Duncans in Republic Co. KS


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

Last revised November 23, 2007

Formed 1860 from Washington, Cloud


1870 Republic Co. KS census
      No Duncan indexed

HISTORIES before 1923

1901 "A history of Republic County, Kansas : embracing a full and complete account of all the leading events in its history, from its first settlement down to June 1, '01, including Indian depredations and the hardships endured by the pioneer settlers : also the topography of the county, including soil, climate, timber, streams, water power, coal, salt, etc., etc. : statistics, showing increase in wealth and population, railroads, churches, schools, news papers [sic], secret societies, etc., and other valuable information never before published" by I.O. Savage, Beloit, Kan. Jones & Chubbic, art printers (from Kathy Cawley 8/2004)
      Pg.190. Republic City. Republic City is located on section 36, in Big Bend township. In March, 1878, A.B. Young purchases the SW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of said section at a public sale of school land, with the view of starting a town. Mr. Young had associated with him, Milton Grim, H.S. Stone, T.F. Marlett, J.B. Pollard, Fred and Wm. Elliott each contributed ten acres of land, making seventy acres in all, with seven members as a town company. The company was chartered immediately and in May twelve blocks were laid off and lots offered free to any person who would build on them. About the first of October E.B. Duncan moved a small dwelling house from his farm, three miles away, and built a blacksmith shop about the same time. These were the first buildings on the town site.
      Gomeria postoffice was moved from Mr. Pollard's, in October, to Duncan's, and Mr. Duncan appointed postmaster. In May, 1879, Mr. A. Capers erected a business house, the town company donating two lots. The postoffice was then moved from Duncan's to Capers, and the latter appointed postmaster, holding the office until 1882, when H. Stone was appointed.
      Pg.211: Scotch Plains Presbyterian Church. The Scotch Plains Presbyterian Church was organized May 11th, 1873, at the Bowling Green school house by Rev. S.G. Clark of the Highland Presbytery with the following named persons as members viz: ... [17 members in all, with Marion Duncan amongst them].

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.1035: Republic Co., Belleville. JAMES DUNCAN, farmer, P.O. Belleville, was born on the Island of Buteshire, Scotland, in 1844. Learned the carpenters' trade, and lived there until 1867. He then emigrated to America, locating in New York City, remaining there four years working at his trade. In 1870 he emigrated to Kansas, locating in Republic County; came out with the Excelsior Colony, composed of mechanics. There were seventeen of this number who did not know how to drive a team, letting alone putting the harness on. Mr. Duncan was one of the seventeen, and says they knew nothing about farming; however, he took a homestead, as most of them did, on Section 7, Township 3, Range 3, and they were the first to settle on the open prairie. Uncle Sam had a company of soldiers camped four miles from here, during the first summer they were here. Has sixty-five acres under the plow, and thirty-eight fenced for pasture; the balance of about fifty acres in hay land. West Creek runs through the place which furnishes plenty of water for stock. Has planted about five acres of timber, one and a half miles of hedge, 300 peach trees, some apple trees, and other small fruit, besides a large number of plum trees. Has eleven head of cattle, seventy-five head of hogs, also one span of mules, and one pair of horses, and is doing much better than he expected when he came. Has worked at his trade a part of the time, and in 1881 went to New York City and worked at his trade nearly one year. He was married in 1872 to Miss Marian Shields of New York City. She was a native of Scotland, and came West in 1872. They have two children -- Sadie and James Jr. He is a member of Enterprise Lodge A., F. & A.M., Jersey City, N.J.


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