Duncans in Macoupin Co. IL Histories before 1923


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

Last revised April 21, 2008

HISTORIES before 1923

1891 "Portrait and biographical record of Macoupin County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, governors of the state and of the presidents of the United States" pub. by Biographical Pub. Co. (from Sue Monaghan; FHL film 924,426 item 1 and 1,000,501 item 5 and FHL book 977.383 D3p)
      Pg.251: JAMES W. DUNCAN was for several years a resident of this county, and during the latter part of his life was one of the leading farmers of South Palmyra Township, owning one of the best farms in that locality, and his death was a severe blow to its most important industry. He was born in Washington Co. TN, July 4, 1832, and was a son of James Duncan, who is also supposed to have been a native of Tennessee. He in turn was a son of Joseph Duncan, who was a pioneer farmer of that State and spent his last years in Washington Co., where he cleared a farm from the wilderness. He was a soldier of the Revolution, and was a pensioner during the latter part of his life.
            The father of our subject grew to maturity in his native county, and began his career as a farmer on the old homestead that was his birthplace, a part of which he inherited , and he bought the remainder of the other heirs to the estate. He resided thereon many years, actively engaged in agriculture, but in 1856 he came to Illinois to spend his last days with his children, and his life was brought to a close in the home of our subject near Girard. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Sarah Hunt, died at the home of their daughter near Sulphur Springs, Macoupin Co.
            He of whom these lines are a brief biographical record ... remained with his parents until he was twenty-one. ... When he attained his majority he came to Illinois, and utilized his knowledge of books by teaching in South Palmyra Township two years. He then bought some wild prairie land near Girard .... He broke and fenced his land and lived on it eight years after his marriage. At the expiration of that time he sold and removed to Girard, where he engaged in the grain business the ensuing two years. After that he bought the farm on section 8, South Palmyra Township now occupied by his family. ...
            March 25, 1861, was the date of the marriage of Mr. Duncan with Abigail Proffitt, a native of TN, and to her active and able co-operation he owed much of his prosperity. Three of the children born to their marriage are living: John W.,., who married Miss Fannie Thacker; Joseph B. and James T. Their first-born child, Allen C., married Mary Fansler, and after marriage settled in Franklin Co. KS, where he died in 1882.
            Mrs. Duncan's father, Daniel B. Proffitt, was a native of the same TN county in which his daughter was born. He was a son of John Proffitt, who is also thought to have been born in that county. He carried on his business as a farmer there, improved a farm, and continued to live in that county until his demise. The maiden name of his wife was Mollie Barnes, and she was a life-long resident of Tennessee.
            Daniel B. Proffitt was reared and married in the county of his nativity. He inherited a part of his father's old homestead, and bought the interest of the other heirs in it. He made it his home until 1854, and then came to Illinois, ... His widow spent her last years with her daughter, Mrs. Duncan. Her maiden name was Sarah Range, and she was born in Washington Co. TN, a daughter of John and Abigail Range.
            Our subject passed away November 24, 1889. ... His wife also belonged to that church.
      Pg.277: JOHN WESLEY DUNCAN. This gentleman is engaged in the lumber business in Palmyra and also ... He is associated in business with his brother, Joseph B., and the lumber yard they now own was purchased by them in the fall of 1888(? - faint). Mr. Duncan is quite a young man, having been born October 26, 1865, ....
            James Duncan, paternal grandfather of our subject, is thought to have been born in Virginia. For many years his home was in Washington Co. TN, and there his son James was born and reared. The latter began his lifework as a school-teacher, but ... took up farming. He had come to this county and his first term of school was at Simpson Hill in South Palmyra Township. He began his farm work near Girard, but after a time ... He died there in 1888. He left a widow and three children, John Wesley, Joseph B. and James T. The widow still occupies the homestead. She bore the maiden name of Abigail Proffitt. She was born in Washington Co. TN, and is a daughter of Daniel and Sarah Proffitt, pioneers of this county. Grandfather Duncan came hither after the death of his wife and spent his last days with his son James, dying about 1863.
