Duncans in McPherson Co. KS


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

Last revised November 24, 2007

Formed 1867 from Unorganized Territory


1870 McPherson Co. KS Census
      No Duncan indexed

HISTORIES before 1923

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.821: McPherson Co., Union Twp. B.F. DUNCAN, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 26, P.O. Lindsborg. He came to this place in the spring of 1872. He has 454 acres of fine land, 300 of which are under cultivation. In 1882 he raised 4,000 bushels of wheat, an average of thirty-three bushels per acre. He was born in Holmes County, Ohio, in 1837. Was raised on a farm and learned the millers' trade. He emigrated to the Platte purchase, Andrew County, Mo., in 1846, where he lived until coming to Kansas. He enlisted March 7, 1862, in Company F, Fourth Missouri Cavalry, Missouri State Militia; participated in all the battles of his command until discharged for disability contracted while in service, in 1863. He was married in 1865 to Miss Edith C. Bean, of Clinton County, Ohio. He has a half interest in the Bean & Duncan cattle ranch in southeast corner of Ellsworth County, Kan., where they have 1,000 acres of land fenced, and keep over three hundred head of cattle.

1893 "Portrait and Biographical Record, Dickinson, Saline, McPherson and Marion Cos. KS" pub. by Chapman Bros. (FHL book 978.15 D3p)
      Pg.303: HIRAM SCOTT, engaged in agricultural pursuits on section 2, Mound Township, McPherson Co. KS, ... son of James and Rachael (Curry) Scott, both natives of W.VA. The mother still survives and resides in her native state, but her husband died in 1876. Hiram Scott was born Dec. 26, 1847, in Raleigh Co. WV; after he passed his majority he went to Moultrie Co. IL, worked as farmer for 3 years, in the spring of 1872 to KS and settled on farm where he now resides. ... Mr. Scott married in May, 1875, to Miss Jennie Forbes, a daughter of William J. and Susan (Duncan) Forbes, natives of OH and IN. Her parents moved to Kansas in the spring of 1872 and settled in Lone Tree Twp. They later came to McPherson City, but now reside in Salem, OR. Mrs. Scott was born in IN Feb. 5, 1856; in 1875 she taught school in this district ... (also from LaVaun Burch 9/1994) (LVB: Susan Duncan was a daughter of Alexander Duncan of 1820 Brown and 1830-1850 Highland Co. OH census)
      Pg.349-50: BENJAMIN F. DUNCAN, President of the National Bank in Lindsborg [McPherson Co.], son of James W. and Christina (Forney) Duncan, hated slavery, one of earliest settlers in Andrew Co. MO, and carried on the milling business there until 1878 when he retired, later removing to Oregon, [Holt Co.] MO, where he resided until his death. During the period from 1842 to 1860, a turbulent time in MO, James Duncan took a pronounced stand in opposition to slavery ... The Duncan family, both parents being natives of PA, the former born in Franklin Co. [PA] in 1815 and a miller by occupation, the latter born the same year, emigrated to OH in 1833 and settled in Wayne Co. where our subject was born May 28, 1837. He was the eldest of ten children, six of whom are now living. A lad when the family moved to MO, Benjamin received but limited school advantages. He early learned the miller's trade from his father, and remained home until the breaking out of the Civil War. He enlisted in Union Army, March 1862, Co. F, 4th MO Cavalry, and was made Corporal of the company ... served until April, 1863, discharged on account of disability. Then engaged in dry-goods business in Fillmore, MO, for 3 years, then went to farming in Andrew Co. MO for six years. In 1872 to KS, settled in Union Twp, McPherson Co., purchased his father-in-law's interest in a homestead claim, filed a soldier's claim to SE quarter Sec. 26. ... Mr. Duncan married March 30, 1875, to Miss Edith C. Bean, dau. of Nathan and Rachel (Jenkens) Bean, both since decd. Mrs. Duncan was born Sept. 24, 1844 in Clinton Co. OH. She, with her family, emigrated to MO, where she married our subject. They have suffered the loss of their one and only child. ... Republican, Methodist Episcopal Church, McPherson Post #87, G.A.R. ... (MAD: James Duncan mar. Christena Forney 1/14/1838 Wayne Co. OH, possibly 1840 Medina Co. OH census, not identified 1850 census)


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