Duncans in Piatt Co. IL


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

Last revised October 18, 2013

Formed 1841 from DeWitt, Macon


1850-1860 Piatt Co. IL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Piatt Co. IL Census (some also from Denzil Mauldin 1/1987)
Cerro Gordo Twp.
Pg.334, #288-288, DUNCAN, Robert 27 PA mariner $0-$500
                  Catherine 19 IL keeping house
                  PERRY?, William 40 OH farm laborer
                  (MAD: Robert Duncan mar. Catherine Warfield 2/8/1870)
Pg.364, #195-195, DUNCAN, Samuel 21 KY laborer $0-$0
                  Margaret 21 OH keeping house
                  Thomas 2 IL at home
                  (MAD: Samuel W. Duncan mar. Margaret Auckenbaugh 9/8/1869; from Wayne Co. KY; son of Isaac Duncan)
Wilton Branch Twp.
Pg.416, #135-135, DUNCAN, James 38 IL farmer $2400-$600
                  Sarah 36 IL keeping house
                  George 15 IL farmer
                  Mary 12, John 10 IL at home
                  Eliza (f) 6, Henry 4, Ellen 3 IL
                  Charles 10/12 IL b.Aug.
                  THOMPSON, John 22 OH farm laborer
                  ORR, Levi 18 IN farm laborer


Piatt Co. IL Deed Indexes (SLC 9/12/2013)
   Grantor index 1841-1875 (FHL film 987,233)
      D-287: Duncan, Henry T. to Nathaniel Shunkiviller?, filed Sept. 25, 1853, deed, NE 1/4 NW 1/4 and SE 1/4 and W 1/2 Sec.25 T16 R6E
      Next deed Book G, 1857-1859, quit
      G-33: Dec. 12, 1857 ...
   Grantee Index 1841-1860 (FHL film 987,237)
      No Duncan

Piatt Co. IL Deed (SLC 9/12/2013)
      D-287/288: No.197. 15 April 1851, Henry T. Duncan and Eliza his wife of Fayette Co. KY to Nathaniel Thuikwiler? of Piatt Co. IL, for $460 paid, sell tracts of land in Piatt Co. IL, NE 1/4 NW 1/4 and SE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.25 Twp.16N Range 6E, warrant title. /s/ H.T. Duncan, E. Duncan. Ack. before James A. Gunstead, Clerk of Fayette Co. KY Court, 15 April 1851. (FHL film 987,242)

