Here is some information on land records I gathered at the Geneva Co. Courthouse and Panther Creek Cemetery yesterday. Transcribed from recordings, so probably not exact spelling & punctuation. --Amy
Book S page 421 Dec. 27, 1865 William Y Durden purchased a parcel of Land from William Collins and his wife for $100 located at the NW ¼ of NW ¼ of section 14 NE ¼ of NE ¼ of section 15 and its SE ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 15 all in Township 1 Range 24 containing 120 acres in the County of Geneva
Witnessed by Luke White & Signed by William Collins and Winnie (sp?) Collins
Book S, Page 422 State of Alabama} Geneva County} This indenture made and entered into this 30th day of Dec. 1869 between W. Y. Durden and Bethany Durden, his wife, of the first part and John J. Clemmons of the second part witness that for and in consideration of the sum of 200 dollars to me in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged had granted bargained and sold and so by these present do grant bargain or sell unto said John J. Clemmons his heirs and assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land known as the NW ¼ of NW ¼ of section 14 NE ¼ of NE ¼ of section 15 and its SE ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 15 all in Township 1 Range 24 containing 120 acres in the County of Geneva to have and to hold above bargain promises and to himself his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple from the claims of myself my heirs and from the claims of all other persons in witness whereof we have entered our name and affixed our seals the day and date above mentioned said sealed and delivered in presence of Thomas BlountW. Y. (X his mark) Durden David NailBethany (X her mark) Durden
Filed on 5 December 1906
Panther Creek Freewill Baptist Church (CR 62 north of Slocomb) Tombstone of William Y. Durden—born March 26, 1811—died February 11, 1893. The concrete tombstone is broken over and near the head of the gravestone of “Babe—wife of L. D. White” in the back corner of the cemetery parallel to the church. Beside is a similar concrete tombstone with the name Elizabeth Collins. Both are extremely worn and do not appear to be near the actual burial locations.
I would like to know where the cemetery is where you found the other W.Y. Durden. Our William Y. Durden had 3 sons(John, Mack, & Washington) and two daughters(Bethany Ann Savannah & Matilda) Our line is through William Young Durden's daughter Bethany Ann Savannah Durden (her father loved Savannah, GA). You can see a message on her posted by Joan at the Durden Page at rootsweb [http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=board&r=rw&p=surnames.durden&m=219] Please e-mail me if you would like to exchange more information.