Duncans in Lane Co. OR


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

Last revised May 12, 2009

Formed 1845 from Linn, Umpqua
Wasco formed 1854 from Clackamas, Marion, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Jackson


1860 Lane Co. OR Census
Eugene City Precinct
Pg.260, #190-190, X.O. DUNKEN (m) 53 SC farmer $2600-$1000
                  Polly 48 TN housewife
                  John W. 23, Mary 18 MO
                  Adaline COLLINS 21 MO
                  Wm. 27 IN farmer $0-$650
                  X.O. (m) 1 OR
                  Marshall M. DUNKEN (m) 48 SC (blank) $0-$300
                  Jeff BLEVENS 28 TN (blank) $0-$320
                  (MAD: 1850 Platte Co. MO census as "Henry", actually "Xury"; Marshall M. also called James Marshall Duncan; Hury O. Duncan b.1806 Greenville Dist. SC, mar. Polly Blevans 12/26/1833 Pulaski Co. MO; see Vol.III, #1343, "Genealogical Material in Oregon Donation Land Claims" by Gen. Forum of Portland OR, FHL book 979.5 R2g; Collins family in 1870 Santa Clara Co. CA census)

1870 Lane Co. OR Census
Eugene Twp.
Pg.472, #193-193, DUNCAN, J.W. (m) 33 MO farmer $500-$1200
                  Clarie A. (f) 23 MO keeping house
                  Xury O. (m) 55 SC stock raiser $3500-$200
                  Mary 54 TN keeping house
Springfield Twp.
Pg.487, #34-34, CAMAGYS, Presly (m) 38 MO farmer $3000?-$1600
                  Melcena (f) "2" OR
                  Viola (f) 4 OR
                  DUNCAN, "----" (m) 20 IA absent
                  DUNCAN, "----" (m) 22 IA absent
Coast Fork Twp.
Pg.513, #17-17, DUNCAN, G.C. (m) 42 IL farmer $1200-$600
                  Louisa 37 IL keeping house
                  Sarilda (f) 21, Emma 19 IA at home
                  Warren (m) 16, Felix (m) 12 OR at home
                  Mary 10, George W. 5 OR at home
                  (MAD: 1860 Benton Co. OR census)
Pg.514, #23-23, DUNCAN, M.L. (m) 39 IL farmer $600-$760
                  Mary 36 IN keeping house
                  James 14, Charles 12 IA at home
                  Saura J. 10, Levina A. 8 IA at home
                  Thomas J. 6, Arthur F. 5 OR at home
                  Martha J. 1 OR at home
                  (MAD: Marcus Duncan, 1860 Marion Co. IA census, 1880 Butte Co. CA 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, Cyrus M., widow Duncan, Sarah J.; I 11 Mich. Cav., F 2 Mich. Cav.; 1889 July 18, Invalid Appl. #717088, Cert. #517345, Oregon; 1907 Jan. 21, Widow Appl. #755241, Cert. #532332, Oregon. (MAD: 1850 Genesee Co. NY; 1860 Mecosta Co. MI; 1900 Lane Co. OR)


Cass Co. MO Deed (SLC 2/2009)
      I-255/257: This indenture made this 15 May 1855 between Jonathan Blevins and wife Julia Ann, Joseph Good and wife Hannah A., Wm. A. Austin and wife Mary Ann of Cass Co. MO, and Thomas H. Austin and wife Louisa and Wm. S. Caton and wife Melissa J. of Vernon Co. MO, and J.T.D. Blevins of Cole Co. MO and Henry O. (signed Hery O.) Duncan and wife Polly and J.J. Blevins of Love Co. OR of first part, and Benjamin Francisco (Franciace?) of Cass Co. MO of second part; for $1558, sell their interest in parcel of land in Cass Co. MO: NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.16, NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.16, SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.16, NE and NW 1/4's NE 1/4 Sec.17, N 1/2 SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.17, and 3 acres in Sec.8 beg. S corner of W 1/2 of SE 1/4 Sec.8, all of said lands in Twp.46 R29 in the aggregate 223 acres more or less. /s/ Julia Ann Blevins, Jonathan Blevins, Joseph Good, Hannah Ann (X) Good, W.A. Austin, Mary Ann (X) Austin, J.D. Blevins, "Hery" O. Duncan, J.J. Blevins, Thos. H. Austin, Louisa Austin, William S. Caton, Melissa J. Caton, Polly Duncan. Mention of Power of attorney by Henry O. Duncan and wife Polly and J.J. Blevins dated 13 April 1852 to Jonathan Blevins. (3 pages) (FHL film 979,301; typed deed book) (MAD: Xury O. Duncan b.1806 Greenville Dist. SC, mar. 12/26/1833 Pulaski Co. MO to Mary Blevins, per OR Land Claim #1343 in Lane Co. OR)

