Duncans in Arapahoe and Denver Cos. CO


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

Last revised August 17, 2007

Originally Arapahoe Co. KS in 1860
Formed 1861, original county
Washington Co. formed 1887 from Weld, Arapahoe
Yuma formed 1889 from Washington, Arapahoe
Adams formed 1901 from Arapahoe
Formed 1901 from Arapahoe
Denver has annexed territory from Arapaho, Adams & Jefferson Co.


1860 Arapahoe Co. KS (Colorado) Census
(no second household number given; $0 unless given)
Russell Gulch & Idaho
Pg.232, #7012, C. KING (m) 22 ENG engineer $0-$800
                  J.S. GARYMORE (m) 26 PA carpenter $0-$350
                  Thos. KING 50 SCT millwright $0-$1200
                  Jno. YOUNG 42 OH millwright
                  Thos. DUNCAN 27 PA carpenter
Russell Gulch
Pg.317, #6496, T.R. DUNKIN (m) 32 PA miner $0-$1.00
                  J. MCCONNELL (m) 25 PA miner $0-$1.00
                  D. McPINK (m) 32 OH miner $0-$5.00
                  J. SMITH (m) 22 OH miner $0-$10
                  R.T. LIGGETT (m) 26 OH miner $0-$10
                  J. HACKLEY 34 VA miner $0-$5.00
                  Mary BENINGSTNER? 37 FRAnce washerwoman $0-$100
S. Clear Creek
Pg.351, #7588, J.C. WENZLER (m) 26 GERmany miner $0-$50
                  A.C. VEDDER (m) 31 NY miner
                  A. DUNCAN (m) 20 CT miner
                  G. DONNAN (m) 29 OH miner
                  Jane DONNAN (f) 26 IN
                  O.C. BRIGHTLY (m) 24 WI miner
Pg.397, #8086, S.F. CAMPBELL (m) 37 VA miner $0-$250
                  Wm. BEDELL 26 VA miner $0-$250
                  H.L. DUNCAN (m) 33 MO miner
                  T.L. MOORE (m) 35 IN miner
Pg.450, #8681, Geo. MORSE 25 OH miner $0-$200
                  Wm. DUNCAN 34 OH miner $0-$250
Pg.467, #8880, W. BEARER (m) 29 KY miner $0-$300
                  J.S. DUNCAN (m) 31 OH miner
                  W. PATTERSON (m) 28 MD miner
South Park
Pg.502, #348, R. DUNCAN (m) 20 MO miner $0-$500
                  Oliver CALVERT 37 MO miner
Pg.503, #371, W. HALL (m) 29 NJ miner $0-$250
                  M.B. DUNCAN (m) 30 KY miner $0-$250
                  W.S. ROBERSTEN (m) 30 MO miner
                  (MAD: "Robersten" as given)
Pg.517, #558, W.H. PRIEST (m) 28 IL miner $0-$200
                  J.T. BLAKELY (m) 33 ME miner $0-$200
                  Wm. HELMBOLD 29 MO miner $0-$200
                  Jno. R. DUNCAN 34 MO miner
                  W.P. HIBBARD (m) 26 IL miner
                  S.T. PAPIER (m) 29 ME miner
                  Henry HOUPI? 33 NY miner
                  J.C. PORTER (m) 26 KY miner
                  B.M. LYNCH (m) 29 TN miner
Pg.524, #669, Thos. CARPENTER 33 MAss miner $0-$1000
                  Wm. WALLACE 28 MAss miner
                  E.C. DUNCAN (m) 38 MAss miner
                  Lasalle SCOTT (m) 39 MAss miner
                  J.P. DEANE (m) 26 MO miner
                  Geo. TATUM 33 MO miner
