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 Charles Alwyn McDuffie

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Charles Alwyn McDuffie

  • Birth 8 Jun 1900 Wolcott, White County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 18 Jul 1967 South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Remington, Jasper County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 39607194

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.

White Co, IN - Image United States World War 1 Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Charles and wife Sylvia moved to the city of South Bend after the death of their young sons Charles Wilfred & Darren (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.

Indiana United States Social Security Death Index

When I was 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. But another revelation is that we found out through DNA comparisons that we are closely linked to the New York McDuffees who lead to the New Hampshire McDuffees..... descendants of John and Matchless Martha? - I believe so! Right now we are looking for the parents of my 4th great grandfather, Robert McDuffe, who first bought land on Peters Creek, Washington Co, PA, then moved with his wife and small children to Kentucky in 1790.

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 McAfee, McDuffy, McDuffee and McDuffie (in United States).

Only one branch of our family used the correct name 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!


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  • Added: 18 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39607194
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Alwyn McDuffie (8 Jun 1900–18 Jul 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39607194, citing Remington Cemetery, Remington, Jasper County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Sue McDuffe:) (contributor 47122067) .