HISTORIES before 1923

1884 "Illustrated history of Lane County, Oregon" by J.S. Smith; pub. Portland, Or.: A.G. Walling (LH11386, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 979.531 H2w and film 924,601 item 1)
      Pg.143: This great train of hardy pioneers ... complete roll of names was taken at the time by J.W. Nesmith, ... James Duncan, ... Daniel Matheny, Adam Matheny, J.N. Matheny, Josiah Matheny, Henry Matheny, ... J.B. Pennington, ... The above list includes nearly every male resident of Oregon in 1843, ...
      Pg.379: 1866 to 1868: County Assessor, G. C. Duncan, 679 (not pg.679, no indication of what this number refers to)

1882 "Historic Sketches of Walla Walla, Whitman, Columbia & Garfield Cos., Washington Territory, and Umatilla Co. OR" by Frank T. Gilbert, Portland, Ore. (Sacramento Public Library on inter-library loan; also FHL film 928,566 item 2)
      Pg.97-99: Immigration Roll of 1843 (Oregon) ... Duncan, James (among many)
      Pg.51: Columbia Co. WA, Appendix: J.W. Duncan; lives one and one-half miles east of Dayton; is a farmer; owns 320 acres of land; address is Dayton. He was born in Platte Co. MO, October 5, 1837; came to Oregon in 1852, and to this county in 1886. (MAD: 1870 Lane Co. 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.

1905 "An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, Embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook, Lake and Klamath Counties, State of Oregon" pub. by Western Hist. Pub. Co. (FHL films 410,189 pgs.1-949, and film 410,190 pgs.948-1097; SLC 9/2007)
      Pg.915-916: FELIX DORRIS DUNCAN should be named among the early pioneers of the country now embraced in Lake county. He resides some eight miles southeast of Silver Lake postoffice on the west bank of Silver Lake and there owns a nice home place besides two hundred acres at the foot of the lake. He gives his attention largely to stock raising and has some very choice Durham cattle and Norfolk horses. ...
            Felix D. Duncan was born on March 26, 1858, in Lane county, Oregon, the son of George C. and Louise (Rinehart) Duncan. They crossed the plains from Iowa in 1854 and made settlement in Lane county. In 1873 they came to Silver Lake valley, where the father is now living. The mother is deceased. Mrs. Duncan's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Rinehart, died in February, 1903, aged ninety-seven. Our subject grew up in Lane county and there received his education. When the family came on to Silver Lake valley, he accompanied them and here rode the range and took his present place as a homestead. ... Fraternally, Mr. Duncan is affiliated with the W.W. and in 1898 he was elected assessor of Lake county on the Democratic ticket. Mr. Duncan was among the first ones of the early settlers to come to this valley. Those who located in the Silver Lake valley in 1873, were Charles P. Marshall, James Sullivan, Emery Noble, George Thompson, Albert Rose, A.V. Lane, Samuel Smith, A.R. Chase, Mr. Murdock and G.C. Duncan and family. Mr. Marshall, Mr. Sullivan and the Duncan family are the only ones of the entire number that still remain. Mrs. Duncan, Mrs. Murdock and A.V. Lane's mother were the only women that wintered here in 1873. Our subject has assisted materially in the transformation of the country from the wild to its present prosperous condition and has always been a good substantial citizen.
      Pg.918-919: WARREN M. DUNCAN, the senior member of the firm of Duncan & Company, is managing a livery and feed business at Silver Lake. He was born on July 31, 1854, where the town of Vale now stands, in eastern Oregon, while his parents were crossing the plains to Oregon. His father, George C. Duncan, was a native of Tennessee and came to Iowa at the age of sixteen. He located near Des Moines and there married Louise Rinehart. They started across the plains in the spring of 1854 and arrived in Lane county, Oregon, September 17th, of the same year. Mr. Duncan took a donation claim in Lane county and for four years was assessor of that county. As early as 1873, he came to the Silver Lake country, locating on the west bank of Silver Lake, and engaging in the stock business. He is now living a retired life in Harney county, this state, being nearly eighty years of age, his birth occurring on October 12, 1825. The mother is a relative of the Rinehart family of Union county, this state, and her mother, Isabel Rinehart, died in 1903, in her ninety-seventh year. Mrs. Duncan died in 1882. The children born to this venerable couple are Mrs. Sarilda Comegys of Burns, Oregon; Mrs. Emma Bunyard of Harney county, Oregon; Warren M., who is our subject; Felix D., of Silver Lake; and George W., of Lakeview. Our subject located on a farm with his parents in Lane county and came with them to Silver Lake in September, 1876. He engaged in the stock business and took a preemption and a homestead in the Silver Lake valley. Later he sold this property and came to the village of Silver Lake where he built a large livery stable. Since that time, he has been engaged in the livery business, his son being his partner. ...
            On December 31, 1880, Mr. Duncan married Ida Vanderpool, who was born in Marion county, Oregon. Her father, James Vanderpool, was a pioneer of Oregon in 1856 and also was one of the earliest settlers of Crook county, coming there in 1871. He died in Prineville in 1898. Her mother, Mary (Moore) Vanderpool, is now living at Prineville. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have one child, Leslie Willard, who is actively engaged with his father in the livery business. Mr. Duncan is a member of the W.W. and is a very active and stirring man.


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