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Lafayette Washington Duke

Reverend Lafayette Washington Duke  (Known as L. W)

L. W. was the 7th of 9 children born to Joel Emerson Duke and Martha Ellen Pugh.  


The children were:

1.  WILLIAM JASPER (CSA) DUKE  1828 – 1900
4.  JAMES A DUKE  1838 – 1916
5.  MARY ELLEN DUKE  1839 – 1922
6.  WALTER NEWTON (CSA) DUKE 1840 – 1922
8.  FERDINAND R. DUKE  1848 – 1925
9.  JAMES HENRY DUKE  1845-1925

L. W. was born in Turnbull, Monroe County, Alabama April, 25, 1843.  In 1858 he professed his religion and was baptized by the Reverend L. W. Lindsey at Concord Baptist Church in Buena Vista, Monroe County, Alabama.

He answered the call of his State and entered the Confederate army in 1861 at 18 years of age at Pineville, Alabama.  His regiment, The Fifth Alabama Infantry, was on advanced picket line and was among the first to open fire on the enemy at Farrar’s Crossroads near Alexandria, Virginia, a few days prvious to the first Battle of Manassas.  He was in nearly all the hard battles in Virginia and was seriously wounded at the battle of Gaines Mills.  He was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5, 1864 and thus remained imprisoned for the duration of the war.  On August 15, 1864, he was transferred to the notorious federal prison at Elmira, New York.
 On October 3rd 1867 L.W. married Susannah E. Garlington Owen, the widow of Hugh G. Owen.  He being a casualty of the afore mentioned conflict.  They were married at the plantation home of Josiah Garlington located near Black’s Bluff on the Alabama River in Wilcox County, Alabama.
Susannah E. Garlington was born in 1839 in Wilcox County, Alabama, the daughter of Josiah Garlington and Elizabeth Packer Davis.  Josiah and Elizabeth had come to Alabama from Berkeley County, South Carolina after the death of his father.  Elizabeth’s father (Abel Davis) and brothers also made the trip to Alabama probably all travelling together around 1818.  Abel died in 1828.  The Garlingtons of South Carolina were originally from Virginia where they  intermarried with the Tidewater aristocracy.  Susaannah was a direct descendant of Col. William Ball and Edwin Conway.  Col. Ball was George Washington’s grandfather while Edwin Conway was James Madison’s great grandfather.  All the Garlingtons in this country descend from the one immigrant Garlington in the 1600s.  Decendants of L.W. and Susannah are eligible for membership in tha

DAR, SAR, Jamestowne and the National Society of Washington Family Descendants hereditary societies.

On February 4, 1858, Susannah married Hugh G. Owen Jr., the son of the Reverend Hugh G. Owen Sr. who had also hailed from South Carolina. Hugh Jr. was born  around 1835 in Wilcox County and enlisted for the Confederate cause at Mobile, Alabama on April 19, 1862. He was a private in Company C of the 42nd Alabama Infantry Regiment and was captured on October 5, 1862 at Hatchet Bridge  during the battle of Corinth, Mississippi, and was paroled on October 14, 1862 at Bolivar, Tennessee.  He was part of the forces defeated at Vicksburg and was paroled again there on July 4, 1863.  On  November 24, 1863 his name appears on a list of casualties in the engagement on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, where he was captured a third time by the U. S. forces.  An amputation was required for a fractured femur from which he never recovered.  He died in the United States General Hospital in Chattanooga on December 3, 1863, leaving behind Susannah as a young widow at 24 years of age.

In 1870 L. W. was ordained at the Concord Baptist Church and started on his Ministry career.  He preached at Buena Vista, Monroeville, Burnt Corn and for ten years at Claiborne Alabama.
Susannah’s father, Josiah, was deceased by December, 1871 and her mother had predeceased him by at least ten years according to an Alabama State Supreme Court case in which L. W., Susannah and Josiah were parties to.

In Dec 1882, L. W., Susannah, and family including his mother made the move to Falls County, Texas where L. W. had a calling at the Baptist Church in Reagan.  There in Falls County in 1883 his mother passed away.  On July 2, 1886, Sarah A. Garlington, Susannah’s older, unmarried sister who had also come with the Duke family to Texas passed away.  Susannah passed away    January 3rd 1889.  They are all buried in the Covington Cemetery at Blue Ridge (Near Reagan), Texas.

