Duncan research files of
1850 Fulton Co. OH Census
(handwritten page numbers)
Pg.563, #182, John Q. WAITES 59 ENG blacksmith $150
Phebe 47 OH
Isaac DUNCAN 13 OH
David FORBES 17 MA laborer
Pg.583, #325, Jeremiah DUNCAN 37 NY farmer $400
Sarah 33 NY
Samuel 9, Sarah 10 OH
Peter 11, Mary 6 OH
Ellen 5, Fanny 3 OH
Nancy 8/12 OH
Pg.583, #328, David DUNCAN 46 NY farmer $1500
Maria 25 VT
W.H. (m) 9, G.W. (m) 5 OH
Jahue (m) 2 OH
(MAD: 1840 Lucas Co. OH census)
Swan Creek Twp.
Pg.617, #562, John DUNCAN 46 OH farmer
Jenette 32 SCT
John 8, Wm. 5 OH
Mary 1 OH
(MAD: son of John Duncan & Elizabeth McLean of Summit Co. OH; 1840 Lucas Co. OH census; 1860 Allegan Co. MI census)
1860 Fulton Co. OH Census
Pg.436, #1046-1085, Jeremiah DUNCAN 50 OH farmer $1200-$350
Sally 48 OH
Isaac 22 OH laborer
Peter 20, Pheobe (f) 17 OH
Samuel 15, Mary 13 OH
Betsey 11, Fanny (f) 9 OH
Ellen 8, Lucinda 6 OH
Allinda (f) 4, Martha 2 OH
Pg.437, #1166-1102, D. DUNCAN (m) 58 NY farmer $2000-$825
Maria 35 VT
Wm. 19, Geo. 15 OH
McLean (m) 13, Squire (m) 9 OH
Ellen ("f") 10, Inez (f) 3 OH
1870 Fulton Co. OH Census
Pg.4, #72-67, DUNCAN, Jeremiah 57 NY farmer $2,000-$400
Sarah 52 NY keeping house
Samuel 28 OH farm laborer
Phebe 30 OH house keeper
Frederick 16, Ida 15, Martha 10 OH attending school
PERU?, Mary Ann 8 OH attending school
WORDEN, Charles 40 ME without occupation
Pg.5, #81-76, DUNCAN, David 67 NY farmer $4,000-$1,000
Elmer ("m") 19 OH farmer
Inez (f) 13 OH attending school
Lucilia (f) 19 OH keeping house
Pg.12, #183-176, DUNCAN, McLean (m) 23 OH farmer $1,000-$300
Jane 22 OH keeping house
Arthur 2 OH at home
Pg.12, #189-182, DUNCAN, George 25 OH farmer $2,000-$300
Martha 24 OH keeping house, parents of foreign birth
William 4, Dora (f) 3 OH at home
Fulton Co. OH Probate Records; direct index to wills vol.1, 1853- (FHL film 914,045; SLC 2/2009)
7-448: Duncan, Sarah to Phisba S. Duncan, Box 8
Fulton Co. OH Deed Indexes 1835-1850 & Deeds v.1 1835-1841 (FHL film 559,335; SLC 2/2009 & 6/2009)
Item 1, Deed index 1835-1850. Fulton Co. courthouse burned 7/15/1864 with an almost complete destruction of the records. Index to deeds is transcript from Lucas Co., Vol.1
1-179: Duncan, James to Reynolds, Jarue L.
1-553: Duncan, David & wife to Worden, Weeden
2-424: Duncan, David to Worden, W.H.
3-54: Duncan, David from Bennett, Sylvester
3-579: Duncan, David to Ball, Marshall C.
4-62: Duncan, David to Duncan, Jeremiah J.
