Duncan research files of
1860 Douglas Co. OR Census
Mt. Scott Precinct
Pg.122, #437-437, Robt. DUNCAN 45 SC farmer $400-$1600
John 17 MO laborer
Mary 16, Anna 13 MO
Saltania? (f) 10 MO
Catherine 7 OR
Andrew BILLY? 30 MO laborer $0-$700
(MAD: 1850 Platte Co. MO census; Robert R. Duncan and wife and Zury O. Duncan and wife had claims for Oregon land; see Vol.IV Part 2, pg.42; Robert R. Duncan b.1816 SC, married Elizabeth 5/19/1842 in Platte Co. MO; see Vol.III, #1320, "Genealogical Material in Oregon Donation Land Claims" by Gen. Forum of Portland, OR; FHL book 979.5 R2g)
1870 Douglas Co. OR Census
Mt. Scott Precinct
Pg.330, #4-2, DUNCAN, Robert 59 SC farmer $1000-$400
Mary 48 VA keeping house
Jane 20 MO
Ann 17 OR
1912 "Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912" by Joseph Gaston, pub. by S.J. Clarke (FHL film 1,000,359; SLC 9/2007)
Vol.3, pg.704, 707 (pg.705-706 picture & blank): JAMES P. DUNCAN, proprietor of the Grave Creek Ranch of four hundred and eighteen acres near Leland, Josephine county, though reared on a farm has spent a large portion of his time at railroad work. He was born in Marion county, Iowa, August 21, 1856, a son of M.L. and Mary J. (Morrow) Duncan, the father a native of Missouri and the mother of Indiana. The parents migrated to Oregon in 1859 and settled in Lane county, where they remained for ten years. They then removed to Douglas county and there the father died in 1887, the mother's death occurring two years later. In their family were eight children, six of whom are still living.
James P. Duncan remained at home until he attained the age of nineteen years, meanwhile receiving a good common-school education. He then embarked in business on his own account, renting a stock ranch which he conducted successfully for five years. He then sold his agricultural interests and engaged in railroading, a vocation which for twenty years he continued to follow. While thus employed he saved a large portion of his earnings and at the conclusion of his employment by the railroad he purchased the ranch of four hundred and eighteen acres in Josephine county, near Leland, upon which he has since made his home. His property is known as the Grave Creek Ranch and he makes a specialty of stock-raising, although he conducts general farming as well.
Mr. Duncan has been married twice, his first union being with Miss Lucy A. Hillbrant, and unto them four children were born, namely: Anna, the wife of L. Chrisman, of Washington; Elmer, residing at Glendale; Edgar; and Lydie, who married C.F. Johns, of Douglas county. The mother of these children died December 17, 1886, and in 1894 Mr. Duncan wedded Miss Martha J. Beasley, a native of Colorado. Unto this union four children were born, Gold, Silva, Dewey and Leona.
In his political views Mr. Duncan is an adherent of the republican party. He takes an active interest in public matters and especially in educational affairs, now serving as school director on the local school board. He is a Royal Arch Mason, belonging to the chapter at Woodward, and is also a member of the Woodmen of the World camp. Both he and his wife affiliate with the Christian church, giving that organization their active support. Mr. Duncan is one of the influential, active and honored citizens of his community. He is a good businessman, looking after all of the details of his affairs with care and discrimination and has achieved a very large success in life.
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