Duncans in Jackson Co. OR


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

Last revised May 25, 2012

Formed 1852 from Umpqua
Coos formed 1853 from Umpqua, Jackson
Wasco formed 1854 from Clackamas, Marion, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Jackson
Josephine formed 1856 from Jackson
Lake formed 1874 from Jackson, Wasco


1860 Jackson Co. OR Census
Eden Prct.
Pg.179, #1084-65, Emerson E. GORE 36 VT farmer $4000-$1000
                  Mary E. 33 PA
                  Lewis E. 14, Annettie J. (f) 9 IA
                  Walter 7, Malvina 5 OR
                  Ida 3, W. (m) 1/12 OR
                  Augustus WARREN 20 ME farm laborer
                  Robt. McCULLOUGH 45 PA farm laborer
                  Saml. C. DUNCAN 35 PA farm laborer
Jacksonville Prct.
Pg.184, #94-41, L.J.C. DUNCAN (m) 42 TN sheriff $2000-$4000
                  Pamelia 41 NY
                  Hariet THOMPSON 11 NY
                  M.L. DUNCAN (m) 4/12 OR
                  (MAD: Legrand J.C. Duncan, brother of William B. Duncan d. by 1866 Macon Co. AL)
Pg.185, #136-80, Clark DOTY (m) 78 VT carpenter $0-$200
                  Elizabeth 58 NY
                  Louisa 20, Clark 17 NY
                  J. Hellen (m) 14 NY
                  James ARCHER 26 AL gunsmith $0-$0
                  Louisa 20 NY
                  Chas. DUNCAN 20 PA farm laborer $0-$0
                  (MAD: ? 1870 Josephine Co. OR census)
Pg.188, #205-141, Jno. W. DUNCAN 36 NJ miner $0-$0 (alone)

1870 Jackson Co. OR Census
Willow Springs
Pg.385, #15-10, DUNCAN, Henry 34 PA farm laborer $0-$300
                  Mary Ann 23 OH keeping house
                  William A. 2 OR
                  Alfred C. 1 OR
Pg.421, #675-661, DUNCAN, Legrand J.C. 52 TN ex-county judge
                  Permilia 52 NY keeps house
                  Hattie THOMPSON 21 NY at home
                  (MAD: Permelia Duncan, formerly Permelia Thompson, was admin. estate of William Thompson who died 8 Aug. 1856; see Vol.III, #372, "Genealogical Material in Oregon Donation Land Claims" by Gen. Forum of Portland, OR; FHL book 979.5 R2g. L.J.C. Duncan asked that a patent be sent to him for land settled in 1853 by Joseph Pinkham, in a letter dated 18? Dec. 1866; see Vol.III, #391, "Genealogical Material in Oregon Donation Land Claims" by Gen. Forum of Portland, OR; FHL book 979.5 R2g)


Macon Co. AL Probate Records; original estate papers 1832-1940; Drakeford, James to Echols, John H. (FHL film 2,033,923; did not extract all documents)
   W.B. Duncan, Folder #1 of 2.
      Recorded Bond Book pg.616; bond for Thos. Ramsey as admin. of Wm. B. Duncan, 12 Feb. 1866, security R.W. Coleman, W.G. Andrews.
      4-page list of notes, total $529,541
      Petition to declare estate insolvent, includes accounts of others, filed June 8, 18??; includes Confederate Bonds $6,900; no real estate; dated 8 June 1868.
      Settlement, includes sale of land in Macon Co. and in Barbour Co.; settled 2nd Monday July 1871; recorded Book ?? pg.55.
      Inventory included 1 lot land and house, 160 acres, 1 land warrant for 160 acres; filed March 1866, recorded Book 11, pg.114.
      Petition to sell land: E 1/2 SW 1/4 and W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.32, Twp.11 R25, 160.25 acres; and E 1/4 Sec.25 Twp.14 R24, 160 acres.
      W.B. Duncan, post master at Hardaway at beginning of war.
   W.B. Duncan, Folder #2 of 2.
      Deposition of John W. Rogers; (1) he knows the land; (2) not personally acquainted with any heirs of W.B. Duncan's estate but has heard Mr. Duncan speak of a full brother in Oregon and half brothers and sisters living in Walker Co. GA, he thinks Lafayette is their post office; he does not remember the number (of brothers and sisters) of either; he has also heard him speak of another full brother since died and left widow with 3 or 4 children.
      Deposition of W.H. Henderson; L.J.C. Duncan of Jacksonville [MAD: Jackson Co.], Oregon, is a full brother; W.B. Duncan had one other full brother living in Lafayette, Walker Co. GA, now decd, who left a widow and some children, unknown how many nor residence of this family; Mr. Duncan had full sister now dead who left 3 children, residence unknown other than Alabama; he had 2 half brothers and one half sister, one of the brothers H.S. Duncan lives in Lafayette, Walker Co. GA, the other, R.S. Duncan, living in Arkansas, the half sister lived in Lafayette, Walker Co. GA, died and left two children; the full sister married Robt. Huston who lived near Lafayette, Walker Co. GA, and has since died; the half sister married Thos. McDonald who lived at the same place and is dead; 23 May 1866.
      Petition 6 Feb. 1866, that William B. Duncan died more than 15 days ago in the State of VA in 1864 or 1865, Thomas Ramsey the largest creditor, petitions for administration of the estate.
      (MAD: W.B. Duncan 38 TN in 1860 Macon Co. AL; L.J.C. Duncan 42 TN in 1860 Jackson Co. OR census with wife & child; one Hugh L. Duncan 23 GA in 1860 Walker Co. GA census with wife next to Marvel Duncan 64 TN and near the widow of Marvel L. Duncan; one Robert T. Duncan 25 GA in 1860 Sevier Co. AR and one Robert Duncan 38 TN in 1860 Benton Co. AR with wife & family)

