Duncans in Jefferson Co. KY Histories


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

Last revised December 16, 2007

HISTORIES before 1923

1888 "KY, a History of the State" 5th or 6th Edition (Volume), by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin (FHL book 976.9 D3wt; and from Evelyn Sigler 7/1982)
      Pg.176 (pg.785). JOHN T. DUNCAN., son of William W. and Amanda (Harrington) Duncan, born in Shelby Co. KY on April 3, 1851, but removed to Oldham Co. in his infancy. On Sept. 18, 1873, he married Miss Ida Smith, of Jefferson Co., had four children: Rosa, Willie, Alexander and Gail. Has farm of 280 acres in Floydsburg Precinct, Oldham Co., and a member of the Baptist Church at Pewee Valley. William Duncan, the father of John T., was born near Danville, Boyle Co. KY, Jan. 15, 1823, a son of John and Frances (Yager) Duncan. He settled in Oldham Co. about 30 years ago, where he owns 300 acres, and 150 acres in Shelby Co. where he had previously resided. In 1845 he married Miss Julia Cardwell of Jefferson Co., where he also resided for a time. Mrs. Julia Duncan died before the year expired, and Mr. Duncan in 1848 married Miss Amanda Harrington of Shelby Co; eight children: John, Silas, Henry, Alexander, Mary, Robert, James and Alice. Mr. Duncan is president of Floydsburg & Aikin Turnpike Co., a Democrat, and with his family is a Baptist.

1885-1888 "KY, a History of the State" 7th Edition (Volume), by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin (FHL book 976.9 D3wt)
      Pg.122. TIM NEEDHAM, cashier of the bank of Williamstown [Grant Co.], born in Cumberland Co. IL, May 28, 1842, the fifth of eleven children born to P.S. and Rebecca (South) Needham. P.S. Needham born in PA, April 24, 1812, to KY with parents when 12 years of age, settled Hardin Co., after marrying, moved to Cumberland Co. IL for a few years, then returned to Hardin Co. KY until death June 9, 1886. Mrs. Rebecca Needham was born in VA, a dau. of William and Margaret (Donan) South. At early age, Tim Needham taken to Hardin Co. KY by his parents; at age of 16 he commenced teaching, taught until 1853. He then began to read law under Judge Horace G.V. Wintersmith, of Elizabethtown, KY, and admitted to the bar in the fall of 1864. He attended the Louisville Law School in 1865-66, graduated spring of latter year, returned to Elizabethtown until 1869, when he moved to Louisville, started a newspaper in conjunction with his practice, remained in Louisville [Jefferson Co.] for about 5 years and while there was a law partner with Maj. W.R. Kinney and J.D. Duncan. In 1874 he moved to Owensboro, KY, became law partner of Judge Little ...

1888 "KY, a History of the State" 8th Edition (Volume), by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin (FHL book 976.9 D3wt)
      Pg.5-6. JULIUS W. BEILSTEIN, native of Louisville [Jefferson Co. KY], born Feb. 22, 1861, son of Ernest Beilstein, native of Darmstadt, Germany, born Sept. 20, 1832, landed at New Orleans in 1845, to Louisville in 1847, married in 1850 Miss Julia O. Schnatterer, native of Louisville and dau. of Frederick Schnatterer, native of Stuttgart, Germany who came to Louisville in 1834. Julius W. Beilstein at age 15 (1876) entered insurance business, accepted an offer in 1881 which carried him to Chicago ... in 1884 he returned to Louisville; he was married Jan. 26, 1886, to Miss Ethe Lee Duncan, native of Louisville and dau. of William J. Duncan. January 1, 1888, he resigned his position with Falls City Ins. Co. to accept the management of the Anglo-Nevada Assurance Corp. of San Francisco, CA, for the South.
      Pg.55. JAMES C. GILBERT, born at Jackson [Cape Girardeau or Jasper Co.], MO, Dec. 12, 1832, descended from a good old KY family, his maternal grandfather, James Duncan, having been one of early settlers of Louisville [Jefferson Co.]. His father died when the subject was still quite young, and his mother removed to Salem [Washington Co.], IN. Here James grew to manhood, received a good practical education, apprenticed to the printers' trade under Mr. Oliver Lucas. He came to Louisville about 1847. He is the practical head of one of the largest printing houses in Louisville ... He married Miss Emma B. Hoe, of Louisville. (MAD: Eliza Jane Duncan mar. John Gilbert 1827 in Washington Co. IN)

