Wayne Spiller, Compiler
McCulloch County History, Vol. I
in Austin, Texas, 12 November 1854, she married S. A. Duke of Refugio on
22 January 1873. Mr. Duke died about 14 1/2 years later on 18 November
Mrs. Duke served as postmaster from 9 September 1893 to 7 August 1899. She died 12 September 1947.
The Duke children were: Thomas O., born 1873; John P.; Mary A. born 1877: James A. born 1879; P. Edna, born 1881; Zora E., born 1883 (died 1884); Steve A., born 1866.
Additional information submitted by Murray and Jeanette Jordan:
Sarah Alice Pascal Duke, married to Stephen Austin Duke, was known as "Granny Duke". She was a charter member of the First Christian Church in Brady, having one of the stained glass windows in her name. The Communion trays also have her name on them.
Murray remembers having to go out to get her a mesquite root for her to use in her snuff can. She would sit with friends and have a "spit" can beside her chair while she chewed her snuff. Another memory Murray has is Granny Duke asking him to go get a white chicken feather for her to clean her lamps.
Granny Duke was the one who sat on the church steps with a shotgun holding off the members of the church who wanted to make the church a Church of Christ. They were going to take the piano out and she wouldn't let them.
When Gertrude Murray and Vernon Jordan were getting engaged, Gertrude took
Vernon to meet her grandmother "Big Mama Bailey" (Margaret Donnally) in
San Antonio. Vernon and Big Mama were talking and found that Sarah Alice
Pascal's (Vernon's grandmother) family had allowed Big Mama to live in
their home when she was a young girl. Big Mama and Sarah had become best