Duncans in Fresno Co. CA


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

Last revised September 24, 2008

Formed 1856 from Merced, Mariposa
Mono formed 1861 from Calaveras, Fresno
Madera formed 1893 from Fresno


1860-1870 Fresno Co. CA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1910 Census, Second Township, Fresno County, California (from Kathy Cawley 8/2008)
S.D.# 6, E.D.# 27, Page# 27B & 28, Image# 20 & 21 of 45
Head, age 53, M1X, 18 yrs., CAN. ENG./N.Y./CAN. FR., blacksmith/blacksmith shop
Laura, Wife, age 50, M1X, 18 yrs., 5 chi. born, 4 living, CA./TN./MO.
Maud, Daughter, age 17, AZ./CAN./CA., attends school
Grace, Daughter, 15, AZ./CAN./CA., attends school
Willie, Son, age 13, CA./CAN./CA., attends school
Oliver, Son, age 7, CA./CAN./CA., attends school
      (KDC & MAD: 1900 Merced Co. CA & 1900 Alaska census)

1920 Census, Clovis City, Fresno County, California (from Kathy Cawley 8/2008)
S.D.# 6, E.D.# 246, Ward 1, Page# 67B, Image# 18 of 30
Head, owns/free, age 62, NA 1867, by father, CAN./N.Y./ENG., blacksmith/shope
Laura Belle, Wife, age 60, CA./TN./MO.
Oliver James, Son, age 17, attends school, CA./CAN./CA.

1930 Census, Clovis City, Fresno County, California (from Kathy Cawley 8/2008)
E.D.# 10-6, S.D.# 11, Page# 59A, Image# 11 of 29
606 Woolworth Avenue
Head, owns/$5000., age 72, m'd at 35, FR. CAN./N.Y./ENG., farmer/farm
Laura B., Wife, age 70, m'd at 31, CA./AL./MS.


CA Death Indexes, 1905-1929 and 1930-1939 (1905-1929 from CA State Library, Sacramento, and FHL microfilm 1,686,044, A to Emerson, Geo.; 1930-1939 from FHL microfilm 1,686,048, A to Hetterman)
      MAD Note: An index to California Birth Records, 1905-1995, and California Death Records, 1940-1997, has been posted at Rootsweb:
      Decedent name (8 characters maximum in first name); Spouse initials; Age, Place, Date of death; Year registered - State file number (MAD: added birth year)
      Duncan, Andrew; 82 years, Fresno Co., died 12/12/28; 28-61524 (b.1846)
      Duncan, Benjamin M.; 73 years, Fresno Co., died 3/17/24; 24-11552
      Duncan, Cary R.; 78 years, Fresno Co., died 3/29/28; 28-12356
      Dunkin, Catherin; spouse R.; 26 years, Fresno Co., died 11/18/18; 18-43352
      Duncan, Charles; spouse M.; 74 years, Fresno Co., died 1/25/37; 37-1048; Cross Reference Entry
      Duncan, Clara; 44 years, Fresno Co., died 9/17/16; 16-27828
      Dunkin, Cora E.; spouse B.B.; 49 years, Fresno Co., died 6/24/25; 25-26565
      Duncan, Dorothea; 7 months, Fresno Co., died 6/21/20; 20-23831
      Duncan, Dortha; 7 months, Fresno Co., died 5/19/08; 08-12256
      Duncan, Elmer S.; 48 years, Fresno Co., died 2/3/31; 31-7413
      Duncan, Ferdinan; 32 years, Fresno Co., died 5/3/09; 09-11566
      Duncan, Fred; 13 years, Fresno Co., died 9/21/20; 20-34809
      Duncan, George A.; spouse E.; 41 years, Fresno Co., died 9/29/28; 28-49470
      Duncan, George; 6 months, Fresno Co., died 4/9/28; 28-18174
      Duncan, James A.; spouse M.; 74 years, Fresno Co., died 1/25/37; 37-1048
      Duncan, Karl A.; 5 years, Fresno Co., died 7/22/24; 24-31896
      Duncan, Leah L.; 72 years, Fresno Co., died 6/7/25; 25-26581
      Duncan, Mae D.; spouse C.G.; 56 years, Fresno Co., died 11/20/39; 39-66264
      Duncan, Marie K.; spouse C.; 51 years, Fresno Co., died 5/18/39; 39-28249
      Duncan, Martha J.; spouse T.J.; 71 years, Fresno Co., died 5/24/24; 24-22149
      Duncan, Marvin T.; 40 years, Fresno Co., died 9/27/15; 15-27109
      Duncan, Mary E.; 71 years, Fresno Co., died 2/16/30; 30-7224
      Duncan, Mary E.; 82 years, Fresno Co., died 1/9/32; 32-691
      Duncon, Paul F.; 2 years, Fresno Co., died 1/8/15; 15-556
      Duncan, Roderick R.; spouse G.; 46 years, Fresno Co., died 1/9/25; 25-589
      Duncan, Tenessee; 54 years, Fresno Co., died 12/31/23; 23-52242
      Duncan, Thomas J.; 91 years, Fresno Co., died 10/30/27; 27-53641 (b.1828)
      Duncan, Thomas; 50 years, Fresno Co., died 11/11/08; 08-27642
      Duncan, William J.; 19 years, Fresno Co., died 2/3/16; 16-4636
      Duncan, William L.; spouse H.; 54 years, Fresno Co., died 4/21/38; 38-21485
      Duncan, William; 72 years, Fresno Co., died 6/19/32; 32-30884
      Duncan, William; spouse L.; 81 years, Fresno Co., died 10/18/34; 34-52455
      Duncan, Z. Z.; 6 hours, Fresno Co., died 12/25/24; 24-54738


