Duncans in Oakland Co. MI


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

Last revised October 29, 2007

Formed 1819 from Wayne
Lapeer, Saginaw formed 1822 from Oakland
Shiawassee formed 1822 from Oakland, Genesee
Genesee formed 1835 from Oakland
Sanilac formed 1848 from Oakland, St.Clair, Lapeer



1830 Oakland Co. MI Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Oakland Co. MI Census
Lyon Twp
Pg.3  James Duncan         0120,101   - 1102,001
      Alexander Duncan     0011,0001  - 0002,1001

1850 Oakland Co. MI Census
Pg.23, #49, James DUNCAN 43 SCT house carpenter $1000
                  Mary 30 NY
                  James 10, Mary 8 MI
                  John F. 6, Robert 1 MI
                  John 49 SCT farmer $15000
Pg.25, #58, H. DUNCAN (m) 45 SCT farmer $900
                  Rebecca 45 ENG
                  Martha FOSTER/FORSTEN? 19 OH
                  John 16 OH
Pg.39, #165, Marcia DUNCAN (f) 34 NY
                  Lewis 7, Eliza 4, Lucy 1 MI
                  Nancy SMITH 19 NY
                  Aad DUNCAN (m) 36 VT farmer $1000
Pg.76, #427, Alex DUNCAN 45 SCT farmer
                  Ann 45 SCT
                  Ann 13, Mary 11 SCT
                  John 4 ENG
                  Robt. FROMASS? 20 ENG farmer
Pg.272, #1789, Henry DUNCAN 23 MI harness maker $25
                  Harriet 20 NY
                  Chas. STIMPSON 23 NY saddler
Royal Oak
Pg.474, #916, Alexander DUNCUN 40 VA farmer $300
                  Sally 40 VA
                  Jenny 14, Elizabeth 10, Mary 4 VA
Pg.546, #1478, Moses DUNCAN 24 MI teamster
                  Persilla 25 NY
                  Sarah 1 MI
Pg.570, #1670, Alexander DUNCAN 69 SCT farmer $5000
                  Elizabeth 50 PA
                  James 22, Isabel 23 NY
                  M. JOHNSON (m) 30 ENG laborer
Lyon Twp., stamped page 290
Pg.580, #1745-(blank), Alexander DUCAN 31 NY farmer $0
                  Elizabeth 24 NY
                  Jane 4, Albert 2 MI

1860 Oakland Co. MI Census
Pg.3, #21-21, Moses DUNCAN 33 MI laborer $0-$100
                  Pricilla 36 IN
                  Sarah 11, Mary 5 MI
                  Johan? AUSSTIN (m) 24 MI laborer $0-$100
Pg.45, #337-328, Alexander DUNCAN Sr. 78 SCT f.laborer $7000-1000
                  Elizabeth 59 PA
                  James 25 NY
                  Elizabeth FORSYTH 15, Fred 18 MI
Pg.53, #406-396, Alexander DUNCAN 41 NY farmer $3000-$800
                  Elizabeth 31 NY
                  Jane 14, Albert 10 MI
                  Norman (m) 6, Emma 4 MI
                  Lucretia 2, James 4/12 MI
                  Amanda (f) 74 VT (blank) $0-$400
                  Arnold (m) 76 VT gentleman $2000-$0
Pg.53-54, #407-397, Benj. ELLIS 57 NY farmer $2500-$2900
                  Mary 55 NY
                  Charles 25, Edward 21 MI
                  James 17 MI
                  Ann COROSON? 17 MI
                  William WILLICE 14 MI
                  James DUNCAN 66 SCT farmer $2500-$800
                  Jane 63 PA
                  James 18 MI f.laborer
                  Ellen ALEN? 20 MI
                  William DUNCAN 33 NY h.carpenter $2000-$1000
Pg.54, #409-399, Prudence DUNCAN 30 NY housekeeper $0-$0
                  Frank 6 MI
                  Lawrence ADAMS 20 MI f.laborer
                  John CROSBY? 56 ENG h.carpenter
                  (MAD: ?? perhaps James 18 MI was James P. 25 MI in 1870 Jackson Co. MO census pg.400)
Pg.54, #413-405, Hannah FITZGERALD 34 NY h.keeper $4000-$700
                  Charlotte 15 MI
                  Lydia 13, Edwin 10 MI
                  Flora 8, Ida 3 MI
                  Jeremiah DUNCAN 31 NY f.laborer $0-$400
                  William TROTT 25 ENG f.laborer $200-$0
                  Jane 24 ENG
Pg.128, #958-941, Sarah STODDARD 57 NY h.keeper $500-$100
                  Edwin 14, Edward 14 NY
                  Sarah DUNCAN 10 MI
Avon Twp.
Pg.468, #314-310, Daniel DUNCAN 49 MA farmer $6000-$1500
                  Sybil 49 VT
                  Marshall S. 19 MI farm laborer
                  Mary E. PRICE 22 MI
                  Ella 1 MI
                  (MAD: 1850 Macomb Co. MI census; Marshall S. Duncan in 1870 Clinton Co. MI census)
Troy Twp.
Pg.479, #405-396, Archibald DUNCAN 55 SCT carpenter $2000-$400
                  John 60 SCT laborer $0-$1000 "w" (m/in/yr column)
                  Erskine (m) 7 MA
Pg.950, #225-225, Alex. DUNCAN 36 SCT farmer $6000-$500
                  Margaret 50 SCT
                  Margaret 20, John A. 14 SCT
                  John MAYER? 26 ENG f.laborer