After Susannah’s death in January of 1889, L. W. took over the Pastorate at Calvert, Texas and in that same year was elected Moderator of The Waco Baptist Association.  In that same year in May, L. W. married Sue M. Granberry, daughter of Judge John Granberry of Mississippi.  She was born in Homer, Angelina County, Texas on March 2nd, 1863.  Sue is buried next to L. W. in Waco, Texas  

In 1891,  L. W.  moved on and became the Pastor in Mexia, Texas where he became involved with the Limestone County Confederate Veterans Association.  While serving in Mexia, L.W. was appointed to the Board Of Visitors at Baylor University.  By 1910 we find L. W. in Smith County, Texas and in 1920 he was in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas.

L.W. retired and lived in Waco Texas.  In the summer of 1923 L. W. was involved in a car accident but had recovered enough to visit his son, W. B. Duke in Oklahoma.

L. W. passed away July 26, 1925 and is buried in Waco, Texas.  His 2nd wife, Sue, passed away on March 7, 1937 while visiting her son in Beaumont, Texas. 

To L. W. and Susannah were born Six children:

One child not listed on any census presumably died as an infant
1.  Martha "Mattie" June DUKE   1870 – 1954
2.  William Brutus Duke   1873 – 1939
3.  Edward Lafayette Duke 1874 – 1943
4.  Sudie E Duke  1876 – 
5.  Clara Duke   1878 – 1951
To L. W. and Sue M. Granberry were born three children
6.  Bertie "Bert" Parker Duke   1890 – 1971
7.  Lou F "Loutee" Duke  1891 – 1985
8.  Marvin Eldridge Duke   1899 – 1957


Married 1st  Oct. 1867
Susannah Garlington
Married 2nd   May 1889
Sue M. Granberry



Waco Times Herald
Monday, July 27, 1925

REV. L. W. DUKE IS CALLED TO HIS REWARD The noted Baptist divine, Rev. L. W. Duke, passed away early Sunday morning at his home, 2310 Reuter.

The Rev. Duke was 82 years old. Death followed a stroke of paralysis, with which he became afflicted on Wednesday of last week.


The funeral took place Monday morning at 9:30, from the Turner Street Baptist Church with the Pastor R. E. Bass, officiating, assisted by Rev. W. W. Melton of the Seventh and James Street Baptist Church. Interment was made in Park Lawn.


Active pallbearers are: H. R. Haney, C. A. Nabors, George E. Wallace, Professor W. H. Pool, N. B. McKinney and T. W. Tatum. Honorary pallbearers were members of Pat Cleburne camp, and A. J. Sligh, R. A. Mathers, G. C. Swain, C. C. Menefee, J. A. Stanford, F. W. Kellner, W. B. Pearson, J. J. Carter of Franklin, C. K. Durham, C. L. Watson, L. B. Smith, Eugene Wyche, Asher Sanger, H. D. Reynolds, C. E. Lyons, W. W. Sloan, W. H. Pittman, J. B. Mc Cauley. 


Born in Alabama, Rev. Duke served in the Confederate army for four years as a member of the Fifth Alabama regiment. He was a mason for 52 years, his membership being in the Tyler Lodge. He was a member of Pat Cleburne camp. For 57 years Rev. Duke had been a Baptist preacher, 42 years of that period having been spent In Texas. He held pastorates in Swan, Reagan, Calvert, Hopewell Lexington, Mexia and other places. 


