Duncans in Adams Co. IL


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

Last revised October 28, 2014

Formed 1825 from Pike


1830 Adams Co. IL Census
Pg.270  Gavin Duncan       2010,1       - 0000,1
          (MAD: Gavin B. Duncan mar. Eliza Frazer
            4/3/1828 Pendleton Co. KY)

1840 Adams Co. IL Census
Pg. 19  Gavin Duncan       2300,01      - 0000,01
    23  Willis Duncan      0000,0000,1  - 0011,01

1850 Adams Co. IL Census
Ellington, taken 9/9/1850
Pg.72, #110-112, Gaven DUNCAN 48 KY farmer $7000
                  Eliza 42 KY
                  Erasmus D. 21, John W. 20 KY
                  William L. 18 KY
                  Hubbard 14 IL
                  Ferdinand 13, Mary E. 8 IL
                  (MAD: see also Allen Co. KY; Erasmus D. Duncan mar. Lucetta B. Whitney 2/19/1852, in 1860 Jasper Co. IA census; John W. Duncan mar. Mary W. Booth 12/20/1860; one William Duncan mar. Elizabeth Henderson 4/3/1855)
Lima, taken 10/17/1850
Pg.153, #109-111, Charles DUNCAN 40 IL farmer $0
                  Harriett 38 IL
                  Helen A. 17, Franklin 14 IL
                  John 14, Ann E. 12 IL
                  (MAD: one Charles Duncan mar. Harriet Jackson 8/12/1830 Harrison Co. KY, sold land 1834 in Pendleton Co. KY, son of Elias M. Duncan and Elizabeth Colvin; Helen A. Duncan mar. William A. Kirkpatrick 10/14/1852; one Harriett Duncan mar. Thomas Davis Jr. 11/12/1854)
Ursa, taken 9/29/1850
Pg.302, #72-77, Ambrose DUNCAN 41 KY farmer $1200
                  Cynthea 36 KY
                  Jame W. (m) 13, Nancy A. 12 KY
                  Lamira (f) 10 KY
                  Orville B. 6, Pendleton C. 4 IL
                  Margret J. 1 IL
                  (MAD: mar. Cynthia Colvin 2/1/1836 Pendleton Co. KY; 1840 Pendleton Co. KY census; Lamira was not Lavina)
Ursa, taken 9/29/1850
Pg.303, #77-82, Willis DUNCAN 75 VA farmer $4000
                  Philadelphia 42 KY
                  Elizabeth 16, William 7 IL
                  (MAD: son of John Duncan Jr. of Fauquier Co. VA; mar. 1st Frances Colvin 4/10/1800 Pendleton Co. KY; 1820 Pendleton Co. KY census; mar. 2nd Philadelphia Haney 7/29/1834 Hancock Co. IL)

1860 Adams Co. IL Census
Ursa Twp.
Pg.405, #2987-3149, Cynthia DUNCAN 37 KY farmers widow $0-$0
                  James W. 23 KY farmer
                  Nancy A. 22, Lavina G. 20 KY
                  Orville B. 17, Pennellton C. (m) 14 IL
                  Margaret Y. 11 IL
                  (MAD: Lavina is Lav..., not Lam...; James W. Duncan in 1870 Hancock Co. IL)
Pg.487, #3587-3711, J.B. DUNCAN (m) 58 KY farmer $12500-$1500
                  E.W. (f) 52 KY
                  J.W. (m) 30, H.H. (m) 24, F.M. (m) 22 IL
                  Mary E. 18, Millard R. 10 IL
                  (MAD: Gavin Bennett Duncan; Hubbard (H.H.) in 1870 Marion Co. MO census)
Pg.511, #3755-3875, John W. MARS 27 KY farmer $0-$0
                  Francis (f) 25 IL
                  Josephine 2 IL
                  John EVERETT 23 PA farm laborer
                  Margaret POLITE 14 IL domestic
                  Phillet DUNCAN (f) 52 KY domestic
                  William 16 IL laborer
                  (MAD: John A. Mars mar. Francis Josephine Duncan 3/12/1857)
Town of Camp Point
Pg.966, #3018-3043, Henry CHILD 25 PA carpenter $0-$100
                  Lydia 19 OH
                  David DUNCAN 27 IN laborer
                  Rebecca 23 OH
                  George 2 IL

