Duncans in Morgan Co. IL Histories


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

Last revised February 5, 2014

HISTORIES before 1923

1878 "History of Morgan County, Illinois, its past and present : containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; a biographical directory of its citizens; war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion; portraits of its early settlers and prominent men; general and local statistics ... map of Morgan County ..." pub. by Donnelley, Loyd & Co. Publ. (FHL book 977.346 H2h and FHL film 1,000,507 item 5; and part from Alyce Beggs to Sue Monaghan to MAD, and part from Sue Monaghan)
      Pg.265: 19 Nov. 1861, S.S. Duncan elected Judge of Morgan County.
      Pg.323: Early settlers of Morgan Co. IL - S.S. Duncan, born 1810 KY settled Morgan County 3/1822.
      Pg.544: "Morgan County Directory" DUNCAN, J.C., farmer and stockraiser, Sec. 24, P.O. Waverly. Mr. D. was born in NC, May, 1840. His parents, moving to VA, he there remained until he attained his fourteenth year, when he went to MO, where his mother died. The father, not altogether pleased with the prospect in MO, removed to VA. Of a restless, stirring disposition, however, prior to the rebellion he made his way to IL, where he lived in the several counties of Morgan, Sangamon and Macoupin. J.C., who heads this sketch, married Mrs. Arminda J. Allis, relict of Richard Allis, and a daughter of Andrew J. Stice, an old pioneer of this county. Mrs. Duncan died April 27, 1878, leaving to the care of her husband five children: Clara A., Ira J., Irwin L., Minnie A., and Chas. W. (MAD: See ?? Columbus Duncan in 1850 Grayson Co. VA census, ?? 1840 Ashe Co. NC census)
      Pg.654: Samuel Wood attended school after 1826 in Madison County near Silver Creek. The school was taught by Rice Duncan. "The schoolhouse was a log structure where no floor was laid down, and no window pains interfered, but the ventilation was abundant; here the scholars were instructed in Webster's spelling book and the New Testament; when these were thoroughly understood the education was completed."

1906 "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois; and History of Morgan County" ed. by Newton Bateman and Paul Selby; Morgan Co. edited by William F. Short, pub. by Munsell Pub. (FHL book 977.346 H2b and FHL film 896,937)
      Pg.812-3: DUNCAN, RICHARD Y., blacksmith, Franklin, Morgan Co. IL, was born at Jacksonville, IL, February 20, 1860, the son of Captain John B. and Adeline G. Duncan, natives of Tennessee and Kentucky. Mrs. Duncan's ancestors saw service in both the Revolutionary and Black Hawk Wars. While still a young man John B. Duncan became fired with an enthusiasm to serve his country, which at length resulted in his enlistment in Company H, 32 IL Volunteer Infantry for service in the Civil War ... its Captain ... lose his leg. ... Mexican War and also took part in the Mormon troubles. ... He was the father of twelve children -- six boys and six girls. His death, which resulted from gangrene, occurred July 18, 1864, when he was in his 44th year. His widow survived him many years, dying at the age of 81.
            Richard Y. Duncan received his education in the public schools of Franklin. Very early he began to learn the blacksmith's trade, so that when he was only 18 he started in life for himself as a journeyman. For 27 years he has followed this calling ... On May 1, 1884, he was married to Caroline, daughter of Henry Reinbach, of Franklin, Ill., and of this union five children have been born -- Dessau, Meda, Ruth, Harold and Esther. ... Republican ... Masonic ... Christian Church.
      Pg.813-4: DUNCAN, WILLIAM PERCY, B.S., M.D., ... young physician and surgeon of Jacksonville, Morgan Co. IL, was born in Jacksonville, October 30, 1878, the son of Edward and Emily (Ruddick) Duncan, natives of Pennsylvania and Indiana respectively. The grandfather, Robert Duncan, was born in Beaver Co. PA, in 1809, and the grandmother, Martha (Neville) Duncan, was born in the same county, in 1816. The former, who was a farmer by occupation, died when 78 years old, and the latter, at the age of 62 years.
            Edward Duncan was born in Beaver Co. PA, August 16, 1838, and received his mental training in the district schools and at Beaver Academy, being afterward, for 12 years, a teacher in the schools of Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois. He enlisted August 9, 1862, in Co. G, 134th Reg., PA Volunteer Infantry, ... In 1868 he located at Cerro Gordo, IL, where he followed the occupation of teaching. In 1876 he graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, ... after which, at Jacksonville, he began the successful practice ... member of the Centenary Methodist Church .... On March 16, 1869, at Seymour [Jackson Co.], IN, Dr. Duncan was married to Emily Ruddick, a daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth (Fisher) Ruddick. Two children were the result of this union -- Helen, who was born September 14, 1874, and died May 4, 1900, and William Percy.
            Dr. (W.P.) Duncan ... in October, 1904, he located at Jacksonville ... On July 21, 1903, Dr. W.P. Duncan was married to Florence Tunison, a daughter of Henry Cuthbert and Catherine (Murray) Tunison. One child -- Edward Tunison, born June 7, 1904 -- resulted from this union. ...

