I am researching Benjamin Duke and his wife Elisha Parker(born 17?? / d1893). They had at least two sons, twins, William Thomas Duke,b. May 08 1828 Virginia/ d. May 18 1894 and Benjamin Thomas Duke born same date. I suspect that the Benjamin twin died young because the Bible note I have simply says "twin died".
I know very little about either Benjamin Duke or Elisha Parker.
The first name "Benjamin" was established because son William "Thomas" Duke named his first child, a daughter, Bennie after his father.
The name "Parker" was established because son William "Thomas" Duke named his first son James Parker Duke after his maternal grandfather, "James Parker".
The name "Elisha" Parker was shown as the mother of William Thomas in a scribbled note in the Bible of Electa Bristol Duke, wife of James Parker Duke. What is curious is that "Elisha" was commonly a man's name during this period.
Family historical rumors is the Thomas Duke went to MS after the death of his father.
Son Thomas is first found in census in 1850, age 22, working as a farm laborer for an Elijah Rogers.
According to the 1880 census of Thomas, both Benjamin and Elisha were born in VA.
I have seen several of Fred Duke's web pages including http://home.att.net/~xcc2all/cfreddukefiles/c_fred_duke_files_1750-1799.htm
and see there are several interesting correlations:
1. The Benjamin Duke that first appears in 1790 is age appropriate to be the father of Thomas.
2. First note on Benja. Duke states he is son of Thomas. (Was this in the record?)
3. The many "Parkers".
I found an age appropriate "James Parker" on the 1820 census in Nansemond.
I found an age appropriate "Benjamin Duke" on the 1820 census in Nansemond.
Does anyone have:
1. Any thoughts concerning any of this info?
2. Any family trees that contain these Dukes or Parkers?
3. Any other further info on these Dukes or Parkers?
(My mother is Mildred Duke, daughter of James Parker Duke, son of William Thomas Duke, son of Benjamin Duke.)
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