1912 "A history of Kentucky and Kentuckians : the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities" by E. Polk Johnson, 3 vols. (SUTRO book F451 J7 v.III and film 75 reel 1; CA State Library, Sutro Branch; and from John A. Duncan 4/1985)
      V.2 p.1094: THOMAS B. DUNCAN, born Attica [Fountain Co.], IN, in 1838, son of Thomas H. Duncan. His wife was born in Cedar Creek, KY, the dau. of Charles Scott, a Kentuckian. When he was a boy his parents moved to Pass Christian [Harrison Co.], MS, where young Thomas B. was reared; in 1857 he returned north and located in Louisville [Jefferson Co.], became a clerk for Hegan Brothers ... Civil War, 9th KY Cavalry, Federal; served 3 years, promoted to sergeant of his company, wounded in chest at battle of Perrysville while aiding his Colonel (Jacobs) ... the wound eventually caused his death ... in 1894 his health began to fail. In 1890 the firm of T.B. Duncan & Sons was founded by taking in as partners his sons Scott M. and Thomas B. Jr., who continues the business. Mr. Duncan was member G.A.R. and deacon in Baptist Church. (MAD: married Hamilton Co. OH per CFI) (MAD: There is more on Thomas Beattie Duncan, b. 6/5/1864 Louisville, son of Thomas B. Duncan and Mattie J. Scott, on pg.697-8, Vol.IV, of the 1928 "History of KY Before the Louisiana Purchase in 1830" 4 vols by Bodley & Wilson?, S.J. Clark Pub.; SUTRO book F451 B64, CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      V.3 p.1655: ELLIS DUNCAN, MD. Family origin in Scotland; Ellis Duncan prominent among younger members of medical profession of Louisville, and is coroner of Jefferson Co. Mr. Duncan was born in Worthington, Jefferson Co. KY, Jan. 7, 1874. His great-great-grandfather, Robert Duncan, native of Westmoreland Co. VA, came to KY in 1678 (sic), settling in Nelson Co. He was one of five brothers who emigrated from Scotland, they being the sons of William Duncan, a Scotch Presbyterian, whose head was cut off for being a heretic in 1665. Of the five sons mentioned above, Henry was the Doctor's ancestor. Thomas Duncan, great-grandfather of the Doctor, was 18 years of age when he came to KY. Ellis, son of Thomas, was the grandfather of the Doctor, whose father was Thomas Green Duncan and was born in Nelson Co. KY. He removed to Jefferson Co. in 1873 and is still living. The mother of the Doctor was Mary R. McClure, a native of Logansport, IN, the daughter of General Daniel McClure, a West Pointer who was assistant paymaster general of US Army & elected secretary of the state of IN and died in 1900 age 80 years. He married Matilda Hite, a sister of Milton Hite, a banker of Martinsburg, IN. Mrs. Duncan (MAD: Mary R. McClure) died in 1893 at the age of 43 years. In 1876, when the Doctor was age 2, his parents to TX, schooled in Victoria, TX, then University of TX at Austin; returned to Louisville in 1893, medical department of University, graduated March 30, 1896 ....
            MAD: An article about Dr. Thomas Green Duncan, b. Bardstown [Jefferson Co.], KY, 11/29/1840, was published on pg.324-6, Victoria Co. TX, in the 1930 book "Medicine Man of Texas" by Geo. Plunkett Red; from Jeannine Wright 1/1992)

1922 "History of Kentucky" 5 vols, by William Elsey Connelley and E.M. Coulter; ed. by Charles Kerr; pub. Chicago : American Historical Society (FHL book 976.9 H2k Vol.5; SLC 9/2007)
      Vol.5, pg.562: STUART ENGLISH DUNCAN ... the career of Stuart English Duncan, first vice president of the Peaslee-Gaulbert Company, ... officer in the Second Presbyterian Church, Louisville (Jefferson Co. KY), ... Mr. Duncan was born in Kentucky's metropolis July 30, 1866. His father, cut down on the threshold of what promised to be a brilliant career in the ministry, was Joseph De Witt Duncan, a native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and descendant of an old Virginia family. He was the son of Thomas H. and Lucretia Duncan, of Hardin County, Kentucky, whose antecedents were among the early settlers of Lincoln County, founded in 1781, before Kentucky was taken into the Union and was a part of the State of Virginia.
      Thomas H. Duncan was a prosperous merchant of Elizabethtown. His wife was the daughter of John and Agnes (Fisher) Bigler and the latter was the daughter of Steven and Magdaline (Garr) Fisher. Steven Fisher, the great-great-grandfather of Stuart English Duncan, was the son of Louis and Barbara (Blandkenbaker) Fisher, all of Virginia.
      Joseph De Witt Duncan was graduated early in life from old Centre College, Danville, ... [enlisted with the South in the civil war] under Basil W. Duke, later a major general but then a lieutenant in Morgan's command and Gen. John B. Castleman, then a colonel, both of Louisville. ... When the war was over, Joseph De Witt Duncan took up the practice of law ... It was only a few years later that Joseph De Witt Duncan decided to enter the ministry. He attended a Presbyterian seminary at Columbia, South Carolina, ... accepted the pastorate of the Third Presbyterian Church. He was in the first year of that pastorate ... when called by death February 22, 1878.
      The mother of Stuart E. Duncan, Eliza English, is still living. She like her husband was born in Elizabethtown and descended from early Virginia settlers. Her mother was the daughter of Luke and Eliza Munsell, the former a prominent surgeon. Her great-grandfather on her mother's side was Achilles Sneed, a prominent attorney of Frankfort, Kentucky and first clerk of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
      ... Stuart English Duncan ... was only twelve years old when his father ... died at the age of thirty-four. As a result the son, the eldest of three children, two of whom are living, had to content himself with a common school education. ... The present wife of Mr. Duncan is Annie Leathers, daughter of Maj. John H. Leathers, ... they were joined in wedlock November 11, 1902, and have a daughter, Anne Stuart Duncan.
      Mr. Duncan's first wife was Mary Louise Grinstead, daughter of W.E. Grinstead, Louisville. They were married December 20, 1894. As a result of this union two children, Eliza English Duncan, deceased, and William Grinstead Duncan, were born.

