Duncans in Douglas Co. IL


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

Last revised October 18, 2013

Formed 1859 from Coles


1860 Douglas Co. IL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Douglas Co. IL Census
Arcola Twp.
Pg.200, #55-53, DUNCAN, Saml. 32 TN work on farm $0-$700
                  Margaret 26 IN keeping house
                  Joseph 8, Harper (m) 7, Charles 5 IL
                  Wm. 3, Frank 8/12 b.Sept. IL
Pg.202, #88-83, DUNCAN, A.J. (m) 34 TN carpenter $7000-$200
                  Susan 34 OH keping house
                  (no children, not mar. in year)
Pg.204, #120-115, DUNCAN, Susan 59 TN keeping house $700-$100
                  Mary 29 TN
                  Joseph 23 TN work on farm
                  Martha 22 TN
                  Wm. 18 TN work on farm
                  (MAD: widow of Joseph of 1850 Blount Co. TN census)
Garrett Twp.
Pg.292, #95-95, DUNCAN, O. (m) 34 IL farmer $0-$100
                  Martha 27 IN keeping house
                  Wm. ("f") 8 IL
                  (MAD: Obediah 45 IN SC KY on 1880 census; ? 1850 Edgar Co. IL census, in Civil War from Champaign Co. IL, to Piatt Co. IL; or ? 1850 Moultrie Co. IL census & 1860 Daviess Co. MO census)


Douglas Co. IL Deed Indexes, copied to 1860 (copied by CVD in SLC 5/2/2013)
   Grantor index Book 1 ca 1859-1865 (FHL film 1,316,893 item 1)
      2-11: Duncan, W.S. & wife to Chas. Howard, deed, 2/21/1860, filed 2/21/1860, 2-11, W 1/2 lot 1 Bourbon
   Grantee Index Book 1 1859-1865 (FHL film 1,316,895 item 1)
      No Duncan before 1860

Douglas Co. IL Deed (SLC 9/11/2013)
      2-11: 21 Feb. 1860, Wm. S. Duncan and Charlotte his wife of Douglas Co. IL to Charles Haward of Douglas Co. IL, for $100 paid, sell lot in town of Bourbon, Douglas Co. IL, the W 1/2 Lot No.1 in Jones Addition to the Town of Bourbon, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Wm. S. Duncan, Charlotte (X) Duncan. Wit. Alfred Kuhn. Ack. 21 Feb. 1860 before A.L. Otis, J.P. Recorded 21 Feb. 1860. (FHL film 1,316,898)


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, Andrew J., widow Duncan, Sue D.; C 16 ILL Inf.; 1865 May 6, Invalid Appl. #67608, Cert. #89667; 1916 Aug. 12, Widow Appl. #970118, Cert. #735753, Wash. (MAD: enlisted Bethel, Morgan Co. IL; 1900 Spokane Co. WA, b.1836 TN, Susanna b.1837 OH; 1870 Douglas Co. IL)


"The Arcolian Weekly" [Douglas Co. IL] Obituary, February 22, 1912 (from Linda Roberts 7/2001; MAD: Maryville, Blount Co. TN)
      Another of the pioneers of this section of the country has passed to his reward and a man who has for many years been a familiar figure on the street of Arcola will be seen here no more. Samuel R. Duncan, farmer and broomcorn broker, died at his home on North Locust street at 1:10 o'clock on Sunday morning.
      His death occurred unexpectedly after a few days illness and was a great shock to the members of his family and his friends in this city. It is true that for several months he had been a sufferer from rheumatism and has been confined to his home for a great part of the time but until Friday evening no particular alarm was manifested over his condition. An impaction of the bowels furnished a serious complication which baffled the skill of his physicians. late Saturday a consultation of doctors was held, Dr. Emil Reis, a famous Chicago specialist and Dr. Fuller, of Tuscola, being in attendance. They could hold out little hope to the family and but a few minutes after they left the house Mr. Duncan suffered a stroke of apoplexy which caused his death almost instantly.
      The funeral services were held at his late home Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock p.m. Rev. J.M. Bennington, pastor of the Arcola M.E. church, being the officiating minister. A large number of the residents of the city and vicinity were present to pay their last respects to an old and much respected citizen. The interment was in the Arcola cemetery. As a testimony of respect the business houses were closed from two til three o'clock Tuesday.
      Mr. Duncan was a native of East Tennessee, being born at Marysville, in that state, November 30, 1837. He resided there until he was about sixteen years of age and then came to Illinois, locating first in Crawford County, where he lived for a few years. He came to this section of Illinois in the sixties, at which time he was engaged in farming, south of the city. Afterwards he engaged in the broomcorn brokerage business, until a few years ago being a member of the firm of Duncan & Tarbox. In late years he had been in the business for himself. Two-one years ago he moved to this city and has resided here ever since,
      Mr. Duncan was married to Miss Margaret Kellam, who survives him, in Richland county, Ill., September 6, 1860. Thirteen children were born to them of whom ten are now living. They are: Joseph P., Wichita, Kan.; J.
H., Thomas, OkIa., William, Leeds, Okla.; Mrs. George H. Clark, Mexico, Mo; Mrs. J. I. Moore, Chicago; Mrs. Frank Quirk, Knox, Ind.; Mrs. Al Daily, Miss Minnie, Samuel and Fran, Arcola.
      In life Mr. Duncan was a robust specimen of manhood; a type of the hardy pioneer. He was one of the men who helped to make this section of the country the fertile farming region it is to-day. In common with the rest he encountered the hardships and discouragements of the early days, struggling to grow crops in the un-drained, swampy fields with primitive implements of agriculture, standing off attacks of ague and malaria, helping in the development of the wilderness and living to see it blossom into the finest farming country in the world.
      He was a man of decided character; out-spoken in his views and fiery in his denunciation of molly-coddles and grafters. In politics he was a life-long democrat and always took a lively interest in political affairs. Withal he was a good citizen and is mourned by many friends as well as by the members of his family.

