Duncans in Marshall Co. KS


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

Last revised December 23, 2006

Formed 1855, original county


1860 Marshall Co. KS Census
Blue Rapids Twp.
Pg.356, #57-57, George DUNCAN 25 MO farmer $500-$150
                  Lucretia 26 OH
                  John 4, Allen 2 MO
                  Peter COPPES 25 BELGIUM day laborer

1870 Marshall Co. KS Census
Blue Rapids Twp.
Pg.295, #21-21, DUNCAN, M.L. (m) 40 TN farmer $4000-$1860
                  Sarah M. 30 PA keeping house
                  James 19 MO at home
                  Eltie? (f) 11 KS at home
                  MILLER, David H. 14 WI ("Wisc") at home
                  Annie 10 KS at home
                  Joshua 8, Samuel 6 KS at home
                  (MAD: Marcus De Lafayette Duncan, from Blount Co. TN; James B. Duncan 1851-1910 bur. Kay Co. OK)
Guittard Twp.
Pg.311, #27-32, DUNCAN, William B. 40 IL farmer $2000-$400
                  Martha 37 TN keeping house
                  Henry 16, Sarah T. 14 IL
                  Charles W. 12, Barbary 10 IL
                  Logan J. (m) 8 IL
                  Louisa M. 5, Anna M. 4 KS
                  Ida B. 8/12 KS b.Sept.
                  KINSER, Minerva 31 TN
                  (MAD: 1860 Williamson Co. IL census)


Blount Co. TN Deed (FHL film 888,885)
      Z-237: 18 July 1858, Power of Attorney, Marcus D.L. Duncan of Marshall Co. KS Territory appoint Mrs. Ann McClain of Blount Co. TN my attorney to receive from administrator of Robert Thompson decd.; appeared 17 July 1858 in Marshall Co. KS. (MAD: Marquis or Marcus de Lafayett Duncan, son of Bartlett Marshall Duncan and first wife Rachel Thompson, of 1850 Buchanan Co. MO census)

HISTORIES before 1923

1889 "Portrait and biographical album of Marshall County, Kansas : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county" pub. by Chapman Bros. (CA State Library, Sutro Branch; and FHL film 1,000,036 item 4)
      No Duncan biography indexed

1917 "History of Marshall County, Kansas : its people, industries and institutions, with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families" by Emma E. Forter, pub. by B.F. Bowen & Co. (FHL book 978.131 H2f and film 1,697,443 item 11 and 1,000,037 item 1)
      No Duncan biography indexed

1883 "History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Cos. IL" by William Henry Perrin, pub. by O.L. Baskin (FHL book 977.399 H2p and film 982,493 item 11)
      Last third of book, Biographies, had separate page numbering; following from that section.
      Pg.B129, Cobden Precinct, Union Co. Hollady & Duncan, millers, of Cobden ... V.R. Hollady b. Jan. 20, 1850, in TN, son of J.J. & Nancy C. (Hines) Hollady, natives of TN and settlers of Union Co. in 1860 ... R.B. Duncan, native of Williamson Co. IL where he was born May 4, 1850. His parents, Dudley and Rebecca (Spiller) Duncan were natives of TN, settled Williamson Co. very early. Grandfather Duncan owned land where Bainbridge now lies in that county. The parents were members of the Christian Church. Subject's parents died when he was very small. At age 14, he moved to Marshall Co. KS to live with his oldest brother W.B. Duncan, who now lives in CA. About 1870-71 to Franklin Co., IL, 1875 married Alice, dau. of Judge Prickett of Carbondale. His wife died March 1880, leaving one child, Ralph. He subsequently married Mollie Prindle of Indianapolis. ...


"Atchison Daily Globe" Atchison [Atchison Co.], Kansas, April 6, 1883 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 1/2004)
      The sheriff of Marshall County, Kansas, passed through the city yesterday om his way to the State asylum in Topeka with JAMES DUNCAN, of Maryville, who has been adjudged insane. Duncan was a former resident of Atchison, and was connected with the patent lime kiln in the northwestern part of the city in 1873. From this city he went to Arkansas, in 1874, where he resided until 1880, when he went to Kansas City, and from there to Axtell, Kansas and Maryville. Some two or three months ago he tried to commit suicide by cutting his throat, but was prevented, and since that time he has gradually been losing his mind.