1896 "Memorial history of Louisville from its first settlement to the year 1896" [Jefferson Co. KY] by J. Stoddard Johnston, pub. Chicago: American Biographical Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,000,051 item 2; SLC 9/2007)
      Vol.II, pg.508-509: HENRY FIELD DUNCAN, late insurance commissioner of Kentucky, son of Joseph Dillard and Jane (Covington) Duncan, was born near Bowling Green, Kentucky, March 13, 1854. Rev. William Duncan, who was born in Perthshire, Scotland, January (blotted) 1630, was the progenitor of the Duncan family that settled in the colony of Virginia in 1690. William Duncan, a grandson of Rev. William Duncan, left Scotland accompanied by his four brothers and arrived in Culpeper County, Virginia, on January 23, 1722. On February 11, of the same year, he married Ruth Raleigh, daughter of Matthew Raleigh, who was born in England of Welsh parentage. Raleigh Duncan, eldest child of William Duncan and Ruth Raleigh, was with General Washington at Braddock's defeat in 1755; also at Point Pleasant in 1774, where he was severely wounded, and was in all attacks made by the colonial troops against the invasion of Virginia by the traitor, Arnold, in 1781. The old Scotch families thus settled in the northern neck of Virginia were true to the cause of freedom during the great struggle for independence. No family was more loyal to the American cause than the children and grandchildren of William Duncan, who was the founder of this family in the colony of Virginia, and the ancestor of the various branches of the Duncans who have scattered themselves over the South and West. (MAD: use caution)
            Joseph Dillard Duncan, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, December 2, 1814, and, with his father, came to Kentucky in 1818. Edmund Duncan, his father, was a native of Culpeper County, Virginia, and was born in 1786. Upon coming to this State he settled in Warren County, where he was a large land and slave owner and a prosperous farmer up to the time of his death, January 10, 1860. He was a Whig and never held any office except that of magistrate. Joseph Dillard Duncan has devoted the greater part of his life to agriculture on his farm in Warren County, where he now resides. Jane Covington Duncan, the mother of Henry F. Duncan, was the daughter of Joseph Covington and Nancy Lylburn Berry. Her father was a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and came when a child and settled in Warren County, where he died in 1860. Nancy Lylburn Berry was born in Virginia and moved to Kentucky in 1783, settling in Hardin County. The Covingtons are of Scotch-Irish extraction.
            The subject of this sketch was educated in the private schools of Bowling Green and at Georgetown College, of Georgetown, Kentucky, completing his collegiate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In May, 1876, he was appointed clerk in the state auditor's office, at Frankfort, and served two years each there and in the following positions: (MAD: not copied). On the 1st of January, 1888, he was appointed deputy insurance commissioner of Kentucky, and on November 11, 1889, was appointed insurance commissioner ... In politics Mr. Duncan is a sound money, gold standard Democrat. Episcopalian ...
            He was married at Holy Trinity Church, Georgetown, Kentucky, Nov. 9, 1876, to Sallie Childs Buford, daughter of Temple and Edward Ann (Morrison) Buford, and granddaughter of Napoleon B. Buford, graduate and professor at West Point and late major-general U.S.A. On her maternal side Mrs. Duncan is a great-granddaughter of General William Johnson, of Scott County, Kentucky, and a descendant of Robert Johnson, the pioneer ancestor of the family, who was the father of Vice-President Richard M. Johnson.
      Vol.II, pg.620-621: GARNETT DUNCAN, long a prominent member of the Louisville bar, was the son of Henry and Sarah (Shipp) Duncan, and was born in Louisville, March 1, 1800. Both of his parents were from Virginia, the former of Scotch descent through the Earls of March and Mar, and the latter of English descent. His paternal American ancestor was one of three brothers Duncan who came to Virginia in 1673. Henry Duncan died in 1814 and was one of the most prominent men of early Louisville. He established a hat factory near the present site of the Louisville Hotel and owned a large tract of land in that vicinity. The Duncan family have been generally farmers of good education and ample means, with many college graduates, good doctors and eminent lawyers. The family is to be found in all of the Southern States, with a few in the North. Thomas Duncan, of Nelson County, Kentucky, who lived to an advanced age, could trace its genealogy a thousand years. Its motto was "Aut Honor aut Mors," and he claimed that there never was a felon in the family to the remotest generation. They were all patriots in 1776, with not a Tory among them, and many serving in the army.
            Garnett Duncan was educated at Yale College, New Haven, where he was graduated with honor in 1821, with many others afterwards prominent in life. He embraced the profession of law and became eminent in its practice both in Kentucky and Louisiana. He practiced in Louisville, both in the State and Federal courts, with his residence in this city from the date of his admission to the bar until 1846. In that year he became the Whig candidate for Congress and was elected ... After serving one term, he moved to New Orleans and entered into partnership with Judge Ogden, building up a large business. After the death of Caroline Duncan, his wife, there in 1854, he retired from his profession, and, going to Europe, resided for some years in Paris ... He returned after several years to attend to the estate of John L. Martin as executor, and remained for several years on the plantation in Bolivar County, Mississippi. Upon the outbreak of the war and the shelling of the plantation by the Federal gunboats, he ran the blockade at Wilmington, N.C., and returned to Paris. Here he remained until, his health failing, he came to Louisville, where he died at the residence of his son, Colonel Blanton Duncan, in the spring of 1875. During the siege of Paris, Mr. Duncan resided on a leased farm inside the German lines and witnessed all the stirring events of the siege. ... (MAD: more not copied about his friends) His only son, Colonel Blanton Duncan, a lawyer by education, early raised troops for the Southern army, commanded a regiment in Virginia, and served afterwards ... established a large engraving and printing establishment at Columbia, South Carolina, where he printed, until the end of the war, the currency and bonds of the Confederate Government. For the greater part of the time since the war, he has resided in Louisville, taking active part in public affairs; but for some years past has lived in California, his home being at Redondo Beach, but always claiming his citizenship in Kentucky. (MAD: Charleston, SC, and Los Angeles Co. CA)
            In 1826 Garnett Duncan married Pattie, daughter of John L. Martin, a prominent citizen of Lexington, Kentucky, related by descent to the Washingtons, Taylors and Blantons. She died in 1828, leaving one child, Blanton, to whom reference has just been made. In 1831, Mr. Duncan married a second time, Miss Caroline Shipman, of New Haven, Connecticut, who died in 1854, leaving no children.