"The Arcolian Weekly" [Douglas Co. IL] Obituary, Thursday, February 21, 1918 (from Linda Roberts 7/2001; MAD: Maryville, Blount Co. TN)
      James W. Duncan a brother of the late S.R. Duncan, of this city, died at his home in Sullivan on Tuesday. Funeral services were held at the residence of Mrs. Mary Todd, in Sullivan, Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock and were conducted by Rev. J.R. Bradley. Burial was at Greenhill cemetery.
      Deceased was born at Marysville, Tenn., April 18, 1842, and at the time of his death was aged 75 years, 10 months and one day. he as married but his wife died several years ago. There are two children surviving.
      Mr. Duncan has visited in Arcola several times in recent years and was well known here.

"The Arcolian Weekly" [Douglas Co. IL] Obituary, 4/22/1916 (from Linda Roberts 7/2001; MAD: Maryville, Blount Co. TN)
      Mrs. Minerva Jane Ritchie, who resided in Arcola from 1871 until 1916, died at Sullivan Saturday night, April 22nd, 1916, at 11:45 o'clock. Paralysis and the weaknesses incident to her age were the causes of death.
      The body was brought to Arcola for burial, arriving Tuesday morning via the Vandalia, and was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Jeffers, where it rested in state until the hour for the funeral, 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The services were held at the Presbyterian Church, the pastor, Rev. H.E. Neff being in charge. A large number of friends of the deceased attended. The interment was in the Arcola cemetery beside her husband, the late William Ritchie, who died February 18, 1894.
      Minerva Jane Duncan was born January 9, 1829 in Marysville, Tenn., and at the time of her death her age was 87 years, 3 months and 14 days. She was the eldest of eleven children born to Joseph P. and Susan Duncan. The family moved from Tennessee to Crawford County, Illinois, in the fall of 1851.
      She was married to William Ritchie in August, 1854. They had no children.
      In 1861 Mr. and Mrs. William Ritchie moved to a farm two and one half miles east of Arcola, where they made their home for ten years and then moved to Arcola after the death of her husband. Mrs. ... (LR: unable to read remainder of microfilm copy because of bend in paper)
      (LR: William and Manerva were married in Will Co. IL)

Funeral Notice (from Linda Roberts 7/2001; Arcola, Douglas Co. IL)
      Mrs. Susan Duncan
      The funeral of Mrs. Susan Duncan will be held from the residence of Samuel R. Duncan on North Locust street, Saturday morning, December 12, 1896 at 10 o'clock. Rev. Skinner, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating. Interment in Arcola cemetery.
      Friends of the family are invited to attend.
      (LR: Susan (Norwood) Duncan was the mother of Samuel Rankin Duncan, William Alexander Duncan, James Wilson Duncan, Mrs. Mary Ann (Duncan) Todd, and Minerva Jane (Duncan) Ritchie plus six other children whose obituaries are not from this area of Illinois.)

"The Arcolian Weekly" [Douglas Co. IL] Obituary, Thursday, February 5, 1920 (from Linda Roberts 7/2001)
      This community was shocked by the news of the death of Mrs. Al Daily which occurred Tuesday morning at the family home three miles north of Arcola.
      Mrs. Daily had been Suffering from a severe cold for several days. On Sunday night pneumonia developed and her death quickly followed.
      The funeral services are to be held this. (Thursday), afternoon at two o■clock at the family home. Rev. A.H. Flagge, pastor of the Arcola M.E. church officiating. Interment will be in the Arcola cemetery.
      Nellie, daughter of the late S.R. and M.A. Duncan, was born at the early home of the family on a farm two miles south of Arcola June 19, 1881, and died on February 3, 1920, at the age of 38 years, 8 months and 14 days.
      Her entire life was spent as a resident of this community. During her girlhood she attended the Arcola schools. February 21, 1906, she was married to Alvah Daily, who survives her. They had no children. Besides her husband she leaves four brothers and four sisters. They are: Mrs. G.W. Clark, Mexico, Mo.; Mrs. John L. Moore, Chicago; Miss Minnie, Arcola, Mrs. F.C. Quirk, Knox, Md. The brothers are: Joseph, Baltimore, Va; William, of Cottonwood, California; Frank and Sam, of Arcola.
      The untimely death of Mrs. Daily is a heart-rending blow to her bereaved husband and family and a source of the keenest grief to her many friends in this community. She was a lady whose sympathies were broad and whose heart was large and her gentleness and many good qualities had gained her the love and respect of everyone who knew her. It is hard for them to realize that the one who, apparently, was in the possession of the most vigorous health but a few days ago has been stricken and called from the scene of her earthly activities.
      The deepest sympathy of the people of the community is extended to the bereaved family.


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