Benjamin Franklin Duren Common Book, 1853-1889 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

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ID: A/189

Primary Creator: Duren, Benjamin Franklin

Other Creators: Duren, Mollie

Extent: 1.0 Folders

Date Acquired: 00/00/1995

Subjects: Songs -- Texts, Traditional medicine

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Most of the book contains lyrics to songs and medical remedies of the time. The year listed in the finding aid is the year that it was written in the book by B. F. Duren, with the exception of 1884 and 1889 which was written in by Mollie Duren.

Collection Historical Note

Benjamin F. Duren was born in Alabama the son of Jesse and Margaret Brothers Duren and married Susan Cole. Benjamin was a surveyor from Crockett, Texas and surveyed land all over Texas with his wife Susan's help. They owned land in Angelina, Cherokee, Anderson, Houston and Leon Counties. Benjamin served in the Civil War 7th Texas Calvary, Green's Brigade, Company D. (Minter, Velma and Zelma Beathard. "Jesse Duren Family." History of Houston County, Texas, 1687-1979. Tulsa, OK.: Heritage Publishing Company, 1979. p, 337).

Subject/Index Terms

Songs -- Texts
Traditional medicine

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Acquisition Method: Gift

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Math questions with corresponding rule number. 1853.

Hobarts System by Canceling (rule numbers).

"The Maid of Montery or Santa Anna's March." 1854.

"A Ballad for 1854."

"A Ballad for 1854."

" A Song Ballad." 1856.

"Emma Dale."

"A Ballad, The Dying Youth of California." 1858.

"Uncle Sam is Rich Enough to Give Us All a Farm." 1858.

"Julia Glover."

"The Rovers Life."


"Time Enough Yet."

"Drummer Boy of Waterloo."

"The Gal with the Blue Dress on." 1858.

"Sinking Ships." 1858.

"The Texas Volunteer." 1858.

"The Irish Lady." 1858.

"Mary Blane." 1858.

"Away to School." 1858.

"Love and Hatred." 1858.

"Rose of Ardee." 1858.

Excellent Mastims. 1859

Description of Jesus Christ as found in an ancient manuscript.

"Big Yank, Little Yank." (Hurray for Slavery). 1862.

"The Ranger Farewell." 1863.

"A Widows Lament." composed by Samuel Cole in 1861. 1863.

"Southern Girls."

Flux prescription by Dr. Meriweather. 1865.

"Twenty Years Ago." 1866.

Recipe for curing rheumatism. 1867

Liniment of rheumatism. 1867.

Remedy for snake bite.

Cancer salve.

Infallible rules for measuring corn in the crib.

"A Little Family." 1868.

"My Father Land." 1869.

Washing recipe. 1869

Soap. 1869.

Compound chemical shaving soap. 1869.

For white washing.

To calculate interest. 1872.

Horse remedy. 1872.

A Recipe for curing rheumatism. 1883.

"Good News From Home." 1884

A recipe for Grool for S. W. Duren. 1873.

"Boys Wont do to Trust."

"Sweet Bell Mahone."

"The Ship that Never Returned." 1889.

"Strawberry Blond." 1889.

"Drifting Away" parts four and five of the song.


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