            The birthplace of our subject was the village of Girard, but he was reared on the farm. .... He was married in 1888 to Miss Fannie B. Thacker, who was born in Nilwood Township, and is a daughter of Zachary and Nancy Thacker, a biographical sketch of whom appears on another page of this Record. .... Our subject and wife have one daughter living, Bertie F. ....
      Pg.409: GEORGE W. DUNCAN, who resides on section 3, Cahokia Township, where he carries on general farming and stock raising, is a representative of one of the pioneer families of the county, his father, Dr. Nathan Duncan, having here settled at an early day. He was born in North Carolina as were the grandparents of our subject and the family is of English origin. The Doctor married a [Lincoln Co.] North Carolina lady, Miss E. Lavina Linebarger, whose parents, natives of Pennsylvania, were of German descent. Two children were born unto them, Mary and Absalom, but before they left North Carolina the daughter died. The Doctor with his wife and son and her parents came to the North, locating first in Indiana and after a year the Duncan family came to Illinois, locating first on the farm which is now occupied by our subject. This land the Doctor entered from the Government and in true pioneer style he began life, being one of the first settlers of the township. The nearest postoffice was in Carlinville, fifteen miles away and their markets were St. Louis and Alton, where they journeyed with oxteams, five days being required to make the trip. Some years later Dr. and Mrs. Duncan went to Montgomery County, Ill., where the lady, who was a consistent member and active worker in the Methodist Church, died at the age of seventy-five. The Doctor survived his wife some years and passed away in Sherman [Grayson Co.], Tex. He became a prominent man in every community in which he resided ....
            The subject of this sketch first opened his eyes to the light of day on the farm which is still his home, February 13, 1834, and there his childhood and youth were passed. It has been his home continuously since yet he has traveled extensively over the country. He has been engaged in the stock business both in Illinois and Kansas on his own account and for other parties and in this way has come in contact with many people. His travels have made him familiar with the ways of the world ....
            In Montgomery Co. IL, Mr. Duncan led to the marriage alter Miss Sarah O. Johnston, who was born in Plainfield, Will Co. IL, in 1843, and when young removed to Montgomery Co. with her parents, Andrew and Laura (Maltby) Johnston, who located in Litchfield, where .... finally went to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where Mr. Johnston's death occurred. His widow is yet living in that State, at the age of three-score and ten.
            Six children grace the union of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan, of whom four are yet living: Edgar, who married Alice Simmons, is engaged in farming and stock raising in Dickinson Co. KS; Laura B., O. Leroy and Myrtie are at home; Minnie is now deceased; and the sixth child died in infancy. .... With the history of this county he has been identified for fifty-seven years ....
      Pg.493: Prof. Thomas E. Moore, Co. Superintendent of Schools ... native this county, b. Honey Point Twp, Sept. 16, 1847, son of Thomas D. Moore, native of Danville [Boyle Co.], KY, early pioneer of this section of IL. The paternal grandfather of our subject, William Moore, was born in VA and was a son of an immigrant from North of Ireland descended from Scotch ancestry and who came to this country in Colonial times; he first settled in VA, then KY, early pioneer of Danville where he died. He married in KY to Ellen Duncan, a native of Fauquier Co. VA and dau. of William Duncan, also a VA'n by birth. Grandfather Moore was a farmer, and after his removal to Danville, KY, devoted himself to his calling in that place the remainder of his life. Thomas D. Moore resided in native State until 1834, then age 20 started out ... to IL, to Carlinville, unmarried, his mother kept house for him. After a year, he returned to KY to marry Julia Dickerson, native of Jessamine Co., b. 1813. ... (MAD: William Moore mar. Ellen Duncan 3/24/1813 in Lincoln Co. KY; she listed as daughter of Howson Duncan in his will; mother listed as Ellen Duncan in marriages by Anne Burns)
      Pg.571: Miss Margaret Duncan, b. 1849 in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, daughter of Patrick Duncan. She came to America alone in 1864, sailing from Queenstown, England to New York City and then to Macoupin Co. to join her brothers John and Timothy Duncan. She married Charles Pohlmann.
      Pg.547: James B. Searcy (married first Anna E. Richie) married in 1886 for the second time to Mrs. Mary E. (Fansler) Duncan, born March 1861, widow of Allen C. Duncan who died during the year after their marriage. Mary was daughter of Endimon and Amanda (King) Fansler. (SM: Allen C. Duncan was son of James Wesley Duncan and Abigail Proffitt)