Pg.527, #708, R.N. CRITTENDER (m) 28 IL miner $0-$100
                  Jas. S. DUNCAN 48 WI miner
                  E.F. STERLING (m) 32 OH miner $0-$300
                  Golton S. GRAVE 26 IN miner
Pg.531, #761, Richd. STUCKFORD 29 VA miner $0-$200
                  E.S. DUNCAN (m) 36 IL miner $0-$50
Pg.590, #1454, H.L. LADD (m) 28 OH miner $0-$300
                  N. DUNCAN (m) 42 MO miner
                  R.S. PRAETER (m) 29 IN miner
                  N. HARLBERT (m) 26 IL miner
Pg.684, #2553, F. DUNCAN (m) 29 MO miner $0-$200
                  J. WALTERS (m) 27 MO miner
Pg.691, #2649, G.H. BICKERSTETH (m) 30 MO miner $0-$50
                  W.S. DUNCAN (m) 29 MO miner $0-$50
                  M.T. LAMBERT (m) 38 TN $0-$50
                  Geo. HAMMOND 25 MO miner $0-$50
Pg.692, #2655, N.T. DUNCAN (m) 22 IN miner $0-$100
                  Wm. HYDE 28 KY miner $0-$100
                  A.H. GOSDICK (m) 37 OH miner
Pg.721, #3026, Saml. S. DUNCAN 24 VA miner $0-$250
                  Jno. FORBES 27 KY miner
                  P.N. SHUTZ (m) 29 IL miner
Pg.755, #7240, Calvin RICE 50 WI miner $0-$0
                  Jno. NILLE 25 WI miner
                  G.E. REPARD (m) 22 IN miner
                  Jno. R. DUNCAN 27 WI miner
Valley of the Platte
Pg.771, #9060, O. DURAND (m) (all ages blank this page) IL miner $0-$100
                  P. FRANCK (m) (blank) OH miner $0-$50
                  M. BACK (m) (blank) MO miner
                  Wm. COMSTOCK (blank) IL miner
                  O. WOLFKILLER (m) (blank) OH miner
                  Wm. BARKETT (blank) IL miner
                  E. SOUTHARD (m) (blank) NC miner
                  O. LEVOY (m) (blank) MO miner
                  M. DUNCAN (m) (blank) CANada miner
                  J.H. POLLARD (m) (blank) KY miner
                  Wm. PITTMAN (blank) OH miner
                  J. STRONG (m) (blank) MI miner
                  C. LENY (m) (blank) TN miner
                  O. PRATHER (m) (blank) TN miner
Pg.788, #9262, J.G. DUNCAN (m) 29 IN (blank occupations) $0-$0
                  H. MORFORD (m) 24 IN
                  Saml. TIVAX? 27 KY
                  J.B. WHITTON (m) 30 MO
                  Wm. CUSHMAN 26 WI
                  Wm. FORDHAM 21 CANada
Pg.798, #9374, E.N. DUNCAN (m) 33 ME miner $0-$0
                  W. HARBIN (m) 27 IN miner
                  G. LELDIN (m) 28 KY miner
                  G.W. BRISCOE (m) 30 OH miner
                  Saml. RINCHEL 25 MO miner
                  J. ROBINSON (m) 29 KY miner
                  E. HUNTER (m) 32 IL miner
                  T. FLURMAN (m) 28 MAss miner
                  G.P. CHANCEY (m) 20 MAss miner
Pg.833, #9771, G. CARROLL (m) 33 CT (blank occupations) $0-$0
                  E.T. LAWLER (m) 32 CT
                  S. DUNCAN (m) 29 CT
                  W. MONROE (m) 30 IN
                  G. BRIERLY (m) 28 OH
                  J. HYDE (m) 29 OH
                  W. SLAPER (m) 30 MAss

