James Edward Stagg

James Edward Stagg (1850-1916) came from long-set Orange (and later Durham) County roots: he was a nephew of city namesake Bartlett L. Durham and a great-nephew of Washington Duke.

After several years working for Raleigh businessman A.B. Andrews, Stagg took the job of executive secretary to Benjamin Duke - an uncle-in-law, as he had married Mary Washington Lyon, daughter of Mary Elizabeth Duke Lyon. He managed the Duke-owned Durham and Southern Railway and sat on the boards of the Duke-owned Erwin Cotton Mill, Pearl Mill and Fidelity Bank.

The Staggs lived in New York City for several years. After returning to Durham, they built a home in fashionable Morehead Hill at the corner of Vickers and Morehead avenues. The house, called "Greystone" for the quarry that supplied its building material, is a National Register historic property. The Staggs also donated a carillon to Duke Memorial Methodist church in memory of their mothers, Sarah Durham Stagg and Mary Elizabeth Duke Lyon.

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