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More Wm Duke & Nancy confusion
Posted by: Jodie (Lowe) Hollifield (ID *****6672) Date: October 16, 2009 at 20:30:18
In Reply to: Col. Wm Duke, Sr. & Thamar (Martha) Taylor by Jodie (Lowe) Hollifield of 35226

This just brings up more questions for me again than answers..... Here is more information I have gathered thru other researchers along with my own research,This line is so confusing, maybe you can see the confustion I have and help me figure it all out.

Would you know who the children of the other Nancy is?

In another letter to Edd, Arving wrote: "A few years ago I visited in the home of the clerk of the Shiloh Church . . . showed us records of Grandma Morris (Margaret Roanne Duke; wife of Richard Harvey Morris), also Joseph Morris (Richard Harvey Morris father) who was one of the first members, I understand. Was William Duke, Grandma's (Margaret Roanne Duke) father, a member of the church, and his wife (Nancy), who was a Carey, and do you know her first name?

This helps establish RoeAnn's (Margaret Roanne Duke) father, and appears to be verified based on the information we found. Verbal history passed along by Edd Morris, and his sister Lelah, both of whom knew RoeAnn very well, as she lived with their family for many years, states that RoeAnn was orphaned at a very young age, and went to live with "one of the Carys." She had brothers named Samuel, Green, and Benjamin, and a sister named Martha. Samuel, it is said, moved to Kentucky, to a place called Water Valley. Using this and the other information above, the following was found.

Based on 1870 census information, Margaret RoeAnn Duke was born in 1835 in Tennessee. The only Duke in the area of Henderson/Carroll county in 1830 was William Duke (clap,clap). The 1830 Census of Henderson County lists William Duke with 3 males under 5, one 5-10, one 20-30, and one female 20-30. Then the 1840 census lists near this same area, but in Carroll County, a Nancy Duke, with 8 children.

But there is a marriage license in Maury County, TN in 1820 between William Duke and Nancy Johnson. However, that William Duke remained in Maury County in 1830, and the children's ages do not match with "our" William Duke, That William Duke also has descendants whom I have contacted, and who have completely different descendency.

The William Duke of Henderson County and Nancy Duke of Carroll County, from all our research, do go together, just not being those of Maury County. But, is Nancy Duke the mother of William's children? The "Cary" ancestry of William's wife is supported by the death certificate of Margaret RoeAnn Duke Morris. It gives her father as William Duke and her mother's maiden name as Peggy Cary. In the marriage records of Orange County, NC there is a marriage license for William Duke and Peggy Carey dated August 19, 1821.

1830, Maury Co., TN: William Duke

1830 Henderson Co., TN: William Duke and Joseph F. M. Duke.


1840, Cannon Co., TN: Gideon Duke ; M. J. Duke (Mordecai?); William Duke.
*Cannon County, TN formed 1836 from Coffee, Warren & Wilson

1840, Humphrys Co., TN: Allen Duke

1850, Humphrys Co., TN: William B. Duke, age 51, born SC. Wife, Nancy, age 47, born TN.

1850, Humphrys Co., TN: On the same page as William B. Duke, is Allen Duke, age 55, born in SC.

1860, Hardin Co., TN: William Duke is apparently widowed. His age and birth state differ from 1850. In 1860 his age is given as 63, and his birth state as GA.

I believe this is the William Duke who married Nancy Johnson.

Notice that Allen Duke, Humphrys Co., TN 1850, also gives SC as his birth state.

The estate papers of this Samuel Carey were reviewed in July 2005 at the LDS library in Salt Lake City. They give the children as Thomas, Benjamin, Margaret "Peggy", and Nancy "Anne." Before finding these papers, I thought that Margaret might be named Nancy Margaret, but these papers have proven otherwise; Peggy and Nancy are two different people. When Samuel Carey died, Thomas was over the age of 21, while the other three were not. Apparently, though, they were close to that age, because in the early 1820's when the estate and land were divided, only Nancy required a guardian (John J. Carrington).

During the settlement of the Samuel Carey estate, the land he had was divided four ways. His widow is named, which is Rachel Carey. She initially was just awarded her widow's dower of hogs, corn, wheat, etc, but later petitioned and was granted the land and house where she lived (where she and Samuel had lived) as her dower. The land division to the four children is hand drawn in the estate papers. John J. Carrington, it is noted, bought out the inheritance of Margaret "Peggy" Carey, before she received it. He therefore was the recipient of her portion of land. He sold this in 1823, and some valuable information is contained in the deed. A portion of it is shown here:

This indenture made this the 20th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty three between John J. Carrington of the County of Orange and state of North Carolina ... and William Duke Junior of the County and State aforesaid of the other part ... John J. Carrington ... sell unto the said William Duke Junior ... tract of land lying in the County of Orange on the waters of Camp Creek ... 67 acres ... bounded by the lands of said William Duke Junior and the lands of William Duke Senior, it being the same tract of land that the said Carrington purchased of William Duke, son of Robert, and his wife Peggy Duke, formerly Peggy Carey, which said land descended to the said Peggy from her father the late Samuel Carey, deceased, and is known as lot number two in the partition of the lands of the said Sameul Carey, deceased, amongst his children and the said John J. Carrington for himself ...

The marriage bonds of Orange County, which I can only find in transcribed form, lists William Duke and Peggy "Cavuy" as marrying August 19, 1921. William Duke is stated to be the "son of Robert" within the marriage bond itself. William and Peggy are obviously the same people as listed in the above deed, and the transcriber of the marriage bond was not able to interpret the name on the original bond correctly and wrote it as "Cavuy" instead of "Carey." It should be noted that William Duke is stated to be the son of Robert in order to distinguish him from two other William Dukes of the same area, William Duke Senior and William Duke Junior, as noted in the deed.

