Duncans in Napa Co. CA


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

Last revised July 30, 2008

Original county formed 1850


1850 Napa Co. CA Census
Napa Valley
Pg.132, #93, James M. DUNCAN 40 NC farmer (alone)

1860 Napa Co. CA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Napa Co. CA Census
Napa Twp.
Pg.32, #59-61, KNIGHT, Adam 38 IN laborer $0-$500
                  Mary 33 NY keeping house
                  Eliza G. 12, Franklin 10, Owen 8 IA at home
                  Catherine 5, Adaline 3, Emma 1 CA
                  DUNCAN, F.M. (m) 30 MO laborer
                  RILEY, T.R. (m) 20 IRE laborer, parents of foreign birth
Pg.47, #320-333, MOONEY, Bainent? (m) 36 IRE saloon keeper $0-$500, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCHIN, Louis 40 France laborer $0-$200, parents of foreign birth
                  O'BRINE, John 22 IRE shoemaker $0-$100, parents of foreign birth

1880 Napa Co. CA Census (partial; HeritageQuest image 12/2006)
Napa State Insane Asylum, pg.55, SD3, ED72, "Ward V", 24 June 1880
Pg.353D, line 19 DUNCAN, Carrie A., w/f age 35 patient, married, b.NY, Unknown, Unknown
      (MAD: see also Caroline Duncan in 1880 Sonoma Co. CA)

1900 Napa Co. CA Census (partial; Ancestry.com image 3/2006)
  Napa Twp., pg.87A, SD 3, ED 93, sheet ?? (13760?)
  "Napa State Hospital for Insane (patients)"
DUNCAN, Carrie, patient, w, f, 1845, [age] 55, NY (blank) (blank)


Napa Co. CA Marriage Records (from Carolyn Stewart 7/2001)
      Marriages; index of Book B1, 1850-1872 and Book B2, 1873-1883
            no Duncan males
      Marriages - female
            24 Sept. 1876, Bk B pg.116, Julie Ann Duncan, 26 b. MO, res of Napa, to Edmond Phillips, 49 b. Maryland, res of Napa; wit: Charles and Emma Grayson of Woodland, CA; by Rev F. Fox of Napa
            22 Dec. 1916, Bk 13 pg.62, Lida M. Duncan, 44 b. KY, res of San Francisco, to Edward L. Bach, 37 b. Germany, res of Oakland; wit: Mrs M. Carrera of Alameda and Edward R. Marlatt of San Francisco
            30 Nov. 1923, Bk 17 pg.128, Ada May Duncan, 27, res of Oakland, CA, to Olin Wayne Kirkendall, 25 b. Quincy, Hancock, ILL; wit: George Haensel of Vallejo CA and G.P. Swift of Napa; by Justice of Peace Chas. H. Snow
            27 April 1926, Bk 18 pg.327, William A. Duncan, 36 b. Nebraska, res of Vallejo, to Freda A. Philpott, 29 b. CA, res of Vallejo; wit: Rose Lee Foord and Russell L. Foord of Napa; by Otis Ironmonger, Presbyterian
            12 June 1927, at St. Helena, Bk 19 pg.172, Joseph E. Duncan, 31 b. Colorado, res of Oakland, to Marjorie Day Moore, 22 b. CA, res of Oakland; wit: William B. Hamilton and Charlotte Shele of Oakland; by Rev. F. Buck
            3 Feb. 1928, Bk 19 pg.347, Frederick W. Duncan, 28 b. CA, res of Arcata, Humbolt Co., to Helena A. Tiedman, 27 b. NY, res of Oakland CA; wit: William O. Mackey of Napa
            19 March 1930, Bk 20 pg.326, Worthy A. Duncan, 25 b. WVA, res of El Verano, to Hazel McCoy, 30 b. ILL; wit: Otto H. Broeker of Napa

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, Carrie A.; 67 years, Napa Co., died 5/2/14; 14-15126
      Duncomb, E.; spouse J.; 63 years, Napa Co., died 5/11/07; 07-12208
      Duncan, James H.; 84 years, Napa Co., died 1/17/19; 19-4212 (b.1835)
      Dunkum, James P.; spouse P.E.; 81 years, Napa Co., died 12/29/26; 26-58983 (b.1845) (MAD: James Price Dunkum, 1850 Albemarle Co. VA census; buried El Dorado Co. CA)
      Duncan, Julius M.; 72 years, Napa Co., died 6/20/16; 16-19428 (b.1844)
      Duncombe, Mary; 96 years, Napa Co., died 4/10/26; 26-19830
      Duncombe, Nellie; 63 years, Napa Co., died 10/23/27; 27-50843
      Duncan, Nellie; spouse T.F.; 54 years, Napa Co., died 1/13/37; 37-5698
      Duncan, Norman R.; 10 years, Napa Co., died 12/6/37; 37-79519
      Dunkum, Polly F.; spouse J.P.; 76 years, Napa Co., died 5/2/28; 28-26282 (b.1852)
      Duncan, Richard H.; 2 days, Napa Co., died 5/9/34; 34-27559

Napa Co. CA Death Records (from Carolyn Stewart 7/2001)
      Deaths, Book 1, 1873-1903
            1 Jun 1887, James Duncan, male, 75 yrs, b. S. Carolina
            16 Oct 1892, F.L. Duncan, male, 38 yrs, b. MO
            14 May 1900, F.M. Duncan, male, 61 yrs, single, b. MO
      Deaths, Book 2
            27 Oct 1904, John Duncan, male, 63 yrs, divorced, b. England, (member Vet. Home)
            20 Jun 1916, Julius M. Duncan, male, single, b. 14 May 1844, PA, age 71yr 1mo 6da, RR engineer, Fa: J.J. Duncan, b. PA, Mo: Mary Ann Shaw, b. England
            (CS: there was a mention of a Carrie A. Duncan b. 1847 NY, but no death date to go with it.)


Napa Co. CA Deed Records (from Carolyn Stewart 7/2001)
      Grantor BK 87 pg.453, 20 Nov. 1906, Elijah J. Duncan and wife, Bettie J. Duncan and Robert Duncan
      11 Nov. 1909, bk. 94 pg.527, Party of first part: Frank Duncan, Samuel Duncan, Mrs. Ellen Parr, Mrs. Lucy Hyden and Robert Duncan; [to] Party of second part: Blaine Conner
      Samuel Duncan purchased 4 cemetery plots on 16 Mar 1874, recorded in 1905.


National Archives Mexican War Pension Application (extract from Edgar C. Smith 7/1995 from visit to Archives, with permission to share)
      ROBERT T. DUNCAN, Mexican War Pension File # SA-17070. Filed October 19, 1887. Stated that his residence was Gilroy, Santa Clara County, but he went into the veterans Home at Yountville, Napa County, that year because he was ill. He died there January 8, 1888. "No one appeared to complete the claim", so it was rejected (no payments). Apparently he had no known heirs; stated that he had never married. He enlisted 1 July 1847 at Columbia, GA, and was discharged 6 July 1848 at Mobile, AL. He served as a Corporal in Capt. William M. Nelson's company of GA volunteers under Lt. Col. Isaac S. Seymour. He had received BLW 40-206-160-47. He was born 4 May 1827 in Jasper Co. GA, and lived in AL and CA after the war.

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, Julius M., C & E 49 NY Inf.; 1894 Oct. 4, Invalid Appl. #1161217, Cert. #1034302, Calif.; remarks C2544396. (MAD: ? b.1844, d.1916 Napa Co. CA; ?? 1860 Yates Co. NY b.1843 NY)


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


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