P. S. Durham, of the firm of Durham & Mounts, proprietors of livery and feed stable, is the son of Joseph Durham, who emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana, where he was married to Margaret Ricker, a native of Tennessee. P. S. Durham is the oldest of a family of six children, and was born in Indiana, October 16, 1837.
When but eleven years of age, he left his father's home, his mother having died a short time previous, and went to Mercer County, Illinois, where he found himself to be among strangers. He worked on a farm in Mercer County, and attended the common schools of that vicinity, and in the fall of 1870, came to Holt County, Missouri, where he was engaged in farming till 1877, when he moved to Mound City. Since that time he has been engaged in his present business. He was also for some time in the hotel business. Mr. D. is Junior Deacon of Mound City Lodge No. 294, A. F. and A. M.
He has been three times married: First, June 25, 1857, to Miss Catharine Philips, of Indiana. She was born in the year 1834, and died in 1872. They had eight children, six of whom are living: Albion, Adda, Flora, Burt, Carrie and Alice. He took for his second wife Mrs. Fannie Elliott, of Indiana, her maiden name being Fannie Flemming. She died in the year 1875. They had one child, Jennie. Mr. Durham's third marriage occurred February 6, 1876, to Mrs. Lucy Chambers. Her maiden name was Canada, and she was born in Illinois, December 23, 1832. They have one child, Florence.
Source: "History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882" transcribed by Karyn.