1870 Adams Co. IL Census
Ellington Twp.
Pg.114, #16-16, DUNCAN, Ferdinand M. 33 IL farmer $3000-$1000
                  Villeta? E. (f) 28 IL keeping house
                  Mary E. 1 IL
Pg.114-115, #17-17, DUNCAN, Javen B. 68 KY retired farmer $30,000-$2,000
                  Eliza F. 62 KY keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Willard F. (m) 20 IL (blank)
                  (MAD: Javen B. indexed as James B.)
Pg.115, #19-19, DUNCAN, William F. 38 IL farmer $3,000-$1,000
                  Elizabeth 34 IL keeping house
                  Rufuse? E. (m) 13 IL (blank)
                  Mary E. 9 IL
                  (MAD: Rufuse? E. 13 was Edgar 24 in 1880 census)
Pg.115, #21-21, DUNCAN, William H. 27 IL farmer $15000-$1000
                  Louisa F. 24 IL keeping house
                  Maggie G. (f) 2 IL
                  HOWLAND, William H. 20 IL farm laborer
                  O'BRIEN, Katie 16 Wales domestic servant
McKee Twp
Pg.270, #58-56, DURBEN, James 70 MD farmer $1200-$1000
                  Rachel 65 MD keeping house
                  James 34 OH laborer $1020-$0
                  Frances (f) 24 OH at home
                  Sarah 12 IL at school
                  DUNCAN, Lewis (m) 9 IL at home
                  Washington (m) 8 IL
Quincy, Ward 1
Pg.405, #410-434, DUNCAN, Martha E. 42 KY keeping house $0-$0
                  William A. 17 IN blacksmith
                  Charles R. 14, Henry E. 13 IN
                  Thomas J. 7, Sarah E. 6 IN
                  (MAD: widow of Alfred Duncan, 1860 Hendricks Co. IN census)
Quincy, Ward 3
Pg.468, #27-36, DUNCAN, Robert 40 MO BLACK porter at hotel $0-$0
                  Jane 32 MO BLACK keeps house
                  Emirra (f) 11 MO BLACK
                  Edward 4 IL BLACK
Pg.508, #577-696, WOOD, Samuel 39 PA Fowder? Proprietor $6000-$4000
                  Emma S. 37 ENG keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Frank 3, Elinda B. 1 IL, mother of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Lewis J. (m) 13 MO, parents of foreign birth
                  Almira (f) 9 MO, parents of foreign birth
Pg.519, #741-880, City workhouse - many people, including
                  DUNCAN, William 18 IN (blank)
                  (MAD: William indexed age 12)
Ursa Twp.
Pg.703, #27-29, DUNCAN, James M. 31 IL physician $0-$250
                  Mary J. 23 IL keeping house
                  Arthur L. 4 TX
                  Mollie 1/12 IL b.May
                  NICHOLSON, Mary A. 35 KY domestic servant $200-$0
                  (MAD: 1880 McDonough Co. IL census)
Pg.714, #207-210, DUNCAN, Cynthia 57 KY keeping house $8100-$1200
                  Nancy A. 25 KY
                  Pendleton C. (m) 23 IL farming $0-$350
                  Josephine 21 IL
                  FORSYTHE, Emma 14 MO MULATTO domestic servant


Adams Co. IL Will Index 1837-1964 (FHL film 934,657)
      Willis Duncan; roll 7, index 470, box 44; will Vol. 3, pg. 332-335, 459-462
      Others not copied

Adams Co. IL Probate Box 44 (FHL film 933,960)
      Contains original will of Willis Duncan and original court papers

Adams Co. IL Wills (FHL film 961,243)
      3-332/5: 20 April 1859 Circuit Court; the matter of the last will and testament of Willis Duncan deceased and of the codicil thereto in appeal from the county court; William H. Duncan vs. Gavin B. Duncan, John W. Stern and Elizabeth Stern his wife; William H. Duncan one of the devisees in the will; will was signed by Willis Duncan and witnessed by John Felgar and William C. Tayler:
            Willis Duncan ...; I give and beqeath unto my beloved wife Philadelphia Duncan the one third of all my personal property; unto my eldest son G.B. Duncan the sum of $50; unto my eldest daughter Elisabeth Sterne $50; all the rest of my personal and real estate to my youngest daughter F.G. Duncan and my youngest son William H. Duncan to be equally divided between them; dated 27 Feb. 1856. (Witnesses statements) Codicil: ... do now make this codicil to my foregoing will; having given unto my said daughter F.G. Duncan now Francis G. Mars and her husband John W. Mars her entire portion of my estate in land, my son William H. Duncan shall have all the rest ...; dated 20 March 1857; witnessed by Samuel R. Chittenden and Hiram Hogbin.
            Further statements that Willis Duncan departed this life in Adams Co. some time in 1858 and prior to November of that year. The court found the will to be valid.
      3-459/62: Appear to be duplicate wording to that on earlier pages.


