Duncans in Arizona


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

Last revised July 31, 2008



1860 Arizona Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Pima Terr. AZ Census
Camp Crittenden, P.O. Tucson
Pg.19, #25-25, DUNCAN, Alexander 34 IN soldier USA
                  with other soldiers
San Pedro, P.O. Tucson
Pg.35, #3-3, DUNCAN, J.G. (m) 34 PA station keeper $500-$500
                  FOWLER, L.W. (m) 23 PA station keeper $500-$500
                  DUNCAN, J.J. (m) 24 PA station keeper $500-$500
Pg.35, #4-4, RENSHAW, J.L. (m) 23 PA station keeper $500-$500
                  RUSSELL, Charles 43 SCT teamster, parents of foreign birth

1870 Yavapai Terr. AZ Census
Rio Verde, P.O. Prescott
Pg.100, #54, DUNCAN, Charles 34 FRance cook $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  with other single men


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, Charles E.; B 39 US Vol. Inf. (S); 1925 Nov. 18, Invalid(S) Appl. #1527497, Cert. #1284247, Ariz.; remarks C2368588.
      Duncan, James F. (MAD: looks like James L.); Q.M.S. 46 PA Inf., A 46 PA Inf.; 1892 June 7, Invalid Appl. #1115777, Cert. #909486, Ariz. (MAD: ? 1880 Clarion Co. PA, 1880 Pima Co. AZ; 1900 Cochise Co. AZ)
      Duncan, James F. (MAD: looks like James L.); Q.M.S. 46 PA Inf., A 46 PA Inf.; 1892 June 7, Invalid Appl. #1115777, Cert. #909486, Ariz.
      Dunkin, Reuben M., widow Dunkin, Jennie N.; B 18 US Inf.; 1882 Nov. 22, Invalid Appl. #465575, Cert. #224668, Ind.; 1908 Feb. 5, Widow Appl. #884374, no cert., Cal.; remarks see Ind. War W.O. 11696. (MAD: d.1907 Los Angeles Co. CA age 48y; 1900 Yavapai Co. AZ b.1863 IN; 1880 Putnam Co. IN age 16 ???; ?? Reuben Duncan enlisted 25 May 1863, at Eureka, Humboldt Co. CA, in B Co. 1st Battn Mountain Reg. CA)

HISTORIES before 1923

1896 "A Historical and biographical record of the territory of Arizona" pub. by McFarland & Poole, cover title "Arizona" (SUTRO book F811 H68, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL film 1,033,949 item 9)
      No Duncan biography

1901 "Portrait and biographical record of Arizona : commemorating the achievements of citizens who have contributed to the progress of Arizona and the development of its resources" pub. by Chapman Pub. Co. (SUTRO book F810 C5, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL film 934,828 item 1)
      Pg.295: Hon. James F. Duncan, clerk of board of supervisors of Cochise Co., Democrat, citizen of Tombstone. Born Philadelphia, PA, June 15, 1839; his father John Duncan was native of New York, and with his brother Tom, constructed in 1842 the Globe mills of Philadelphia, where he died the following year. Up to age 12, James F. Duncan remained in Philadelphia, attended school; 1854 went to Mount Union, where learned blacksmith trade; 1861 sent to oil regions near present site of Rouseville; outbreak of Civil war returned to Mount Union, enlisted Aug. 10, 1861, in Co. A, 46th PA Inf.; discharged July 31, 1865. For 12 years worked in PA oil regions, around Foster, Emlenton, Parker City & St. Petersburg, Clarion Co. ... In 1879 removed to AZ; 1890 to Tombstone. Married 1871 to Mary E. Miniger, who d. at Westfield, NY, Oct. 3, 1882, leaving one son, Lemuel D. Duncan, who at this time is serving government in the Philippines.

1913 "Who's Who in Arizona." by Harry Welsh, John F Myers, R J Young, Joseph H Gray, et al; pub. unknown: J. Connors (LH11648, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 979.1 D3c and film 934,828 item 2)
      Pg.569-570: W.G. DUNCAN, Assessor of Gila County, was born in Burleson County, Texas, in 1859; he was left an orphan at an early age, and was the support of his widowed mother and his sisters. The Civil War having reduced the fortune of the family greatly, he secured a position as bookkeeper, and by his efficiency won the confidence and esteem of his employers, and became known as a sterling, competent and honest man. He was elected County Clerk and succeeded himself without opposition, because of his excellent record. Mr. Duncan moved to Arizona in 1896 with his family, composed of his wife, four boys and one girl. One of his sons is at present his chief deputy in the assessor's office. Soon after his arrival he became associated with J.N. Porter in the mercantile business at Fort Thomas. He moved to Globe in 1901, and was associated with different firms until 1903, when he went to San Carlos and engaged in the business of post trader. In 1907 he returned to Globe, served as Deputy Sheriff and Constable, and resigned the latter position to enter the campaign for the office of Assessor, to which he was elected ... Jeff A. Duncan, Chief Deputy Assessor, like his father, is a Texas Democrat. He received an excellent education in the common schools, and from an early age was employed in the butcher business in Globe, until appointed Deputy Assessor. Wallace A. Duncan, another son, received a good business training, and at present is Chief Clerk for the Hayden Mercantile Company, at Hayden, Arizona. John A. Duncan, the third son, is Agent of the Arizona Eastern Railroad Company at Fort Thomas. The youngest of the four boys is Clarence C. Duncan, a jeweler, who holds a good position in Phoenix. The Duncan family ... Democratic majority. (photo of W.G. Duncan and of Jeff Duncan). (MAD: nothing said of the wives) (MAD: 1860 Milam Co. TX census)
      Pg.714: JAMES FRANKLIN DUNCAN, Representative from Cochise County, and Commander of the Department of Arizona G.A.R., was born in Philadelphia, June 15, 1839. His father, John Duncan, was of Scotch descent. His mother was of Holland Dutch descent, and a native of Pennsylvania. "Judge" Duncan, as he is familiarly known, was educated in the public schools of Pennsylvania ... enlisted in Company A, 46th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, ... after the war he engaged in the oil business in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, for twelve years. Mr. Duncan came to Arizona in 1879 and located at Mule Gulch, Pima County, the next year was appointed the first Justice of the Peace, before the city of Bisbee was located, ... which he filled for eleven years. Mr. Duncan is serving his second term in the Legislature. (MAD: nothing said of a wife or children, mother's name never given)


"The Arizona Republican" Phoenix, Arizona, Sunday Morning, October 10, 1897 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 6/2004; MAD: Carnegie, Allegheny Co. PA; Phoenix, Maricopa Co. AZ)
      James Duncan, a prominent glass manufacturer of Carnegie, Pa., arrived in town yesterday. This is, however, not his first visit. He came to the territory two years ago and became interested with W.E. Gray in mining properties in the Briggs district.

"The Herald Despatch" Decatur, Ill., Wednesday, January 5, 1898 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 5/2004; MAD: Minneapolis, Hennepin Co. MN; Phoenix, Maricopa Co. AZ)
      Phoenix, Arizona, January 1 - Wallace Duncan, a young tourist lately arrived from Minneapolis, was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary for forgery. Duncan has wealthy relatives in the east among them it is claimed General Lew Wallace. A strong effort was made on his behalf, the plea of insanity being especially advanced.


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