Duncans in Butte Co. CA


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised June 23, 2010

Original county formed 1850
Plumas formed 1854 from Butte
Tehama formed 1856 from Colusa, Butte, Shasta


1860 Butte Co. CA Census
Chico Twp.
Pg.545, #297-280, Eliza DUNCAN 53 NY (blank)
                  Henry 33 IN ("Ia") farmer $200-$1200
                  Hannah 22, Robt. 20, Amanda M. 19 IN ("Ia")
                  (MAD: 1850 Polk Co. IA census, also James S. 21 IN; Robert in 1870 Santa Barbara Co. CA census)
Pg.545, #298-281, J.S. DUNCAN (m) 31 IN ("Ia") farmer $0-$0
                  S.J. (f) 21 IN ("Ia")
                  J.M. (m) 5, W.W. (m) 3 IA ("Iowa")
                  Anne 1 KS ("Kansas")
                  (MAD: James S. Duncan, 1850 Polk Co. IA census; 1870 Colusa Co. CA census with wife Margaret)
Kenshaw Twp.
Pg.601, #890-850, Wm. MENTHEW 27 Ohio teamster $200-$400
                  Mary 26 MO
                  H. ASHLEY (m) 44 Ia? (Ind? or Pa?) laborer
                  Jno. DUNCAN 25 TN laborer
                  Geo. DUNCAN 23 TN laborer
                  (MAD: ?? 1850 Cannon or Blount or Madison Co. TN)
Oregon Twp.
Pg.616, #1089-1028, Arminus S. AYNS 30 CT miner $0-$0
                  Ellen 22 NY
                  Sarah 9/12 CA
                  H. DUNCAN (m) 31 NY miner
                  Wm. BUTLER 27 NY miner
                  (MAD: ??? Haney Duncan in 1850 Onondaga Co. NY)
Wyandott Twp.
Pg.658, #10-10, W.L. DUNKUM (m) 48 VA farmer $2000-$1000
                  Elizabeth 42 VA
                  Ella 15, Willis 5 VA
                  C. (m) 46 VA
                  (MAD: William L. & brother Chesley Dunkum from Pocahontas Co. WV and Rockbridge Co. VA; Chesley Dunkum in 1870 Plumas Co. CA census)
Oro Twp.
Pg.679, #225-225, Saml. J. HAZEMAN 39 R.I. merchant $0-$700
                  Louisa H. 32 RI
                  Elizabeth DUNKIN 14 IRE
                  J.W. NAIL (m) 45 NY blacksmith $0-$300
                  Abigail 45 NY
                  Henry E. 18 NY miner
                  James K. 13 PA
                  L.M. FORD (m) 25 NY miner
Mountain Twp.
Pg.737, #918-900, D.B. BROOKINS (m) 40 ME miner $0-$0
                  H. DUNHAM (m) 28 ME miner
                  John FULCHER 31 ME miner

1870 Butte Co. CA Census
Chico Twp.
Pg.39, #643-535, DUNCAN, Sarah 65 NY keeps house $0-$0
                  Henry 41 IN farmer $1,000-$1,000
                  Amanda 24 IN keeps house
Pg.50, #849-714, DUNCAN, Jus. 19 IN laborer $0-$0
                  PLUNKES, Thos. 30 IN miner
                  (also indexed as James)
Ophir Twp.
Pg.118, #622-577, BARBER, Chris? (m) 30 BADEN miner $0-$900, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Phil 32 IL miner

1880 Butte Co. CA Census (partial; HeritageQuest image 12/2006)
  Hamilton Twp. West of R.R., Page 4, S.D.3, E.D.10
Pg.292D, #33-33, EICHERMANN, Claus, w/m 50 Wid. farmer GERM GERM GERM
  Adolp, w/m 7 son single CA GER GER
  Annie, w/f 5 dau. single CA GER GER
CLARENBACK, Virginia, w/f 17 single cook CA PRUSSIA GERM
  HOOD, William, w/m 25 single works on farm WI NY NY
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  Page 5, S.D.3, E.D.10
Pg.293A, "32-32" DUNCAN, Noel, w/m 33 laborer married works on farm KY IL IL
      (MAD: 1870 Sonoma Co. CA census)
  "#33-33" HICKMAN, George, w/m 32 mar. farmer GER GER GER
  Martha, w/f 20 wife mar. CA ARK (blank)
  GIM (GINN?), Hang, c/m 19 single cook CHINA CHINA CHINA
  PERRY, Jno., w/m 19 single works on farm Kansas (blank) (blank)
  HENDRICKS, Sanford, w/m 17 single works on farm CA (blank) Kansas


CA Death Indexes, 1905-1929 and 1930-1939 (1905-1929 from CA State Library, Sacramento, and FHL microfilm 1,686,044, A to Emerson, Geo.; 1930-1939 from FHL microfilm 1,686,048, A to Hetterman)
      MAD Note: An index to California Birth Records, 1905-1995, and California Death Records, 1940-1997, has been posted at Rootsweb:
      Decedent name (8 characters maximum in first name); Spouse initials; Age, Place, Date of death; Year registered - State file number (MAD: added birth year)
      Duncan, Charles M.; spouse N.; 64 years, Butte Co., died 10/15/39; 39-59805
      Duncan, Esther W.; spouse W.E.; 90 years, Butte Co., died 9/24/23; 23-38433
      Duncan, Franklin L.; spouse K.; 85 years, Butte Co., died 4/25/21; 21-13784 (b.1846)
      Duncan, Joseph R.; 2 years, Butte Co., died 10/4/28; 28-49331
      Duncan, Samuel H.; 26 years, Butte Co., died 5/15/22; 22-21192
      Duncan, William E.; 80 years, Butte Co., died 11/9/13; 13-33981 (b.1833)
      Duncan, William E.; spouse L.R.; 70 years, Butte Co., died 9/3/37; 37-57243


