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James R. Dukes b.1833 son of Ephraim of OH. and Jane (Esslinger) Dukes of TN.
Posted by: Michael DeLorenzo (ID *****7506) Date: December 24, 2002 at 18:18:28
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Not my family line, just sharing.

Page 653, City of Winamac.

"JAMES R. DUKES, banker, is a native of CASS County, Indiana; was born April 6, 1833, and is the son of Ephraim Dukes, a native of Ohio and of English descent. Ephraim Dukes, when Indiana was a Territory, came here with his parents in 1818, and settled in Putnam County, and there in about 1820, married for his second wife Miss Jane Esslinger, a native of Tennessee, but who also came to Indiana with her parents, in about 1818. To this union were born thirteen children, of whom six only are still living. About 1824, the family moved to Cass County, and thence in 1841, to Fulton County, and thence, in April, 1842, to this County ((Pulaski County)), locating in Harrison Township, where Mrs. Dukes died December 13, 1868, and Mr. Dukes April 28, 1872. Mr. Dukes was a tanner by trade, but chiefly engaged in farming. He was among the early preachers of this county, and preached more funeral sermons and solemnized more marriages than any other man of his day; he also served for a number of years as one of the Associate Judges of the County. He and his wife were both members of the Christain Church. James R. Dukes has resided in Pulaski County since nine years of age. He was engaged in farming until August, 1862, when he enlisted in Company E, Eighty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, as a private, rose to Second Sergent, and was discharged for disability in March, 1863. He had cut his foot while chopping wood in Kentucky, and erysipelas setting in, amputation became necessary. On his return, he served for awhile as Deputy Real Estate Appraiser; in 1864, he was elected County Recorder, re-elected in 1868, serving eight years; he then engaged in mercantile trade at Star City, but in January, 1874, moved to Winamac, and continued in trade until 1879; he then sold out and retired to the old farm in Harrison Township, but in 1881 returned and established the Citizens' Bank of Winamac, of which he is President. Mr. Dukes is a Democrat, a member of the I.O.O.F. and of the O.F. Encampment. He has been three times married, viz.: in 1852 to Maria Taylor, who died in 1853; in 1855 to Mary A. Rogers, widow of Richard Rogers, and daughter of Samuel McFadden; this lady bore him four children - Ella M., Frank L., Rosa L. and Addie B. (the last married to Charles J. Peters, a teacher of Winamac)- and died January 5, 1850 ((this is a typing error)). July 13, 1882, he married his present wife, Mrs. Edna A. McDonald."

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