Duncans in Montgomery Co. KS


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

Last revised November 23, 2007

Formed 1867 from Labette


1870 Montgomery Co. KS Census
Parker [Dist.], P.O. Montgomery City
Pg.628, #51-51, LINDSEY, J.R. (m) 31 OH saloon keeper $0-$250
                  BUNWRAY?, W.D. (m) 31 NY saloon keeper $0-$250
                  BROWN, Z.G. (m) 30 IN carpenter
                  ORMSBY, G. (m) 38 IRE blacksmith, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, J.C. (m) 27 "Ms" carpenter $0-$100
                  DUNCAN, W.P. (m) 27 "Ms" carpenter $0-$0
Verdigris Twp.
Pg.657, #172-171, MAJORS, Noah 34 IL saw miller? $0-$4625
                  Melvina 33 IL keeping house
                  M.E. (m) 12 KS at home
                  DUNCAN, F.M. (m) 34 OH works in saw mill
                  STRAUB, F.J. (m) 23 WI works in saw mill, parents of foreign birth
                  DEDMAN, O.P. (m) 26 IN works in saw mill
                  WILKINSON, John 32 CAN-West works in saw mill, parents of foreign birth
                  FORMAN, J.W. (m) 27 IL farmer $0-$500
Westralia Twp.
Pg.662, #8-8, DUNCAN, D. (m) 21 PA farmer $0-$0
                  A.M. (m) 28 PA farmer $0-$100
                  S.S. (f) 23 PA keeping house
                  (MAD: David Duncan and Andrew Milton Duncan, 1860 Indiana Co. PA census)
Westralia, P.O. Montgomery City
Pg.676-677, #17-17, RIDGEWAY, S?. H. (m) 35 IL farmer $0-$800
                  Nancy 30 IL keeping house
                  James L. 12 IL
                  J. (f) 10 IL
                  WILKINSON, Betty 24 CAN domestic servant, parents of foreign birth
                  HIBBNSON?, G.H. (m) 24 OH carpenter
                  DUNCAN, Wm. 22 IN carpenter
                  DUNCAN, James 23 OH farmer
                  CARUTHERS, John 27 IL farmer
                  DUMISON, Geo. E. 48 CT physician $0-$00

HISTORIES before 1923

1903 "History of Montgomery County, Kansas" pub. unknown: L.W. Duncan, 1903 (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 11798; FHL film 874,479 item 1)
      History of the Bench and Bar. Pg.250-255: WILLIAM DUNKIN -- (Prepared by ex-Governor Humphrey, at request of publisher) -- Mr. William Dunkin was born at Flint Hill in Rappahannock county, Virginia, April 7, 1845. His parents beloged to old Virginia families whose record runs back to Colonial days, and on down through the period of the American Revolution. The father, though a slave holder, was, in fact, opposed to the institution of slavery and, like many other Southern men of his time, hoped for its ultimate abolition. During the Civil War, as before, he was an unconditional Union man and stoutly supported the Federal government throughout that memorable struggle for its existence. He lived to see the Union preserved, slavery destroyed, and died June 23, 1868. ...
      The son, William, when less than a year old, moved with his father's family to Harrison county, Virginia. His father was a physician and his family consisted of his wife and two step-children (W.M. and Mary C. Late) and an infant daughter and the subject of this sketch. The doctor and his wife ... new home which was purchased in 1846 and located about four miles from Clarksburg and adjacent to Bridgeport ... where William Dunkin, Jr., and the family of eight children were reared. The doctor, soon after his arrival in Harrison county, established a lucrative practice which he held for fifteen years, when he retired and resigned his extensive professional business to his step-son. ... At the age of 18 years, William Dunkin took "French leave" of his parents and went to New York City where he spent four months in the office of Edward P. Clark, a distinguished lawyer in that city, and, upon his return home, was forgiven and sent to the academy at Morgantown, West Virginia ... eight months later left school on account of impaired health, remained at home until 1871, spent winter of 1871 and 1872 in State of Michigan ... to Lawrence, Kansas, admitted to practice law in District Court of Douglas county, Kansas, opened office in Independence, Kansas in 1873. .... (MAD: 1880 Montgomery Co. KS census)
      Pg.348-349: THOMAS W. ANDERSON -- Coles county, Illinois, was the native place of Mr. Anderson, and there, December 11th, 1836, he was born. James Duncan Anderson was his father and his mother was Lucinda Threlkeld, both parents being natives of Kentucky. In 1832, they left their native state and settled in Coles county, Illinois, where, in 1844, the father died at 45 years while the mother lived to be 48 years old. Of their four children, Thomas W. is the sole survivor.
      Being left without parents at 8 years of age, our subject was reared under the care and guidance of his maternal grandparents. ... The Threlkeld home was his home 'till December 5th, 1855, when he married Elizabeth Helton and the young couple set out to do for themselves.
      Mrs. Anderson was born in Tennessee, in 1837, was a daughter of Andrew and Malinda Neal (Black) Helton, of Tennessee, and English birth, respectively. ... (MAD: more not copied; copied because of the Threlkeld name connected to a "James Duncan Anderson")
      Pg.439. Biography of JOSEPH E. HARDEN ... postmaster at Larimer, farmer, etc. After putting up his box house, Mr. Harden ... (had filed claim for land March 1870) ... in which met the first quarterly meeting of the Methodist church, those present being ... Solomon Duncan.

