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Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
Death: Died in Laurel Creek, Watauga, North Carolina, USA
Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: stanley w. duke, jr.
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About Duke Ward

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Birth: 1803 Ashe County North Carolina, USA

Death: 1880 Watauga County North Carolina, USA

Son of Benjamin WARD and Catherine HARMON. Married Lucinda TESTER.

When Duke's father felt that what would become Watauga county was starting to get a bit crowded and not fit his lifestyle (1824), he decided to sell his 240 acres in Cove Creek and move the family further along west into Tennessee. One of the not-so-small motivations for this move was that he noticed his son Duke falling in love with Lucy Tester. Apparently, Benjamin could not stand her father, Samuel, and forbid Duke from marrying her and told him that if he did, he would be cut off from the will. Duke reluctantly went west with his father, and the story is that they sent each other love letters so that Duke turned around during the sojourn and came back to Watauga county to start anew with nothing but the love of his life. Unfortunately for this story, the census records that he can neither read nor write. He also would go on to fight in the Union Army-- an extremely unusual (and probably also unpopular) decision.


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Parents:
  • Benjamin Ward (1784 - 1847)
Spouse:
  • Lucinda Tester Ward (1804 - 1880)*

Burial: Ward Cemetery Vilas Watauga County North Carolina, USA

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Duke Ward's Timeline

1804
1804
North Carolina, USA
1824
August 4, 1824
Age 20
Ashe, North Carolina, USA
1825
1825
Age 21
Ashe, North Carolina, USA
1828
August 9, 1828
Age 24
Ashe, North Carolina, USA
1829
1829
Age 25
Watauga, North Carolina, USA
1831
1831
Age 27
Watauga, North Carolina, USA
1833
1833
Age 29
Watauga, NC, USA
1836
1836
Age 32
Ashe, North Carolina, USA
1837
1837
Age 33
North Carolina, USA
1842
1842
Age 38
Watauga, North Carolina, USA