Do you know the names of some of their children? Could this be his family from the 1850 census in Panola Co, TX? Some of the younger children were born in Mississippi, but looks like they started in VA, then KY, before MS. It might give you some places to research.
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Mary Derkey F 36 Virginia
James Derkey M 18 Virginia
Adolphus Derkey M 16 Kentucky
Mary Derkey F 14 Mississippi
William Derkey M 12 Mississippi
Hannah Derkey F 10 Mississippi
Hester Derkey F 8 Mississippi
On Rootsweb's WorldConnect someone has posted info on Wm L. Durkee with wife Mary Ann Weir. He's born in CT, she's born in VA. Names of children match the above list on 1850 census. Looks like Luna Hester Durkee is the daughter of Wm and Mary.
On Durkee Forum, see box on the right side that says Jump to #. Type in 215 and you'll find info posted by a descendant of Wm and Mary. Then type in 232 and you'll find someone who responded and said they have info on the family. First one hasn't posted anything recently (message history) but the second one has posted as late as 2011, so maybe you can contact her.
Happy Hunting (^_^)
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