1870 Oakland Co. MI Census
Pg.129, #140-139, DUNCAN, Daniel 59 MA retired farmer $2000-$10,000
                  Sybil 59 VT keeping house
Bloomfield Twp
Pg.157, #294-292, DUNCAN, Alexr. 66 SCT farmer $12,000-$5000, parents of foreign birth
                  Margaret 60 SCT keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Margaret 26 SCT at home, parents of foreign birth
                  John 24 SCT farmer, parents of foreign birth
                  RANKOR?, John 28 BADEN farm laborer, parents of foreign birth
                  HAMILTON, Ellen 40 SCT domestic servant, parents of foreign birth
Holly Twp.
Pg.289, #517-494, PETTY, John 36 PA farmer $3000-$400
                  Ann 30 MI keeping house
                  Joseph 10 MI at school
                  DUNCAN, Henry 15 MI farm laborer
Lyon Twp.
Pg.313, #20-20, DUNCAN, William 46 NY farmer $12,000-$12,000
                  Prudence 40 NY keeping house
                  Frank 16 MI at school
                  Florance (f) 10, Melvin (m) 6 MI
                  SAGAR, Mary 50 PRUssia house keeper, parents of foreign birth
Pg.313, #26-26, DUNCAN, Alexander 51 NY farm laborer $0-$500
                  Elizabeth 47 NY keeping house
                  Jane 23 MI at home
                  Elbert (m) 21 MI farm laborer
                  Herman (m) 17 MI farm laborer
                  Eugenia (f) 14 MI at school
                  James 9 MI
Pg.313, #29-29, DUNCAN, James 38 MI farmer $25,000-$3000, father of foreign birth
                  Alexander 89 SCT lives with son, parents of foreign birth
                  Dorothy (f) 75 PA lives with son
Pontiac, Ward 2
Pg.447, #25-25, DUNCAN, James R. 31 NY carpenter $700-$700
                  Elizabeth 29 NY keeping house
                  Victor (m) 3 MI
Royal Oak Twp.
Pg.511, #34-34, DUNCAN, Alexander 58 KY BLACK laborer
                  Caroline 56 KY BLACK keeping house
                  Mary 18, Robert 14 MI BLACKS

HISTORIES before 1923

1891 "Portrait and biographical album of Oakland County, Mich. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the presidents of the United States and governors of the state." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Chapman Bros. (LH4993, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,425,620 item 2)
      Pg.727-728: HON. ELLIOT R. WILLCOX was born in Rochester, Oakland County, February 24, 1838, ... In the year 1879 Senator Willcox was married to Miss M. Eleanor Price, granddaughter of Daniel Duncan, of Rochester, in whose family she made her home. ...

1912 "History of Oakland County, Michigan : a narrative account of its historical progress, its people, and its principal interests" by Lewis Cass; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. (LH4994, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,015,813 items 5-6, by Thaddeus DeWitt Seeley, and fiche 6,072,218)
      Vol.II, pg.581-582: BRUCE CHRISTOPHER SHEAR, although only twenty-two years old, ... born at New Hudson, April 15, 1890, son of Charles and Lena (Sheppo) Shear ... On April 19, 1911, Mr. Shear was married to Miss Leota Duncan, of New Hudson, the daughter of Bert and Estella (Fisher) Duncan. Mr. Duncan is a hotel man and farmer. ...

