Duncans in Marion Co. IN Histories


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

Last revised August 6, 2009

HISTORIES before 1923

1891 "Indianapolis & Its Resources" (Marion Co. IN) by Indianapolis Sentinel Co. (IN State Library book 977.201 M341I 1891; from C.T. Duncan 12/2007)
      Pg.65: JOHN S. DUNCAN was born in Indianapolis, January 11, 1846. He is a son of Robert B. Duncan, who came to the "New Purchase" in 1820, before the Indian title was fully extinguished. He remained near Conners Station, now a part of Hamilton County, until 1824, became a resident of Pike township, in this county, in 1824, and engaged, as did the other pioneers, in clearing a farm there and tilling the same. He was elected County Clerk in 1834, and served continuously as such until 1850. He then began the practice of law, which he followed with great success for many years, and was one of the leading citizens here. In 1843 Mr. Duncan was married to Mary E., daughter of Dr. John H. Sanders, of which union John S., the subject of this sketch, was the first born. He completed his education at Butler University, read law with Dye & Harris, and attended Harvard Law School, after which he began practice here in 1867. He was appointed Prosecuting Attorney of the Criminal Court by Governor Baker for one year, and served two years more in the same position by election. These were Mr. Duncan's first and last political honors. He has given his entire time to private practice, in which he has been eminently successful. He is senior member of the law firm of Duncan & Smith. He was married December 24, 1867, to Esther Wallace.

"IN Magazine of History" Vol.11#1, March 1915 (FHL film 873,893 item 2)
      Pg.85-86: John S. Duncan, 69 years old, lawyer in Indianapolis for 47 years, died Nov. 28, 1914 at his home at 1322 N. Alabama St. Mr. Duncan was born in Indianapolis Jan. 11, 1846, and his city was his home throughout his life. He graduated from Harvard Law School and early in 1867 he was admitted to the practice of law in Marion Co. Courts. ... engaged in law practice, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney. ... When he first began his practice, Mr. Duncan became a partner of his father, Robert B. Duncan, who had been clerk of the Marion Co. Circuit Court for nearly 30 years and who was regarded as an authority on probate law. The firm was known as that of R.B. and J.S. Duncan until 1877, when Charles W. Smith became a member of it. After several years the senior Mr. Duncan retired from the practice. Later John R. Wilson, a brother-in-law of Mr. Duncan, became a member of the firm, remaining as such until 1899 when he was elected clerk of the Marion Co. Circuit Court. After that the partnership was known as Duncan & Smith until about 1896 when Henry H. Hornbrook, a son-in-law of Mr. Smith, was added to the firm. Later, Albert P. Smith, a son of Charles W. Smith, entered the firm.
            In 1864 Mr. Duncan, then 18 years old, enlisted in the Union army as a member of the 132nd Indiana Regiment. His service, however, was for only 100 days and he was not engaged in any battle. Mr. Duncan was first married Dec. 24, 1867, to Esther Wallace, a dau. of William Wallace, who was a son of Governor David Wallace and a brother of Gen. Lew Wallace. Mrs. Duncan died Feb. 18, 1902. His second wife was Mrs. Perlie E. Haynes, of Richmond. Their marriage took place Nov. 16, 1907. Mr. Duncan's mother, who was Mary Saunders, was a dau. of Dr. John Saunders who was for many years one of the leading physicians of Indianapolis. ... Member Central Christian church. Besides his widow, Mr. Duncan is survived by a dau. Mrs. Charles M. Malott, and a sister, Mrs. John R. Wilson.

"IN Historical Society Publications" Vol.2, #10, 1894 (FHL book 977.2 B4; copied first article only; no genealogical info in three later articles)
      Pg.376-381: During the month of January, 1879, while convalescing from a long spell of sickness, Robert B. Duncan wrote these four papers about the "Old Settlers" of this section of Indiana; they were written for the Indianapolis "Herald," a weekly paper, at the request of George Harding, who was then its owner and editor, and appeared in the issues of January 11th, 18th, 25th, and February 1st, 1879. It was Mr. Duncan's intention to write much more on this subject, but he neglected to do so. He still resides in this city, at the advanced age of 83, and has lived in this vicinity since 1820. It is at the request of the Historical Society that I have gathered these papers and furnished them for publication. John R. Wilson, Indianapolis, January, 1894.
            Old Settlers' Papers. No. 1.
      In the early spring of 1820, about the last days of March, my father, with his family, settled -- perhaps the better expression would be "squatted," as all newcomers were then called squatters -- in an Indian village, situated on the east bank of White river, bordering a prairie of about 300 acres, situated about 4 miles south of the present town of Noblesville, the whole of central Indiana being then owned by the general government, unsurveyed, mostly unoccupied, and, with very limited exceptions, heavily timbered. The Indian village above mentioned had been owned and was still occupied by the Delawares (from which tribe the government had but recently purchased a considerable portion of central Indiana) and was the trade station of the late William Conner and his parter, William Marshall, ... Hence, for a period of nearly three years there was quite a number of Indians in and about the village, mostly Delawares. ... About the time my father squatted in the Indian village William Bush and family, Charles Lacy and family, and a family whose name has escaped my recollection, squatted near the village, but on the opposite side of the river. Judge John Finch (father of Judge F.M. Finch of this city) had in the previous November squatted on a tract of land about 2 miles north of the village, also on the opposite side of the river, with his family. These five families, with Conner and Marshall above mentioned, constituted all the white people then in that part of the country, and with Robert Harding and family, Samuel Harding and family, George Pogue and family, James McIlvain and family, John McCormick and family, Jeremiah J. Corbaley and family, Jeremiah Johnson (Quaker) and David McCurdy and family, who had, as early as April, 1820, settled in what is now Marion county, mostly in or near where the city now stands, constituted all the white people within the territory now composing the counties of Marion, Hamilton, Madison, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Hendricks and Boone, so far as my recollection now serves me. ... In looking over a list of some 300 of the early settlers of Indianapolis and its vicinity, and their descendants, which I have in my possession, I find a very few of those early settlers still remaining. January 11, 1879, Robert B. Duncan. (no other genealogical data).