1882 "History of the Ohio Falls Cities and Their Counties; history of Jefferson Co. KY, Louisville, Clark & Floyd Cos. IN, New Albany & Floyd Co., Clark Co. & Jeffersonville" pub. by L.A. Williams & Co. (SUTRO microfilm 277 Reel 41 Book 145, CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Vol.2, pg.276, Floyd Co. IN, Georgetown Twp; Charles Duncan, born in Jefferson Co. KY in the year 1827; his father's name was James T. Duncan who was also born in Jefferson Co. KY in 1804. His avocation was farming and teaming. He was a man of prominence in his community and died in the 53rd year of his age. Charles Duncan, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, moved to KY previous to 1800, and was one of the earliest settlers of this section of country; he was a native of VA. His wife was a Miss Music, born in NC. James T., the father of the subject of this sketch, married Miss Catharine Bateman of Jefferson Co.; they raised a family of 7 children, 4 of whom are residents of Floyd Co.; a son resides in IL, and one in MT, and a dau. in TX. Mr. Charles Duncan was twice married; his first marriage took place in 1852, his wife's name was Miss Maria Ross, a resident of Floyd Co. who lived but a short time. In 1855 he married his second wife, Miss Mary J. Greene, a dau. of Mr. James Greene of Lanesville, IN. They have one son, Charles Edwin. In 1855, Mr. Duncan was elected county commissioner, which office he filled 3 years, was elected treasurer of Floyd Co. in 1859, held the office 4 years. ...

