Duncans in Oswego Co. NY


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

Last revised August 24, 2007

Formed 1816 from Oneida, Onondaga


1810 Oswego Co. NY Census
        No Duncan indexed

1820 Oswego Co. NY Census
Pg. 45  Tyler Duncan        000001       - 00100
    47  Noah Duncan         210101       - 20110

1830 Oswego Co. NY Census
Sandy Creek
Pg.295  Simeon Duncon       0001,001     - 0001,101
   298  Rebecca Duncan      0            - 0000,01
   303  Tyler Duncan        2100,01      - 0100,01

1840 Oswego Co. NY Census
Sandy Creek
Pg.286  Simon Duncan        0000,1001    - 0101,1101
   292  Anson Duncan        0000,1       - 0000,1

1850 Oswego Co. NY Census
Sandy Creek
Pg.171, #222, Eunice DUNKIN (f) 60 VT
                  Mary Ann 40, Electa 34 NY
                  Susan 19 NY
Pg.265, #670, Anson MALTBY (m) 58 CT farmer $4000
                  Electa (f) 52 VT
                  Martha I. 30 NY
                  Frances J. (f) 11, Marcia (f) 9 NY
                  Rebecca DUNCAN 50 VT
                  Reuben TIFF 61 RI laborer
Pg.266, #694, Anson M. DUNCAN (m) 40 NY carpenter $1500
                  Angeline L. 33 NY
                  Mary E. 4, Eunice R. (f) 1 NY
                  Sylvennah C. HUNTINGTON 31 VT attorney
                  Hannah M. 30 NY
                  (MAD: 1860 Rock Co. WI census)
Pg.317, #123-136, Seth P. DUNCAN 32 NY goldsmith $600
                  Emily J. 32 NY
                  Irvine 8 NY
Pg.321, #162-179, Julius DUNCAN 35 NY harness maker $2000
                  Mary 34 NY
                  Emily CHILDS 19 NY
                  Mary DODD 21 NY

1860 Oswego Co. NY Census
Cleveland Village, Constitution
Pg.384, #109-109, Julius DUNCAN (m) 47 NY farmer $2000-$500
                  Mary H. 45 NY
                  Charles 10 NY
                  Frances WARD (f) 28 NY com. school teacher
                  Sarah SHERMAN 10 NY
                  (MAD: 1870 Madison Co. NY census)
Pg.385, #113-113, Seth P. DUNCAN 42 NY jeweller $1500-$2500
                  Emily J. 42 NY
                  Irvine (m) 19 NY "jeweler"
Pg.385, #114-114, Joshua DUNCAN 73 MA ("Mass") gentleman $600-$1500
                  Martha 70 CT ("Conn")
Pg.617, #455-427, George C. MILLER 30 NY farmer $3600-$1350
                  Caroline 27 NY
                  Erwin 6, Alice 3 NY
                  William DUNCAN 74 CT farm laborer
                  Sarah CANADY 13 NY
                  Arvilla SAMPSON (f) 22 NY domestic
Town of Sandy Creek
Pg.939, #1086-1085, Mary Ann DUNCAN 49 NY milliner $1000-$300
                  Electa (f) 43 NY milliner

1870 Oswego Co. NY Census
Cleveland, Constantia Twp.
Pg.423, #17-18, DUNCAN, Seth P. 52 NY jeweller $2500-$600
                  Emily 52 NY keeping house
                  (no children)
Pg.424, #45-48, DUNCAN, Irvine (m) 28 NY jeweller $0-$500
                  Cornelia 26 NY keeping house
                  Harry (m) 2 NY
Sandy Creek
Pg.460, #224-230, DUNCAN, Mary A. 55 VT house keeping $1600-$260
                  Electa (f) 50? (30?) NY milliner

HISTORIES before 1923

"History of Oswego County, New York : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. 1789-1877" by Crisfield Johnson; pub. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts, 1877, 604 pgs. (LH3587, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL film 874,492 item 1 and 934,846 item 4)
      Pg.291: Cleveland Village. This village was incorporated by a special act, passed April 15, 1857, which has since been amended by an act passed in 1859. The first village officers were ... Trustees, Seth P. Duncan. ... The village presidents have been ... 1861, Seth P. Duncan. 1856 and '66, Seth P. Duncan. Present business men: Jeweler, S.P. Duncan & Son.