1874 "The People's guide; a business, political and religious directory of Marion Co., Ind. : together with a collection of very important documents and statistics connected with our moral, political and scientific history; also, a Historical sketch of Marion Co., and a brief history of each township" by Cline & McHaffie, pub. by Indianapolis Print. & Pub. House (SUTRO microfilm 277 reel 55 book 218, CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Pg.203, Center Township: Duncan, R.B., attorney at law; second floor, 76 East Washington street, Indianapolis; res 174 Central avenue; born in N.Y. 1810; settled in Marion Co. 1820.
      Pg.207, Center Township: Duncan, R.P., firm of Bird & Duncan, manufacturers of glue; office 85 East State street, Indianapolis; res cor First and Pennsylvania streets; born in Marion Co. 1847.
      Pg.463, Perry Township: Dunkin, William A., 5 mi. south of Indianapolis, on Bluff Road; brickmason; born in MD 1824; settled in Marion Co. 1865; Dem., Methodist.
      Pg.463, Perry Township: Dunkin, H.C., farmer and trader, 5-1/2 mi. southeast of Indianapolis; born in KY 1823; settled in Marion Co. 1871; Rep., Protestant.
      Pg.484, Pike Township: Duncan, John, farmer, 2 mi. north of Clermont; born in OH 1840; settled in Marion County 1852; Dem., Methodist.
      Pg.484, Pike Township: Duncan, Henry, farmer; 1-1/2 mi. southwest of Trader's Point; born in OH 1839; settled in Marion Co. 1854. Christian.
      Pg.549, Wayne Township: Duncan, Hardin, farmer; 1-1/2 mi. east of Clermont; born in KY 1814; settled in Marion Co. 1851.

1877 "Sketches of prominent citizens of 1876 : with a few of the pioneers of the city and county who have passed away; a sequel to 'Early reminiscences of Indianapolis' 1820-'76..." by John H.B. Nowland (FHL film 934,913 item 2)
      Pg.82-3: Robert B. Duncan ... born in Ontario Co. NY on 15 June 1810. In 1817 with his father's family, he removed to the then village, now city, of Sandusky [then Sandusky now Erie Co.], OH ... until the spring of 1820. Then to New Purchase in Indiana, settled on Conner Farm, 4 miles south of site where Noblesville stands. Shortly after organization of Marion Co. in 1822, which then embraced Madison & Hamilton, the family removed to Pike Twp in Marion Co. proper, and settled on Eagle creek where Robert remained until 1827 when he became permanent citizen of Indianapolis. Soon after, he entered the office of county clerk as deputy to James M. Ray; remained until 1834 when Mr. Ray retired, then elected in his place; occupied clerk's office by successive elections until 1850; age 40 began to practice law, now in connection with his son John S. Duncan Esq. In December 1843 he married Miss Mary E., daughter of Dr. John H. Sanders of this city, by whom he has several children; among them John S. Duncan. Mrs. Duncan yet lives to preside over the Duncan household.