"Historic Morgan [County Illinois] and classic Jacksonville" by Charles M. Eames; pub. Jacksonville, Ill.: Printed at the Daily Journal Steam Job Printing Office, 1885, 366 pgs. (LH4095, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.206: ... Mutual insurance ... Independent Order of Mutual Aid ... on February 7, 1879, a lodge of this order was established in this city, called Morgan Lodge No.28. The charter members ... E. Duncan.

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 March 5, 1781, in NC. 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 Co. where they had five children and moved to Morgan, and then to Sangamon Co., 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 --
            SIDNEY S., born Dec. 18, 1810, in Kentucky, married in Sangamon Co. to Mary Rogers. They had three children. He was Judge of Morgan Co. court, and died Aug., 1872, in Jacksonville. His widow resides in Chicago.
      Pg.84: ANTLE, REV. JOHN, was born April 15, 1789, in Cumberland Co. KY. Elizabeth Buchanan was born in Cumberland Co. PA. Her parents moved to Lincoln Co. KY, when she was seven years old. Her father died in that county, and she went to live with a married sister in Cumberland Co. John Antle and Elizabeth Buchanan were there married. They had five children. The family then moved to Morgan Co. IL in 1829, and from there to Sangamon Co., arriving Jan. 9, 1830, in what is now Salisbury township. Mrs. Elizabeth Antle died Sept., 1844, and John Antle died August 30, 1864, she in Menard Co. and he in Salisbury. ....
      Pg.157: BUCHANAN, REUBEN, was born March 20, 1809, in Woodford Co. KY. His father moved, in 1819 or '20, to Morgan Co. IL. Reuben remained there until 1834, when he came to Sangamon Co., settling at Salisbury, where he was married to Barbara Duncan, a step-daughter of Solomon Miller. She was born March 15, 1812, in Cumberland Co. KY. Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan had four children, three of whom died young. The only one living -- Mr. Buchanan moved from Salisbury to Springfield in April, 1847, and was engaged in the grocery business until his death, which occurred Nov. 14, 1861. His widow resides with her son-in-law, Lafayette Smith, in Springfield. (MAD: Barbara Duncan mar. Reuben Buchanan 12/3/1833 Sangamon Co. IL; but wife of Solomon Miller was Nancy A. Antle, dau. of Mary or Molly Antle, mar. 13 Aug. 1813 in Adair Co. KY)

1891 "Portrait and biographical album of Sangamon County, Illinois : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens; together with portraits and biographies of all the presidents of the United States, and governors of the state" pub. by Chapman Bros. (FHL book 977.356 D3ps and films 896,362 item 1 and 1,000,514 item 2; from Sue Monaghan and Vivian Biddle)
      Pg.251-2: NATHAN C. ANTLE. The mother of our subject was born in St. Clair Co., this State, January 25, 1820, and bore the maiden name of Nancy Duncan. She is a devoted member of the Christian Church and even at her advanced age finds ways in which to make herself useful. Her father, Rice Duncan, a native of South Carolina and a schoolteacher in his earlier years, was one of the early settlers in St. Clair Co., this State. Thence he removed to Morgan Co., where he farmed for some years, then located near Salisbury on the county line, where he improved and became the owner of one hundred and seventy acres. He was never idle, and having a wonderful constitution lived to be 83 years old, and during his entire life was probably unexcelled in industry. He reared a family of ten daughters and two sons, one of the latter, Sidney Duncan, having been Judge of Morgan Co. several years.

1885 "History of McDonough County, Illinois : together with sketches of the towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent individuals, and biographies of the representative citizens; and History of Illinois ..." pub. by Continental Historical Co. (FHL film 1,000,503 item 2)
      Pg.419: William M. Huston, M.D., ... was born August 6, 1829, near the city of Jacksonville, in Morgan Co. IL. In 1830 his parents removed to this county and located on a farm. ....
      Pg.856: Blandinsville Township: On the 14th day of March, 1830, John Huston arrived from Morgan Co. IL and took up a farm ... His family, upon their arrival, consisted of himself and wife and one child, now a practicing physician of Blandinsville. ... Mr. Huston died July 8, 1854, leaving seven children. ... Mr. Rigdon Huston, the third son of John Huston, ...