"Landmarks of Oswego County, New York" ed. by John C. Churchill; pub. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason, 1895, 1320 pgs. (LH3302, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL films 547,545 and 547,546 item 1 and 934,847 item 1 and 1,405,494 item 1)
      Pg.94-96: After the fall of Montreal, September 8, 1760, the English continued in occupation at Oswego, and it remained one of their most important posts. The greater part of the 55th Infantry, largely composed of Scotch soldiers under command of Major Alexander Duncan, was transferred to Oswego from Montreal immediately after the surrender. ... Oswego was occupied by Major Duncan and his regiment until 1765 ...
      Pg.507: Town of Constantia ... the village was incorporated by the Legislature on April 15, 1857, the first officers being as follows: Trustees, Seth P. Duncan, ... In 1859 and again on April 9, 1860, ... Seth P. Duncan, 1865-66.
      Pg.730: Town of Sandy Creek ... March 1822, ... trustees, Simeon Duncan, ...
      Part III, pg.212: HADLEY, JASON D., was born in Sandy Creek, May 3, 1820, one of four children born to Elias and Sarah (Duncan) Hadley, both natives of Vermont, who came to Sandy Creek about 1819 and settled in the wilderness. Mrs. Hadley died in 1829, and by a second marriage to Speedy Wilder, three children were born. The grandparents, Jesse and Abigail (Wilder) Hadley, came here from Vermont in 1817. Elias Hadley was a successful farmer, and left 269 acres of land at his death, September 12, 1877. ... M.E. Church. ... (MAD: more on Hadley family, not copied)

"Records of the village of Oswego [New York]" (anonymous); pub. Oswego, N.Y.?: unknown, 1874, 558 pgs. (LH3258, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL fiche 6,061,728)
      Pg.497: Monday, Dec. 15th, 1845. [Audited] the account of A.B. Duncan of $5.50, being for amount paid by him as Sexton for rent of building for East Oswego hearse. Charge to East cemetery fund.
      Pg.481: Monday, April 27th, 1846. Resolved, that Wm. Curtis be and he is hereby appointed sexton of the East cemetery in place of A.B. Duncan.

"Onondaga's [Co. NY] centennial : gleanings of a century" by Dwight H. Bruce; pub. Boston: The Boston History Company, 1896, 1996 pgs. (LH3179, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL book 974.765 H2b and film 934,842 items 2-3 and 924,432)
      Pg.213-217:. Biographical. WILLIAM A. DUNCAN, Ph.D. William Alexander Duncan, Ph.D., was born in Oswego, N.Y., November 1, 1837, and is the eldest son of William and Mary (Wood) Duncan, natives of Scotland. His grandfather was Alexander Duncan, a man well known in his day as an educator and one of the most cultured and best educated men on Dee side. William Duncan had been trained from youth as a workman on the granite buildings of Aberdeen, Scotland, and was a finely educated builder and master mechanic. Coming to America with his young wife Mary, the daughter of James Wood, of Airlie, he located in Syracuse previous to 1840, when it was only a thrifty village. He ... supervised the erection of the First Presbyterian church in South Salina street, ... and also had charge of the building of the old St. James's church (burned in 1891), and other stone edifices. ... His ability and integrity as a builder caused a demand for his services in several large cities of the State and in Canada. ... His memory lives ... in the memorial windows which have been placed to himself and his estimable wife in the First Ward Presbyterian and Good Will Congregational churches of this city. The children of William and Mary Duncan were Dr. William A., James D., Joseph M., John H., Mrs. F. Morgan, and Mrs. E. Tankie.
            Dr. William A. Duncan came to Syracuse while an infant, and has since made this city his home, becoming one of its most active, useful and respected citizens. ... For fourteen years he was a member of the Board of Education of Syracuse, representing the Fifth ward, and for two years was president of the board. ... Dr. Duncan has always been active in Sunday-school work. He organized the Syracuse Sunday-school system .... Dr. Duncan has been since 1883 the secretary and superintendent of the Chautauqua University, ... (MAD: much more about the Sunday-school system and his other accomplishments, not copied)
            Dr. Duncan was married to Miss Julia B. Coleman, dughter of J.M. and Eliza Coleman, of Seneca Falls, N.Y., who were of Holland Dutch descent, of Revolutionary stock, and among the earliest settlers of Seneca Falls. To Dr. and Mrs. Duncan two daughters have been born, Mary E., and Grace L. (MAD: no dates)

"Past and present of Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York : from prehistoric times to the beginning of 1908" by William Martin Beauchamp; pub. New York: The S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1908, 1631 pgs. (LH3135, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL book 974.765 H2bp v.1&2 and film 934,843)
      Pg.293: Onondaga Writers. ... Dr. William Duncan was born at Oswego in 1837, and since 1883 has been secretary and superintendent of Chautauqua University, Chautauqua Lake. His work has been largely educational, and his daughters aided in some of his literary work.

