William James Duke

12 September 1896–10 April 1965 (Age 68)
Thatcher, Graham, Arizona, United States

The Life of William James

When William James Duke was born on 12 September 1896, in Thatcher, Graham, Arizona, United States, his father, James Allred Duke, was 20 and his mother, LaVerna Alice Wright, was 18. He married Opal ELiza Sheets on 4 February 1930. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 10 April 1965, in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States.

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William James Duke
Opal ELiza Sheets
Marriage: 4 February 1930
James Leslie Duke
Marvin William Duke
Phyllis Ruth Duke

Spouse and Children

4 February 1930


    James Leslie Duke



    Phyllis Ruth Duke


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 4

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 20

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 English and Irish: from Middle English duk(e) ‘duke’ (from Old French duc, from Latin dux, genitive ducis ‘leader’), applied as an occupational name for someone who worked in the household of a duke, or as a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces.2 English and Irish: possibly also from the personal name Duke, a short form of Marmaduke, a personal name said to be from Irish mael Maedoc ‘devotee (mael, maol ‘bald’, ‘tonsured one’) of Maedoc’, a personal name (M’Aodhóg) meaning ‘my little Aodh’, borne by various early Irish saints, in particular a 6th-century abbot of Clonmore and a 7th-century bishop of Ferns.3 Scottish: compare the old Danish personal name Duk (Old Norse Dūkr).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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History of the Fourth Ward, Phoenix, Arizona Stake

History of the Fourth Ward Phoenix, Arizona 1946 By Esther A. Olsen Though the Fourth Ward was officially organized March 5, 1939, its real beginning was September 10, 1938. At that time the Southwe …

Sources (3)

  • William James Duke, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • William James Duke, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • William James Duke, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"

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