1903 "History of Montgomery County, Kansas : by its own people...containing sketches of our pioneers - revealing their trials and hardships in planting civilization in this county - biographies of their worthy successors, and containing other information of a character valuable as reference to the citizens of the county" pub. by L. Wallace Duncan (CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL film 874,479 item 1)
      Minor references indexed, 1890's, not copied
      Pg.474-5: HARVEY DUNCAN, farmer, native of Fulton Co. IL, born Jan. 30, 1854; parents were Solomon and Rebecca Duncan, born in KY. The mother's family came from VA. Harvey Duncan one of 9 children: David, Molly, Beal, Anna Herrell, John, Harvey, Lida Taylor, James (decd.), and 2 died in infancy. In autumn 1870 family to Montgomery Co.; purchased claim at Independence; contested, settled 4 years later in favor of Solomon Duncan. Soon after, Harvey located claim next to his father. Harvey Duncan married Edith Drenner, native of IL, dau. of Jacob & Mary Drenner of VA; 4 children: Lina a teacher, Grace, Jay S., and John W. Republican.
      Pg.504-5: JOHN DUNCAN; arrived 1880 Montgomery Co., born Fulton Co. IL 1852; parents were Solomon and Rebecca (Emerine) Duncan; parents originally from Blue Grass State and were farmers as were their ancestors. Maternal grandfather was resident of eastern KY, living where is now the city of Lexington [Fayette Co.], later removed to Montgomery Co. (KS). John Duncan married 1878 to Miss Allie Hart, dau. of Richard and Gertrude (Walker) Hart, born VT; Richard Hart native of VA, now deceased, wife still resides in IL at very advanced age. Mr. & Mrs. Duncan have 3 children: Homer, eldest son, m. Nellie Davis, dau. of John & Mary Davis, have child Bessie; Lottie, elder dau. residing at home; Edna, youngest, school girl at home. (MAD: Solomon Duncan mar. Rebecca Amerine 2/25/1845 Madison Co. KY)

1883 "History of the State of Kansas : containing a full account of its growth from an uninhabited territory to a wealthy and important state; of its early settlements; a supplementary history and description of its counties, cities, towns and villages, their advantages, industries and commerce, to which are added biographical sketches and portraits of prominent men and early settlers" ed. by William G. Cutler, A.T. Andreas; pub. Chicago : A.T. Andreas (FHL book 978.1 H2hi 1976 & v.2; FHL film 982,248 items 1-2)
      Pg.1569: Montgomery Co., Independence. WILLIAM DUNKIN, attorney, is a native of Virginia, born April 7, 1846; educated at Morgantown Academy (now university of West Virginia). He located at Lawrence, Kan., in February, 1872, where he read law nearly one year with Thacher & Banks, and was here admitted to the bar in March, 1873. He settled at Independence, Kan., April 1, 1873, where he enjoys a large and lucrative practice; was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court in January, 1874. He has been Mayor of Independence and prominently identified with the material interests of the city ever since he located here. Mr. Dunkin was married, at Kalamazoo, Mich., October 18, 1876, to Miss Lillie R?. Hud? (MAD: poor copy), who was born in Connecticut but reared in Kalamazoo, Mich. They have two children -- Floy and Cora.

