Duncans in Humboldt Co. CA


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

Last revised July 30, 2008

Formed 1853 from Trinity


1860 Humboldt Co. CA Census
Table Bluff Twp
Pg.140, #198-181, John F. DUNCAN 43 Holsthr? farmer $1600-$1600
                  Jenny C. 20 CA Ind (Indian)
                  Julia 6 CA half Ind.
                  Wm. SYDNER 30 Baden farm laborer
                  Joseph 12 CA Ind (Indian)
Union Twp.
Pg.188, #688-642, Ruben DUNCAN 56 KY farmer $300-$0 (alone)
                  (MAD: ? 1850 Mariposa Co. CA census; from other information, Reuben Duncan, enlisted 5/25/1863 at Eureka, Humboldt Co. CA in Union Army, Private, Co.B 1st Battn Mountain Reg. CA)

1870 Humboldt Co. CA Census
Bald Hill Twp, P.O. Hydsville
Pg.237, #14-14, FOSTER, G.W. (m) 27 OH & family
                  DUNCAN, James 40 SCT sheep raising $0-$1240
                  and others
Table Bluff Twp. & P.O.
Pg.304, #17-17, DUNCAN, John F. 53 Holstein Ger?, farmer $1000-$2050
                  Jane 36 CA keeping house
                  Julia M. 16 CA
                  WHITTON, Thomas 15 CA


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.; 53 years, Humboldt Co., died 7/15/16; 16-21599
      Duncan, Fred W.; 45 years, Humboldt Co., died 9/22/09; 09-21893
      Duncan, Harvey; 16 years, Humboldt Co., died 6/10/30; 30-30273
      Duncan, Helen M.; spouse J.L.; 75 years, Humboldt Co., died 2/4/18; 18-4455
      Duncan, Henry L.; spouse C.; 41 years, Humboldt Co., died 5/29/25; 25-21738
      Duncan, Livana; 73 years, Humboldt Co., died 1/14/30; 30-897
      Duncan, Loren; 65 years, Humboldt Co., died 3/4/39; 39-15077
      Duncan, Robert; 81 years, Humboldt Co., died 11/3/17; 17-36890 (b.1836)


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.
      Dunkin, Reuben M., widow Dunkin, Jennie N.; B 18 US Inf.; 1882 Nov. 22, Invalid Appl. #465575, Cert. #224668, Ind.; 1908 Feb. 5, Widow Appl. #884374, no cert., Cal.; remarks see Ind. War W.O. 11696. (MAD: d.1907 Los Angeles Co. CA age 48y; 1900 Yavapai Co. AZ b.1863 IN; 1880 Putnam Co. IN age 16 ???; ?? Reuben Duncan enlisted 25 May 1863, at Eureka, Humboldt Co. CA, in B Co. 1st Battn Mountain Reg. CA)

"Report of the Selective Service Administration of California" 1922, pages 372-373 (Placerville FHC book)
      Name, City and County (MAD: have added county in parenthesis if different from city)
      Duncan, Carl Henry, Eureka (Humboldt Co.)

World War I Draft Registration Cards, California (from Kathy D. Cawley 3/2006)
   Registration Card, 2611 - 4396
      Charles (B) Duncan, 828 4th Ave., Oakland, Alameda, Calif., age 45, born August 6, 1873, white, citizen by birth, occupation Motor Man, employer San Francisco O.T.R. Co., place of employment Oakland, Oakland, CA; wife Serena Duncan, res. 828 4th Ave., Oakland, Alameda Co. CA, /s/ Charles B. Duncan
      (reverse) Registrar's report, (cannot read first column); build short?, brown eyes?, black hair?, /s/ Rose Smith, Sept. 12/18. Local Board for Division No.5, City of Oakland, State of Calif., room 318, City Hall
   Registration Card, 15-A, No.229?
      George Benjamin Duncan, age 21, 828 4th Ave., born July 14th 1897, natural [born citizen], born Santa Rosa, Calif., (citizen) U.S.A., father b. U.S.; employed Bethlehem Iron Works, dependant family member: Serina Duncan, mother; single, white, /s/ George Benjamin Duncan.
      (reverse) Registrar's Report, 4-1-10.B; medium (height), medium (build), brown eyes, brown hair, not bald, no (lost arm, hand, etc.) /s/ Ben O. Johnson, Aug. 24, 1918, Local Board for Division No.6, City of Oakland, State of Calif., Room 106, City Hall
   Registration card 1449, No.18, #2311
      Ivan Leonard Duncan, age 22, 1402 E., Eureka, California, born September 10th 1895, natural born citizen, born Sebastopol, California; ship carpenter, employed by Ralph? Shipbuilding Co., Fair Raven, California, no family member dependant, single, caucasion, no military service, /s/ Ivan Leonard Duncan.
      Registrar's report 4.2.4.A: Medium height, medium build, grey eyes, dark hair, not bald; no lost leg, arm, etc.; /s/ Jas. Baylor?, Precinct 17, Eureka, California, June 5, 1917. (MAD: Eureka, Humboldt Co. CA)

HISTORIES before 1923

"History of Humboldt County, California : with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the county who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present" by Leigh H. Irvine; pub. Los Angeles, Calif.: Historic Record Co., 1915, 1297 pgs. (LH11018, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 979.412 H2i and film 982,252 item 1 and 1,000,105 item 1)
      Pg.712-715: LEW V. SMITH ... of Eureka ... native of Massachusetts, born Feb. 7, 1885, at Worcester, ... to Lead, S.Dak. in 1906 for a year and a half, then to Sheridan, Wyoming, and Santa Cruz, Cal., for a year and a half before coming to Eureka in 1911. ... Mr. Smith was married to Miss Ella Duncan, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and they have two children, Harold and Warren. They reside at No.1152 Myrtle avenue. (MAD: Colorado Springs, El Paso Co. CO)


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