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Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island

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  William Wanton (1670-1733) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Scituate, Plymouth County, Mass., September, 1670. Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1705-06, 1708-09, 1710-11, 1715, 1716-17, 1718, 1719-22, 1723-24; Governor of Rhode Island, 1732-33; died in office 1733. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., December, 1733 (age 63 years, 0 days). Interment at Clifton Burying Ground, Newport, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Wanton; brother of John Wanton; father of Joseph Wanton; uncle of Gideon Wanton (1693-1767).
  Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Wanton (1672-1740) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Scituate, Plymouth County, Mass., 1672. Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1707, 1710, 1713; Governor of Rhode Island, 1734-40; died in office 1740. Quaker. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., July 5, 1740 (age about 68 years). Interment at Coddington Cemetery, Newport, R.I.
  Relatives: Brother of William Wanton; uncle of Gideon Wanton and Joseph Wanton (1705-1780).
  Political family: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Gideon Wanton (1693-1767) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., October 20, 1693. Governor of Rhode Island, 1745-46, 1747-48. Quaker. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., September 12, 1767 (age 73 years, 327 days). Interment at Friends Cemetery, Newport, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Wanton and Sarah (Freeborn) Wanton (1666-1737); married to Mary Codman (1707-1780); nephew of William Wanton and John Wanton (1672-1740); first cousin of Joseph Wanton (1705-1780); first cousin thrice removed of Job Durfee, Elias Durfee and Elihu Durfee; first cousin four times removed of Dudley Emerson Cornell and Henry Rees Durfee; first cousin five times removed of David Melvin Durfee.
  Political family: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Wanton (1705-1780) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., August 15, 1705. Governor of Rhode Island, 1769-75. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., July 17, 1780 (age 74 years, 337 days). Interment at Clifton Burying Ground, Newport, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of William Wanton; nephew of John Wanton; first cousin of Gideon Wanton (1693-1767).
  Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ezekiel Cornell (1733-1800) — of Rhode Island. Born in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Mass., March 27, 1733. Delegate to Continental Congress from Rhode Island, 1780-82. Died in Milford, Worcester County, Mass., April 25, 1800 (age 67 years, 29 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Cornell (1702-1761) and Content (Brownell) Cornell (1708-1765); married, March 25, 1760, to Rachel Wood (1733-1799); first cousin twice removed of Ezra Cornell (1807-1874); first cousin thrice removed of Alonzo Barton Cornell; first cousin four times removed of Gerothman W. Cornell, Francis Russell Edward Cornell, Carlos Wood Riddick and Florence Riddick Boys; first cousin five times removed of Thurber Cornell; second cousin twice removed of Daniel Burrows and Jared Lewis Rathbone; second cousin thrice removed of Lorenzo Burrows, Henry Reed Rathbone and Jared Lawrence Rathbone; second cousin four times removed of Dudley Emerson Cornell and Henry Riggs Rathbone; second cousin five times removed of George Robert Lawton and James Randall Durfee; third cousin once removed of Benjamin Hazard and Nathaniel Hazard; third cousin twice removed of Theodore Davenport, Augustus George Hazard and Rufus Wheeler Peckham; third cousin thrice removed of Thomas Cornell, Samuel Sherman, Rufus Wheeler Peckham Jr., Rodolph A. Woolsey and Albertus Crary Burdick.
  Political families: Cornell family of New York; Baldwin-Greene-Upson-Hoar family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Cornell-Schilplin-Washburn-Burr family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Job Durfee (1790-1847) — of Tiverton, Newport County, R.I. Born in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., September 20, 1790. U.S. Representative from Rhode Island at-large, 1821-25; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1820; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1827-29. Died in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., July 26, 1847 (age 56 years, 309 days). Interment at Captain Nathaniel Briggs Lot, Tiverton, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Mary (Lowden) Durfee (1753-1842) and Thomas Durfee (1759-1829); married, November 25, 1820, to Judith Borden (1796-1884); first cousin thrice removed of Gideon Wanton; second cousin of Elias Durfee and Elihu Durfee; second cousin once removed of Henry Rees Durfee; second cousin twice removed of David Melvin Durfee; fourth cousin of Nathaniel Briggs Durfee; fourth cousin once removed of Dudley Emerson Cornell (1837-1911), Bradford Kirk Durfee and Charles W. Durfee.
  Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Elias Durfee (1796-1864) — of Wayne County, N.Y.; Marion, Wayne County, N.Y. Born in Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y., March 9, 1796. Whig. Member of New York state assembly from Wayne County, 1846. Died in Marion, Wayne County, N.Y., June 1, 1864 (age 68 years, 84 days). Interment at Marion Cemetery, Marion, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Pardon Durfee (1770-1828) and Ruth (Reeves) Durfee (1775-1858); married to Mercy Mason (1802-1860); first cousin of Elihu Durfee; first cousin once removed of Henry Rees Durfee; first cousin twice removed of David Melvin Durfee; first cousin thrice removed of Gideon Wanton; second cousin of Job Durfee; fourth cousin of Nathaniel Briggs Durfee; fourth cousin once removed of Dudley Emerson Cornell (1837-1911), Bradford Kirk Durfee and Charles W. Durfee.
  Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Sylvester Gardiner Shearman (1802-1868) — also known as Sylvester G. Shearman — of North Kingstown, Washington County, R.I. Born in North Kingstown, Washington County, R.I., October 26, 1802. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1843-55; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1848-49, 1854-55; justice of Rhode Island state supreme court, 1855-68; died in office 1868. Died in Providence, Providence County, R.I., January 3, 1868 (age 65 years, 69 days). Interment at Elm Grove Cemetery, Allenton, North Kingstown, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Nathaniel John Shearman (1778-1856) and Nancy (Gardiner) Shearman (1787-1829); married to Priscilla Cook Arnold (1811-1835) and Mary E. Upham (1806-1890); first cousin thrice removed of James Randall Durfee; third cousin twice removed of Abial T. Browning (1865-1918).
  Political families: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; Shearman-Stanton-Browning family of Rhode Island (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Elihu Durfee (1806-1889) — of Wayne County, N.Y. Born in Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y., March 27, 1806. Whig. Member of New York state assembly from Wayne County 2nd District, 1850. Died in Hoopeston, Vermilion County, Ill., September 28, 1889 (age 83 years, 185 days). Interment at Floral Hill Cemetery, Near Hoopeston, Iroquois County, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Stephen Durfee (1776-1854) and Mary (Allen) Durfee (1778-1820); married to Maria Howland (1809-1893); first cousin of Elias Durfee; first cousin once removed of Henry Rees Durfee; first cousin twice removed of David Melvin Durfee; first cousin thrice removed of Gideon Wanton; second cousin of Job Durfee; fourth cousin of Nathaniel Briggs Durfee; fourth cousin once removed of Dudley Emerson Cornell (1837-1911), Bradford Kirk Durfee and Charles W. Durfee.
  Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Nathaniel Briggs Durfee (1812-1872) — also known as Nathaniel B. Durfee — of Tiverton, Newport County, R.I. Born in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., September 29, 1812. Republican. Member of Rhode Island state legislature, 1850; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1855-59; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1860. Died in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., November 9, 1872 (age 60 years, 41 days). Interment at Captain Nathaniel Briggs Lot, Tiverton, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Patience (Cook) Durfee (1779-1851) and David Durfee (1781-1876); married, March 16, 1832, to Harriet Maria Greene (1814-1874); third cousin twice removed of Gerothman W. Cornell; fourth cousin of Job Durfee, Elias Durfee and Elihu Durfee; fourth cousin once removed of Bradford Kirk Durfee, Henry Rees Durfee and Charles W. Durfee (1863-1959).
  Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Beakes-Greene-Witter family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Gerothman W. Cornell (1817-1885) — of Lansingburgh (now part of Troy), Rensselaer County, N.Y. Born in Cambridge, Washington County, N.Y., January 4, 1817. Republican. Merchant; grain dealer; postmaster at Lansingburgh, N.Y., 1874-81. Died in Lansingburgh (now part of Troy), Rensselaer County, N.Y., April 11, 1885 (age 68 years, 97 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Govit Cornell (1789-1834) and Phebe (Almy) Cornell (1797-1875); married to Mary Frances MacMurray (1825-1909); first cousin four times removed of Ezekiel Cornell (1733-1800); third cousin twice removed of Ezra Cornell and Nathaniel Briggs Durfee; fourth cousin of Francis Russell Edward Cornell; fourth cousin once removed of Alonzo Barton Cornell and Thurber Cornell.
  Political families: Sherman family of Connecticut; Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York; King-Hazard family; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Hatfield-Cornell-Woolsey family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Dudley Emerson Cornell (1837-1911) — of Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kan. Born near Wilton, Saratoga County, N.Y., January 12, 1837. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; mayor of Wyandotte, Kan., 1883-85; mayor of Kansas City, Kan., 1907-09. Died February 27, 1911 (age 74 years, 46 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.
  Relatives: Son of Merritt I. Cornell (1809-1883) and Mercy Whitman (Howard) Cornell (1814-1881); married, October 13, 1868, to Annie Matilda Speck; first cousin four times removed of Gideon Wanton; second cousin four times removed of Ezekiel Cornell (1733-1800); fourth cousin once removed of Job Durfee, Elias Durfee and Elihu Durfee.
  Political families: Sherman family of Connecticut; Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York; King-Hazard family; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Hatfield-Cornell-Woolsey family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Bradford Kirk Durfee (1838-1916) — also known as Bradford K. Durfee — of Decatur, Macon County, Ill. Born in Marshall, Calhoun County, Mich., March 25, 1838. Democrat. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; real estate and insurance business; member of Illinois state house of representatives 29th District, 1879-83; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1892. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Knights of Pythias. Died in Glen Arbor, Leelanau County, Mich., July 19, 1916 (age 78 years, 116 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Nathan Durfee (1809-1875) and Margaret (Kirk) Durfee (1811-1878); married 1868 to Lucy Hamilton (1845-1925); first cousin of Charles W. Durfee; fourth cousin once removed of Job Durfee, Elias Durfee, Elihu Durfee, Nathaniel Briggs Durfee and Daniel Parrish Witter (1852-1930).
