the indenture everyone speaks of is known only from a reference that Tom Durfee paid off an indenture to Peter Talman (1664, I think). An indenture can be any kind of debt, but given Tom's close association with the Talman household and the fact that he apparently arrived at age 17 by himself, it's thought by many that this was the classic service indenture where Talman paid for Tom's boat passage in return for a set number of years (usually four to seven) of service. I'm inclined to agree - everything fits together better if Tom was an indentured servant in their household. On the other hand, Tom could have been just an "employee/servant" of Talman without a legal indenture.


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