Duncans in Belknap Co. NH


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

Last revised November 23, 2007

Formed 1840 from Strafford, Merrimac


1850-1860 Belknap Co. NH Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Belknap Co. NH Census
Pg.143, #162-195, DUNCAN, Belle 40 SCT keeping house $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  TENNY, Mary 30 SCT works in mill, parents of foreign birth
                  LINES, Jane 35 SCT works in cotton mill, parents of foreign birth
                  TENNY, Bella 4 MA, parents of foreign birth

HISTORIES before 1923

1897 "Biographical review containing life sketches of leading citizens of Belknap and Strafford Counties, New Hampshire" pub. Boston : Biographical Review Publishing Company of Boston (FHL film 1,000,199)
      Pg.398-399: OSCAR DUNCAN, who has followed the trade of blacksmith in Alton, Belknap County, for the past ten years, was born November 28, 1861, in Paradise, Annapolis County, N.S., son of David and Eliza (Cole) Duncan, both of whom were natives of Chester, Lunenberg County, N.S. The father followed the sea in his younger days, but subsequently engaged in the sawmill and cooperage business at Paradise, N.S., following it successfully up to about fifteen years ago, when he took up the nursery business. In early boyhood he united with the Episcopal church, and after he attained the years of manhood he served as church warden. Eliza, his wife, bore him eight children; namely, Norman, Fannie, Oscar, Edwin M., Sophia, Annie, Arthur, and Cliff. Norman died when two years old; Fannie is married to William F. Morse, and resides in Providence, R.I.; Edwin conducts a grocery store in Beverly [Essex Co.], Mass.; Sophia is the wife of Dr. Martin, now of Hyde Park, Mass.; Annie married John Warwick, and her home has since been in Larenstown, N.S.; Arthur, who is unmarried, is at home; and Cliff is also at home.
      Oscar Duncan received an education, attending the graded schools of his native town. After spending a year learning the trade of a blacksmith with William Bath, he emigrated to Boston, Mass. During the first eighteen months of his stay in that city, he was employed in a grain elevator at Constitution Wharf, owned by the Fitchburg Railroad Company. He next worked at his trade for six months, after which he went to Lower Gilmanton, N.H., where he was employed at his trade for about a year by Charles Kelley. Following that he worked at the iron works in Gilmanton, spent a few months with a Mr. Marsh, then came to Alton to work for H.F. Muzzey. A year later he returned to Gilmanton Iron Works. In March, 1883, he started in business for himself in that place, where he remained four years. Coming to Alton at the end of that time, he purchased a shop here, and has since built up a very desirable business.
      In January, 1883, while living at the Iron Works, and shortly before he set up in business for himself, Mr. Duncan was married to Miss Nellie J. Sanborn, daughter of Charles Sanborn of that place. Mr. Duncan is a Democrat in politics. In 1896 he was a candidate for the State legislature, but was defeated by the Republican candidate. He has always taken much interest in town affairs. For three years he was Chief Engineer of the fire department, and he was a policeman for an equal length of time. He is a member of Woodbine Lodge, No.41, I.O.O.F., at Farmington, N.H.; also of Cocheco Lodge, No.28, Knights of Pythias, being eligible to a seat in the Grand Lodge. In the society of the Second Free Baptist Church, he is a chairman of the executive committee, and the present superintendent of the Sunday-school. Mr. Duncan is counted among the representative men of the town.


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