  Political families: Sprague family; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Fairbanks-Adams family of Massachusetts; Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Greene-Lippitt family of Providence, Rhode Island; Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; Beakes-Greene-Witter family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry Rees Durfee (1840-1915) — also known as Henry R. Durfee — of Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y. Born in Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y., October 5, 1840. Republican. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Wayne County 2nd District, 1871; delegate to New York state constitutional convention 26th District, 1894. Died in Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y., December 24, 1915 (age 75 years, 80 days). Interment at Palmyra Cemetery, Palmyra, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Bailey Durfee (1809-1864) and Abigail A. (Rees) Durfee (1811-1895); married to Mary G. Hatch (1845-1939); first cousin once removed of Elias Durfee and Elihu Durfee; first cousin four times removed of Gideon Wanton (1693-1767); second cousin once removed of Job Durfee and David Melvin Durfee; fourth cousin once removed of Nathaniel Briggs Durfee.
  Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Daniel P. Witter Daniel Parrish Witter (1852-1930) — also known as Daniel P. Witter — of Berkshire, Tioga County, N.Y. Born in Richford, Tioga County, N.Y., July 2, 1852. Republican. Farmer; member of New York state assembly from Tioga County, 1896-1900, 1916-29. Died in Berkshire, Tioga County, N.Y., January 9, 1930 (age 77 years, 191 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Berkshire, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Asa Witter (1798-1884) and Delia (Torrey) Witter (1819-1909); married, March 1, 1876, to Sarah M. Belden (1857-1937); first cousin six times removed of William Greene; second cousin once removed of Samuel Austin Gager; second cousin twice removed of Abel Madison Scranton; second cousin four times removed of John Brown; second cousin five times removed of William Greene Jr. and Andrew Adams; third cousin of Howkin Bulkley Beardslee; third cousin twice removed of John Appleton (1804-1891) and Jane Pierce; third cousin thrice removed of John Strong, Waightstill Avery, Ebenezer Huntington, Elijah Hunt Mills and Gideon Hard; fourth cousin of George Mortimer Beakes, Chauncey C. Pendleton, Cornelia Cole Fairbanks and Llewellyn James Barden; fourth cousin once removed of Elijah Babbitt, Albert Bliss, Joshua Perkins, Bradford Kirk Durfee, Samuel Willard Beakes and Charles W. Durfee.
  Political families: Sprague family; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Biddle-Randolph family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Saltonstall-Davis-Frelinghuysen-Appleton family of Massachusetts; Beakes-Greene-Witter family; Shippen-Middleton family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: New York Red Book 1924
  David Melvin Durfee (1855-1942) — also known as D. M. Durfee — of Philipsburg, Granite County, Mont. Born in Duanesburg, Schenectady County, N.Y., July 22, 1855. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1912. Died in Spokane, Spokane County, Wash., April 28, 1942 (age 86 years, 280 days). Interment at Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Mont.
  Relatives: Son of David Potter Durfee (1813-1886) and Margaret (Rector) Durfee (1818-1879); married 1888 to Emelie Jane Irving (1861-1902); married to Elizabeth Kelly (1879-1938); first cousin twice removed of Elias Durfee and Elihu Durfee; first cousin five times removed of Gideon Wanton; second cousin once removed of Henry Rees Durfee (1840-1915); second cousin twice removed of Job Durfee.
  Political family: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles W. Durfee (1863-1959) — of Golconda, Pope County, Ill. Born in Saline County, Ill., November 21, 1863. Republican. Lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives 51st District, 1907-11; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1920. Died in Golconda, Pope County, Ill., April 16, 1959 (age 95 years, 146 days). Interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Golconda, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of William Fielding Durfee (1815-1876) and Lucretia Busby (Moore) Durfee (1822-1865); married, January 1, 1885, to Mary Casslyn Murphey (1861-1893); married, April 27, 1895, to Lucy Berry (1874-1938); first cousin of Bradford Kirk Durfee (1838-1916); fourth cousin once removed of Job Durfee, Elias Durfee, Elihu Durfee, Nathaniel Briggs Durfee and Daniel Parrish Witter.
  Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Beakes-Greene-Witter family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Randall Durfee (1897-1977) — of Washington, D.C. Born in Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wis., November 3, 1897. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Judge of U.S. Court of Claims, 1960-. Member, American Legion. Died, from a heart attack, in Washington, D.C., October 29, 1977 (age 79 years, 360 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Henry Durfee (1863-1942) and Marie Elisa (Rossiter) Durfee (1865-1930); married to Mona Margaret Burns (1902-1980); first cousin thrice removed of Sylvester Gardiner Shearman; second cousin five times removed of Ezekiel Cornell (1733-1800).
  Political families: Sherman family of Connecticut; Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York; King-Hazard family; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Hatfield-Cornell-Woolsey family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
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