|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1900|
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 1967|
St. Joseph County
Charles started out in life by working with his father on their farm. In 1918, he became severely ill with Spanish Influenza epidemic and almost died. He credited his mother with saving his life by applying a 'mustard plaster' on his chest. He served with the National Guard, then attended Business School and had aspirations of becoming an Accountant.
Charles and wife Sylvia moved to the city of South Bend after the death of their young son Wilfred (too many memories). He and his brother-in-law, Noble Swinehart, tried starting a trucking business. He then went to work at Bendix and retired after 35 years.
THE SURNAME CHANGE:
When I about 10 years old and tired of repeating my name at school, I asked my Dad why our surname was so long? He replied, we are Scots-Irish and, long ago, our name 'used to be Macduff', and, a very long time ago, we were Catholic. The name Macduff didn't impress me then, but now I realize the importance of that name, especially after my brother's DNA test! And, I thought the word Catholic was a little odd because we were Indiana Baptists! Of course, I didn't fully understand his words - I just remembered them. But today, I know a little more about the history of Scotland and Northern Ireland and realize there was great conflict between Catholics and Presbyterians, even death occurred, thus the name changing to stay safe? So obviously, religion was a factor in Northern Ireland. I learned that once in America, Presbyterian ministers were well established in the east coast states, but not inland like Kentucky or Tennessee, and that is why so many people became Baptists there.
In 2005, my brother Wayne did a DNA test and we found out that our surname is actually closest to the MACDUFF group - not exactly, but extremely close; and, DNA-speaking, we are 10,000 years away from the biggest group - the MacDuffie group! This came as a surprise to us and, I am sure, to others in our huge collective family.
My/our 4th great-grandfather, Robert, wrote his name McDuffe in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. I have a copy of an 1800 Kentucky Census where the county clerk penciled in his name as MacDuffe, of course, there are other variations of the name, but for some reason our name evolved from MACDUFF (in Scotland) to McDuffe (in Northern Ireland) to McDuffee and McDuffie (in United States).
Only one branch of our family got the name correctly and that was when Robert Erwin McDuffee changed his name to Ralph Erville Macduff #60834186. This proves our family KNEW that Macduff was our correct surname!
Frederick Manson McDuffie (1875 - 1957)
Annie Eveline Benge McDuffie (1875 - 1950)
Sylvia Kesler McDuffie (1903 - 1951)
Charles Wilfred McDuffie (1925 - 1927)*
Darren McDuffie (1927 - 1927)*
Wayne Alvin McDuffie (1931 - 2008)*
Joseph Wynn McDuffie (1933 - 2013)*
Charles Alwyn McDuffie (1900 - 1967)
Lenora Hilda McDuffie Major (1908 - 1993)*
Dorothy Mary McDuffie Ervin (1910 - 1982)*
Created by: Sue Macduff:)
Record added: Jul 18, 2009
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