I have started to research my grandfather Leroy DURKEE, (also known as Roy). He was born in Sandford, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia in 1890, the son of John W. Durkee (b. 1866) and Annie SHAW (b. 1866), the daughter of Stephen and Rachael Shaw. The records of the Society of Genealogy of Durkee indicate that John and Annie had four children:
Herman Frederick Durkee – Born 1885 – Sandford – Married Florence HARRIS – 1908 Yarmouth
Roy Douglas Durkee – Born 1892 [sic] – Sandford – Married Maud JEFFERY – 1917 Peabody, Massachusetts
Clifford Sidney Durkee – Born 1895 – Sandford – Married Edna Beatrice BAIN – 1918 Chegoggin, Yarmouth County
Lillian Durkee – Born @ 1898 – Yarmouth County – Married Delbert TROTT –
The earliest record I have is the 1891 census for Centre Town Yarmouth. Roy, his brother Herman and their mother, Annie are living with her parents, Stephen and Rachael Shaw. Roy’s age is given as one year old. I found Stephen and Rachael on the 1901 census but Roy and his family were nowhere to be found. The next record I have is a copy of Roy and Maud’s marriage registry from Massachusetts. My copy declares Roy’s name to be “Roy D. Durke” Age “27 years” Birthplace “Sandford, Nova Scotia” Occupation “Laborer”. The bride’s full name “Maude Francis Jeffrey” Age “24 years” Birthplace “Overton, Nova Scotia” Surname After Marriage “Durke”
I do not have a lot of information, so any bit of knowledge of these families that you might share with me would be greatly appreciated. If you feel more comfortable emailing me privately, please do, just put "Durkee" in the subject line.
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