Duncan research files of
1860 Dunn Co. WI Census
No Duncan indexed
1870 Dunn Co. WI Census
Pg.127, #28-28, DUNCAN, Joel 50 CANada farmer $650-$200, parents of foreign birth
Sarah 35 IN keeping house
Carrie (f) 8 WI, father of foreign birth
Ida (f) 4 WI, father of foreign birth
Richard 2 WI, father of foreign birth
JESTER, Charles 28 IL works on farm
(MAD: 1860 Chippewa Co. WI census)
"Portrait and biographical record of Walworth and Jefferson counties, Wisconsin" pub. Chicago, Lake City Publishing Co., 1894 (FHL film 908,347 item 1; SLC 10/2008 and 12/2008)
Pg.303-304: JAMES W. DUNCOMB is one of the well-known citizens of La Grange Township. He follows general farming and stock-raising on section 33, where he has 120 acres of rich prairie land. He started out in life for himself a poor boy, but he possessed an enterprising and energetic spirit, which has overcome the difficulties in his path. Step by step he has worked his way upward until he has obtained a well-deserved competence.
Mr. Duncomb is a native of Canandaigua [Ontario] County, N.Y., born December 13, 1852, and is a son of Moses and Mary J. (Wilbur) Duncomb, who were also natives of the Empire State. The father was a blacksmith by trade, and followed that business in the East until 1855, when he went to Jefferson County, Wis. In Hebron, Wis., he carried on a blacksmith shop until April, 1861, when, prompted by patriotic impulses, he ... became a member of Company A, Fourth Wisconsin Infantry, in which he served for three years. ... When his term had expired he was honorably discharged and at once returned to his home. Soon after, he removed to Richmond Centre, where he spent several years. He died in March 1882, and his remains were interred in Barron County, Wis. He was a member of the Baptist Church. His wife still survives him, and is now living in Menomonie, Dunn County, Wis.
Mr. and Mrs. Duncomb were the parents of ten children, eight sons and two daughters, of whom eight are yet living. The one in whom we are most interested, James W., was brought by his parents to the West during his infancy and has since lived in this locality. His school privileges were those afforded by the district schools of the neighborhood, and even those advantages were quite meagre, for at the early age of twelve years he was thrown upon his own resources to make his way in the world. He began to earn his own livelihood by working as a farm hand for $9 per month, and was thus employed for eleven years, when he determined to engage in farming in his own interest. For four years he rented land in Sugar Creek Township, and then, with the capital he had acquired, purchased his present farm, this being in 1882.
In the mean time, Mr. Duncomb was married. On the 7th of March, 1878, he wedded Miss Mary A. Lewis, daughter of John and Diantha (Harrison) Lewis. They now have three children, a son and two daughters: Eva M., Frank L. and Florence E. Their home is the abode of hospitality, and Mr. and Mrs. Duncomb have many warm friends in the community, who hold them in high regard. In his political views, Mr. Duncomb is a Republican ...
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