Duncan research files of
1884 "Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana, historical and biographical" ed. by Charles Blanchard, pub. by F.A. Battey (SUTRO microfilm 277 reel 15 book 56, CA State Library, Sutro Branch, and SUTRO book F532 C6 B6 1884 & microfilm 71 reel 8; FHL book 977.243 H2o)
Vol.2, pg.952, Owen Co., Taylor Township: FREBORN DUNKIN, one of the oldest pioneers of Owen County, was born August 30, 1802, in the state of New York, and is the third of the nine children of John and Jemima (Thomas) Dunkin. Freborn was reared on a farm, and obtained but a scanty education, due to the meager opportunities of the time. In 1818, he emigrated with his parents to Clark Co. IN, whence, after three years, they moved to this county, where both parents gave up their lives. September 11, 1825, he married Charity Johns, of this county, which union was crowned with sixteen children, eight of whom are living. After his wedding, Mr. Dunkin settled on a small tract of wild land given to him by his father, but has now 273 acres in this township, containing the graves of his own and his wife's parents, all buried near his dwelling. On coming hither in the early time, his nearest neighbor was a mile distant, and they subsisted almost wholly on wild game. Mr. Dunkin is highly regarded in his community, is a life-long Democrat and much venerated citizen. (MAD: b. ? Orange or Dutchess Co. NY, son of John Dunkin and Jemima Thomas in 1804 of Genesee Co. NY (1841 became Wyoming Co.), 1818 to Clark Co. IN, 1821 to Owen Co. IN, per "Duncan-Cummings family history" by Edna (Hartcock) Sinclair, 1931, and correspondence through 1977, in Spencer, IN, Public Library, on FHL microfilm 1,313,121 items 14 & 16)
Vol.2, pg.959, Owen Co., Harrison Township: FRANK M. DUNKIN, one of our county's young and enterprising farmers and stock-raiser's, was the seventh of ten children, and was born January 17, 1843, in Taylor Township, this county. His father moved with him on a farm in Putnam County when Frank M. was but three years of age, and when he was fifteen years old they moved to Greencastle, where he attended Asbury University for three years, when at the beginning of the rebellion he enlisted to help support his country. He was placed in Company E, 33rd IN Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. John Coburn. He participated in the battles of Wild Cat, KY, Thompson's Station, TN, and he was wounded and captured at latter place. He was carried to Libby Prison, and detained for eleven days, when he was exchanged. He was then detailed as Chief Orderly on Gen. Baird's staff, afterward being transferred to Gen. Steadman. Then he took part in the battle of Chickamauga, where he was again wounded; was relieved from duty for a time, and in 1864 he returned to his regiment. After the re-enlistment of the regiment, he was sent to Gen. Rousseau's staff, as Orderly, and was finally discharged at Atlanta, September, 1864. He was married in 1865, to Hattie Eckels, who died February 1, 1867. She was a daughter of Delana and Louisa K. (Elliott) Eckels. By this union there was one child -- Linnie E. (deceased). Mr. Dunkin was next married to Nancy E. Asher, daughter of Allen and Sarah (Allen) Asher, on December 28, 1869. They have had three children born to them -- Elmer, Evert and Hattie. Mr. Dunkin is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and his wife is a communicant in the Missionary Baptist Church. They are very liberal and are always ready to give to the needy. Mr. Dunkin has paid much attention to teaching, in all having taught seventeen years. He is in consequence considered one of the best. He is very popular, having held the office of Justice of the Peace in the township. In politics, he is a Democrat.
"Weik's history of Putnam County, Indiana" by Jesse William Weik; pub. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1910, 875 pgs. (LH6277, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.249 H2w and film 795,945 item 1)
Pg.426-427: RUSSELL E. MARTIN, native of Putnam County, grandson of Ethelred Martin, who reared family of ten children, of whom Benjamin, father of the subject of this review, was the ninth in order of birth. Benjamin Martin born North Carolina in 1812, age about 14 when he accompanied his parents to the Hoosier state ... on the 27th of March 1834 married Miranda A. Teal, eldest child of John and Rebecca (Helms) Teal. This union resulted in the birth of ten children, whose names are as follows: ... (MAD: seven older children not copied) Aradena, wife of William H. Duncan, departed this life in Putnam county, leaving a husband and nine children to mourn her loss. Russell E., the subject of this sketch, is the ninth. Benjamin Martin, the father of this large and interesting family, died in the year 1855, and subsequently, March 7, 1867, his widow became the wife of Henry DeVore. (MAD: spelling as given) Shortly after the latter year, Mr. and Mrs. Devore moved to Owen county, ...
