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Re: Philip Duty
Posted by: Judy Peeples Date: October 31, 2001 at 19:28:03
In Reply to: Philip Duty by William C. Duty of 872

William, although this doesn't really answer you question, I thought you might be interest in this from Thelma Duty McKinney who wrote to my brother back in the 80's and helped us very much with our Duty family, Phillip was our gggrandfather are line his son Samuel Houston Duty. I quote as written:
In "The Old Cemetery" south of Clarksville, according to our cousin, Martha Smith Hulen, deceased. Her mother was a first cousin to my father.
During the depression, someone in the Red River Co. government allowed people to cart the old headstones out of the cemetery, as they wanted to make a drainage ditch there. Many stones ended up as door steps or parts of sidewalks at private homes. When those who had loved ones buried there leaned about the desecration, they put a stop to it. Many graves there have no head stone now, and one knows who is in the graves.
Sarah Clark Duty ordered a stone for Phillip, of course. It had to come from New Orleans, down river. The stone was put ashore at Port Roland, Red River Co. (port no longer there, and no commerce on the Red River.) Before anyone could get to the port to pick up Philip's marker, there was a heavy rain and storm. All the merchandise at Port Roland was swept away, and much of it never recovered, including Philip's headstone. It is assumed, that as the Dutys were wealthy people, another one was ordered. Approximately 60 years later, young Ed Bonham, brother of Lelia Bonham Clark, and his cousin, were digging for fishing worms along the shores of Red River when their shovel struck a hard object. When the sand was dug away the boys discovered that they had unearthed an old grave stone. The stone was engraved with the name of Philip Duty, and his dates: Born July 22, 1799-Died July 28, 1855. When I (Thelma Duty McKinney) learned of the stone from Lelia Bonham Clark, I asked her brother if I might photograph it. That dear man gave me the stone, which now resides in my clothes closet-greatly prized heirloom.


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