Guide to the
Duroe Family Diaries
New York State Historical Association Research
Cooperstown, New York 13326
Repository: New York
State Historical Association Research Library
P.O. Box 800, Lake
Collection: Duroe Family Diaries
Numbers: FM-04.06, FM-05.06
Collection: 1 cubic ft.
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Scope and Content Note
The diaries in this collection
were mostly written by Mary Thurston Duroe of
Chenango County, N.Y., with a few by at least one of her children (most
likely Laura Eliza). Additionally, the 1892-1897 diary
was primarily written by Mary's husband, Collingwood Rodney Duroe. The diaries discuss family and social life,
farming, weather, travel, and other local topics. Family members were not
generally referred to by their full names in the diaries, but instead by
initials or nicknames. This collection also contains some ephemera of Mary
Thurston Duroe's son, Vernon Everett Duroe.
Mary Thurston Duroe
(born Mary Ann Thurston) was born on February 22, 1847 in New Lisbon,
Otsego County, N.Y. Her husband, Collingwood Rodney Duroe,
was born on March 16, 1846 in Norwich, Chenango County, N.Y. They married
in 1870 in Norwich, and were primarily an agricultural family. Of their
[nine?] children, those mentioned most prominently in the diaries were
Vernon Everett Duroe, Addison Elias Duroe, Francis John (Frank) Duroe,
Ruth Duroe, Laura Eliza Duroe,
Jane Duroe, and Mary Ann Duroe.1
Collingwood Rodney and Mary Thurston. Diary. February 1892 July 1897.
family member(s) - unidentified. Diary. September 1907 April 1910.
Laura Eliza?]. Diary. July 1929 May 1932.
Laura Eliza?]. Diary. June 1932 December 1934.
Laura Eliza?]. Diary. December 1934 November 1939.
Mary Thurston. Diaries. January 1875 February 1879.
Mary Thurston. Diaries. February 1879 October 1881.
Mary Thurston. Diaries. October 1881 September 1885.
Mary Thurston. Diaries. September 1885 February 1888.
Mary Thurston. Diary. January 1889 February 1892.
Mary Thurston. Diary. July 1897 December 1900.
.1/12 Duroe, Mary
Thurston. Diary. January 1901 January 1905.
.1/13 Duroe, Mary
Thurston. Diary. January 1905 May 1911.
Mary Thurston. Diary. June 1911 May 1915.
Mary Thurston. Diary. June 1915 August 1920.
Mary Thurston. Diary. September 1920 July 1922.
Mary Thurston. Diary. August 1922 December 1924.
Mary Thurston. Diary. January 1925 October 1926.
Mary Thurston, and [Laura Eliza?]. Diary. November 1926 June 1929.
Mary Thurston, and one of her children. Letter to Vernon Everett Duroe. 1894.
Vernon Everett. Identification and membership cards, with wallet. 1942