Duncans in Sangamon Co. IL - Newspaper Records


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

Last revised March 6, 2002


Newspaper articles from Illinois newspapers (from Alyce Beggs 1998 to Sue Monaghan to MAD 1999)
      MARRIED - In this county, by Rev. J. Antle, Mr. Robert S. Irwin to Miss Cynthia Duncan. (Copied from the Sangamon Journal, Jan. 28, 1837)
      Salisbury - May 11, 1881. Yesterday six of our citizens turned their backs upon home and friends and started for Colorado. W.V. Hoag, A.W. Hinsley, James F. Duncan, Morris E. Hoag, G.W. Miller and John Keltner composed the number. The prayers and wishes of many warmhearted friends will follow them into their mountain home and abide with them through all the trials and hardships incident to their perilous calling. May mother earth withhold not her bountiful hand until their most sanguine expectations are realized. (Copied from the Petersburg Democrat 5/14/1881)
      From Salisbury May 28, 1880. John Duncan died the 18th and was buried the 19th at the graveyard here. Rev. John Davis made a few remarks, after which singing and prayer was conducted by Rev. W. Sumpter. Mr. Duncan left a family consisting of a wife and three sons. He was attended by Dr. J.S. Conway and Dr. Banine of Pleasant Plains. (Copied from the Petersburg Democrat) (Additional note - 1880 Menard County Census - Mortality Schedule states that John died of paralysis)

Obituary of Barbara Duncan Buchanan; Copied from the Illinois State Journal 12/3/1894 p.5 (Located on microfilm - Lincoln Library, Springfield, IL, from Alyce Beggs 4/2000; Sangamon Co. IL)
      BUCHANAN - Died, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Lafayette Smith, 1027 South 7th Street, at 1:45 Sunday morning, Dec. 2, of old age, Mrs. Barbara Buchanan, aged 83 years.
      The deceased was born in Kentucky in March 1812, and came with her parents to Illinois in the spring of 1820. She had been a resident of Sangamon county almost seventy five years, and had resided in Springfield 48 years. In 1832 she was married to Reuban Buchanan, who died in 1861. In 1850 she united with the First Baptist church of this city. One child, Mrs. Lafayette Smith, survives her. Mrs. Buchanan was one of the oldest settlers of Sangamon county and always proud of the organization known as the "Snow Birds," of which she was an honored member, and was well informed as regards the early history of this county.
      Funeral from residence Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Friends desiring to view the remains may call this morning or afternoon.
      (Alyce Beggs: I have her birthdate as 3/15/1812; Barbara Duncan, daughter of Nancy Antle Miller and stepdaughter of Solomon Miller who married in Adair Co. KY 8/13/1813.)

Obituary of Francis M. Duncan; Copied from the Illinois State Journal 6/19/1916 Page 7 (from Alyce Beggs 4/2000; Sangamon Co. IL)
      Old Resident was Born and Reared in Sangamon - Was 84 years old
      Funeral will be held Tomorrow at Baptist Church in Salisbury, Rev. Samuel Bennett, Officiating
      DUNCAN - Died at St. John's hospital at 5:15 o'clock, Sunday morning, June 18, 1916, of a complication of diseases, Francis Marion Duncan, aged 84 years, 7 months and 17 days, of Salisbury.
      Mr. Duncan was born in Salisbury in this county in 1831 and lived near the place where he was born all his life. In 1852 he married Martha Jane Yoakum, who died in 1904. To this marriage eight children were born, five of whom survive; they are Mrs. John Boyd of Girard, Mrs. Edward J. Hinds of Salisbury, James F. Duncan of Kellther, Minn., and George H. Duncan of this city. He also is survived by one sister, Hester A. Hohimer of this city and two brothers, James T. of Cheryvale, Kansas and William P. of Carlinville, OK.
      The remains were removed to the residence of the deceased at Salisbury by Undertaker Allen Mott of Athens. The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning at the Baptist Church in Salisbury and will be conducted by Rev. Samuel Bennett of Athens.

Obituary of Laura Almeda Duncan Hinds; Copied from the Illinois State Journal Wed. Sept. 5, 1894 page 5 (from Alyce Beggs 4/2000; Sangamon Co. IL)
      Hinds, Died Monday September 3, 1894 at her home in Salisbury Township, Almeda, wife of Edward Hinds, aged 38.
      She is survived by her husband, four sons and 2 daughters, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Duncan; four brothers and three sisters, viz: Charles A., J.F. Duncan of Salisbury, W.R. and George A. Duncan of Harvel, Christian County, Mrs. J.W. Boyd of Uniontown, Ks., Misses Louisa E. and Mary J. Duncan residing at home.
      The funeral occurred at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon and the interment was in Oak Ridge cemetery.

Obituary of William Riley Duncan; Copied from the Illinois State Journal 9/28/1903 Page 6 (from Alyce Beggs 4/2000; Sangamon Co. IL)
      DUNCAN - Died, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 1903, at Webb City, MO., of Brain Fever, William R. Duncan, aged 43 years.
      The remains arrived here yesterday morning. The interment will be made in the Salisbury cemetery this afternoon.
      The decedent is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Duncan, Cantrall; three brothers, J.F. and Charles Duncan of Cantrall, George H. Duncan of Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. J.Y. Boyd of Kansas and Mrs. E.J. Hinds of Salisbury.

Obituary of Mary Jane Duncan; Copied from the Illinois State Journal Sunday August 11, 1901 Page 6 (from Alyce Beggs 4/2000; Sangamon Co. IL)
      Duncan - Died, at 7 o'clock, Saturday morning, August 10, 1901 at the residence of her parents, four miles south of Athens, of consumption, Miss Mary J. Duncan, aged 30 years 10 months and 26 days.
      Miss Duncan had been ill several months. She was confined to the Springfield hospital until recently when she was removed to the home of her parents. Miss Duncan is survived by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Duncan, and four brothers and two sisters, Charles H. Duncan and James F. Duncan who reside near Athens, William R. Duncan of Carterville, Mo; Constable George Duncan of this city; Mrs. J.W. Boyd of Uniontown, Kan., and Mrs. E.J. Hinds of Athens.
      The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the residence, and at 4 o'clock at the Baptist church in Salisbury.

"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.

The McKinney website contains a notice from "The Sangamon [IL] Journal" June 11, 1841 page 2 column 2; the complete notice is online as of 9/1999:
      The notice stated that Elijah Duncan was arrested for being an accessary to the act of stealing a horse in Jacksonville, and mentions Elijah Duncan's brother -in -law Barwell M'Kinney, and an unnamed son of Elijah Duncan. It mentions that the thief came from Brown Co.

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