Pg.466-469: ESTES DUNCAN. Among the enterprising farmers and representative citizens of Putnam county ... The family of which Estes Duncan is an honorable representative is an old and highly esteemed one in this part of Indiana ... Benjamin Duncan, the subject's grandfather, was a native of Pennsylvania and a man of sound, practical judgment and intelligence. He and his wife, Adaline, migrated to Putnam county some time prior to 1830 and, settling in what is now Cloverdale township, purchased a valuable tract of government land which he subsequently developed into a fine farm and on which both spent the remainder of their days, dying just across the county line in the village of Quincy, where for several years they had made their home.
Among the children of Benjamin and Adaline Duncan was a son, Lloyd T., whose birth occurred on the homestead in Putnam county, April 3, 1843, and who, like his father, was a farmer by occupation and a man of more than ordinary intelligence and influence. He was a member of Company E, Thirty-third Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in the late Civil war, ... severely wounded at the battle of Peach Tree Creek (siege of Atlanta), where he was shot through the left arm so near the shoulder that the entire arm had to be amputated, ... more than a year elapsed before he regained sufficient strength to enable him to reach his home. ...
Shortly after leaving the army Mr. Duncan was united in marriage with Mary A. Gillespie, daughter of Lysander and Rebecca (Martin) Gillespie, the union resulting in the birth of eight children, of whom the subject was the first born, the youngest three being triplets, one of whom died at the age of nine months, this, with the father's death, which occurred March 13, 1903, being the only invasions of the family circle by the dread Destroyer. Mrs. Duncan, who is residing in Cloverdale township, is a lady of excellent character, ...
Estes Duncan, whose birth occurred in Putnam county, Indiana, September 13, 1867, was reared on the home place in the northern part of Owen county and early became familiar with the varied duties of the farm. At the proper age he entered the public school ... on the seventeenth anniversary of his birth he was sufficiently advanced to pass the required examination and receive a teacher's license. ... took charge of a district school ... subsequently entered the State Normal School at Terre Haute, which he attended at intervals ... Mr. Duncan's experience in the school room covered a period of fifteen years, ... He decided to give his attention to farming; accordingly in 1889 he engaged in that vocation which he carried on in connection with teaching during the ten years ensuing, when he discontinued the latter, ... Mr. Duncan ... now is the owner of four hundred acres of valuable land, ... In addition to his agricultural and livestock interests he is identified with several local enterprises of different character, among them being the Cloverdale Hardware & Lumber Company, of which he is secretary and treasurer ...
The domestic life of Mr. Duncan dates from the year 1889, at which time was solemnized his marriage with Nevada Pollard, a daughter of William G. and Martha A. Pollard, a union blessed with two children, Frank P. and Floyd R., both bright and intelligent young men with promising futures before them. The older son is a student of the State University, ...; the younger is pursuing his studies in the Cloverdale high school ... Mr. and Mrs. Duncan, together with their sons, are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Fraternally, Mr. Duncan belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen, ...
"Annual report of the Indiana State Horticultural Society : proceedings of the tenth annual session, held at Indianapolis, Jan. 3, 4, and 5, 1871." (anonymous); pub. Indianapolis: R.J. Bright, state printer, 1871, 193 pgs. (LH7249, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
List of members: (pg.8) R.C. Duncan, Nurseryman, Portland Mills, Indiana (MAD: ? Parke Co. IN 1870 census; Portland Mills, Putnam Co. IN)
1879 "Atlas of Putnam Co. IN" by Beers (FHL film 908,753 item 3; SLC 9/2007)
Pg.15: Floyd Township: Duncan, Peter K., P.O. Fillmore, farmer; Sec.34; son of Toliver and Mary Smith Duncan, was born in Henry Co. KY, Sept. 19, 1819, settled in this county in 1850. He was married November 30, 1843, to Nancy, daughter of Morris and Charity Woods, by whom he has had four children - Toliver, Charity A. (deceased), John S. and William.
