The only way that your James might be connected to me if through another family member of William Durdino of Wayne and Dobbs Co NC possibly also Johnson Co
A brief history---William Durdino was the father of John )(my ancestor), Jacob, and William Durdino/Durdin/Durden of Montgomery/Washington County, Georgia. And Absilla Durdin wife of William Hooks They also went to GA From Dobbs/Wayne Co NC
John my 5th Grandfather left GA and went to MS then LA then back to MS his descendants came to Tyler and Jasper Co TX mostly and some other East TX Counties His dau Nancy Durdin married Jesse Whitmire they came to TX as well John was the only one to leave GA
JOhn Declared on this RW Pension in Simpson co MS that he was b in Daubs Co NC (Dobbs)
Wayne County, North Carolina Deed Book No. 356 page 4781807 Sheriff’s Deed et al (by Sheriff) to Samuel Barnes This indenture made this the first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six between Robert Fellow, Sheriff of Wayne County of the one part and Samuel Barnes of Wayne County of the other part. Witnesseth whereas there issued from the County Court of Wayne County seven writs bearing date the third Monday of august 1806 and returnable to the said court on the third Monday on November ensuing directed to the sheriff of Wayne County commanding him that of the lands and tenements of William Durdino deceased which descended to John Durdino, Jacob Durdino, and Absilla the wife of William Hooks, Elizabeth Ellis, Rhoda the wife of William Ellis, Penny the wife of Jonah Ellis, William Durdino, and Absilla Durdino the daughter of Jesse Durdino deceased heirs at law of said William Durdino deceased he should cause to be made the sum of eighty pounds nineteen shillings and six pence which by the judgment of said court etc..... William d 1804 his wife 1812
William Hooks the husband of Absilla Durdino/Durdin also filed for a RW Pension his however was in GA
John Durdin of Simpson County, Mississippi was a private in the Company commanded by Captain Williams in the regiment commanded by General Caswell in the North Carolina Line for 1 year. Inscribed in the pension rolls of Mississippi for $40 per annum in March 1831. In the pension act of 1832 his statement is that he was 70 years of age (born around 1761) and was born in Daubs (Dobbs) County, North Carolina. Supplementary Testimony was added to the file in May 1833: John Durdin states that he is a resident of Simpson County, Mississippi. He is seventy years of age. He volunteered and entered the military in 1778 as a private. He served under Capt. Williams in what was then called Daubs (Dobbs) County. He served initially three months. During that time he marched from Daubs County to New Barrington then to Wilmington to work on building a fort near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Upon returning to Daubs County he was drafted and served another three months. During this period he marched from Daubs County to Kingston, North Carolina and then to an area that was called “Red Banks”. Soon after he returned to Daubs County in either 1779 or 1780 he again enlisted as a private. This last tour he served about six months til the end of the war. He recollects that he was in said service when the British marched through North Carolina on their march to Little York in Virginia. He states that he was in no considerable battle. He states that he the said John Durdin was born in Daubs County about 1761 and this is where he resided when he was called into service. That since the revolution he has resided in Daubs County, Georgia, Louisiana and in Mississippi where he now resides. He states that he was given various discharges but because of old age he cannot remember who gave them to him and they have all been lost or destroyed. (Note: Dobbs County was formed from Johnson County in 1758. In 1779 Wayne County was formed from Dobbs and Craven Counties. From the time period 1755 to 1780 there were no Durdin families living in this area. However, William Durdino, Richard Durdino, John Durdino Senior and John Durdino Junior were residents and show up on numerous land records, military rosters and tax rolls.) 2. According to the private land claim document no.405 from the General Land Office in New Orleans shows that John Durdino was listed as claim 1006 in Commissioner Cosby’s list of actual settlers. The claim was for section forty six in township three south range thirteen east of St. Helena Meridan containing six hundred and thirty nine acres. This claim was confirmed by the act of 1819. American States Papers indicate in Vol 3 page 73 Claims West of the Pearl River Abstract List of Settlers that John Durdino filed 1 claim in Louisiana by settlement in August 1810.
There are numerous other Records I have for my 5th Grandfather John Durdino aka John Durdin b 1761 Dobbs Co NC d after 1833 probably in Simpson co MS unless he came to TX with one of his kids
His wife's name is unk at this time and has never been proven in all the documents we have she is never mentioned at all.
My 4th Grandmother his dau Martha Durdin aka Patsy Durdino she married one Eli Crockett in St Tammany Parish LA 27 May 1813 She was listed as Patsy Durdino all census i have for her shows her as Martha Crockett b GA abt 1795.
WE have no male Durdin Desc to be tested I am in the process of trying to find a living Desc of Martha's brother Hilliard Durdin (Simpson Co MS to Jasper Co TX to Tyler Co TX)who would be willing to be tested
Abt the DNA go to Family Tree DNA on line and find the durdin/Durden family name and get in touch with the Administrator