See also UPA Microfilm: MF 5735, Series B, Reel 4 JAMES AND JOHN DURNIN PAPERS

(Mss. 697) Inventory Revised by Tara Zachary June 2000 Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library Louisiana State University Libraries Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2009

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY ........................................................................................................................ 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ........................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ....................................................................................... 5
INDEX TERMS .................................................................................................................. 6
CONTAINER LIST ............................................................................................................ 7

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SUMMARY

Size.

24 items; 7 vols.

Geographic locations.

Louisiana.

Inclusive dates.

1849-1888.

Languages.

English

Summary.

Papers include correspondence, bills, accounts, clippings, sheet music, and miscellaneous items documenting the personal, financial and military activities of the Durnin family.

Access.

No restrictions.

Related Collection.

Henry Durnin Mathematical Notebook, Mss. 2077.

Copyright.

Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators of the materials in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

James and John Durnin Papers, Mss. 697, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Stack location.

E:4 Microfilm 5735, Series B, Reel 4 (Manuscript volumes not filmed)

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

James Durnin (1840-1907) was born in Co. Louth, Ireland. He came with his parents James and Mary (nee Sharkey) Durnin to Louisiana in 1849, and the family settled in St. Helena Parish in an area known as Irishtown, which was located on the east side of the Tickfaw River. Many of Mary Durnin's relatives had also settled there. James served in the Civil War and married Mary Smith in Jackson, La.

James's brothers, Henry (1822-1894) and John (1842-1912), also lived in St. Helena Parish. Henry taught in the school at Irishtown, clerked at a store in Tangipahoa Parish, and helped out on his siblings' farms. He married Marie Philomene Landry of New Orleans and the two had a son. His wife and child died soon after the birth. He did not remarry. John also served in the Civil War. He married Mary Cronan, and they had eleven children.1

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Papers include correspondence, bills, accounts, clippings, sheet music, and manuscript volumes documenting the personal, financial and military activities of the Durnin family of St. Helena Parish and Tangipahoa Parish. Correspondence includes Civil War letters by James Durnin describing mustering into the Confederate Army at New Orleans (Sept., 1861), Camp Chalmette and the Confederate fortifications (Dec., 1861), fighting from Camp Woodville, Mississippi, between the towns of Clinton and Liberty (Sept. 1864). A letter by John Durnin describes an army camp at Baton Rouge and the Federal troops' efforts to find sugar in a wharf by Baton Rouge (Sept. 1862). Personal family correspondence includes a letter describing a tornado on Lake Pontchartrain (1850) and relates family and local news. Printed items include an order for James Durnin to report to Captain Holmes at Mobile, Alabama, and an oath to defend the Constitution signed by John Durnin. A school attendance record (1850) kept by Henry Durnin and a financial statement of materials used in building a Catholic Church in Amite and other items related to the church are included.

Bound volumes, probably kept by Henry Durnin, include 3 cash books (1869-1881, 1870-1874, 1877-1880), a minute book of the Pickwick Baseball Club, Amite City, Tangipahoa Parish (1869), a tax roll book (1865-1867), 2 index books (1868, undated), and a notebook containing an alphabetical list of music pieces with some scores and miscellaneous notes (undated). One cashbook (1870-1874) includes a brief journal of daily activities and attending mass at various churches in the area. Anecdotes, quotes, and religious passages are recorded throughout the volumes.

INDEX TERMS

Baseball--Louisiana--Tangipahoa Parish. Camp Woodville (Miss.) Camp Chalmette (La.) Catholic Church--Louisiana--Tangipahoa Parish. Durnin, John 1842-1912. Durnin, Henry 1822-1894. Irish--Louisiana--New Orleans. Louisiana--History--Civil War 1861-1865--Personal narratives. Tornadoes--Louisiana.

CONTAINER LIST

Stack Location

Box

Folder

Contents

E:4

1

1

Correspondence, printed items, financial statement, 1849-1888

E:4

1

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Volume 1 Cashbook, 1869-1881; Minute book, 1869

Volume 2 Cashbook, 1870-1874; Memorandum book, 1871-1873

Volume 3 Cashbook, 1877-1880

Volume 4 Index book, 1868

Volume 5 Index book, undated

Volume 6 Notebook, undated

Volume 7 Tax Roll book, 1867; Cash book, 1865

Microfilm 5735

Series B, Reel 4 Manuscript volumes not filmed.