1878 "Atlas of Hendricks Co., Indiana : to which are added various general maps, history, statistics.." pub. by J.H. Beers (FHL film 812,503 item 1)
Pg.42, Eel River Twp; George H. Duncan, P.O. Jamestown, farmer, Sec. 20, settled here in 1864; born in Putnam Co. IN Jan. 10, 1846; son of James Duncan and Anna Proctor, b. Oct. 1813. Married Feb. 25, 1866, to Nancy Davis; two children -- Elmer C. b. March 1868; Lulu C. b. Sept. 16, 1873.
1895 "Portrait & Biographical Record of Boone, Clinton and Hendricks Cos. IN" by A.W. Bowen (SUTRO microfilm 71 reel 6, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL film 934,898 item 2, book 28; and from Gloria Duncan 2/1990)
Pg.957-8: GEORGE H. DUNCAN, of Eel River township, Hendricks Co. IN, is an old soldier and an honored citizen. He was born Jan. 10, 1846, in Jackson Twp, Putnam Co. IN, son of James and Anna (Proctor) Duncan. ... Mr. Duncan is of Scotch descent. Henry Duncan was a pioneer of Garrard Co. KY, from VA. James Duncan, father of our subject, was one of the first settlers of Putnam Co. IN, coming as early as 1829. He was the father of 18 children, by two marriages; by his first wife there were born to him: Coleman C., William, Mary, Annie, James, Miranda, Amanda, George, John, Nancy and Katurah; and by his second wife -- Amanda Dean -- he was the father of seven children: Ruth, Benjamin, Bell, Elmer, Della, Charles and Minerva R. James and John were soldiers in the Civil war; James in Co. H, 11th Reg. IN Vol. Inf., and John in the 142nd Reg., IN Vol. Inf. (see Hendricks Co. IN for more)
1909 "A history of Clay County, Indiana : closing of the first century's history of the county, and showing the growth of its people, institutions, industries and wealth" by William Travis; pub. Chicago : Lewis Publishing (LH10318, HeritageQuest image 10/2007; FHL book 977.244 H2t and film 928,385 item 2)
Vol.2 pg.103-104: WALTER COVINGTON DUNCAN, M.D.-- Among the representative business men of Harrison township is Walter C. Duncan, M.D., a well-known druggist of Clay City. A native of Indiana, he was born October 13, 1855, at Noblesville, Hamilton county. He comes from substantial Scotch ancestry, being a lineal descendant in the fifth generation from the immigrant ancestor, the line of descent being thus traced: Coleman, Daniel Coleman, Henry Coleman, Coleman Covington, and Walter Covington. (MAD: use caution on birthplace of the earliest Coleman Duncan)
Coleman Duncan, who was born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, came with his brother George to America in colonial days, settling in Virginia, where he lived during the remainder of his life. Daniel Coleman Duncan removed with his family from Virginia to Kentucky, becoming a pioneer of Hopkinsville, and was there employed in tilling the soil until his death. James Coleman Duncan was born in Culpeper county, Virginia, but was brought up on the Kentucky homestead. When a young man he came to Indiana as a pioneer settler of Hendricks county. Taking up a tract of timbered land three miles north of Salem, in the Fort Red School House district, he reclaimed a farm from the wilderness, on which he resided until his death, and many of his descendants are now living in that vicinity. He was twice married, and was the father of sixteen children, and as his second wife was a widow with six children when he married her he had the care of twenty-two children, truly a patriarchal family.
