John William 'William' Durham

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  • Name John William 'William' Durham 
    Born 1710  (England) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I25272  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 7 Oct 2018 

    Family Sarah Elizabeth "Elizabeth" Cate,   b. 1725, Prince County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1783, Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 1739  (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
     1. Thomas Durham,   b. 0___ 1740, (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Achilles Durham,   b. 0___ 1741, Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1814, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
     3. Matthew Durham,   b. 0___ 1743, (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F8947  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • Re: Elizabeth Cates Durham b. ca. 1720

      Home: Surnames: Cates Family Genealogy Forum

      Re: Elizabeth Cates Durham b. ca. 1720
      Posted by: Marilyn Cates Radelat;
      Date: October 11, 2000 at 19:08:37
      In Reply to: Elizabeth Cates Durham b. ca. 1720 by Elaine Durham Lee of

      Sarah Elizabeth CATE born 1725 was the daughter of Robert Cate Jr.( b.1695 ) and Elizabeth Wyatt Cate.

      Sarah Elizabeth Cate married 1739 John William Durham b.1710 Their children were :

      1- Thomas Durham b.1740
      2- Achilles Durham b. 1741
      3- Matthew Durham b. 1743

      24 Jul 2007

      Surname: Durham

      This name, with variant spelling Durram, is of English locational origin from the city thus called in the North East of England. Recorded variously as Dunholm circa 1000, as Dunhelme in "Historia Anglorum", dated 1122, and as Donelme in the 1191, Fine Court Rolls of that city. The name derives from the Old English "dun", a hill, plus the Old Scandinavian "holm(r)", (Northern Medieval "holm"), an island or piece of raised land partly surrounded by streams. The surname first appears on record in the mid 12th Century, (see below). One, William de Durham, witness, appears in the 1236, "Fine Court Rolls of Essex", and a Robertus de Durham was one of twelve Scots knights appointed to settle the laws of the marches in 1249, "Scottish Acts of Parliament". Walter Durham of Dumfriesshire rendered homage to Edward 1 in 1296, and Lawrence Durham was recorded in the 1400, London Assize Court Rolls. Sir Philip Charles Henderson Calerwood Durham (1763-1845), wounded at Trafalgar, 1805, became G.C.B. and admiral, 1830. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Osbert de Dunelm, which was dated 1163, in the "The Pipe Rolls of London", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

      Copyright: Name Orgin Research 1980 - 2007

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    • From: "David Hennessee"
      To: "Marilyn Radelat"
      Subject: Re: Fw: DURHAM
      Date: Sunday, June 24, 2001 8:38 PM

      Dear Marilyn - Thanks for the leads to Rocky and Richard of whom I am now in contact. Attached your registry of Sarah who married John William DURHAM, parents of Achilles and two siblings. Am requesting the source of your information in hopes I can wrest more data on my lines. Thanks. David H.

      From: "Marilyn Radelat"
      To: "David Hennessee"
      Subject: Re: Fw: DURHAM
      Date: Monday, June 25, 2001 7:26 AM


      The research done by my elderly relatives 30 and 40 years ago was my source for Durham / Cates. I don't have any other source. They simply went to libraries or State Archives in Genealogy to copy .


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Marilyn Radelat"
      To: "David Hennessee" ; ;

      Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 8:30 AM
      Subject: Re: Fw: DURHAM

      > David,
      > These are the e-mail add. for Achilles Durham descendants-- Richard Durham and Rocky Strickland
      > Durham )
      > ( Rocky Strickland )
      > Richard may be slow answering you because his Dad is very sick and Richard is taking care of him.
      > You can write Dr. Cates and ask him what you need on Durham, his research is extensive on Cates ,Durham , and related families.

      > Dr. Banks Cates Jr.
      > 2200 Colony Rd.
      > Charotte, N.C.
      > 28209
      > Marilyn

      9 Sep 2008 - Dr. Cates is deceased.

      end of this comm [5]
    • Read and absorb this opinion regarding Achilles' father...

