Elijah Jefferson Duke (1858 - 1940)



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in Polk County, Georgia United States


on in Reagan, Falls County, Texas United States

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at Powers Chapel Cemetery, in Rosebud, Falls County, Texas United States


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Father: Thomas A Duke
Mother: Tinza (Smith) Duke
Siblings: James Newton Duke, Charles M Duke, Mariah Elizabeth (Duke) Roper, John Smith Duke, William Jasper Duke, Lucy Caroline (Duke) Kerr, Thomas Monroe Duke, Mary Frances (Duke) Brown, Martha Ann Duke, and Charles Marcus Duke

Wife: Emma T (Brown) Duke
Children with Emma: Joseph B Duke, William Jesse Duke, Luther Lavert Duke, Thomas Clarence Duke, Lula Pearl (Duke) Alldredge, and Sweet Baby Duke

Wife: Mary Elizabeth (Evans) Duke
Children with Mary: Clyde Jefferson Duke, Cleo Duke, James A Duke, Roy Lee Duke, and Mary Duke

Wife: Emma T (Brown) Duke
Children with Emma: Joseph B. Duke

Wife: Eliza J (Saife) Duke


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1858 - In the year that Elijah Jefferson Duke was born, on May 11th, Minnesota became the 32nd U.S. state. It was previously the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory.

1869 - He was merely 11 years old when on December 10th, the Wyoming territorial legislature gave women the right to vote. It was the first time in the world that women were able to vote legally without restrictions.

1930 - Elijah was 72 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

1938 - At the age of 80 years old, Elijah was alive when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

1940 - In the year of Elijah Jefferson Duke's passing, in July, Billboard published its first Music Popularity Chart. Top recordings of the year were Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again" (vocal Frank Sinatra) - 12 weeks at the top, Bing Crosby's "Only Forever" - 9 weeks at the top, and Artie Shaw's "Frenesi" - 12 weeks at the top.

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December 24, 1879 - September 8, 1900 (death)
Etowah County, AL
United States
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December 28, 1902 - December 31, 1940 (death)
Powers Chapel
Rosebud, Falls County, Texas, 76570
United States
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September 8, 1900 (death)
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April 27, 1876 - August 1876 (death)
Blount County, Alabama
United States
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Elijah Jefferson Duke, father to 12 children, died on December 31, 1940 in Reagan, Texas at age 82. No cause of death has been entered for Elijah. He was buried in Powers Chapel Cemetery, Rosebud, Texas. He was born on January 28, 1858 in Georgia. He was born to Thomas A Duke and Tinza (Smith) Duke, with siblings James Newton, Charles, Mariah, John, William, Lucy, Thomas, Mary, Martha, and Charles. Elijah married Emma Brown on December 24, 1879 in Alabama and Emma died on September 8, 1900 in Texas. They gave birth to Joseph B Duke, William Jesse Duke, Luther Lavert Duke, Thomas Clarence Duke, Lula Pearl (Duke) Alldredge, and Sweet Baby Duke. He married Mary Evans on December 28, 1902 at Powers Chapel, Rosebud, Texas and Elijah died on December 31, 1940 in Reagan, Texas. They gave birth to Clyde Jefferson Duke, Cleo Duke, James A Duke, Roy Lee Duke, and Mary Duke. He also married Emma Brown and Emma died on September 8, 1900. They gave birth to Joseph B. Duke. Elijah also married Eliza Saife on April 27, 1876 in Alabama and Eliza died in August 1876 in .

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