Rebecca DUKES PAGE is Bart’s paternal 2nd great-grandmother. I was certain I’d written about her before but all I can find on the blog is a post about her son, George PAGE, with a small amount of information about her. You can find that post here:
Rebecca has been difficult to research and I’m still not sure I have her line researched correctly. Many researchers believe her parents to be James DUKE and Nancy SPARKS WATSON. I disagree. Based on my research, I believe her parents to be Henry DUKES and Martha TATUM. Rebecca was born about 1847 in Missouri. She first married F. WORKMAN in 1861 in Henry County, Missouri. They were only married a short time before Mr. WORKMAN passed away. Rebecca next married Bart’s paternal 2nd great-grandfather, William Benjamin PAGE. William died fairly young and Rebecca remarried to John FONBERG. I believe somewhere along the way she also married a man by the last name of BURK. Rebecca seemed to have a somewhat transient and fairly unstable life. She bounced back and forth between the states of Missouri and Kansas.
Her final years were spent living in the Wright County (Missouri) Farm and Alms House. Some called it the “poor farm”. She is buried at the Alms House cemetery. Bart and I have found the general location and it is currently privately owned. The alms house foundation is still present. The cemetery is not marked in any way nor are the graves. The information posted below is information I saved off the internet. It is no longer online so if you need this, just right click and save it to your device.