In 1804, for some reason, Andrew Durnford left Barbara. Presumably she had the children with her, as the youngest Edward was only born in 1803.
S Some report that Andrew ran off with the maid, which is highly probable. Her name was Harriet Westwood. She was born 1789 in Gloucester and died probably from childbirth in 1823
Her parents William and Elizabeth were from Gloucester. Harriet was only around 17 at the time.
Her name has been recorded as Harriet West, however when considering that she had a daughter whose name included the surname Westwood, as was the custom of the time, it is fairly likely that is her surname. She also called her children from her parent's names, William and Elizabeth were the names of her parents, and included in the children's names as well.
Their children were
2 . William George Durnford, b 1807 d. Apr 28, 1867, Feltham House, East Moulsey, Surrey,
3. Eliza Durnford 1813 1891
Harriet Woodward 1789 died 28 May 1823 Potterspury Northamptonshire
They had 5 children
Agnes, Sarah, Emma, Frederick Andrew Junior and Henry Montagu Durnford
Frederick Durnford was a Parliamentary agent, he brought bills and papers to the house, on behalf of others.
His eldest son and his brother William George Durnford were
partners in the business and it was located in Parliament Street London, a pretty impressive area near Parliament House.
In 1868 they dissolved the partnership, possibly as he retired.
During his career, he was also insolvent in 1844.
Frederick was a painter, of Maritime Prints. He later joined the military.
His son Frederick Andrew Durnford Jnr was a stockbroker
Agnes Isbiana Durnford b 1837 did not marry and lived firstly with her parents in Lambeth, then later to Walton in Surrey
Sarah Durnford was born 1839
Emma Durnford was born in 1841
Frederick Andrew Durnford was born 1843
Henry Montagu Durnford was born 1844.
2. William George Durnford was born in 1807 at Rothbury in Northuberland and lived at St George Square Hanover Square London. He was part of the Durnford Agents business with his brother.
He married Mary Milner in 1863 in Yorkshire, and he died in 1867, at Feltham House Surrey.
He also owned a property at 57 High Street Woolwich.
3 Eliza Durnford was born November 1813 and died in 1891 in Walton on Thames in Surrey.
In 1841 she was living with her father and the children he had with Mary Hadley. She must have been helping to raise them. She lived most of her life with her brother Frederick and their family, and had a daughter Harriet Durnford born 1855
4. Alfred Dunford was born 1st May 1818 in Peckham, London, and baptised 1st July 1818 at
St Giles, Camberwell, London. In 1840 he married Anna M. Smith at St James Westminster.
He and Anna had nine children
1. Alfred Montagu Durnford b 29 August 1841 in Lambeth St Mary died October 1848 at Westminster St Margaret
2. Annie Eliza Durnford b 27 April 1843 in Lambeth, baptised 1 March 1844 St Mary's
Anne married James W Ward in 1865 at Richland, Wisconin US. She died 1872
3. Harriet Amelia Durnford was born 1st February 1845 in Lambeth She married John Marion Shireman in September 1874, aged 29 in Wisconsin US She died 1929 in Richland
4. George Alfred Durnford born 18 October 186 in Lambeth and in 1879 he married Mary Franklin Travers in Richland Wisconsin US. He died 26 October 1902 in Rockbridge Richland Wisconsin US
5. Alfred Frederick Durnford was born 16 January 1848 in Lambeth and he died in 1860 at Dayton Richland, Wisconsin.
6. Eliza Emily Durnford was born 20 January 1850 in Richmond Surrey baptised in 29 Sept 1850 and died 29 Sept 1850 at Lambeth.
7. Rosa Emily Durnford was born 14th Oct 1853 in London, and was baptised at St Mildred's in Poultry, St May Colechurch, London. In 1876 she married Lewis Edward James, in Wisconson and she died in 1916 at Richland Wisconsin.
