52 Relatives 2018-5: Luther Martin Durboraw; Lest We Forget

According to his death certificate, Luther Durboraw was the born 5 May 1886 in Greenville, South Carolina. He was the third of my great great grandparents, Sarah Vaughn Durboraw Turner and John Frederick Durboraw’s  five known children.

While most of us have ancestors or relatives who served in the armed forces during wartime, Luther enlisted in the US Army on Jan 6, 1906 at Charlotte, North Carolina as a private in the Army Hospital Corps first at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, then at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is enumerated in the 1910 US Census at the United States Military Prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he is serving in the Army Hospital Corps, is honorably discharged for reason of disability on November 22, 1910 at Fort Logan, Colorado and returns home to Greenville.

On November 10, 1912, Luther marries Nancy Bailey, daughter of William Bailey and Ella Dill in Greenville.

On July 16, 1914, a baby girl, Sarah Durboraw, is born to Luther and Nancy.

On February 27, 1915, baby Sarah dies of whooping cough complicated by pneumonia.

On March 16, 1916, Luther adopts eighteen month old John Thomas Durboraw, the natural son of one Mattie Bagwell, who states before the South Carolina State Court of Greenville County on that day that the child’s natural father has deserted her and she cannot care for the child.

On September 25, 1919, Luther himself dies of tuberculous meningitis in Liberty, Pickens County, South Carolina; the informant being my grandmother, his sister, at the time Mrs, W. M. Stevenson, then living in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Both Luther and baby Sarah Durboraw are buried at Graceland West, Greenville, neither grave is marked.

John Thomas Durboraw is last seen in the home of Nancy Bailey’s parents, William and Ella Bailey in the 1920 census listed as age six. Nancy Bailey has remarried on February 16, 1920, in Greenville, to Ernest Medlin. Nancy and Ernest have one child, John Earle Medlin, born 1923, who dies of pneumonia at the age of eight. Ernest is murdered in 1939 and Nancy later marries William R Singleton.

Never Forget