Now, back to Tennessee. Sometime between 1830 and 1837, William Duke moved from Henderson to Carroll County, to the area just south of present day Clarksburg. It is also possible that he never moved, but that the county line "moved." During the surveys beginning in the late 1830's, the surveyors changed from using the "true North," of the 1820's surveys, to using "North" in the new surveys. It made for a different angle to the lines, and could have "straightened" the county line. Or, the 1830 enumerator may not have known the exact county line, and enumerated some "across the border." Regardless, the William Duke family lived near the Henderson/Carroll County line in both the 1830 and 1840 censuses. William Duke died in 1837 as shown by the following court records, taken from the Carroll County "Minute Book 1833-1838."

Nov. 6, 1837. This day Haywood Cozart was appointed Administrator of the estate of William Duke, deceased. Whereupon he entered into bond in the sum of $1200 with S. F. Ellen and Isaac Brown, Sen. security therein. p. 205.

Nov Term 1837. Ordered by the court that John L. Scott, John Pinkley, & Wm J. Wilson be appt commisioners to allot to Mrs. Duke, relect of Wm Duke, dec'd, a years allowance & that they report to the next term of this court.

Dec. 4, 1837. This day the committee who were appointed at the last term of this court to allot to Mrs. Duke her year's allowance made their report which is in the following records and figures to wit: State of Tenn., Carroll County. We the undersigned in obedience to the order of the County Court aforesaid, at this Nov. Term 1837, to allot Mrs. Duke, widow of the late William Duke, deceased, her year's allowance, reports to your Worshipful, that we have allowed her 40 Barrels of good sound corn; 8 head of hogs supposed to weigh 800 lbs.; 3 bushels of salt; 300 pounds of flour; $5 in sugar and coffee; all the potatoes on hand and one black stock and one milk cow for one year. p.208

Oct. 1, 1838. This day Haywood Cozart produced in open court the amount of the sale of estate of William Duke which was ordered to be recorded. p. 247.

Nov 28, 1838 (page 95 of "Inventories of Estates"). By Haywood Cozart, on estate of William Duke. To amt of sale of Estate $148. certified. By a proven acct A. Stell $10.00. By a proven acct E Huey $2.25. By one note on Nancy Duke $7.50. By one note on Wesley Duke and Samuel Duke $0.50. By Ballance on Execution A.G. Rice $26.29. By paid Clerk for bond and inventory $1.75. By paid clerk for this settlement $2.50. By paid Execution $1.34. Total $59.78. Still in admin hand this amt to date $88.90. All of which is most respectfully submitted to the county clerk, YW Allen.

This helps determine that the Nancy Duke listed in the 1840 census of Carroll County is indeed the widow of William Duke. Taking approximate ages from the 1830 & 1840 censuses, and known names, the following information was found. The 1850 census for Carroll County, TN shows a Samuel Duke, age 22 in the household of James Hammett and a Martha

M. Duke, age 21 and Nancy Duke, age 16 in the household of Jacob Nordin. There is a marriage license, in Carroll County in July of 1844 between Geraldis Batts and Nancy Duke. Geraldis Batts was a widower from Hickman County, KY. Geraldis Batts died in 1848. His will dated Sept 20, 1848 and probated Dec. 4, 1848 left everything to Nancy. On the 1850 census of Hickman Co, KY (near Geraldis Batts, Jr) is the household of Green Duke, age 22 born in Tennessee, along with Nancy Batts, 45y/o, b. NC; Polly Batts, 15 b. TN; Catherine Duke, 11 b. TN; Elbert Duke, 7 b. TN; L Batts, 4 b. KY; & M.J. Batts, 1 b. KY. The 1860 census of Hickman County has three households; that of Nancy Batts, Green Duke, and S.D. Duke. Nancy Duke Batts died after 1860.

I now know for sure that Peggy and Nancy Carey are two different people, and therefore also believe that Nancy Duke, the widow of William Duke, is a second wife of his. Peggy Carey Duke, his first wife, then would have died around 1835 or 1836, possibly during the birth of Margaret RoeAnn. Nancy Duke, his second wife, could have been the former Nancy Carey, although there is no evidence to that effect, other than William Duke's children tend to interact a lot with her. She could have come to Tennessee with her siblings, and married William Duke after the death of her sister (or not).

Now for one final bit of evidence to confuse the issue. The following Carroll County Court case was filed in 1848. It gives information on the William Duke estate:

To the Hon. Calvin Jones Chancellor of the Western Division of the State of Tennessee presiding in Chancery at Huntingdon. The Bill of Complaint of Geraldus Batts & his wife Nancy formerly Nancy Duke, Samuel Duke & Green Duke who are of full age and Benjamin Duke, Martha Duke, Margaret R Duke, Mary Duke & Catherine Duke minors under the age of 21 years, by them next find Geraldus Batts, a citizen of the Count of (blank) and state of Kentucky against Isaac Brown of the County of Carroll and State of Tennessee & Shadrack F. Elders of the County of De Soto & State of Mississippi. Humbly complaining would respectfully represent unto your Honor that sometime in the year 1837 William Duke departed this life intestate in the County of Carroll and State of Tennessee having as his heirs and distributor your oratrix Nancy his widow (unreadable) & who has since intermarried with your orator Geraldus Batts and your orators and oratrixs Samuel, Green. Benjamin, Martha, Margaret R, Mary and Catharine Duke, his children............


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