Effie ROBERTS and Benjamin Franklin "Frank" DURHAM Family
The Family of
Effie ROBERTS and Benjamin Franklin "Frank" DURHAM

daughter of Annaretta (DeARMOND) and Daniel J. ROBERTS * George line connection
son of ?? and ??
[Not all dates are verified. Discrepancies between family Bible, census, and tombstone dates may not all be identified.]
John Randolph

(m) Mary

George W.

(m) Mary



* "Addie" DeARMOND      (m)
b Aug 1854
d 19 Oct 1934
b 2 Jan 1856
d 15 Mar 1930

b. 24 Sep 1881 Morgan twp, Butler County OH
d. 10 Jun 1925 short illness Cincinnati, Hamilton Co, OH (49)
New London Cemetery

(m) ?


(m) ?


Benjamin DURHAM      (m)
b ?
d ?
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Benjamin Franklin "Frank" DURHAM
b. 17 Jan 1876 Kerby Knob, Wittman, or Richmond, KY
d. 14 Apr 1925 influenza; Hanover Twp, Butler Co, OH (49)
New London Cemetery
(m) 20 June 1907 Hamilton ?, Butler Co, OH

Family History of Effie ROBERTS and Frank DURHAM:
1876 | 1881 | 1907 | 1919 book | 1925 | 1930

More on Effie's father's Daniel Roberts' Family History from "Memoirs of the Miami Valley", Butler County OH,

Effie ROBERTS and Frank DURHAM had two children, John and Margery who were minors in 1925 when both Effie and Frank died.

Children of Effie ROBERTS and Frank DURHAM:
John DURHAM | Margery DURHAM
1. John DURHAM
    b 1910 Hanover Twp, Butler Co OH
    d ?? ()
    ? Cemetery

    m ?
    b ?
    d ?
    ? Cemetery

    lived in Hanover twp, Butler Co, OH
John was 15 when both his parents died within 2 months of each other in 1925.

John's maternal grandfather, Daniel J. ROBERTS died in March, 1930, when John was a 20 year old young man. And he was at his maternal great-grandmother Mary DeARMOND ROBERTS' 100th birthday party later in 1930.

In October of 1934, John's maternal grandmother Annaretta DeARMOND ROBERTS died.
2. Margery DURHAM
    b 18 Aug 1915 Hanover Twp, Butler Co, OH
    d 14 May 2000 Brandenton, Manatee Co FL (84)
    ? Cemetery

    m ?
    Mr. RIETH
    b ?
    d ? (??)
    ? Cemetery

    lived in Butler Co OH and Manatee Co FL
Margery was 10 when both her parents died within 2 months of each other in 1925.

Margery's maternal grandfather, Daniel J. ROBERTS died in March, 1930, when she was 15. And she probably was at her maternal great-grandmother Mary DeARMOND ROBERTS' 100th birthday party later in 1930.

The 1930 census shows Marjorie DURHAM living with her uncle and aunt, Clarence H. CONNETT and Sherley CONNETT, and their 11 year old son Willard CONNETT.

In October of 1934, Margery's maternal grandmother Annaretta DeARMOND ROBERTS died.

In 1955, it appears that Margery was the Marjorie A. RIETH, born in Ohio in 1915, who lived with Grace BIAS, her aunt, in Florida.

Effie ROBERTS and Frank DURHAM's Family History:

1876 - (17 Jan) B. F. "Frank" DURHAM born to Lydia WILLIAMS and Benjamin DURHAM in KY
1881 - (24 Sep) Effie ROBERTS born to Daniel J. and Anna DeARMOND ROBERTS in Butler Co., OH
1907 - (20 Jun) Effie ROBERTS married Benjamin Franklin "Frank" DURHAM

1919 - book
Memoirs of the Miami Valley 1919, (Butler Co OH) pp 599-600

Special thanks to Gary King
who transcribed "Memoirs of the Miami Valley" on the Butler County OHGenWeb site.

[George Robert's father] "Daniel J. Roberts, a well known farmer, son of George W. and Mary (Rumple) Roberts, was born in St. Charles, Morgan township, Butler county, January 2, 1856.

His paternal grandparents were John and Elizabeth (Guilder) Roberts. His father, George W. Roberts, was born in Virginia, and came to Butler county with his parents, who were also parents of the following children:

  • Adeline, who married Daniel Rumple;
  • Emma, Mrs. Wilson;
  • Margaret;
  • Mary, who became the wife of John Willett;
  • David,
  • William and
  • Edward, all deceased;
  • Daniel; and
  • George, the father of Daniel J. Roberts, the subject of this biography.

    David and Edward Roberts served throughout the Civil war, the latter losing life in battle.

    John Roberts, the grandfather, also fought in the Civil war, and was lost in action. It is thought that the brave old soldier was killed, as he was never heard from again.

    George W. Roberts, Daniel Roberts' father, married Mary Rumple, and settled in Morgan township. She was a daughter of Daniel Rumple, a pioneer merchant of Butler county, who had conducted a hardware business at Hamilton. George Roberts and his wife spent their entire lives in Morgan township. Their children were:

  • Daniel J.;
  • Albert, who lives in Richland, Mo.;
  • Orella, who became the wife of Samuel Gillespie; and
  • Edgar, deceased.

    Daniel J. Roberts attended school in Morgan township, and at Hamilton, after which he engaged in farming. In 1877 he married Addie DeArmond, daughter of Randolph and Mary (George) DeArmond. After marriage, Mr. Roberts and his wife settled in Morgan township, on the old Morehouse farm.

