Duncans in Leavenworth Co. KS


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

Last revised August 1, 2008

Formed 1855, original county


1860 Leavenworth Co. KS Census
Leavenworth City, 1st Ward
Pg.605, #340-317, James R. DUNCAN 30 SCT gass fitter $0-$0
                  Catharine 24 OH
                  William 6 MO
                  James 3 IL
                  Charles 1 MO
                  Robert DUNCAN 50 SCT (blank)
                  Mary BRADY 20 GERM servant
                  James GOODIN 30 OH gall worker
Leavenworth City, 2nd Ward
Pg.651, #796-729, Gustavus DUNCAN 50 PRUSSIA saloon keeper $0-$0
                  Chena C. (f) 28 MO
                  Camilla 2, Amelia 2 KS
                  Gustavus MARCHARD 29 HANOVER
Easton Twp.
Pg.785, #2065-1818, G.M. BAIND (m) 32 OH farmer $0-$0
                  L.H. (f) 28 OH
                  Walter 6 OH
                  G.L. (m) 4 IL
                  Ellen 2 IA (Iowa)
                  R.R. DUNCAN (m) 28 VA farmer $600-$1500
                  (MAD: ? Robert R. Duncan, ? 1850 Yolo Co. CA census)
Kickapoo Twp.
Pg.816, #2353-2046, Hugh DUNCAN 36 SCT laborer $300-$75
                  Christina 34 SCT
                  James 11, Thomas 9 SCT
                  Sarah E. 4 MD
                  Henry 2 KS

1870 Leavenworth Co. KS Census
Easton Twp.
Pg.171, #21-22, LEONARD, Michael 34 PA hotel keeper $2000-$400
                  Jemima A. 34 IN keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Lottie B. (f) 12 IL at school
                  Lellas E. (f) 10 IN
High Prairie Twp.
Pg.234, #186-186, MULLINS, Richard H. 29 MO farmer $4000-$590
                  Mary P. 20 MO keeping house
                  Thompson S. (m) 4, Albert A. 3 KS
                  James W. 1 KS
                  DUNCAN, James R. 23 MO laborer $1600-$0
                  ATWELL, Worral (m) 65 KY carpenter $0-$0
Pg.237, #219-219, EHART, Christopher C. 50 Hessen Caste farmer $22,200-$3850, parents of foreign birth
                  Ellin 50 PA keeping house
                  UMBLE, Martha 27 PA house keeper
                  DUNCAN, Alice 14 (white) Cherokee Nation house keeper
                  "Not Known," Anna 8 KS from the orphan asylum
                  HOEFFLE, John 37 Wurtemburg laborer $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  VAN HORN, Albert 10 KS at home
Leavenworth City, 1st Ward
Pg.277, #155-164, COMBS, Charlotte 20 MO BLACK keeping house $0-$0
                  William 3 KS BLACK at home
                  Ellen 3/12 KS BLACK b.March at home
                  DUNCAN, Louisa 52 KY BLACK keeping house
                  Adelia 6 MO MULATTO at school
                  HEWLET, Jesse 23 TN BLACK laborer $0-$0
Leavenworth City, 4th Ward
Pg.418, #175-190, DUNCAN, Herman 39 "Miss" (white) 2nd Hand Store $5700-$400
                  Julia 42 GA keeps house
                  Jno. 14, Henry 10 GA "none"
                  Mary 6 KS
                  RUBERT, Edmand 36 Danastadt teamster $1000-$300, parents of foreign birth
Pg.465, #959-955, DUNCAN, Jno. L. 26 MO iron moulder $1900-$250
                  Lucy 26 MO keeps house
                  Cornelia (f) 4 KS none
Reno Twp. 7/22/1870
Pg.495, #52-52, DUNCAN, James 46 OH farmer $240-$200
                  Mary 43 VA keeps house
                  Thomas M. 18 VA farms at home
                  James E. 15 IN farms at home
                  Mary 10, Eliza 10 KS twins
                  Nancy M. 8, Anna 7 KS
                  William J. 3, George 1 KS
                  (MAD: 1860 Lykins/Miami Co. KS census; 1850 Cabell Co. WV census)
Sherman Twp.
Pg.510, #112-112, DUNCAN, James S. 36 OH farmer $4000-$2000
                  Anna 36 OH keeping house
                  Francis (f) 13, Millie (f) 9 MO at home
                  HARROLD, Rose 20 OH house keeper
                  NEAL, George 19 MO farmer
Longanoxie Twp. 7/16/1870
Pg.553, #303-315, DUNCAN, James H. 43 VA farmer $400-$270
                  Mary E. 43 VA keeps house
                  Thomas 18 VA
                  James E. 14 IN
                  Mary J. 10, Eliza A. 10 KS twins
                  Nancy M. 9, Phebe A. 7 KS
                  William J. 3 KS
                  (MAD: no George 1 KS in household)


Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, Nathaniel E., widow Duncan, Sarah A.; Adjt. 12 & 1 Let. H 12 & I 1 Iowa Inf.; 1886 May 1, Invalid Appl. #572160, Cert. #359309; 1897 Nov. 13, Widow Appl. #665501, Cert. #481847, MO. (MAD: Nathaniel E. Duncan enlisted 23 April 1861, Private, age 25, Union; Resided in Dubuque, IA; S Co. 12th Inf Reg. IA and I Co. 1st Inf Reg. IA.; Nathaniel E. Duncan enlisted 02 November 1861, 1st Lieut, age 25, Union; Resided in Dubuque; S Co. 1st Inf Reg. IA and S Co. 12th Inf Reg. IA.; see Dubuque Co. IA, Jackson Co. MO, Leavenworth Co. KS)

HISTORIES before 1923

1899 "Portrait and biographical record of Leavenworth, Douglas and Franklin Counties, Kansas : containing portraits, biographies and genealogies of well known citizens of the past and present; together with portraits and biographies of all the presidents of the United States" pub. by Chapman Pub. Co. (CA State Library, Sutro Branch; and FHL book 978.1 D3po and film 1,000,036 item 1)
      No Duncan biography indexed

1879 "Kansas Biographical Dictionary" from "The United States Biographical Dictionary. Kansas Volume" pub. Chicago and Kansas City: S. Lewis (from Kathy Cawley 8/2004)
      Pgs.706-707: Hon. Charles Convers Duncan -- Reno.
      Charles C. Duncan was born at Newark, Licking county, Ohio, April 30, 1843. His father, Daniel Duncan, was a leading Ohio Merchant, distinguished alike in public life and in trade, having represented his district, composed of Licking, Delaware, Knox and Franklin counties, in two successive sessions of the National Congress, to the first of which he was elected as a Whig in 1846, and re-elected in 1848, when the district was largely Democratic, being the only Whig elected from his district in many years. He was a prominent member of the Ohio Legislature, and served with conspicuous ability both in the House and Senate. Daniel Duncan married Mary, daughter of Daniel Convers. Mr. Convers was one of the Ohio the Ohio pioneers, settling in that State from New England, and was the father of a numerous family of children, seven of whom reached mature age. Of these the eldest daughter married General Charles B. Goddard, one of Ohio's most prominent attorneys. Judge Charles C. Convers, of the Supreme Court of Ohio, was the second child. Another daughter married Dr. Edward Stansbury, of Newark, Ohio, whose family had given several members, distinguished in public affairs, to the service of the country, one of whom, Hon. Henry Stansbury, was United States attorney general. The fourth daughter, Mary, was the wife of Hon. Daniel Duncan, a woman of much native refinement and superior cultivation.
      Their son, Charles C., received his education in the common schools of his native State, and was thoroughly grounded in a knowledge of English language and literature. His school instructions were literally supplemented by the advantages of the fine library of his uncle, General Goddard, to which he had free access. Early bereft of his parents, being only six years of age when his father died, and thirteen at the time of his mother's death, he was placed under great obligations by the kindness of his uncle, in whose family he had frequent opportunities of intercourse with such men as Salmon P. Chase, Cassius M. Clay, Thomas Ewing, Sen., Bishop McIlvaine, and many others of the prominent men of the day. Such society was itself a liberal education, and to the kindness and culture of his uncle's home Mr. Duncan has always felt himself greatly indebted. On leaving school young Duncan accepted a situation as clerk in a forwarding and commission house at Cairo, Illinois, and was variously employed in transportation business on the Mississippi River.
      Upon the breaking out of the war, Mr. Duncan entered the military service of the United States as clerk for Captain G.W. Graham, chief master of transportation for General U.S. Grant. Serving in that capacity but a short time, he next entered the engineers corps, with Chief Engineer William D. Faulkner, of the Mississippi squadron, and remained in that department of the service until the close of the war. Hostilities having ceased, he became Captain of the steamer Colili, engaged in the Red River trade between Shreveport and New Orleans. This position he continued to hold during the winter of 1865-6, and in the following summer came to Kansas, engaging in various pursuits, such as contracting for freights, furnishing grain to government posts on the plains, merchandising at Ellsworth, etc. In 1867 he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives from Ellsworth county, and the following season settled on a farm in Pottawatomie county, where he followed farming and stock-raising until 1872, when he removed to his present location in Leavenworth county. Here he cultivates one of the largest farms in the State, embracing sixteen hundred acres of superior land, devoting his energies to the raising of stock and the cultivation of corn, the two great staples of a Kansas stock-farm. In this business he has been eminently successful, exhibiting the same capacity and energy which have characterized him in other pursuits in life.
      In 1870 Mr. Duncan was nominated by the Democratic convention to the office of Secretary of State, and was defeated in the election that followed, although leading his ticket at the polls. In 1875 he was elected, as a Democrat, to represent his county in the State Legislature, notwithstanding the district was largely Republican in politics. Mr. Duncan has always been a Democrat, but is quite liberal in his political sentiments, and is so deservedly popular that he has been twice elected to the Legislature from Republican districts, and in the campaign of 1876, when the electoral ticket for Rutherford B. Hayes carried the district by two hundred majority, Mr. Duncan only lacked seven votes of his election.
      December 11, 1861, he married Tella C., daughter of Dr. M. Effinger, a distinguished physician of Lancaster, Ohio. Mrs. Duncan is a lady of finished education and fine accomplishments, a graduate of Lancaster High School, as also of Mrs. Willard's famous seminary in New York. They have four children -- Mary Hunter, Carroll Convers, Daniel, and Addie E.
      Mr. Duncan is comparatively a young man, just entering his career, and has already made his mark in the political and business circles of his adopted State, and bids fair to become one of the popular few whom his fellow-citizens will delight to honor.

