Hi Preston, I looked up your Henry Durham in the 1870 census.Is he living in Bowie, TX and the one who is 52 years old and married to a Melinda age 35 - born in Tennessee??If so, I show children Marion (12) and Huldah (10), Clary (8), Edward (7) Alfred (5), Eunice (3), Elizabeth (1) all born in Texas.There is also a Charles Edwards and Tabitha Edwards living with this family.They are black.
I went back 10 years to the 1860 census in Bowie, TX and found your Henry Durham listed as H. B. Durham (age 39 - born in South Carolina) with wife M. M. (age 25-born in Tennessee).The children listed were M. M. (25) and S. M. (3) both born in Texas.
I then went back to the 1850 census for Bowie, TX and found a Henry Durham living with James P. Alfred (age 30 - born in TN) and wife M. C. Alfred (22 - born in TN).
I also noticed that living in Grimes, TX is a Eliah Durham (b. 1790 in South Carolina) and Elizabeth (22) born in Virginia.It seems odd to have two Durhams living in Texas and both born in South Carolina - and not be related.
Where did you get the info that your Henry Durham was a son of William Henry Durham?Could this Eliah Durham not be the father of your Henry Benjamin Durham??Just curious.