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.
Notes 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 Raleigh.
!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 father, 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 this 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 very reluctant to give out any information on their Mangum line for these reasons.
!See the "Raleigh News and Observer," dated Mar 6, 1994 for "The UNC-Duke 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 father's 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, raised bright leaf tobacco and entered the manufacturing side of the business. Soon he and his three sons had created a fabulously profitable enteraprise."
More About Taylor Duke and <Unnamed>: Marriage: August 14, 1801, Orange Co. North Carolina.
Children of Taylor Duke and Chaney Mangum are:
+Hinton Mangum, b. 1805, Orange Co. North Carolina, d. Abt. 1874, Orange Co. North Carolina.