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Philip Durkee

30th MI Infantry, Company F (1845 – 1917) 

Franklin Cemetery 2011

     Born June 17, 1845 to Stephan and Nancy Durkee in Michigan, Philip Durkee was working as a farm laborer on his family’s farm in Bloomfield Twp., MI when he enlisted as a private in the 30th MI Infantry, Company F on Dec. 16, 1864 at age 20.  He survived the war and was discharged on July 10, 1865 in Detroit, MI.  He applied for a military pension on January 25, 1892.

     Following the war Durkee married Mary German on July 22, 1866 in Oakland County, MI and the couple lived on the Durkee family farm with their daughter Minnie (born 1867) until at least 1880 (indexed under Dinker in the 1870 census).  By 1880 Philip was employed as a fireman on the railroad.  In 1891 Philip married a second wife, Anna M. and according to the 1900 census the couple was living with Anna’s daughters Grace P (born 1883) and Jeanette M. (born 1886) in Birmingham, MI.  His occupation was again listed as a farmer.  By 1910 Philip and Anna had divorced and the census shows him living in Larkspur, CO, as purveyor of soft drinks and the landlord of boarder Swan Ringdall age 62, a cobbler. 

     Philip Durkee died of gall stones in the Village of Franklin, MI on April 22, 1917 and was buried in the Franklin Cemetery by the arrangements of his step daughter, Jennie (Jeanette M. Durkee) Young.

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