Duncans in Monterey Co. CA


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

Last revised April 23, 2009

Original county formed 1850
San Benito formed 1874 from Monterey


1860 Monterey Co. CA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Monterey Co. CA Census
Castroville Twp.
Pg.338, #170-140, DUNCAN, C.V?. (m) 42? KY (white) farmer $375
                  ROBBINS, E.F?. (m) 6? (26?) SC farm laborer
                  B...ing (f) 16 CA keeping house, parents of foreign birth
San Juan Twp.
Pg.390, #110-112, DUNCAN, Samson 30? SCT farmer $15,000-$1,000, parents of foreign birth (alone)


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 D.; spouse E.L.; 40 years, Monterey Co., died 3/15/20; 20-13199
      Duncan, James E.; spouse I.; 49 years, Monterey Co., died 11/4/36; 36-67549
      Duncan, James F.; spouse M.; 66 years, Monterey Co., died 9/28/23; 23-40395
      Duncan, James; 72 years, Monterey Co., died 6/25/13; 13-19549 (b.1841)
      Duncan, Josephin; spouse J.; 75 years, Monterey Co., died 5/31/28; 28-26264
      Duncan, Lloyd W.; 2 days, Monterey Co., died 9/9/10; 10-23508
      Duncan, Robert L.; 6 days, Monterey Co., died 4/27/35; 35-23213
      Duncan, William T.; spouse J.; 77 years, Monterey Co., died 8/9/27; 27-41237 (b.1850)
      Duncan, William; 84 years, Monterey Co., died 7/14/22; 22-31514 (b.1838)
      Duncan, William; spouse E.; 64 years, Monterey Co., died 1/19/33; 33-3958

HISTORIES before 1923

1910 "History and biographical record of Monterey and San Benito counties and history of the state of California" by Prof. James Miller Guinn; pub. Los Angeles : Historic Record Co., 1910, 2 v. (CA State Library, Sacramento, book qc979.476 G9; and FHL film 468,738 item 1)
      Pg.478-480: JAMES DUNCAN. Many generations ago, when the clans of Scotland were fighting valiantly for their country's honor and liberties, the clan of Duncan had its arms, its colors and its group of loyal, patriotic representatives, ever willing to offer their services to their native land in her hour of need. Participation in some of the stirring wars of the nation's history caused the family to become refugees to Ireland, and for several generations the name was an honored one in the county of Wexford, across St. George's Channel from England. The family became planted near the coast, and naturally its members sought livelihoods in occupations suited to their location. Robert and Jane (Hume) Duncan were said to have migrated in early years from Scotland to Ireland and settled in the county of Wexford, where the latter lived to be 98 years of age. The former served for 45 years on the Irish coast as a member of the coast guard service for the British government ... Eventually, when the infirmities of age prevented him from continuing in the service, he was pensioned by the government and spent his last days in quiet comfort and contentment.
      During the residence of the family near the Atlantic coast, in County Wexford, Ireland, James Duncan was born, April 27, 1841, and as a boy he attended the national schools until he had secured a fair education. At the age of 22 years he entered the government service and was employed in the building of fortifications and stock yards. ... [H]aving heard much concerning the new world, he determined to migrate to the Pacific coast. During 1867 he crossed the ocean to New York City. There he took passage on the steamer Northern Star for the Isthmus of Panama. ... After crossing the isthmus, passage was secured on the steamer Old Constitution, on which the voyage was concluded to San Francisco. ...
      Shortly after his arrival in San Francisco, in 1867, Mr. Duncan secured work as a longshoreman, and meanwhile he studied the city and its residents. Market street, since so prominent a part of the city, had not yet sprung into existence. ... He soon removed to Watsonville, and in 1868 became a resident of Salinas. Near the town he secured employment with Matt Williams on El Sausal ranch, for many years the headquarters of a large sheep business. ... On leaving there he rented a farm of 300 acres, two miles east of Salinas, and this property he bought in 1871, after which for years he engaged in raising barley and wheat. ...
      The marriage of Mr. Duncan occurred October 29, 1875, and united him with Miss Alice Williams, a native of Ireland. During 1870 he became identified with the Masonic order, ... Politically he has been stanch in his allegiance to the Republican party, ... In 1906 he leased his valuable ranch for a term of years and retired from active ranching enterprises, since which time he and his wife have established their home in an attractive cottage on Church street, Salinas. During 1906, being free for the first time in his life to enjoy a long vacation, he took his wife back to the old home in Ireland, and there spent five months, meanwhile visiting his sister. ....

"Monterey County [California]: its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers." (anonymous); pub. Salinas, Calif.?: E.S. Harrison, 1889?, 89 pgs. (LH11217, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.80: JAMES DUNCAN, a cut of whose residence appears on page 30, was born in County Wexford, Ireland, 1841. He came to California direct from Ireland in 1867, having previously held office under the British Government, being principal Warden of one of the county prisons. Arriving in California he came to Monterey County and engaged in farming. He worked for Matt Williams five years, after which he rented land from Eugene Sherwood, and farmed for himself. Subsequently he bought a tract of land from Mr. Sherwood, and, with later purchases, has a ranch of two hundred and seventy-four acres. ... In 1872, Mr. Duncan paid a visit to the scenes of his boyhood, remaining six months. He was married, in 1875, to Miss Alice Williams, a sister of Matt Williams, and has drawn a prize in the matrimonial lottery. Mr. Duncan is quietly pursuing the life of a farmer, living in a pretty cottage on his farm near Salinas, and enjoying the contentment and domestic felicity indicative of a happy life.

"A Memorial and biographical history of the coast counties of central California : illustrated : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time, together with glimpses of its auspicious future, illustrations and full-page portraits of some of its eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and prominent citizens of to-day" ed. by Henry D. Barrows; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1893, 459 pgs. (LH11186, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 468,737 item 4)
      Pg.299: W.T. DUNCAN - Mr. Duncan is a native of California and was born at San Francisco, July 6, 1850. His father, Thomas Duncan, was a California pioneer of 1849, who came to the State from Buenos Ayres, South America, via Cape Horn. Thomas was born of English parents, at Buenos Ayres and there married a lady of Scotch parentage. Upon coming to California they settled in San Francisco. One son, James D. Duncan, came with them. He is now a butcher of Gonzales. The father, Thomas, died in 1862, but his wife still survives him and resides at San Rafael, this State. The subject of this sketch was educated in the public schools of Marin county, California, where he learned the butcher trade and followed the same about fifteen years. In 1876 he came to Monterey county and worked for Hon. C.S. Abbott, until the fall of 1888, when he was elected to the office of County Auditor, on the Democratic ticket. He was re-elected, in 1890, and still holds the position. Our subject married, in 1878, Miss Julia, a daughter of B.B. Eaton, a carpenter and contractor. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have two children, namely: Charles D. and Emily F. Mr. Duncan is an efficient officer, as is evinced by his re-election to office and it also indicates his popularity with his fellow-citizens.


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