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    • The father of Charles A. Durham was Achilles Durham, Esquire, of Haw River, North Carolina, and was born about 1720. He was brought as an infant by his father, William, from England.

      He (Achilles) married Mrs. Catharine Hardin.

      His father, William, was lineally descended from William, 9th Laird of Grange. ( "Since I Was Born", written by a descendent of Achilles Durham, Robert L. Durham very clearly states that his ancestor came from Forfar, Dundee Scotland).

      end of this comment [2]
    • Descendants of ?William Durham

      Generation No. 1

      ACHILLES2 DURHAM, b. 1740, Virginia; d. 1810, Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

      Generation No. 2

      ACHILLES2 DURHAM (?WILLIAM1) was born 1740 in Virginia, and died 1810 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. He married (1) MARY CATES 1770 in Orange County, South Carolina. She was born 1754 in Orange County, North Carolina, and died November 13, 1794 in Cleveland, North Carolina. He married (2) EDITH March 31, 1808 in Rutherford County, North Carolina. She was born 1750 in Virginia, and died 1814. She was the widow of WILLIAM HICKS - father of Berryman Hicks who married Elizabeth Durham - daughter of Achilles Durham. Child of ACHILLES DURHAM and MARY CATES is:

      ELIZABERTH3 DURHAM Hicks, Elizabeth Durham b. January 30, 1779, Orange County, North Carolina; d. April 24, 1846, Spartanburg County, South Carolina. She m. BERRYMAN THEODORE2 HICKS Hicks, Rev Berryman(WILLIAM1) was born July 01, 1778 in Rutherford County, NC, and died June 11, 1839 in Little Buck Creek, Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

      Below are PROPOSED ancestors for ACHILLES DURHAM that are found in various Ancestry trees. I have not been able to find valid documentation to support this as being his correct lineage. Documentation from WILLIAM DURHAM b. 1700 to ACHILLES DURHAM as his son, is non existent. Information concerning the below lineage is found on the page for ACHILLES DURHAM and MARY CATES.

      The lineage for Mary Cates, wife of Achilles Durham is also unclear.

      Proposed Durham lineage:

      1. William DURHAM. Born About 1322.Died during the reign of Prince David Bruce who reigned until 1371.
      2. Michael DURHAM. Born About 1397.
      3. John DURHAM. Born About 1457.
      4. Thomas DURHAM. Born About 1480.
      5. John DURHAM. Born About 1507.
      6. Alexander DURHAM. Born After 1525. Minder of the Royal Mint.Married Janet ERSKINE, daughter of John ERSKINE, Baron of Dun.Living in 1525. 6th Baron of Grange.
      7. William DURHAM. Born About 1554. Ancestor of the DURHAMs of the Grange. 7th Lord of Grange
      8. William DURHAM. Born About 1609. 8th Lord of Grange
      9. William DURHAM. Born After 1609.9th Laird of Grange (Durham 1990).
      10. William DURHAM. Born Before 1700 in England. Died in VA. He married Elizabeth CATES. Born Before 1710. Died in Cleveland Co., NC. William, was lineally descended from William, 9th Laird of Grange

      11. Achilles DURHAM. Born About 1750 in England?/NC?/VA?. Died About 1810, buried in Buck Creek Ch.Cem., Spartanburg, SC.He first married Mary Unica CATES, 1770 in Orange Co., NC.Born Before 1755 in VA. Died Before 1806 in Cleveland, Rutherford Co., NC. Mary Utica Cates was the dau of Richard Cates possibly, b. abt 1732 and Elizabeth Smith. Richard was son of Robert Cates & Elizabeth brother to Thomas Cates on the Cates page.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S4792] Owens,Jean Hicks;Pedigree, 5 Jan 98,.

    2. [S90]

    3. [S34503] Owens,Jean Hicks;Pedigree, 5 Jan 98,.

    4. [S89]

    5. [S1356] From: "Marilyn Radelat" .

    6. [S10300] "Descendants of ?William Durham" registry, abstracted, downloaded and published Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by David A.