1921 "History of Leavenworth County, Kansas" by Jesse A. Hall, pub. by Historical Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,000,036 item 2; from Kathy Cawley 10/2004)
      Pgs.520-522: JOHN TUDHOPE is a retired farmer and railroad man and the oldest living member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Kansas. He joined the Masons in 1854 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and took the chapter degrees at Marion, Ohio and the Scottish and York Rite degrees at Lawrence, Kansas. He is a K.C.C.H. degree Mason and a member of the Abdallah Temple at Leavenworth, Kansas.
      John Tudhope was born April 10, 1833, near Glasgow, Scotland, where he received his early education. He was fifteen years old, when his parents, John and Esther (Alston) Tudhope, left their native land and established their home in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. John Tudhope, Sr., was employed in railroad contracting work. In 1854, he moved from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to Nevada, Ohio. During the Civil War he enlisted from Alleghany City, Pennsylvania, in the Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry and served through the war. After the war, his regiment was sent to Texas to investigate the Mexican affairs. When he was mustered out he held the rank of corporal. He returned to Ohio where he engaged in farming which he continued until his death, May 1, 1877. He was seventy years old. Esther (Alston) Tudhope was eighty-one years old at the time of her death, May 10, 1890.
      John and Esther (Alston) Tudhope were the parents of eight children, as follows: Esther, died in infancy; John, the subject of this sketch; Marguerite, Mrs. Campbell, now deceased; Jane, Mrs. Frochlich; William, address unknown, was a soldier in the Civil War, in the Fourth U.S. Cavalry; James was killed in the battle of Gettysburg; Thomas, died in infancy; and Marion, Mrs. G.W. Balliet, of Mansfield, Ohio.
      John Tudhope started his first railroad work in 1852, when he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad to lay tracks near Alleghany City, Pennsylvania. He helped in the laying of 187 miles of track between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Crestline, Ohio. He then was employed in the same work between Crestline and Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1854, Mr. Tudhope went to Nevada, Ohio, where he was employed in the repair work of the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1867, he came to Kansas, intending to give up railroad work and engaging in the fruit business. He selected the present site of Linwood, Kansas, as the spot for his fruit farm, but the Indians who owned the land would not sell, so he had to purchase land near by. He purchased fifty-six acres, one-half mile west of the present town of Linwood and which is now his home. Unable to realize his dream of a fruit farm, Mr. Tudhope went on to Lawrence, Kansas, where he was employed on the Union Pacific Railroad, having charge of the repairs of the tracks as road master between Junction City and Kansas City.
      In 1893, Mr. Tudhope left his railroad work and engaged in farming in Leavenworth County. He owned at one time over 700 acres of land. He has sold a part of it, retaining the original tract of fifty-six acres purchased in 1867 and now owns 420 acres of land.