Surviving Rev. Duke are his wife and four sons and four daughters, W. B. Duke, McAlister, Okla., E. L. Duke, Waco; M. E. Duke, Beaumont; B. P. Duke, Akron, Ohio; Mesdames John Holland, Tyler; A. B. Marchbanks, Brenham; J., D. Barlow, Jacksonville; and Miss Sudie Duke, Lexington. He also had one brother, J. H. Duke, Reagan

SUSANNAH E. GARLINGTON born about 1839, probably in Wilcox County, Alabama. Married 1st 4 February 1858  in Wilcox County to Hugh G. Owen, Jr., born about 1835 in Wilcox 
County. At Mobile, Alabama, on 19 April    1862, Hugh Owen enlisted as a private in Company C of the 
42nd Alabama Infantry Regiment. He was captured  on 5 October 1862 at Hatchet Bridge during the battle of Corinth , Mississippi, and paroled on 14 October 1862 at Bolivar, Tennessee. He was a part of the forces defeated at Vicksburg and was paroled there on 4 July 1863. On 24 November 1863 his name appeared on a list of casulties in the engagement on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, where he was captured by the U. S. forces for the third time.
An amputation was required for a fractured femur and he died in the United States General Hospital in Chattanooga on 3 December 1863
 She married 2nd on 3 October 1867 in Wilcox County to Rev. Lafayette W. Duke, born about 1840. L. W. Duke enlisted as a private in Company C of the 5th Alabama Infantry Regiment and was discharged as a corporal.

Children (2nd marriage):
1. Martha Jane Duke; 
2. William B. Duke;
3. Edward D. Duke;
4. Sudie Duke;
5. Clara Duke
Susannah Garlington's 1st Husband
Name:    Hugh G. Owen
Side:    Confederate
Regiment State/Origin:    Alabama
Regiment:    42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry
Company:    C
Rank In:    Private
Rank Out:    Private
Film Number:    M374 roll 34

The Alabama 42nd Infantry Regiment was assembled during May, 1862, at Columbus, Mississippi. It was principally a reorganization of other regiments whos twelve month term of service was complete.
Some of the men had served in the 2nd Alabama Regiment. Its members were from the counties of Monroe, Pickens, Wilcox, Mobile, Conecuh, Fayette, Talladega, and Marion. The unit was on provost duty at Tupelo until October when it was assigned to J.C. Moore's command. It fought at Corinth and later became part of the forces defending Vicksburg .
On July 4, 1863, the regiment was captured. Exchanged and reorganized, it was attached to A.Baker's, Gibson's, Brantley's Brigade, fought at Chattanooga and Atlanta , moved to Mobile, then rejoined the Army of Tennessee in North Carolina. The unit lost fifty percent of the 700 engaged at Corinth, reported 46 casualtes at Chattanooga, and totalled 311 men and 247 arms in December, 1863. At Resaca it had about 300 effectives, but its number was greatly reduced at the surrender.
Information on this unit may be found on line at
Susannah's Sister

BIRTH: Feb. 1835 • Wilcox County, Alabama

DEATH: 2 July, 1886 • Reagan, Falls, Texas
Susannah's Mother-in-law
L.W.'s Mother

BIRTH 9 AUG 1807 • Georgia

DEATH 4 SEP 1883 • Reagan, Falls, Texas
Find A Grave
Buried near Susannah in Covington Cemetery, Falls County, Texas
2310 Rueter Street, Waco, Texas
Last home of L. W. Duke
Baylor University 1896

To L. W. and Susannah were born Six children:


One child not listed on any census presumably died as an infant
1.  Martha "Mattie" June DUKE   1870 – 1954
2.  William Brutus Duke   1873 – 1939
3.  Edward Lafayette Duke 1874 – 1943
4.  Sudie E Duke  1876 – 
5.  Clara Duke   1878 – 1951

To L. W. and Sue M. Granberry were born three children

6.  Bertie "Bert" Parker Duke   1890 – 1971
7.  Lou F "Loutee" Duke  1891 – 1985
8.  Marvin Eldridge Duke   1899 – 1957

1.  Martha "Mattie June Duke   married Rev. John Holland
2.  William Brutus Duke  married Bertha Christine Jones
3.   Edward Lafayette Duke  married Addie L. Herndon
4.  Sudie E. Duke
5.  Clara Duke  married Albert Brice Marchbanks
6.  Bertie "Bert" Parker Duke  married Lucille "Lucy" Wasson
7.  Lou F."Loutie" Duke  married Joseph Dee Barlow
8.  Marvin Eldridge Duke  married Willa Hazel Davis
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