Duncans in Pottawatomie Co. KS


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

Last revised November 23, 2007

Formed 1857 from Riley, Calhoun


1860 Pottawatomie Co. KS Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Pottawatomie Co. KS Census
Blue Twp.
Pg.372, #47-48, DUNCAN, Charles C. 27 OH farmer $5000-$1000
                  Yella E. (f) 22 OH keeping house $4000-$0
                  Mary H. 1 KS at home
                  CONVERS, Charles G. 24 OH works on a farm $0-$300
                  CATHINE?, Lydia 50 NY house keeping
                  (MAD: 1850 Muskingum Co. OH census, 1860 ? Franklin Co. OH census, Charles C. Duncan the son of Daniel D. Duncan and Mary Converse; wife indexed as "Tella E.")

HISTORIES before 1923

1890 "Portrait and biographical album of Jackson, Jefferson and Pottawatomie counties, Kansas : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county" pub. by Chapman Bros. (FHL film 823,814 item 1 and 1,000,035 item 4; Los Angeles Public Library book 978.1 P852.5)
      No Duncan biographical sketch indexed

1888 "Portrait and biographical album of Sedgwick County, Kansas : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent... citizens of the county ..." pub. by Chapman Bros. (CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL book 978.186 D3p and film 1,000,039 item 2)
      Pg.819-20: CHARLES A. DUNCAN, one of Co. Commissioners; boyhood spent in Iowa Co. WI, where he was born 10 June 1847; his parents Robert and Rachel (Gard) Duncan were natives of IN & IL, the former a resident of Wichita and the latter deceased. Charles A. age 8 when family moved to Sibley Co. MN; in 1868 Robert Duncan to KS, first to Pottawatomie Co., then Feb. 1870 to this Co., Park Twp. Charles A. married Miss Kate Ackerman on 30 Oct. 1871; she b. Anamosa, Jones Co. IA, Oct. 17, 1853, dau. of Erastus B. and Annis (Bennett) Ackerman who moved to Sibley Co. MN. Seven children: Estella May, Emma, Clara, Laura, Charles, Robert and Lee, all living. Charles A. enlisted 27 Feb. 1863 in Co. D, Independent Battalion, MN Cavalry, mustered out 11 June 1865. Democrat, Universalist.
      Pg.878-9: ROBERT DUNCAN, citizen of Wichita; to Wichita 1880. Grandfather was born among the Highlands "land of the thistle"; to US at early day; settled Allegheny River in PA; not many years later he turned his face to the further West, but after reaching Ohio was never more heard from. It is supposed he was murdered by Indians or ... Robert Duncan left his family in PA, and among his sons was Charles C., father of our subject, born in 1800, age 2 when father left home. Age 19 engaged as raftsman on Allegheny River, and in Ohio; entered tract of land in Washington Co. 5 miles from Marietta, there met & married Miss Charity Gard, native of VA, born 1798. Seven children: Mary A., Robert, Julia, Elias, Elizabeth, Charity, Nancy. In 1831 to Hamilton Co. IN for a few years, then IL, then WI; Mother had died at her home in IN in Jan., 1839; Charles C. Duncan subsequently married Miss Elizabeth Perie, had 4 more children: Frank, Delmer, Henry and Rachel. Charles C. died Sumner Co. KS, Oct. 12, 1886, age 86. Subject Robert Duncan was born Washington Co. OH on Jan. 8, 1823, age 8 when family to IN, age 20 when family to WI. He worked lead mines of Grant Co. for 15 years, age 24, in 1847, married Miss Rachel Gard, born March 7, 1823 in Washington Co. OH, dau. of John and Amy Gard, natives of VA and of German and Irish descent. Charles C. & Rachel were parents of 7 children: Charles A., Olive, John G., Warren R., Emily, Wellington and Byron D., all living, married, residents of this state. Mrs. Duncan died 6 Dec. 1873 on visit to brother's residence in Pottawatomie Co. KS; Mr. Duncan on 6 June 1875 married Mrs. Rebecca Stevens, dau. of David Gard; she a niece of his former wife. In 1855 Mr. Duncan to MN on land purchased from government; in 1867 to Pottawatomie Co. KS; in 1870 to Sedgwick Co. Republican.

