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John C. Durbin Biography Knox County Ohio


JOHN C. DURBIN.

Many years have passed since John C. Durbin became a resident of Knox county and he has therefore witnessed much of its development and progress as it emerged from a frontier settlement to a county ranking with the best in this great commonwealth. He feels just pride in what has been accomplished and in the work of improvement he has borne his part as a loyal and progressive citizen.

Mr. Durbin was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, April 27, 1839, and is the fifth son of ten children born to John A. and Margaret (Logston) Durbin. He was only five years of age when the parents came with their children to Knox county and there amid the wild scenes of pioneer life was reared.

He lived in Howard township and attended the district schools of the neighborhood, and in the summer months worked in the fields planting, plowing and harvesting. Here he resided until his marriage, which occurred on the 20th of October, 1863, the lady of his choice being Miss Margaret Colopy, a native of Coshocton county, Ohio, born August 22, 1838, her parents being Thomas and Margaret (Bowman) Colopy. They were natives of Ireland, were married in the Emerald Isle and one child was born to them ere their emigration to America. Mrs. Durbin is their fourth daughter and seventh child. She was reared in Linton township, Cochocton county, the days of her girlhood being passed as that of most of the girls of that period. She attended the public schools and became familiar with the different departments of housework under the direction of her mother.

At the time of their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Durbin began their domestic life in Howard township, Knox county, and upon their first farm remained for six years, after which they spent thirteen years upon another farm in the same township. They next removed, in March, 1883, to the farm which has since been their home. Here Mr. Durbin owns and operates ninety-seven acres of land, all of which is under cultivation. There are good buildings, including a new and commodious barn, upon the place, and the farm is divided into fields of various sizes by well kept fences. His is one of the most attractive homes in the county. The cultivation bestowed upon his land results in securing for him rich harvests and annually his income increases.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Durbin have been born eight children:
-Thomas B., who married Mary Jane Durbin, a daughter of Benjamin Durbin;
-Francis J., who wedded Agatha Swingle, a daughter of Christ Swingle;
-Mary C., the wife of Clement E. Durbin;
-Elizabeth B., the wife of Joseph Grassbaugh;
-Peter,
-Ludjer,
-Raymond and
-Sylvester, all of whom are still with their parents.

The family circle is yet unbroken by the hand of death and the youngest child is now twenty-one years of age. All have been well educated and three of the number have been successful school teachers, while one of the sons is engaged in the grocery business in Mount Vernon. The family are all communicants of St. Luke’s Catholic church at Danville and Mr. Durbin took an active part in erecting the new house of worship there. He has usually given his political support to the Democracy but has never sought or desired political offices, believing that it would interfere with his business whereby he is winning a comfortable competence.

pg 149-150

The Biographical Record of Knox County Ohio, Illustrated, Lewis Publ Co, Chicago, 1902

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