Samuel "Gold Rush Sam" Durbin

11 August 1831–24 July 1916 (Age 85)
Mount Vernon, Knox, Ohio, United States

The Life of Samuel "Gold Rush Sam"

When Samuel "Gold Rush Sam" Durbin was born on 11 August 1831, in Mount Vernon, Knox, Ohio, United States, his father, John R. Durbin, was 24 and his mother, Sarah Ann Braddock, was 23. He married Rachel F. Shipley on 3 April 1856, in Knox, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Harrod, Auglaize Township, Allen, Ohio, United States in 1900 and Auglaize Township, Allen, Ohio, United States in 1910. He died on 24 July 1916, in Marion, Marion, Ohio, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Allen, Ohio, United States.

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Samuel "Gold Rush Sam" Durbin
Rachel F. Shipley
Marriage: 3 April 1856
Alva W Durbin
Hiram Mitchell Durbin
Emery Lincoln Durbin
William Hamilton "English Willie" Durbin
Finley Durbin
Elizabeth Isabelle Durbin
Emma Orinda Durbin
Samantha Durbin
John Durbin
Samuel Durbin

Spouse and Children

3 April 1856
Knox, Ohio, United States


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 17

In 1848, by state legislative action, Knox County lost 3 western townships, South Bloomfield, Chester and Franklin, to Morrow County, leaving Hilliar as the lone original western township.
1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Age 29

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.

Name Meaning

French: patronymic from the personal name Urbain, a vernacular form of Urbanus ( see Urban ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Samuel Durbin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Samuel Durbin in household of John Durbin, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Samuel Durbin Sr., "United States Census, 1910"

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