A Duke Family History and Y-DNA Genealogy Research
Hi,my name is Reggie Duke and this is a look back at my family history from Ireland to India and finely England. I am also researching my Y-DNA that is passed down from father to son.
Recently i sent my DNA to be tested at "Family Tree DNA" in hope to find a common ancestor and i have the results and if you go to the link at the bottom of the page you can see the results i recived from FTDNA and this is all i know about my family.
From 1828 a MR.THOMAS,JAMES,DUKE b 7/11/1828 in Co Cork Ireland.My GGGrandfather married an Irish girl a MISS ELIZA DENNISON born 1842 in Wicklow Ireland.Her fathers name unknown was in the Royal Irish Fusilier as a chaplain he died in India in 1857/59 at Cawnpore.Where he was massacred and thrown into the memorial well at Cawnpore India,as narrated by his daughter.Who married MR.THOMAS,JAMES,DUKE in Bengal Presidency India on the 22/3/1858. MR.THOMAS,JAMES,DUKE was a police officer in Calcutta on the river police in a district of Calcutta called Kidderpore and started a family.On the 27/7/1880 he died leaving his wife and 9 children as follows:
1.MISS.LUCINDA,ELIZA,DUKE 2.MR.CHARLES,JAMES,DUKE 3.MISS.CATHERINE,MENNER,DUKE 4.MR.EDWARD,GEORGE,DUKE 5.MR.ERNEST,STANLEY,DUKE 6.MISS.EMMA,SUSANNA,DUKE
MR.EDWARD GEORGE DUKE the 4th child is my GGrandfather who was b 5/7/1866 in Calcutta West Bengal India.He worked on a ship as a carpenter and sailed the world a few times and then married an English girl born in Hull East Yorkshire England a MISS MARY HARRIS 1869.He got a job in fillius circus,which he left later and joined the E,B,Rly.MR.EDWARD GEORGE DUKE died on the 12/12/1913 they had 10 children are as follows:
1.MR.T,DUKE 2.(UNKNOWN),DUKE 3.MR.J,W,DUKE 4.MR.C,G,DUKE 5.MISS E,DUKE 6.MISS D,V,DUKE 7.MISS(UNKNOWN),DUKE 8.MISS W,G,DUKE 9.MR. E,G,DUKE 10.MR.F,A,DUKE.
MR.JOSEPH WILLIAM DUKE the 3rd child is my Grandfather who was b 15/4/1895 also in Belfast.At the age of 18 years of age he was now the head of the family.When WW1 started in 1914 MR.JOSEPH WILLIAM DUKE and MR.C,G,DUKE both volunteered JOSEPH joined the Irish Fusiliers for the duration of the war MR. C,G,DUKE died on the 3/11/1915 and was buried with military honors.
Between the years 1933-1943 JOSEPH traveled around India and jotted down some shrot poems and if you look at the bottom of this page you will find a link to JOSEPH WILLIAM DUKE page of short pomes.
MR.JOSEPH WILLIAM DUKE married MISS.BERTHA,MURIEL,LILLIAN,HARDLESS who's mother was Irish and father was Anglo-Indian MR.CHARLES,RICHARD,HARDLESS was a handwriting and finger print expert and worked for the goverment. MR.JOSEPH WILLIAM DUKE died in 1947 they had 9 children are as follows:
1.MR.S,J,DUKE 2.MISS G,M,DUKE 3.MR.G,C,DUKE 4.MR.K,E,DUKE 5.MR. R,DUKE 6.MR.D,B,DUKE 7.MR.M,A,DUKE 8.MR.N,P,DUKE 9.MISS,D,DUKE.
MR.KEITH EDWARD DUKE the 4th child is my father who was b 20/2/1927 in Calcutta India.Working on the railway as a 1st stoker.Left the rly: and joined the British army then in India he joined the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers,in 1947.In 1948 he got a transfer to the Royal Regt: Of Artillery,left India for England.Then left England for service in the far E,L,F (Malaya) to fight against communism.
With the 26 Field Regt: R,A in Malaya 14/5/1951 he then joined the 32 Medium Regt: R,A in Edinburgh Scotland.Left Scotland for service in the far E,L,F with 32 Medium Regt: R,A for Hong Kong was attached to 40 Div: 1952 and went to Korea after being promoted to Lance Bombardier and was attached to the 1st Commonwealth Div: in Kuri Japan and in Korea the 2nd Commonwealth Div: to fight against the communist's North Koreans in 1953.
Left Korea 1954, sailed for England 1955 still with 32 Med: Regt: R,A whilst in England he married a MISS EDNA DORIS PEARL BEAUCHAMP on the 27/10/1956 an English girl from Wiltshire Salisbury.Still with 32 Med: Regt: R,A now Substantiated Bombardier left England on 9/12/1958 for service in Hong Kong.
1959 Transferred to 5th Field Regt: R,A his wife followed him to Hong Kong on the 10/1/1959.In 1961 came back to England with his family and then in 1962 he bought himself out of the Army due to his wife being ill.After 14 years of service with the British Army he got a job at norman court a saw mills at this time he was living in Wiltshire near Salisbury and got a new job as a painter and handyman.Left Salisbury for Leeds in West Yorkshire on the 2/4/1964 he stayed with his Brother-In-Law and Sister a MRS.G,M,GRANT he stayed for a week and then got a house where he and his family move to.He got a new job at Dunlop and Ranken a steel stockholders and then in 1965 he left Dunlop and Ranken due to ill health and got a job with Leeds City Transport as a conductor.He moved for the last time to a new house in Leeds with his family.MR.KEITH EDWARD DUKE died on the 27/7/1978 leaving his wife and 6 children are as follows: 1.MR.P,E,DUKE 2.MISS B,P,DUKE 3.MISS C,A,DUKE 4. MISS W,E,DUKE 5.MR.K,W,DUKE 6.MR.R,J,DUKE.
MR.REGINALD JAMES DUKE the 6th child is me b 25/9/1971.
to be continued.
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