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THOMAS WISE DURHAM
Thomas Wise Durham was born on Leap Year Day in 1840, Montgomery County, Indiana to Jeremiah Brisco and Minerva Payne Walker Durham. He was middle child of nine all born on the Durham farm in Brown Township. Although there were other Durham families who stayed here for generations, his family moved on to the Topeka, Kansas area.
Lew Wallace's Indiana Zouaves were well-known during the Civil War, being a part of the 11th Indiana Infantry (Co. G) and Thomas became a Lt. in this group. Thomas was a born leader, strong, not afraid of a fight and believed in good and evil.
A true look (first-hand) at life in the Civil War is Durham's Three Years with Wallaces Zouaves: The Memoirs of Thomas Wise Durham.
The family attended the Hiland Methodist Episcopal Church which was located on their farm. Thomas also received his education in a school right there on their farm.
Thomas married Amanda Montgomery 8 July 1869. They would have two sons, Fred and Claude who both died young. Later, they adopted a daughter, Dorothy. The family lived in various places, shortly in Arkansas and Indianapolis, later Topeka, Kansas and finally Los Angeles. For awhile, Tom was a Mine Operator, but mainly worked as a Constable or Policeman.
Thomas died of arteriolosclerosis and heart trouble while at the Sawtell, California National Home for Volunteer Soldiers on the 28th of August 1925. His wife died about three years later while with their adopted daughter, Dorothy Topp (Mrs. Fred) who lived 2907 Halldale Avenue in LA.
A ruddy complected man about 5'9" he weighed about 180-90 most of his life. Graying early, he had beautiful blue eyes.
The $72/month he received for his pension helped a great deal in his retirement. Certainly, he was able to do some travelling and was known to many people before passing away. He is buried in Angelus Rosedale Cemetery in LA. (Lot 247 N Grave 5S 1 RE) - kbz
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