Duncans in Yamhill Co. OR


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

Last revised December 26, 2006

Formed 1843; original county
Polk Co. formed 1845 from Yamhill
Tillamook formed 1853 from Clatsop, Polk, Yamhill


1870 Yamhill Co. OR Census (also from Robert Owen Duncan 3/2000)
McMinnville Precinct, 27 June, 1870, pg.11
Pg.514, #75-67, RANSON, Hiram 34 IL farmer $0-$1195
                  Clarissa 28 IL keeping house
                  Horace 5, Walter 1 OR at home
                  HENDERSON, Nancy 56 OH at home
                  DUNCAN, George 16 CA farm laborer
                  (ROD: son of Mark Duncan from Anderson Co. KY)
McMinnville, 5 July 1870, pg.18
Pg.517, #133-113, STAGGS, Samual 52 KY farmer $10,000-$1900
                  Maria 39 IL keeping house
                  Oro Fina (f) 5 OR at home
                  DUNCAN, William 12 CA at home
                  Ezra (m) 9 CA at home
                  (ROD: Maria Bright, widow of Mark Duncan of 1860 Sonoma Co. CA census; from Anderson Co. KY, and their sons William and Ezra)

1880 Yamhill Co. OR Census (partial; HeritageQuest image 12/2006)
  McMinnville Town, pg.2, SD Or?, E.D. 136
Pg.443B, #10-12, DUNCAN, Geo. B., w/m 25 mar. brickmaker CA KY KY
  Martha, w/f 20 wife mar. housekeeping MO KY KY
  Ethel L., w/f 2/12 b.Apl? dau single at home OR CA MO
  McMinnville Precinct, pg.19, S.D. Or, E.D. 136
Pg.450D, #151-160, STAGGS, S.F., w/m 62 mar. farmer KY VA PA
  Maria L., w/f 54 wife mar. housekeeper IL KY (blank)
  Oro F., w/f 14 dau. single OR KY IL
 DUNCAN, May, w/f 8 granddau. single at home CA KY (blank)
  Chas. S., w/m 6 grandson single CA KY (blank)

HISTORIES before 1923

1922 "History of Oregon" Vol.II, by Charles Henry Carey, pub. by Pioneer Hist. Pub. Co. (from Byron Merrill 10/1987; MAD's extract)
      Pg.123: Samuel Steen Duncan. Educational work in Yamhill Co. is well carried forward by Samuel S. Duncan ... born in Bellefontaine [Logan Co.], OH, Sept. 11, 1861, son of Andrew and Nancy (Steen) Duncan, natives of PA. In an early day the father went to OH until fall 1865, then IL, then IA until 1884, then KS near Osborne until May 1896, to OR. Died Dec. 1896 age 81 and a half years; the mother's demise occurred December 17, 1893, when she was 71 years of age. Samuel S. Duncan reared in IL ..., entered academy at Monmouth [Mercer Co.], graduated class of 1876 ... On the 12th of September 1883 Mr. Duncan was united in marriage to Miss Jennie McNerney, became parents of 8 children: Grace m. N.T. McCoy, James A., Doris m. Charles Bentley, Wilma m. C.A. Evans, Theo Steen, Charles K., Milton Verne, Leland Stewart. ...