Fulton Co. OH Deed Index to Deeds transcribed from Williams Co. [OH] Vol.1 (FHL film 559,338; SLC 2/2009)
Fulton Co. OH Deeds (SLC 2/2009)
Vol.1 transcribed from Lucas Co. OH, deeds 1835-1841
1-179: 7 April 1838, James Duncan of Massillon, Stark Co. OH, for $1, to Jaures? L. Reynolds of same, one undivided tenth part of tracts in Co. of Lucas:
lot 6 in Sec.4 T9S R8E, 60 acres & 40/100;
lot 2 in Sec.29 T9S R8E, 32 acres 60/100;
lot 2 in Sec.20, Twp.9S R8E, 57 acres 55/100
and W part SE 1/4 Sec.33 T8S R8E, 9 and 10/100 acres;
lot 2 S. of River in Sec.8 T9S R8E containing 21 acres;
lot 3 Sec.28 T9S R8E, 67.66 acres;
lot 1, Sec.8 T9S R8E, 68.47 acres;
SE fract. Sec. 19 T9S R8E 80.14 acres;
lot 4 Sec.28 T9S R8E 61.66 acres;
lot 1 S. of River in Sec.8 T9S R8E, 11.66 acres;
lot 1, Sec.29 T9S R8E 60 acres;
N 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.20 T9S R8E, 80 acres;
lot 3 Sec.8 T9S R8E, 46.80 acres;
lot 1 Sec.20 T9S R8E 57.69 acres;
and E part NE 1/4 Sec.19 T9S R8E 75.41 acres;
to secure notes for following debts: one note in favor of James Henry Duncan of Haverhill, MA, /s/ by James Duncan, Nathaniel ?ike (in center of page) and Charles K. Skinner for $2,000, with interest, said note having been given for my benefit; also note for $1,000 by me in favor of Margarett D. Baldwin of Boston, MA, with interest, also note for $3,000 by me in favor of William Reynolds of Boston, MA, with interest, also note for $3,000 by me in favor of Benjamin Willis Junior of Boston, Mass, with interest. Wit. Robert Llewellyn, George Laird. Ack. Stark Co. OH. Rec. May 7, 1838, Vol.2 pg.700. (FHL film 559,335 item 2) (MAD: Haverhill, Essex Co. MA)
I-553: 28 April 1840, David Duncan and wife Mariah of Amboy Twp., Lucas Co. OH, for $150, to Weeden Worden of town of Port Lawrence, Co. & State afsd, all the W 1/2 E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.19 T9S R4E lying on south side County Road supposed to be about 30 acres. Both signed. Wit. Lucy Keeler, J. Duncan. Ack. Lucas Co. Oh 28 April 1840, Rec. Dec. 12, 1840, Vol.5 pg.682. (FHL film 559,335 item 2)
Vol.2 transcribed from Lucas Co. OH, deeds 1841-1847
2-424: 16 Jan. 1845, David Duncan of Amboy Twp., Lucas Co. OH, for $150, to Weedin H. Worden, W 1/2 E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.15 T9S R4E, 40 acres, and Maria Louisa Duncan, wife of said David Duncan, for $1, quit claim. /s/ D. Duncan, Maria Louis Duncan. Wit. S. Johnson, William B. Kirapp. Lucas Co. OH, rec. Jan. 14, 1846, Vol.11 pg.292. (FHL film 559,336)
Vol.3 transcribed from Lucas Co. OH, deeds 1841-1848
3-54: 3 Sept. 1839, Sylvester Bennett and wife Sophia of Volney Twp., Oswego Co. NY, for $150, to David Duncan Junior of Amboy Twp., Lucas Co. OH, W 1/2 E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.15 T9S R4E. /s/ Sylvester Bennett. (no release by Sophia shown). Wit. J. Duncan, Samuel J. Keeler JP. Ack. Lucas Co. OH. Rec. Sept. 15, 1841, Vol.6 pg.408. (FHL film 559,337)
3-579: 2 Jan. 1845, David Duncan and wife Maria of Amboy, Lucas Co. OH, for $500, to Marshall C. Ball, real estate in Lucas Co. OH: E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.9 T9S R4E, reserving 20 acres on North end of lot, intending to convey 60 acres to said M.C. Ball. /s/ D. Duncan, Maria Duncan. Wit. S. Johnson, P. Johnson. Ack. Lucas Co. OH, rec. Jan. 18, 1848, Vol.14 pg.74. (FHL film 559,337)
Vol.4 transcribed from Lucas Co. OH, deeds 1847-1850
4-62: 28 May 1844, David Duncan and wife Loiza Maria Duncan of Lucas Co. OH for $150 to Jeremiah J? (I?). Duncan of same place, premises in Amboy Twp., Lucas Co. OH, NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.15 T9S R4E, 40 acres. /s/ D. Duncan, Louiza Maria Duncan. Wit. John Blain, Peter C. Lewis. Rec. 14 April 1848, Vol.14 pg.436. (FHL film 559,337)
Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
Duncan, George W.; F 67 Ohio Inf.; 1883 March 26, Invalid Appl. # 477308, Cert. #447117, Mich. (MAD: b.1845 Fulton Co. OH, to Lenawee Co. MI by 1865)
Duncan, Peter, widow Duncan, Julia A.; F 67 Ohio Inf.; 1879 Oct. 20, Invalid Appl. #316788, Cert. #329045; 1895 July 29, Widow Appl. #618447, no cert., Kans. (MAD: 1850 Fulton Co. OH census, Peter Duncan mar. Julia Anne Kedar 5/22/1866 Williams Co. OH per IGI)
"6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, war album : historical events, reminiscences and views of the Spanish-American War, 1898- 1899" by L.W. Howard; pub. Toledo, Ohio: L.W. Howard, 1900?, 159 pgs. (LH6371, HeritageQuest images 5/2007)