1879 "History of Macoupin Co. IL" pub. by Brink, McDonough & Co. (part from from Margo Thiel 1987, Linda Curtis 1988, from Sue Monaghan 1987; SUTRO book F547 M18 H6 and film 292 reel 51 book 195?, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL films 825,591 and 1,000,501 item 4)
      Dorchester Twp: First marriage was Mr. Duncan to Miss S. Grant
            122 Infantry Reg., 3 years service, Company I, Allen Y. Duncan Corporal, Andrew F. Duncan Capt.
      Bunker Hill Twp: E.B. Duncan, tax collector 1877-1878.
            Partial List of Patrons:
            E.B. DUNCAN, res. Bunker Hill, born Sullivan Co. TN, to county 1866, occupation: house painter and Deputy Sheriff.
            Mrs. ELIZABETH DUNCAN, wife of E.B. Duncan, b. Sullivan Co. TN, to county 1866.
      Cahokia Twp: G.W. Duncan, collector 1877-1879.
            H.J. Duncan in death list of Civil War, 97th Infantry Reg. died 11 April 1865 of wounds.
            Nathan Duncan an early pioneer.
      S.Palmyra Twp: J. Duncan, Justice of the Peace, elected 1873
            James W. Duncan, Commissioner of Highways 1873.
            J.W. Duncan first clerk of Girard Baptist Church.
            Jas. S. Duncan elected County Coroner 1878 and 1879.
      Pg.276: Partial List of Patrons ... South Palmyra Twp, Twp 11N Range 8W:
            Headings: Name, P.Office, Resid., occupation, nativity, came to co.
            James S. Duncan, P.O. Palmyra, Residence Sec.23, farmer etc., b. Macoupin Co. IL, came to county 1836; Mary J. Weller, wife, b. Macoupin Co. IL, came to county 1844.
            James W. Duncan, farmer & stock raiser, b. Washington Co. E. TN, came to Macoupin Co. IL 1851; Abigail Proffitt, wife, b. Washington Co. E. TN, came to Macoupin Co. IL 1854.
      Varden Twp: M.M. Duncan, Justice of the Peace 1871
      Girard Twp: M.M. Duncan a lawyer
            Thomas Duncan ran a hotel
      Pg.264, Civil War soldiers, indexed S.A. Duncan, not found
            John Duncan, 14th IL Infantry Reg., 3 years service, Company C
            Thomas W. Duncan in civil war.
      Pg.226, South Palmyra Twp., Biographical Sketches:
            JAMES S. DUNCAN, The present county coroner of Macoupin Co. was born in Palmyra twp. near where he now resides May 16, 1836. He was the son of William T. and Clemmentina Duncan, both natives of Cumberland Co. KY. William Duncan emigrated to this state in about 1830. The following year he married, and began farming in Palmyra twp, an avocation he followed until his death in 1861. He served as a soldier in the Black Hawk War. His aged wife still survives him, and lives with her children. They raised a family of 11 children, 8 now living. The subject of our sketch was the 2nd child. During his boyhood and youth he assisted his father on the farm, ... He lived with his father until his death. In 1861 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary J. Weller, a daughter of T.J. Weller, and a native of the same township. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan were raised within a half mile of each other, consequently they were acquainted from childhood. They have had a family of 8 children, 7 of whom are living, five boys and two girls, namely, William T., Thomas J., Lillie B., Robert P., James S., David D., and Rosie E. They are all living at home. ...

