Edward Durgan

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Edward Durgan

Death 1923 (aged 88–89)
Burial West Point, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 10495324 · View Source
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Civil War

Edward Durgan, Father of Mayor Was First Civil War Volunteer From West Point;
Served as Trustee, Justice of Peace:

Edward Durgan, the venerable father of Mayor George R. Durgan, passed away at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at St. Anthony's home, where he had resided from some the past few years. Mr. Durgan had been in poor health for some time and death was due to a complication of diseases.

Mr. Durgan was the son of the late Richard and Ellen Doyle Durgan and was born at Burlington, Vt., May 11, 1834. A short time later his father, who was a expert stonemason, came to Tippecanoe county and located at West Point, where he helped build the distillery owned by the Sherry brothers.

His parents died suddenly when he was 5 years of age of smallpox. With no relatives in this section of the county, Mr. Durgan as a small boy was bound out to the late John Sherry, it being the custom of the courts in the early days.

He remained with Mr. Sherry until he was 21 years old, when, as was the custom, he was given a horse, saddle, bridle, new suit and $100 in money.

Durgan on receiving his allowance from Mr. Sherry joined a caravan of emigrants, who, like all pioneers, traveled in prairie schooners to the great west. His destination was Iowa, where he remained for two years when he returned to West Point.

He was one of the best informed men in Indiana regarding the Wea Plains, where as a boy he broke the virgin soil. He also witnessed the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal and rode on one of the first boats that traversed that waterway.

Although an ardent democrat in politics, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the first call for volunteers for three months' service in the Civil War, Mr. Durgan was the first man from Wayne Township to enlist.

On April 20, 1861, he was mustered in as a private in Company D, Tenth Indiana volunteer infantry. M.D. Manson was colonel of the regiment and Capt. William C. Wilson was in command of the company.

He served in the peninsular campaign in Virginia and when at the end of three months he mustered out, he re-enlisted in Company G, Fortieth infantry, of which Henry Leaming was colonel.

Mr. Durgan served until the end of the war when he was honorably discharged as a corporal.

At the close of the war Mr. Durgan returned to West Point where for a time he engaged in farming. He served four terms as trustee of Wayne Township and several times as justice of the peace, the office being important to outside townships, before the days of modern conveyances. Mr. Durgan was elected to the office so many times that he finally refused to serve longer.

Following his return from the war he was united in marriage to Miss Leah Jones, who died in 1887. Two children were born to the union, James Durgan, of Anderson, and Mayor George R. Durgan, of this city.

Mr. Durgan was a progressive citizen and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Frank & Son undertaking parlors at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. T.F. William, pastor of Trinity M.E. Church will officiate, and interment will be in the West Point cemetery. The funeral cortege expects to reach the cemetery at 2:30 o'clock.
Submitted by- Thelma Brooks Morgan
Added: Feb. 1, 2008

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 10495324
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Durgan (11 May 1834–1923), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10495324, citing West Point Cemetery, West Point, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by TCHA Research Library (contributor 50273422) .