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Lewis Purse Durkee
  • Born: 20 Feb 1826, Darien NY
  • Died: 16 Apr 1898, Detroit MI

  General notes:

Jeweler and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked circa 1850-1859 as a jeweler and watchmaker in Detroit MI as L. P. DURKEE & Co, with a shop at 55 Woodward Avenue. He had begun working in the shop of Henry Beebe Marsh. When Marsh moved east to New Jersey, he bought the shop, but soon failed.

  • Advertised in the Polk's Detroit City Directory (Detroit MI), 1856,
  • He worked in 1859-1870 as a jeweler and watchmaker in Pontiac MI
  • He worked after 1870 as a jeweler and watchmaker in Detroit MI both on his own and as a salesman for other houses.
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Detroit MI, listed as a watchmaker.

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