1870 Arapahoe Co. CO Census
City of Denver
Pg.31, #600-593, DUNCAN, Merritt 24 KY BLACK laborer $0-$0
                  Mary 19 MO BLACK keeping house
                  BOZIER, Harrison (m) 27 MO BLACK laborer
                  (MAD: Merrit Duncan mar. Mary Bozier 3/10/1867)

1880 Arapahoe Co. CO Census (only checked for William Duncans in Denver)
Pg.226 (stamped) ED11 95A, in hotel:
                  Wm. T. DUNCAN 31 boarder R.R. Conductor NY ME NY
Pg.279, ED13 30B, on Blake Street:
                  Wm. Duncan 54 laborer SCT SCT SCT
                  Ann 26 SCT SCT SCT wife
                  Ellen 5 KS, Aleck 1 CO (parents b. SCT SCT)
Pg.339, ED16 15C, on Pierpont Street:
                  Wm. DUNCAN 25 retail mrct? dest? IL NJ SC
                  Elizabeth 22 VA VA VA wife
                  George 4 IL, Joseph 3 IL, Sarah 1 NE (parents b. IL VA)

1930 Census, Denver City, Denver County, Colorado (from Kathy D. Cawley 4/2005)
E.D.# 16-51, D.S.# 3, Page # 60B, Image 14 of 44
   704 Mariposa Street
DUNCAN, Arvel F., head, rents $12., m/w, age 36, D'vd, MO./MO./MO. Boilermaker/railroad
Maggie J., mother, f/w, age 75, W'd, MO./KY./KY.
(KDC: cannot find them in the 1920 census)
      (KDC: see 1880 DeKalb Co. MO census)


"Reports of the decisions of the Court of Appeals of the State of Colorado, including part of Setpember term 1899, January term and part of April term 1900" by John A. Gordon, Vol.14; ("Colorado Appeals Reports") Vol.14, pgs.471 to 478 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 1/2004)
      DUNCAN v. BURCHINELL, No. 1757, Court of Appeals of Colorado, 14 Colo. App. 471; 61 P. 61; January, 1900, Decided.
      Error to the County Court of Arapahoe County.
      (opinion) On the 24th day of November, 1894, William K. Burchinell, as sheriff of Arapahoe county, by virtue of a writ of attachment issued in a suit against William Duncan and another, then pending in the county court of that county, attached and took into his possession fifty-one sacks of oats, the property of William Duncan. Duncan was present when the property was taken, and service of the writ was made upon him at that time. When the officer communicated his purpose to Mr. Duncan, the latter asked him if he had a bond, and upon his replying that he had, said, "All right, go ahead." The sheriff then took the property and removed it from the premises. Two days afterwards, Duncan served Burchinell with a written notice that he claimed the property taken, as exempt from levy under the writ, and that unless it was returned within forty-eight hours, he would bring suit for three times its value, pursuant to the statute. The notice was served by Duncan himself, and, upon receiving it, Mr. Burchinell said that unless he was furnished with a good and sufficient bond, he would have to return the oats. Four days afterwards, the attachment plaintiff furnished the sheriff with an indemnifying bond, and the demand for the return of the property was, for the time being, disregarded. This action is against Burchinell for the recovery of three times the value of the property. It was brought on the 4th day of December, 1894, before a justice of the peace. On the 11th day of December, the defendant brought the oats back and offered them to the plaintiff, but the latter refused to receive them, and they were left under a shed near his house. On the 12th day of December, the defendant paid the costs which had accrued in the attachment suit. On the 14th, this cause was tried, and judgment rendered for the defendant. The plaintiff made his appeal to the county court, where a trial without a jury resulted in a judgment for the plaintiff. By agreement of parties, this judgment was vacated and a new trial ordered. The cause was then tried in the presence of a jury, and after the evidence on both sides was heard, the court directed the jury to find for the defendant, and they returned their verdict accordingly. Sometime after the oats were placed in the shed, but when is uncertain, they were removed and put into the plaintiff's granary.
      Whether the defendant should have returned the property prior to the bringing of this suit was a question to be determined by the jury under the instructions of the court. Unless there were circumstances, undisclosed by the record, which justified further delay, eight days would seem to be ample time for action, but whether it was or not, was for the jury to say. Two days after the notice was given, the attachment creditor, E. L. Oakes, executed a bond to the defendant, requiring him to retain the property, and agreeing to indemnify him against any liability he might incur by refusing to deliver it. A natural inference from the action of Mr. Oakes would be that he did not intend to permit a return of the property, although his purpose may have been only to preserve its status until he had time for the investigation which he afterwards made. It appears that there was some doubt whether the plaintiff, or J. M. Duncan, who was sued jointly with him, was the owner of the oats. The latter was the former's son, and was unmarried. The two lived together. If the oats were the property of J. M. Duncan, they were not exempt. As a joint liability was asserted against the father and son, the question of the ownership of the oats was one of some importance. Mr Oakes finely satisfied himself that they belonged to the plaintiff, and directed their return. But he took his first step towards an investigation on the 4th day of December, the day this suit was brought. There is nothing to show that what he did after that day could not as well have been done before. There may have been valid reasons for the delay, but if there were, the record does not disclose them.
      When the oats were brought back, the plaintiff refused to receive them. They were left under a shed, and, sometime afterwards, were removed to the plaintiff's granary. The testimony was that on account of the bad condition of the sacks which contained them, they were wasting, and that they were put into the granary to preserve them. It does not appear that the plaintiff ever used them. But if the statutory liability against the defendant had accrued when the action was begun, we do not conceive that even if there was an appropriation of the oats by the plaintiff, the defendant was thereby released. If there was a liability against the defendant at all, it was fixed before the oats were brought back, and it was for three times their value. Their acceptance by the plaintiff might be shown in reduction of the amount of liability, but not in satisfaction of the claim.
      It is plain that the case was not very closely tried. It is probable that important facts might have been elicited, which were not. The counsel who now appears for the defendant in error had nothing to do with the trial. He was not then connected with the case. If he had been, it is safe to suppose that the record would not be in quite its present condition. Upon the history of the case, which the record presents, we have no hesitation in saying that the facts should have been submitted to the jury, and that the court, in directing a verdict, and thus substituting its judgment for theirs, erred.
      The judgment is reversed.


