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View Tree for Taylor DukeTaylor Duke (b. Abt. 1770, d. Abt. 1835)

Taylor Duke was born Abt. 1770 in Brunswick Co. VA, and died Abt. 1835 in Orange Co. North Carolina. He married (1) Chaney Mangum, daughter of Arthur Mangum.

 Includes NotesNotes for Taylor Duke:
!Taylor Duke, son of William Duke, lived adjacent to the Mangum tobacco
farm. He was sued by Arthur Mangum, Chaney Mangum's father, for child
support, and was required to pay a small amount of child support each
year. Bill Mangum (William Preston Mangum, III) of Raleigh, NC, noted
that this is documented in court papers at Raleigh. He was to send me
a copy of the legal document when he has an opportunity to get it from

!It is commonly written that Chaney Mangum married her "Mangum
cousin" since
she is always identified as a Mangum. Recent conversations with
Bill Mangum of
Winston-Salem, NC, indicates that she had two illegitimate children,
both sons,
by Taylor Duke. (William Mangum owned land adjacent to Chaney's
Arthur, as noted in the petition filed by his wife and children
after Arthur's
death when Nathaniel Carrington had refused to distribute Arthur's
estate to
his children. (Location of Arthur's land was identified as lying
adjacent to
some owned by William Duke.) William Duke was perhaps the father of
Taylor Duke. Bill noted that when the second son was born, Taylor
Duke was
taken to court to pay child support for the children.

Bill noted that this is an extremely sensitive issue with the Univ
of North
Carolina Mangums, all who descend from Chaney. This explains their
refusal to
answer my letters or telephone calls concerning their Mangum line.
Bill noted
that only recently had these Mangums been invited to the Mangum
reunion held by
the "other" Mangums in Durham County. He noted that the Mangums are
reluctant to give out any information on their Mangum line for these

!See the "Raleigh News and Observer," dated Mar 6, 1994 for "The
Rivarlry's hidden side" for the story of the relationship between
Chaney Mangum
and Taylor Duke. The artile notes "...the Mangums identified Duke
(Taylor) as
the suspected father in both cases (the first two children of
Chaney). Agnered
by his cavalier attitude, they took him to court and forced him to
pay $5 a
year in child support. The judgment was no small debt for the
prolific Duke
who had 10 other children."

!The article also notes "Both clans are roots in the rural villages
of Red
Mountain and Bahama in what is now northern Durham County. On the
surface, the
backgrounds are similar. Both families grew tobacco, both thrived
in business
and influenced politics.....Taylor Duke couldn't have known at the
time that
his amorous urges would cause such a long-lasting fuss. All he knew
was that a
comely maiden, Chaney Mangum, had caught his eye...As can happen
when such
desires manifest themselves, Chaney Mangum bore a son. At first the
identify was kept quiet and the adulterous Duike was spared any
public shame,
but the secret didn't last long. The couple had difficulty
containing their
affection. One thing led to another, and the still unmarried Chaney
Mangum had
another child....Washington Duke, a legitimate son of Taylor Duke,
bright leaf tobacco and entered the manufacturing side of the
business. Soon
he and his three sons had created a fabulously profitable

More About Taylor Duke and <Unnamed>:
Marriage: August 14, 1801, Orange Co. North Carolina.

Children of Taylor Duke and Chaney Mangum are:
  1. +Hinton Mangum, b. 1805, Orange Co. North Carolina, d. Abt. 1874, Orange Co. North Carolina.
  2. Ellison Goodloe(Duke) Mangum, b. Abt. 1816, Orange Co. North Carolina, d. date unknown.

Children of Taylor Duke are:
  1. +George Washington Duke, b. December 18, 1820, Orange Co. North Carolina, d. May 08, 1905, Orange Co. North Carolina.
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