1889 "Biographical and Historical Souvenir for the Counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott and Washington, IN" by John M. Gresham (FHL book 977.2 H2gj)
      Pg.81-82, Floyd Co.: NORTON B. DUNCAN was born in Floyd Co. IN, on the 23d of November, 1835, and is a son of James T. and Kitty (Bateman) Duncan, the former born in Jefferson Co. KY, and the latter in Indiana. The Duncan family can be traced back to the Duncans of Westmoreland Co. VA. The father of James T. was Charles Duncan, a son of Henry Duncan, born in Virginia, and whose father, Coleman Duncan, was one of the pioneers of Kentucky. He was a zealous Whig when that title was applied to the patriots in contradistinction to the Tories, during our Revolutionary period. He was a soldier in the war of the Revolution, and came to Kentucky about 1793. His father, Henry Duncan, was the first of the family born in America (born 1710, and died in 1790), and from him descended, directly or indirectly, the Braggs, Asburys, Browns, Lewises, Whites, Hutts, etc. His parents came from Scotland, where, as all who are familiar with Scottish history, know the family was not only one of prominence, but noble, with the blood of kings coursing in their veins. Duncans have even occupied the throne of Scotland. ...

1884 "History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Cos. IN" by Goodspeed (Sacramento FHC)
      Pg.248, Lawrence Co.: LYCURGUS DUNCAN, Shawswick Township, born in this township, August 8, 1835, the 4th child of 8 of William and Mary H. (Malott) Duncan, remained with his parents on the farm ... until he was 18, ... He taught school, afterward entered a hardware store at Bedford ... 18 months later he moved the farm on which he now lives. ... June 30, 1858, he married Sallie A. Bryant, who bore him 8 children, six of whom are now living: Mary P., Morton, Sarah E., William, Carrie T., and Nannie, all at home with their parents. March 18, 1879, Mrs. Duncan died, and March 8, 1883, he married Amanda E. Driscoll, who has borne him one child, Kate. ... His parents were natives of Jefferson Co. KY. They reached Lawrence Co. December 25, 1825. The family is one of the best in the county.

1914 "History of Lawrence and Monroe counties, Indiana : their people, industries and institutions" by B.F. Bowen (FHL film 934,913 item 1-2)
      Pg.496-8: Judge Henry Clay Duncan. ... the late Judge Henry Clay Duncan ... was born in Lawrence Co. IN on Jan. 16, 1845, and died at his home in Bloomington [Monroe Co.] on Jan. 30, 1911. He was the son of William and Nancy (Malott) Duncan, both of whom were natives of Jefferson Co. KY. They were married there in 1824 and two years later moved to Lawrence Co. IN, where they spent their remaining years, the father's death occurring on March 1, 1875. They were the parents of eight children, all of whom are now deceased. ... (MAD: see Lawrence & Monroe Cos. IN for more)
      Pg.518-20: J.B. Duncan, MD. Medical ... J.B. Duncan was born on paternal farmstead about four miles northeast of Bedford, IN, on March 6, 1856, and is scion of one of sterling pioneer families of this section of the state. His paternal grandfather, William Duncan, better known as Judge Duncan, was born in Jefferson Co. KY on March 8, 1802. On reaching manhood, he married Mary H. Malott who was born and reared in an adj. county, and their wedding journey to their new home in Lawrence Co. IN was made on one horse. They settled on the John Younger farm, five miles from Bedford, where Mr. Duncan lived until about 1860, then moved to Bedford where lived until his death on March 15, 1875. His wife lived till April 29, 1887. William Duncan ... became man of influence & prominence, served as county judge several years, and as county surveyor for 30 years. He reared to adulthood seven orphan children besides his own family of five children. (MAD: see Lawrence Co. IN for more)

1895 "Encyclopedia of Biography of Indiana" by George Irving Read, ed., pub. Century Pub. & Eng. (IN State Library book 920.R324; from C.T. Duncan 12/2007)
      (Indexed as Vol.2) Pg.203-204: HENRY C. DUNCAN. Hon. Henry Clay Duncan, of Bloomington [Monroe Co. IN], was born in Lawrence county, Indiana, January 16, 1845. His parents were Kentuckians, born in Jefferson county of that State, his father, William, being a descendant of Scottish Duncans, while his mother, Mary Malott, was of French and Dutch extraction. In December, 1826, they removed to Indiana, locating upon a farm near Bedford in Lawrence county. Both were members of the Christian church, and in politics William Duncan was first Whig and then Republican. He died in 1875, his wife surviving him by twelve years. The boyhood of Henry Clay Duncan, ... was passed upon his father's farm, in the fields of which he toiled in summer, attending school during the winter terms. The Duncan farm was a fine one, and its management prosperous; and at the age of nineteen our subject was able to enter the State University at Bloomington. This was in 1864, when our Civil War was waging hotly, and at the end of his first term ... he left the university and enlisted in the army, doing service as a private soldier until his discharge from military duty, when he returned to Bloomington and resumed his college work. He graduated in 1868, read law for a year with Moses F. Dunn, at Bedford, then entered the Law Department of Indiana University, where he received the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1870. For the next five years he was engaged in the practice of law at Bedford, then in 1875, located at Bloomington, which has since been his place of residence and the center of his professional labors. ... For twenty years Judge Duncan has been one of the directors of the First National Bank of Bloomington; and he has been city attorney, prosecuting attorney and Judge of the Circuit Court. In 1888 he was nominated by the Republicans for Congress, but met defeat with the rest of his party. In 1894, however, he was elected State Senator, and served during the sessions of 1895 and 1897 ... Like his parents, Judge Duncan is a member of the Christian church; and he belongs to the F.A.M. and the G.A.R. In 1872 he was married to Miss Sarah Cummins, whose father, Dr. A.F. Cummins, now deceased, was one of the leading physicians of Bloomington. Five children have been born to them, of whom the four now living are: Frank, Antoinette, Newland and Sallie. ...

