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Thomas Durbin

Thomas Durbin[1]

Male 1626 - Abt 1697  (71 years)

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  • Name Thomas Durbin 
    Born 1626  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1697  [1
    Age 71 years 
    Notes 
    • [Emory_Anc.ged]

      Thomas Durbin may be our immigrant ancestor. Thomas Durbin migrated,
      perhaps by way of the West Indies from Avon County (now Somerset),
      England, to Ann A rundel County, Maryland prior to 1676. In Bristol and
      America: A Record of the First Settlers in the Colonies of North
      America, 1654-1685, we find the names of more than 10,000 servants to
      foreign plantations who sailed from the Port of Bristol to Virginia,
      Maryland, and other parts of the Atlantic coast , and the West Indies.
      On page 476 of Volume I (1654-63), we find Thomas Du rbin; destination,
      Nevis. Although Thomas Durbin, gave his destination as Ne vis, British
      West Indies, which is in the Caribbean, this does not mean that Nevis was
      his ultimate destination, for at that time immigrants were coming i n
      droves to Virginia and Maryland to raise tobacco which was very much in
      d emand in England. Lord Baltimore's ships had begun to take a southerly
      route to reach North America to avoid the stormy North Atlantic which
      earlier ship s like the Mayflower had taken.
      The first Durbin of record in Maryland was a m an named Thomas. One
      researcher lists his birthplace as England 1626, and an other adds
      Gloucester. His wife's birthdate is given as about 1628.
      From th e Maryland Historical Magazine:
      October 13, 1676, Walter Dickerson, Planter, o f Great Choptank, Talbot
      County, Maryland for 2,500 pounds of tobacco, convey s to Thomas Durbin of
      Severne, Ann Arundel County the 200 acres tract "Johnso n" on the east
      side of Dickerson branch, on the east side of Welshmans Creek, on the
      north side of the Patapsco River. Sarah Dickerson releases dower.
      I n April 20, 1682 there were two additional land grants for land adjacent
      to t he "Johnson" tract, called "Thomas Addition" and "Westminster."
      Baltimore rent rolls dated 1700-1720, Thomas Durbin, Baltimore County
      Hab-Nab-at-a-Venture 350 acres surveyed June 30, 1688 for Thomas Durbin,
      lying on North side of Pa tapsco River and belonging to orphants of said
      Durbin. This tract of land is the present site (1982) of the Druid Hill
      Park near John Hopkins University and the Baltimore Zoo.
      Thomas Durbin witnessed the will of Jane Long on May 19 , 1696. He died
      in the first part of 1699 or the later part of 1698 for his inventory was
      taken May 8, 1699, by Roger Newman, and totaled a substantial 1 3,158
      pounds, with 60-02-8 due to the estate. Debts were paid out of the
      e state to John Smith, Captain Deen Cock, Roger Newman, John Thomas, Major
      Maxw ell, and John Hall. Of particular interest is the following:
      To ye funerall c harges of Thomas Durbin and his wife
      2 black walnutt coffins . . .
      This show s that Thomas and his wife died at about the same time. It
      seems likely that death was sudden and unexpected, for no will was made.
      Perhaps it was the r esult of Indian problems.
      Thomas Durbin left several children, and the Durbins who show up in the
      Patapsco River area from 1699 to 1821 can reasonably be a ssumed to be his
      children, for no other Durbins are know to exist in this are a -- or even
      the Continental United States -- at this time. Further, the na me Thomas
      is carried through several generations of his believed descendants.
      Because the rent roll record speaks in the the plural "orphants" we can
      b e sure of more than one minor child left at Thomas Durbin's death.
      "There are interesting stories and traditions handed down in every
      family, but one of th e most interesting heard concerning the Durbin
      family is the connection of th e City of Baltimore, Maryland, with one of
      the earliest Durbins. It seems a few years ago one of the Durbins was
      doing research in Baltimore, and he ran across a document which indicated
      that a Durbin had become angry with his chi ldren and did not want any of
      them to have any of his estate. He leased all his lands to someone for
      99 years with the stipulation that after that time t he land was to return
      to his descendants, since
    Person ID I11035  Wilson-Maynard Family Tree
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2004 

    Family Mary Downs 
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    Children 
     1. Samuel Durbin,   b. Abt 1698,   d. Oct 1752, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
    Family ID F6614  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S1072564660] Emory_Anc.ged.