Duncans in Tulare Co. CA


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

Last revised April 21, 2008

Formed 1852 from Mariposa
Inyo formed 1866 from Tulare
Kern formed 1866 from Tulare, Los Angeles
Kings formed 1893 from Tulare


1860 Tulare Co. CA Census
Pg.5, #38-38, William DUNCAN 19 IL farmer $400-$100
Pg.21, #152-152, George DUNKIN 28 IL farmer $2500-$375
Pg.21, #153-153, Oliver DUNCAN 24 IL farmer $700-$175
                  Dana LAMB (m) 30 VT laborer
Pg.21, #157-157, William DUNCAN 35 IN horse jockey $1500-$1200
                  Narcissa 21 MO housekeeper
                  Francis (m) 4, Robert 2 CA
                  Samuel FROST 24 OH laborer
                  Henry BALES 30 TN "vaquero" (MAD: horseman)
                  (MAD: Wm. S. Duncan in 1850 Limestone Co. TX census, see Los Angeles Co. CA)
Pg.29, #226-226, Charles DUNKIN 34 TN stock raising $0-$2500
Keyesville Twp.3
Pg.58, #244-209, Phillip HUGHES 34 MO miner $0-$250
                  Moses DUNCAN 43 TN miner
                  Michael FOX 37 NJ miner

1870 Tulare Co. CA Census (also from Denzil Mauldin 1/1987)
Kings River
Pg.253, #31-31, DUNCAN, Oliver 38 IN farmer $1000-$2000
                  Hannah 34 MO keeping house
                  Henry 9, Jemmie (m) 8 CA
                  James 6, Harriet 4 CA
Tule River
Pg.259, #32-30, DUNCAN, Charles 50 TN raising stock $500-$2000
                  Annie 40 MO keeping house
                  Eliza 15, Carrie 13, Malinda 12 CA at home
                  Hilda (or Wilda) 9, Francis (m) 2 CA
Pg.267, #192-183, DUNCAN, Joseph 42 KY farmer $475-$500
                  Sarah J. 40 TN keeping house
                  Leonidas (m) 16, Fredonia (f) 12 MO at home
                  Laura E. 10 MO at home
                  Joseph K. 7 MO
                  Charles 5 NV
                  Mary A. 1 CA
                  (MAD: 1860 Ray Co. MO census)
Pg.271, #261-250, DUNCAN, George W. 37 IL raising stock $800-$6000
                  Lorinda (f) 27 MO keeping house
                  G. Grant (m) 5, Ida 4, Ellen 3, Eva 1 CA
                  FARCET, George 14 TX at home
Pg.271, #262-257, DUNCAN, William 39 IL raising stock $1800-$1200
                  Mary 25 TX keeping house
                  Kale (Kate?) (f) 5, Filden (m) 4 CA
                  Hazard (m) 2 CA
                  Minnie (f) 2/12 (March) CA

1880 Tulare Co. CA Census (from Vivian Biddle)
Pg.?, Sara DUNCAN 19 MO servant, father MO, mother MO

  S.D.# 6, E.D.# 210, PAGE 8B, IMAGE 2 OF 64
      (KDC: see 1910 Allen Co. KS census)


