Ken; I thank you for replying to my message. You asked if my Durnell's were Quakers, I don't know for sure, but my Grandmother, Esther Beulah (Durnell) Mohney always told us that the Durnell's were Pennslvania Dutch. My mother, Bonnie (Mohney) Collar's cousin, Janet (Durnell) Fritch, stated a family story that her father, Chuck Durnell (Esther's brother) has stated:
"That three Durnell brothers came to America, one settled in western Pa.( or possibly descendants, I think
) and the two other brothers continued west ( how far and what state is west considered?) and weren't heard from again."
I don't know how true the story is, but i know Durnell is primarily a English and French name. If the story is true, who knows how many generations back (1600's or 1700's).
If your not familiar with this Durnell line, my family is from primarily Butler Co., Pa. I am the great great great grandson of John S. Durnell ( b. abt 1817 d. July 1, 1883 Allegheny Twp., Butler Co., Pa.) and his wife Laura ( b. 1822 New York d. April 1895 Allegheny Twp., Butler Co., Pa.) She supposedly is the daughter of Henry and Abigail (Dunbar) Kingsley. On Genforum I just posted "Joseph Durnell of Armstrong, Butler and Venango Co., Pa., which might be of interest to understand what I found, some theories I wish could be proved about John S. Durnell, might be the son of Joseph Durnell ( b.1790-94 d.bef. 1849) and Sarah (Shoup) Durnell Cunningham (b. 1798 d. aft 1860). I have different census's to proof points but to much to type on line. I also in my research, consider that in this part of western Pa. Durnell is uncommon prior to the mid 1800's, under any spelling of the name. I am and willing to further explore what I stated there from my research.
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