Sylvester Alfonzo Durham

8 September 1818–4 January 1873 (Age 54)
Genesee, Allegany, New York, United States

The Life of Sylvester Alfonzo

When Sylvester Alfonzo Durham was born on 8 September 1818, in Genesee, Allegany, New York, United States, his father, Silas Durham, was 27 and his mother, Laura Morse, was 27. He married Elizabeth Parker on 30 September 1841, in Pickaway, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Benton Township, Ottawa, Ohio, United States in 1850. He died on 4 January 1873, in Osage Mission, Neosho, Kansas, United States, at the age of 54.

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Sylvester Alfonzo Durham
Elizabeth Parker
Marriage: 30 September 1841
Mary Catherine Durham
Henry Durham
Eliza Durham
Emily Jane Durham
Rosetta Durham
William Albert Durham
Clashenia Durham

Spouse and Children

30 September 1841
Pickaway, Ohio, United States


    Mary Catherine Durham



    Henry Durham


    William Albert Durham


    Eliza Durham


+2 More Children

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+5 More Children

World Events (7)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 1

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 9

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.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 18

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Durham, a city in northeastern England, named from Old English dūn ‘hill’ ( see Down 1) + Old Norse holmr ‘island’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Sylvester Durham in household of Benjamin Taylor, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sylvester Durham, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sylvester A. Durham, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"

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