Duncans in Idaho


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

Last revised October 31, 2007



1870 Lemhi Co. ID Census
Pg.115, #4-4, Many miners
            W.J. DUNCAN 21 MO placer miner

1880 Ada Co. ID Census (from Denzil Mauldin 1/1987; page numbers not given)
Boise City
#49-51, Charles C. DUNCAN 20 MO VA KY
#153-155, Jonathan DUNCAN 50 GA SC NC
#220-222, Joseph DUNCAN 35 IL OH OH
District 2
#499-499, Robert C. DUNCAN 60 VA VA VA
            Sarah 48 VA VA VA

1880 Nez Perce Co. ID Census (from Denzil Mauldin 1/1987; page numbers not given)
#5-5, William R. DUNKIN 42 MO VA UNK
            Elizabeth 40 MO SC MO
            Micager 16, Sofa B. (f) 14 MO SC MO
            John 11, Mary C. 8 MO SC MO
            Susan J. 6, Corrella (f) 3 CA SC MO
Palonse Bridge
#13-13, Robert DUNCAN 40 IL VA IL
            Debra 29 GA NY NY
            Arthur 12, William 10 IL IL GA
            Louis 1 ID IL GA

1880 Oneida Co. ID Census (from Denzil Mauldin 1/1987; page numbers not given)
Blackfoot Prct.
#8-8, George DUNCAN 24 CA VA MO
            Martha 17 MO MO MO
#27-27, William T. DUNCAN 31 IN IN IN
            Mary A. 22 IA NC NC
            James P. 27 IN IN IN

1910 Census, Ada County, Idaho (from Kathy D. Cawley 1/2005)
  Precinct 16, Boise City, S.D. 46, E.D. 16, sheet #7B, pg.268B, image 14 of 33
  1421 River Street
William, Head, m/w, age 36, M1 10 yrs., Mo./Mo./Mo., contractor/cement work
Permalia, Wife, f/w, age 26, M1, 2 chi. born, 2 living, Mo./Mo./Mo.
Boyd, Son, age 9, Ks./Mo./Mo. attended school
Violet, Daughter, age 7, Id./Mo./Mo. attended school
DUNCAN, Charles, Father-in-law, m/w, age 60, M1, Mo./Ky./Ky. laborer/odd jobs
DUNCAN, Lucretia, Mother-in-law, f/w, age 58, M1, Mo./Ky./Ky. 9 chi.born, 7 living
      (all of the above can read and write)
      (MAD: not identified 1900 index, 1880 census)
  Meridian Pct., S.D. 46, E.D. 20, sheet #3B, pg. 343B, image 6 of 32
Edward G.,
Head, m/w, age 45, M1 25 yrs., Mo./Oh./Oh. retail merch./grain & inverness employee
Mary L., Wife, f/w, age 44, M1, 3 chi. born, 3 living, IL./Pa./IL. saleswoman/ husbands store
Orville, Son, m/w, age 11, single, Mo./Mo./IL. attended school within year
      (all of the above can read and write)
  Union Pct. Dist.23, S.D. 46, E.D. 23, sheet #11A, pg.42, image 21 of 28
Earl E.,
Head, m/w, age 38, M'd1 16 yrs., Ia./IL./In. farmer
Eva, Wife, f/w, age 34, M1, 3 chi. born, 3 living, Ia./In./Ia.
Elvin, Son, age 14, Ks./Ia./Ia. attended school within year
Velma, Daughter, age 9, Ks./Ia./Ia. attended school within year
Lee, Son, m/w, age 7, Ks./Ia./Ia. attended school within year
      (all of the above can read and write)
  White Cross Pct. Dist.24, S.D. 46, E.D.24, sheet #7B, pg.52B, image 14 of 28
Edgar C., Head, m/w, age 30, M1 1 yr., N.C./N.C./N.C. farming/Gen. Farm
Lucy L., Wife, f/w, age 20, M1, 1 chi. born, 1 living, Mo./Ky./Pa.
Robert A., Son, m/w, age 8/12, Id./N.C./Mo.
DALY, Fred W., Hired Man, m/w, age 34, W'd, Mo./Mo./Mo. laborer/farm
DUNCAN, James, Hired Man, m/w, age 32, single, Mi./Can.-Eng./Can.-Eng. laborer/farm
      (all of the above can read and write except the baby)


