that there is absolutely no proof for the parentage of Samuel Durbin of Maryland and the info on this page must be used with caution.
NOTES in brown are from Bill Durbin, another researcher of the Durbin line. He has donated some of his work for the site. Thank You, Bill!
Another NOTE for Samuel: Kensington, MD 20895-4228 January 5, 1994 MEMO FOR FILE Subject: Speculative Origin of Samuel Durbin (m. Ann Logsdon)(The following is a transcription of a paragraph in a letter I sent to Jim Virden on 7 November 1977 giving a brief description of our family history search in England.)...Most vital statistics reside in the individual parishes around England; one must know where to look for what he wants or just go from parish to parish and see what you can find. We believe though that the records of St. Thomas Parish on St. Thomas Street in Bristol may contain valuable information. In fact, although it is pure rationalization, my wife Lorraine uncovered a possible reference to Samuel Durbin. Her scenario makes much more sense than trying to tie Samuel to the Nevis Thomas, particularly since we have nothing to tie the Nevis Thomas to "Thomas Derbon, an officer of the Province. Here's what she found. In a book entitled "Inhabitants of Bristol in 1696" in St. Thomas Parish on St. Thomas St. is listed a Thomas Durbin and his six children: Thomas, John, Sammuell, William, Alice and Mary. Lorraine then found the will of Alice filed 17 October 1726 in which Alice left effects to 'brother Thomas and wife, to their children, and to brother John and sister Mary' the two latter being co-executors. What happened to William and 'Sammuell'? Any number of things, but what stuck in our minds is the tradition that "two brothers came from Wales" and started to Durbins in America. Also, we know nothing of the birth of Samuel in this country, and trying to tie him into Thomas stretches things quite a bit. A separate immigration of Samuel to Maryland is certainly very logical. Perhaps the Nevis Thomas was a relative who sent back word of encouragement to the Bristol Durbins who were apparently low on the social and economic ladder about that time (several were in the almshouse). Also, have you noted the interesting similarity in place names between the Bristol area and the Maryland area where Thomas Derbon lived? A major river separating Bristol from Wales, a long river going up into England and Wales is the Severn River. I believe Thomas Derbon is identified with Severn, an early province of Maryland, alongside the Severn River which empties into Chesapeake Bay between Baltimore and Annapolis. Coincidence? I think not. I' m willing to wager that a little research will show that the Severn province was populated by Welsh and Bristol (Somerset and Gloucestershire) immigrants. Such a situation would give greater credence to a 'Sammuell'Durbin immigrating from the Bristol area to the Baltimore, Maryland area. Again it is pure speculation, but I believe much more intriguing than trying to tie our line to the Nevis Thomas..."(Added this date: About the time of the younger Samuel in Baltimore there was a William who is also unattached, a farmer, slaveowner. He lived to the east and north of Baltimore but close enough to be part of the Grand Durbin Clan of the Baltimore area. Is he the William along with Sammuell not mentioned in the 1726 will?) (NOTE: Retyped into Word format on 29 Oct 1996 by William Durbin) Addendum: Nov 30, 1996