Go to the Adams Co. IL Land Records


"Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois from April term 1859, November term 1859, and January term 1860" ("Illinois Reports") by E. Peck, Counsellor at law, Vol.23, pg.364 to 367 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 12/2003)
      GAVEN B. DUNCAN et al plaintiff in error v. WILLIAM H. DUNCAN, defendant in error; Supreme Court of Illinois, Springfield, Second Grand Division; 23 Ill. 306 [364]; January, 1860, Decided.
      Writ Of Error to the Circuit Court of Adams county.
      Mr. JUSTICE WALKER delivered the opinion of the Court: The question which we propose first to consider, is, whether the proof of a codicil written upon the same paper, and referring to the will, when proved, is a sufficient authentication to give effect to such portions of a will as are not revoked, by the codicil. In the case of Haven v. Foster, 14 Pick. 534, it is held that the proof of such a codicil establishes the will, and the court say that "Whatever may have been the difference of opinion amongst eminent judges, in regard to the correctness of the rule in question, we consider it well settled upon satisfactory authorities, commencing with the case of Acherly v. Vernon, and recognized and confirmed by a series of modern decisions, both in England and this country. ... We think the rule settled by the authorities to be this, that prima facie, the execution of a codicil to a will of lands, so executed itself as to be capable, within the statute, of passing lands, is a republication of the original will; and this is more especially and unequivocally the case, when the codicil contains words declaring and confirming the original will to be in force, either in whole or in part, so far as it is not altered or revoked; that the effect of such republication is, to make the will operate in the same manner, as if executed at the time of such republication, unless a special intent is manifest in the codicil to restrain such operation, and give it less effect." (MAD: more not included here)
      While the rule is most clearly settled that when the codicil is written on the same paper, or on separate papers, and the codicil clearly and unmistakably refers to the will so as to preclude all doubt of its identity; the proof of the codicil establishes the will without further proof. But when they are written on separate papers, and the reference to the will is left in doubt or uncertainty, or when no sufficient reference to identify the will is made, a different rule would doubtless prevail. When the codicil is written on the same paper or clearly refers to and identifies the will, no reason is perceived why the proof of the codicil should not establish the will. When that has been done, the requirements of the statute and its object has been fully accomplished; all fraud is prevented as effectually as if the will itself was proved by subscribing witnesses.
      This codicil refers to, and makes the will a part of itself. The preceding will being on the same piece of paper, the proof of the due execution of the codicil necessarily gives effect to the whole paper consisting of the two parts, constituting together one will. The republication of this will, by the execution and attestation of the codicil, comes within all of the authorities above referred to, and we can have no hesitation in saying, that until the evidence of the subscribing witnesses to the codicil was rebutted, the proof of the will and codicil was amply sufficient.
      But it is urged, and we think not without reason, that the plaintiffs in error should have been permitted to rebut the evidence of its execution by other, proofs. The statute of wills, we think, does not prevent those having an interest in the estate to be affected by the will, from contesting its validity and due execution in the probate court. The 35th section of the act provides, that during any contest, in relation to the probate of any will, testament or codicil, before the same shall be recorded, or until a will which may have once existed, but has been canceled or destroyed, shall be established, and the substance of the same committed to record, the court of probate may appoint an administrator to collect and preserve the estate until probate of the will is made. The second section provides for the mode in which the will, testament or codicil shall be proven by the attesting witnesses, and when so proven, that the instrument shall be admitted to record by the probate court, unless fraud, compulsion, or other improper conduct in its execution is shown, which, in the opinion of the probate court, is sufficient to invalidate the instrument. It is true that the sixth section provides, that any party in interest, may at any time, within five years after the will is admitted to record, file a bill in chancery and contest the validity of the same, in the manner there prescribed.
      From these several provisions, when considered together, it is apparent that the legislature designed to permit parties in interest, to contest the validity of the will, testament or codicil as well in the probate court as by a bill in chancery. It could not have been the intention to confine it to the latter mode, or the provisions of the second and thirty-fifth sections would not have been adopted, but the design must have been to authorize both modes. The plaintiffs in error, then, had the right to introduce evidence to invalidate the will in this case, and in doing so, we can perceive no reason why they might not examine the witnesses who had attested the will, as well as others.
      For these reasons, the judgment of the court below is reversed and the case remanded.