1919 "Indiana and Indianans : a history of aboriginal and territorial Indiana and the century of statehood" 5 vols., by Jacob Piatt Dunn; pub. Chicago: American Historical Society (LH12054, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.2 H2d v.1-5 and film 1,000,526)
      Vol.II, pg.1058-1059: MRS. ZERELDA WALLACE. One of the memorable effects of the (Temperance) Crusade was bringing numerous women into public prominence as speakers, and of these none was more notable than Mrs. Wallace. She was the eldest of the five daughters of Dr. John H. Sanders, a Virginian. Her mother, Polly Gray, was from South Carolina, but was also a descendant of a Virginia family, the Singletons. The young couple came west and located at Millersburg, Bourbon Co. KY, where Zerelda was born, August 6, 1817. In 1829, Dr. Sanders removed to Indianapolis, where he became a leading physician. ... From childhood, Zerelda ... On December 26, 1836, at the age of nineteen, she became the second wife of Lieutenant-Governor David Wallace. Her sisters became Mrs. John H. McRae, Mrs. Robert B. Duncan, Mrs. David S. Beatty, and the youngest the wife of Dr. Richard J. Gatling, the inventor of the Gatling gun. ... Mrs. Wallace ... was made the first president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union of IN.
      Vol.V, pg.2277-8: Charles W. Smith, lawyer, was born on his father's farm in Washington Twp, Hendricks Co. IN, on Feb. 3, 1846. His father, Morgan Lewis Smith, was a native of the State of NY, of English descent, who in 1832 came to IN and located on the land which was to be his farm when the forest was removed; in 1834, ... he went East and married Miss Margaret Iliff, a native of PA, of Welsh descent, then living in NJ. Charles was the sixth of their 8 children ... attended schools ... Danville, IN; young Smith had very pronounced Union views so in April 1864 he enlisted for a term of 100 days in Company F of the 133rd IN Volunteer Infantry ... graduated from IN Law School in Indianapolis in 1868 ... Admitted to bar in the same year, ... 1877 Mr. Smith became a member of the firm of Duncan, Smith & Duncan. Robert Duncan, the senior member of this firm, was one of the pioneers of central IN as a youth, played with the Indian boys before they were removed from the state, was deputy county clerk of Marion Co. in 1822 until 1834 when he was elected bounty clerk, held that position until 1850. He then entered the practice of law, devoting himself chiefly to probate work. His son John S. Duncan, the junior member of the firm, had been appointed prosecuting attorney for Marion Co. in 1867, when he was only 21 years old, and held the office for 3 years; he was 23 days older than Mr. Smith; the elder Mr. Duncan retired from active practice. Partnership continued until death of John Duncan more than 38 years later. ... Membership of the firm varied occasionally, John R. Wilson, a brother-in-law of Mr. Duncan, a member for several years, and later Henry H. Hornbrook, Mr. Smith's son-in-law, and Albert P. Smith, Mr. Smith's son, were members. After John Duncan's death his place was taken by Judge Charles Remster, and the firm is now Smith, Remster, Hornbrook & Smith. ...

1922 "Public men of Indiana : a political history" by Francis Marion Trissal, pub. by W.B. Conkey Co. (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 10739)
      Chapter I, Public Men of Indiana. Pg.14-15: Next to Major Gordon as a criminal lawyer and general practitioner was John S. Duncan, who soon after his graduation from the Northwestern Christian University (now Butler College) was elected Prosecuting Attorney, and among other cases that he successfully prosecuted was the Clem case that Gordon defended. Upon the expiration of his term as State's Attorney he was sought after in most important criminal cases, both to defend and prosecute, and was classed more as a criminal lawyer than as a general practitioner, but he was both, and was noted for his successes, and was besides a man of lovable disposition and attractive qualities in every way.
      His father, Robert B. Duncan, was a pioneer lawyer of Indianapolis [Marion Co.]. The firm of Duncan, Smith and Duncan long existed and had an extensive business. Charles W. Smith, a member of it, was a graduate of Asbury University and served as an officer in the Union Army during the war. He was among the ablest of the many able lawyers of the State and devoted his entire time conscientiously and exclusively to the practice ...

1916 "Courts and Lawyers of Indiana" by Leander J. Monks, pub. by Federal Pub. Co. (IN State Library book 347.09 M745c V.3; from C.T. Duncan 12/2007)
      Vol.3, pg.1142: Robert B. Duncan came to Marion county in 1824 and held the clerk's office until 1850 when he was admitted to the bar.
      Vol.3, pg.1197: THOMAS DUNCAN. Thomas Duncan, chairman of the Indiana Public Service Commission, was born on a farm in Gibson county, Indiana, May 5, 1860, son of James L. and Rebecca (Duncan) Duncan, both natives of Indiana and of Scottish descent. He was reared on the farm and his common school course was completed in the high school at Ft. Branch, after which, at the age of eighteen, he began teaching school, and taught four terms of district school. At the age of twenty-two he entered the Central Normal School at Danville, from which he was graduated in 1884, with the degree of Master of Arts. He then resumed teaching and for five years was thus engaged, three years as principal of the high school at Francisco. In the meantime he had been studying law and after a three months' technical schooling under the preceptorship of J.E. McCullough, he was admitted to the bar of the Gibson Circuit court in March, 1889. He opened an office in Princeton, and in that same year was appointed deputy prosecuting attorney for Gibson county, serving two years. He early began taking an active part in political affairs, and in 1890 was elected secretary of the Democratic county committee. In 1892 he was elected presidential elector from the Second congressional district. His chairmanship extended through 1894. In 1896 he was the Democratic nominee for Congress in the Second District, and he was renominated in 1898, being defeated both times by James A. Hemenway. He continued in active politics until he was appointed by Gov. Ralston to Chairmanship of the Indiana Public Service Commission, effective 1 May 1913, for four years, since which time he has maintained his home in Indianapolis [MAD: Marion Co. IN]. He was married 21 Dec 1884 to Lida M. Wise of Frankfort, Indiana. They had five children: Leila, born 6 May 1886, is a music teacher at Oakland, California High School; James Prentiss, born 9 Jan 1889, student at University of Northwestern; Thomas Denver, born 28 Dec 1890, died 5 Jan 1905; Ruth, born 16 July 1894, student at Butler University; Frederick, born 4 Sep 1904; Esther May, born 22 Feb 1907. Mr. Duncan is a Mason, a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and of the Modern Woodmen.