Coleman Covington Duncan was born in 1831, in Hendricks county, Indiana, on the parental homestead. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, and as a boy eagerly seized every opportunity for increasing his knowledge and advancing his education beyond that obtained in the common schools. When ready to start in life on his own account he embarked in the mercantile business, for a number of years thereafter being located at Carpentersville, Putnam county, Indiana. From there he went to Otterville, Boone county, Missouri, where he dealt in live stock until after the breaking out of the Civil War. Returning then to this state, he kept a hotel at Greencastle for a number of years, and then engaged in the marble business in Illinois, first in Salem, and later in Vandalia. Giving up that business, he again came back to Indiana, and after a short residence in Brazil settled in Clay City, and here spent his last days, dying at the age of 73 years. His wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Glen, was born in Hendricks county, Indiana, 67 years ago, a daughter of William A. and Mary (McKenzie) Glen. Her parents were both born in Virginia, of colonial ancestry, and were among the earlier settlers of Hendricks county. Of the children born to Coleman C. and Elizabeth Duncan, four grew to maturity, as follows: Walter C., the subject of this sketch; James William; Mary; and Frank. (MAD: 1860 Cooper Co. MO census, 1870 Marion Co. IL census)
Walter C. Duncan received his early education in the public schools, and at the age of 19 years began the study of medicine with Dr. R.H. Hogan, then one of the leading practitioners of Salem, Illinois. He subsequently attended lectures at the Saint Louis Medical College from which he was graduated with the degree of M.D. in 1876. The ensuing year Dr. Duncan practiced with his former preceptor, and then located in Vandalia, Illinois, where he was in active practice for eight years. Removing then to Smithboro, Illinois, he was there located as a physician for three years, in his professional career meeting with success. Coming to Clay City in 1889, the Doctor purchased a drug business which he has conducted most successfully ever since.
Dr. Duncan married, in 1889, Mrs. Elizabeth (Perkins) Brown, who was born in Bond county, Illinois, a daughter of Henry and Mary Perkins. By her marriage with Mr. Brown, Mrs. Duncan has had one child, William Brown, of Millbury Grove, Bond county, Illinois.
1901 "History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas : illustrated : embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county" by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott, Iola, Kan. Pub. by Iola Register 1901. (from Kathy Cawley 8/2004 and FHL film 1,000,033 item 2)
Pg.127-130: DUNCAN -- Among the settlers of Allen County who located along the Neosho River in the early seventies and who maintained his home here since is James P. Duncan, ex-register of Deeds of his adopted county. In November, 1870, he drove his teams and a small bunch of cattle onto the premises of Wm. L. Zink, three miles northwest of Humboldt, where he made his first but temporary home. He resided in this portion of old Humboldt township till 1881, serving one-half of this time as Trustee of the township, when he removed to Humboldt and it was from this latter point that he was appointed, by the Board of County Commissioners, Register of Deeds to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Jesse Fast. In this position he served nearly seven years, or until January, 1890.
The subject of this review left the wooded country of Indiana in 1865 and made his residence respectively in Cooper County, Missouri, Douglas County, Kansas, and in Grundy County, Missouri, before his arrival in Allen County, as above stated. He was born in Putnam County, Indiana, March 22, 1840, was reared "in the clearing," and "niggering off logs" and burning brush formed a goodly share of his youthful occupation. He was three times enlisted in the Civil war, first in the 78th Indiana Volunteers; second, in the 115th Indiana Volunteers, Colonel Hahn, and third, in the 11th Indiana Volunteers, Colonel Lew Wallace. He served in an humble capacity "with the boys" and when his services were no longer needed he was discharged and returned home.
October 24, 1858, occurred the marriage of the subject of this review. His wife was nee Mary Ellen Bailey, a notice of whose ancestry will appear farther on in this article. Eight children resulted from this union, viz: Annie, who died at one year old; Lew Wallace; Nora C. and Dora C., twins, born November 3, 1863. The former married Orlando P. Rose at Humboldt, Kansas, June 19, 1883, died October 29, 1884, leaving a son, Ora D. Rose, of Kansas City, Missouri; Dora C. married the husband of her sister, Orlando P. Rose, and resides in Kansas City, Missouri; Horace Otho, who died October 30, 1886, at nineteen years of age; J. Edgar, who died in April, 1873 at four years of age; Harry Evert, born December 24, 1871, is practicing dentistry in Humboldt, Kansas, and M. Agnes, born February 28, 1874, married Ernest L. Brown and died July 22, 1898, leaving two daughters, Nato and Lois.
In an effort to trace up the Duncan genealogy, as in every other like effort, it will be necessary to bring in the names of heads of families remote from the subject hereof, but as this volume is devoted in a measure to the preserving of records along these lines, for the satisfaction and enlightenment of their posterity, none of the family names will be omitted from this record whose strain can be shown to have effected the subject hereof or his posterity.
