Duncans in Cass Co. MI


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

Last revised August 21, 2007

Formed 1829 from Lenawee
Lenawee, Van Buren formed 1829 from Cass


1830-1850 Cass Co. MI Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Cass Co. MI Census
Howard Twp.
Pg.123, #953-974, George DUNCAN 30 OH farm laborer $0-$100
                  Sarah 26 OH
                  Samuel 6, Edward 4, Daniel 6/12 MI
                  (MAD: George & family & Margaret in 1870 Adams Co. IA census)
Pg.124, #960-981, Margaret DUNCAN 67 VA (blank) $0-$0
                  Nancy 29 VA
                  William 8, Francis (m) 6 MI
                  John 4, Lodema (f) 2 MI
                  (MAD: ? Margaret the widow of Thornton Duncan of 1850 Berrien Co. MI; 1870 Adams Co. IA census)
Mason Twp.
Pg.326, #840-840, John DUNCAN 55 PA farmer $400-$100
                  Mary 45 PA
                  Wilson 20, Geo. 18 PA
Porter Twp.
Pg.429, #1621-1632, Perry DUNCAN 82 MD BLACK farmer $0-$50
                  Mary 81 MD BLACK

1870 Cass Co. MI Census
Calvin Twp.
Pg.8, #124-124, DUNSON, Emanuel 30 OH farmer $0-$350
                  Susan 26 OH keeping house
                  William 4 OH
                  Henry 1 MI
LaGrange Twp.
Pg.55, #22-22, KINGSBURY, Mary 51 GA ("Georgia") (white) keeping house $0-$100
                  Timothy B. 24 GA farmer
                  Albert (m) 21 GA
                  Sara (f) 6/12 IA b.Dec.
                  DUNKIN, William 18 MI farm laborer
                  Francis M. (m) 16 MI farm laborer
Pg.61, #94-97, SYBROOK, John 71 VA retired farmer $12000-$0
                  Mary 49 ENG keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Joseph 24 MI farmer
                  Armind (f) 22 MI
                  DUNCAN, Ada (f) 11 MI

HISTORIES before 1923

"History of Cass County [Michigan] : from 1825 to 1875" by Howard S. Rogers; pub. Cassopolis, Mich.: W.H. Mansfield, Vigilant Book and Job Print., 1875, 405 pgs. (LH4933; HeritageQuest 5/2007)
      Pg.150: Marcellus Township. In 1835, entries were made by D. Duncan, ...

1906 "Compendium of History and Biography of Kalamazoo Co. MI" by David Fisher and Frank Little (FHL film 1,000,089 item 4)
      Pg.467: DELAMORE DUNCAN, Jr. Representing the third generation of his family in this county, of which he is a native, ... Delamore Duncan, Jr., of Prairie Ronde township ... His parents, Delamore and Parmela (Clark) Duncan, were among the earliest settlers in Prairie Ronde township, and ever since they first broke the glebe there that section of the county has been the family seat. The father was born on November 24, 1805, at Lyman, NH, and from 1810 until 1815 he attended the district school at Monroe, in his native state, of which his father was teacher. In the year last named his father, William Duncan, bought a wool-carding and cloth-dressing mill, and the business of this he carried on until 1821, when the death of his wife broke up the family. The Duncans, as may be easily inferred from the name, are of Scotch ancestry, but some of its members settled in the north of Ireland, and from Londonderry in that country the American progenitor of the race emigrated to this country in 1742, his son William, grandfather of Delamore Jr., being at that time 12 years old. In 1822 William left his children with his father and brothers, went into lumbering on the Connecticut river, where he remained so occupied until 1824, then removed to Syracuse, NY, where he also engaged in lumbering for a year. In April, 1825, in company with his son Delamore, who had joined him at Syracuse, he started for the territory of Michigan, then an almost unknown country. ... (Washtenaw Co., May 3, until Sept. 3.) The next few years were passed by the family in Ohio, and on October 5, 1829, they started again for Michigan ... west side of Prairie Ronde. Early in April, 1830, the elder Mr. Duncan was elected supervisor ... William Duncan's health becoming seriously impaired, he sold his property in this county, and in March, 1837, moved to Des Moines [Polk Co.], IA, and built a grist mill on the Des Moines river. He continued in the milling business there until the autumn of 1844, when he exchanged his property in Iowa for land in Cass Co. MI. Originally he was a Whig; later Free-Soil. He died on November 19, 1852. His son, Delamore Duncan, ... with his father to Michigan, and in the fall of 1826, on account of failing health, returned to the home of his grandfather in NH. The next spring he engaged in lumbering at McIndoes Falls, VT, and in 1828, in company with a brother and a sister, moved to Huron Co. OH, where he taught school until Feb. 1829. Then, in company with Elisha Doane, he once more started for MI ... Leaving his stock with a Mr. Wilmarth, he returned to OH, where he married Miss Parmela Clark on Sept. 8, 1829. Of this union nine children were born, three of whom are living, Delamore Jr., Charles C. and Helen Marian. Edwin F. was one of the pioneer fruit growers of CA and died in that state. In addition to their own, Mr. and Mrs. Duncan had the care of 16 other children ... On Oct. 5, 1829, in company with his father, Delamore Duncan again set out for Michigan, ... his wife remaining with her father, who was to follow in January, 1830. Not long after their arrival Mr. Duncan and Erastus Guilford took a contract and built a dam at Flowerfield ... In October, 1830, Mr. Duncan entered his land, after walking to Ohio to procure money for the purpose. On Oct. 1, 1830, he was commissioned the first sheriff of the county ... In 1858 he was a member of the legislature ... Schoolcraft ... First a Whig, then a Free-Soiler and later a Republican. ... until his death on May 1, 1870. His son, Delamore Duncan, Jr., is a native of Kalamazoo county and was born on his father's farm in Prairie Ronde township on March 10, 1839. ... On June 3, 1860, he was married in St. Joseph county, MI, to Miss Mary H. Field, a native of this county and daughter of George Field, an early settler of the county. She was born in 1841. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have had five children. Of these two are living, John F., now a prosperous and prominent CA fruit grower, and Delamore H., who operates his father's farm. ...