"Reports of Cases Determined in The Supreme Court of the State of California" by W.W. Cope, Reporter, Vol.67; pgs.283 to 285 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 12/2003; MAD's extract)
      H.C. BELL, Respondent, v. SAMUEL McCLELLAN, Appellant; No. 9909, Supreme Court of California, Department One; 67 Cal. 283; 7 P. 699; August 12, 1885.
      Appeal from a judgment of the Superior Court of Butte County, and from an order refusing a new trial. This is an action to recover the possession or value of two hay-presses. It appears that the presses were the property of one Duncan, and were stored on the farm of McNulty, his brother-in-law. On the 19th day of January, 1884, Duncan sold the presses to the plaintiff in satisfaction of an indebtedness then due from him to the plaintiff.
      The plaintiff received a bill of sale of the presses, and immediately wrote to McNulty, stating that he had bought them from Duncan, and asking McNulty to hold them for him. Duncan gave McNulty no notice of the sale. The presses remained stored in McNulty's shed till the 2d day of June, 1884, when the plaintiff again wrote to McNulty telling him to let Duncan take them and use them. Under this permission Duncan took the presses, had them repaired at a blacksmith's shop, and used them to bale hay on his own account until the 29th day of August following. He hired the men, paid them, contracted with parties for baling and received pay therefor. McNulty was one of the men employed by him and had charge of one of the presses. On the 29th of August, Duncan and McNulty went to the plaintiff's store at Oroville, and Duncan then told the plaintiff that he was sick and didn't want the presses any longer, and the plaintiff told McNulty to take them and continue to bale hay with them for him. McNulty took the presses and continued baling hay with them for the plaintiff till the 4th of September. On that day they were taken from him by the defendant, acting as sheriff, under a writ of attachment issued out of the Superior Court in an action commenced by one Davidson against Duncan. Plaintiff never saw the presses and never took or held possession of them except as above shown. Davidson never heard of the sale of the presses until the 29th of August, when Duncan told him he had sold them to the plaintiff in January. Upon these facts the court below found "that the sale of said presses by C.M. Duncan to plaintiff was made in good faith, accompanied by an immediate delivery, and followed by an actual and continued change of possession, and that plaintiff was at the commencement of this action the legal owner of, and entitled to the possession of the same." ... The judgment and order are reversed and the cause remanded for a new trial.


Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, James S., widow Duncan, Margaret A.; 2 Indpt. Batty. Iowa L.A.; 1891 Jan. 28, Invalid Appl. #984360, Cert. #1134865, Cal.; 1896 Jan. 17, Widow Appl. #626781, Cert. #652638, Cal. (MAD: 1850 Polk Co. IA census; 1860 Butte Co. CA census; James S. Duncan mar. Margaret Ann Hartman 5/18/1862 Polk Co. IA)


Loudon Co. TN Deeds (extracts from Judy Player 1/1991 with permission to share)
      A-87: 26 Dec. 1870, W.G. Clawson and wife Nancy Ann formerly Nancy Ann Duncan of Bute Co. CA, to Wm. B. Hope, $500.

HISTORIES before 1923

"The Bay of San Francisco [California] : the metropolis of the Pacific Coast and its suburban cities : a history." by Daniel Webster; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1892, 1411 pgs. (LH11196, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 468,744 item 1 and 1,000,122)
      Vol.2, pg.211: Mr. D.W.C. Gaskill was married in Forbestown, California, May 8, 1862, to Mrs. Emeline (Duncan) Norris, a widow with one child, born in 1857, deceased in 1864. Mrs. Emeline Gaskill was born in Monroe, New Hampshire, May 8, 1832, a daughter of Isaac and Betsey (Whipple) Duncan. Her father, born in 1779, of the early settled New Hampshire family of that name, died November 5, 1859; the mother, born in 1791, a member of the Whipple family, also long settled in that State, died in 1854. (MAD: 1880 Alameda Co. CA census; Monroe, Grafton Co. NH; Forbestown, Butte Co. CA)

"Facts and Faces of the Governing Bodies of California" by Sacramento Press News Association; pub. Sacramento, by Moe & Co. 1919 (Calif. History Room, Sacramento, CA State Library book 920.079 M6, 4/1/2010)
      Pg.86: W.E. DUNCAN, JR. Senator W.E. Duncan, Jr., has the remarkable record of having passed the bar before he was of age and he was forced to wait until his twenty-first birthday before he could get his certificate of his right to practice the profession he has ever since followed. (MAD: indexed as William Erskine Duncan)
      The Senator is a native of Brooklyn [Kings Co.], N.Y., but has resided in California many years. He was born April 14, 1867, and had a common school education. He was first elected to the Senate from the Sixth District in 1915 and from his advent into the Senate found himself involved in a desperate struggle over what was known as the Sutter Basin question. Though very powerful forces were arrayed against him, he fought on and succeeded in accomplishing most of what he was struggling to achieve. That session gave him a reputation of a fighter and though his re-election was closely contested, his district being 4,000 Reublican and 1,000 wet, he was triumphantly re-elected for a second Senatorial term last fall.
      He is married and has several children. He is also a member of several well known organizations. He lives in Oroville, the County Seat of Butte County, where he practices law. He has always been interested in reformatory and humanitarian legislation and was an ardent supporter of the Prohibition movement. He, for that reason, no doubt, was selected by Lieutenant-Governor as Chairman of the Committee on Public Morals. He is also a remember of the Committees on County Government, Irrigation, Judiciary, Labor and Capital, Normal Schools, Reconstruction and Roads and Highways.


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