Duncans in Carroll Co. IL


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

Last revised July 31, 2008

Formed 1839 from Jo Daviess


1840 Carroll Co. IL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Carroll Co. IL Census
Carroll Twp.
Pg.391, #9, Archibd. DUNCAN 26 SCT (blank) $0
                  Wm. McCLAY 28 IRE farmer $0
                  (MAD: Archibald Duncan mar. Sarah Ostrander 7/31/1851)

1860 Carroll Co. IL Census
Pg.836, #72-68, Patrick DUNCAN 45 IRE farmer $960-$260
                  Ellen 32 IRE
                  John 14, Julia 9, William 6 IL
                  Mary 4, James 2, Catharine 3/12 IL
                  John MAGUIRE 18 IRE laborer
                  Francis (m) 14 IRE
                  (MAD: 1850 Kane Co. IL census)
Pg.1054-5, #1708-1577, James DUNCAN 39 ENG farmer $800-$300
                  Jane 40 IRE
                  James 14, Charles 12 ME ("Me")
                  Margaret 5, Isabel 10/12 IL
                  (MAD: ? James M. Duncan 26 ME in 1870 Greene Co. IA census)
Pg.1072, #1830-1691, Reuben STUBBS 48 ME ("Me") farmer $0-$400
                  Margaret 33 ME
                  Hudson 16, Adelaide 14 ME
                  Dennis 10, Mary 6 ME
                  Lydia DUNCAN 24 ME servant
                  John WARFIELD 20 PA farm laborer
Pg.1080, #1894-1753, Wm. DUNCAN 27 PA farm laborer
                  Mary 24 PA
                  Mordecai (m) 2, William 2 IL
                  Samuel 4/12 IL
                  (MAD: does not say twins)
                  (MAD: William Duncan mar. Mary E. Salsburg 4/21/1857)

1870 Carroll Co. IL Census (from index from Jean Marken 11/2001)
Cherry Grove Twp., P.O. Lanark, 23 June 1870, pg.22
Pg.97, #147-147, BOWMAN, Jacob 53 PA farmer $3000-$400
                  Elizabeth 47 PA keeping house
                  Jacob J.M. 6, Adam D.L. 4 PA
                  MICKLE, Barbara 70 PA
                  DUNCAN, Isaac 24 IN farm laborer $0-$200
                  (MAD: one Isaac N. Duncan mar. Mary A/E Bowers 12/21/1870)
Salem Twp., P.O. Mount Carroll, 18 July 1870, pg.13
Pg.213, #98-98, VAN BUSKIRK, Jesse 68 VA farmer $1700-$1800
                  Clara 43 OH
                  Frank 10/12 IL b.Aug.
                  DUNCAN, Lydia 21 ME ("Maine")
                  HERRINGTON, Ethel May 8 IL
Savanna Twp., P.O. Savanna, Savanna Boro, 18 June 1870, pg.14
Pg.228, #116-116, DUNCAN, James 60 SCT farmer $1500-$200, parents of foreign birth
                  Jane 45 IL, parents of foreign birth
                  Charles 18 IL, parents of foreign birth
                  Margaret I. 14 IL, parents of foreign birth
                  Isabel C. 10 IL, parents of foreign birth
Shannon Twp., P.O. Shannon, pg.4
Pg.236, #24-24, GETTENRY, Henry H. 39 PA farmer $4000-$1145
                  May (Mary?) 27 PA keeping house (written over)
                  Lizzie 6, John L. 4, Wm. 3 IL
                  DUNCAN, Albert 20 CAN (blank occupation)
Washington Twp., P.O. Savanna, 28 June 1870, pg.3
Pg.250, #14-14, DUNCAN, Patrick 55 IRE farmer $1500-$900, parents of foreign birth
                  Ellen 42 IRE, parents of foreign birth
                  William 15 IRE, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 14 IL, parents of foreign birth
                  James 11, Katie (f) 9 IL, parents of foreign birth
                  Ellie (f) 8, Maggie (f) 6 IL, parents of foreign birth
                  Clarissa 4 IL, parents of foreign birth
Woodland Twp., P.O. Savanna, 7 July 1870, pg.3
Pg.258, #17-17, JOHNSON, Elijah 33 ENG farmer $2700-$1300, parents of foreign birth
                  Margaret 28 FRAnce, parents of foreign birth
                  William 9 IL, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Julia 18 IL school teacher
York Twp., P.O. Mount Carroll, 1 June 1870, pg.2
Pg.286, #12-12, CARROLL, James 56 TN farmer $6000-$500
                  Robert 13, Frank 9 IL
                  DUNCAN, Mary E. 33 PA housekeeper $300-$0
                  Mordecai (m) 12, Daniel 9 IL
                  (MAD: one Mary E. Duncan mar. Almon/Alman N. Graham 11/30/1870)


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, James W., widow Duncan, Sarah; G 147 & A 140 Ill. Inf.; 1880 June 28, Invalid Appl. #398891, Cert. #257138; 1913 Aug. 30, Widow Appl. #1013632, Cert. #768518, Iowa. (MAD: enlisted Como, Whiteside Co. IL; ? 1860 Carroll Co. IL; 1870 Greene Co. IA; 1880 Cedar Co. NE; 1900 Dixon Co. NE, b.1845 ME)

HISTORIES before 1923

1878 "The history of Will County, Illinois : containing a directory of its real estate owners, map of Will County, history of Illinois, history of the Northwest" pub. by Wm. LeBaron Jr. (FHL book 977.325 H2h and FHL film 1,000,522 item 4)
      Pg.881: Peotone Twp. David Morrison, born County Monaghan, Ireland, April 15, 1831, where lived until 20, then to America, landing New York May 12, 1851, then New Jersey, then IL in April 1857 to Carroll Co., then May 1863 to Peotone Twp, Will Co. He married March 30, 1857, Matilda Duncan; she born Antrim Co. Ireland on Feb. 6, 1835, and emigrated to this country in 1847. Four children: William A., George A., David H. and Mary E.