"History of Macoupin County, Illinois : biographical and pictorial" by Elizabeth Pegram Lumpkin; Charles A. Walker, supervising editor; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1911, 1211 pgs. (LH5455, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL fiche 6,078,632)
      Vol.1, pg.132: Coroners ... James S. Duncan, 1878
      Pg.136: Supervisors. 1884, South Palmyra - James W. Duncan
      Pg.138: Supervisors. 1891 ... South Palmyra - John W. Duncan. 1892, John W. Duncan
      Pg.139: Supervisors. 1895, South Palmyra - J.M. Duncan. (also 1896, 1897)
      Vol.1, pg.269: Nathan Duncan, one of the pioneer physicians of the county, settled in Cahokia township in the early '30s. where he entered land from the government. He was not a graduate physician but won his title on account of his home practice, doctoring with herbs which he gathered from the woods.
      Vol.1, pg.378-379: Cahokia Township constitutes what is known as town 7, range 6 west, and is bounded ... on the east by Montgomery county. Ephraim Powers settled near the southeastern corner of the township about 1828, and in 1830 Thomas Kinder and his family located on Section 11. In 1831 ... Soon afterward others who came were John Kinder, Amos Snook, B.L. Dorsey, John Blevins, Tolton Blevins, Lodwick Jones and Nathan Duncan. All of these settlers at once made improvements and developed good farms.
      Vol.2, pg.406-407: James B. Searcy, ... native of Columbia, Missouri, born Aug. 15, 1858, son of Benjamin P. and Nancy E. (Ridgway) Searcy, ... Palmyra ... On November 19, 1879, Mr. Searcy was married to Miss Anna Richie, a daughter of Eli W. Richie. A daughter was born to this marriage in August, 1880, and both mother and daughter died in that year. On the 18th of July, 1886, Mr. Searcy was married to Mrs. Mary E. (Fansler) Duncan, widow of Allen Duncan and a daughter of Endimon and Mary (King) Fansler. The father was a prominent farmer of Barr township ... Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Searcy .... Mrs. Mary E. Searcy was born in Barr township. Her parents were natives of Tennessee and came to Macoupin county in 1851. The father died at the age of 67 and the mother at the age of 42. They had nine children ...
      Vol.2, pg.549-550: Daniel W. Wagner, engaged in market gardening in Virden township, was born in Carroll Co. Indiana on the 3d of July 1850. His parents, Daniel D. and Esther (Wagner) Wagner, were natives of Pennsylvania. ... came to Virden in 1897 ... On the 11th of January, 1875, Mr. Wagner was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Riffey. ... To Mr. and Mrs. Wagner were born seven children, five of whom are living: Lilly, the wife of Walter Duncan, a resident of Virden; Esther, the wife of Ernest Palmer, of Jerseyville, Illinois; Charles, also a resident of Virden; ...

1876 "History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois : centennial record" by John Carroll Power, pub. Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson & Co. (Los Angeles Public Library book; FHL book 977.356 D3p and film 1,000,513 item 4; also from Carolyn Jensen, Sue Monaghan, Donald Neal Duncan)
      Pg.270: DUNCAN, RICE, was born Mar. 5, 1781, in North Carolina. He was brother to Marshal and John. When young his father's family moved to Cumberland Co. KY. He was there married to Barbara Antle. They had four children, and Mrs. D. died. He married Luranah Rutherford. They brought one child from Kentucky to St. Clair county, where they had five children, and moved to Morgan, and then to Sangamon county, arriving Oct., 1837, in what is now Salisbury. Mrs. Luranah Duncan, died May 29, 1862, and Rice Duncan died Oct. 7, 1863, both in Salisbury township. Of their children ... WILLIAM T., born April 23, 1809, in KY, married Clemantine French. They had six children, and he died. The family reside in Macoupin county.
      Pg.270-1: DUNCAN, MARSHAL, was born in 1783 or 4, in North Carolina. He was brother to Rice and John. He went, when young, with his parents to Cumberland Co. KY. He left Kentucky with three children and came to Sangamon Co. IL, arrived in 1820 or 21 in Salisbury township. He was there married to Hannah Miller, a daughter of John Miller. Marshall Duncan died in Sangamon county, in the fall of 1858, and his widow resides with her children in Iowa. They had eight children. Of all his children ... WILLIAM T.H., twin, born May 10, 1807, in Cumberland Co. KY, married in Sangamon Co., in 1831, to Eve Miller. William T.H. Duncan died Oct. 20, 1862, and his widow resides in Salisbury - 1874. They had twelve children ... NANCY E., married Napoleon Connor, have two chilren, and live in Macoupin county.

