Duncan research files of
1850 Sanilac Co. MI Census
Pg.24, #300, Henry WILTSIE 23 CAN laborer
Mary 16 CAN
Alphriel? (m) 3 CAN
Hiram 65 NY laborer $600
Edward PHILIPS 18 CAN laborer
John DUNCAN 40 CAN laborer
John DAVIS 55 VT laborer
1860 Sanilac Co. MI Census
No Duncan indexed
1870 Sanilac Co. MI Census
Pg.14, #77-77, DUNCAN, John 31 SCT farmer $800-$300, parents of foreign birth
Sophia 27 CANada East keeping house, parents of foreign birth
Andrew 3, John 2 CANada West, parents of foreign birth
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)
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