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Her children rise up and call her blessed – Proverbs 31:28

My grandmother, Rubanner Fletcher Dukes, died at the age of 80 on 23 May 1969 at the home of her daughter who lived next door to her in Jacksonville, Florida. She had fought cancer of the jaw and cheek for … Continue reading

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No Birth Certificate? No Problem (for some)!

In the days before birth certificates were required by states (usually the early 1900’s), are there any documents useful to assist in this dilemma?  There are many articles in books and online to answer this question, but I want to … Continue reading

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An Amended Death Certificate

I never knew my maternal grandfather, Oswville Lem Dukes. Because the purpose of my blog is to share some of my family’s history on significant dates in their lives, I thought I would use this anniversary of his death in … Continue reading

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Valentine Birthday

Valentine’s Day is associated with love and sentimentality, sometimes to the extreme. But my maternal grandmother’s birthday was Valentine’s Day, and she was dearly loved by those who knew her. Rubanner Fletcher was affectionately called Banner by her siblings. I’ve … Continue reading

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My Great Grandparents

I always think it’s nice to be able to put a face to a story.  So I’ve decided to post photos of my ancestors before I actually tell their stories. Amazingly, native Italians found their way to Jacksonville, Florida, via … Continue reading

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My Grandparents and Their Families

Union soldiers. Confederate soldiers. Florida Indian War Volunteers. Italian immigrants. Coal miners. Minister of the Gospel. Sharecropper. Tailors. Fruit vendor. Native Floridians. Sight unseen land purchasers. Vaudeville magicians. Farmers. Landowners. Renters. Widows. Township Trustee. Risk-takers. Twins. Houseboat dwellers. A Catholic … Continue reading

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