|Birth: ||Jan. 7, 1810|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1901|
He married on December 2, 1834, Hennepin, Illinos, to Elizabeth Winters.
He corresponded with Abraham Lincoln.
Henry News Republican, Jan 17, 1901:
Williamson Durley was born in Caldwell county, Kentucky, Jan. 7, 1810; died in Hennepin, Ill., Jan 14, 1901, aged 91 years, and 7 days. He moved with his parents from Kentucky to Sangamon county near Springfield, Ill., in 1819, where he was educated in a log school house with split logs for seats, hewed benches and other furniture to match. In that primitive college he laid the foundation of his knowledge on which he afterward built by the economical use of spare hours in private study.
In August, 1831, he came to Putnam county, Ill., taking part that season in the first year of the Black Hawk war. He and his uncle James Durley opened up a stock of goods under the firm name of J.& W. Durley, and continued for four years. In 1837 he moved on his farm two miles east of Hennepin and in 1811 he entered into the mercantile trade with Andrew Wardlaw, under the firm name of Durley & Wardlaw. He remained on his farm until the autumn of 1880, when he retired and moved to Hennepin.
He served as internal revenue assessor from 1862 to 1865, assisted in filling out the township quota, and was active in organizing the Union League long prior to the Rebellion. He was in full sympathy with the Liberty party and acted with the Free Soil party in 1848 and 1852, and has trained in the Republican ranks since that great party sprang into power.
He was married to Elizabeth Winters of Miama County, Ohio, Dec. 21, 1834, who preceded him to the spirit world six years ago. He was one of the foremost men of Putnam county and was only feeble a few hours before his death. He passed quietly away at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon. Funeral was held from the First Congregational church Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. His daughters, Mrs. Hartenbower and Mrs. H.A. Stewart arrived Tuesday morning, accompanied by Hon J.J. Hartenbower of Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Durley leaves one brother, four sons, and three daughters, 21 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted by Rev. P.M. France, pastor of the First Congregation church, of which Mr. Durley was a devoted member.
Transcribed by Nancy Piper
Besides the children linked below they had:
Amanda Durley (ca.1837-unk)
Albert W. Durley (1839-1897)
Edwin M. Durley (ca.1848-unk)
Chester Durley (ca.1850-unk)
Elizabeth Winters Durley (1810 - 1895)
Cynthia J. Hartenbower (1838 - 1926)*
Preston Bradley Durley (1839 - 1897)*
Lyle Howard Durley (1846 - 1930)*
Carrie May Durley Harper (1853 - 1938)*
Created by: Carl Bennett
Record added: Feb 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33848948
Added: Jan. 31, 2013