1915 "History of Michigan" by Charles Moore, pub. by Lewis Publishing Co. (FHL film 845,428; SLC 9/2007)
      Vol.3, pg.1177-1181: HENRY DUNCAN. It is both a privilege and a matter of satisfaction to be able to enter in this publication a brief tribute to the memory of the late Henry Duncan, who not only gained definite precedence as one of the representative business men and honored citizens of Detroit but who also was a scion of a family that was founded in Michigan in the territorial epoch of the history of this favored commonwealth, the name of Duncan having been prominently and worthily linked with social and material progress in Michigan for nearly a century.
            Henry Duncan was born in the little frontier settlement of Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa county, Michigan, on the 14th of August, 1828, and is a son of John Leslie Duncan, a native of the city of Dublin, Ireland, and a representative of the historic old Scottish family of the name. John L. Duncan was reared and educated in his native land and came to America when young. It was his adventurous spirit and self-reliant zeal that prompted him to come to the territory of Michigan in the early pioneer days, and he established his home in the little settlement on the site of the present thriving city of Sault Ste. Marie, where he entered fully and influentially into the activities of the pioneer community. He developed a prosperous business as a trader with the Indians in the surrounding territory and was a leader in the affairs of the settlement on the frontier wilds. He continued his operations as a trader until his death, which occurred in 1840, and his name merits enduring place on the roll of the sturdy and honored pioneers of the Wolverine state, which was admitted to the Union about three years prior to his demise.
            The rugged environment and influences of the pioneer days in northern Michigan compassed the childhood of Henry Duncan, whose rudimentary education was acquired in a primitive school maintained in the settlement in which he was born. He was a lad of about twelve years at the time of his father's death and shortly afterward he removed with his widowed mother to Detroit, ... in which his devoted mother passed the residue of her life. ... Mr. Duncan ... continue his studies under the direction of the same able instructor who had been his teacher at Sault Ste. Marie, ... apprenticeship to the harnessmaker's trade, ... Having become a skilled workman in his craft, Mr. Duncan removed to the little village of Orion, Oakland county, where he opened a small shop ... for several years, but after his marriage ... returned to Detroit ... loyal to the Union ... death having occurred on the 17th of March, 1865. After conducting his business for several years in an individual way he admitted his brother to partnership, and for several years thereafter the harness and saddlery establishment of the Duncan Brothers was the most extensive of its kind in Detroit. Mr. Duncan's loyalty and patriotism ... at the Time of the Mexican war, as he enlisted for service in the same, as a member of the first volunteer regiment from Michigan. ...
            On the 17th of March, 1853, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Duncan to Miss Harriet S. Cady, who was born in New York, and who is a daughter of Alpheus and Patty (Chambers) Cady, sterling pioneers of Michigan. The ideal wedded life of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan continued about a decade and the gracious bonds were then severed by the death of the devoted husband and father, to whose memory the venerable widow has continued devoted during the long intervening years. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan became the parents of one child, Leslie H., who was born at Orion, Oakland county, in 1858. The son was afforded the advantages of Professor Bacon's school for boys, in Detroit, and those of well ordered institutions in the city of New York. In his early business career he conducted a drug store at Mount Clemens, Macomb county, Michigan, and finally he retired to his excellent farm, in that county, where he became a prominent agriculturist and stock-grower and where he passed the residue of his life, his death having occurred in 1888, at which time he was but thirty years of age. He wedded Miss Gertrude McCall, who survived him by a number of years. They became the parents of two daughters, Harriet and Jessie. Harriet Duncan became the wife of Samuel Coombs, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and their only son, Duncan Shafter Coombs, who was born on the 15th of November, 1907, is the only great-grandchild of Mrs. Henry Duncan, widow of the honored subject of his memoir. Samuel Coombs is now deceased and his widow still resides in Pittsburgh. Jessie Duncan, younger of the two daughters of Leslie H. and Gertrude (McCall) Duncan is the wife of Homan Hallet, who holds large mining interests in Mexico but who, with his family, is residing temporarily in Detroit, Michigan, owing to the disturbed conditions incident to the recent revolution in Mexico. (MAD: Detroit, Wayne Co. MI)