HISTORIES before 1923

19-- "History of Piatt County [Illinois] : together with a brief history of Illinois from the discovery of the upper Mississippi to the present time" by Emma C. Piatt; pub. Evansville, Ind. (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 12207; FHL book 977.367 D3p and film 1,000,510 item 1)
      Pg.164-165, Schools of the county. Cerro Gordo Township ... First school was just over the line in Macon Co., ... following is the list of principals of the school, and the order in which they served: Mr. Green, John Garver, Mr. Welch, P.H. Harris, E. Duncan, A.D. Beckhart, T.C. Fuller, Miss Olive E. Coffeen, Joshua Thorpe, A.R. Jolly and B.F. Stocks.
      Pg.243. Monticello Twp. ... In 1856 quite a good deal of business was done in Monticello. In the "Monticello Times" of that date we find that ... J.E. Duncan [advertised] as tailor, ...
      Pg.352. Miss P.A. Duncan is president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, organized at Bement, November 27, 1879, by Frances E. Willard, with 21 charter members. At present there are about 57 members.
      Pg.366: Miss P.A. DUNCAN, milliner and dress-maker, Bement, is a native of Paris, Edgar county, Illinois. Her mother was born in Kentucky, in 1801, and moved from Indiana to Illinois about 1834, moving to Piatt county about 1869. Mrs. Duncan was a pioneer settler of Indiana and Illinois, and up to the time of her death her memory, which was remarkably good, was rife with scenes of her pioneer life. She died in Bement, December 18, 1881. Miss Duncan bought the milliner-shop in 1868, and has been in the same business ever since. For three years she had a partner, but since that time has been in business alone. She has lately built a residence of seven rooms on Main street, and uses a part for business room. She also owns a house and two lots in another part of town. Miss Duncan began with little, but business has made an increase since, so that all her property was made in Bement. She taught school two terms in the county.
      Pg.431. James R. Duncan signed with many others a Memorial of Respect to Capt. Love on the morning of his departure from Co.E 21st Ill. Vols.
      Pg.495. Mr. WILLIAM VORHIES, a resident of Cerro Gordo Township, is a native of Kentucky. His great-grandfather came to Kentucky with Daniel Boone and was killed at the battle of Boonesborough. His grandfather was one of the early settlers of Kentucky, and his old home place still belongs to the family. He took an active part in the war of 1812 with Gen. Harrison and with Gov. Shelby, the first governor of Kentucky. Mr. William Vorhies, Sr., a very active gentleman of near eighty years of age, spends a portion of each year at "Breezeland," his son's residence in Piatt county. Mr. William Vorhies, previous to coming to Illinois, spent about four years in study and travel in Europe. The most of this time was spent in Germany. He was married in Kentucky in 1865, to Miss Ellen Duncan, the daughter of a prominent citizen of that state. They have had four children, Mary, Elizabeth, Lilly and Ida. Mr. Voorhies came from Lexington [Fayette Co. KY] to Illinois in 1865. At this time the place (the portion on which he now lives) of 3,200 acres was bought. This land was a part of the seven or eight thousand acres of land which Gen. John S. Williams, who was prominent in the battle of Cerro Gordo and who is now United States senator from Kentucky, owned at one time. Mr. Samuel Allerton, of Chicago, lately bought 2,000 acres of Mr. Voorhies' land. The whole tract of land is under cultivation and is still under Mr. Voorhies' control. The residence at "Breezeland" is somewhat in the style of Southern houses. It is a fine country seat, and at the time it was built was the only settlement south of the railroad.