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.
      Dunkin, David H., widow Dunkin, Mary R., minor Durbin, J.; G 16 Ill. Inf.; 1864 Jan. 30, Widow Appl. #44069, Cert. #24231; 1865 April 24, Minor Appl. #90747, Cert. #67263. (MAD: minor's name as written, no guardian notation) (MAD: David H. Duncan mar. Mary R. Durbin 11/16/1856 Adams Co. IL)
      Duncan, Erasmus D., widow Duncan, Lucetta, minor Wood, L.B., Gdn.; B 13 Iowa Inf.; 1863 March 23, Widow Appl. #15797, Cert. #24901; 1863 Oct. 23, Minor Appl. #36726, Cert. #31488. (MAD: enlisted 21 October 1861, 2nd Lieut, age 33, Union; Resided in Jasper County; Buried in Shiloh National Cemetery, Pittsburg Landing, TN; sec R.G., grave 1; 1850 Adams Co. IL; 1860 Jasper Co. IA)
      Duncan, Ferdinand M., widow Vickers, Rebecca J.; I 73 Ill. Inf.; 1863 March 30, Invalid Appl. #16006, Cert. #130379; 1917 July 6, Widow Appl. #1103689, Cert. #905533, Ill; remarks XC2704741. (MAD: 1850 Adams Co. IL census)
      Duncan, Hubbard, widow Duncan, Louisa C.; G 148 Ill. Inf.; 1890 March 5, Invalid Appl. #759328, Cert. #808656, Kans.; 1905 Nov. 21, Widow Appl. #838262, Cert. #607113, Kans.; remarks XC2676527. (MAD: 1850-1860 Adams Co. IL, b.1836 IL, 1870-1880 Marion Co. MO; ?? 1900 Reno Co. KS as Henry Duncan)
      Duncan, James W.; B 78 Ill. Inf.; 1864 June 18, Invalid Appl. #47173, no cert. (MAD: Adams Co. IL)


Schuyler Co. IL Deed (SLC 12/13/2013)
      M-450/453: 22 Sept. 1845, Robert Lemmon of City and County of Baltimore, MD, and Thomas G. McCulloh at the time he executed these presents in the said City of Baltimore, surviving trustees as named in the will of Alexander MacDonald late of the same place, deceased, which will bears date 23 July 1836, proved and of record in office of Register of Wills for Baltimore Co. afsd, Liber L.M.B.? on 16 folio 802?, to Margaret S. Duncan of City of Baltimore afsd, that said Alexander Macdonald by his will ... trustees should act as they or his heirs deem advisable, they convey to party of second part that part that they have consented to take at the valuation of $5,977.50, now Robert Lemmon and Thomas G. McCulloh as surviving trustees convey to Margaret S. Duncan that parcel of land containing 160 acres in Adams Co. IL, being NE 1/4 Sec.8 Twp.3S Range 7W granted by US to Thomas Redmond by patent 22 Nov. 1817 and conveyed to Alexander MacDonald by deed 31 Jan. 1818 recorded at Edwardsville in Book O? page 52&c, also 160 acres in Adams Co. IL, SW 1/4 Sec.9 Twp.2N Range 8W granted to Lazerous Summers by patent 18 Dec. 1817 and conveyed to Alexander MacDonald by deed 31 Jan. 1818 recorded Book O pg.53&c, also 160 acres in Schuyler Co. IL, NE 1/4 Sec.8 Twp.2S Range 1W granted to William Clayton by patent 8 Dec. 1817 and conveyed to Alexander MacDonald by deed dated same day and recorded Book O page 23&c, also 160 acres in Pike Co. IL, NW 1/4 Sec.21 Twp.5S Range 4W granted to Nicholas Fortune by patent 9 Dec. 1817 and conveyed to Alexander MacDonald by deed dated same day and recorded Book H page 390, and 160 acres in McDonough Co. IL, NE 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.6N Range 2W granted to Joseph Stewart by patent 9 Dec. 1817 and conveyed to Alexander Macdonald by deed 8 Jan. 1818 recorded Book C page 60, and 160 acres in Fulton Co. IL, SE 1/4 Sec.18 Twp.7N Range 3E granted to George Metzerger by patent 17 Jan. 1818 and conveyed to Alexander Macdonald by deed 19 Jan. same year and recorded Book C pg.60&c, also 160 acres in Knox Co. IL, SW 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.9N Range 2E granted to Andrew Smith by patent dated 20 Nov. 1817 and conveyed to Alexander Macdonald by deed dated 31 Jan. 1818 recorded Book C pg.48&c, and 320 acres in Warren Co. IL, S 1/2 Sec.8 Twp.9?N Range 1W granted to John Shoanee? by patent 24 Dec. 1817 and conveyed to Alexander Macdonald by deed dated same day, recorded Book C page 13&c, together with rights and appurtenances. /s/ Robert Lemmon, T.G. McCulloh. Wit. Wm. Stevenson, Geo.? W.K. To??. Received from Margaret S. Duncan, $5 in full, /s/ Robert Lemmon, T.G. McCulloh. Wit. Wm. Stevenson. Ack. before A.R. Loverning?, Commissioner of Deeds, Baltimore City, MD, 22 Sept. 1845. Recorded June 18, 1846. (FHL film 1,311,523)