Pg.88: Roster of Company G. Camp Mackenzie, Augusta, Georgia, May 24, 1899, Date of Muster Out. Privates: Duncan, Perry, enlisted June 25, 1898 (MAD: ? 1880 Fulton Co. OH census)
1905 "The County of Fulton : a history of Fulton County, Ohio, from the earliest days, with special chapters on varius subjects, including each of the different townships; also a biographical department" ed. by Thomas Mikesell, pub. by Northwestern Historical Assn. (FHL book 977.1115 H2c and fiche 6,048,439; pg.265 also from Mrs. Mildred Basham to Mrs. Dorothy Duncan Gambril to Byron Merrill to MAD 1991)
Pg.189, Amboy Township: ... Following the settlements of 1833, there was a large accession to the population. In 1834, David Duncan from Onondaga Co. NY; also John Blain and Jerry Duncan from the same place; ....
Pg.250 (Biographical section): William Burr Allen, proprietor of livery and sales stable at Swanton, born in Lucas Co. 1-1/2 mile east of his present home, on Oct. 27, 1858. Son of Frederick and Amanda (Herrick) Allen, both natives of OH. (MAD: more on Allen family not copied) On May 15, 1883, he married Miss Mable Witt, native of Fulton Co., dau. of Horatio and Alvira Witt. No children. Wife Died 22 Dec. 1891. He married May 13, 1894, Miss Mary Duncan of Fulton Co., two children, Frederick Seymour and Herrick.
Pg.265: JACOB T. BIDDLE, who was an honored pioneer of Fulton county, was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, in the year of 1801, and was there reared to manhood, receiving such educational advantages as were afforded in the common schools of the locality and period. Upon coming to Ohio he first settled in Wayne county, where he maintained his home about a quarter of a century, after which he passed about five years in Knox county and two years in Richland county, whence he came to Fulton county in the year 1855. A few years later he removed to Missouri in 1860 but in about seven years later he returned to Fulton county where he again established his home, but he died soon afterward while visiting his former home in Knox county. He devoted his entire active career to agricultural pursuits, and was especially fond of the horses, a predilection manifested in the entire family. Mr. Biddle was twice married, first to Mary Hay, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1799, and who died about two years after her marriage, the only child dying in infancy. Mr. Biddle later married Miss Sarah Duncan, who likewise was born and reared in the old Keystone state, and of the eight children of this union the following is a brief record: Rachel is deceased; Joanna is the wife of John Wineland, of Knox county, Ohio; George D. is individually mentioned later on in this article; Jacob is a resident of Goshen, Indiana; Mary Jane is deceased and Andrew died in Missouri; James is a resident of Wauseon, this county, and Daniel of Delta. George D. Biddle, eldest son of Jacob T. and Sarah (Duncan) Biddle was born in Salt Creek township, Wayne county, Ohio, on the 3d of November, 1830, and his educational advantages were limited to the somewhat primitive schools of the pioneer days. His vocation throughout life has been farming and he has also dealt somewhat extensively in horses. He has been a resident of York township since 1855, and he has occupied his present residence since 1859. He has a well-improved farm of fifty-five acres and is one of the popular citizens of the township, having served two years as township trustee, and his political allegiance is given to the Democratic party. In Richland county, Ohio, on the 13th of October, 1852, Mr. Biddle was united in marriage to Miss Julia Ann Aungst, whose death occurred March 26, 1895. They became the parents of three children, namely: Samuel A., who is individually mentioned in this work; Stillman, who is a successful farmer of York township; and Nora who is the wife of Edward W. Ruppert of this township. (MAD: Sarah Duncan the dau. of James Duncan and ?Mary Marlin from Allegheny Co. PA to Beaver Co. PA)
1888 "History of Henry and Fulton Counties, Ohio" ed. by Lewis Cass Aldrich; pub. Syracuse, N.Y. : D. Mason & Co. (FHL book 977.115 H2a; SLC 9/2007)
Pg.434: Amboy Township. The first election was held in 1837 at the residence of David Duncan.