1879 "Atlas of Lawrence Co. IN" by Lake (FHL film 812,504 item 13; SLC 9/2007)
      Pg.48: List of Patrons, Shawswick Township, include: Duncan, Bolivar, P.O. Bedford, farmer & surveyor, nativity Jefferson Co. KY, settled 1846.

"Indiana Magazine of History" Vol.7#2, June 1911 (FHL film 873,892 item 5)
      Pg.77-81: Henry Clay Duncan, by James Albert Woodburn. [A paper read before the Monroe Co. Historical Society at its February meeting, 1911.]
            ... Henry Clay Duncan was born on a Lawrence Co. IN farm five miles east of Bedford, Jan. 16, 1845. He died suddenly, without warning to family or friends, on January 30, 1911, having just entered upon his 67th year. He was the son of pioneer parents, of sturdy, substantial stock.
            His father, Judge William Duncan, of Lawrence Co., of Scotch-Irish stock, was born in Jefferson Co. KY, Feb. 16, 1803. He came to IN in 1826 while the country was new, ... public positions in Lawrence Co., being probate judge for 25 years, county surveyor and county assessor. Judge Henry Clay Duncan's mother was Mary Haws Malott, also born in Jefferson Co. KY in 1807, about 12 miles east of Louisville. She was of mixed French Huguenot and German descent, French on the side of her father, Hiram Malott, and German on the side of her mother, Mary Haws, who was educated wholly in the German language and followed her Bible reading and worship in that tongue alone. William Duncan and Mary Haws Malott were married on Sept. 24, 1824. They emigrated to IN and settled on their Lawrence Co. farm in 1826. Their oldest son, Bolivar Duncan, was born in KY in 1825. The other seven children were born on the Lawrence Co. homestead about a mile from the old Leatherwood Christian Church. The father died in 1872, the mother in 1887. ...
            Henry Clay Duncan was the youngest of the eight children. He was educated in the country schools, and for one term attended the old Northwestern University, now Butler College, and in Jan. 1864, at the age of 19, he entered Indiana University. While he was a young student in the university, he enlisted among the "boys in blue" in the army of the Union, for the 100 day's service. His regiment was the 136th IN Volunteers, in command of Col. John W. Foster. After serving the 100 days for which he had enlisted, young Duncan re-entered the university and graduated with the class of 1868 and later from the law class of 1870. ... In 1874 he came to Bloomington and formed a partnership with John W. Buskirk. After the death of Buskirk, Duncan formed a partnership in 1888 with Ira C. Batman ... continued until the death of Judge Duncan a few weeks ago, a period of 23 years. Judge Duncan was married on Dec. 11, 1872, to Sadie Cummings, a dau. of Dr. A.F. Cummings, one of Bloomington's leading physicians, ... five children, four of whom survive. The son, Frank C. Duncan, was the efficient secretary of this society for a number of years. ... In 1894 Judge Duncan was elected as State Senator to represent the counties of Monroe, Brown and Bartholomew ...

1880 "Records of the olden time, or, Fifty years on the prairies : embracing sketches of the discovery, exploration and settlement of the country, the organization of the counties of Putnam and Marshall [Illinois], incidents and reminiscences connected therewith, biographies of citizens, portraits and illustrations" by Spencer Ellsworth; pub. Lacon, Ill.: Home Journal Steam Printing Establishment, 1880 (LH4479, HeritageQuest images 3/2007; FHL film 1,000,510 item 4)
      Pg.641, Putnam Co. IL, Hennepin Township: Dr. C.M. DUNCAN. This gentleman is a practicing physician and surgeon of Hennepin. He was born in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 17, 1816, graduated from Beech Medical Institute in that city in 1837, and after practicing his profession in Philadelphia two years removed to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he also practiced two years. He then returned to Philadelphia. In 1842, at Louisville [Jefferson Co.], Kentucky, he married Miss Jane E. Noxon, and in 1845 located in Hennepin. May 24, 1872, his wife died, leaving three children - Aspasia L., Zach. T., and Charles M. In 1875 he married Miss Vesta A. Turner, a native of Oxford county, Maine. He removed to Fairbury, Livingstone county, Illinois, in 1868, but returned to Hennepin in 1870, since which time he has followed his profession successfully, securing an extensive and lucrative practice.