Stark Co. IL Deed; Typed Record Book A, includes grantor index (FHL film 1,401,978; SLC 9/14/2013)
      A-216/219: 10 Oct. 1839, Joseph Duncan and Elizabeth C. Duncan his wife of Morgan Co. IL to Robert Prout of state of MD, for $1760 paid, sell tracts or parcels of land in the Military Bounty Land tract in IL, all that tract of land in Adams Co., SW 1/4 Sec.13 Twp.2N Range 6W; all those tracts in Putnam Co., SE 1/4 Sec.29 Twp.13N Range 8E, SE 1/4 Sec.2 Twp.14N Range 7E, NE 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.15N Range 6E; all those tracts in Warren Co., NE 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.11N Range 3W, SE 1/4 Sec.13 Twp.11N Range 4W; all that tract in Hancock Co., NE 1/4 Sec.33 Twp.3N Range 6W; all those tracts in Mercer Co., half Sec.10 Twp.13N Range 5W, NE 1/4 Sec.22 Twp.14N Range 4W; all that tract in Fulton Co., NW 1/4 Sec.9 Twp.5N Range 5E; with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Joseph Duncan, Elizabeth C. Duncan. Wit. Ensley T. Goudy. Ack. 10 Oct. 1839 before Ensley T. Goudy, Notary Public for Morgan Co. IL. (FHL film 1,401,978)

Pendleton Co. KY Deed (FHL film 272,784)
      F-168: 3 April 1832, Willis Duncan of Adams Co. IL to Reuben Mullins of Pendleton Co. KY, $300, 2 tracts on Licking; 170 acres part of Howel Lewis's survey upon which the said Duncan resided, 100 acres adj. former Charles Colvin's corner (more desc. not copied) conveyed to Duncan by B. Bennett and Jno. H. Ewe? by deed 8 July 1805, rec. Book B, pg. 73; the other part adj. Holt Richardson, 70 acres conveyed to Willis Duncan by Charles Colvin Sr. No wife. Duncan in Pendleton Co. KY court 3 April 1832.

Greene Co. MO Deed (SLC 7/14/2014; have JPG images)
      F-34: 28 Dec. 1849, Garvin B. Duncan and Eliza Duncan his wife of Adams Co. IL for $118 paid by Nathan Cox of State of MO, sell tract of land, N 1/2 of NE 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.29 Range 21 containing 80 acres more or less, in Greene Co. MO, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Gaven B. Duncan, Eliza Duncan. Ack. 31 Dec. 1849 by Gaven B. Duncan and Eliza Duncan his wife before Jas. C. Bernard, Clerk County Court of Adams Co. IL. Recorded 26 July 1852 in Greene Co. MO. (FHL film 940,210)

HISTORIES before 1923

1879 "The History of Adams County, Illinois : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc.; a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late Rebellion ... portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest, history of Illinois ... etc., etc." pub. by Murray, Williamson & Phelps (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, San Francisco; also FHL book 977.344 H2ha and fiche 6,048,848 and films 924,761 and 934,969 item 1)
      Pg.802, Ursa Directory: DUNCAN, JOHN W., farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Quincy; was born in this county, July 16, 1830; was married to Miss Mary Booth, Dec. 19, 1860. She was born in Bourbon Co. KY, Jan. 3, 1828. They have three children: Maggie, born Dec. 5, 1861; William, born May 9, 1863, and Emily, born Dec. 26, 1867. He owns eighty acres of land, in a high state of cultivation and stocked with fruit. He is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Christian church. He is one of the energetic, enterprising and industrious citizens of Adams county, alive to its interests and future prosperity, and is one of the oldest - if not the oldest - citizens born in the county ... now living.
      Pgs.720-721, Ellington Directory: DUNCAN, F. M., farmer; sec. 6; P. O. Quincy
            DUNCAN, J. W., farmer; sec. 6; P. O. Quincy
            DUNCAN, W. H., farmer; sec. 7; P. O. Quincy
            DUNCAN, MILLARD A., farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Quincy; was born Aug. 24, 1850 (which was his father's 48th birthday) on the place on which he now resides; was married to Miss Emma Lehman May 7, 1876. She was born in Payson township, this county. They have one child, Alta Lelia. His father, Gavin Bennett Duncan, came to Quincy April, 1829, and was, during his life, numbered amongst the early and enterprising citizens who have labored so hard to make the county what it is. He was Republican in politics, and died May 30, 1876. M.A. Duncan has forty-six and a half acres of land on the Warsaw road, improved, well stocked with fruit, and very valuable. Is Republican in politics.

