It was passed down that Jim's father was name John Dukes. But, research suggests that there was no John Dukes in Burnt Corn during that time frame. Oral history
passed down that Jim's father was a white man and the son of "Old Man" Dukes and he had two boys. Research revealed that there was A.G. Dukes
living in the area and he was a farmer and a merchant and he and his wife Rebecca Nash had four children: two boys and two girls.
The two boys were named Frank and Willie. There are reasons to believe that one of those two boys is the father, but which one?