"Blue Rapids (Kansas) Times," Blue Rapids, Kansas, July 2, 1903 (newspaper clipping from Darrell Brooks 7/2002; MAD's extract)
      M.L. Duncan. County Commissioner Duncan died shortly after noon last Thursday. ... Funeral services Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F.W. Ewan, burial was in Prospect Hill cemetery. ... Obituary prepared by Mrs. W.H. Lea and read at the funeral. Following it is a tribute from his neighbor of pioneer days, Dr. Boyakin:
      Obituary. Marquis DeLafayette Duncan died at his home in this city, June 25, at 12:30 p.m. after a long and painful illness from a complication of diseases. Mr. Duncan was born Jan. 23, 1830, in Chattanooga, TN [MAD: see Blount Co. TN]; his mother dying in early infancy, he moved with his father and stepmother to AL, where his boyhood days were spent; he moved from that state to the vicinity of St.Joseph, MO [MAD: Buchanan Co. MO], in his early manhood, and was married there in 1851 to Miss Rhoda Williamson, who died a couple of years later leaving to his care an infant son, James B. Duncan, now of Nardin [Kay Co.], OK. About this time he joined the Baptist church ... Soon after the death of his wife he went to Sioux City, IA, and took up a claim, remaining there until his appointment by the government as assistant agent at the Otoe Indiana agency in what is now Marshall Co. KS. ... With two brothers, David and Frank Linn, the latter still a resident of Marysville, as his companions he spent the long, lonely winter of 1854 and 1855 among the Indians at the agency. The following year he returned to IA and, disposing of his property there he went to St. Joseph, MO, ... wagon master, until failing eyesight compelled him to resign when he returned to Marysville, KS, and established a trading post. ... Second sheriff of Marshall Co. In 1856 he sold out his business in Marysville and went to Denver CO until 1861 when he returned to Marysville ... June 1868 he married to Mrs. Sarah A. Miller and they lived on Elm Creek until removing to this city about 14 years ago. Three children: Mrs. Etta Adams of Kirksville, MO; John A. Duncan of this city; another son, Walter, died in infancy.
      (MAD: lengthy tribute published, not copied here, no added genealogical info.)

"Blue Rapids (Kansas) Times" Thursday, March 16, 1922" (newspaper clipping from Darrell Brooks 7/2002; MAD's extract)
      Sarah Ann Duncan (picture). Sarah Ann Johns was born in PA, in Westmoreland Co., not far from what is now the great city of Pittsburgh, on Nov. 27, 1838, and died at Blue Rapids, Kas., March 9th, 1922, aged 83 years 3 months and 12 days.
      Mrs. Duncan ... when she was just entering her teens, her parents moved to the new country of Wisconsin, settling in Richland Co. There she was married to Henry H. Miller May 27, 1855, and in 1858, with their first-born babe, not yet two years old, they started for the new territory of Kansas ... covered wagon ... located within a mile of Fairmont Cemetery, the final resting place of the body of the deceased. At the time of their arrival the neighborhood was composed of just three families - those of Wm. Thompson, Frederick Hamilton and Mr. Stout. ... Toward the close of the war Mr. Miller joined a party of gold seekers and left for Colorado and Oregon to seek his fortune and was presumably killed by the Indians, leaving his widow and four children, the oldest only nine ... [She later] returned to the home of her parents in WI, after a short visit returned to Kansas. During her absence ... Mr. M.L. Duncan [arrived there, and they met and] married June 28, 1868 ... [lived for a while on] Mr. Duncan's farm on Elk Creek, then removed to Blue Rapids. Mr. Duncan died in 1903 and was buried on June 28, the 35th anniversary of their marriage. ... Besides friends without number, Mrs. Duncan leaves to mourn her departure the following children: David H. Miller, Houston, Tex., Mrs. Anna Brooks, Blue Rapids, Kans., Joshua P. Miller, Randolph, Kans., Mrs. Helen Etta Duncan Adams, Denver, Colo., John H. Duncan, Norton, Kans., and a sister, Mrs. Angie Price, of Fairbury, Nebr. ... Three children preceded their mother in death: Melissia Alice Miller, who died in infancy in 1859; Samuel Miller, who died at the age of 17 in 1879; and Walter Duncan, who died in infancy in 1874. Mrs. Duncan also has 13 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.


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