When Oel Durkee Jr. was born on 2 December 1843, in Lorain, Ohio, United States, his father, Oelsen Durkee, was 36 and his mother, Betsey Terry, was 33. He married Emma Odelpha Phillips on 31 December 1865, in Elyria, Lorain, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Eaton, Lorain, Ohio, United States in 1880 and Grafton, Lorain, Ohio, United States in 1900. He died on 11 September 1923, in Lorain, Ohio, United States, at the age of 79.
Irish and Scottish: perhaps a late pet form in Scotland of Durkin . This surname is rare in Britain and Ireland.
History: The name was brought to the Massachusetts Bay Colony by William Durgy, who was born in Ireland c. 1632. He arrived from Barbados on November 9, 1663, as the indentured servant of Thomas Bishop.