Joseph Hairston Duff has been doing genealogy research since "Roots II" aired in 1977. He was deeply inspired by Alex Haley's successful quest to find his African Ancestors. Since then, he has embarked on a quest to document the history of the several African American families who make up the Walker-Duff union in Los Angeles. We are from Iowa, Illinois and New York, but our "down-home" roots are in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri and Kentucky.
Our family movements, especially since the slavery times, have been consistent with some of the usual Black migration patterns, from field to factory and to the city and suburbs. We have no one left in agriculture, but have had made made occupational progress directly associated with our hard work, extended family unity, educational attainment and community service.
Our story is not unique, but a true American experience.
This is a work in progress.
*This page was originally started as the "The Joseph Hairston Duff and Alice Walker Family Home Page," found on another link. However, due to an access error, we have not had access to editing the information since November 2000. We will try to have more up-to-date information on this page, as time goes by. Sorry for the confusion and potential duplication.
- Caroline Nelson Thorne Moore (6 KB)
Caroline Nelson - Dughter of Harriet Nelson and Bowley Lanier, Wife of Rev. Alexander W. Thorne, Mother of Margaret Thorne
- Rev. Amos Noe Freeman - Minister & Leader (90 KB)
Rev. Amos N. Freeman - Minister, abolitionist, temperance movementleader, civil rights leader in Portland, Maine and Brooklyn, New York
- Caleb Ogleton [Othrington] in First U.S. Census (219 KB)
Family of Caleb Ogleton [Othrington] Mulatto family of 8, listed in First U.S. Census of Charles Co., Maryland. We trace this family as our first free family in the Duff Family Tree. Quite and interesting story that still needs to be fully explained.