William Jesse Duke (1883 - 1933)

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Too many men named William in our family! Most went by their middle names not by William. Our grandfather went by his middle name Jesse. I never knew him as he passed away in 1933 months before our oldest brother was born. I can tell you that my Daddy loved his father & missed him so much and was proud to be his son. At the time of Jesse death it was called "Sleeping Sickness" but a cousin thinks it was "encephalitis lethargica". Grandpa Duke mother & baby sister died in 1900. Jesse & his brother Luther dug the baby sister grave. Someone came & told them their mother died & they needed to dig another grave.(Always made me cry that had to dig graves)

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William Jesse Duke was also known as:

Jesse

Birth

in Alabama United States

Death

on in Reagan, Falls County, Texas United States
Cause of death: sleeping sickness in 1933 but in 2019 it would be called encephalitis lethargica

Cause of death

sleeping sickness in 1933 but in 2019 it would be called encephalitis lethargica

Burial / Funeral

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

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Falls County, Texas United States

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Family

Mother: Emma T (Brown) Duke
Father: Elijah Jefferson Duke
Siblings: Joseph B Duke, Luther Lavert Duke, Thomas Clarence Duke, Lula Pearl (Duke) Alldredge, and Sweet Baby Duke

Wife: Emma D (Little) Duke
Children with Emma: Jefferson Harrison Duke, William Alec Duke Sr., Minnie Lee (Duke) Jordan, Louis Ingram Duke, Emma Sue (Duke) Ford, Bertie Lou (Duke) Watson, Jeannie Ethel (Duke) Kennett, Joe Edmond Duke, and Jessie Evelyn (Duke) Brast

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Jesse

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American

Religion

Christian

Gender

Male

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1883 - In the year that William Jesse Duke was born, on June 16th, children at a children's variety show in Victoria Hall began rushing the stage area and lobby for promised prizes. In the stampede, 183 children of the 1100 present - most of them 3 to 4 years old - were crushed and asphyxiated.

1898 - He was just 15 years old when on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

1916 - At the age of 33 years old, William was alive when suffragette Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman elected to the House of Representatives as a Representative at large from Montana. She was the first woman to hold an elected Federal office. Holding the office for two years, she ran again in 1940 and served another two year term. Montana had granted women unrestricted voting rights in 1914, 6 years before women got the vote nationally.

1919 - When he was 36 years old, in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

1933 - In the year of William Jesse Duke's passing, on December 5th, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment said "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." Alcohol was legal again! It was the only amendment to the Constitution approved for the explicit purpose of repealing a previously existing amendment. South Carolina was the only state to reject the Amendment.

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William Jesse Duke, father to 9 children, passed away on April 22, 1933 in Reagan, Texas at 49 years old. His cause of death is listed as: sleeping sickness in 1933 but in 2019 it would be called encephalitis lethargica. He was buried in Powers Chapel Cemetery, Rosebud, Texas. He was born on May 1, 1883 in Alabama. He was born to Emma T (Brown) Duke and Elijah Jefferson Duke, with siblings Joseph, Luther, Thomas, Lula, and Sweet Baby . William married Emma Little on May 4, 1906 and William died on April 22, 1933. They gave birth to Jefferson Harrison Duke, William Alec Duke Sr., Minnie Lee (Duke) Jordan, Louis Ingram Duke, Emma Sue (Duke) Ford, Bertie Lou (Duke) Watson, Jeannie Ethel (Duke) Kennett, Joe Edmond Duke, and Jessie Evelyn (Duke) Brast. We know that William Jesse Duke had been residing in Falls County, Texas United States.

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