Pg.439: [Settlers who came] since the settlement in 1833 - in 1834, David Duncan from Onondaga Co. NY, also John Blain & Jerry Duncan from the same place.
Pg.440: The Blains and Duncans were all from Lodi, first lock on the canal east of Syracuse, Onondaga Co. NY.
Pg.440: The present residents ... Samuel Duncan.
1908 "Commemorative biographical record of prominent and representative men of Indianapolis [Marion Co. IN] and vicinity : containing biographical sketches of business and professional men and of many of the early settled families" pub. by J.H. Beers (FHL book 977.252/I2 D3c and fiche 6,101,617 (Vol.1) and 6,101,618 (Vol.2))
Pg.269-272: DUNKIN. The Dunkin family, some members of which spell their name Duncan, orig. from Scotland, branch herein from old Colonial stock of PA in the Red Stone country. John Dunkin, grandfather of Michael and William Dunkin, of Selma [Delaware Co.], IN, was a farmer who went from PA to OH as a young man; in latter state he married Elizabeth Sunderland, who died July 15, 1843, in Union Co. IN, she the dau. of Peter Sunderland, one of orig. pioneers. The Sunderlands had preceded Dunkins to that section, and when John Dunkin, accompanied by a companion, crossed the mountains with a knapsack on his back, he found them well settled. Dayton, OH, was then a hamlet ... After marriage, John Dunkin settled on Mad river, 3 miles southeast of Dayton [Montgomery Co.], where he cleared a farm and resided until death. He & wife were parents of: William, b. Sept. 22, 1788, died Nov. 22, 1870; John, b. Oct. 21, 1790; Peter, b. June 8, 1792; Michael, b. Jan. 29, 1795, died young; Rachel, b. Jan. 20, 1797, d. Jan. 2, 1860; Benjamin, b. Aug. 20, 1799; Michael, b. Aug. 28, 1801; John b. Sept. 5, 1803; Joshua, b. Sept. 25, 1805; Polly, b. Nov. 22, 1807; and David, b. Sept. 22, 1810, d. Sept. 1, 1881. These names and dates are from the records left by William Dunkin, and copied in the family Bible.
(MAD: William in 1850 Delaware Co. IN census; Peter in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; Benjamin in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; Michael (Richard) in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; John in ?? 1850 Fulton Co. OH census; Joshua in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; David in 1850 Union Co. IN census; Elizabeth (Sunderland) in 1840 Union Co. IN census)
William Dunkin, b. Sept. 22, 1788, son of John, reared on Mad river in Montgomery Co. OH, there married May 11, 1815, to Hannah Smith, b. in New Jersey, dau. of John Smith who died in that State, the dau. removing to Montgomery Co. OH with friends Joseph Silver and his family. Mr. Dunkin about 1820 removed to IN, settled Union Co. In May 1827 family moved to Delaware Co., there then being 6 children, and settled on farm now occupied by William Dunkin, one of the children; farm purchased from Robert Bronson and from Jacob Jackson. In 1854 built present 2-story house. ... older Dunkins were "Hardshell" Baptists, John Dunkin having been a preacher of that faith in OH. In politics William Duncan was orig. an old-line Whig, later one of original Republicans, voting for Fremont and Lincoln. Served in War of 1812 for 2 years as corporal in an OH regiment, his service being in Canada; stationed at Terre Haute, IN, when battle of Tippecanoe was fought. Regiment recruited at Dayton, OH. Mr. Dunkin died Nov. 22, 1870, aged 82; his wife died Feb. 1870. Their children were: John S., b. Feb. 10, 1816, in Union Co. IN; Louisa, b. May 18, 1818; Elizabeth, b. May 31, 1820; Michael, b. Feb. 25, 1822; Elmira, b. Sept. 2, 1825; Aaron, b. Feb. 19, 1828; William, b. Feb. 22, 1832; and George, twin of William. The above record was copied from the family Bible, where it is inscribed in the clear handwriting of Edward Henry, an old-time school teacher of Wellsburg, VA, and dated 1849.
