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Re: Samuel Durnal 1778-1819? m. Rebecca Hall
Posted by: Terry Date: February 18, 2000 at 20:25:31
In Reply to: Samuel Durnal 1778-1819? m. Rebecca Hall by Keith Wheeler of 120

Your gg grandmother was sister to my ggg grandpa, Abner. I wonder if they fought a lot? Their father was Samuel Durnal, born on 26 July, 1778 in Morristown VA. The records I have show he died in Morristown OH in 1819--a possible mistake here somewhere?
He married Rebecca Hall on June 13 1783 (not possible, if you look at his birthdate!) The information I have comes from a book, "Mema's Memoirs", written by Alfarata Whitham. She makes some pretty bad mistakes with dates, but most of her info is accurate. She traces the Durnals back to England and even the Vikings in 700 AD-again, don't know how accurate this is.
Here's a quote: "Samuel and Rebecca came to Ohio around the turn of the century as the births and marriages of their children are recorded in Ohio. They lived at Morristown, Ohio, a little town about 8 miles from Barnesville. There they farmed and did what they could to earn a living and the older children married.
Sam Durnal died in 1819 and Rebecca stayed on until around the 1830's. At that time she came to Barnesville and settled on a farm. She brought two of her sons with her, Moses and Sam. The boys were not old enough to care for the farm, therefore she persuaded Abner and his wife Delilah (Roszel) Durnal to come and help her take care of the farm (apparently the principal crop was tobacco).
She sold the farm and married Noble Taylor, 9 November 1846 at St. Clairville, Ohio."
Another quote about your Hannah: "Hannah, was born May 9, 1810, married 8 June 1830 to William Birch. She died 12 May 1889. Children of Hannah and William Birch:
1. Wesley
2. Silas W. born 1814 (another discrepancy) in flora Illinois, died 12 May 1889(the same day as his mother?).
3. Benton
4. John
I hope this helps. If you would like photocopies of this book, let me know. I don't know where she got the info, but much of it is quite interesting.


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