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William Duke (abt. 1745 - abt. 1820)

William Duke
Born about in Marylandmap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
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Husband of — married 1765 in Culpeper, VAmap
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Died about at about age 75 in Culpeper, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Unsourced children are John (Duke-100) born 1804 and Delila (Duke-93) born 1788


William Duke was born about 1745. He died about 1820.

In the list of heirs of William Duke, there were John & William Duke. At one time, I included them as children of William. I now believe they were children of William's son Richard Duke, who had predeceased his father. Richard did have sons John and William, who appeared in assorted records.

(Deed Book, n.d., Culpeper Co., VA, Deed Book SS, pp. 41-43, 4 Jun 1825 lists the children & heirs of William Duke. The only child omitted is Washington Duke, who had already sold his share in the estate by 1825.) married Mary Ricketts, daughter of (--?--) Ricketts and (--?--) Mobberly, before 1770 at Anne Arundel Co., MD. He died in 1818 at Culpeper Co., VA (His will has been lost).

Children of William Duke and Mary Ricketts were as follows:

  • Elizabeth Duke, married Benjamin McDougle; born 29 Jan 1766.
  • Edward Duke, married Mary Vaught.
  • Richard Duke, married Elizabeth McDogle.
  • Eleanor Duke, married Stephen Compton.
  • Rachel Duke; married Walter Moreland 12 Mar 1804 at Culpeper Co., VA.
  • Washington Duke (Biographical Sketches of Ohio Co., Kentucky, p. 947.) (Deed Book, Book L, page 375, Rutherford Co., Tennessee; Power of Attorney executed by Washington Duke of Rutherford Co to Walter Molden of Culpeper Co.. delivered to James Matthews living in Jefferson Co., KY 26 Ap 1819. The Power of Attorney was to convey land given by verbal will of William Duke of Culpeper Co., VA, to Washington Duke.); born 11 Aug 1786 at MD; married Elizabeth Vaught, daughter of Simeon Vaught, 12 Dec 1807 at Shenandoah Co., VA; buried 1863 at Duke Cemetery, Ohio Co., KY; died 8 May 1863 at Ohio Co., KY, at age 76.
  • Sarah Duke, married George Compton.
  • Delila Duke; married Elisha Ricketts, son of Anthony A. Ricketts and Mary Ricketts.


  • Birth
  • Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 1999. Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library.
  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library. Gives the place of birth as Maryland and is the only source recorded. A guess could be made as after 1750 based on the Oct 1750 marriage of the parents.
  • Death Living in Culpeper in 1820 1820 United States Federal Census for William Duke Virginia Culpeper

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William was born before 1750. He passed away in 1818.


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Can someone explain to me how a man who was born and died in England (Thomas Duke) had a son born in Maryland? There is absolutely no evidence that there is a relationship between these two men.
posted by Mary Crews
edited by Mary Crews
Parents have been removed from profile. Source was suspect
posted by Kern (Thompson) Brogan
William is my 5th great grandfather:

I have talked about the same thing,, many folks throw this Thomas Duke as his father but I have not found any info on this ( if he left England at all). Others try to link the Duke's from Calvert Co but again I cant find no link! Many list his birth date around 1750 but had a daughter Elizabeth 1766 makes him about 12? I think William is actually older and as for his parents are still a mystery! Son John Jackson many list I think is actually his grandson because he would be way into ;ate 50's and much older! Then come the debate his wife's last name Ricketts or Thornton? I have not come any closer over the years figuring out these mystery's and ancestry DNA does not help!

posted by Joey Duke
Duke-689 and Duke-8 do not represent the same person because: The parents are completely different - the fathers have birthdates more than 50 years apart!
posted by Wombat Allen
Duke-689 and Duke-8 appear to represent the same person because: I believe these are a match
posted by Dave McDougle

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