            Mrs. Henry Duncan still maintains her home in Detroit ... Venerable in years, ... For little short of a half century she continued to occupy the fine residence which her husband had purchased and which was the place of his death. This property, at the corner of Woodward avenue and Winder street, she finally sold, after which she purchased her present modern and attractive residence, at 29 Woodward Terrace ... She was a child at the time of her parents' removal to Michigan, and in this favored commonwealth she has continued to reside during the long intervening years, the town of Cadyville, Lapeer county, having been named in honor of the family of which she is a representative. ... member of the Detroit chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution, Protestant Episcopal Church.
            Alpheus Cady, father of Mrs. Duncan, was one of the representative pioneers of Lapeer county, Michigan, where he settled in the early '30s, ... His wife, Mrs. Patty (Chambers) Cady ... Alpheus and Patty Cady became the parents of nine children, of whom only two are now living, -- Mrs. Duncan, who was the eighth in order of birth, and Orson, who is the youngest of the number and the only one born in Michigan ... (MAD: much more on the Cady family, not copied here)
      Vol.3, pg.1507-1509: JAMES A.P. DUNCAN, M.D. In his native city of Grand Rapids Dr. Duncan now controls a substantial practice of representative order and he gives special attention to electro-therapeutics, in which branch of professional work he has thoroughly schooled himself ... physician and surgeon ... (MAD: Grand Rapids, Kent Co. MI)
            Dr. Duncan was born in Grand Rapids on the 25th of December, 1879, and thus became a welcome Christmas arrival in the home of his parents, James R. and Sarah Elizabeth (Banghart) Duncan, the former of whom was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, of staunch Scottish lineage, and the latter of whom was born on the fine old Banghart homestead in New Jersey, at a point between Philadelphia and New York city, the date of her nativity having been November 16, 1838, and her death having occurred, in the city of Grand Rapids, on the 22d of November, 1913. Mrs. Duncan was a daughter of Philip Banghart, who was born August 4, 1801, and whose death occurred May 7, 1884, his wife, whose maiden name was Sophia Mount, having been born October 20, 1825. Phillip Banghart was a son of Michael and Elizabeth (Cummins) Banghart, the former of whom was born Januey 3, 1772, and the latter on the 3d of March, 1776. (MAD: more on the Banghart family not copied)
            James R. Duncan was born on the 1st of February, 1837, and is now living retired in the city of Grand Rapids, a pensioner of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Company, which gave him upon retirement this recognition of long and faithful service. Mr. Duncan removed from his native province to the state of New York, whence he came to Michigan about the year 1860. As a youth he learned the trade of harnessmaker, later became skilled as a wagonmaker, ... carpenter's trade, assisted in the erection of old Fort Wayne in the city of Detroit. ... His marriage to Miss Sarah E. Banghart was solemnized at Oxford, Oakland county, Michigan, and of their four children, three are living: Victor Eugene, who was born January 4, 1869, is chief assistant in the engineering department of the Pere Marquette Railroad, in the city of Detroit; Adelia Josephine is the wife of Judge John S. McDonald, presiding on the circuit court bench in and residing in Grand Rapids, where Mrs. McDonald was born July 27, 1873; and Dr. James A.P., of this sketch, is the youngest of the three children. The father is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, Republican party, ... He is a son of Hugh Duncan, who was born in Fort Williams, Scotland, and who served for some time in the English navy, after which he came to America and established his home in the province of Ontario, Canada, where he engaged in the mercantile business and where he passed the residue of his life.
            The public schools of Grand Rapids afforded Dr. Duncan his preliminary educational advantages, and he was graduated in the high school as a member of the class of 1899. ... business college ... then entered the Grand Rapids Medical College, graduated 1906, degree of Doctor of Medicine. ... He was for seven years a medical examiner of United States Marine Corps of West Michigan; Republican, Mason, First Methodist Episcopal church. In March, 1909, was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Duncan to Miss Ella Myrtle Barr, of Grand Rapids, and they have a winsome little daughter, Mildred Elizabeth.