"Proceedings of the Indiana Historical Society : 1830-1886." by G H Dunn, John H Farnham, B F Morris, Austin W Morris, et al; pub. Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Co., 1897, 65 pgs. (LH6289, HeritageQuest images 5/2007)
      Pg.61: Indianapolis, Feb. 6, 1877, ... On motion of Mr. Duncan the committee was continued. (MAD: Indianapolis, Marion Co. IN)
      Pg.62. In the course of the meeting the constitution was signed by the following named gentlemen, viz.: R.B. Duncan, ... (MAD: more similar mention of R.B. Duncan Esq., or Mr. Duncan.) The society then adjourned to meet on Tuesday evening, February 20, 1877. /s/ John B. Dillon, Secy.

1870 "Early reminiscences of Indianapolis : with short biographical sketches of its early citizens, and a few of the prominent business men of the present day" (Marion Co. IN) by John H.B. Nowland; pub. Indianapolis: Sentinel Book and Job Print. House (LH11832, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.252/I2 D3no and film 934,913 item 5)
      Pg.290-291: John H. Sanders ... the eldest daughter was the wife of ex-Governor David Wallace; another the wife of Robert B. Duncan, one of the oldest citizens of the place, but by no means the oldest man; another the wife of David S. Beaty; the youngest, the wife of Mr. Gatling, resides in Philadelphia.

1884 "History of Indianapolis & Marion Co. IN" by Berry Robinson Sulgrove; Indianapolis (FHL film 934,914 item 1, book 90)
      Pg.174-5: ROBERT B. DUNCAN is of Scotch descent, his grandfather, Robert Duncan, born in 1726, a native Scotchman, having emigrated to America in 1754, where he engaged in the pursuit of his trade, a tailor. He married Agnes Singleton, born in 1742, also of Scotch parentage, and had children: Robert, James, John and three daughters. Robert was born in PA on Sept. 28, 1772, and during his youth resided in that State, after which he removed to Western NY and engaged in farming pursuits. He married Miss Anna Boyles, and had children: James, Esther, William, Robert B., Margaret, John, Samuel, Jane and Annie. The death of Mrs. Duncan occurred in 1822, and that of Mr. Duncan on Jan. 6, 1846. Their son Robert B. was born in Ontario Co. NY, June 15, 1810, where the earliest seven years of his life were spent. In 1817 he removed to OH and settled near Sandusky, his residence until the spring of 1820, when the family emigrated to Conner's Station, in the present Hamilton Co. IN, then an unsurveyed prairie. Various employments ... until 1824, when became a resident of Pike Twp., Marion Co., farmed. In 1827 a resident of Indianapolis, deputy county clerk, March 1834 elected to Clerk of the County, for 16 successive years. In 1850 began professional career in law, and continues to practice ... Mr. Duncan was married in December, 1843, to Miss Mary E., dau. of Dr. John H. Sanders, of Indianapolis, to whom were born children: John S. (a practicing lawyer), Robert P. (a manufacturer), Anna D. (wife of William T. Barbee, of Lafayette IN), and Nellie D. (wife of John R. Wilson of Indianapolis). Mr. Duncan enjoys distinction of being oldest continuous resident of county.

