Thought you'd moved on, and not interested in the dang blasted Dukes anymore.
An Edward Sims researcher contacted me recently, and pointed out that the 'Nicie Duke' in the 1830 FF census was listed in the 1820 census as 'Nancy Sims', same family make up, same adjacent neighbors. Evidently Lewis did eventually marry her, or she took his name. It is said she came to GA with Enoch, Darling, Meredith, Lewis Duggan Sydney, and Henry Nathan/Nelson Duke. Duke females named Hester, Leah, and possibly, Isabella came, too. There is talk that Nicie is buried in a big rock covered grave in a cemetery located on what was Darling Duke's plantation. I live just south of that area and the cemetery.
I suspect that the Darling and Enoch deed of gift was to insure that they, and not Meredith, inherited the bit of land Lewis owned. I've come to believe Lewis had a mill, or possibly ran one that had been Nehemiah's, and then, Elizabeth's.
Meredith wasted no time building a dam and running a mill, and one of the earliest cotton gins in the Marion County GA area. Where did he acquire the skill to do so?
Looks like the Nehemiah/Elizabeth daughter who married the Wells came to GA, too. I recently met a lady who is a descendant of those Wells...her Aunt is the widow of the last of the Burrell Taylor Dukes!
Just catching up!
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