1884 "Portrait and biographical album of Gratiot County, Mich. : containing portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Michigan and of the presidents of the United States : also containing a complete history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Chapman Bros. (LH4947, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 897,364 item 1 and 1,000,085 item 2)
      Pg.422: WILLIAM T. PITT, Supervisor of Seville Township, residing on section 22, is a son of George and Eliza (Duncan) Pitt, natives, the former of England, and the latter of Cayuga Co., N.Y. The mother died when William T. was ten years old. The father came to Gratiot County in 1868, and located on 40 acres in Pine River Township. He now owns 80 acres. The subject of this sketch was born May 13, 1841, in Oakland Co. Mich., and remained at home with his parents until 14 years of age, after which ... In 1869 he married Miss Betsy Lawson, ...

1903 "Sprague's history of Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties, Michigan : embracing a concise review of their early settlement, industrial development and present conditions, together with interesting reminicences.." ed. by Elvin L. Sprague; pub. by B.F. Bowen (FHL film 844,895; SLC 9/2007)
      Pg.551-553: PROF. JOHN O. DUNCAN. Since the autumn of 1896 John O. Duncan has been actively and prominently connected with the educational interests of Leelanaw county, and his deep interest in the schools ... Mr. Duncan is now serving for the third term in the office of county commissioner of schools in Leelanaw county, having once been appointed and twice elected to the office.
      A native of Michigan, Mr. Duncan was born on the 15th of March, 1868, in Marion township, Sanilac county, his parents being John and Fanny (Garrow) Duncan, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of Canada. Coming to America, Mr. Duncan was for many years identified with the agricultural interests of Sanilac county, Michigan, and in his farm work he prospered. ... In 1868 he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died in the month of March of that year, at their home in Marion township, Sanilac county, leaving two children, of whom John O. is the younger. The husband and father long survived and continued his farming operations until he, too, was called to his final rest, in September, 1896.
      Upon the old homestead farm in the county of his nativity, John O. Duncan spent the days of his boyhood and youth, and in the public schools near by he was educated. After studying for some time in Downington, Sanilac county, he entered the Ferris Institute, at Big Rapids, Michigan, and there, on the completion of the regular course, he was graduated in 1896. Well qualified for the profession of teaching, he then came to Leelanaw county in the fall of 1896, locating at Sutton's Bay, where he took charge of the public schools, acting as superintendent for four years ... (MAD: more not copied) election, in 1891, he was chosen by popular ballot for the office. In the spring of 1903 he was re-elected to the position ...
      Mr. Duncan was married in Argyle, Sanilac county, Michigan, to Miss Maggie Herdell, a native of that county ... but was not long spared to him, her death occurring in Argyle on the 28th of February, 1893. He was again married on the 23d of December, 1896, at Clarkston, Oakland county, Michigan, the lady of his choice being Miss Estella Seeley, a native of California, who, however, was reared in this state. They have one child, J. Alden. Fraternally Mr. Duncan (MAD: Mason, Odd Fellows, etc., not copied). (Church attendance not given)

1881 "History of Washtenaw County, Michigan : together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens : history of Michigan : embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, aborigines, French, English and American conquests, and a general review of its civil, political and military history." pub. by Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Chicago (LH5015, HeritageQuest image 2/2007; FHL book 977.435 H2h and films 874,114 item 1 and 1,000,248 item 1)
      Ann Arbor Township, pg.982: Alexander Duncan (deceased) was a native of Paisely, Scotland, and a nephew of Alexander Wilson, the famous naturalist. Mr. Wilson [sic] settled in Oakland Co., Mich., in 1830, where he passed the remainder of his days. He was married to Eliza Mehaffey, and 7 children were born to them, 4 of whom are living - James, a farmer of Oakland county; Isabel, wife of John Thompson, a resident of Northville, and two others. Mr. Duncan was a man of unusual ability as a poetical writer.

1869 "History of the town of Warsaw, New York from its first settlement to the present time : with numerous family sketches and biographical notes" (Wyoming Co.) by Andrew W. Young; pub. Buffalo N.Y.: Press of Sage, Sons & Co. (LH3013, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL film 547,544 item 1)
      Pg.329-330: CHAUNCEY SHELDON was born Jan. 10, 1785, and married Lucy Whiting, Oct. 8, 1806. They removed in 1811 or 1812 from Rupert, Vt., to Genesee Co., and resided in Warsaw and Orangeville, (now in Wyoming Co.) In Warsaw he kept for a time the tavern on the present site of the Brick Hotel. In 1821, he was appointed Justice of the Peace. After the death of Mrs. Sheldon, which occurred in 1832, he removed to Michigan. In the winter of 1837-8, he, with many others, crossed at Detroit into Canada, to take part in the Canada Rebellion, generally called the "Patriot War." ... He was pardoned in 1844, and returned across the Pacific in 1846. ... Mr. Sheldon died two or three years ago, in Ray, Mich. His children were: ... Sybil married Daniel Duncan, and resides in Michigan. (MAD: 1870 Oakland Co. MI census)


Greenwood Cemetery on Oak Street, Birmingham, Oakland Co. MI (tombstone readings from Mary Anne Wheeler 5/2003)
      Ann Duncan, wife of Alexander, d Oct 8, 1850, age 47 y
      Alexander Duncan, d Oct 2, 1874, age 71 y
      Margaret Duncan, wife of Alexander, d Sep. 15, 1874, age 65
      Duncan monument with no names or dates.


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