|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1843|
|Death: ||Dec., 1907|
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Per Henry Aten's History of the 85th Illinois Infantry, published in 1901:
Quartermaster sergeant Edwin M. Durham, staff, 85th Il. Inf., was born in Greenville, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, December 19, 1844, and removed to Illinois in 1859. He enlisted as a private from Bath, in Mason county, and served through the Kentucky campaign in company D. He was promoted to be quartermaster sergeant in 1863, served in that capacity to the close of the war, and was mustered out with the regiment. He first settled at Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he was a salesman, but removed to Missouri in 1869, and is at present a breeder of fine poultry at La Plata, Macon county, Missouri.
LA PLATA HOME PRESS, La Plata, Missouri
December 19, 1907
EDWIN M. DURHAM
---He was born in Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania December 19, 1843. In 1859 he came with his parents to Illinois. He enlisted as a private from Bath, Mason County, Illinois and served through the Kentucky Campaighn in Co. D.
---In 1853 he was promoted to Quarter Master sargent and served in the capacity to the close of the was, when he was with his regiment, muster out. After the Civil War he settled and lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi for a number of years.
---About 1870 he came to Missouri and soon after, was married to Miss Elizabeth Lee of Jacksonville, settling, however, in La Plata where he and his wife made their home living happily together for eight years.
---June 6, 1891, he and Miss Viola Stout of Macon, Missouri were united in marriage and their companionship continued for nearly seventeen years, when he was called to the hight home, December 13, 1907, leaving a wife, two sisters and one brother in bereavement.
---For about thirty-five years he was a faithful and honored member of the A.F. & A.M. in which order he held at different time, prominent offices.
---Twelve years ago he united with the Universalist Church under the ministry of John Hughes whom he greatly admired. In the Universalist faith he therefore lived and died.
---Edwin M. Durham was a man of quietturn of mind and his virtures were those of integrity, good will and peace. He was a constant reader and on his table could always be found the best monthlies and dailies published in the country.
---He was a clear thinker, but not a controversalist. His state of health restraines him from participating in social features of the town as he otherwise would have done.
---Sunday at 2 p.m. Rev. G.E. Cunningham, the pastor, was in charge and delivered the sermon which was upon the them "The Family, Ida as reflecting the continous conduct of God toward all Souls." It expressed the sentiment of Whittier in the following versus: "I walk with bare hushed feet the ground ye tread with boldness shod." "I dare not fix with mite and bound' the love and power of God."
---"I know not where His Islands lift their fronded palms of air; I only know I can not drift beyound His love and care."
Viola Stout Durham (1864 - ____)*
La Plata Cemetery
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