We are seeking information on William Frederick ("Willie") Duke in Atascosa County, Texas. He moved to the county during the 1890's from Newton County, Mississippi, along with some other families, including Collins's and possibly Hester's and Gaar's.
He had recently divorced his first wife, Sarah Catherine Hollingsworth (1866-1929), with whom he had three children: William Thomas Duke (1884-1950), Andrew Jackson Duke (1886-1945), and Mary Charlotte Duke Griffis (1888-1972). I am a grandson of William Thomas Duke.
Willie F. Duke left behind this Mississippi family, and had another family with a woman named Margaret Hester. The new family at some later point settled in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois. Margaret is buried in Lincoln, IL, while Willie F. is buried in Newton Co., MS. The children Willie F. Duke had by Margaret Hester were James Wellington Duke (1893-1945), Ruby Catherine Duke Kirk, Henry Duke, Robert Duke, and Jane Duke Brigham Scheel.
We wish to learn when and for how long Willie F. Duke was in Atascosa County, Texas, and if, why and when he and his family moved to Illinois. We are also interested in learning about his life in Atascosa County, in general.
Another Mississippi researcher has been in contact with a Collins relative in Atascosa County, and he has supplied information which implies Margaret Hester was from Atascosa County. We know Willie F. was in the county in 1895 from Mississippi deed information. A mystery though comes from his son's James Wellington Duke's California death certificate, which says he was born in Mississippi in 1893. This was his first child by Margaret Hester, and although he had already divorced Sarah Catherine Hollingsworth, it confuses the picture as to when and where Willie F. Duke and Margeret Hester met and started their family.
Any information from the readers of this forum would be greatly appreciated.
James A. Duke, Jr.
116 Eleanor Ave.
Pass Christian, MS 39571
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