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Durboraw brothers married to Bailey sisters, daughters of William B Bailey
Posted by: Laura Davenport (ID *****2626) Date: August 08, 2010 at 14:22:41
  of 1828

Two of my great grandmother's brother's married two sisters, daughters of Wiliaim B Bailey and Ella Dill of Greenville County.I am looking for information on or any descendants of their natural or adopted children.

Luther Durboraw 1882-1918 m Nancy Bailey b 1893. Their duaghter, Sarah Durboraw was born July 1914 and died of whooping cough in February 1915.

Greenville County Court records show that on 18 May 1916 Luther adopts an 18 month old boy, natural mother's name is Mattie Bagwell,the child is named John Thomas Durboraw. On 25 Sept 1919 Luther himself dies of tuberculous meningitis.

In the 1920 census the adopted child, John Thomas Durboraw is living with Nancy's parents William B and Ella Bailey in Greenville County; I have not found Nancy in that census year, she isn't living with her parents and adopted son. By 1930 Nancy has remarried and is living with her new husband, Ernest J Medlin, and at least one child that is her natural offspring, (John) Earle Medlin. This child dies of pneumonia in 1931 and Ernest is dead at 45 of a gunshot wound to abdomen by 1939. There is no sign of Nancy MEDLIN in public records after 1930, her parents, with whom the adopted John Thomas Durboraw was living in 1920 died 1929 and 1936. A person who is probably this John Thomas Durboraw is found in the public record in and around Greenville until at least the 1950's, but, the public record gives no details. I have not found an obituary, marriage record or death record and Durboraws in this area are few and all descend from my great grandfather, J F Durboraw.

Luther's brother, Fred Durboraw marries Nancy's sister Frances b 1903 in Greenville County in 1913. In 1920 they are sharing a home with Frances' brother, William A Bailey and have a daughter, Frances DURBORAW, age 4. But, also, in 1920, Fred is censused as a patient in Camp Simms Public Health Hospital; in 1921 he is a paient in the TB Hospital in Johnson City Tennessee with a diagnosis of chronic TB, active. His records there show him in and out of the hosptial throughout the 1920's until 1931. His admission lists him as "married", but his contact person is not Frances Bailey Durboraw, it is my grandmother, Mrs Ward M Stevenson (her husband in 1921 but not in 1931, another wierd story). In 1930 Frances is living with her widowed father in Greenville and she is Frances BAILEY; her daughter is listed as Frances BAILEY "Jr" and Fred is living in Johnson City with wife "Daisy" (MNU)to whom he is still married at the time of his death and who is buried with him. I don't know if Daisy and Fred had children; I cannot find any. In the 1930 census there is also another child, Lucille (BAILEY), age 2 1/2, listed as a "grandchild" but I don't know if this child is Frances' and Fred's; there is another sister, Nora Bailey, also in the household, the child could be hers.

Okay, this is long and complicated, but if anyone has a clue as to what became of John Thomas Durboraw and/or Frances (Durboraw) Bailey b @1916, I'd appreciate any little bit of insight.

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