1892 "Portrait and biographical record of Adams County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens : together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1892, 593 pgs. (LH9756, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 825,553 and 934,969 item 3)
      Pg.229-230: D.P. COLVIN, section 20, Ursa Township, the oldest living settler here and whose family is one of the most prominent in the township. The father of our subject was George Colvin, a native of Culpeper County, Va., born in 1784. He was reared in Kentucky and lost his parents at an early day. Being unable to serve in the War of 1812, he furnished a substitute. He was married in Kentucky and lived all his life a farmer and a member of the Baptist Church. The mother of our subject was Nancy Davis, who was born in 1789, and was the daughter of George Davis, who emigrated from Virginia to Kentucky and died there. Of the eight children born to the parents of our subject, only himself and Mrs. Cynthia A. Duncan, of Ursa, remain. He was born in Pendleton County, Ky., February 24, 1815, and was reared to manhood on a farm. He afterward learned the trade of a cooper, and came to Illinois in 1838. He settled on section 20, in Ursa Township, ... Stephen Booth from Kentucky in 1835 brought with him his wife, Elizabeth, and his daughter Elizabeth, and the latter, who was born in 1819, became the wife of our subject in 1840. Parents of six children, 5 yet living ... Our subject was again married, in 1854, Miss Sarah Kirkpatrick, 2 children ... Our subject lost his first wife in 1852, and his second in 1867. In 1868, he married Miss Mary E. Hedges, who was born in Bourbon Co. KY in 1828 and was the daughter of William Hedges, an early settler.
      Pg.431-432: WILLIAM C.W. STERNE, section 5, Ellington Township, ... born in Falmouth, Pendleton County, KY., December 3, 1824, of English descent. Grandfather, Charles Sterne, was born in Virginia, served 8 years in Revolutionary War, to Kentucky, built first house in Pendleton Co., was County Sheriff for 15 years, died on his farm when past the age of 4 score years. John W. Sterne, the father of our subject, was one of 4 sons and 1 daughter, born in Culpeper Co. Va., April 11, 1792. Served in War of 1812 ... With his wife and son, our subject, he started with teams for Adams County, Ill., in 1829, one year in Quincy, then purchased 160 acres on Section 5, Ellington Township. ... To his first purchase, he afterwards added 80 acres ... upon which he made his home until his death, in 1880, at the advanced age of 88 years. His estimable wife, who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Duncan, was born in Pendleton County, Ky., in 1801. For sixty years they traveled life's journey ... the husband passed away at ten o'clock on Sunday morning and on Tuesday, at the same hour, the mother was called to her final home. They were laid to rest in the same grave. Mr. Stern, whose name heads this sketch, is the only child of that worthy couple ... on the 13th March, 1851, our subject married Elizabeth Penrose, of Washington County, Pa., who came with her father, Thomas Penrose, ... Five children ... she died 1865, he married again in February 1876 to Sarah F. Benson, native of Warsaw, Ill, and dau. of Leven and Susan (Sharp) Benson. They have one daughter, Anna Gertrude. ...

1905 "Past and Present of the City of Quincy and Adams Co. IL" by Hon. William Herzog Collins and Cicero F. Perry, Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. (FHL film 934,969 item 4; from Sue Monaghan 4/1980)
      Pg.676-7: WILLIAM B. DUNCAN ... is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and ten acres of land, a part of which is in Ursa township, and the remainder in Ellington township. He was born May 9, 1863, in Adams county, and is the son of John W. and Mary (Booth) Duncan. The father, also a native of this county, was born July 16, 1830, and died here, April 2, 1890, being at that time the oldest native son living within the borders of the county. His parents were Gavin V. and Elizabeth (Frazin) Duncan, who came to this state from Kentucky and were pioneer residents of this part of Illinois, taking an active part in promoting the early upbuilding and progress of the county. John W. Duncan was a farmer and died upon the farm now owned by his son William. ... His wife survived him for several years and died on the old homestead in 1898. They were the parents of three children: Mrs. W.H. Putnam, who was born December 5, 1861, and lives in Ellington township; William B., of this review; and Mrs. R.A. Chase, who was born December 26, 1867, and is also living in Ellington township.
            William B. Duncan ... His home is about four miles southeast of Ursa, on section 32, Ursa township. ... On the 16th of January, 1896, Mr. Duncan was married to Miss Cora Perkins, a daughter of W.H. and Mary (Felt) Perkins, of Melrose township. She was born March 23, 1874, and by her marriage has become the mother of two children: Johnnie W., born October 16, 1899; and Richard P., born April 10, 1904. ....