Letter from files of Robert Owen Duncan (from Robert Owen Duncan 3/2000 and 6/2001; his additions in [brackets])
      Copy of letter & all information noted in possession of Robert Owen Duncan, 4ggson of Benjamin Duncan and Susannah Hawkins.
      Benj. Duncan listed as Father in letter, "Family history of your grandparents Mark Duncan & Marie Louise Bonapart Bright Duncan Staggs." (R.O.D.) Letter given to my paternal grandfather, Robert Orval Duncan, (who was the 1st born of Orval Francis Duncan, who was the 2nd born of Ezra B. Duncan,) by his cousin, Emeral Duncan, (who was the 1st born of Clement R. Duncan, who was the 1st born of Ezra B. Duncan, who was the 6th son and 7th child of Mark and Maria Bright Duncan.)
      Source for letter said to be by a son of George Benjamin Duncan (3rd child of Mark) (possibly G.B. Jr.), given to Lowell Ezra Duncan, son (8th child) of Ezra B. Duncan, son of Mark. Letter source info from Mrs. Betty Copper, dau. of Lowell, 1 Jan 1989 via telecon w/ R.O.D.
            [----- Transcript of letter:--------]
      "Family History of Your Grandparents Mark Duncan & Marie Louise Bonapart Bright Duncan Staggs."
      "Mark Duncan, born about [March] 1820 in [Lawrenceburg] Kentucky, was the [2nd] son of Benjamin Duncan [and Susannah Hawkins] [1] -- no other information about him other than the name -- Mark had brothers Mathew [older], John, Asa, and a sister Lucinda? [2.] of the "maidens grave" fame ["Donner party"] and possibly others. [3.]
      The first Duncan on our line was said to have come to this country in the early colonial days and was a Presbyterian preacher.
      Mark married Marie Louise Bonapart Bright in Kentucky on about [3rd of] March 1845 and sired your father [Ezra B.] -born May 20, 1861 - and Noel 1847 Mo., John Tyler, Feb. 20, 1849 d. Dec. 30, 1868, George Benjamin d. [born] June 8, 1854, died Oct. 1923, Mathew Bright d. [born] Nov. 30, 1858 died Nov. 1913, Edward, no date, Susan, no date, Sarah, no date.
      Mark & M.L.B. emigrated from Kentucky to Platt City, Mo. about 1846 where Noel & John were born. When the "gold rush" of 1849 started, Mark left his family in Platt City and crossed the plains to California and was said to have been successful in acquiring his share of the gold.
      In 1852 - or there abouts - he sent for M.L.B. and family and she crossed the plains in a covered wagon with Kit Carson as guide part of the way. She joined Mark at Yountville, Napa County and there George Duncan was born in 1854. From Yountsville, the family moved to a ranch on the Russian River near Heraldsburg, Sonoma County. Later Mark sold the ranch and set up a tannery business in Heraldsburg. In Heraldsburg, some of his children must have been born.
      Hearing fabulous tales of the fertile, green lands of Oregon he sold the tannery business and moved his family to a ranch near McMinnville, Oregon. While engaged in settling up his affairs in Heraldsburg and moving his family - by wagon - he contracted smallpox on one of the trips and died enroute in 1862, place unknown.
      Your grandma [Maria Bright] Staggs was born May 20, 1831 in Danville, Ill. although her parents originally came from Nashville, Tenn. where they were in the innkeeping business. She married Mark when she was not yet 14 and from that time her life was a saga of adventure and hardship.
      After Mark's death, she married Sam Staggs, a school teacher and lived on the ranch at McMinnville until 1896 when she moved to a home she owned in Santa Rosa." [4.]
      [1. Benj. md 1st to Mary Bennett, 1889, md 2nd, Susannah Hawkins, 9 Nov 1816, Franklin Co., KY, Susannah md 1st, Henry Kilby, having at least 5 children. She was the daughter of Mathew Hawkins and Hannah Maxwell]
      [2. As Mark's siblings, John & Asa are not proven, and doubtful & Lucinda was actually wife of Daniel Duncan, 1st born of father Benj. and his 1st wife Mary Bennett]
      [3. Doubt other siblings beyond Mark possible as Benj died within a few months after Mark's birth. Benj's will proven 16 Nov 1820.]
      [4. She died there, aged 73, at 663 Charles St. Santa Rosa, Cal. 6 Mar 1904]
      Permission to print & post this on web to aid in Duncan or related family genealogical research given to Mary Ann Dobson, Herb Duncan, Gen Berry, and Rosemary Webb, by Robert Owen Duncan, on 18 Jun 2001 provided that source information and point of contact is included in the posting. Further permission to publish for realization of monetary gain not given or implied without further written consent. Robert Owen Duncan
      MAD: see the website of Rosemary Webb at: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/w/e/b/Rosemary-Webb/index.html?Welcome=992968836 for Robert Owen Duncan's email address.
      MAD: McMinnville, Yamhill Co. OR

Notarized Statement 16 Aug. 1940 before Yamhill Co. OR Notary Public (from Byron Merrill 10/1987, permission to post on web 1/2001)
      We, Samuel Steen Duncan, born near Bellefontaine, Logan Co. OH, on 11 Sept. 1861, parents Andrew Duncan and Nancy Taylor (Steen) Duncan; and Ann Jane Duncan, b. near Williamsport, Lycoming Co. PA, on 2 May 1862, parents James McNerney and Mary (Cunningham) McNerney; residents of city of McMinnville, married at Council Bluffs, IA, on 12 Sept. 1883, have had 8 children:
            Margaret Grace McCoy, dau. now deceased, b. near Clarinda, Page Co. IA, 22 Oct. 1884.
            James Arnet Duncan, son b. near Osborne, Osborne Co. KS, 12 Oct. 1886, now resides McMinnville.
            Mary Doris Bentley, dau. b. near Osborne, Osborne Co. KS, 7 Oct. 1888, now resides Seattle, WA.
            Wilma Elizabeth Evans, dau. b. Carlton, Yamhill Co. OR, 22 April 1891, now resides West Salem, OR.
            Theo Steen Murray, dau. b. Dayton, Yamhill Co. OR, 29 May 1896, now resides Portland, OR.
            Charles Kenneth Duncan, son b. Dayton, Yamhill Co. OR, 3 Jan. 1899, now resides near Buell, Polk Co. OR.
            Milton Verne Duncan, son b. McMinnville, Yamhill Co. OR, 14 Dec. 1901, now resides Lompoc, CA.
            Leland Stuart Duncan, son b. Amity, Yamhill Co. OR, 17 March 1904, now resides McMinnville, OR.

Obituary, "Dayton ...", Dayton [Yamhill Co.], OR, Friday, January 1, 1897 (from Byron Merrill 10/1987, permission to post on web 1/2001)
      Death of Andrew Duncan. Andrew Duncan was born July 1, 1815, 81 years last July, near Pittsburg [Allegheny Co.], PA, where he lived for 30 years and then removed to OH. Lived there 10 years and moved to IA in 1876, and from IA to KS in 1884, where he resided up to June last, when he came to Dayton, OR. ... died Wednesday evening ... Deceased was the father of Prof. S.S. Duncan, of Dayton.


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