Dorothy "Duke" Pierce was a sister to my grandfather Thomas Lewis Pierce. Other siblings were Lou Ellen, Minnie Leslie, James Lee, and Lillie Either.
1880 Census in Hart Co KY Elijah Pierce is living with the William Taylor Family married to Lucinda with a daughter Duke listed as one year old.
1900 Census as mentioned above shows other children but Duke not listed with the family. She is in the Census listed as living with John Elliot Pierce, his wife and aunt in the Oak Hill District. John Elliot is a half brother from Elijah Pierce's previous marriage to Clarissa Salsman.
In 1910 as stated earlier she is back with the family and there are four grandchildren listed. Icie (Icy) is the daughter of her sister Lou Ellen. The other three are Duke's. Lou Bertha (Skaggs), Elijah (Perkins) and Jimmy L (Price). I remember visiting Elijah Perkins and Bertha Skaggs Shope as a child with my dad. Dad said Elijah went by the name Pierce until he was older then changed to Perkins. He spoke of Jimmy who moved to Indiana and changed his name to Price.
The James L Pierce living with Lucinda in the 1920 census would probably be her son not Duke's child. He never married. Later on he was staying with Homer and Icy Logsdon.
I also have a daughter Lillie Gaddie listed for Duke. It is listed in the Taylor County Birth records 1913, Vol 49 Cert No 24141.
I've not seen an obituary for Duke. Would whoever has a copy please email me one at email@example.com
The story passed down to me was that Lucinda Taylor was Cherokee but I have never found any evidence to back that up.