Duncans in Pottawattamie Co. IA


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

Last revised November 2, 2007

Formed 1848 from Indian Lands
Fremont, Page formed 1847 from Pottawattamie
Cass, Harrison, Mills formed 1851 from Pottawattamie


1850 Pottawattamie Co. IA Census
Pg.107, #683, John DUNCAN 65 IRE "none" $0
                  Ann 37 ENG

1860 Pottawattamie Co. IA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Pottawattamie Co. IA Census
Boomer Twp.
Pg.1, #15-15, DUNCAN, J.W. (m) 39 NY lumberman $500-$0 (alone)
Pg.4, #61-61, DUNCAN, Perry (m) 24 KY farmer $0-$400 (alone)
City of Council Bluffs, Kane Twp., Ward 1
Pg.29, #227-227, DUNCAN, Wilson 38 NY gardener $4000-$500
                  Mary E. 29 NY keeping house
                  Carrie (f) 10 MO
                  Wilson 8, Mary 4, Viola 2 IA
                  Alice 8/12 b.Oct. IA
                  HOLDER, George 18 ENG laborer, parents of foreign birth
                  (MAD: 1860 St.Clair Co. MO census)
City of Council Bluffs, Kane Twp., Ward 2
Pg.34, #14-14, Hotel, including
                  DUNCAN, G. (f) 18 IL hotel servant (white)
Pg.41, #131-133, DOWNS, E.R. (m) 70 NH Justice Peace $3000-$700
                  Abigal 63 VT keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Ada 13 IA (blank occupation)
Council Bluff, Ward 6
Pg.133, #260-274, Hotel, including
                  DUNCAN, E. (m) 52 PA (blank occupation & value)
Crescent Twp.
Pg.145, #26-26, DUNN, Stephen (indexed Duncan) - not copied

HISTORIES before 1923

"Biographies and portraits of the progressive men of Iowa : leaders in business, politics and the professions : together with an original and authentic history of the state" by B.F. Gue; pub. Des Moines: Conaway & Shaw, 1899, 1210 pgs. (LH11543, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.7 D3b v.1&2 and film 934,927 items 2-3 and fiche 6,051,353)
      Pg.269: HANNA, Dr. JOHN WALKER, of Winfield, has sucessfully (sic) practiced medicine since 1873. His father, Thomas Hanna, a wealthy retired farmer, died in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, aged 79 years. The Doctor's mother, whose maiden name was Jane Cooper, died at the age of 30. Dr. Hanna was born September 23, 1846, in Prosperity, Washington County, Pennsylvania. ... He received a good elementary education, and in 1869 came west and entered the medical department of the State University of Iowa. He was graduated from this institution in 1873, and took several courses of post-graduate work in St.Louis and Chicago. ... He located in Winfield, Iowa, in September, 1879, and that has been his residence ever since. The Doctor was married October 26, 1882, to Miss Carrie E. Duncan, of Council Bluffs. They have two children: John Thomas, born August 31, 1890, and Walker Duncan, born August 26, 1892. ... (MAD: Winfield, Henry Co. IA; Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co. IA)


"The Globe" Atchison, Ks., June 10, 1880 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 1/2004)
      Parties that arrived on to-days train from the North bring information that Western Iowa is excited over the finding of the body of an aged woman. Mrs. Nancy Duncan, until recently a resident of Council Bluffs [Pottawattamie Co.]. It was discovered on Sunday afternoon, near Pacific City, Mills county. The remains had been hastily buried under layers of earth beside a clump of bushes. Bruises and marks of violence were found on the body, and the circumstances pointed strongly to foul play. The body had apparently been placed there about two weeks. Suspicion pointed toward the son of the murdered woman, who left Council Bluffs with her about two weeks ago, and had since appeared without her, and reported that she had died "over in Nebraska." An inquest was held Monday, and a verdict rendered that the woman had been murdered by parties unknown. The whereabouts of the son, William Duncan, are not ascertained.

"Nevada State Journal" Reno, Nevada, Thursday, February 22, 1894 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 4/2004; MAD: Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co. IA; Reno, Washoe Co. NV)
      Two Lovers on a Delayed Train Married Here.
      A wedding took place on Monday evening last in Reno under circumstances closely bordering on romantic.
      A well known attorney of San Francisco, J. Boyd Allen, came from that city to greet his intended bride, Miss M.G. Duncan, a teacher for a number of years in Council Bluffs, Iowa, who was speeding over the rails toward the Golden Gate. Mr. Allen reached Reno on Sunday evening, obtained his license Monday morning early, called at the Congregational parsonage, engaged the services of the pastor Rev. T. Magill, hastened eastward on the morning train expecting to return on the west-bound passenger at 8 p.m., be married at Reno on arrival of the train, then continue the journey to the city on the same train.
      Upon the arrival of the train, which was delayed until 10:30 the contracting parties were married in the drawing room of a Pullman palace car, in the presence of Mrs. Harrel of New York, a friend of Miss Duncan, and two well known young ladies of Reno.
      Alas for human expectations, instead of the wedding pair continuing their journey toward the setting sun, they were compelled on account on the snow blockade to spend a few days of their honeymoon in Reno. They expressed themselves as delighted with our River-side city and its charming scenic surroundings. At 3 p.m. yesterday, however, they started on their delayed train toward their home in the city by the sea.


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