1878 "History of McDonough County, Illinois : its cities, towns and villages, with early reminiscences, personal incidents and anecdotes, and a complete business directory of the county" by J.S. Clark (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, and Los Angeles Public Library and FHL book 977.342 H2c)
      Pg.376-7: HON. JOHN HUSTON. ... of Blandinsville township ... John Huston was born near Sparta, White Co. TN, May 17, 1808. His parents were Walter and Nancy (Bradshaw) Huston, the former being a Virginian by birth and the latter a Kentuckian. .... Before reaching his majority, Mr. Huston led to the marriage alter Miss Ann Melvin, with whom he happily lived until separated by death. They were married in his native county, on the second day of October, 1828, and twelve days thereafter the young couple, with all their worldly goods, departed for the great West, intending to make Illinois ... their home for the future. On the eleventh day of November, 1828, they arrived in Morgan Co., where they remained some sixteen months, when they came to this county, arriving here on the fourteenth day of March, 1830. ...

1894 "Portrait and biographical record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties, Illinois" pub. by Lake City Pub. (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F547 H2p8; FHL book 977.34 D3p and film 924,497 item 9)
      Pg.182-3: PRESTON HUSTON, retired farmer residing in Blandinsville, among pioneers of McDonough Co. Born Blandinsville Twp. Sept. 14, 1837, son of John Huston who was one of very earliest settlers of this locality. Father born in White Co. TN, May 17, 1808, and upon obtaining majority, emigrated to Morgan Co. IL, in 1829. 18 months later to this county & took up residence on Sec. 19, Blandinsville Twp, 160 acres which he entered from Government; added to from time to time. Made journey from TN to IL with an ox-team, ...
            In White Co. TN, on the 2d of October 1828, John Huston married Miss Ann, daughter of William and Mary (Duncan) Melvin, and to them were born the following children: William M., a practicing physician of Blandinsville; Walter, Rigdon and Crockett, all deceased; Preston of this sketch; Thomas, a farmer and stock raiser of Columbus, Kan.; Mary, wife of Strather Givens, a retired farmer of Abingdon, IL; and John, who carries on farming and stock-raising in Blandinsville Township. The father of this family was called to his final rest July 8, 1854, and the mother, who long survived him, passed away January 22, 1892. ...
      Pg.188: WILLIAM M. HUSTON, M.D., almost quarter century engaged in practice of medicine in Blandinsville, born Jacksonville, Morgan Co. IL, 6 Aug. 1829, one of family of 8 children whose parents were John and Annie (Melvin) Huston. Father and mother both natives of White Co. TN, and marriage was celebrated there. The lady was a daughter of William and Mary (Duncan) Melvin. In 1830 John Huston removed with his family to McDonough Co. IL, and farmed. Of children, William M. of this sketch is eldest; Walter L. died age 22; Rigdon, farmer & stock raiser of McDonough Co. is now deceased; Preston retired farmer living in Blandinsville; Thomas B. retired in Columbus, Kan.; Mary E. wife of S. Givens retired farmer in Abingdon, IL; John farming in Blandinsville Twp; and Crockett, decd, farmer of McDonough Co.

1883 "History of the State of Kansas : containing a full account of its growth from an uninhabited territory to a wealthy and important state; of its early settlements; a supplementary history and description of its counties, cities, towns and villages, their advantages, industries and commerce, to which are added biographical sketches and portraits of prominent men and early settlers" ed. by William G. Cutler, A.T. Andreas; pub. Chicago : A.T. Andreas (FHL book 978.1 H2hi 1976 & v.2; FHL film 982,248 items 1-2)
      Pg.387, Atchison Co., Atchison. P.P. DUNKIN, contractor and plasterer, Atchison, Kan., was born in 1836. In 1845, went to Morgan County, Ill. In 1855, went to Virginia, Ill., where he learned the trade of plain and ornamental plasterer. In 1857, commenced taking contracts. In 1863, went to Missouri where he followed his trade, and in 1865 came to this place, and has plastered many of the largest blocks, among these the Ogden block, Price block and a large number of the best residences. He employs twenty men in the various capacities of his business, and last year paid out $10,000 for labor alone. Was married in 1859 at Randolph, Mo., to Miss Sarah Palmer. They have six children -- Dora I., Squire W., John W., Mary, George and Ollie. In 1869, he was appointed Deputy Marshal of this place and held the office two years. Is a member of the Atchison Lodge K. of H. (MAD: Indexed Phillips P. Dunkin)

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