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, Bertie L.; spouse W.; 38 years, Tulare Co., died 8/21/24; 24-40288
      Duncan, Charles F.; spouse M.; 64 years, Tulare Co., died 7/1/29; 29-40705
      Duncan, Charley; 60 years, Tulare Co., died 5/2/19; 19-23718
      Duncan, David W.; spouse N.S.; 77 years, Tulare Co., died 11/4/23; 23-51440 (b.1846)
      Duncan, Dollie; spouse H.C.; 72 years, Tulare Co., died 4/25/32; 32-24516
      Duncan, Harry B.; spouse E.; 52 years, Tulare Co., died 12/11/22; 22-54418
      Duncan, Hillie; spouse R.; 50 years, Tulare Co., died 8/2/22; 22-37216
      Duncan, Jack M.; spouse P.; 54 years, Tulare Co., died 3/13/17; 17-12133
      Duncan, James H.; 20 years, Tulare Co., died 1/28/33; 33-7044
      Duncan, John A.; spouse M.; 74 years, Tulare Co., died 4/23/25; 25-20947 (b.1851)
      Duncan, John W.; 44 years, Tulare Co., died 12/17/05; 05-12383
      Duncan, Joseph G.; spouse E.; 57 years, Tulare Co., died 4/30/38; 38-27045
      Duncan, Joseph; 80 years, Tulare Co., died 4/13/08; 08-11691 (b.1828)
      Duncan, June; 6 years, Tulare Co., died 4/26/39; 39-27445
      Duncan, Lila; 10 years, Tulare Co., died 8/25/35; 35-49444
      Duncan, Mary H.; 71 years, Tulare Co., died 10/13/35; 35-60848
      Duncan, Mary J.; 86 years, Tulare Co., died 8/10/24; 24-40310
      Duncan, Matilda; 83 years, Tulare Co., died 6/17/26; 26-31775
      Duncan, Mattie M.; 27 years, Tulare Co., died 7/2/10; 10-19595
      Duncan, Nancy; spouse G.; 76 years, Tulare Co., died 8/2/16; 16-27366
      Duncan, Pelhan G.; 37 years, Tulare Co., died 2/26/09; 09-8312
      Duncan, Raymond L.; 1 month, Tulare Co., died 2/28/31; 31-12321
      Duncan, Roberta; 9 days, Tulare Co., died 12/2/08; 08-32765
      Duncan, Sarah J.; 77 years, Tulare Co., died 11/-/06; 06-27356
      Dunkin, William L.; 1year, Tulare Co., died 1/14/38; 38-7166
      Duncan, William P.; 66 years, Tulare Co., died 4/11/07; 07-10989 (b.1841)
      Duncan, William; spouse M.J.; 76 years, Tulare Co., died 6/2/17; 17-22942 (b.1841)
      Duncan, Z. Z.; 3 days, Tulare Co., died 3/29/20; 20-15486

HISTORIES before 1923

1892 "A memorial and biographical history of the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kern, California : illustrated, containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period and biographical mention of many of its pioneers and also of prominent citizens of today" by Myron Angle, pub. by Lewis Pub. Co. (book qc979.48 M5, CA State Library, and FHL book 979.48 H2a and film 468,733 item 4 and 1,000,101 item 1; see Kings Co. CA)
      Pg.405-6: N.P. DUNCAN, M.D. (Indexed at CA State Library as Nathaniel Duncan) ... young professional man of Hanford, Tulare Co., CA, ... born in Pittsburg [Allegheny Co.], PA, in 1849. He is of Scotch descent, his ancestors being among the early settlers of Louisiana. His father, Robert C. Duncan, a native of Louisiana, emigrated to Pittsburg about 1820, and was there engaged in the mercantile business. His mother was Nancy (Patterson) Duncan, a daughter of Nathaniel Patterson, a surveyor and engineer, ... out of the city of Pittsburg.
            N.P. Duncan was educated in the Beaver Academy and ... graduated at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York city, in 1871. He then began practice at Eno, Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1873, when he came to California. After spending two years in traveling over the State, he practiced one year in Fresno, and in 1876 located at Lemoore, Tulare County, where he was subsequently married to Miss Mary A. Crammer, ... a native of Calaveras County, California. The Doctor ... remained there until 1884, when he moved to Hanford. ... To the Doctor and Mrs. Duncan one child has been born, a bright little son, who at the age of five years suffered a fall while at play in Lemoore which caused his death. ...

"History of Tulare and Kings Counties, California : with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the counties who have been identified with their growth and development from the early days to the present" by Eugene L. Menefee; pub. Los Angeles, Calif.: Historic Record Co., 1913, 900 pgs. (LH10853, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.30: In 1863 a volunteer cavalry company called the Tulare Home Guards, was organized at Outside Creek with sixty-one members. The following officers were chosen: ... first lieutenant, George W. Duncan. ...