"Reports of Cases Determined in The Supreme Court of the State of California" by C.P. Pomeroy, Reporter, Vol.104; pgs.10 to 15 (El Dorado Co. CA Law Library 12/2003; MAD's extract)
      GEORGE O. DUNCAN, Respondent, v. C.H. HAWN et al., Appellants; No. 18176, Supreme Court of California; 104 Cal. 10; 37 P. 626; September 5, 1894.
      Appeal from a judgment of the Superior Court of Fresno County. The laborer's lien given by statute upon threshing-machines passes by the assignment of the claim of the laborer which the lien is given to secure, and may be enforced by the assignee, by foreclosure of the lien for the value of the labor, within the time of limitation fixed by the statute.
      (part of opinion) Plaintiff, as assignee of the claims of certain laborers who had performed work of the character provided for in the act with the threshing-machine of the defendants, brought this action within the ten days' limitation to enforce and foreclose a lien for the value of said labor. The court below gave judgment sustaining plaintiff's right to the lien and directing a sale of the property for its satisfaction. The defendants appeal.
      The material question involved in the appeal is whether the lien given by the statute passes by the assignment of the obligation it is given to secure, it being conceded that the assignments were sufficient in form to convey any rights which could pass under the law.
      There is a conflict in authority from other states as to whether statutory liens of the class created by the act in question pass by assignment of the debt; some of the authorities holding that it is strictly a personal right and dies unless asserted in the hands of the one for whose benefit it is primarily given; while other cases hold in effect that, being given as security for the performance of the obligation, it becomes an incident which follows it upon assignment.
      Whatever may be the rule in other states, in the absence of statutory regulation, it would seem that the code solves the question here presented. Section 2909 of the Civil Code, speaking on the subject of liens in general, declares that "a lien is to be deemed accessory to the act for the performance of which it is security"; and section 1084 of the same code, relating to the effect of transfer, provides that: "The transfer of a thing transfers also all its incidents, unless expressly excepted." The language of section 2909 may be taken as referring to perfected and subsisting liens. It is to be observed that the statute under consideration does not give a mere right to establish a lien, but by its terms ipso facto the cessation of work, there results by operation of the statute a perfected and established lien which subsists for a period of ten days, without the filing of notice, or other affirmative act by the laborer. Under the rule above declared this lien becomes an incident of the primary obligation -- the debt due the laborer -- the right to which must be held to pass by assignment of the latter, unless there is something in the act creating it which takes it out of this general rule prescribed by the code. We find no such limitation in the act. It neither in terms nor by implication tends to restrict the right to enforce the lien to the laborer. Its primary purpose is the benefit and protection of the laborer in securing his hire; and it is obvious that this purpose would be largely destroyed by any such restriction. ...
      The respondent having received the assignment of the demands, and commenced his action during the life of the liens, the latter passed by the assignment, and he is entitled to enforce them. Judgment affirmed.