1919 "Quincy and Adams County [IL] history and representative men" by Henry Bornmann; ed. by David F. Wilcox; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1919, 1676 pgs. (LH13147, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.344 D3w v.1&2 and films 924,750 item 2 and 924,751 item 1)
      Pg.883: JOHN A. STILLWELL, president of the Electric Wheel Company, Quincy, Illinois, was born at Hannibal in Marion County, Missouri, January 23, 1861. His parents were Brison and Margaret (Duncan) Stillwell, both of whom were born in Kentucky, probably being of Scotch parentage. For many years the father was in the pork packing business. His death occurred in 1876, six children surviving him and four of these still living. The mother died in 1916. The only son, John A. Stillwell, ... married in December, 1893, to Miss Elizabeth M. Newcomb, and they have three children, ... (MAD: see Clark and Mason Co. KY)
      Pg.934: FERDINAND F. GIEFING ... born in Quincy January 15, 1890, ... son of Ferdinand and Frances (Bennig) Giefing. ... In September 1913, Mr. Ferdinand Giefing married at St. Joseph, Missouri, Miss Ethel Gladys Carson. She was born in Albany, Missouri, but was reared and educated at St. Joseph, Missouri, where her parents Newton and Lucy (Duncan) Carson reside. .... (MAD: St.Joseph, Buchanan Co. MO)
      Pg.1057-1058: WILLIAM H. PUTNAM ... born in Ellington Township April 13, 1856, and is a son of Rufus and Malissa (Simmons) Putnam, married in 1855 Miss Simmons who died in 1889; six children, the only son being William H. ... December 7, 1887, Mr. Putnam married Miss Maggie Duncan. Their family consist of three children, two sons and one daughter: Earl D. is a farmer on his grandfather's old place in Ellington Township ... The other son is Rufus Bennett, who graduated from the Quincy High School in 1909 ... The daughter Helen is a graduate of the class of 1918 ....

1914 "History of Kern 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 Wallace Melvin Morgan, pub. by Historic Record Co. (CA State Library, Sacramento, book qc979.488 M8; FHL film 1,000,105 item 3)
      Pg.350: EUGENE B. DUNCAN. - Among the bright and active young business men of Bakersfield whose splendid energy and modern methods have contributed not a little to the rapid development of the community is Eugene B. Duncan, who is now filling the responsible position of assistant cashier in the Security Trust Co. Bank of Bakersfield. The son of M.A. and Emma (Lehman) Duncan, he was born October 9, 1878, in Quincy, Adams county, Ill., where he was reared and educated. Taking a business course at Gem City College in order to further his business knowledge he was graduated therefrom and in March, 1899, came to Bakersfield to make his home. From that year to 1904 he worked with Sam Wible in the laundry business, filling the position of office foreman. In 1904 he took a position in the water department of the Kern County Land Co., and remained as one of their most trusted employes for seven years. Since the time of the organization of the Security Trust Co., on March 1, 1911, Mr. Duncan has been connected with it, being a stockholder in the company and now ably filling the position of assistant cashier. He is also director in the First Bank of Kern and has been actively identified with the financial business world of his community in the last few years.
      In October, 1909, Mr. Duncan was married to Miss Caroline K. Duncan of Quincy, Ill., and they now make their home at No. 829 D street, where they have a beautiful and comfortable cottage. Mr. Duncan has a creditable military record, having served six years (1906-1911) as commanding officer of Company L, State Militia National Guard, being commissioned captain.
         Pg.437: DUNCAN, Millard A. ... Willis Duncan, native of Scotland, established family name in new world. From Willis the line is traced through his son Gavin Bennett Duncan to the next generation, represented by M.A. Duncan of Bakersfield, the latter being a grandson through his mother, Eliza, of Joel Frazier ... Ten children formed the family of Gavin Bennett and Eliza (Frazier) Duncan. One of these, the youngest and the last survivor, M.A., was born on the home farm in Adams Co. IL, August 24, 1850, ... in that locality he met and married Miss Emma Lehman, likewise a native of Adams Co. Four children. To Bakersfield 1899. ....