"Past and present of Piatt County, Illinois : together with biographical sketches of many prominent and influential citizens" by Charles McIntosh; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1903, 491 pgs. (LH5465, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.3 A1 no.294 and film 825,597)
      Pg.34: Schools ... Cerro Gordo Township ... 1867 ... list of its principals: ... (4 names), E. Duncan, ... Milmine Township, 1871, principals ... A.C. Duncan ... LaPlace School, 1884, teachers ... 1889-1897, A.C. Duncan and Maye Gannon, ...
      Pg.63-64: DUNCAN BROTHERS. This well known firm of Litner is composed of S.H., J.M. and A.C. Duncan, dealers in grain, general merchandise and farm implements of all kinds. They are the sons of Israel and Susanna (Henry) Duncan, both natives of Pennsylvania, and now deceased, the mother having died in 1890 and the father in 1900. They were members of the Evangelical Lutheran church, and died in that faith, honored and respected by all who know them.
            In the family of this worthy couple were nine children, who in order of birth were as follows: Warren H., the eldest, died at the age of thirty years. During the Civil war he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery and was later with the Second Provisional Heavy Artillery. Being wounded in the battle of the Wilderness in 1864, he was sent to the Haddington hospital in Philadelphia, and was subsequently appointed ward master. S.H. Duncan was born in York county, Pennsylvania, December 2, 1844, and was reared and educated there. He, too, entered the service of his country during the dark days of the Rebellion and held the position of wagon master in the quarter-master's department though he dressed in civilian's clothes. He is now a member of the firm of Duncan Brothers of Lintner, Illinois, and has charge of the implement business. He married Mrs. Kate Gates, and has three sons: Wellington G., B.G. and P.G. Henry, the next of the family, was also a teamster in the Civil war and now resides one mile east of Lintner on his farm. He married Mattie Connister and has six children. J.M. was born on the 20th of August, 1850, in York county, Pennsylvania, and there spent his boyhood and youth, his education being received in the local schools. He owns and operates a farm a mile and a quarter north of Lintner and also four hundred acres east of Lintner, making five hundred and seventy acres in all. For four years he served as postmaster of Lintner under General Harrison. He married Florence Green, and has two daughters, Effie and Dora. Emma is the wife of John Miller, a resident of Oklahoma. Katherine is the wife of Andrew Spunseller, of Pennsylvania, and has six children. A.C., the youngest member of the firm, was born in York county, Pennsylvania, August 31, 1856, and after acquiring a good education in the schools of that state, he commenced teaching at the age of eighteen years and successfully followed that profession for twenty-one years, being principal of the schools at Milmine, Illinois, for four years and of La Place for eight years. He now has charge of the store. His wife, who bore the maiden name of May Gannon and was graduated at the Decatur high school, taught in the primary department at La Place. They have two children, Kenneth and Cedric. A.C. Duncan came to Piatt county in 1882 and since 1897 has served as postmaster of Lintner, being appointed to that position under President McKinley. Elizabeth is the wife of Henry Hoffiens, of Abbotstown, Pennsylvania. Charles H., the youngest of the Duncan family, was killed by lightning in this county, half a mile south of Lintner, at the age of thirty-seven years. He married Etta Wilson, and had two children. They now make their home with her father in Moultrie county, Illinois.
            The business now carried on by Duncan Brothers was formerly owned by Wilson & Stone. The latter sold his interest to Mr. Glazbrook and J.M. Duncan afterward bought out Mr. Wilson. Later A.C. Duncan bought out Mr. Glazbrook, and in 1895 the firm name was changed to Duncan Brothers, though S.H. did not become connected with the enterprise until 1901, when he took charge of the implement department. In 1898 they erected their elevator at Lintner, which has a capacity of twenty thousand bushels, and they have made this place a good grain market as they ship a large amount of grain annually. ... All of the brothers are stanch supporters of the Republican party and Lutherans in religious belief. ...
      Pg.389-390: Isaac Shively ... born in Montgomery Co. Ohio, February 8, 1837, to Wabash Co. Indiana with his parents at age 14 (more on parents), remained there until after his marriage, married Miss Margaret Blickenstaff ... in 1871 accompanied by his wife and three children, he came to Piatt County, Illinois. ... Cerro Gordo township ... Ten children, seven sons and three daughters, of whom nine are yet living: ... Joseph, who married Nora Duncan and resides in Carroll county, Indiana; (and three sons, all at home). ...