"Papers of the Washington Co. (MS) Hist. Society 1910-1915" (Memphis Public Library book 929.162M12; from Evelyn Sigler 5/1984)
      Pg.340: Just at the northern line lies the large estate of Port Anderson settled by Maj. John Lewis Martin and son-in-law John Anderson of Louisville [Jefferson Co.], KY. Maj. Martin was nephew of Lewis who was with Clark in the discovery of the Columbia River. His wife, Miss Catharine Blanton, sis. of Wm. H. Blanton. He amassed a large fortune. His property was left to his grandchild, Col. Blanton Duncan, son of Garnett Duncan, U.S. Sen. from KY, and to John Anderson's children.
      (MAD: (William) Garnett Duncan, b. 3/2/1800, elected as Whig to 30th Congress 1847-1849, moved to Louisiana, settled New Orleans 1850, died Louisville, KY, 5/25/1875, bur. Cave Hill Cemetery; from pgs. 885-6 of "Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1971", AL State Arch. X 92-I S doc 92.8; from Donna Little 8/1982. He is called Garnett Duncan in the 1897 "Lawyers and Lawmakers of KY" by Levin Pub. Co.; he is called William G. Duncan in "The Papers of Henry Clay" Vol.7 by Seager.)

1913 "A History of TN and Tennesseans" 7 vols., by Hale (from Evelyn Sigler 10/1983)
      Pg.2334: William A. Duncan, lawyer, lives 3 miles north of Raleigh, near Memphis [Shelby Co.], TN. Born St. Louis MO 26 March 1856, son of Frank and Annie (Crowley) Duncan. Frank was b. Louisville [Jefferson Co.], KY, the son of Col. Henry Duncan who was in the Steamboat business on the Ohio and MS Rivers and had a large livery business in Louisville. Col. Henry Duncan was officer in the Confederate Service. His brother Garnett was a lawyer at Louisville. Garnett's son, Blanton, was also a lawyer. Frank Duncan to St. Louis when a young boy, in 1864 came to Memphis. Catholic.

1922 "Centennial History of AR" Vol.II, ed. by Dallas T. Herndon, pub. by S.J. Clark (TN Gen. Society Library #2592 from Evelyn Sigler 12/1983)
      Pg.505: Judge S.K. DUNCAN, lawyer at Waldron [Scott Co.], b. here April 7, 1870. Parents were Samuel K. and Isabelle (Gilbreath) Duncan. Father b. near Louisville, [Jefferson Co.] KY, 1833, son of Browning Duncan who moved in early days to [Dyer Co.] TN. Father first married in TN to Miss Leonard, had two chidren, of whom Robert Tison Duncan moved to Alvarado, [Johnson Co.] TX. Father married (2) Isabelle (Gilbreath) Hamilton. Samuel K. Sr. was a wagon maker in Waldron for 40 years, d. 1906.

1893 "History of TX, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee & Burleson Cos." by Lewis Pub. Co. (from Jean Walker 7/1984)
      Pg.812-5: JUDGE THOMAS P. HUGHES, a retired lawyer of Georgetown [Williamson Co.] was born in Washington Co. KY, December 18, 1826, ... arriving in Georgetown, TX, in February, 1851. ... Judge Hughes was first married in November, 1856, to Miss Susan Doxey, a daughter of John and Rebecca Doxey, of Missouri. To that union were born three children ... The wife and mother died in June, 1871. November 22, 1877, our subject was married at the residence of Mrs. William Short, at Louisville [Jefferson Co.], Kentucky, by Rev. M. Conn, of the Presbyterian Church, to Miss Jennie Lowrie Duncan, a daughter of David and Henrietta (Spence) Duncan, natives of Illinois. The mother was the youngest daughter of Dr. Andrew Spence, of Philadelphia. (gives children of Andrew Spence) Mrs. Duncan's parents died at an early age ... After returning to Philadelphia, she met and married David Duncan, a son of Gardner Duncan, a native of Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. Gardner Duncan had the following children: James, David, John, Lowrie; Mrs. Jane Rickards, Mrs. Marion Stevens, Grace and Mrs. Cecilian B. Francis. Mr. Francis was United States Consul to Victoria, under Lincoln, of whom he was a great friend. Mr. David Duncan was drowned while crossing the Sangamon river, in Illinois, in an early day. His wife died of cholera in Louisville, KY. Their daughter, Henrietta Spence, resides with her sister, Mrs. Hughes, in Georgetown. ... (MAD: see Sangamon Co. IL)

