Duncans in Oklahoma Co. OK


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

Last revised June 5, 2009

Formed 1890, Original County


1930 Census, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma (from Kathy D. Cawley 1/2005)
  S.D.# 5, E.D.# 55-125, sheet # 17B, page 203B
  312 S.W. 13th Street
Wesley P.,
Head, rents, m/w, age 34, M'd at 21, cannot read/write Ok./unk/unk
Laborer/Western Paving, Veteran WW
Allie, Wife, f/w, age 27, M'd at 14, can read/write, Ok./Ok./Ok.
Annie, Daughter, f/w, age 8, attended school, Ok./Ok./Ok.
Jimmie P., Son, m/w, age 6, attended school, Ok./Ok./Ok.
Goldie, Daughter, f/w, age 4 2/12, Ok./Ok./Ok.
Mildred, Daughter, f/w, age 1 7/12, Ok./Ok./Ok.
      (KDC: see Wessie Ducan in 1920 Seminole Co. OK census)


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, James F., widow Duncan, Louisa; C 112 Ill Inf.; 1890 July 28, Invalid Appl. #884261, Cert. #742854, Kans.; 1921 Aug. 6, Widow Appl. #1180363, Cert. #917104, Okla. (MAD: 1900-1910 Lincoln, Oklahoma Co. OK, James F. b.1835 PA, Louisa b.1854 OH; 1880 Jefferson Co. KS)

HISTORIES before 1923

1922 "The story of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 'The Biggest Little City in the World'" by W.F. Kerr and Ina Gainer, pub. by S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 3 vols. (FHL film 1,000,356 items 4-6, books 15-17)
      Vol.3, Pg.448-450: JESSE LAWRENCE DUNCAN. Jesse Lawrence Duncan, one of the most widely known independent oil operators in the southwest, having drilled extensively in various fields in this section of the country, is now officially and financially connected with a number of important companies. While still a young man, he has attained a position in connection with the oil industry that many a man of twice his yrs might well envy. He was born in the town of Duncan, Oklahoma, November 27, 1890, his parents being Lee L. and Anna May (Vaughn) Duncan. The father was a native of Knoxville [Knox Co.], Tennessee, and became owner of large land holdings. He also engaged extensively in stock raising, handling fine horses in Kentucky. He acquired large property interests in Oklahoma and when the Rock Island Railroad was built to the south the town of Duncan, Oklahoma, was established and named in his honor. He was proprietor of a large cattle ranch in that section of the state. He died in 1898, while on a business trip to Tennessee. His wife, who was born in Nashville, Tennessee, is now living in Canon City, Colorado.
      Reared in Oklahoma, Jesse L. Duncan attended the public and high schools and also studied civil engineering in the University of Colorado but did not continue the course to graduation. Since nineteen years of age he has been dependent upon his own resources and has won notable success. He first became connected with the Sunnyside mines of the Commercial Coal & Coke Company at Walsenburg, Colorado, filling the position of superintendent. For a short time he was with the Phelps-Dodge Company interests in New Mexico and afterward returned to Oklahoma, where he became associated with the Empire Gas & Oil Company, a Standard Oil subsidiary of Bartlesville. There he learned every phase of the oil game and to the training and experience which he obtained in that way he owes his success. He has been field scout, a drilling contractor, a lease man and ultimately an independent operator. It was in 1917 that he began operating independently in the Glen pool in Creek county, Oklahoma, starting on borrowed money, securing a sufficient sum from a banker to cover a lease which later proved to be very profitable. Since then he has had the support and cooperation of such men as General Julian S. Carr of Durham, North Carolina, Henry A. Cline of Houston, Texas, who is counsel for the Santa Fe in that state, and prominent financiers of New York. Mr. Duncan's interests have constantly broadened in scope and importance and he is today the vice president and general manager of the Dalpoint Oil & Gas Company, producers in the Burkburnett and Wichita Falls, Texas, fields, is also a director and general manager of the Russell-Hale Oil Company, producers in Oklahoma and Texas, and a partner in the Duncan-Carr Oil Company, operating in the Texas, Louisiana and Duncan (Oklahoma) fields. He is likewise conducting independent operations, which are extensive, in Stephens and Creek counties of Oklahoma and Louisiana. Enviable as is his position in connection with the oil industry, he has likewise become widely and prominently known through other lines of business in which he is interested. He is today one of the owners of the Standard Battery Company of Dallas, Texas, handling automobile batteries in the southwest, is a stockholder in the First National Bank in Oklahoma City and a stockholder in the Oklahoma City Wholesale Grocery Company, which has one store in Oklahoma City, two stores in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and another in Parsons, Kansas. He has proven his worth and his judgment. His friends are confident of his ability and are ready to back his opinions with their financial resources.
      On the 6th of January, 1912, Mr. Duncan was married to Miss Dora Hirsch of El Reno, Oklahoma, a daughter of Henry Hirsch, one of the prominent pioneer settlers of the state, who engaged in the milling business. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have two children: William Gordon, born October 8, 1914; and Dorothy Louise, born April 13, 1916. Mrs. Duncan has no social aspirations but is very prominent in charitable work and presides most graciously over a hospitable home. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are members of the Christian church and take active interest in its work. His political support is given to the democratic party and he is a public-spirited citizen, doing everything in his power to advance progress in his section. He belongs to Siloam Lodge, No.276, A.F.&A.M.; and is a life member of Indian Consistory, No.2, S.P.&S., of McAlester, Oklahoma; and belongs to India Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Oklahoma City. He is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, with the Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club and the two country clubs of Oklahoma City. He greatly enjoys all phases of outdoor life, including fishing and hunting, and he is a dog fancier. He knows what he wants, starts to his objective and reaches it. He is alert to every opportunity. Every advantage that comes his way is wisely used and, realizing what he has accomplished within a few years, it seems that he has reached his present position by leaps and bounds. The results achieved, however, are the outcome of thorough understanding of every phase of the oil industry -- a knowledge acquired through practical experience and earnest effort.


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