      John Todhope has twice married, the first time July 24, 1854, to Mary Williamson, a native of Pennsylvania, and a descendant of the original Quakers who settled in Pennsylvania with William Penn. She died April 16, 1901, aged seventy-one years. The following children were born to this union: Isaac A., deceased; Viola, married Frank Duncan, deceased; Sarah Esther, the wife of Hugh Perry, who lives on her father's home place and she has two sons; John, Marysville, Kansas; and James, a farmer and stockman on his father's land in Sherman Township. John Tudhope was married the second time in 1902 to Sarah Elizabeth (Meyers) Junk. No children have been born to this union.
      Mr. Tudhope celebrated his eighty-eighth birthday April 11, 1921, and thirty-seven member of his family were present. They celebrated on Monday, April 11, 1921, and at this time a photographer from Lawrence, Kansas, came and took many views of the family reunion. A few friends and neighbors came to help in the celebration. Mr. Tudhope has ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-granchild. In the home where he resides are represented five generations of the family.
      In front of Mr. Tudhope's home is a row of magnificent evergreen trees, which Mr. Tudhope planted many years ago. He was inspecting the railroad ties near the Missouri river and he gatheres some little cedar trees, placed them in his overcoat pocket, and upon his arrival home he planted them in his front yard and they have repaid him for his thoughtfulness by their beauty and usefulness.
      The first presidential vote that Mr. Tudhope cast was for John C. Fremont and his first vote was for S.P. Chase for governor of Ohio. Mr. Tudhope is a staunch republican. He has served on the Linwood school board for twenty-nine years and has always taken an active interest in the education of the young.
      Mr. Tudhope has many warm friends and the family stands high in the community.

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.470: Leavenworth Co., Sherman Twp. FRANK M. DUNCAN, merchant, block 2, in Linwood, came to Kansas in the fall of 1867. First located in Linwood, then called "Stranger" (and formerly Journey Cake), on the Delaware Indian Reserve. He was born near Keokuk, Iowa, November 17, 1856. He is the son of John S. and Annie Duncan. In 1859 his parents removed to Memphis, Tenn., and thence to Kansas City one year afterward. Remained at Kansas City seven years and then moved to Linwood. The summer of 1873 was spent at Grand Tower, Ill., and part of the year of 1875, at Oberlin, Ohio, where he learned telegraphy at college. He has been engaged in the railroad service for seven years; was with the K.P. road in Kansas until March, 1881, when he went to Colorado and engaged as Chief Clerk in the "Resident-Engineers" office, of the Denver and Rio Grande R.R. Served in this capacity thirteen months and then returned to Linwood and went to merchandising. He was married at Linwood, September 15, 1880 to Viola Tudhope, daughter of John and Mary Tudhope. She died October 31, same fall. She was a native of Ohio, and was twenty-three years of age at the time of her death. Mr. Duncan's father, John S. Duncan, deserves some mention in connection with this sketch. He was a man of unusual vigor and force of character. Was a native of Ohio; ran a saw mill in Kansas City five years, and from 1865 until the time of his death at Grand Tower, Ill., in 1873, lived at Linwood, Kansas. (MAD: 1860 Jackson Co. MO)


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