1905 "History of the state of California and biographical record of the San Joaquin Valley, California : an historical story of the state's marvelous growth from its earliest settlement to the present time, also containing biographies of well-known citizens of the past and present" by Prof. James Miller Guinn, pub. by Chapman Pub. Co. (CA State Library book qc979.4 G9Hc; FHL book 979.4 H2gj and film 468,761 and film 1,000,096)
      Pg.1636: O.H.P. DUNCAN. ... He was born in Illinois October 16, 1836, and when only sixteen years old started across the plains to California. Through a painful and severe accident -- the breaking of his thigh -- he was compelled to remain a year in Salt Lake City. The following year he came on to California and went to mining in Placerville. After four years of this life he came to Tulare county and engaged in the sheep business, and the following year (1858) he bought eighty acres of land on Deep creek. After his marriage, which occurred in December, 1860, he located on his wife's land, five miles east of Visalia, removing in 1866 to that city while he served as deputy sheriff. ... This (South Tule District) continued to be his home until his death, which occurred in June, 1889, .... Mr. Duncan's widow was in maidenhood Matilda Swanson, a native of Peru, La Salle county, Ill., where she was born February 20, 1843. Her father, John Swanson, ... in 1850 crossing the plains to California by means of ox teams. (More on Swanson family)


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, David W., widow Duncan, Nancy S.; M 8 & H 11 MO Cav.; 1890 Aug. 8, Invalid Appl. #887660, Cert. #999936, MO; 1923 Dec. 3, Widow Appl. #1212697, no cert., Calif. (MAD: 1890 Cedar Co. MO; ? 1850 Jasper Co. MO census; ? b.1846, d. 1923 Tulare Co. CA)
      Duncan, George W.; 1 Lieut. Tulare H. Gds Cal. Mil. (Miscel); 1908 March 16, Invalid Appl. #1372196, no cert., Cal. (MAD: 1850 Salt Lake Co. UT census)

"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, Ross H., Tulare Co.


1934 "Some Studies in Local History (of Porterville, Tulare Co. CA)" by the Library Staff of Porterville Union High School and Junior College, Porterville, CA; librarian Ira H. Stiner (CA State Library book QC979.486 S8; the book consists of typed pages bound in a hard cover; Family History contributed by members of the respective families)
      Pg.364 contains the Joseph Duncan family which came to the mountains above Springville in 1874 or 1875; his children include L.J. Duncan, Fredonia Ann Duncan b.ca 1867, Kelsey Duncan, Laura Ellen Duncan, and Charles Duncan; the article gives more information about these children.
      Pg.365a-b contains the William Duncan family, to CA "early days"; mar. 1st Matilda Swanson, children Pelham, John, Knight, Ray, Adah, Charles, May, Hayne, Claude. (MAD: See O.H.P. Duncan said to have married Matilda Swanson)

"Los Tulares" 4-page Quarterly Bulletin of the Tulare Co. (CA) Historical Society, Box 948, Lindsay, CA 93247 (CA State Library, CA History Room)
      Issue #122, March, 1979: Lewis Creek, contains three brief historical articles by William Tilden Duncan, born west of Porterville in 1866, died April 27, 1944. No genealogy is given.
      Issue #130, March 1981, and #131, June 1981: Memoirs of George W. Duncan, born in IL in 1832 of parents from VA and IN who died in 1846; George to Salt Lake City ca 1847, then to CA, lived east of Placerville [El Dorado Co.] CA, then to Tulare Co. CA, died in 1911; an uncle of William Tilden Duncan. No other genealogy is given.

"Republic of TX Pension Application Abstracts" by John C. Barron (Chairman, Abstracting Committee, Austin Gen. Society), Nan Polk Brady, Emma Gene Seale Gentry, Barbara Langham Goudreau, Iris Higgins Zimmerman (FHL fiche 6,101,694 and FHL book 976.4 M2bj)
      Pg.106 mentions "Files Currently in box 304-52." The files include Charles Duncan, age 56, Tulare Co., CA, 18 Dec. 1874, approved, had served in Capt. Thos. H. Baron's company for a year in 1836, wounded in the right shoulder and left arm which was disabled; he received bounty warrant #9035 for 1,280 acres; N.C. Duncan and T.H. Eaton of Robertson Co. TX, affirmed service and said that they saw him while he was in the army. ...


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