WILLIAM DUNKIN, son of William, born on old homestead Feb. 22, 1832, ... age 22 married Elizabeth Ellen Clevenger, b. on edge of Randolph Co. IN May 5, 1838, dau. of Morgan and Rebecca Ann (Conner) Clevenger, Morgan the son of Samuel and Margaret Clevenger. (more on Clevenger family not copied here). Mr. Dunkin ... Methodist, Republican; six children: George Morgan, Hannah Jane, Frances Helen, William Sherman, Lida Pauline, and David J. ... has lived to see each of them grow up ...
MICHAEL DUNKIN, born in Union Co. IN Feb. 25, 1822, age 5 when father moved to this section near 1st May 1827. ... attended school one summer in Union Co. IN, living with his grandmother, Elizabeth Dunkin, after death of her husband John in OH. Four of her sons and Samuel Wilson, who had married her daughter Rachel, had settled there. Michael Dunkin also attended school in Delaware Co. one term, one term in Smithfield, and two terms ... Selma. ... On Nov. 9, 1843, Michael Dunkin married in Liberty Twp. to Hannah Caroline Stiffler, b. Bedford Co. PA March 5, 1823, dau. of John & Elizabeth (Hull) Stiffler (more on Stiffler family not copied here). Campbellite Church 1854, Whig & later Republican. (MAD: 1850 Randolph Co. IN census) Children:
Benjamin Franklin Dunkin, b. Feb. 4, 1845, married Mary Bradfield and has 2 children: Cora (m. Isaac Wingate, farmer of Delaware Co; they have dau. Ethel); and Clay (m. Hattie Williams, 2 children: Helen & Emily).
John Sampson Dunkin, b. Aug. 28, 1846, farmer of Delaware Co., m. Julia DeWitt, has children: Maggie (m. Nebraska Bullock, farmer of Delaware Co., has 3 children: Mark, Ruth & Paul); Mattie (twin of Maggie, m. Charles Dill, farmer of Delaware Co., has child Dorothea); Hattie, Ann, Joshua, Joseph & Jessie.
Zachariah Taylor Dunkin, b. June 18, 1850, m. Maggie Norris and has ch.: Edgar (lives St. Louis, has child Kenneth), Nellie & Kirby.
Hannah Elizabeth Dunkin, b. Nov. 11, 1852, d. age 13 years.
Mary Louisa Dunkin, b. Oct. 7, 1854, m. Charles Carmichael, have 2 children: Carrie (m. V. Smithson) and Myrtle (m. William Kessling, had 3 ch: Elsie, Kenneth & Floy).
John Fremont Dunkin, b. June 28, 1857, farmer of Delaware Co., m. Dora Reece, has ch: Louis, Earl, Grenada and Margaret.
Aaron Clay Dunkin, b. Feb. 15, 185- (sic), m. Jenny Carmody, had 2 ch: Floy and Lois.
William Perry Dunkin, b. Nov. 14, 1848, d. in infancy.
