Just discovered that William James (Jess) Durbin born 1828 in La and died after 1900 in La (son of James Wiseman Durbin and Keziah Traylor) had a first wife Purmancy Rayburn. Found their marriage in Ancestry.com. After spending a week researching this, discovered her name was really Permelia Raborn. The two married March 12, 1852 in Bienville Parish, La. and had a daughter Sarah born in 1854. However, the story does not end there. The next census for 1860 shows that William Durbin has married my GGGrandmother Christine Evelyn Lewis. William and Permelia Raborn's daughter is living with William and Christine Lewis Durbin in Winn Parish. Later found that Permelia Raborn died in 1860 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. The La mortality schedule shows she had been sick for 2 years. My question is does anyone know what happened between William Durbin and Permelia Raborn and what caused her to leave her daughter Sarah with husband William Durbin. They had to have gotten a divorce, which was unheard of in small rural Louisiana between 1854-1857. Does anyone have information regarding this matter please, please reply.
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