1894 "Portrait and Biographical Record of Madison Co. IL : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county ..." Chicago, Biographical Publishing Company (from Jack Callahan 3/2001; FHL film 1,000,502 item 2)
      Pg.478-9: Wesley W. Duncan, M.D., physician of New Douglas, born near Mt. Olive, Macoupin Co., this state, December 4, 1840; son of Andrew T. and Sarah J. (Strickland) Duncan, natives respectively of NC and GA. The paternal grandfather of our subject was John Duncan, also a native of NC, while his father, William Duncan, was probably a native of VA and of Scotch descent. His wife, Uly Kilyan, was born in NC of German parents. (MAD: John Duncan mar. Youley Killon 1 Oct. 1807 in Lincoln Co. NC)
            The mother of our subject was born April 25, 1822, and departed this life Sept. 12, 1877. She was the dau. of James and Elizabeth (Hampton) Strickland, natives of GA. John Duncan and his brother Nathan came to Macoupin Co. in 1823, when Andrew T. was a lad of five years. He was born Nov. 2, 1818, and the event is celebrated each year at his home in Litchfield.
            Our subject attended the district school, and until attaining his twentieth year remained on the home farm. August 12, 1861, he enlisted in the Union army as a member of Co. L, 3rd IL Cavalry, under Capt. D.R. Sparks of Alton, serving his country faithfully and well for over three years. ... transferred to another command ... discharged and mustered out at Springfield, September 5, 1864.
            Our subject's father, Andrew T. Duncan, also served in the war as Captain of Co. I, 122nd IL Inf., together with his brothers, Absalom R. and Allen Y. Mr. Duncan resided upon the farm for a year after his term of service expired at the end of which time, Nov. 2, 1865, he was married to Miss Mary A., dau. of Zebulon and Mary (Hale) Garrison, natives respectively of GA and East TN.
            To Mr. and Mrs. Duncan were born seven children, of whom six survive, namely: Francis E., Ida A., Lulu J., Jay Mac, Myrtle Ethel and William Z. Charles Edgar died Dec. 12, 1893.
            Dr. Duncan and his wife are members of the Methodist Church, with which they have been connected for a quarter of a century. The Doctor is connected with the Masonic fraternity, holding membership with the lodge in Winfield, Iowa. The five years succeeding his marriage he operated a farm, ... attended American Medical College at St.Louis, opened office 9 miles south of Nokomis, Montgomery Co. In 1877 he returned to college, graduated May 16, 1878, year later removed to Mt. Union, Henry Co. IA, where he remained only a twelvemonth. Returning from that state in 1880, Dr. Duncan located in New Douglas [Madison Co. IL] ...

