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The Ray Dukes of Arkadelphia, AR

Updated October 26, 2001

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I am currently researching all four (4) sides of my family tree, i.e., Duke and Vines (husband's side) and Rateliff and Stroud (my side).

VINES: My husband is a son of Leola Vines and Ira Woodson Duke; she was the daughter of Columbus "Lum" and Ada Fay Norton Vines. Lum was the son of John Henry and Mahazy Ellen Russell Vines. The Vines siblings have a family reunion every January. The location is rotated between the home towns of the siblings, i.e., Stamps, Camden, Hope, AR. Several years ago, we included Arkadelphia because there are several "cousins" living there.

DUKE: My husband is the son of Ira Woodson and Leola Vines Duke. Woodson was the son of Merritt Malone and Mary Ella Harris Duke. Merritt was the son of James Monroe and Temperance Williams Duke. The Dukes do not have scheduled reunions.

RATELIFF: I am the daughter of William H. and Edna Faye Stroud Rateliff. William was the son of John Gentry and Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lewis Rateliff. John Gentry was the son of James Shelton and Sarah Mahazel Case Rateliff. The Rateliffs have a reunion every June in Hope, AR. I have not attended in the past, but plan to begin.

STROUD: I am the daughter of Edna Faye Stroud and William H. Rateliff. Faye was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Maude Mariah Hughes Stroud. Ben was the son of James Archer and Lucindy McAnally Stroud. As I understand, he was born in Hollywood, Clark County, Arkansas. The Strouds do not have scheduled reunions.

I have personally visited cemeteries researching ancestors, and enjoy it very much. Have talked with aunts and others to gain information. I have quite a lot of information, i.e., names, marriage, deaths, births, etc., but I am still trying to fill in blanks in other branches of the family trees.

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