Because of the Duke University Archives' focus on the history of Duke University, we have limited our genealogical research to the Washington Duke line, and have not been able to trace other branches of the family. Washington Duke (1820-1905), the patriarch of the family for whom Duke University is named, was born in Orange County, North Carolina to Taylor (c. 1770-1847) and Dicey Jones (?-1860) Duke.
General Works about the Duke Family
Armstrong, Zella "The Duke Family," Notable Southern Families
(Chattanooga, TN: Lookout Publishing Co., 1918-1926) pp. 33-43.
Brandenberger, Evelyn Duke. The Duke Family
Duke, Walter Garland. Henry Duke, Councilor: His Descendants and Connections
Morris, Mrs. Jane Sims (Davison). The Duke-Symes Family
(Philadelphia: Dorrance and Co., c1940) -- Duke Family of Orange County, NC. pp. 105-119
Smyth, Samuel Gordon. A Genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre Family
The Washington Duke Line
Anderson, Jean Bradley. Durham County
Durden, Robert F. The Dukes of Durham, 1865-1929
Durden, Robert F. Bold Entrepreneur: A Life of James B. Duke
Fuller, W. W. "James Buchanan Duke," in Ashe, Samuel A. Biographical History of North Carolina
, III, 102-113.
Gray, Virginia, "A Goodly Heritage: The Dukes of Orange County," Duke Alumni Register
, LV (September, 1969), 20-23, LV (November, 1969), 18-21.
Duke, Nanaline H., Perkins, William Robertson, and Allen, George Garland. Determination by the executors of James B. Duke, deceased, of those entitled to participate in the distribution to be made under item VI of the last will and testament of said decedent and of the amounts they are, respectively, entitled to receive
Other Duke Family Manuscript Collections
with Duke family papers and genealogical materials include:
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Box 90185, Durham, NC 27708.
The University of Virginia. Alderman Library. Special Collections
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2498
Telephone: (804) 924-3026, 3021