Biography of Eli Dukes
Hancock County, OH Biographies

ELI DUKES, farmer and stock raiser, P. 0. Oak Ridge, was born in Blanchard Township, this county, May 16, 1841, son of Richard and Mary (Blue) Dukes, the latter born in Ohio, of German descent. The father of our subject was a native of Virginia, of English descent; came to this county in 1828, and settled on a farm in Blanchard Township, where he passed the remainder of his life, dying in 1876, at Findlay, Ohio. Of his family of fourteen children, nine grew to maturity, our subject bei g the tenth. Eli Dukes acquired his education in the common schools, and in Oberlin and Delaware Colleges. He was clerk in a dry goods store for one yeas, ands taught school four winters, but his principal business in life has been fanning and dealing in stock. He is the owner of 486 acres of valuable land. At the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion, Mr. Dukes promptly enlisted in Company A, Twenty first Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served three years as a soldier in the Banks. He was in the battle of Chickamauga, and also at Stone River. When his regiment was captured, he, with twenty five others, escaped. Mr. Dukes was united in marriage, in 1865, with Mary H. Delaney, daughter of Mark Delaney, a pioneer minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church. She is of Irish, French and English descent. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Dukes: Delevan D., Nannie B., Gustavus, Clemma I. and Laura G. Our subject and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which be has been class leader for a number of years. Eli Dukes' father was one of the prime movers in founding the first church erected in this county. This building, a relic of the olden time, is still standing on the farm belonging to our subject.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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