1910 "Greater Indianapolis : the history, the industries, the institutions, and the people of a city of homes" by Jacob Piatt Dunn, pub. by Lewis Pub. Co., 2 vols. (FHL film 934,914 items 3 & 4, books 92 & 93)
      Vol.2, pg.698: John Sanders Duncan, member of oldest law firm of Indianapolis, through his father represents the oldest and best traditions of the law and official affairs in Indianapolis & Marion Co. His father was the late Robert B. Duncan, for several years a prominent official of Marion Co. He was born in Ontario Co. NY, June 15, 1810. In his 14th year the family moved to Pike Twp in Marion Co. IN. About the same time Indianapolis was selected for the permanent capital of the state, and in 1827, having spent three years in clearing and developing his father's farm, Robert Boyles Duncan identified himself with the new town. Before his death in March, 1897, he had witnessed ... On coming to Indianapolis, he bound himself under a contract to Mr. James M. Ray, who became county clerk of Marion Co. with Duncan as his deputy. In March, 1834, he was promoted by election from deputy to county clerk ... 16 years ... When he retired, he became member of the bar ... He was reared a Scotch Presbyterian, but his wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary E. Sanders (a daughter of Dr. John H. Sanders of Indianapolis), was a member of the Christian Church, which he attended with her. ... He married Miss Sanders in 1843. Their childrn were: John Sanders, Robert P., Anna R. (deceased), and Nellie G. The Duncan family, originally Scotch, has resided in America over 150 years, since Robert Duncan emigrated in 1754. He was born in Scotland in 1726 and married Agnes Singleton, also of Scotch parentage. Their first home was in PA, where their son Robert was born Sept. 28, 1772, their other children being James and John and three daughters. Some years later the family home was moved to western NY and in 1817 Robert Duncan, the second, settled near Sandusky OH. Robert (the second) had married Anna Boyles, and their son Robert Boyles was 7 years old when taken to OH, and at the age of 10, in the spring of 1820, the family located at Connertown, Hamilton Co. (then a part of Marion Co.). John Sanders Duncan, son of the late Robert B. Duncan, was born at Indianapolis, Jan. 11, 1846, and his happy boyhood & successful manhood ... in this city. Graduated Northwestern Christian Univ. (now Butler College), with B.S. degree in 1865 ... In 1864, when age 18, enlisted as private in 132nd IN Infantry in the hundred days' service. In 1867, Mr. Duncan married Miss Esther Wallace, a daughter of William Wallace. She died in 1892. Mr. Duncan married, in 1897, Mrs. Perlie Haines, of Richmond, IN.

