Duncan research files of
1850 Dakotah Co. MN (Territorial) Census
Garrison at Fort Snelling, 9/28/1850
Pg.82, Duncan, Thomas, 27 NY soldier
(no other Duncan indexed in MN in 1850; Fort Snelling a town in Hennepin Co.)
1860 Dakota Co. MN Census
No Duncan indexed
1870 Dakota Co. MN Census
No Duncan indexed
1881 "History of the Upper Mississippi Valley [MN]" by Newton Horace Winchell (FHL book 977.6 H2w; also extracted by Pat Downs 1/1997)
Pg.419, Grove Twp., Stearns Co. MN, Biographical: James Duncan, one of the oldest settlers, and the first Town Clerk of Grove Township, is a native of Scotland, born on 17 March 1816. His father was a merchant, and pursued his calling in different portions of Great Britain, until his death which occurred in Ireland when James was but an infant. He learned the shoemaker's trade in the old country while yet a boy. In 1833, he came to New York City where he served an apprenticeship to the trade of plasterer and stone and brick mason, and in 1837 began business as a contractor and builder. Meeting with reverses, in 1841 he went to Sullivan Co. NY, where he arrived with less than $10 in his pocket. In 1849 had accumulated sufficient means to purchase a mill and some land; resided there until 1862 when he came to Hastings [Dakota Co.], MN, and thence, in 1864 to his present residence. He was married to Miss M. Hamilton, in New York City. Mrs. Duncan is also of Scotch parentage.
G.W. Duncan, son of James Duncan, was born at Forestburg, Sullivan Co. NY, on 18 Feb. 1851; he came with the family to Grove twp. in 1864 and still resides on the old homestead, having charge of his father's farm. In 1872, he was elected Town Clerk, which position he held for four years and is now Justice of the Peace. Mr. Duncan mar. Miss Fannie E. Getty, dau. of J.J. Getty, one of the first settlers in this portion of the county, on 31 Oct. 1877. They have two children: Jennie Permelia and James Jerome.
Pat Downs comments 7/2001: Children born in Sullivan County NY, to the Duncans were: Louise (Graham) Lydia (Carlton) Margaret Jane (Eames/Corbett) Kate (Dobbs) Bell (Kells) Mary, George Washington (Getty); some marriages were in MN.
Information from Bill Dobbs 6/2002: The Family Bible of John Coleman Dobbs and Kate Duncan listed their marriage as 27 Aug. 1857 in Forestburgh, NY.
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