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FRONTIER TIMES MAGAZINE
Interesting Life Story of An Early Texan.
By Mrs. Mary E. Lesesne, Hennessy, Texas. Speaks of Colonel John Durst who was born in Missouri February 4, 1797. He was raised in Texas by Mr. Samuel Davenport, who, taking young Durst with him, abandoned the country about 1814 on account of the war between Spain and 'Mexico.
He married Miss Harriet M. Jamison, a native of Harper's Ferry, Va., whose father, Col. Jamison, had been appointed Indian agent for the United States and in that capacity was then living in Louisiana. The marriage took place in Natchitoches February 21, 1821. In 1827 Colonel Durst and his wife moved to Nacogdoches, Texas, and bought the old stone house which the missionaries had built in 1778. This house. was their home while they resided in Nacogdoches and was fort as well as home. Col. Durst kept well in view the protection of his family.
Further Mentions: Col. Piedras, Milam and Bowie, General Rusk, Col. Durst moved to Angelina county and commenced farming on the river of that name., Flores and Canales, Judge John H. Reagan, Eliza Almira Durst, was born in Natchitoches, La., in 1823. Louis Orlando Durst was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, September 1, 1827, Benigna Durst, April 7, 1830. Biuno Durst, October 11, 1832. Alexander Horatio Durst, December 28, 1834. Angelina Durst, March 20, 1837. Harriet Matilda Durst, July 29, 1839. John Sterling Durst, October 20, 1841. Horatio Durst, March 16, 1844. Clara Elizabeth Durst, September 6, 1846. Eugenia Marcelino Durst, 1849.
NOTE: THIS IS GREAT VERY EARLY TX GENEALOGY. THE STORY GOES ON TO TRACE OUT CONTINUED ANCESTRY OF DURST
These links may also be helpful:
1837 TAX LIST NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TEXAS
Joseph DURST by son James
ANDERSON County Texas Land Survey
JOHN DURST J. DURST 18
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