The earliest record of the Duncans of this strain, finds them located in the counties of Culpepper and Fauquier, Virginia. Our subject's great grandfather was one of two men, Charles or William Duncan, whose father, it is believed, was the Scotch ancestor who was responsible for the establishment of one branch of this American family. Three children of this doubtful ancestor referred to above are known to have survived, as follows: Henry, the grandfather of James P. Duncan, Charles, who reared a family in Missouri, and a daughter who married a Covington, after whom the city of Covington, Kentucky, was named. Henry Duncan was born about 1780, and during the last decade of the 18th century migrated to Bath County, Kentucky, where, about 1803 he married Polly Combs. Their children were: Matilda, who married Coleman Covington, her cousin, and a woolen manufacturer; James, father of our subject, born in 1806; Margaret; Miranda, who became the wife of William Barnett; Hiram, Jeptha, Granvil and George. Henry Duncan died in Cooper County, Missouri, where some of his sons reared families.
James Duncan, father of our subject, was married in Kentucky to Annie Proctor, a daughter of James B. and Elizabeth Proctor. The last named married a daughter of an old well-to-do planter, Valentine and Elizabeth (Hicks) Tudor, of Madison County, Kentucky, and went up into Indiana about 1830, and settled in Boone County. His sons-in-law James Duncan, David Hedge and John Blackburn all passed their lives between North Salem and Lebanon and in that section the venerable couple lived honorable Christian lives and died. The children of James and Annie (Proctor) Duncan were: Mary, who married William Woodard, left two children at death, Leonidas E.A., and Froncy; Coleman C., who resides in Clay City, Indiana, married Lizzie Glenn and reared Dr. Walter C.; William, May and Franka; Dr. William, who died without heirs just after the war; Annie, wife of Champ C. Yeager, of Allen County, Kansas, is the mother of three surviving children, James L., of Oregon, Mary E., wife of E.W. Trego, of Allen County, Kansas, and Francis M., of St. Joseph, Missouri; James P. Duncan, our subject; Miranda, wife of Andrew J. Stephens of Rich Hill, Missouri, with issue as follows: James, Dillon, Annie L. and William; George W. Duncan, who married Nan Davis, has two children, Elmer, of Colorado, and Mrs. Lulu Davis, of North Salem, Indiana; John W., who married Betty Owen and died near Humboldt, Kansas, February, 1898, leaving Pheres, Mrs. Frelia Stewart, Emmert, of the Indiana Territory, Mrs. Thella Booe, of Indiana, Bertha, Buhlon and Olin; Almanda (Duncan) Ray, deceased, left five children in Indiana; Nancy Duncan, who married John Gosnold, of Kansas City, has four children: Laura, Bessie, Edna, and Nina; Kittie Duncan, deceased, wife of William Long, left four children near Holden, Missouri. James Duncan's first wife died in 1855 and a few years later he married Mrs. Amanda Dean, who bore him Ruth, Belle, Elmer and Della, twins, Charles and Minerva. James Duncan and his sons were in the main, farmers. He was one of the old line Whigs of Putnam County, Indiana, and became a Republican upon the organization of that party. His sons were all patriots during the Rebellion and three of them rendered active service in the army. He passed away in 1885 in North Salem and is buried at Maysville, Indiana.