8. Edward H Durnford was born 27 July 1859 in Wisconsin and in 1880 married Ida Ann Porter
9. Frederick H Durnford was born 8th June 1862 in Dayton, he married Ella Jane Morrison and he died 1930 in Milwaukee
In 1851 the family were living with Anna's parents 23 Caledonia Street Islington, as the list from the census shows.
Annas' grandparents had interesting occupations.
Her father Edward Smith 64 was a retired farmer
Ann his wife 64
Frederick his son 35 was a labourer
Charles his son 33 was a labourer
Henry his son 26 was a billiard parlour owner
Eliza their daughter was 26 and a milliner
Emily their daughter was 22 and a milliner
Susanna their daughter was 18 and a milliner
Alfred Durnford and Anne were staying there with their children Anne George Alfred and Eliza. Alfred lists his employment as out of business. His daughter Harriet was staying with his brother.
It is unknown what he was doing before 1851, nor where the family were living. In 1853 the emigrated to US, and they settled in Richland County.
5. Charlotte Louisa Westwood Durnford was born August 1820 in Bermondsey in Surrey. She married Thomas Copeland Woodman in July 1848. Thomas died in 1849, and Charlotte died in 1865 in Dudley Staffordshire.
6. Sarah Durnford was born April 1823 and died shortly afterwards.
These stories from his family. He may have worked for some time with his uncle in their agency
Alfred Durnford was educated for the legal profession, and for a number of years was engaged in parliamentary solicitorship. In 1840 he united in marriage with Annie Smith, and in the fall of 1854 emigrated to the United States.
He stopped at Milwaukee until the spring following, then came farther
west and became one of the early settlers of Richland county. He purchased land on section 2, town of Dayton, and engaged in farming. But as he was admitted to the bar soon after coming to the county, he gave considerable of big time to the practice of law, and as his practice increased he left the farm and removed to Richland Centre and gave his entire attention to the legal profession until 1880, when on account of failing health he retired from practice, and now resides in the north part of the village, where he owns thirty acres of land, and is pleasantly located.
He became asssociated with the democratic party soon after coming to America, and still adheres to its ranks, but has never taken any further interest than to perform his duty as an enlightened citizen. He was court commissioner for several years, and has served as justice of the peace. His religious convictions are with the Presbyterian society.
Mr. and Mrs. Durnford have reared eleven children, five now living — George, Harriet, now Mrs. J. M. Shireman; Rosa, now Mrs. Lewis James; Edward H. and Frederick W.
Perhaps the stories originated with the 1884 Bar Records of Richland county
In 1884 the bar of Richland county was composed of the following gentlemen: H A Eastland, James H Miner, Oscar F Black, Kirk W Eastland, F W Burnham, J H Berryman, Michael Murphy and Thomas A Johnston, all of Richland Centre, and actively engaged in practice. In addition to the above the following gentlemen are members of the bar but are not engaged in practice: David Strickland, S H Doolittle, A Durnford and H W Eastland, of Richland Centre; Newton Wells, of the town of Eagle; L M Thorp, of Excelsior; and Dr. R M Miller, of Port Andrew.
* His father was only in the Army a short while, see the post of his life.
In the 1841 Census he was listed as a Clerk, and in 1851 he was living with his in-laws.
He may have been working in insurance, after the collapse of his brother's firm in 1844.
He was working in a coffee shop and living in London. Perhaps the coffee shop was in the Spectacle Makers Guild, as he applied for and was granted admission. The idea of Freedom of the City, was a money making exercise, wherein for a fee, you were allowed to operate in the square controlled by a particular guild.
The medieval term 'freeman' meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land. Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term 'freedom' of the City.
From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery to carry out their trade or craft in the Square Mile.
A fee or fine would be charged and in return the Livery Companies would ensure that the goods and services provided would be of the highest possible standards. In 1835, the Freedom was widened to incorporate not just members of Livery Companies but also people living or working in the City or those with a strong London connection.