1908 "Commemorative biographical record of prominent and representative men of Indianapolis and vicinity : containing biographical sketches of business and professional men and of many of the early settled families" pub. by J.H. Beers (FHL book 977.252/I2 D3c and fiche 6101617 (Vol.1) and 6101618 (Vol.2); ? CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Pg.269-272: DUNKIN. The Dunkin family, some members of which spell their name Duncan, orig. from Scotland, branch herein from old Colonial stock of PA in the Red Stone country. John Dunkin, grandfather of Michael and William Dunkin, of Selma [Delaware Co.], IN, was a farmer who went from PA to OH as a young man; in latter state he married Elizabeth Sunderland, who died July 15, 1843, in Union Co. IN, she the dau. of Peter Sunderland, one of orig. pioneers. The Sunderlands had preceded Dunkins to that section, and when John Dunkin, accompanied by a companion, crossed the mountains with a knapsack on his back, he found them well settled. Dayton, OH, was then a hamlet ... After marriage, John Dunkin settled on Mad river, 3 miles southeast of Dayton [Montgomery Co.], where he cleared a farm and resided until death. He & wife were parents of: William, b. Sept. 22, 1788, died Nov. 22, 1870; John, b. Oct. 21, 1790; Peter, b. June 8, 1792; Michael, b. Jan. 29, 1795, died young; Rachel, b. Jan. 20, 1797, d. Jan. 2, 1860; Benjamin, b. Aug. 20, 1799; Michael, b. Aug. 28, 1801; John b. Sept. 5, 1803; Joshua, b. Sept. 25, 1805; Polly, b. Nov. 22, 1807; and David, b. Sept. 22, 1810, d. Sept. 1, 1881. These names and dates are from the records left by William Dunkin, and copied in the family Bible.
            (MAD: William in 1850 Delaware Co. IN census; Peter in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; Benjamin in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; Michael (Richard) in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; John in ?? 1850 Fulton Co. OH census; Joshua in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; David in 1850 Union Co. IN census; Elizabeth (Sunderland) in 1840 Union Co. IN census)
      William Dunkin, b. Sept. 22, 1788, son of John, reared on Mad river in Montgomery Co. OH, there married May 11, 1815, to Hannah Smith, b. in New Jersey, dau. of John Smith who died in that State, the dau. removing to Montgomery Co. OH with friends Joseph Silver and his family. Mr. Dunkin about 1820 removed to IN, settled Union Co. In May 1827 family moved to Delaware Co., there then being 6 children, and settled on farm now occupied by William Dunkin, one of the children; farm purchased from Robert Bronson and from Jacob Jackson. In 1854 built present 2-story house. ... older Dunkins were "Hardshell" Baptists, John Dunkin having been a preacher of that faith in OH. In politics William Duncan was orig. an old-line Whig, later one of original Republicans, voting for Fremont and Lincoln. Served in War of 1812 for 2 years as corporal in an OH regiment, his service being in Canada; stationed at Terre Haute, IN, when battle of Tippecanoe was fought. Regiment recruited at Dayton, OH. Mr. Dunkin died Nov. 22, 1870, aged 82; his wife died Feb. 1870. Their children were: John S., b. Feb. 10, 1816, in Union Co. IN; Louisa, b. May 18, 1818; Elizabeth, b. May 31, 1820; Michael, b. Feb. 25, 1822; Elmira, b. Sept. 2, 1825; Aaron, b. Feb. 19, 1828; William, b. Feb. 22, 1832; and George, twin of William. The above record was copied from the family Bible, where it is inscribed in the clear handwriting of Edward Henry, an old-time school teacher of Wellsburg, VA, and dated 1849.
      WILLIAM DUNKIN, son of William, born on old homestead Feb. 22, 1832, ... age 22 married Elizabeth Ellen Clevenger, b. on edge of Randolph Co. IN May 5, 1838, dau. of Morgan and Rebecca Ann (Conner) Clevenger, Morgan the son of Samuel and Margaret Clevenger. (more on Clevenger family not copied here). Mr. Dunkin ... Methodist, Republican; six children: George Morgan, Hannah Jane, Frances Helen, William Sherman, Lida Pauline, and David J. ... has lived to see each of them grow up ...
      MICHAEL DUNKIN, born in Union Co. IN Feb. 25, 1822, age 5 when father moved to this section near 1st May 1827. ... attended school one summer in Union Co. IN, living with his grandmother, Elizabeth Dunkin, after death of her husband John in OH. Four of her sons and Samuel Wilson, who had married her daughter Rachel, had settled there. Michael Dunkin also attended school in Delaware Co. one term, one term in Smithfield, and two terms ... Selma. ... On Nov. 9, 1843, Michael Dunkin married in Liberty Twp. to Hannah Caroline Stiffler, b. Bedford Co. PA March 5, 1823, dau. of John & Elizabeth (Hull) Stiffler (more on Stiffler family not copied here). Campbellite Church 1854, Whig & later Republican. (MAD: 1850 Randolph Co. IN census) Children:
            Benjamin Franklin Dunkin, b. Feb. 4, 1845, married Mary Bradfield and has 2 children: Cora (m. Isaac Wingate, farmer of Delaware Co; they have dau. Ethel); and Clay (m. Hattie Williams, 2 children: Helen & Emily).
            John Sampson Dunkin, b. Aug. 28, 1846, farmer of Delaware Co., m. Julia DeWitt, has children: Maggie (m. Nebraska Bullock, farmer of Delaware Co., has 3 children: Mark, Ruth & Paul); Mattie (twin of Maggie, m. Charles Dill, farmer of Delaware Co., has child Dorothea); Hattie, Ann, Joshua, Joseph & Jessie.
            Zachariah Taylor Dunkin, b. June 18, 1850, m. Maggie Norris and has ch.: Edgar (lives St. Louis, has child Kenneth), Nellie & Kirby.
            Hannah Elizabeth Dunkin, b. Nov. 11, 1852, d. age 13 years.
            Mary Louisa Dunkin, b. Oct. 7, 1854, m. Charles Carmichael, have 2 children: Carrie (m. V. Smithson) and Myrtle (m. William Kessling, had 3 ch: Elsie, Kenneth & Floy).
            John Fremont Dunkin, b. June 28, 1857, farmer of Delaware Co., m. Dora Reece, has ch: Louis, Earl, Grenada and Margaret.
            Aaron Clay Dunkin, b. Feb. 15, 185- (sic), m. Jenny Carmody, had 2 ch: Floy and Lois.
            William Perry Dunkin, b. Nov. 14, 1848, d. in infancy.
      MAD: Montgomery Co. OH Deed Q-384: (blank day and month) 1832, Elizabeth (X) Dunkin widow of John Dunkin of Montgomery Co. OH decd, and William Dunkin (and) Hannah his wife, Peter Dunkin (and) Rebecca (X) his wife, Richard Dunkin (and) Lydia his wife, Benjamin Dunkin (and) Jane his wife, Joshua Dunkin (and) Julian his wife (signed Julia Ann (X) Dunkin), David (X) Dunkin (and) Mary (X) his wife, Samuel Wilson (and) Rachel (X) his wife, and Mary Dunkin, all heirs at law of estate of said John Dunkin decd, to Peter Popence, Elizabeth Popence, Cynthia Ann Popence and James Popence Junr. of County aforesaid, for $2,250, the NW 1/4 Sec.20 Twp.2 Range 6, and 50.4 acres (being) E part of NE 1/4 Sec.26 Range and Twp. aforesaid, between the Miami Rivers, (meets & bounds), containing in all 223.1 acres. Wit. William Langston, John Black, H? Claron?. Union Co. IN certification for Elizabeth Dunkin, William Dunkin and wife Hannah, Richard Dunkin and wife Lydia, Benjamin Dunkin and wife Jane, Joshua Dunkin and wife Julian Ann, David Dunkin and wife Mary, Samuel Wilson and wife Rachel, and Mary Dunkin, 7 June 1832. Carroll Co. IN certification for Peter Duncan (sic) and wife Rebecca, 24 Sept. 1832. (FHL film 966,648)