1879 "Kansas Biographical Dictionary" from "The United States Biographical Dictionary. Kansas Volume" pub. Chicago and Kansas City: S. Lewis (from Kathy Cawley 8/2004)
      Pgs.706-707: Hon. Charles Convers Duncan -- Reno.
      Charles C. Duncan was born at Newark, Licking county, Ohio, April 30, 1843. His father, Daniel Duncan, was a leading Ohio Merchant, distinguished alike in public life and in trade, having represented his district, composed of Licking, Delaware, Knox and Franklin counties, in two successive sessions of the National Congress, to the first of which he was elected as a Whig in 1846, and re-elected in 1848, when the district was largely Democratic, being the only Whig elected from his district in many years. He was a prominent member of the Ohio Legislature, and served with conspicuous ability both in the House and Senate. Daniel Duncan married Mary, daughter of Daniel Convers. Mr. Convers was one of the Ohio the Ohio pioneers, settling in that State from New England, and was the father of a numerous family of children, seven of whom reached mature age. Of these the eldest daughter married General Charles B. Goddard, one of Ohio's most prominent attorneys. Judge Charles C. Convers, of the Supreme Court of Ohio, was the second child. Another daughter married Dr. Edward Stansbury, of Newark, Ohio, whose family had given several members, distinguished in public affairs, to the service of the country, one of whom, Hon. Henry Stansbury, was United States attorney general. The fourth daughter, Mary, was the wife of Hon. Daniel Duncan, a woman of much native refinement and superior cultivation.
      Their son, Charles C., received his education in the common schools of his native State, and was thoroughly grounded in a knowledge of English language and literature. His school instructions were literally supplemented by the advantages of the fine library of his uncle, General Goddard, to which he had free access. Early bereft of his parents, being only six years of age when his father died, and thirteen at the time of his mother's death, he was placed under great obligations by the kindness of his uncle, in whose family he had frequent opportunities of intercourse with such men as Salmon P. Chase, Cassius M. Clay, Thomas Ewing, Sen., Bishop McIlvaine, and many others of the prominent men of the day. Such society was itself a liberal education, and to the kindness and culture of his uncle's home Mr. Duncan has always felt himself greatly indebted. On leaving school young Duncan accepted a situation as clerk in a forwarding and commission house at Cairo, Illinois, and was variously employed in transportation business on the Mississippi River.
      Upon the breaking out of the war, Mr. Duncan entered the military service of the United States as clerk for Captain G.W. Graham, chief master of transportation for General U.S. Grant. Serving in that capacity but a short time, he next entered the engineers corps, with Chief Engineer William D. Faulkner, of the Mississippi squadron, and remained in that department of the service until the close of the war. Hostilities having ceased, he became Captain of the steamer Colili, engaged in the Red River trade between Shreveport and New Orleans. This position he continued to hold during the winter of 1865-6, and in the following summer came to Kansas, engaging in various pursuits, such as contracting for freights, furnishing grain to government posts on the plains, merchandising at Ellsworth, etc. In 1867 he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives from Ellsworth county, and the following season settled on a farm in Pottawatomie county, where he followed farming and stock-raising until 1872, when he removed to his present location in Leavenworth county. Here he cultivates one of the largest farms in the State, embracing sixteen hundred acres of superior land, devoting his energies to the raising of stock and the cultivation of corn, the two great staples of a Kansas stock-farm. In this business he has been eminently successful, exhibiting the same capacity and energy which have characterized him in other pursuits in life.
      In 1870 Mr. Duncan was nominated by the Democratic convention to the office of Secretary of State, and was defeated in the election that followed, although leading his ticket at the polls. In 1875 he was elected, as a Democrat, to represent his county in the State Legislature, notwithstanding the district was largely Republican in politics. Mr. Duncan has always been a Democrat, but is quite liberal in his political sentiments, and is so deservedly popular that he has been twice elected to the Legislature from Republican districts, and in the campaign of 1876, when the electoral ticket for Rutherford B. Hayes carried the district by two hundred majority, Mr. Duncan only lacked seven votes of his election.
      December 11, 1861, he married Tella C., daughter of Dr. M. Effinger, a distinguished physician of Lancaster, Ohio. Mrs. Duncan is a lady of finished education and fine accomplishments, a graduate of Lancaster High School, as also of Mrs. Willard's famous seminary in New York. They have four children -- Mary Hunter, Carroll Convers, Daniel, and Addie E.
      Mr. Duncan is comparatively a young man, just entering his career, and has already made his mark in the political and business circles of his adopted State, and bids fair to become one of the popular few whom his fellow-citizens will delight to honor.

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.984: Pottawatomie Co., Pottawatomie Twp. GEORGE W. DUNCAN, farmer, P.O. Pleasant Run, was born in Vanderburgh County, Ind., September 23, 1843. In 1863 he moved to Logan County, Ill., where he was engaged in farming until 1871, when he came to Kansas, settling on a farm in Pottawatomie County. He is engaged in farming and stock-raising. He has been prominent in the politics of the county, and has been urged by his friends for the office of Sheriff. He was a delegate to the State Convention -- Republican party -- in 1882, and voted for St. John and McCabe. He belongs to the S. of T. Was married December 22, 1868, in DeWitt County, Ill., to Miss Keziah Jones. They have three children -- Charles W., Eldestan and Howard P.
      Pg.1410: Sedgwick Co., Park Twp. C.L. DUNCAN, farmer, Section 13, P.O. Wichita, was born in Wisconsin, in 1847. Is a son of Robert and Rachael (Gard) Duncan. Was married in 1870, to Miss Kate Ackerman, daughter of E.B. and Annie Ackerman. Has five children -- Estella M., Emma, Laura, Clara and Charles. Came to Kansas in 1867. Located in Pottawatomie County. After two years removed to Wabaunsee County. Subsequently removed to Sedgwick County, and located on the farm on which he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land; has 80 acres under cultivation, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. His farm is finely located on bottom land, between the Big and Little Arkansas rivers. The soil is of a rich sandy loam. Principal crop is corn, with an average yield of forty bushels per acre. Was in the War of the Rebellion. Enlisted in 1863, in the Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company D. Assigned to the department of the Northwest. Principal service in Dakota and Minnesota. Was mustered out in 1865. Is a member of the Universalist Church, and of the Masonic Fraternity, A.F. & A.M., Wichita Lodge, No. 99, and of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County. Is Trustee of Park Township. Was first elected in 1878 and 1879, and re-elected in 1882 and 1883. Has been Clerk and Treasurer of the township, and member of the School Board. (MAD: ?? see Charles A. Duncan in 1850 Grant Co. WI census with Robert Duncan)


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