Thanks for answering! I am confused between a Gedcoms on Rootsweb, and a bio from "The History of Marion and Shelby Counties" published in 1911, which has a bio of two and possibly three Durrets of similar name in it.
Let me include the text of the bio here so you can see where the confusion lies.
(this is my son's line; I hope to surprisehim on his birthday! I'm not sending off for documents because I want to get the general 'lay of the land' before investing money I don't have! his line comes through Rebecca Gay Durret, daughter (until further research) of Richard Henry Durret Jr. and Sarah Ann Gay). Whew.
It appears to me that my cofusion is based in the Gedcom's insistence that "Richard Henry Durret Jr." was the one who married Sarah Ann Gay. So the father *should* be Richard Henry Durret, Sr, right? but NO, according to the article it would be Richard _A_ Durret.
To my further confusion, the 1910 Fed. Census for Shelby Co, MO lists Richard H. Durret, age 71, with only a wife, Pauline, and a son age 41. This, too, seems to be at odds with the entry below from the History, which says Richard _A_ married Sarah A. Gay. I've been unable to sort it all our and hope you have further corroboration for any of the above information.
Thanks again- so happy to find someone from this interesting line to talk to!
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==========the entry that has confused me:======
==Richard H. Durrett (Farmer and Stock-raiser, Post-office, Oak Dale)
It was in 1870 that Mr. Durrett purchased his present farm, and since that time this place has continued to be his permanent home.It is an excellent farm of 160 acres, and its improvements are above the average, it being one of the choice homesteads of the vicinity.Mr. Durrett, besides being a good farmer in general, is making something of a specialty of stock, in which he is having excellent success. He was the eldest in a family of five children of William A. and Sallie (Gay) Durrett, the latter from Kentucky, but the former came to Missouri from Virginia, in 1825, and settled in Shelby county.Here they reared their family, and the mother died here in the spring of 1861.The father is still living at a venerable age, and has a pleasant home with his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Sharp, in Colorado.Richard H. Durrett saw considerable service in the Confederate army during the war, and bore himself bravely on the field of battle.He was under Col. Porter, the thrilling adventures of whose command would make one of the most readable books of the literature of the war.February 21, 1867, Mr. Durrett was married to Miss Paulina Gupton, daughter of Argentine Gupton, formerly of Kentucky.They have two children, Richard C. and Emma.Mrs. D. is a member of the Baptist Church.Mr. Durrett is a man of marked energy and industry, and occupies a leading position among his heighbors as a farmer and citizen.He is highly esteemed and influential in his vicinity.
==From _The History of Monroe and Shelby counties, Missouri_
St. Louis, National Historical Company, 1884.
1176 p.,call number - F 472 M76 H6, Sutro Lib.