1884 "Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana : historical and biographical" ed. by Charles Blanchard, pub. by F.A. Battey (FHL book 977.2 H2b)
   Brown Co.: Washington Township and Nashville.
      Pg.761-2: ALEXANDER DUNCAN, farmer, is a native of Stokes Co. NC; was born January 29, 1815, the son of Alamanda (sic) and Susanna (Vaughn) Duncan, natives respectively of VA and NC. The father of our subject learned the occupation of shoe-making, and followed the same forty years, but after marriage he engaged in farming and so continued until his decease. Our subject worked for his father on the farm until he was united in wedlock, which event took place November 17, 1837, the bride being Sarah F. Reddick, a native of the "Old North State." To this union were granted 14 children, of whom two sons and eight daughters are living. In 1839, he moved to this State, and remained some time in Fayette County; then moved to Marion County, where he resided 20 years, and thence to this county, March 23, 1860, where he purchased a farm and made a home. He is now in his 70th year ....
      Pg.762-3: HON. W.C. DUNCAN, is a son of Alexander Duncan and Sarah F. Duncan, both of whom are still living at their old home, six miles southwest of Nashville, in Brown County, Ind. Both the father and mother were born, reared and married in North Carolina; after this marriage they removed to Indiana, settling for a time in Fayette County; soon thereafter they removed to Marion County, where W.C. Duncan was born on the 24th of June, 1851, and is the 9th child in a family of fourteen children, consisting of 5 boys and 9 girls. On the 23d of March, 1860, with his father's family, he came to Brown County and settled upon a farm six miles southwest of Nashville. ... He commenced teaching in the common schools of the county at the age of 18 (sic), ... until the 24th of June, 1871, when ... he was examined and admitted to the Freshman class in the Indiana State University at Bloomington. ... Graduating in 1875, ... (school, then teaching, then school, etc., finally into law). On July 26, 1880, he was married to Jennie Buskirk, a daughter of Michael Buskirk, now of Clay County, Ind. Two little girls -- Edith and Jessie -- have been born of this union. ... Mr. Duncan is now but 32 years of age, and few men so young have accomplished so much as he ....

1890 "IN University, Its History from 1820, When Founded, to 1890" by Theophilus A. Wylie, pub. by Wm. R. Burford (SUTRO microfilm 71 reel 3, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL film 1,000,528 item 1)
      Biographical Sketches of Its Presidents, Professors and Graduates, and a List of Its Students from 1820 to 1887.
      Pg.265: 1875. Washington C. Duncan, born June 24, 1851, Marion Co. IN; residence, Nashville, IN; educated in the Brown Co. common schools. Degree, B.S. Occupation and position, student of law at IN University, lawyer, Prosecuting Attorney of the Ninth Judicial District of IN, member of Legislature, 1886, and one of the Educational Committee.

1904 "Biographical record of Bartholomew County, Indiana : including biographies of the govenors and other representative citizens of Indiana" pub. by B.F. Bowen (SUTRO microfilm 277 reel 14 book 54, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; identical pages in book entitled "Biographical Record of Bartholomew & Jackson Cos. IN" on SUTRO microfilm 277 reel 14 book 55; FHL film 1,000,531 item 2)
      Pg.328: Washington C. Duncan is a son of Alexander and Sarah F. Duncan, both of whom lie buried in Garland Brook cemetery at Columbus, IN. The father and mother were born, reared and mar. in NC and were of Scotch-Irish descent. After coming to IN, they lived first in Fayette Co. and then several years in Marion Co., where the subject of this sketch was born June 24, 1851. In 1860 Alexander Duncan was about to remove from IN to the Grand Prairie in IL where he had purchased 160 acres, then a new and undeveloped country, when the breaking out of the Civil war led him to remain in IN and to settle (temporarily as he intended) in Brown Co., where he resided, however, until a few years prior to his death. Here upon the farm the subject of this sketch was reared ... in 1869 and 1870 taught school in Brown Co., and in 1870 and 1871 taught at the Lawless schoolhouse in Harrison Twp. in this county ... in 1878 elected prosecuting attorney of Ninth Judicial Circuit, composed of Bartholomew and Brown Cos. Mr. Duncan mar. July 26, 1880, to Jennie E. Buskirk, of Monroe Co. IN, five children: Edith, Jessie, William, Oma and Grace, all living except Oma who died July 22, 1903. ....

