Saturday, August 28, 2021

1887 - Dukes Cemetery

1874 - The Daniels and Dukes Families



   George Washington Dukes, who married Sarah Ann Lastinger, arrived to the area in 1874.

   John Wesley Daniels and his wife, Cassidina (Dukes) Daniels had squatter's rites to property west of Lake David which he sold to E. E. Edge, after Edge's arrival in 1899.
   John Daniels and his wife, Cassidina (Dukes) Daniels, then purchased property on Villa City Road. Old land deeds show both marking an "X" for their signatures.
   When Cassidina's father, George Washington Dukes, died, in 1887, he was buried on the Daniels family property in what is known today as Dukes Cemetery. It is believed that he was the first one buried in the cemetary.
   The nearby Dukes Lake was also named after the Dukes family.

   Daniel Sloan was also buried there in 1888.

   Today's Lake Catherine was originally known as Cemetery Lake, because of its proximatey to the Dukes Cemetery.

[Contributors: Jason Brown]

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