yDNA testing has shown that the descendants of James Dukes of Perry Co MS are closely related to the Orangeburgh Dukes family. They may be descendants of Joseph Duke of Orangeburgh, or they may descend from a close relative of his. The following information was provided by the tested individual.
Probate and Bible records confirm descent of the tested individual from James Dukes, born SC abt 1789. Other probate records confirm descent from John W. Tucker, Sr. bn about 1773 in SC, and died 1/6/1850 in Rankin Co. MS. John Tucker of Mississippi may be (probably is) descended from John Tucker of Cattle Creek Swamp who bought his land from William Davis of St. Phillip's parish. The tested individual is also descended from Daniel Miley of South Carolina. Daniel Miley is descended from Robert Miley, believed descended from Henry Miley of New Windsor, SC.
The James Dukes family:
----Daughters of James Dukes and Francis Mary Tucker =
Elizabeth married a Tilman
Mary E. married a Siston
Harriett L. married a Forrest (name given as Wake Forrest in probate pleading, signed as Mark)
Lucinda married a Mills
Senneth Dulany (also spelled Cenethia Dalany) married a Puckett
Catharine married a Williamson
Martha married a Frederick
Susannah Atistes (so clearly spelled in census) a/ka Susan L. Hester. Unclear whether Hester is given or married name. "Atistes" is most unusual.
---Sons of James Dukes and Francis Mary Tucker =
Joseph M. Dukes
John W. Dukes
Daniel (but may be a grandson or illegitimate. Does not participate in James' estate)
--- Grandsons of James Dukes:
Daniel Miley Dukes (named for maternal grandfather) Son of Joseph M.
James M. (possibly named for paternal grandfather) Son of Joseph M.
---Sons of Joseph M.
A James Dukes is associated with the Tuckers and Mileys in Orangeburgh SC. Their clear connection with one another appears on Lemons Creek in what is now Bamberg County, but tracing the various families shows that this was a convergence of people with previous Duke family associations.
The James Dukes plat on the Edisto River:
Description: DUKES, JAMES, PLAT FOR 374 ACRES ON EDISTO RIVER, ORANGEBURGH DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY PATRICK CAIN FOR JOSEPH BEE ON JUNE 23, 1775.
Names Indexed: DUKES, JAMES/CAIN, PATRICK/THOMSON, JAMES/FARRAR, BENJAMIN/BLICKENDEN, WILLIAM/BEE, JOSEPH/
Locations: EDISTO RIVER/ORANGEBURG DISTRICT
William Blitchenden, adjacent to James Dukes' land above, is very important in establishing the location of this grant. His name also appears in the 1790 Orangeburgh South (Barnwell Co) census on p. 509 immediately adjacent Joseph Tucker Sr. and John Tucker Sr. David Steedly (as in William Steedly Tucker) is nearby. Samuel and Robert "Milley" (Miley) are also nearby on p. 511-512. We know that the Tuckers were on Lemons Creek in what is now Bamberg County.
This James Dukes is too early to be the same individual who immigrated to Perry Co MS. However, his association with the Tuckers in this location suggests that he might be the father of that James Dukes of Mississippi.
There was an earlier attempt by a John Duke to acquire land on Lemons Creek. In 1786 a John Dukes had a plat for 250 acres on Lemons Swamp that he did not follow up on:
Series Number: S213192
Description: OMELVENEY, SAMUEL, PLAT FOR 250 ACRES ON BEAVER DAM BRANCH OF LEMONS SWAMP, ORANGEBURGH DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JOHN MILHOUS FOR JOHN DUKES ON MARCH 2, 1786.
Names Indexed: OMELVENEY, SAMUEL/MILHOUS, JOHN/DUKES, JOHN/MEDLOCK, ELIZABETH/SANDFORD, JAMES/BUDD, DR./
Locations: BEAVERDAM BRANCH/LEMON CREEK/ORANGEBURG DISTRICT
Dr. Budd was probably Dr. John Budd, who appears under that title in SCDAH records. No Omelveneys occur in the census of Orangeburg District or Barnwell or Bamberg counties, but they have been enumerated in Chester County SC in several censuses. “Omelveney” may have been something like McElveney.
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