Re: Nehemiah Duke of Camden ,SC 1750 (Lewis Duke)
There are a few records for Lewis Duke in SC, but there are none that clearly define a direct relationship to any Duke family in the Camden District area. None of the records allow us to estimate Lewis Duke's age, although all of the records I've found for him date after 1800. The records associate him with the Twenty Five Mile Creek Dukes who lived in the borderlands between Kershaw, Fairfield, and Richland Cos., SC. Richland is a burnt county. This may explain the sparsity of data for Lewis Duke.
I've found no deed of conveyance, but I know Lewis Duke owned land on Twenty Five Mile Creek between Edward Sims and Moses Duke. He acknowledged two illegitimate sons, Enoch and Darling in what appears to be a divorce, separation, or reconciliation agreement. He likely had a third son, Meredith. He is said to have married a daughter of Moses Duke. He was a juror in Fairfield County, SC. He sued the Elizabeth Duke estate and received a settlement, smaller than an heir's share. I was unable to find a reason for the suit, but have only looked at the court minutes. The trial proceedings should exist somewhere in the Fairfield County court records, 1813-1818, Lewis Duke vs. Sarah Wells and Elizabeth Duke heirs.
He could be an illegitimate son of Edward Sims. Or, because of the above law suit, a legal son of Nehemiah Duke from a previous marriage or, what I favor, an illegitimate son of Elizabeth Duke. A search of the court records and a DNA test would help resolve many questions I have concerning Lewis Duke. I'd appreciate any information you can give me about him.