1880 "History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan : with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers." by Samuel W. Durant, pub. Philadelphia: Everts & Abbott (pg.452 from Louis Boone 3/1985; HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 4959; FHL book 977.417 H2d and film 908,703 item 2)
            Pg.452-453: Mr. [William] Duncan's name appears on the record but a short time; as it is believed that when the county-seat was located by the commissioners at Bronson (now Kalamazoo), in February, 1831, he declined to further serve. He, however, continued to serve as a justice of the peace, holding court in his log cabin.
            In April, 1830, he and his son Delamore erected the first frame building in the county. It was a granary, and in dimensions 20 by 24 feet. In this building were held, during 1830, several justice courts.
            On the 3d of September, 1833, occurred the death of his second wife. After this sad event he moved in with his son Delamore's family, where he remained until the spring of 1835 ... Mr. Duncan's health becoming seriously impaired, he determined upon a change, and selling his property, in March, 1837, he removed to Des Moines, Iowa, where he built a grist-mill on the Des Moines River, across which he constructed a stone dam. On the 30th of November, 1837, he married a third wife, Miss Sarah Jones. He continued the milling business until the autumn of 1844, when he exchanged his Iowa property for lands in Cass Co., Mich., upon which he removed and improved a fine farm. Politically he was originally a Whig, but upon the formation of the Free-Soil party became one of its active members. ... His death occurred on the 19th day of November, 1852.


DUNCAN Family material in the Ross Coller Collection, Archives and Regional History Collections, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (photocopy of handwritten index cards, from Sue Husband, Curator, Regional History Collections, 10/1999; permission by Sharon Carlson, Director, to post on MAD's website)
      SH: Coller was an area historian and newspaper journalist whose reference card information spans over 110 years of Kalamazoo County History.
      WILLIAM DUNCAN (typewritten). First clerk of Kalamazoo County. Oct. 14, 1778, born Acworth, N.H. Later moved to Lyman, N.H. July 20, 1810, commissioned captain, 32nd Reg. of state militia. After military service, moved to Monroe, N.H. and worked at woolcarding and cloth dressing until 1821. In 1822 entered lumbering at Syracuse, N.Y. Apr. 1825, with son Delamore Duncan, came west to Dexter, Mich. arriving May 3, 1825. The two built a mill dam at Dexter for John Dix, finishing the work Sept. 3. Mar. 1827, Wm. Duncan bought a farm in Huron County, Ohio, where he raised hops. Apr. 1, 1829, family started for Michigan and located in southeast corner of Prairie Ronde township. Aug. 17, 1830, Wm. Duncan received commission as first County Clerk of Kalamazoo. This was the first Commission of any kind given in the County. Apr. 1831, Granary built on Duncan place, 3 1/2 miles west of Schoolcraft, is said to have been the first frame building in the county. Several justice court sessions were held in the building. Also built dam and sawmill on creek on property. William Duncan moved to Iowa, but in 1844 exchanged his property there for land in Cass County. Nov. 19, 1852, died at 71 on Prairie Ronde. Was a Whig and Free Soiler. Feb. 28, 1805, Wm. Duncan married Ruth Coffran Gilmore at Acworth, N.H. She was born June 28, 1783 at Windham. Died at 37, Dec. 21, 1821 at Lyman, N.H. Children: 1. Delamore, born Nov. 24, 1805. 2. John Gilmore, born July 14, 1807. Died Apr. 20, 1813 at Lyman. 3. Corrina Jane, born Apr. 5, 1811. Died Mar. 16, 1823 at Lyman. 4. Eliza Ann, born Oct. 19, 1814. She was wed to Timothy H. Fellows. Died Geneva Junction, Wis. 5. William Jr., born June 3, 1818. Died at Schoolcraft, Feb. 17, 1851.
      DUNCAN, William. Lived Lyman N.H. Ran carding mill but closed 1821 when death of wife broke up family. Lumbered on Conn. River until 1824. In April 1825 with Delamore Sr. went to Mich., Washtenaw Co. Wm. then to Ohio but in 1829 came to Prairie Ronde. April 1830, Supervisor & Justice, Brady. Aug. 17, 1830, named Co. Clerk by Gov. Lewis Cass. March 1837, sold prop. & moved to Des Moines. In 1844 to Cass Co. Nov. 19, 1852, Died.


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