HISTORIES before 1923

1904 "Portrait & Biographical Record of Western OR" pub. by Chapman Pub. Co. (from C.T. Duncan 7/2006 from IN State Library)
      Pg.920-921: Henry C. Duncan. In tracing the ancestry of the Duncan family, we find the grandfather, William A. Duncan, to have been a native of Scotland and prior to that time the family name was CORNFORD. During the Revolutionary war, on account of a difference of opinion in sympathy with the British cause, the grandfather changed his name to DUNCAN, his mother's maiden name. He was a sea-faring man and finally died at sea, leaving an only son, William A. Jr., the father of Henry C. Born in 1802 near Philadelphia, PA, he early learned the blacksmith's trade and many useful years of his life were spent in the pursuits of that occupation, but his later years were passed in that peaceful and independent calling, farming. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Liechty, of German descent, born in Lancaster Co. PA about 1810. She bore her husband the following six children: Alexander, deceased; Henry C.; Matilda, deceased; Sarah, the widow of the late William Himilwright, of Shelby Co. OH; William A. who died at Camp Nelson during the Civil war while serving as a private in the Fourth Indiana Volunteer Cavalry; and Eliza, also deceased. Removing to Ohio about 1850, the parents of these children located in Independence, Defiance Co., and soon after their removal to that section both passed to their eternal rest, the year 1850 marking the date of their demise.
      Near the city of Mexico, in Juniata Co., PA, May 16, 1836, Henry C. Duncan first saw the light of day, and his boyhood days were spent in attending school in this vicinity and later in Ohio, after the removal of the family to that state. Deprived of both parents early in life, he started out to make his way in the world at the early age of fifteen years, being scantily fitted for the battle of life. His first manual labor was performed in the capacity of laborer on the Wabash and Miami canal, and for six years he was employed in canal work. Thirsting for adventure, in the spring of 1858 he joined a military company in Ohio and started for Utah to engage in an active campaign against the Mormons but before reaching their destination the order was revoked and Mr. Duncan proceeded on to Kansas and for a brief time thereafter he followed teaming in the government service, driving a six-mule team in the transfer of government supplies to Camp Floyd, Utah. In the fall of the same year he determined to proceed to California and while upon the Sierra Nevada mountains he was caught in a snow storm and was obliged to leave everything, being thankful to escape with his life, and finally succeeded in reaching Marysville, where he spent the winter.
      As the mining camps appeared to offer great inducements to the fortune seeker, in the spring of 1859 he went into Shasta county, and followed mining in that section but was not successful. Removing in 1860 to Jackson county, Ore., he persevered in his efforts and continued to work in the mines near Jacksonville, with little or no success until 1871, and realizing that he could not make a fortune in that way he discontinued that line of work and turned his attention to other things.
      Mr. Duncan first became identified with Klamath county in 1871, by taking up a pre-emption claim in Langells valley and for two years thereafter he followed stock-raising there, but on account of the Modoc war was forced to leave his place and seek safety in Klamath Falls during the winter of 1873. He subsequently established what is known as Parker's station and remained there until 1877. The two years following were spent at Ashland and he then returned to Langells valley with a herd of cattle which he had bought, but the severe winter which followed caused him to lose everything, and once more he found himself at the bottom of the ladder. Undaunted, he returned to Ashland and secured employment in various capacities and by industry and thrift accumulated his small savings and in 1881 went to Montana, once more investing his money in stock. For several years thereafter he followed farm pursuits and stock-raising in that section, but in 1884 he disposed of his interest there and again took up his residence in Oregon. Purchasing a farm in Klamath county three miles north of Langells Valley post-office, he has continued to follow the stock business there ever since. His farm of eighty acres is finely improved and he gives especial attention to the raising of cattle, horses and mules, having about one hundred and eighty head of cattle.
      The marriage of Mr. Duncan, June 25, 1866 in Jackson county, united him with Mary A. Kilgore, a daughter of James Kilgore; Mrs. Duncan was born July 20, 1847, and she and her husband now have three sons, William A., Alfred C. and Henry E., all at home. Politically Mr. Duncan is allied with the Republican party in national issues, but believes in voting for the best man in local affairs. He can not be termed an active politician, having devoted his energies to his business interest, which has also caused him to refrain from joining many fraternal orders. He is a member of but one secret society, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having passed all the chairs of Jacksonville Lodge No. 10. Through his whole life he has been a hard worker and to this fact, and to his honesty, he attributes his success. He stands well in his community.


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