Barker Slave Quarters - The Plantation home to this is long gone.
Isn't it funny how you can just be working away and have something completely out of the blue effect the course you then take. This happens to many of us all the time in genealogy research. And it happened to me recently.
While working on my "civil war" family - that's what I call this one family by the way - I recognized a town name not to far from here. I was reading about the first Alabama State Capitol of Cahaba. It had a very short life as a capitol and while the state essentially moved it several times, it will always remain "the first". After the move, flooding and some tough economic circumstances, the town essentially became a very large ghost town. Buildings were torn down and moved to other places because that's what they did back then.
In any event, I found a book on Google Books that was called "Memories of Old Cahawba" by Ann M Gayle Fry, who was, prior to her death, an old resident of the town who wanted to share the memories before they were all lost. Within her pages she spoke of the Duke Family. I didn't recall having family there but I did remember seeing the town name on some census reports so I went on a hunt.
While I am not positive of the relationship at this point, to my civil war family, it certainly has distracted me and I wouldn't be surprised if this is in fact one of them. Stranger things have happened, right?
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