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Matthew Durham > William L. Durham > Isaiah Durham > James Clinton Durham > James Burns Durham > Edmond Meadows Durham

Edmond Meadows DURHAM

Born: Dec 31, 1891, Woodville, TyleTX
Died: Apr 25, 1936, Rotan, FishTX, age 44

Belvieu Cemetery, FishTX

Find-A-Grave 47468119

Father James B. DURHAM

Mother: Mary Jane WHEAT

Edmond M. Durham


Dec 13, 1914,

Jessie Matilda BAKER

Born: Jan 4, 1888, LaGrange, FayeTX
Died: Feb 23, 1959, Houston, HarrTX

Buried: Grand View Memorial Cemetery, HarrTX

Find-A-Grave 47468434

Father: Stephen F. Austin BAKER

Mother: Harriet G. BYERLEY

Jesse Baker Durham


Earl Durham

1. Edmund Earl DURHAM "Bull" World War II (b. Aug 28 1915, Rotan, FishTX, d. Dec 31, 2003)
m1. Elsie Louise STRALEY

m2. Private

Children to Elsie:

  1. Reba Ann DURHAM (b. Jun 24, 1940, TX; m. Norberto Arroyo)

  2. Private

  3. Private

Deanne's Children:

  1. Private

  2. Private


  • Edmund E. Durham went by Earl. He had a lot of nicknames: "Coach", "E. E.", Papa Bull", and "Paw Paw". I called him "Daddy Dink" as a child. He was most often known as "Bull Durham". In fact it was the name of his TV Repair shop,  Bull Durham TV Repair Service in Abilene, TX.

  • During WW II, he was in the US Navy, and administered physical training to officer candidates in New York City.

  • Earl was on the roster of the very first Great Lakes Navy Football Team in the Great Lakes region during World War II.


2. Violet Irene DURHAM (b. Feb 27, 1917, Rotan, FishTX; d. Oct 16, 2001, Houston, HarrTX)
m. Nial Clair ASHER (b. Oct 23, 1913; d. Oct 17, 1975), Houston, HarrTX on Jun 14, 1943)

  1. Private

  2. Private

  3. Private


Paul Durham

3. Paul Stafford DURHAM World War II (b. Nov 16, 1919, Galveston, GalvTX; d. Jan 26, 2014, Pasadena, HarrTX)
m. Private


  1. Private

  2. Private

  3. Private


  • Paul was a U.S. Marine and attended "telephone school" for two years after becoming married. He then shipped out and participated in two major campaigns in the Pacific.  First was the Battle of Peleliu (Operation Stalemate II - September to November 1944), followed by the Battle of Okinawa (Apr 1 to Jun 22, 1945).

Kenneth Durham

4. Kenneth Ray DURHAM World War II (b. Jan 18, 1923, Alleyton, ColoTX)
m. Private, lives in Pittsburgh, AllePA)

  1. Private

  2. Private

  3. Janet DURHAM (b. Sep 27, 1958, Odessa, ExtoTX; d. Dec 1, 2000, Nashville, DaviTN; m. private in Apr 28, 1984, Dallas, DallTX)


  • Kenneth R. Durham was founder and owner of D&B Glass Inc. He was on the Founding Board of Southeastern Children's Home, Duncan, Spartanburg County, SC. He also was active in the production of the Greenville Singing Christmas Tree, District Governor of Toastmaster's International, and a member of Downtown Rotary Club for 35 years. He was also served his country during WWII. He enlisted in the U. S. Marines on Aug 16, 1942, and was released on Oct 5, 1945 4.

Victor Durham
5. Victor LeRoy DURHAM World War II (b. Mar 25, 1925, Columbus, ColoTX 1; d. July 21, 1944 in Guam - killed in action)
  • US Marine Corp. Pfc. Victor L. Durham was killed in action on Guam in WW II. On Feb 14, 1949 4, he was interned at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, BexaTX, Plot T 30 2. View his Find-A-Grave 3022022 Entry. 

  • "As my father and uncles have related the story, Victor desperately wanted to join all his brothers in the service of his country. Because he was only 17 at the time, his mother would have to sign for him to allow enlistment. He begged and begged his mother to let him go.  At first she refused, but eventually she gave in.  He would be the only Durham son not to return from the War.  The other brothers all returned home safely." - Jim Durham, website author.

  • Here is Edmond's obituary.

  • The family lived in Alleyton, ColoTX.

  • Jessie Baker Durham is buried on the San Jacinto battlefield (or Grand View Memorial Park, Pasadena, HarrTX).

  • She (called "Grandmother Durham" later in life) was baptized in 1896 in Jordan Creek into the Church of Christ by "my daddy". She attended Indian Creek in Fayette County, Salome in Williamson county, Wright in Fisher county. Her teachers at Wright were: Miss Antonio Miners, Mr. Brooks, Joan Nichols, and C. R. Mauldin.

  • Edmond Meadows was baptized in 1918 into the Church of Christ in Rotan, FishTX.

  • From 1930 US Census for Precinct 5, Stonewall Co, TX, Aspermont Rotan Highway:

    Family 197

    Name Rel Sex Race Est.
    Age Mar.
    E M Durham Head M White abt. 1891 39 M TX TX TX Farmer
    Jessie M Durham Wife F White abt. 1887 43 M TX US US  
    Earl Durham Son M White abt. 1916 14 S TX TX TX  
    Violet Durham Dau F White abt. 1917 13 S TX TX TX  
    Paul Durham Son M White abt. 1920 10 S TX TX TX  
    Kenneth Durham Son M White abt. 1923 7 S TX TX TX  
    Victor Durham Son M White abt. 1925 5 S TX TX TX  


  • County/State Abbreviations:
    AllePA, Allegheny County, PA
    BexaTX - Bexar County, TX
    ColoTX - Colorado County, TX
    FayeTX - Fayette County, TX
    FishTX - Fisher County, TX
    GalvTX - Galveston County, TX
    HarrTX - Harris County, TX
    TyleTX - Tyler County, TX

  • Page Sources:
    1. Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1932

    2. U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962

    3. US Navy Casualties Books, 1776-1941

Jessie and Edmond with children: Earl and Violet circa 1919 Jessie and grandchildren Tom, Reba, Jessie and Elsie Durham Kenneth, Mary Lou, Earl, Deanne, Kim Jones, Louise, Paul
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