William was not likely born in Scotland.
James Durnel (wife Phoebe) appeared on the 1793 tax lists for Wythe County, Va. In later years Levi, Eli, William, John and Thomas appeared on the tax lists while James was in then Grayson County. They were likely all sons of James
William married a girl named Catherine (Richardson ?, lots of Richrdsons then in Grayson). Wm. died ca 1809 and Catherine took the children and left the county. His land was sold by the county court.
In ca 1815-1825, a number of inter-married families from mostly Pittsylvania County, Va went to Highland County- Dalton, Thurman, Taylor, Reed, etc. Many were Goad related.
In the 1830s , many moved on to the Knox/Peoria/Fulton counties area of Illinois.
On the census records for Knox County,, Illinois, I find all these families plus at least one Durnell.
The above John, son of old James married Diannah Jennings and both died in Grayson. Their daughter Alley married Robert "Big Robin" Goad and they were my gg grandparents.My mother was a Goad born in Carroll but died 1997 in Iowa, age 104.
Another Durnel (Andrew J. ?) joined a wagon train if Jenninbgs,Hamilton, Henson family that wenbt to Lawrence County, Mo in the 1830s. Other Durnells were in Carroll County. Mo. atleast by 1850.
Someone sent me a booklet on the Durnel clan so I will do look-ups.
John Durnel had 5-6 sons and all left the Grayson atrea. William, a son of one son James, remained in now Carroll County and is the ancestor of all Durnels still in Carroll after ca 1860. I can elaborate on the Durnells I found in Illinois although I did not know they were part of the Highland County, Ohio group.
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