"Memorial history of Syracuse, N.Y. : from its settlement to the present time" (Onondaga Co. NY) ed. by Dwight H. Bruce; pub. Syracuse: H.P. Smith & Co., 1891, 912 pgs. (LH3178, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL book 974.766 H2b and film 1,425,598 item 1)
      Part II, Biographical, pg.89-92: WILLIAM A. DUNCAN, Ph.D. - William A. Duncan came to Syracuse sometime previous to 1840, when it was but a hamlet. He had been trained from youth as a workman on the granite buildings of Aberdeen, Scotland, and was a finely educated builder and master mechanic. He was the son of Alexander Duncan, a man well known in his day as an educator, and one of the best educated men on Dee side. With him came his young wife Mary, the daughter of James Wood, of Airlie, Scotland. He located here because he saw the great possibilities of the city, because of its nearness to the limestone quarries. ... Syracuse owes much of its admiration for the substantial and the beautiful in architecture to his early presence. Their children were William A.; James D.; Joseph M., President of the Duncan Salt Company, Silver Springs; John H., Superintendent of the American Dairy Salt-Mills, Syracuse; Mrs. F. Morgan; and Mrs. E. Tankie. Memorial windows in memory of William and Mary Duncan have been placed in the First Ward Presbyterian church and in the Good Will Congregational church of this city. ...
      Dr. William A. Duncan, eldest son of William and Mary Duncan, was born at Oswego, N.Y., in 1837, and while in infancy came to Syracuse, where he has since resided, and during his mature years has been one of its most active, useful, and respected citizens. ... Dr. Duncan became an educator when he was a young man as the Principal of an academy, ... Board of Education of this city for fourteen years, ... His greatest achievements have been in the religious field. ... elected President of the New York State Sunday-School Convention held in Saratoga, N.Y., in June 1891, and has been for eleven years Chairman of its Executive Committee ... Dr. Duncan is the creator of a branch Chautauqua at Albany, Ga. ... Dr. Duncan has been hailed as a missionary of Northern good-will, and his Georgia visits are occasions of public rejoicing. He owns a cotton and fruit plantation of 3,500 acres twelve miles from Albany, which is in Dougherty county, 200 miles south of Atlanta. ... (MAD: much more on his achievements, not copied) Dr. Duncan married Miss Julia B. Coleman, dughter of J.M. Coleman, esq., of Seneca Falls, N.Y. Two daughters, liberally educated and now traveling with Mrs. Duncan in Europe for educational benefits, bless the union.

"Biographical review : this volume contains biographical sketches of the leading citizens of Livingston and Wyoming Counties, New York." (anonymous); pub. Boston: Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1895, 685 pgs. (LH3597, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 974.7 D3L and film 934,837 item 3)
      Pg.375: JOSEPH M. DUNCAN, President of the Duncan Salt Company, whose works are located at Silver Springs, Wyoming County, was born at Syracuse [Onondaga Co.], N.Y., April 17, 1846. His father, William Duncan, was born near Aberdeen, Scotland, where he carried on the business of a stone-mason, and came to the United States soon after marriage. He settled at Oswego, N.Y., and for some time employed in erecting a pier and light-house at that important lake port. He at length removed with his family from Oswego to Syracuse, where he resided for the remainder of his life. He assisted in the erection of the Presbyterian church and other prominent buildings, and died at the age of sixty. The maiden name of William Duncan's wife was Mary Wood. She was also born near Aberdeen, Scotland. They reared six children, four of whom are living - Elizabeth, who married Dr. A.H. Tanke, of Syracuse; William A.; Joseph M.; and John H. Duncan. The mother died at Syracuse, aged seventy years. Both parents were members of the Presbyterian church.
            Joseph M. Duncan was educated at the public schools of Syracuse, ... In March, 1870, Mr. Duncan first became connected with the industry which has been the chief business of his life. The Ashton Salt Company, ... he remained with thirteen years, or till May, 1883, when he went to Warsaw with the Warsaw Salt Company, ... to August, 1885. He then, with William A. Morgan, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work, removed to Silver Springs, and purchased the present plant, ... In October 1881, Mr. Duncan was united in marriage to Addie M. Pharis, daughter of Charles E. Pharis, of Syracuse, a salt manufacturer in the then village of Geddes, now incorporated within the city of Syracuse. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have two adopted daughters, twins - Mary and Carolyn. ...
            During his residence in Silver Springs, he has, by his activity in business, raised it from a small hamlet to a thriving village, and has devoted much of his time to forwarding the general interests of the community.

"Portrait and biographical album, Mecosta 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., 1883, 652 pgs. (LH4989; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL film 1,015,812 item 1)
      Pg.466-467: JACOB M. DUBOIS, farmer, sec.8, Green Twp., was born in Tyre, Seneca Co., N.Y., Oct. 18, 1826. He is a son of Conrad M. and Susanna (Spear) Dubois, the former a native of Dutchess Co. N.Y.; the latter was born in New Jersey. The father came to Lodi, Washtenaw Co., Mich., in 1831, where he was a farmer. He went thence to Ionia County, and afterwards to Clinton County, where he died in 1873. The mother died in Mecosta County, Oct. 12, 1874. Mr. Dubois ... in the fall of 1855 he came to Mecosta County (MAD: Civil War record not copied here) ... was married June 28, 1865, to Prudence A., daughter of Tyler and Mary A. (Bentley) Duncan, who was born at Oswego, N.Y., Oct. 31, 1823. Her parents were natives of Fulton Co., N.Y., and in 1856 located in Mecosta County, where they resided during the remainder of their life. The mother died Dec. 28, 1863, and the father March 8, 1867. Politically Mr. Dubois is a Republican. He is one of the pioneers of the county, and is considered one of its most reliable (blank line).


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