1887 "Portrait and Biographical Album of Coles Co. IL" pub. by Chapman Bros. (FHL film 825,562)
      Pg.221: DR. W.S. DUNCAN, of Hutton Twp., spent his childhood and youth in Greene Co. IN, where he was born Feb. 26, 1825; his grandfather having been Isaiah Duncan, an enterprising Southern farmer who was born, reared and spent his entire life in SC (MAD: Newberry Co. SC per Eli Duncan's 1850 Edgar Co. IL census); he married and became the father of a family, including five sons and two daughters. The sons were Isaiah, George, John, Eli and Joshua. Of these, the father of our subject was next to the youngest. He received a common school education and remained with his father on the farm until reaching manhood. He then migrated North and, locating in Greene Co. IN, was married to Miss Rebecca Stevens in the spring of 1822. Mrs. Duncan was born Feb. 28, 1801, in KY, and was the dau. of William Stevens, who emigrated from the Blue Grass regions to Harrison Co. IN. After marriage, Mr. Duncan rented a tract of land and farmed until the spring of 1835; he then came to Edgar Co., this State, secured possession of 40 acres of timber land, part of which he cleared and occupied until spring of 1853; he then removed with his family to Laclede Co. MO and died there in 1856, leaving a family of seven children. While a resident of IN he and his wife had become members of the Dunkard Church, but after coming to IL united with the Christian Church. The mother survived her husband about 23 years, making her home with her children, and died Dec. 10, 1881. The parental family included the following children: Isaiah who died in infancy; W.S. of our sketch; John who died in infancy; George now a minister of the Christian Church at AR; Joshua; Marion who died when 20 years of age; Obadiah a resident of Piatt Co. IL; Jane; Elizabeth a widow, now residing in Marion Co., and Polly A. who has carried on a millinery establishment in Bement [Piatt Co.], IL, for the last 20 years.
            Dr. Duncan was the 2nd child of his parents and received but a common-school education; when 18, he commenced working in a tanyard for 3 years, then enlisted in Co. H, 4th IL Vol. Inf., started on 16 June 1846 by wagon to Springfield, IL, bound for Mexico; after reaching the seat of war, he found that the precarious state of his health would prevent him from continuing in the ranks, and in Dec. received his discharge on account of disability, the result of measels contracted at Matamoras, Mex. Upon returning to Edgar Co., he began teaching school, ... worked on farm, ... in about 1853 began practicing (as doctor) in Coles Co. The marriage of Dr. Duncan and Miss Charlotte W. Elsbury was celebrated at the home of the bride, Dec. 3, 1847; Mrs. Duncan was born March 13, 1826, and is the dau. of John and Charlotte (Winters) Elsbury, natives of IN. Dr. Duncan continued teaching for about 3 years after his marriage, ... located at Strington, ... until 1860, that spring he took up residence at Sidney, Champaign Co. In Jan. 1864 during progress of Civil War, he enlisted in Co. I, 10th IL Vol. Cav., and was appointed Assistant Surgeon, receiving his commission 18 March ... until Oct. 13 following, when he resigned, returned to Sidney, continued practice until 1868. Health compelled him to leave prairie country so he moved to Farmersburg [Sullivan Co.], IN; until Aug. 1884, then returned to Sidney, then to Hutton Twp. in Oct. 1886, where still lives. Mrs. Charlotte Duncan died at Farmersburg, IN, in Oct. 1874; member of Christian Church; bore nine children, recorded as follows: Minerva P. born Oct. 3, 1848, is the wife of John W. Payne, of Evansville, IN; Melissa C. born June 11, 1850, is the wife of Alfred Duncan of Fulton Co. MO; Mary E. born Sept. 12, 1852, died 13 days later; Minnie C. born May 10, 1854, is the wife of Joab Patton of IN; Laura B. born Jan. 14, 1857, died when 18 months old; Josephine F.P. born May 15, 1860, is the wife of Dr. George H. Bogart, of IN; Rebecca D. born July 12, 1863, died Aug. 15 following; her twin brother, William M., died Aug. 5 following. Nora, born July 10, 1865, became the wife of Lester E. Foulke and is a resident of Champaign Co.
            The present wife of our subject, whom he married Jan. 5, 1875, was formerly Miss Elizabeth Johns, a native of Boone Co. IN, and born June 29, 1846; she is the dau. of Hardin W. and Charlotte T. Johns, natives of KY; two children: William O. born Sept. 25, 1875, died Sept. 15, 1878; and Blach G. (MAD: sic) born April 16, 1883; the Dr. and Mrs. Duncan members of 7th Day Adventist Church; while resident of IN, Dr. Duncan identified himself with the Sullivan Co. Medical Assn, ... Fairbanks IN Lodge A.F.&A.M., Terre Haute Chap.; Republican.


"Adams County News" Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Saturday, June 15, 1912 (from Kathy D. Cawley 3/2006)
      BLANTON DUNCAN, Circuit Clerk of the Courts and Recorder of Piatte County, Illinois, is in this section visiting relatives and friends. MR. DUNCAN is a son of SAMUEL H. DUNCAN, formerly of Abbotstown, and taught school in Union township, before going West about 20 years ago. MR. DUNCAN'S term as Circuit Clerk and Recorder will expire this year, but he has already been nominated for a second term of four years.
      (KDC: 1880 York Co. PA census, Blanton G. Duncan 8 PA w/Saml. & Kate Duncan)


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