Bell (Hunter) McCollough Durham



The 1900 Census shows that our paternal great grandmother, Belle Hunter McCollough, had married in 1897 to the blacksmith, M. A. Durham in Limestone Cty, Tx. She and her two young sons, Harry 8, and Robert 6,  had been abandoned by her husband in Dallas, Texas.

She remarried Mr. M. A. Durham  and lived there with Mr Durham and his 8 year old son, Hubert, and the Durham grandmother who was 65 that year.
Belle Hunter McCollough died at the age of 32, and is buried at West Hill Cemetery, in Sherman, Texas.
Mr. M. A. Durham, moved to  California after his young wife's death.
Harry Lee  and Robert Lewis chose to take their stepfathers  last name of Durham. They returned to Sherman ,Texas, and lived together at ages 14 and 12, and put themselves throuogh Austin College by working at a drugstore, and later living over the same drug store. They continued their college studies at Baylor University. 
Harry Durham later became the Supt of schools in Bells Texas, then President of Burleson College in Greenville in 1926, at the age of 34.  He later became the Supt of Schools in Brazos County, a thriving region of Texas at the time, where Carnegie placed the FIRST public library in  the country. H. L. Durham  served on the Board of Regents at Texas A and M College in Bryan, Texas. Dignitaries from across the state of Texas, attended his funeral in 1932.
These two orphaned boys who lived in Limestone Cty, were both graduated from Baylor, and went on to pursue their studies at Harvard University.
Robert Lewis Durham, died aboard ship in WWI.