Edward Durnford son of Alfred,
Alfred Durnford was a native of England, born in Peckham, near London, May 1, 1818. His father, Andrew Montague Isaacson Durnford, was lieutenant-colonel in the Third Guards, British army, and the family was consequently not permanently settled at any given place, but resided in various parts of Great Britain and Ireland.
Alfred Durnford was educated for the legal profession, and for a number of years was engaged in parliamentary solicitorship in London. In 1840 he was united in marriage with Annie Smith, and in the fall of 1854 emigrated to the United States. He stopped at Milwaukee until the following spring, then moved farther west and became one of the early settlers of Richland county.
There was no railroad leading west from Milwaukee at that time, and he made the trip to his destination with an ox team. He first purchased land on section 2 in the town of Dayton and engaged in farming, but as he was admitted to the bar soon after coming to the county he gave considerable of his time to the practice of law.
As his practice increased he left the farm in 1864, and removed to Richland Center, where he gave his entire attention to the legal profession until 1880, when on account of failing health he retired
from practice and resided on a tract of land, pleasantly located in the north part of the city, until his death, April 17, 1898, his wife having died Nov. 3, 1878, at the age of sixty-four years.
He became associated with the Democratic party soon after coming to America and ever after adhered to the principles of that organization but he never took any further interest than to perform his duty as an enlightened citizen. He was court commissioner several years and also served as justice of the peace. His religious convictions were in accord with the Presbyterian faith.
Mr. and Mrs. Durnford were the parents of seven children: Annie, Harriet, and George are deceased; Rosa married Lewis E. James and resides in Richland Center; Alfred is deceased; Edward W. is the subject of this review; and Frederick resides in Richland Center. Edward W. Durnford was educated in the public schools and began his independent career at the age of twenty-one, working at the carpenter trade. The following year he commenced contracting and building in Richland Center and vicinity, and afterward also operated in Vernon, Crawford and Sauk counties.
He built the Presbyterian church at Richland Center, was connected with the erection of the high school building at the same place, and a great many of the fine residences in Richland's county seat are monuments to his handiwork. He has made a specialty of all kinds of fancy architecture, doing a great deal of work in that line, and he employs as many as fourteen men to carry out and complete his numerous contracts.
In 1902 he erected a factory in Richland Center, where he does all kinds of finishing work for house-building, and he also manufactures furniture, tables, parlor stands, kitchen tables, cupboards, etc. He also conducts a large furniture store, comprising two stories and a basement, where he constantly has on hand an extensive stock of furniture and wall-paper, and it can be said without exaggeration that he is one of the enterprising business men of Richland Center.
Mr. Durnford was married Aug. 20, 1880, to Miss Ida Porter, of Fort Atkinson, daughter of Isaac R. Porter and wife, both of whom are now deceased. Mrs. Durnford's parents were early settlers in Fort Atkinson, coming there from New York state about 1850.
Mr. and Mrs. Durnford are the parents of four children: Rosa, Cleavie, Freddie and Willie, (the two latter being deceased). The two living children reside at home with their parents. The subject of this review is a member of the Mystic Workers and the Yeomen, and he and his wife are communicants of the Presbyterian church.
He bought a farm of 140 acres when he was nineteen years of age, but afterward sold it, and was for fourteen years a traveling salesman; changing his occupation to that of farming, he purchased a farm of 160 acres, which he runs largely for dairying and stock raising, making a specialty of a breed of Yorkshire hogs; he is also a dealer in and a shipper of stock.
Besides his home farm, Mr. Durnford owns 100 acres of land in the town of Willow. He was married Dec. 22, 1886, to Miss Ella Morrison, a native of Richland county, and the daughter of H. J. and Sallie (Fox) Morrison, both deceased, who came from Ohio to Richland county among the very early settlers. Mr. and Mrs. Durnford have had eight children, viz., Dorothy, Harold, Fred, Henry, Helen (deceased), Willie (deceased), Dewey and Gladys. Mr. Durnford is a Republican, and he and his family are members of the Presbyterian church of Richland Center.