Duncans in Kankakee Co. IL


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

Last revised August 19, 2007

Formed 1853 from Iroquois, Will


1860 Kankakee Co. IL Census
Pg.305, #2297-2202, Wm. TALLMAN 29 NY farmer $0-$0
                  Eliza J. 17 IN
                  Alfred COOK 25 ENG carpenter
                  Jas. B.L. DUNCAN 21 IL hunter

1870 Kankakee Co. IL Census (partial; #13 also from Inez Burns 4/2001)
Town of Kankakee
Pg.134, #926-946, DUNCAN, Henry 45 MS BLACK day laborer $250-$750 (alone)
Town of Limestone, taken 8/11/1870
Pg.140, #2-2, DUNCAN, Albert 32 NY blacksmith $0-$200
                  Elizabeth 27 NY keeping house
                  Lucius (m) 9, Albert 7, John 5 IL
                  (MAD: 1860 Cayuga Co. NY census, wife? Carrie 18 NY; to Curry Co. OR per info of Della Burnside)
Pg.140, #13-13, DUNCAN, Philander (m) 37 NY farmer $1600-$750
                  Harriet 37 NY keeping house
                  Wesley (m) 10 IL
                  Susan 18 NY works out
                  John 6, George 3, Charles 1 IL
                  (MAD: ages and order of children as given; 1850 Cayuga Co. NY census; 1860 DeKalb Co. IL census includes Lucius 1/12 IL, Susan TUCKER 9 NY; Philander J. Duncan mar. Harriett Tucker 5/1/1860 DeKalb Co. IL)
Town of Salina
Pg.254, #43-43, DUNCAN, John G. 65 MA ("Mass") farmer $900-$300
                  Elenerir? (f) 65 MA keeping house
                  Caroline C. 39 NY at home
                  Amelia A. 26 NY at home
                  VAN VLECK?, John H/N. 23 NY farm laborer
                  (MAD: 1860 Cayuga Co. NY census)

HISTORIES before 1923

"History of Whiteside County, Illinois : from its earliest settlement to 1908" by William W. Davis; pub. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co., 1908, 1493 pgs. (LH10955, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 1,000,522 items 1-2)
      Pg.1358,1361: R.B. DUNCAN owns and cultivates a farm of ninety-two acres in Erie township, largely devoting his time and attention to stock-raising and always keeping on hand good grades of stock. His life record began in Erie county, Pennsylvania, October 20, 1849, his parents being Alexander and Elizabeth (Chambers) Duncan, natives of Pennsylvania and of England, respectively. The year 1853 witnessed their removal westward to Illinois, at which time they located in Henry county upon a tract of rented land. Subsequently they removed to Whiteside county and Mr. Duncan purchased land, upon which he made his home until his death, converting the farm into a valuable property. He passed away in September, 1886, while his wife survived him for more than twelve years and died on the 4th of November, 1898. Mr. Duncan was married twice. By the first union he had two children: Nancy, now the widow of Milton Segar, a resident of Erie, Illinois; and Elizabeth, the wife of Alfred Clayton, whose home is in Kansas. By his second marriage Alexander Duncan became the father of five children: R.B.; Ella, the deceased wife of Burton Martin; Eva, the wife of David Lisby, a resident of "Campbell county, Illinois"; Mary, deceased; and Sarah, the wife of John Clayton, who is living in Kankakee county, Illinois.
            R.B. Duncan, reared upon the home farm, early became familiar with all the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist ... until he attained his majority. He then rented a farm for a few years and later purchased the homestead place of fifty-two acres on sections 7 and 8, to which he afterward added by the purchase of an additional tract of forty acres on section 13, Erie township. ...
            In 1875 Mr. Duncan was married to Miss Elizabeth Wiggins, who was born in Ohio in 1847, a daughter of Elijah and Julia (Stark) Wiggins, who were natives of the state of New York. The mother died in Ohio and the father passed away in Erie, Illinois. Their family numbered four children: Martha E., the wife of Ray Thompson, of Fenton township; Delbert A., a graduate of the Erie high school; Mabel D., deceased; and Mrs. Duncan. Both Mr. and Mrs. Duncan hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church ... politically he is a republican ...


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