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, Robert L., widow Duncan, Alice M.; F 17 Ill. Inf.; 1883 Oct. 13, Invalid Appl. #497566, Cert. #554386, Neb.; 1906 June 13, Widow Appl. #850557, no cert., Colo. (MAD: b.1836 Washington Co. PA; lived Monmouth, Warren Co. IL, when enlisted; his brother Charles M. Duncan said to have married 11/17/1902 in Omaha, Douglas Co. NE and died Denver, CO)

HISTORIES before 1923

"[History of the city of Denver, Arapahoe County, and Colorado]" by W B Vickers, Elbridge Gerry, Wilbur F Stone, Samuel Bowles; pub. Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co., 1880, 714 pgs. (LH11769, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 978.883 D3h 1977 and film 1,000,144 item 2)
      Biographies, alphabetically arranged - no Duncan biography
      Pg.538-539: DANIEL C. OSWALD. Mr. Oswald was born May 3, 1842, in Buffalo, N.Y. His father was a school teacher, and, had he lived, would have ... when Daniel C. was but 8 years old, the death of both his parents, within 6 weeks of each other, left him doubly orphaned, and he was soon bound out to a farmer in the vicinity of Lancaster, N.Y. At 18, he went to St.Joseph, Mich., where he found employment as clerk in the grocery store of Robert B. Duncan (whose daughter he afterward married), and clerked for two years, when he, with a partner, purchased the business of his employer. ... enlisted in Co.K, First Iowa Cavalry, ... He was married February 20, 1878, to Miss Louise M. Duncan, of St. Joseph, Mich. (MAD: St.Joseph, Berrien Co. MI)

"Portrait and biographical record of Denver and vicinity, Colorado : containing portraits and biographies of many well known citizens of the past and present : together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1898, 1317 pgs. (LH11676, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 978.8 D3bp and film 1,000,144 item 3)
      Pg.149-150: HON. JOHN W. NESMITH. ... From Parker's history of Londonderry, N.H., pg.290, we quote ... "James Nesmith (2), son of James (1), was also born in Ireland ... he lived at Londonderry, and had children ... and John, who married Elizabeth, sister of Gen. George Reid, and died at Londonderry in 1815, aged 87. John and Elizabeth left the following-named children: ... Arthur, who married May Duncan and moved to Ohio, ..." (MAD: May, not Mary) (MAD: Londonderry, Rockingham Co. NH)
      Pg.461-466: ELISHA DUNCAN & children ... see Boulder and Weld Co. CO.
      Pg.934-935: JOHN HENRY SARGISSON, born ... December 19, 1843, Hogsthorpe, near Alford, Lincolnshire, England, .... The first marriage of Mr. Sargisson was in this county, to Miss Martha Sloan ... at her death, she left one daughter, Minnie. In 1891 he was married to Mrs. Mary Sigourney Ross Luckett, who was born in Owenton, Owen Co. KY. .... Mrs. Sargisson's father, Hon. Thomas Craig Ross, who was born in Warsaw, Gallatin Co. KY, ... went to Canon City, CO, then to Eldorado Springs, MO., where he died in 1885. Her mother, Jane Briscoe, was born in Georgetown, Scott Co. KY, .... Her mother is at present in Wister, Indian Territory, having married again, her husband, Mr. Thomasson, being postmaster of that place. There were nine children in the family, four of whom are living. ... Mattie, now Mrs. Duncan, lives in Oklahoma; and Mary Sigourney is now Mrs. Sargisson. ...

