Gedmatch.com has started a new project called "Ancestor Projects". It's genealogical studies of a certian group of persons, families, tribes, countries, certain parts of countries, immigrants from a certain area or to a certain area. You get the picture. I've joined several that apply, or may apply, to me.
One I've just joined is the Duke Project. I know I am descended from James Duke who lived near the current town of Norwood, NC and is buried right across the road from my cousins house. His daughter, Elizabeth married Calvin Lee and from there, I can take one easily down the old family tree to myself. I had seen where someone had Old James Duke as the son of a Robert Duke and wife Isabell Vinson. That's as far as I had ever gotten.
However, today, one of the administrators from the Duke Project interjected the parents of Robert Duke into my line, and his wife, Bridget Smith.
This is all I know about Bridget. She was born about 1674 in Isle of Wight, Virginia. She married John Duke II, date unknown.
She had 3 sons: Robert, John III and Benjamin.
They rented property from William Boddie.
They later purchased the land from William Boddie.
They sold the land in 1689.
He sold land that had belonged to his father, John Duke Sr. Bridget signed the document and Elizabeth Mercer was his mother, having remarried after his father's death.
John and Bridget may have lived near the Cypress Swamps. She may have been the daughter of Arthur Smith who had a land grant near the Duck (Duke) grant.
John Duke died March 16, 1719. His probate records referred to him as "John Duckes". His property was appraised by Ambrose Adley, Timother Tyens and Jeremiah Fly. It was signed by Bridget Duckes and ordered Feb. 27, 1720. So she could sign her name.
It appears she married a Jackson after she was widowed.
She died 1762 in Brunswick County, Virginia. She was 86 years old.
Her sons and Grandsons would become Patriots.
Happy Mother' Day Grandma Bridget. Nice to finally meet (become aware of your existence) you.