Duncans in Wyoming Co. NY


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

Last revised August 24, 2007

Formed 1841 from Genesee


1850 Wyoming Co. NY Census
Pg.112, #1688-1691, W.P. DUNCON (m) 42 VT farmer $2000
                  Mary 37 CANada
                  Charles 12 CAN
                  James 10 NY
                  Emily 8, Lydia 6 NY
                  Lucretia 3, Henry 1 NY
                  (MAD: from info of Marion Holt 6/2003; 1840 Genesee Co. NY census; 1860 Dane Co. WI census)

1860-1870 Wyoming Co. NY Census
      No Duncan indexed

HISTORIES before 1923

1880 "History of Wyoming County, N.Y. : with illustrations, biographical sketches and portraits of some pioneers and prominent residents" pub. by F.W. Beers; cover title "Illustrated History of Wyoming County, New York, 1841-1880" (FHL book 974.793 H2h and film 871,566 item 1 and 934,857 item 2; from Judith Michael-Mable 2/1991)
      Pg.227, The Town of Orangeville
      The first individual titles to lands lying in the present town of Orangeville were granted by the Holland Land Company in 1803....
      The following record of early deeds of land in this town is from the books of the Holland Land Company: John Sayer, 1806, part of lot 14, ... Joseph Duncan, 1819 part of lot 7.
      John Duncan and James Sayer, relatives by marriage were pioneer settlers of the town. Duncan came with his family from Orange county, N.Y, and located on the south part of lot 13 in the winter or spring of 1805, cutting his way through to his land as best he could; a few years later he removed from the town.
      James Sayer was born in the town of Warwick, Orange county N.Y. November 26th, 1768 .... and continued to reside here until his death, January 29th 1843. His first wife was Abigail Duncan, of Dutchess county, to whom he was married several years previous to locating in Orangeville. She died in 1807. For his second wife he married Mrs. Rebecca Adair.

"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., 1869, 445 pgs. (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)

"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.
      Pg.441-442: MRS. CORA A. MORGAN, a resident of Silver Springs, town of Gainesville, widow of the late William A. Morgan, was born at Syracuse, N.Y., and is the daughter of Hiram Britton, of that city. ... His (MAD: Hiram Britton's) wife, Rachel Van Valkenburgh, daughter of James Van Valkenburgh, ... they had but one child, Cora A., Mrs. Morgan. Mrs. Rachel Britton died at the age of 31 years. Cora A. Britton ... on December 28, 1876, was married to William A. Morgan, son of Andrew J. and Fanny (Duncan) Morgan. Andrew J. Morgan was of English descent. He died in Albany at the early age of twenty-seven. His wife, Fanny Duncan, who was born in Scotland, reared but one son who attained his majority, William A. She died in Binghamton. She was twice married. Her second husband was Joseph Cameron, of Binghamton, by whom she had one daughter, Mary, who married Professor N.H. Lewis, principal of the school at Silver Springs. William A. Morgan was born in Syracuse, and educated in the public schools of that city and Binghamton. ... Then, removing to Silver Springs in company with his uncle, Mr. J.M. Duncan, who is a very prominent man in that locality, he formed the Duncan Salt Company, buying the plant of the then Silver Springs Company. ... his decease, which occurred July 21, 1891, at the age of 37 years. Mrs. Cora A. Britton Morgan has two children, Van Valkenburgh and Fannie Duncan. ... Methodist church.
      Pg.621-622: Wyoming Co. William F. Lewis, one of the leading men of the town of Arcade, ... was born in Freedom, N.Y., October 15, 1835. He is the son of Laban Lewis, a native of Chesterfield, N.H., ... the mother of our subject was Sarah Tabull, a native of Massachusetts. ... Mr. Lewis was married in 1861 to Miss Wilson, daughter of Ezra Wilson, a farmer of the town of Freedom. She died April 6, 1890, at the age of 52, leaving six children, as follows: Wilson; Fred, who married Nettie Haskell; Addie, who became the wife of Joseph Duncan; Rena; Frank; and Lulu. Mr. Lewis has since married Mrs. Rosaline Weir, dau. of W.P. Day ...

"Historical album of Orleans County, N.Y. : with illustrations descriptive of its scenery, private residences, public buildings, fine blocks, and important manufactories and portraits of old pioneers and prominent residents." (anonymous); pub. New York: Sanford & Co., 1879, 347 pgs. (LH3925, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 974.791 H2h and fiche 6,048,175)
      Leading citizens of Orleans County, Town of Kendall
      Pg.297: Cyrus W. Duncan was born in Orangeville, N.Y., August 25th, 1818, from whence he came to Kendall in 1839. In February, 1842, he was married to Lucy Douglas, who died August 20th, 1842. He was again married April 2nd, 1861, to Maria Simson, of Murray, by whom he has two daughters. He is by occupation a farmer, and resides on lot 126. (MAD: Orangeville, Wyoming Co. NY)


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