Duncans in McDonough Co. IL; Newspaper Records


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

Last revised March 6, 2002


Macomb Journal, McDonough Co. IL, Newspapers (on microfilm) (from Charlotte Morrow 3/1982)
      Thursday, May 21, 1874: Death of Old Citizen. Preston Anderson died at his home in Blandinsville Township Tuesday of this week. For several years he has been afflicted, but has been going around until a few days since when he was suddenly taken down. He was one of the very earliest settlers in the county, having located upon the farm where he died, over 35 years ago.
      Thursday, March 6, 1877: Blandinsville Items: "Grandmother Anderson" has gone to her reward. Departed this life on the 2nd.
      Thursday, March 6, 1877: Died: Anderson, Friday, March 2, 1877 at her residence, three miles east of Blandinsville, Mrs. Lurany Anderson, wife of Preston Anderson, in her 70th year.
            The subject of the above was born on the 13th of February 1807 in Middle Tennessee. She has been a member of the Christian Church for 50 years. Was married to Preston Anderson the 15th of June 1826. Emigrated to the State of Illinois, McDonough County where she resided until her death. She was the mother of 9 children, seven of whom grew up to man and womanhood. The funeral services took place at her late residence Saturday the 3rd of March, conducted by Rev. T. Goodnight.

Obit for Henry Duncan, Macomb IL Daily Journal (from Marge Harris to Georgia Toporke to MAD 11/1984)
      Henry Duncan, d. of heart trouble at Bardolph, age 68y 11m 5d, b. at Painstown, IN, 11 Dec. 1848, came to IL with parents age 3 years, to farm 3 miles northwest now occupied by W.H. Switzer, mar. 21 Aug. 1873 Nancy A. Morgan, survives, he was youngest of 14 children. Wife and children survive: Oscar H. of McGill, NV; Charles E. of Eli, NV; Chester A. of Shelby, NE; Clarence W. of Bardolph; Robert of Higginsville, MO. Obit for wife about the same info except that Chester was in SD and Clarence was at home.

Obit, Thursday, 6 April 1905, Macomb Daily Journal (from Marge Harris to Georgia Toporke to MAD 11/1984)
      Mrs. Mathew Inman, d. in Macomb of pneumonia, age 65-8-15. Margaret J. Duncan, b. PA 20 July 1839 to Isaac and Mary Duncan; when 8 years old to Emmet Twp, and in 1859 married Mathew D. Inman (20 April 1858 in McDonough Co. IL); in 1880 to Macomb. Surviving children ...

Obituary column, McDonough Co. IL newspaper, no date; bottom of first column folded under (from Sara Semonis to Alice Duncan to MAD 3/1989)
      THOMAS B. DUNCAN was born June 18, 1828, in TN, came to McDonough Co. IL with his parents, John and Ellen Duncan in the year 1832. He was united in marriage to Martha Ann Woodside March 1, 1849, who preceded him to the better land in the year 1889. To this union were born ten children, only two of whom survive, namely, Franklin W. and Alice E. Crenshaw. He resided in Blandinsville and vicinity until the death of his wife, when he removed to Stronghurst, where he resided until four years ago. Since that time he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Alice Crenshaw, where he died. Beside a son and daughter he leaves five brothers, William of Marysville, MO; John of Barnard, MO; James M. of Kansas City, MO; Benjamin F. of Blandinsville, IL; and Harrison of LaHarpe, IL. He also leaves seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a host of friends ... He passed away without a struggle, November 22, 1903, at 6 o'clock p.m., aged 75 years 5 months and three days. The funeral occurred from Old Bedford Christian church, November 24, ... interment at the Old Liberty burying grounds.
      (GEORGE W. HAINLINE; beginning of column not visible) ... was married to Sarah R. Hungate in 1858, the union being severed by the later's death, December 7, 1899, shortly after removing to their village home to enjoy the rest and quiet which should come to all ... Deceased leaves four children -- Harmon, Theodore, Mrs. Clara Davis and Miss Nina, all residents of this vicinity, besides two brothers, Solomon and Jacob, prosperous farmers of Hire Twp. ...The funeral occurred from the residence at 10 o'clock, Sunday, November 29, Elder C.S. Townley officiating. Interment in Central cemetery, Hire Twp.

"Petersburg Observer" Menard Co. IL, Front page, Friday, Feb. 26, 1909 (from Alyce Beggs with comment that a few names were misspelled, but she typed them exactly as in the newspaper; Franklin W. Duncan, son of James T.H. and Mary "Polly" Penny Duncan; picture of Franklin is included in the article.)
      Throngs Crowd the Church at Funeral Yesterday Morning - City Council Passes Resolution
      Frank W. Duncan, mayor of Petersburg and for many years a prominent figure in public life in Menard county, passed away at his home in this city, Monday night, February 22, at the age of 70 years, 2 months and 10 days. Although Mayor Duncan had been in failing health for some time his last illness was but two weeks. He returned from a trip to Hot Springs on February 6, and from that time failed rapidly. On the day of his death he was reported somewhat improved and his sudden demise was a shock to the entire community.
      Frank W. Duncan was born in McDonough county, December 15, 1838. The March following his parents came to Salisbury settling in what is now Menard county, in which practically all of his life was spent. He resided on the farm near Salisbury until 1905, when he moved to Petersburg establishing a livery and feed barn. In April 1907 he was elected to the mayoralty of Petersburg and would have stood for reelect at the city election next month had he have lived. He always figured in politics of the county and at one time served as county commissioner being elected to that office on the ticket of the democratic party, with which he was always affiliated. Although when residing near Salisbury his interests were agricultural yet he also engaged in the ministry for the Christian Adventist.
      Mr. Duncan's character was one of great vigor and his life was characterized by tireless activities. His business interests were many and varied and his personality made itself felt in his administration of city affairs. He was also philanthropical in his tendencies and he was well known for his generous gifts to the unfortunate.
      He was married January 14, 1864, to Martha J. Irwin of Sangamon county, who now survives. To them were born five children; William, who died in infancy, and Jasper M., now in Colorado for his health; Green T. of Divernon, Ill., Mrs. Jennie Hinds of Salisbury, Ill., and Mollie M. at home. There are nine grandchildren. He has living also four brothers and two sisters, F.M. and S.T. Duncan of Salisbury, Ill., J.R. and W.P. of Sherryville, Kan., Mrs. Esther Hohimer of Salisbury and Mrs. Jane Berry of (name of town is unreadable) Mo.
      The funeral services were held in the First Presbyterian church, yesterday (Thursday) morning, conducted by Elder William M. Groves, assisted by Rev. John Boden and Rev. Charles McKown in the presence of an audience that taxed the capacity of the auditorium. Business was suspended during the hour of the funeral. Interment was made in Farmer's Point Cemetery.

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