"Portrait and biographical record of Lafayette and Saline Counties, Missouri : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1893, 648 pgs. (LH10661, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,033,900 item 4 and 1,000,296 item 1)
      Pg.646-647: CHRISTOPHER C. BOOTH, of Saline County, ... born in Bourbon county, Ky., in 1832, and emigrated with his parents to Adams County, Ill., about 1834, and in that county passed his boyhood days. ... In 1856 Mr. Booth and Miss Hancock were united in wedlock. ... eight children ... Mr. Booth was one of eight children whose parents were Stephen and Mary (Congleton) Booth, the former a native of Bedford County, Va., whose birth occurred in 1786. His father, William Booth, probably a native of the same State, was a man of superior education and a large slave-holder. The brothers and sisters of our subject are: Armilda wedded William Hedges, and died in Adams County, Ill.; ... Mary, wife of John Duncan, resides in Adams County; ...

1913 "A history of Montana" by Helen Fitzgerald Sanders, pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 12733; FHL film 1,000,174 items 2-4)
      Pg.1675: LEWIS J. DUNCAN, mayor of Butte [Silver Bow Co.], was born in the city of St.Louis, Missouri, on the 4th of May, 1857, and is the son of Edwin and Emma S. (Francis) Duncan, the former of whom was born in the state of New York, of staunch Scotch lineage, and the latter of whom was born in England, whence she came with her parents to America when she was ten years of age, the family home being established at Quincy, Illinois in which state she was reared to maturity. Edwin Duncan removed to Missouri when a young man and there held various positions of trust. His marriage was solemnized in St.Louis, that state, where he continued to maintain his home until his death, in 1860, at the age of thirty-two years. Of this union were born two children, of whom both are now living. Mrs. Emma S. (Francis) Duncan was born in 1832 and lived to a venerable age. She passed the closing years of her life in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she died in August, 1909. In 1867 she contracted a second marriage, becoming the wife of Samuel Wood, and of this union two children were born.
            The early educational discipline of Lewis J. Duncan was received in the public schools of Quincy [Adams Co.], Illinois, to which place his widowed mother returned after the untimely death of the husband and father. At the age of seventeen years, Mr. Duncan entered Hanover College, a Presbyterian institution at Hanover, Indiana, where he was a student in the year 1874-1875. He then returned to Quincy, Illinois, where he took up the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1878, at the age of 21 years, and for the ensuing two years he continued in the practice of his profession at Quincy. ... Accepted a position in the employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company in the freight department at East St.Louis, Illinois, for some time. Returning later to Quincy ... for seven years. ... qualified himself for the Unitarian ministry. On the 1st of March, 1899, Mr. Duncan accepted the pastorate of the Unitarian church at Sheffield, Illinois, ....
            In 1902 Mr. Duncan was called to Montana to take charge of the organization of the Unitarian church in the city of Butte, ... pastor of this church until March 1, 1910, ... withdrew. Socialist party in Montana, Masonic fraternity, ...
            At Quincy, Illinois, on the 26th of October, 1882, was solemnized the marriage of Mayor Duncan to Miss Kate Keath, daughter of Uriah H. Keath, who has long been one of the representative members of the bar of that city, where he still maintains his home, his wife, whose maiden name was Carrie Turner, having been summoned to eternal rest in 1889. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan became the parents of two children, Edith, who was born at Quincy, Illinois, in 1886, died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1904; Edwin, who was born at Sheffield, Illinois, in 1890, is now one of the electricians for the Great Falls power station, at Butte, Montana.


Death Certificate & copy, Adams Co. IL, #212, for Mrs. Elizabeth Duncan, 1922 (from Ora Kitt 2/1993; MAD's extract)
      Mrs. Elizabeth Duncan, Res. 1507 No. 5th, Quincy (Adams Co.), IL, female, white, widowed, born Nov. 5, 1835, age 86y 5m 10d, retired, b. New Jersey, father Samuel Henderson, mother's maiden name Worden, informant Lawrence M. Duncan, 2303 Jersey St., filed May 29, 1922. Died May 26, 1922, of Arteriosclerosis, suffered for several years; burial Woodland Cem., 5/29/1922, Undertaker Arthur Daugherty, Quincy. (OK & MAD: William Duncan mar. Elizabeth Henderson on 3 April 1855; not identified on 1860 census)


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