1914 "History of TX and Texans" by Frank W. Johnson, Vol.1-5 (SUTRO book F386 J66 1914; CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Vol.5 p.2538: SIMEON W.S. DUNCAN, "Commodore" Duncan, resident of Dallas more than 40 years, the father of Trinity River navigation, born Hardin Co. KY 22 Oct. 1848, the son of James A. and Catherine (Daughterty) Duncan. His father from VA, had moved in 1857 from Hardin Co. to Louisville [Jefferson Co.], where he was a merchant; in 1870 to TX with his family, from Jefferson TX to Grayson Co. in 1873, then Dallas where he died in 1892 at age 66, survived by his widow who was born in KY in 1827, died in Dallas in 1913 at age 86. Sim Duncan married in April 1883 to Miss Denia Bullion; their only child is Miss Josephine Duncan. (MAD: the same article is on pg.2152, Vol.5 of the 1916 edition, SUTRO film 69 reel 2 & 3, CA State Library, Sutro Branch)

1874 "Memorial and Genealogical Record of Southwest TX" by Goodspeed (from Lucille Mehrkam and Denzil R. Mauldin 1984)
      Pg.301-2: J.T. DUNCAN. Among the leading attorneys of La Grange, [Fayette Co.] TX, is J.T. Duncan, a man of unquestioned integrity, and competent in his profession. To a thorough knowledge of the legal science, he joins the general culture derived from a varied and extended course of reading, and is skillful in the presentation of the most involved or intricate facts, and forcible in his manner of dealing with difficult and entangled subjects. He was born in Washington Co. TX in 1854, and is the son of George J. and Elizabeth (Dallas) Duncan, natives of Kentucky (MAD: see Jefferson Co. KY). This family was one of the earliest and most prominent ones of Virginia. The grandmother of our subject on the paternal side was a native of North Carolina, but the maternal grandparents were natives of Pennsylvania. The latter came to the Lone Star State in 1833, and settled near Independence, Washington Co. TX. In 1839 the father of our subject came to Washington County, and engaged in farming. He was a single man then, but married Miss Dallas in 1851, afterward residing in Washington County until 1880, when he moved to Milam County, where he died in 1893. ... (MAD: see Washington Co. TX for more)

1912 "Cincinnati, the Queen City : 1788-1912" (Hamilton Co. OH) by Charles Frederic Goss; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. (LH8153, HeritageQuest images 2/2007 & 5/2007; FHL book 977.178 H2go v.1-4 and film 925,035 and 925,036 items 1-2)
      Vol.4, pg.190-192: JACOB BURNET, Jr. ... was born in Cincinnati in 1830, a son of William Burnet. Studied law, in 1871 turned to insurance business. In 1856, Jacob Burnet Jr. was married to Miss Mary Scott Duncan, of Louisville. His death occurred on the 4th of April, 1891. (MAD: Louisville, Jefferson Co. KY)

1893 "Genealogy of the Lewis family in America, from the middle of the seventeenth century down to the present time" by William Terrell Lewis (FHL film 483,707; Memphis Public Library book 929.2 L67, pg.366 from Evelyn Sigler 11/1984 and pg.368 from Jeannine Wright 11/1991)
      Pg.366: John Lewis Martin, b. Albemarle Co. VA 1779, married ca 1802 Catharine Blanton; lived few years in Clark Co. KY; to Lexington [Fayette Co.], had six children; after his wife died he moved to Louisville [Jefferson Co.], KY; 1834 married Mrs. Massie (Helen Bullitt), had no children by 2nd marriage. Had a farm near Louisville where spent summers, spent winters on cotton farm in MS opposite Arkansas City, AR. He outlived all his children and died in Louisville, KY, in 1854. One daughter Patsy Martin m. Garnett Duncan; they had one child Henry Blanton Duncan, b. 1827. Patsy died 1828. Henry Blanton Duncan was a lawyer, State Legis. 1857, Col. in the Civil War, m. Mary T. Atkinson in 1853.
      Pg.368: Colonel H. Blanton Duncan married Mary T. Atkinson, in 1853, and has children as follows: Mary Atkinson, born 1854; Pattie M., born 1857, died young, about 1874; Jessie died an infant about 1874; Georgia died aged 18 years; Catharine b. 1864 married Thomas Lewis and they now reside (1891) in Los Angeles CA.

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