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The Rayburn/Duke Family of Texas

Updated June 10, 2011

Sherry Duke Diehr

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I am researching several lines. First, I'm looking for ancestors to Howell Jackson Rayburn, b. 1818, Tenn. d. 1889 Ala. Married Savilla Hargett 1839. This is my mother's GG-Grandfather.

I've also just begun searching my Father's side of the family. His Grandfather is Thomas Jefferson Duke, b. 1858, Miss. d. 1938, Tx. Married Maggie Hall, b. 1870 Miss., d. 1931, Tx. Maggie's mother's maiden name was Stanley. They had 7 boys including my Gfather - Homer Wilson Duke.

My father's mothers name was Cora Lee Dickinson. Her parents were William Jackson Dickinson (1875-1959) and Bertha Lann who died around 1953. Any info on these individuals would also be appreciated.

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Family Photos

  • Rayburn Girls (51 KB)
    This was taken at Dora Wiggins house. She was the mother of Howard Rayburn.
  • Homer Wilson Duke (30 KB)
    Taken at the Texas State Fair - about 1933
  • Dickinson Family (51 KB)
    Cora Lee Dicknson - just left of bottom center - mother to W.H. Duke. Here her brothers and sisters are shown with mother and father. Abt. 1940.
  • Ruth, Dora, Winnie & Ruby (42 KB)
    Taken in the 30's. Mother Dora Wiggins, daughters, Ruth, Winnie, and Ruby Rayburn. Mother and sisters to Howard Rayburn.
  • Howard, Jim, and Glen (35 KB)
    Howard, Jim and Glenn Rayburn - the brothers three. Date unkown - probably 30's - 40's.
  • Rayburn Family Reunion (51 KB)
    Rayburn Family Reunion. At the old reunion hall, Alvarado Tx. Early 70's.
  • Homer Wilson Duke and horse. (50 KB)
    This was given to me by Tim Hataway. We have no idea when this was taken. We can only estimate the 20's-30's. Notice there are 2 figures in the doorway, WH & Cora Lee?

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