Walter Durkee

Brief Life History of Walter

When Walter Durkee was born in 1802, in Scipio, Cayuga, New York, United States, his father, Ebenezer Durkee I, was 33 and his mother, Thirza Rood, was 25.

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Ebenezer Durkee I
Thirza Rood
Annir Fern Durkee
Andrew Adoneran Durkee
Hiram Durkee
Walter Durkee
Caroline Durkee
Ebenezer Durkee II
Lois Durkee
Elisha Durkee
Lucius Norman Durkee

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    World Events (3)


    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    1803 · The U.S doubles in size

    The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

    Name Meaning

    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.

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

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