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, Frank C.; B 1 Idaho Inf.; 1924 March 26, Invalid(S) Appl. #1498277, Cert. #A-4-27-27, Wash; remarks C2341247.
      Duncan, Isaiah, alias Duncan, Samuel Josiah, widow Duncan, Mariah; G 3 & C 8 Ind. Cav.; 1890 Aug. 19, Invalid Appl. #921539, Cert. #660498, Idaho; 1909 Nov. 29, Widow Appl. #931446, no cert., Wash.
      Duncan, Samuel Josiah, known as Duncan, Isaiah, widow Duncan, Maria E.; G 3 & C 8 Ind. Cav.; 1890 Aug. 19, Invalid Appl. #921539, Cert. #660498, Idaho; 1909 Nov. 29, Widow Appl. #931446, no cert., Wash.

HISTORIES before 1923

1903 "An illustrated history of North Idaho : embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho" pub. by Western Historical Pub. Co. (Sutro Library microfilm 48, Reel 3, Book 8; or FHL 979.6 H2i and FHL microfilm 547,090 and others; from Betty Lou Goodrich ca 10/1997 to Georgia D. Helderlein, from Georgia to MAD 12/2000, page numbers not given)
      JOHN H. DUNCAN. This well known business man of Coeur d'Alene [Kootenai Co.], where he operates a dray and express line, doing a good business, is one of the substantial residents of the city and is a man of the real bone and sinew of the community, never accepting public preferment, although frequently offered, but always striving for real advancement and upbuilding.
      John H. was born in Trimble County, Kentucky, on October 28, 1840, being the son of Francis and Patience (Coleman) Duncan, natives of Kentucky, who came to Missouri and settled in Gentry county where the father died in 1872 and the mother in 1878, both being buried there. Our subject came with them to Missouri and there received a good common school education and also attended Albany college for one year. He farmed and raised stock until 1863, then taught school for one year then continued farming until 1888, at which time he came to Whitman county. One year was spent there when he removed thence to Coeur d'Alene, where he has resided since that time. He soon opened a dray and express business, which he has prosecuted with vigor since. He has good stock and equipage and also a comfortable residence and two lots.
      In 1869, Mr. Duncan married Miss Cordelia, daughter of Isaac Wood, natives of Missouri, where the parents remained until their death. The father conducted a farm and was circuit judge from 1860, until his demise. To Mr. & Mrs. Duncan there have been born five (MAD: sic) children named as follows, Katie, wife of Ora Koontz in Bossburg, Washington; Frank C, who volunteered in Company B, First Idaho Infantry, which went to the Philippine war, where he did commendable service. Mary V., Ernest, fourteen in August, 1902, who has already earned two diplomas for literary work. Politically, Mr. Duncan is allied with the Democrats and is active in working in this realm. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., Coeur d'Alene Lodge No. 34, also of the K. of P., and of the Western Federation of Labor. Mrs. Duncan is a member of the Rebekahs, Naomi Lodge, and was a delegate to the grand lodge in Wardner. She is a member of the Presbyterian church.
            Georgia Helderlein's notes 12/2000: John H's brother was James W. Duncan, and he married Mary Ann Woods, daughter of Isaac Woods, and sister to Cordelia, John's wife. The children (of James W. and Mary Ann) Georgia has listed were:
            John Duncan, b. 02 October, 1850, Gentry Co., MO
            Lucy C. Duncan, b. 11 December, 1852, Gentry Co., MO
            Stephen C. Duncan, b. 07 December, 1856, Gentry Co., MO
            Frank W. Duncan, b. 23 July, 1859, Gentry Co., MO
            Emma C. Duncan, b. 25 July, 1861, Gentry Co., MO
            Richard P. Duncan, b. 10 June, 1862, Gentry Co., MO
            Beryl Duncan, b. 28 November, 1875, Gentry Co., MO.