1882 "History of Bond and Montgomery Cos. IL" by William Henry Perrin (from Chas. R. Wilson 5/1979, and SUTRO fiche G3 LH 4501, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL film 934,970 item 3)
      Part II, Biographical; Montgomery Co., Pitman Twp, pg.267: JOHN D. STREET, retired farmer, Girard, was born in Shelby Co. KY, August 10, 1820 to David and Catherine (Duncan) Street; his early life was spent in receiving a common school education and assisting in tilling the soil of his father's farm; he was brought to Illinois, Macoupin Co., by his parents in 1831; in 1841 he left home and embarked on his career in life as a hired hand; in 1842, he moved to Iowa, where he remained four years, and, while there, experienced many hardships .... In 1847, he returned to Macoupin County and engaged in farming, which he followed for about a year, after which he again worked by the month, or day, at carpentering, and, in fact, at anything he could find to do ... In 1856 he went to Texas ... he returned to Montgomery Co. IL, in 1857, ....
      Mr. Street was married, April 3, 1862, to Mary E. Banning; she was born in Illinois in 1838; ... The father of Mr. Street was born in Virginia in 1785, and died in 1855; he was a farmer and stone mason; he was among the early setlers of Kentucky, and also of Illinois; his wife, and mother of J.D. Street, was born in Virginia Aug. 26, 1788; was brought to Kentucky by her parents when quite a small child; she died November 4, 1836; she was the mother of eleven children, of whom our subject was the sixth child. ....

1910 "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois : and History of Shelby County" ed. by Newton Bateman, Paul Selby; Shelby Co. history edited by George D. Chafee; pub. by Munsell Pub. (FHL film 825,605; from Sue Monaghan 4/1986)
      Pg.869: NATHAN FRANCIS. In September 1865 Mr. Francis married in Macoupin Co. Mary C. Duncan, born near Jonesboro, Washington Co. TN, February 24, 1844, a daughter of Joseph and Susannah C. (DeVault) Duncan. Joseph Duncan was born February 27, 1817 near Jonesboro, Washington Co. TN, and moved to Illinois in the fall of 1851, settling in Jacksonville and later buying a farm near Fayette, Greene Co., on which he resided only a few years. He then purchased a farm near Moweaqua in Shelby Co., where he lived until locating in the city where he became Senior Deacon of the Baptist Church. After the death of his wife, he made his home with his daughter Mrs. Nathan Francis until his own death occurred March 30, 1905, when over 88 years of age. In 1842 he was married to Susannah C. DeVault and this union lasted about 57 years, her death occurring at the family home in Moweaqua, February 1, 1899, when she was nearly 75 years old. Joseph and Susannah C. (DeVault) Duncan had 8 children: Martyn, Sarah, Jennie, James, Robert, Joseph, Mary C. and a son who died in infancy.

1881 "Combined History of Shelby & Moultrie Counties, Illinois : and biographical sketches of some of their prominent men and pioneers" pub. by Brink, McDonough and Co. (FHL film 1,000,516 item 1, and SUTRO book F547 S6 C7, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; and from Iris Grimmett and Lois Cruitt 1994)
      Pg.297: Shelby Co. IL, Holland Twp. John Duncan, M.D. Dr. Duncan is among old practitioners of Shelby Co. He was born in Parke Co. IN in 1826. His parents, Nathan and Elizabeth Lavinia Duncan, were natives of NC. They emigrated to IN about 1820, and remained in that state until 1834, when they removed to Macoupin Co. IL and settled near Clyde, where Nathan Duncan still resides. They were among the first settlers and pioneers of both IN and IL. ... June 20, 1865, when he came to Shelby Co. In March 1858 he married Nancy Jane Jones, native of Macoupin Co. ... (MAD: see Shelby Co. IL for more)

1885 "History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois : together with sketches of the towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military, and political history; portraits of prominent individuals, and biographies of representative men. History of Illinois." by Continental Historical Co. (FHL film 934,985 item 1)
      Pg.1107, Greene Co., White Hall, Hotels: The Commercial hotel ... The present landlord, Thomas Duncan, took the house in Aug., 1882, ... Thomas Duncan, was born at Jonesboro [Washington Co.], Eastern TN, March 1, 1821. He is a son of James and Sarah (Hunt) Duncan, both natives of TN. He lived with his parents until age 25, engaged in farming with his father. In 1856 he moved to this state and bought land near Girard, Macoupin Co., farmed nine years, then sold farm and engaged in grocery business at Girard 11 years, then embarked in hotel business there, taking charge of Enterprise hotel for three years; then White Hall & took charge of Commercial hotel. Married Aug. 7, 1856, to Elizabeth B. Kitzmiller, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Carr) Kitzmiller. (MAD: See Greene Co. for children)