"Report of the Selective Service Administration of California" 1922, pages 372-373 (Placerville FHC book)
      Name, City and County (MAD: have added county in parenthesis if different from city)
      Duncan, Carl Dudley, Fresno
      Duncan, Harry D., Fresno
      Duncan, John, Fresno Co.
      Duncan, Nathaniel Earl, Fresno Co.
      Duncan, Wayde Adkins, Coalinga (Fresno Co.)
      Duncan, William B., Fresno

HISTORIES before 1923

1892 "A memorial and biographical history of the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kern, California : illustrated, containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period and biographical mention of many of its pioneers and also of prominent citizens of today" by Myron Angle, pub. by Lewis Pub. Co. (book qc979.48 M5, CA State Library, and FHL book 979.48 H2a and film 468,733 item 4 and 1,000,101 item 1)
      Pg.308-9: THOMAS JEFFERSON DUNCAN, a native of Illinois, was born November 30, 1835. He was reared in Missouri, and came across the plains to California when he was 19 years old. ... Arrived in the golden State, Mr. Duncan settled in Stockton, and lived there until the year 1871, running his cattle through the San Joaquin valley in the vicinity of Lathrop. He disposed of his stock in 1866, and five years later came to Fresno Co. ... Mr. Duncan was married in 1870, to Miss Miller, and has three sons and one daughter, namely: Andrew F., Ellen, Roy and Ray. The oldest is now attending college at Stockton.

1919 "History of Fresno County, California : with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the county who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present" by Paul E. Vandor, pub. by Historic Record (book qc979.482 V2, Vol.I; CA State Library, Sacramento; also FHL book 979.482 H2v and film 1,000,104 items 2-3 and Vol.2 on FHL film 1,036,806 item 1)
      Vol.I, Pg.672: DUNCAN, Thomas Jefferson; b. near Springfield, Sangamon Co. IL, 30 Nov. 1835; when he age 6 his parents to Lawrence Co. MO. His father and mother Hiram and Nancy (McKinley) Duncan natives of TN and KY respectively. Thomas J. to CA 1853 with his parents and 5 brothers; to Linden, near Stockton; parents d. there. Thomas J. m. 18 Sept. 1870 at Stockton Martha Miller.
      Vol.II, Pg.1806: DUNCAN, William; grandfather was Thomas, b. Scotland, to NY. Father was William, b. Utica [Oneida Co. NY]; to Ontario; to Lonark, IL, 1866; then Albany, Whiteside Co., same state. Mother Elizabeth Burton Williscraft, b. England, d. Iowa. 8 ch., 5 still living. William was youngest, b. 13 June 1857 Smith's Falls, Ontario. (MAD: ? Lanark, Carroll Co. IL)


"Fresno Weekly Republican" Fresno, California, June 17, 1882 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 1/2004)
      DIED - DUNCAN - In Fresno, June 11, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Duncan.

"Fresno Weekly Republican" Fresno, California, January 18, 1889 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 1/2004)
      J.H. Duncan of Stockton [San Joaquin Co.] arrived in this city last evening on a visit to his brother, T.J. Duncan.


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