1904 "History of North Washington : An illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan Counties" by Richard F. Steele (from Maggie Beckstead or Betty Lou Goodrich ca 10/1997 to Georgia D. Helderlein, from Georgia to MAD 12/2000)
      Pg.220: WILLIAM W. DUNCAN, blacksmith and liveryman, of Bossburg, Stevens county, was born near Albany, Gentry Co. Missouri, September 8, 1871, the son of John H. and Cordelia (Wood) Duncan. The father is a native of Kentucky, the mother of Missouri. They located in Gentry county where they lived until 1887, going thence to Ida. Coeur d' Alenes [Kootenai Co.] where they at present reside, the father engaged in the dray and truck business. They were parents of eight children: Kate S., married to Fred Wilson; William W., our subject; Frank C.; Mary V. and Ernest; and three others deceased, Minnie, Olan and Clarence.
            Our subject received his first and only schooling in Gentry county, and at the age of seventeen began life for himself, coming to Spokane in 1886, one year ahead of his family. One year, he worked a farm in the Palouse country, and then, with his family, removed to the Ceour d' Alenes, where for five years he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. In 1896, he removed to Bossburg where he has since resided, having followed the stage and livery business up to 1903.
            In 1894, he was married to Ora L. Coone, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Finn) Coone, the mother a native of Oregon, the father of Iowa. They crossed the plains in early days, locating in Oregon and later owned an extensive stock rance on the Columbia river near White Bluffs. They were the parents of seven children, of whom the living are Stella, Ella, Ora, Lulu, Hattie and Flossie.
            Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have three children, Raymond W., Howard W., and Gladys E., all of whom are with their parents. Mr. Duncan is a Democrat and manifests a lively interest in the success of his party, and he has been delegate to many county conventions. He is a charter member of the Bossburg Lodge, No. 164, I.O.O.F., which he assisted in organizing, having been a memeber of Coeur d'Alene Lodge No. 34. Mrs. Duncan is a member of the Congregational Church.
            (GDH: William W. Duncan was son of John H. & Cordelia Duncan; Frank Elliott was the son of Thomas D. Elliott and Mary Ann Duncan, dau. of Frederick Duncan and Eliza McCormic)
      Pg.256: FRANK ELLIOTT came to Stevens county in 1892, and is at present most favorably located on Hunter creek, seven miles east of Hunters, at Alyea, engaged in diversified farming. He was born in Harrison county, Missouri January 16, 1860. His father, Colonel Thomas C. Elliott is a native of Kentucky, born January 6, 1820. In 1850, he was freighting across the plains for the government, and during this time he participated in a number of skirmishes with hostile indians. He was married in 1845, his wife dying six years later. In 1854 (GDH: mar. 6 Dec. 1853 Harrison Co. MO) he was united in marriage to Mary Duncan, the mother of our subject.
            Colonel Elliott enlisted in the confederate service as a private, but rose by merit to become the colonel of the regiment, and served under General Marmaduke. It is claimed that he is, at present, the oldest Free Mason in the four states of Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In 1858, at the period of the trouble between the United States Goverment and the Mormons, Colonel Elliott served as guide for a company of soldiers who took six hundred head of beef cattle across the plains.
            At Salt Lake, he was introduced by Brigham Young to sixty of the latter's wives. Among his hunting exploits in California was the killing of three grizzly and two brown bears, and one California Lion. Colonel Elliott has been in every state in the Union. For the past ten years, he has been a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which denomination his wife has been a devoted member since she was seventeen years of age. Colonel Elliott is now eighty-four and his wife seventy years of age.
            Our subject, Frank Elliott, was married December 8, 1887 to Emma Duncan, daughter of William H. Duncan, both natives of Kentucky. Her mother was Martha E. Duncan and both of her parents are dead. She came west with her brother, Avery J., now residing in Whitman county, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott came to their present home in 1892, and settled on Hunter Creek. Here he has one hundred and sixty acres of land, a fine house, barn and orchard, the land being well irrigated and very productive. They have seven children, Alpha E., wife of D.H. Dunham, Albert E., Lee Roy, Frances H., Georgia E or L?, Charles R, and Mary E.


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