    Their union has been blessed with these children:

  • George,
  • James,
  • Lora,
  • Effie,
  • Phoebe,
  • Imogene and
  • Grace.

    George Roberts married Carrie Prall, who lives in Hamilton, and has two children, Eugene and Dorothy;
    James married Alta Cornett, and with their one child [in 1919], they reside with his father.
    Lora died some years ago.
    Effie became the wife of Frank Durham, and has two children, John and Margery.
    Phoebe has not married.
    Imogene was married to Clarence Connett, and their home is in Carthage. They have one child, Willard.
    Grace has not married [in 1919].

    Daniel J. Roberts' farm is one of great natural beauty, and in size totals 121 acres. Upon this farm, besides his agricultural work, he raises fine Jersey cattle, and today is the owner of seventeen head. During the war Mr. Roberts entered actively into home service in connection with all patriotic activities. In politics, he is a Democrat."

  • 1925
    1925 - (14 Apr) B.F. Frank DURHAM died of influenza
    1925 - (10 Jun) Effie ROBERTS DURHAM died after a short illness in a Cincinnati hospital, in Hamilton Co., OH
    Hamilton Daily News, Wednesday, April 15, 1925

    Benjamin F. Durham, 49, employed at the Ford Motor Car Co. plant here, died at his home in Hanover township Tuesday night of influenza. He was born in Wittman, Ky., in January, 1876, and was the son of Benjamin and Lydia Durham.

    Mr. Durham is survived by his widow and two children, John and Marjorie Durham; a sister Mrs. William Hatfield, Berea, Ky., and four brothers, William, Germantown; Clayton and Green, Richmond, Ky., and James Durham of Hamilton.

    Funeral services will be held at the residence Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Work officiating. Interment will be in New London cemetery. Mr. Durham was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge, No. 14.

    Hamilton Evening Journal Thursday, June 11, 1925

    Mrs. Effie M. Durham, well known and highly respected Butler county woman, resident of Hanover township, passed away early Wednesday at the Bethesda hospital in Cincinnati, following a short illness.

    She was born in Morgan township on September 24, 1881 and was the daughter of Daniel J. and Anna Roberts. She was united in marriage with Benjamin Durham on June 20, 1907. Her husband passed away just eight weeks ago.

    Mrs. Durham left to mourn her death two children, Marjory, age 10, and John, age 15, the bereaved parents, two brothers, George Roberts, county clerk-elect, of Hamilton, and James D. Roberts of Morgan township, three sisters, Phoebe S. Roberts and Mrs. Grace Bias, of Morgan township, and Mrs. Imogene Connett of Carthage, Ohio.

    "Funeral services will take place from the residence Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock (daylight savings time) with interment in the Shandon cemetery. Rev. Work of Oxford will officiate. Friends may call Thursday afternoon and evening."


    Margery was with her aunt and uncle, Imogene and Clarence CONNETT, in the 1930 census. I am looking for proof that she married Mr. Rieth, and was the Margery A. RIETH who lived with Grace Roberts BIAS in Florida after 1955. John's whereabouts are still unknown.

    Did Grace BIAS (aged 54 in 1954) and Marjery (Marjorie) A. Rieth (aged 39 in 1954) move to Florida together?

    Without definite proof, it seems that Marjorie, born in Ohio 1915, was Grace's niece Marjery DURHAM. Margery, the daughter of Grace's sister, Effie Roberts DURHAM, was born in 1915. Both of her parents died of flu when she was 10 (in 1925). Marjery lived with her aunt and uncle, Imogene and Clarence CONNETT (1930 census). So far I'm not sure where her elder brother John Durham (b 1910) lived after 1925.


    Researcher Sandi Kneer discovered that Grace BIAS was listed in several city directories living with Marjorie A. RIETH from Ohio, born in 1915. In 1955, Grace (listed as widow of Roy Bias) was living at 1315 Evelyn Avenue, Sarasota, FL and so was Marjorie Rieth, who was an Assistant Office Manager at Climate Control Airport. Marjorie was not listed as a widow.

    In 1957 Grace A Bias widow of L. Bias was living at 2180 Hillview, Sarasota, FL

    In 1958 Grace A Bias, widow of Leroy BIAS, was living at 2180 Hillview Ave Sarasota, FL. On 18 August 1958, Marjorie Rieth bought a house at 2403 Stanford Avenue in Bayshore Gardens. (Marjorie owned this house until she died in 1999 or 2000.)

    In 1960, the city directory had Grace and Marjorie still living at the 2403 Stanford Avenue house. Marjorie was an executive secretary for Max Welding Costume Rentals. The City Directory showed Grace A. Bias as the widow of Roy Bias.

    In the 1980 and 1989 directories, Grace R Bias and Marjorie Rieth are still both listed at the Stanford Avenue address. Mrs. Rieth (aged 65 in Aug 1980) was listed as the costume manager for Ringling Brother Circus in nearby Venice, FL.

    1990: (22 Jan) Grace Bias died within 5 days of her 90th birthday. Sandi Kneer contacted the Historical Society in Manatee County which had no record of an obituary for Grace in their files.

    2000: (14 May) Marjorie died at the age of 84. The house was eventually "quit claimed" to Craig Rieth, and was later sold. The Social Security Death Index shows Marjorie A. Rieth, SSN 269-09-2898 (issued before 1951 from OH), with her last resident in Brandenton, Manatee County, FL (zip 34207). She was born 18 Aug 1915, and died 14 May 2000.

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