"The Trail" Vol.9/8, January, 1917 (from CO Historical Society to Margo Thiel, to MAD 2/1988)
      Pg.30: WILLIAM T. DUNCAN. For years proprietor of the 'Silver Dollar' saloon on Lawrence Street near 17th and known over the West, died at his home, 2144 Gilpin Street, of pneumonia on December 16. Mr. Duncan was 69 years old and came to Denver in the early '70s. He served for a time as clerk in the Markham hotel, but later conceived the idea of opening a liquor and tobacco house. This venture grew into his 'Silver Dollar' saloon, and then it was that the name of "Billy" Duncan began to be known over many states. ... He leaves a widow and one daughter, Persis, aged 12.

1911 "History of Larimer Co. CO" by Ansel Watrous, pub. by Courier Print & Pub. Co. (CA State Library, Sutro Branch; also FHL film 1,000,144 item 4)
      Pg.497-8: SIMON DUNCAN, one of very few remaining pioneers of the Cache la Poudre valley, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1907, at home farm southeast of Fort Collins, age nearly 78. Native of Allegheny Co. PA; to Denver in June 1860; 1865 moved family to ranch near present town of Windsor; 1872 to farm near present village of Timnath, on which he died. Besides an aged wife, he is survived by daughter & 3 sons: Mrs. Lizzie M. Holmes of Denver; Perry A. and John of Sheridan, WY; and Charles A., carrying on the old farm. (MAD: ? 1850 Armstrong Co. PA census)

1925 "A history of Merced County, California : being an account in brief outline of the period from the days of the Spanish occupation down to the present time .." by John Outcalt, pub. by Historic Record Co. (book qc979.458 O9; CA State Library, Sacramento; FHL film 1,000,113 item 2)
      Pg.870: DUNCAN, Frank J. b. Denver, Colo., 2 Sept. 1884 when he entered the family of William T. and Elizabeth (Terrill) Duncan, who lived to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Father now retired was an attorney who came to Denver about 1849. The mother came from Virginia. ....

1897 "Annals of Platte County, Missouri : from its exploration down to June 1, 1897, with genealogies of its noted families and sketches of its pioneers and distinguished people" by W.M. Paxton, pub. by Hudson-Kimberly Publ. Co. (FHL book 977.8135 H2p and FHL film 1,321,018 item 2 and 1,000,300 item 2; also from index cards of Kit Smith 8/1983)
      Pg.816-8: 1885, April: April 23 -- ... We will now take up the whole DUNCAN FAMILY. Frederick Duncan was born in Culpeper Co. VA, in 1770; married Susan Stallard, born in 1780, daughter of Randolph Stallard (i), a captain in the Continental army. They were the ancestors of the Duncan family of Platte. We notice four of their children:
      I. EDWARD PENDLETON DUNCAN. He married Fannie Luttrell, and came to Platte in 1838. They settled near New Market, and in 1858 he was elected a representative from this county. In 1856 he was elected a member of the county court. He was a courtly and intelligent gentleman, of wealth, integrity, and influence. Ch: ...
            V. JAMES BURRELL DUNCAN, m'd Nannie Guthrie; dead. Children: 1. Mona Duncan, m'd Arch. Roy; 2. David; 3. James; 4. Lucy E., m'd Jan. 29, 1890, Alonzo Drais, Children: ... James B. Duncan has married again, and lives in Denver.


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