c1912 "Kansas : a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc... with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence." Vol.I-II ed. by Frank Wilson Blackmar; Supplementary Volume (Vol.III) Parts 1-2; pub. Chicago : Standard Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,000,028)
      Supplementary Vol.(III), pg.136-139: WILLIAM DUNKIN, of Independence [Montgomery Co.], Kan., became a law student in the office of Thacher & Banks, at Lawrence, Kan., in March, 1872. About one year thereafter, through the kind influence of Judge N.T. Stephens, then associated with the firm of Thacher & Banks, at Lawrence, Kan., in March, 1872. About one year thereafter, through the kind influence of Judge N.T. Stephens, then associated with the firm of Thacher & Banks, Mr. Dunkin was admitted to the bar of Douglas county, and thereafter, on April 1, 1873, opened a law office and entered upon the practice of his profession at Independence, Kan. He has since then continuously occupied the same office. At the time he located at Independence he was wholly unacquainted in the county and spent the first few months in assiduous study, with little or no professional work.
            He was then appointed city attorney and at once vigorously took up the pending litigation concerning the entry of the town site, the patent to which had been for several years withheld on account of contests between the city and claimants to portions of it. The next year (1874) he became a candidate on the Democratic ticket for county attorney. ... After his unsuccessful race for county attorney Mr. Dunkin soon acquired a lucrative practice, singularly, in a large measure, from political opponents. In 1876 he married Miss Elizabeth Browning Hull, of Kalamazoo, Mich. She is a native of Stonington, Conn. Their children are Florence E., Cora Hull Kimble (nee Dunkin), and William Latham, all residents of Independence, Kan. In 1877 Mr. Dunkin was elected by an overwhelming majority over Judge James DeLong as mayor of Independence, and shortly afterwards, through the aid of Senator John J. Ingalls, secured the patent to the town site, which had been held back by the contests and litigation for six or seven years. ... At the end of his term Mr. Dunkin declined to become a candidate for reelection ... In 1888, while spending the summer with his family on Lake Michigan, and over his telegraphic protest to the Democratic convention, Mr. Dunkin was nominated as a candidate for state senator. He was defeated by something less than 400 plurality, while the Republican ticket carried the county by over 1,000. During his residence at Independence he has accumulated a comfortable fortune, consisting largely of a number of river bottom farms, business and residence buildings in the city and elsewhere, and personal property, to the management of which his time is in the main devoted.
            Mr. Dunkin was born at Flint Hill, Rappahannock county, Virginia, April 7, 1845. His father, Dr. William Dunkin, was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, April 5, 1797. After studying medicine and attending medical lectures in Baltimore, he was graduated in 1822 and for about twenty years thereafter practiced his profession in Rappahannock county, Virginia, where he was wedded to Mrs. Elizabeth Late (nee Woodside), a widow, who was the mother of two children -- a son, William Michael, and Mary Catherine -- by her deceased husband, John Late. Dr. Dunkin was descended from Scotch parentage and his wife was of Irish extraction. The ancestry (MAD: sic) of both lived in Virginia for many years during the Colonial period and through the Revolutionary war, in which some of them participated. In the spring of 1846 Dr. Dunkin, with his family, then consisting of his wife, two step-children, a daughter (Anne) and a son (William) then less than a year old, moved in covered wagons with his numerous slaves across the Alleghany mountains to a new home in Harrison county, Virginia. Their home was a farm situated between Bridgeport and Clarksburg, which in time he increased to about 1,000 acres. At the time of his arrival there typhoid fever was prevalant in the county. At his former home Dr. Dunkin had had much recent experience in the treatment of this dreaded disease. He therefore at once acquired an extensive practice and soon won an enviable reputation as a physician, which endured to the time of his death, June 22, 1868. Soon after locating he began the erection of a large stone house, in which he resided until his death. At this house were born the following children: John, James, Elizabeth and Amanda, the last in 1854, all of whom are yet living. About 1855 the stepson, William M. Late, after studying medicine at home, attended medical lectures one year at Baltimore and then two years at the University in Philadelphia, where he graduated in 1858, and on his return Dr. Dunkin gradually retired in favor of his stepson, who held the practice and added to it till his death, in 1906.
            Owing to the excited state of the public mind preceding the Civil war, and the unsettled conditions along the line of hostility, where the doctor and his family lived during the war, educational facilities were sadly neglected. During a portion of the time the older children were periodically instructed by the doctor, by private tutors at home, and by inferior teachers at subscription schools. At times the home was between contending armies and often not far from the seat of hostilities. While the doctor and his wife were slaveowners, as had been their ancestors during and since the Colonial days, he was an uncompromising and aggressive Union man, and felt if the preservation of the Union should result in the destruction of slavery it would be an additional blessing, ... In those never-to-be-forgotten days along the border it was not unusual to find brothers in opposing armies and fathers arrayed in deadly conflict against their sons. In the case of Dr. Dunkin his brothers and relatives were without exception loyal to the government and many of them served in the Union army, while his wife's relatives were equally devoted to the cause of the Confederacy and a number of them fought in the Southern army.
            When about sixteen years of age William Dunkin, Jr., became greatly concerned about an education. He wanted to go to the academy at Morgantown, W.Va., afterwards the West Virginia University, to take up a classical course, and finally, after graduating from Princeton or Harvard, study and practice law. He persistently, but unsuccessfully, importuned his father on the subject till at last, when about nineteen years of age, he ran away from home and went to New York City, where, after weeks of effort, he secured a position as errand boy in the office of Edward P. Clark, a distinguished lawyer on Lower Broadway, with whom he remained some three months, when he returned home with the understanding that he was to enter the academy. His father, however, seemed unalterably opposed to that part of the plan respecting the practice of law, ... After some six or eight months at the academy, where the son had made fine progress in a classical course, he returned home in broken health, which did not become fully restored for several years.
            After his father's death, in 1868, Mr. Dunkin administered on his estate and settled that portion of it in Michigan, where he spent the winter of 1871-72 for that purpose. In March, 1872, at the instance of his cousin, Maj. Wyllis C. Ransom, of Lawrence, Kan., he entered the law office of Thacher & Banks, as before stated.


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