Lew Wallace Duncan, second child of our subject, was born near North Salem, Indiana, June 22, 1861. His mother was a daughter of Zachariah Bailey, who was born in Kentucky in 1812 and was married to Eliza Frame. The father was a son of William Bailey, who was born March 6, 1784, and who married Margaret Green, born in 1790. Their children were: Lucretia, born in 1810, married to Hiram Mitchell, and spent her life in Indiana; Zachariah, born January 5, 1812, and died in Topeka, Kansas, July 7, 1889; John T., born Dec. 14, 1813, and died at Augusta, Kansas, and Chas. W., born January 24, 1816. William Bailey died about 1816, and his widow married Moses Vice, four years his wife's junior. The children of the latter union were: Mahala, Winey, Sallie Ann, Moses, Alafair and Nancy G. Matilda J. Zachariah Bailey reared his family in Indiana and in Johnson and Butler counties, Kansas. His twelve children were: John W.; killed at Winchester, Virginia; Mary E. who married our subject and died in Iola, Kansas, January 25, 1893, was born April 14, 1841; Sallie Ann (Bailey) Welch, born August 2, 1843, died Lawrence, Kansas, September 11, 1870; William F., born August 24, 1845, served three years in the 11th Indiana Volunteers during the Rebellion, resides in Topeka; Ashbury H., born August 27, 1847, resides in Topeka; James M., born March 25, 1850, lives in Topeka, was married to Emma Clark and has a son Arthur; Lucretia M., deceased, married Chris Pickerell and left children: Hattie Fellows of Griswold, Iowa and George. Lorenzo A. Bailey married Mary McCartney. He was born June 21, 1854. Matilda J. (Bailey) Nordine, born November 3, 1856, has two sons and resides in Topeka; Zachariah C. Bailey, deceased, born May 17, 1859, was married to Florence Hart and left six children in Oklahoma; Eliza Charlotte (Bailey) Simcock, born January 20, 1862, resides in Topeka and has four children, and Phebe Alice, who died single. L.W. Duncan of this sketch, was reared in Allen County, was with a surveying party on the resurvey of the Utah Central Railway in the spring of 1890, spent the fall of the same year on the flax inspection force of the Chicago Board of Trade and in August 1891, joined the Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, and was in their employ in various parts of the United States for nine years. In 1900 he was engaged in the business of publishing histories. June 22, 1887, he was married to Annie M., a daughter of Benjamin and Fredrica (Zeigler) Keyser, Maryland settlers who came into Allen County in 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan's children are: Edna L., born May 25, 1888; Alfa I., born May 29, 1889; Lue W., born July 14, 1890, and Clifford Morril, born Nov. 8, 1894.
September 20, 1893, James P. Duncan married Mrs. Margaret Swearingen, widow of the late well known old soldier, Joseph Swearingen, of Iola. The latter left two children, Fuller Swearingen, who served in the 20th Kansas in the Philippine Insurrection, and Miss Josie Swearingen.
1881 "History of Taylor County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc. : a biographical directory of many of its leading citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of Iowa and the Northwest, map of Taylor County, constitution of the United States, reminiscences, miscellaneous matters, etc." pub. Des Moines: State Historical Co., 1881 (HeritageQuest image 3/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 11279; FHL book 977.779 H2h)
Pg.717: C.N. SCOTT, farmer, section 35, post office Holt, born in Geneseo county, New York, April 13, 1818. Remained in his native State sixteen years, during which time he engaged in agricultural pursuits and attended the subscription schools of those days. In 1834 he emigrated with his father to Ohio where they resided about four years then moved to Putnam county, Indiana, thence to Clay county, same State, and in 1851 removed to Maryville, Nodaway county, Missouri, where he resided six months. He came to Taylor county in 1852 and settled on his present farm. There were only three families in Holt township at that time and the nearest store was at Maryville, Missouri. Was married in May, 1842, to Miss Jennie E. Dunkin, of Putnam county, Indiana. Of their children, Jane, Nelso and Almeda are living; Mary, Hulda, Julia, Sarah, John F. and Laura are deceased. He has a farm of 200 acres and is considered one of this county's most successful farmers. Mr. Scott's interests and the business interests of Taylor county have grown up together.
1918 "A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans" by William E. Connelley, pub. by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, 1918, Vol.5 (FHL book 978.1 H2c; complete text also on Internet, from address sent by Angela Loy 5/1999)
MAD: See this site for more, including comments by Combs researcher C. Hammett with a possible correction.
Pg.2724-6: LEW WALLACE DUNCAN. The close of the Civil war launched a new era of settlement in the West. ... James P. Duncan ... dropped down near Gooch's Mill in Cooper County [MO] in the wilderness of forest and wild turkeys.
Mr. Duncan's stay in that semi-hostile region was a brief two years before he moved on to Kansas. He chose his location at Lawrence [Douglas Co.] when the classic crown of "K.U." was being added to the dome of Mt. Oread and he settled on the Colmore farm whose early owner was one of the victims of the Quantrell raid. Two years later the call of the Missouri wild beckoned him back among the "pukes and mossbacks" of Grundy County where he spent a season and raised a crop on the banks of Grand River near Trenton. But having once breathed the Kansas air and learned the Kansas tongue, Missouri environment failed to soothe and charm and the privileges and opportunities of the "Sunflower State" were again sought, and this time he settled along the Neosho River near Humboldt. In Allen County [KS] he has since lived and grown old in humble service as a farmer and as a public official and when he became a county officer he established his home in Iola where it has since been maintained.
