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Alexander Franklin Durant was born October 25, 1846, in Overton County, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Civil War, December 21, 1863, Co. K. Ill. lnf. at Naples, Illinois. He was taken prisoner and spent some time in the Andersonville Prison. He was discharged May 30, 1865, in Springfield, Illinois. He lived in Naples, Illinois, until 1966, when he came to Riley County, Kansas.

Theresa Kern was born December 8, 1855, in Hammer, Hungary. She came to the United States with her widowed mother, three sisters and one brother when she was four years old.

Grandpa Fisher, Ed and A. F. Durant, Norman Ames and Charlie Durant. Front: Osa Durant, Grandma Fisher, Weber Ames, Grandma Durant, Marion, Laura and Frank Ames and Frank Durant.

Osa Durant; N. B., Frank, Marion and Mildred Ames; Charlie, Mildred, Chris, Ethel, Lois and Ed Durant; Front: Weber Ames, Thrasey Durant and Mrs. C. P. Fisher.


In Riley County, Kansas, she met A. F. Durant and they were married April 7, 1874. Five children were born: Laura Belle, Benjamin Franklin, Edwin Irvin, Mary Sarah, and Charles Oscar. March 7, 1907, A. F. Durant, his wife, Thrasey, and two sons, Ed I. Durant and Charles O. Durant, moved to Mooreland, Oklahoma. He purchased the S.W. Sec. 12 T-23 N, R-19-W from Adolph McNaught. In March 1912, when their daughter, Laura Durant Ames, died they took her baby girl, Mildred Alice Ames, to raise.

In 1916, they moved to a home in Mooreland, where he lived until his death April 30, 1920. Thrasey continued to live in the home until her death April 12, 1945.

Submitted by Mrs. Willard Peach.


Benjamin Franklin Durant was born in Riley County, Kansas, December 13, 1876, to A. F. and Thrasey Durant. In 1901, he came to Major County, Oklahoma.

Osa Mae Fisher was born in Rising City, Nebraska, May 13, 1882. She moved with her parents to Homestead, Oklahoma. There she met Frank Durant and they were married in 1903. In 1908, they moved to a farm north of Mooreland: SW Sec. 13 T-23-N, R-19-W. Their two children were born there: Lois Mae, December 26, 1909, and Christopher Paul, November 15, 1911.

In 1913, the family moved to a farm south of Mooreland: SW 1/4 Sec. 13 T-22-N, R-19-W. They lived there until 1944, when they moved into the town of Mooreland.

Frank Durant was elected to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives from Woodward County, in 1942. He was re-elected in 1944, but he died January 27, 1945, before he could complete his second term.

The Durants' daughter, Lois Mae, married Reese H. Tucker, in 1932, and they now live in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Christopher Paul Durant lives in Pineville, Louisiana. Osa Durant died January 18, 1969.

Submitted by Mrs. Willard Peach.


Charles Oscar Durant was born March 22, 1893, in Riley County, Kansas. March 7, 1907, he came with his parents, A. F. and Thrasey Durant, to Mooreland, Oklahoma. On July 16, 1916, he and Mildred Elizabeth Brackett were married, at the Brackett home in Mooreland. In 1918, he enlisted in the United States Army. After the signing of the Armistice, he and his wife, Mildred, returned to Mooreland. Their daughter, Mary Elizabeth, was born June 21, 1922. In September 1922, the family moved to Bakersfield, California. Charles served on the police force until his retirement in 1949. He died May 5, 1952. Mildred Brackett Durant died April 17, 1974.

Submitted by Mrs. Willard Peach.


Edwin Irvin Durant was born February 11, 1879, in Riley County, Kansas. March 7, 1907, he came with his parents, A. F. and Thrasey Durant, to Mooreland, Oklahoma.

He served two terms as Undersheriff of Woodward County under Frank Richards.

In 1914, he was elected Sheriff of Woodward County. During his term as Sheriff, he was seriously injured by a gunshot in the discharge of his duties. This wound almost resulted in his death and he was incapacitated for almost three years. He held the office for three terms.

He was married to Ethel V. Wells, November 16, 1914. In 1920, they moved to Mooreland. In 1922, they moved to Bakersfield, California, where he worked for the Southern Pacific Railway Company. Later, he was an enforcement officer for the American Potash and Chemical Company at Trona, California. This position he held until his death, December 5, 1944. Ethel V. Durant died April 3,1973.

Submitted by Mrs. Willard Peach.


I am Mrs. Denver (Stella Mae Dutton) Holloway of Mooreland, Oklahoma. My father, Abram N. Dutton (better known as Nelse), left Shelbyville, Illinois, in 1889, with his parents, by covered wagon. His parents, Abram Saul and Mary Catherine Bowman Dutton, and eight of their nine children settled near Stafford and Nickerson, Kansas, where the children finished school. Four girls and one boy (my father) were schoolteachers. They left there for Woodward County in 1901, and homesteaded seven miles north and three east of Woodward. My grandfather took the northeast quarter, Aunt Lucy the northwest quarter and my father took the southwest quarter, after he became 21 years of age in 1902.

Abram N. and Loeta Dutton.

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