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Pleasant M Duke Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, November 21, 1991
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.
In 1837 Pleas Duke married Martha Jane Rosser in Alabama. Martha F Rosser Duke was born in Alabama about 1824. She died in 1852 in Bowie County, Texas which must have been not too long after they moved here. She only lived to be about twenty eight years old and left six children. I don't see any record of another marriage after her death. A picture of the home of Pleas Duke was among some pencil drawings so we think they lived at Old Boston.
The six children of Pleas Duke and Martha Jane Rosser were:
Obviously the Duke family and the Cowley family and the Daniel family were very close back in Alabama. There were several marriages between these families, some before they came here. Pleas Duke had a brother, Jackson Duke, who married a daughter of Jessie Daniel, Elizabeth "Betty" Daniel. Evidently they both died between 1842 and 1850 and left four children in the care of Jessie and Sally Daniel. They are listed in the 1850 census: Thomas Duke 15, Jessie Duke 12, Martha Duke 10, and Elizabeth Duke 8. If they lived to be grown, they were raised by their Daniel grandparents.
Another brother of Pleas Duke was Wood Duke. He was living here in 1850. His wife's name was Harriat and they had two children, both born in Texas: Elizabeth 6 and John 2 months old. Family records say that Wood Duke later moved to Granburg, Texas and he died some time between 1880 and 1890.
One of the most special things about Pleas Duke is that he was a Bowie County Treasurer from 1860-1862 and Bowie County Clerk from 1862-1876. He was popular and respected by the gentlemen voters. I was just remembering that women were not allowed to vote back in those days.
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