1909 "Memoirs of Lenawee County, Michigan : from the earliest historical times down to the present, including a genealogical and biographical record of representative families in Lenawee County" by R.I. Bonner, pub. by Western Historical Assn., 2 vols. (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 4966; FHL book 977.431 H2m and film 1,697,484 item 1-2)
Vol.2, pg.109-110: George W. Duncan, who has come to be recognized as one of the leading agriculturists of Deerfield township, was born in Metamora [Fulton Co.], Ohio, April 27, 1845. He is the son of David and Maria (Gilson) Duncan, the former of whom was born in Syracuse [Onondaga Co.], NY, and the latter in Vermont. In an early day they removed to Fulton Co. OH and the father cleared and improved an eighty acre farm. Both parents died there, the father in 1888, and the mother in 1887. Six children were born to the parents. William H. died while in the service of his country as a member of Company F, of the Sixty-seventh Ohio infantry; McLain lives in Massachusetts; Elmer C. lives at Metamora, Ohio; Inez Duncan Spalding died at Hudson, Mich., in 1898, and a son died in infancy. George W. Duncan, of this sketch, attended the public schools of Metamora, Ohio, and then worked with his father until the outbreak of the Civil war. He then enlisted as a private in Company F, Sixty-seventh Ohio infantry, and rendered gallant service during the balance of the great internecine struggle. When he had received his honorable discharge from the service he returned to Ohio and lived there until 1892. In that year he removed with his family to Lenawee county and settled on a farm in Deerfield township, which he later disposed of, and then purchased the well improved farm where he now resides. In the matter of politics Mr. Duncan has been a member of the Republican party ever since he became old enough to vote, and he has served as a school director of district number six. In religious matters he is allied with the Church of God, and his only fraternal or social relations are with the Grand Army of the Republic. On Dec. 18, 1865, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Duncan and Miss Martha Irwin, born near Metamora, Ohio, Sept. 21, 1846. She is the daughter of William and Jane (Montgomery) Irwin, both of whom were natives of Ireland, who came to Fulton county, Ohio, early in their lives, and were among its first settlers securing land from the government. He was a contractor on the canal from Toledo to Maumee. Two children were born to this union, William H. and Dora Jane (Duncan) Baxter, both married and residing in Toledo. Ernest H. Eckert, who has lived with Mr. and Mrs. Duncan since he was ten months old, seems as near and dear to them as their own children. He was born Nov. 18, 1881, at Ottawa Lake, Monroe county, Michigan, and was married at Riga Nov. 15, 1902, to Miss Louise Murbach, daughter of Henry and Minnie (Schultz) Murbach, by whom he has one child, Ruth, born April 21, 1904. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan were both born near Metamora, Ohio. William H. was born Sept. 27, 1866, and Dora Jane on July 30, 1868.
Newspaper obituary for Josiah Gates Duncan, grandson of John Duncan and Elizabeth McLean (from Alan Adrianson 4/2000)
Scottville Enterprise, Mason Co., Michigan dated January 14, 1909.
Josiah G. Duncan Killed
While at work on a job of grading and ditching near Bachellor Josiah G. Duncan, who lived about a mile east of town, was killed by the caving in of an embankment. It seems that with others they were hauling sand from a cut on the road side and filling a low place in the road across a swamp. The bank had been dug under about six feet, a crust formed by freezing. Mr. Duncan went under the crust to roll out a chunk of frozen dirt, the earth gave way without warning and with a cry of "Oh boys" he was caught between the frozen lumps breaking his neck and one leg. Death was instantaneous.
We were startled and our hearts were saddened beyond any degree of expression, when the news was carried from home to home on Saturday last that Josiah G. Duncan had instantly met death. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. Mr. Duncan was a man of keen intellect, noble principles, a good provider and a kind husband and father. In Custer grange he was a faithful member and will be greatly missed, as his place was seldom vacant. The community has lost a good neighbor for the motto he lived ut was "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Mr. Duncan was born in Fulton county, Ohio, November 7, 1851 and died January 9, 1909, aged 57 years, 2 months, 2 days. He was married in Berrien county, Michigan, May 7, 1878, to Miss Kate Stenn. To this union were born five children, four of whom died in the infancy. The wife and son, Merton, and family are left to mourn the untimely death of husband and father, besides two brothers, William M., of Thompsonville, and Robert P., of Otsego, two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Brundage, of Otsego, and Mrs. Anna Jessup, of Orangeville, Barry county, all but the latter being present at the funeral, which took place at the home of the deceased at twelve o'clock Tuesday, Rev. J.M. Moffet officiating. The body was tenderly borne to its last resting place by the members of the grange and interment was made in the Rickey cemetery in Amber.
(AA: Josiah G. was listed as Jesse G. Duncan on the 1860 census in Allegan Co. MI; family was in 1850 Fulton Co. OH census)
Some early Duncans in Fulton Co. OH:
George W. Duncan, 27 April 1845, born Fulton Co. MI, son of David Duncan and Louisa Gilson, mar. in Ogdon, MI, in 1865, to Martha J. Irwin; Civil War Soldier. (pg.88, Vol.XV, 1974, "Ohio the Cross Road of Our Nation, Records and Pioneer Families" from Evelyn Sigler 12/1983)
Mariah Duncan, 28 Feb. 1869, died age 45 in Amboy Twp., from Death Record 1, pg.6, Death Records 1867-1872 persons 40 years or older (pg.470, Vol.I, "Gateway to the West" by Ruth Bowers and Anita Short, 1989 reprint of periodical 1967 to 1978, Vol.7#1, FHL book 977.1 D25g)
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