1889 "History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade, and Barton counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional, and private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc., etc" by Goodspeed (FHL book 977.87 H2h; from Marilyn Michaels 2/1983)
      Barton County, Biographical Appendix, pg. 884-885. A.Y. Duncan, a farmer and stock-raiser residing five miles north of Golden City, MO, has resided on his present farm since 1881, and has made ... He was born in Macoupin Co. IL, in 1837, and is a son of John and Uly Ann (Killian) Duncan, who were born, reared, and married in the "Old North State," [Lincoln Co. NC] and moved to Indiana in 1829. One year later they went to Macoupin Co. IL, of which they were among the first settlers, and there the father resided, engaged in farming, until his death, in 1851, at the age of sixty-seven years. His wife died in Montgomery Co. IL, at the age of eighty-four years. They reared a family of twelve children, eight of whom are now living:
            Eliza, who is the widow of Abel Prichard, and resides near Lincoln, Neb.;
            Charity, widow of John Chapman, resides in Montgomery Co. IL;
            Andrew, residing at Litchfield, Ill.;
            Charlotte, the widow of Peter Kinder, also lives at Litchfield, Ill.;
            Sina, widow of James Trueblood, lives at Butler, Ill.;
            Martha, the widow of John Kane, lives in Saline Co. IL;
            Daniel, residing in Montgomery Co. IL;
            Absalom (deceased),
            and A.Y.
            The parents of these children were earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, ... A.Y. Duncan was fifteen years of age when his father died, and lived with his mother and cared for her until her death. He was first married in 1858, to Jane Corzine, a native of Jersey Co. IL, but his wife died three years later, leaving one child, Frances Bell, now the wife of W.J. Williams, of Clay Co. TX. In 1864, Mr. Duncan wedded Henrietta Kinder, a native of Macoupin Co. IL, and by her became the father of six children, four now living: Jane Ann, wife of William Huskison, of Dade Co. MO; Lizza, wife of Lee Wilson, of Clay Co. TX; Grant and Ollie May, at home. In 1873 his second wife died, and the same year he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Coiner, who was born in Virginia. On January 26, 1851, (sic) Mr. Duncan moved to Barton Co. MO, where he has since made his home, ... On August 12, 1862, he enlisted in Company I, One Hundred and Twenty-second Illinois Regular Volunteers, and served three years as corporal, taking part in the battles of Fort Blakely, Nashville, Price's raid of forty-one days, and numerous skirmishes. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a Republican in his political views.

1918-1919 "A standard history of Kansas and Kansans" by William E. Connelley, pub. by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, Vol.1 to 5 (CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL book 978.1 H2c and film 1,000,029)
      Pg.1437-8: JOHN E. DUNCAN, town of Shannon [Atchison Co.] for 30 years. Born Madison Co. IL, March 24, 1862; his father John Duncan b. in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1817; to America 1850; married in New York State; soon after to farm in Macoupin Co. IL; d. there 1890; Democrat, Catholic. Wife was Mary Hooley, born County Tipperary in 1818, to US 1851; d. Macoupin Co. 1907. Her children were: Patrick, farmer in Macoupin Co.; John E.; Margaret m. John Moran, a Macoupin Co. farmer; Nellie lives Girard, IL, widow of Owen O'Neil who was real estate man at Girard; William, foreman of Brown-Hamilton Shoe Factory in St. Louis MO.
            John E. to KS April 11, 1887, to Shannon Sept. 1887; Democrat, Catholic. Married in Shannon in 1890 to Miss Margaret Clark, dau. of Matthew and Catherine (O'Grady) Clark; both parents now deceased. Mr. & Mrs. Duncan have 5 children: John Matthew, who grad. from College 1911; Catherine, in Academy at Atchison; Margaret in same; Bernardette in public school; and Dorothy.

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