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.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)

1916 "Past and Present of Adams County, Nebraska" by William R. Burton, pub. by S.J. Clarke, 2 vols. (FHL film 1,000,183 items 3-4, books 20-21)
      Vol.II, pgs.112-116. JOHN P. DUNCAN. John P. Duncan has resided in Roseland since 1887 and has had a part in the business development of the town. For a number of years he was engaged in the grain, coal and live-stock business but is now living retired. His birth occurred in Elgin [Kane Co.], Illinois, on the 14th of September, 1845, and his parents were Patrick William and Bridget (Kingsley) Duncan, the former born in County Monaghan, Ireland, and the latter in County Wexford. They were married, however, in the vicinity of Hartford, Connecticut, about 1843 and in the following year removed to Chicago [Cook Co.], whence they went to Elgin, Illinois. The father, who was a stonemason, worked on the construction of the Illinois Central Railroad and after leaving the employ of that corporation continued to follow his trade for some time. He also farmed near Elgin for a few years but later went to Savanna [Carroll Co.], Illinois, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits and also worked as a stonemason. In 1870 he decided to try his fortune still farther west and came to Adams county, Nebraska, homesteading on section 14, Silver Lake township. That place remained his home until 1879, when he took up his residence in Roseland, where he died about 1900 and where he is buried. He was a man of marked public spirit and held the esteem of his fellow citizens in full measure. He lost his first wife when their only child, our subject, was but six months old and subsequently he married Ellen McGrath, by whom he had the following children: William F., a resident of Roseland; James, of Thorp, Washington; Eugene, Julia, Mary and Kate, all of whom are deceased; Anna, the wife of Lee Arnold, of Roseland township; and Ella Bovard, who lives at Ayr, Nebraska.
      John P. Duncan was educated in the common schools of Illinois and through assisting his father gained much valuable knowledge of farming. In 1870, when about twenty-five years of age, he came to this county and took up a homestead on section 10, Silver Lake township. His first residence here was a shanty built of palings, and his farm equipment was very primitive. But he was determined to succeed and by dint of much hard work and careful planning he gained a start and from that time on his resources increased steadily. He engaged in farming until 1887 and during that time brought his place to a high state of development. In October of that year he built a residence in Roseland, the second house to be erected there, and he has since resided in the town. About 1888 he and his brother William built an elevator in Roseland and for a number of years he was one of the leading grain, coal and live-stock dealers of the locality. The enterprise and sound judgment which enabled him to succeed as a farmer were again demonstrated in the conduct of his business interests in Roseland and he gained a gratifying measure of prosperity. He is now living retired and is enjoying a leisure which his former labor has made possible.
      Mr. Duncan was married when twenty-eight years of age to Miss Anne Dempsey, who passed away leaving a daughter, Bridget Frances. In 1881 Mr. Duncan was again married, Miss Bridget Loughran becoming his wife. To them were born seven children, namely: Stephen P., a druggist of Blue Hill, Nebraska; Mary Ellen, the wife of Frank J. Roth, of Roseland; Annie F., who is a stenographer in the employ of the Peters Trust Company of Omaha; John W., a practicing physician of Omaha; Sarah, at home; James, attending the State University; and Kathleen, deceased.
      Mr. Duncan is a democrat in politics and served as supervisor for a number of years. He and his family are members of the Assumption Catholic church and observe its teachings in their lives. Fraternally he is associated with the Workmen lodge at Roseland. He is acquainted with practically the entire history of the county as it was but sparsely settled when he arrived here in 1870, and in the fall of 1871 he planted what was probably the first fall wheat sown in the county. While so occupied the Indians stole a horse and it was not until the following April that he recovered it. This incident is of interest as it indicates the annoyances to which the early settlers were subjected by the red men and there were also many other unpleasant features of pioneer life, but Mr. Duncan had faith in the future of the county and lived to see that faith amply justified.

1913 "A history of Montana" ed. by Helen Fitzgerald Sanders, pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913, 2196 pgs. (LH12733, HeritageQuest images 2/2007, 5/2007 & 8/2007; FHL book 978.6 D3s v.1-3 and film 1,000,174 items 2-4)
      Pg.1200-1201: JUSTISE L. WILSON, ... owner of an excellent ranch situated about ninety miles from Miles City, in Custer county (MAD: "Justise" as spelled), born on the old homestead situated near Fort Wayne, Allen Co. Indiana, November 22, 1860, a son of John T. and Hannah D. (Jones) Wilson. (MAD: more on Wilson family) ... On January 29, 1882, Mr. Wilson was married at the farm of his bride's father near Hastings, Nebraska, to Miss Margaret Duncan, a native of Savannah, Illinois, and the eighteen-year-old daughter of Patrick Duncan. The latter, a native of Ireland, came to the United States as a young man and first engaged in farming in Illinois, but in 1879 settled near Hastings, Nebraska, where he was identified with agricultural matters until his death, at the age of ninety years. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have four children: Ernest Lee, William R., Julinalta and Helen. ... (MAD: see Adams Co. NE; Savannah, Carroll Co. IL)


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