Born: 1804-XX-XX Kentucky
Flourished: Christian County, Illinois
Durbin migrated with his father and brothers from Kentucky in 1828, and settled in the Richardson Settlement in an area of Sangamon County, Illinois, that later became part of Christian County. Later that year, he walked to Springfield to cast his vote for Andrew Jackson. He was the proprietor of the Durbin Owaneco business house on the road between Pana and Taylorville. Durbin purchased eighty acres of land in Christian County in 1836 and an additional forty acres in 1841. In 1840, he lived in Christian County, with nine other persons in his household. In 1850, he was a laborer and lived in Christian County with his teenaged daughter Anna.
History of Christian County, Illinois (Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough, 1880), 33; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Christian County, IL, 60; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Christian County, IL, 124; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Christian County, 145:123, 818:61, Illinois State Archives, Springfield.