James Proctor Duncan was born near New Maysville, Putnam County, Indiana, March 22, 1840. ... Mr. Duncan married during the period of his youth and established his humble home not far from the Red schoolhouse which subsequently figured in the local events of the Civil war. ....
Mr. Duncan married September 20, 1858, Mary Ellen Bailey, a daughter of Zacharia and Eliza (Frame) Bailey, the former of whom was born in Bath Co. KY in 1812, a son of William Bailey, and settled in Hendricks Co. IN as a young man. ....
James P. Duncan was a son of James Duncan, born in Bourbon Co. KY, October 12, 1806, and resided in that state till twenty-three years of age when he followed the course of empire northward and settled in Putnam County, Indiana, when the state was but twelve years old. He resided and carried on his work of the farm near New Maysville till just before the rebellion when he moved to Hendricks County and passed away near North Salem in August, 1885. ...
James Duncan married his first wife in Kentucky and was the father of eleven children by this union. Mrs. Duncan was Anna, a daughter of Jas. Buchanan and Lizzie (Tudor) Proctor. The Proctor family abandoned Kentucky for Indiana when the forests of the latter were still virgin but were Mississippi settlers of Kentucky. Valentine Tudor married a Miss Hicks and was himself a descendant of the English "house of Tudor" and was a slaveholding farmer in Kentucky. Mrs. Duncan died in 1855 and was the mother of Mary who married Wm. Woodard and died near North Salem, Indiana; Coleman C. who died in Clay City, Indiana; Dr. William whose death in Indiana resulted from ill treatment and winter exposure at the hands of the Hickory County, Missouri, rebels during the war; Annie died at Humboldt, Kansas, as the widow of Champ C. Yeager; Miranda married A.J. Stephens and both died at Rich Hill, Missouri; Amanda married Frank Zimmerman first, a union soldier whose own pistol accidentally killed him, and she subsequently married Allen Ray and died in Indianapolis; George W., of North Salem, Indiana, one of the heroes of the battle of "Ft. Red"; John W. who died at Humboldt, Kansas; Nancy passed away as Mrs. John Gosnold, in Kansas City, Missouri; Kittie was Mrs. Wm. Long when she died at Holden, Missouri. James Duncan married Mrs. Amanda Dean for his second wife and their issue were Ruth who married William Peck; Benjamin, of North Salem; Belle, wife of Geo. Davenport; Elmer and Della, twins; Charles, a Nebraska ranchman; and Minerva. ....
The father of James Duncan was Henry Duncan whose family formed a part of the exodus to Kentucky from Fauquier and Culpeper counties, Virginia. Madison County, Kentucky, received them and he subsequently lived in Bourbon County. In 1835, or about that date, Henry Duncan brought his numerous family, yet at home, to Missouri and settled in Cooper County where he passed away. The family was a member of the Lone Elm locality of the county and there he is buried. Henry Duncan married Sally [sic] Combs and among their numerous children were Matilda who married Coleman Covington, of Covington, Kentucky; Miranda became Mrs. Wm. Barnett and Margaret died as the wife of Wallace Stone, of Cooper County. The sons of Henry and Sally Duncan were James, the only one to settle in Indiana; Hiram, a Missouri colonel of Confederate troops in the Civil war; Jeptha, Jackson, Granvil and George whose posterity is numerous throughout Missouri and the West. ....
... [I]t is believed that James [Duncan], who was murdered by the Indians at the mouth of Paint Lick Creek in Kentucky, November 7, 1792, leaving a widow and three children, was the father of Henry Duncan, the grandfather of James P. Duncan, the founder of this Kansas branch of the family. (MAD: earlier generations not copied here; no proof)
"The Duncans of Perthshire and Their Descendants in the US" by Lew Wallace Duncan of Kansas City, MO; no date, filmed 1971 (FHL film 824,053 item 2; typed by Evelyn 1986; and from Betty Ralph 5/1983)
Some information about the Duncans of Perthshire and their descendants in the United States, as gathered and compiled by Lew Wallace Duncan, of Kansas City, Mo. ... 1630 to 1925.
MAD: This is similar to the biography above, published in the 1918 "A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans" by William E. Connelley, pub. by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, 1918, Vol.5 (FHL book 978.1 H2c).
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