"The Bergen County Democrat's history of Hackensack, N.J. : its olden story, present annals, prospective growth all told by the historian's pen and the artist's pencil." by Robert Rennie, John I Bertholf, David Terhune, Frederick Jacobson, et al; ed. by D.D. Read; pub. New Jersey?: Bergen County Democrat, 1898, 184 pgs. (LH 1432, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL fiche 6,046,007)
      Pg.58-59: Asbury Church ... Rev. Henry Moore Simpson, the present pastor, was born in London, England, in 1837, and was graduated from Wesleyan University in 1860. ... In 1879 he married Mrs. R. Duncan, of Indianapolis, who was removed in 1882 from the services and fellowships of earth to those in heaven. (MAD: Indianapolis, Marion Co. IN)

1915 "Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania" by John W. Jordan, 1840-1921; pub. New York : Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915. (University of Pittsburgh's Digital Research Library, Historic Pittsburgh Full-Text Collection image 3/2007)
      Vol.2, pg.1011-1012. DUNCAN. The Duncan family is one of the foremost in Scotland, and is believed to be of ancient Norse origin. Before 1700 the family was well established in Forfarshire, Scotland. In the Duncan family are held the earldoms of Camperdown, Gleneagles and Lundie; the viscountcy of Duncan; the barony of Lundie, and many distinguished men of this family have lived in Scotland during the past few centuries. In 1861 the census showed that of the name Duncan twelve thousand four hundred and sixty-seven persons lived in Scotland. In 1890 forty-one children of this name were born in Ireland, of whom twenty-five were in the Scotch counties of Antrim and Tyrone. A branch of the family went from Scotland to these counties in the North of Ireland as early as 1700.
            (I) William Duncan, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, passed his entire life there. He was the organizer and owner of a foundry, and achieved prominence in his line of industry, being frequently consulted as an expert. He married Jeannette Todd, born in the same city as her husband, and they had children: Jean, who married Alexander MacAlpine, and died in Sandusky, Ohio; Mary, married Archibald Patterson, and died in Kansas; James, a shipbuilder, died in Glasgow; William, a mechanic, died in Indianapolis [MAD: Marion Co.], Indiana; George.
            (II) George Duncan, son of William and Jeannette (Todd) Duncan, was born in Scotland, and became an engineer in Glasgow for the Oriental Gas Company of London. He had charge of numerous important works, among them being the installation of gas works at Turin, Italy; Smyrna, Asia Minor; and Calcutta, India. Upon the completion of the last named piece of work he returned to Glasgow and was engaged in business independently for a period of three years. In 1872 he came to America, settled in McKeesport [MAD: Allegheny Co.], Pennsylvania, and there became foreman of the machine shops of the National Tube Works, which was then just starting on its magnificent career. This position Mr. Duncan held until his death on March 15, 1884. He was a Republican in politics, and a member of the Presbyterian church, and of the Knights of Honor. Mr. Duncan married Mary MacCurdy, who married (second) John Hayne, of Braddock, and died April 4, 1902. She was a daughter of Robert MacCurdy, born in Duntoucher, Renfrewshire, Scotland, who was a soldier in the British army, and the father of Archibald, also a soldier in the British army. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan: George of further mention; Archibald, a mill superintendent, lives in McKeesport; Cornelius, foreman in a machine shop, lives in McKeesport; James, superintendent of the Buttweld Mill, lives in McKeesport; Mary, died in girlhood.
            (III) George (2) Duncan, son of George (1) and Mary (MacCurdy) Duncan, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, January 21, 1864. The greater part of his school education was acquired in the public schools of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and upon its completion he was apprenticed in the machine shops of the National Tube Works. He became successively journeyman, foreman and superintendent of the Buttweld Mill, and in 1901 was made master mechanic and assistant general superintendent of the tube mills, a responsible position he is still filling, having control of more than four hundred and fifty men. In political matters, he is a Republican, and a member of the Central Presbyterian Church ... Mr. Duncan married, in 1888, Anna, born in McKeesport, a daughter of Louis and Margaret Held, and they have one daughter, Annie Sinclair, has attended the McKeesport High School.
      Vol.3, pg.1738-1739: H. Dana Rolfe, son of Herman Ross and Mary A. (Le Bosquet) Rolfe, was born in Concord, New Hampshire, February 12, 1845 ... his home in Pittsburgh ... Mr. Rolfe married, September 13, 1866, Mary E., born in New York State, a daughter of Reuben and Caroline E. Stewart, who lived in New Hampshire, removed to Massachusetts, and died at Concord in that state. ... Mr. and Mrs. Rolfe have had children: Dana S., is assistant superintendent of the Carnegie Steel Mill, at Duquesne, and lives at Munhall; Frances J., married C.L. Davis, and lives in Munhall; Kate Le Bosquet, now deceased, married Charles L. Duncan; Edward C., a garage proprietor, lives in Seneca Falls, New York; H. Dana Jr., unmarried. ... (MAD: Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co. PA)

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