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John Durbin

John Durbin[1]

Male Abt 1734 - 1797  (~ 63 years)

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  • Name John Durbin 
    Born Abt 1734  Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1797  Harrodsburg, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age ~ 63 years 
    Notes 
    • [Emory_Anc.ged]

      John "traveling preacher", son of Samuel Durbin and Ann Logsdon, was
      married to Ann, daughter of Thomas Logsdon and Mary Logsdon, first
      cousins, Maryland circa 1762.
      John Durbin, according to James Virden of Versailles, Ohio, was t he first
      Durbin in Kentucky, arriving with Daniel Boone in 1775, and was one of
      the axmen who blazed the Wilderness Trail.
      The Filson Club in Louisville, KY has a book on the Hayes family which
      contains a list of the men with Boon e in 1775. William Hayes and William
      Bush (Captain Billy Bush) are mentioned , but John Durbin is not. This
      list was compiled by a researcher of the Daug hters of the American
      Revolution.
      According to James Virden, John and Ann ha d a daughter, Mary, in
      Pennsylvania in 1775, and according to the census of R ichland County,
      Illinois in 1850, another daughter in Kentucky in 1780. This second
      daughter was Nancy, or Annie. John Durbin, then, came to Kentucky
      between 1775 and 1780, and settled in an area near Harrodsburg or
      Boonesboro. He was killed in Harrodsburg in 1797, according to James
      Virden.
      Ann and s on, Austin (or Augustin) were on the tax list of Madison County
      in 1797 and 1 799. Since a part of the family was already living in
      Barren County, Ann and Austin moved there in 1800; Ann dying the same
      year.
      It is said that Thoma s and John Durbin were engaged in mining saltpeter
      (potassium nitrate, used i n medicine, gunpowder, and for fertilizer) from
      the Mammoth Cave, now in pres ent Edmonson County. Hearing reports that
      saltpeter abounded in another cave , known then as the Haunted Cave, they
      decided to investigate. They arrived at the cave late in the day and
      found that the report was true. The cave pr omised successful digging, so
      Thomas told his brother John to return and get the tools and he would
      remain at the cave.
      When night came, Thomas Durbin bu ilt a small fire in the mouth of the
      cave and prepared to rest and sleep as h e was somewhat weary. He
      stretched out before the fire but had barely closed his eyes when he
      heard a rip-roaring noise from within the cave. He seized the rifle by
      his side and peered in the direction whence the noise came. By the dim
      light from the fire he could indistinctly see the outline of an objec t
      perched upon a ledge of rock. Leveling his fouling piece at the object
      h e fired and at the crack of the rifle, the object fell from its perch.
      Next morning upon investigating, he found he had killed a mammoth hoot
      owl. That was the end of the haunt. It is needless to say the the
      Durbin brothers enga ged in mining there unmolested by other diggers.
      [From Durbin-Logsdon Genealog y by Betty Jewell Durbin Carson]


      Please let me know if you have any questions..or know of any errors, changes, this is ongoing research..and ever growing orchard of family branches
    Person ID I7333  Wilson-Maynard Family Tree
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2004 

    Father Samuel Durbin,   b. Abt 1698,   d. Oct 1752, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Mother Ann Logsdon,   b. Abt 1703,   d. Oct 1770, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1723  St. Thomas Church, Owings Mills, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
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    Family ID F4088  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann Logsdon,   d. 1800, Barren County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1762  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
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    Children 
     1. John Durbin,   b. Abt 1776, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1831  (Age ~ 55 years)
    Family ID F4086  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1734 - Baltimore, Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1762 - Maryland Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S536291571] Emory_Anc.ged.