Duncans in Kalamazoo Co. MI


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

Last revised October 18, 2013

Formed 1829 from St. Joseph
Barry formed 1829 from St. Joseph, Kalamazoo
Eaton formed 1829 from St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, Calhoun
Allegan formed 1831 from Kalamazoo
Calhoun formed 1833 from St. Joseph, Kalamazoo
Kent formed 1836 from Kalamazoo


1830 Kalamazoo Co. MI Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Kalamazoo Co. MI Census
Pg.219  Joshua B. Duncan     0010,01   - 1000,01     Brady
   228  Delamore Duncan      2101,11   - 0000,11     Prairie
          (MAD: 1830 St. Joseph Co. MI)

1850 Kalamazoo Co. MI Census
(stamped page in parentheses)
Pg.19, #145-147, Christopher CLAPP 51 VT farmer? $1000
                  Lydia 47 VT
                  Minerva 14 NY
                  Hoiner? (m) 21, Orson 14 NY
                  Ervin 12, Isaac 10 NY
Pg.19, #145-148, Wesley DUNHAM 30 NY teamster $100
                  Celia 22 NY
                  John BUSHNELL 21 OH farmer
Prairie Panoli
Pg.168, #1224, Delamon DUNCAN 44 NH farmer $14,000
                  Parmelia 39 VT
                  Delamon 11, Edwin F. 7 MI
                  Charles C. 5, Helen 3 MI
                  Hannah LEDRICH? 14 MI MI
                  Catharine 72 MI
                  (lots of others)
                  (MAD: Delamore Duncan)
Pg.168, #1225, Wm. DUNCAN 73 NH none
                  Sarah 64 GA
Pg.171 (86), #1235, William DUNCAN 32 NH farmer $200
                  Peres (f) 32 NY
                  Catharine 7, William 3 MI
                  Frances (f) 1 MI
                  Daniel HALL 17 OH (blank)
                  Henry SMITH 25 NY (blank)
Pg.173-4, #1254, Mills N. DUNCAN 47 VT (blank)
                  Amanda 41 NH
                  Ann 19, Abby (f) 15 VT
                  Henry 4 MI
                  David THURSTON 15 MA

1860 Kalamazoo Co. MI Census
Prairie Ronde Twp.
Pg.49, #339-342, Delamore DUNCAN 54 NH farmer $35,700-$18,115
                  Pamela 48 VT
                  Delamore J. 21, Edwin F/T. 17 MI
                  Charles C. 15, Helen M. 13 MI
                  Ann E. FELLOWS 17 WI ("Wisconsin")
                  Fingal? GILCHRIST (m) 18 NH farm laborer
                  Michael McDONOUGH 24 IRE farm laborer
                  Jane JOHNSON 32 PA MULATTO domestic
                  Ann D. 8 PA MULATTO
Schoolcraft Twp.
Pg.102, #733-728, Amanda H. DUNCAN 51 NH -- $2500-$220
                  Henry E. 16 MI
Village of Kalamazoo
Pg.442, #269-265, George W. LYON 31 NY physician $0-$500
                  Abby 25 VT
                  Henry E. DUNCAN 16 MI student
                  Mary MORROW 24 IRE student

1870 Kalamazoo Co. MI Census
Kalamazoo Village
Pg.217, #1121-1086, Boarding? Hotel, including
                  DUNCAN, Henry 28 NY dry goods clerk
Prairie Ronde Twp.
Pg.307, #8-9, DUNCAN, Delamore (m) 30 MI farmer $25,000-$1,000
                  Mary 29 MI keeping house
                  Emma 9, John 4 MI at home
                  Delamore (m) 9/12 MI b.Sept. at home
                  FRY, George 20 PA works on farm
                  BUTTES? (BUTLER?), Dolly (f) 19 KY MULATTO domestic
Pg.309, #28-32, DUNCAN, Parmelia 59 VT keeping house $40,000-$20,000
                  Helen M. 23 MI at home
                  SLEEPER, Isaac 22 IN works on farm
Pg.309, #29-34, DUNCAN, Charles 25 MI farmer $1800-$700
                  Alice E. 22 MI keeping house
                  GILLETT, Frank 20 MI works on farm
                  BUTLER, Holly (f) 18 VA domestic
Schoolcraft Twp.
Pg.372, #219-233, DUNCAN, Edwin 27 MI farmer $8,960-$500
                  Ann E. 27 WI ("Wisconsin") keeping house
                  Gilmore (m) 5, Edith 4, William G. 2 MI at home
                  LESLIE, George 27 VT works on farm
                  BUTLER, Mary 54 RI domestic
                  MAYBEE, Minton (m) 23 MI carpenter
                  HANSE, James 39 NY carpenter
Schoolcraft Village
Pg.381, #124-125, DUNCAN, Henry 26 MI Ret.grocer $300-$3000
                  Sarah 26 VA keeping house
                  Mary 2, Mills (m) 4/12 b.Jan. MI

1900 Census, Kalamazoo City, Kalamazoo County, Michigan (from Kathy Cawley 3/2007)
S.D.# 3, E.D.# 118, Page# 244A, Image# 25 of 36
Michigan Asylum for the Insane
DUNCAN, Robert B., patient, 1864, age 36, single, MI./UNK./UNK.
      (KDC: 1880 Berrien Co. MI census)

1910 Census, Kalamazoo City, Kalamazoo County, Michigan (from Kathy Cawley 3/2007)
S.D.# 3, E.D.# 44, Page# 69, Image# 21 of 47
Michigan Asylum for the Insane
DUNCAN, Robert B., age 47, single, MI./UNK./CAN.

1920 Census, Kalamazoo City, Kalamazoo County, Michigan (from Kathy Cawley 3/2007)
S.D.# 3, E.D.# 162, Page# 123B, Image# 18 of 53
Kalamazoo State Hospital
DUNCAN, Robert B., inmate, age 56, single, MI./MI./US

1930 Census, Kalamazoo City, Kalamazoo County, Michigan (from Kathy Cawley 3/2007)
E.D.# 39-25, S.D.# 16, Page# 92, Image# 7 of 60
Kalamazoo State Hospital
Oakland Drive
DUNCAN, Robert B., patient, age 56, single, MI./PA./IRE.
      KDC: *he didn't age in the 10 years!


McHenry Co. IL Deeds (SLC 9/12/2013)
      D-206/207: 11 Jan. 1844, Timothy H. Fellows and his wife Eliza Ann of Walworth, WI, to Delamore Duncan of Kalamazoo Co. MI, for $400 paid, sell parcel of land, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.1? Twp.46N Range 7E containing by survey 80 acres more or less, also W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.5 Twp.46N Range 8E containing 80 acres by survey, also undivided 1/2 NW fract. 1/4 Sec.6 Twp. & Range last above mentioned containing about 15 acres, the above lands are in McHenry Co. IL, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Timothy H. Fellows, Eliza A. Fellows. Ack. Jan. 11, 1844, before Ephraim Perkins, Jr., J.P., McHenry Co. IL. Recorded 11 Jan. 1844. (FHL film 1,468,347)
      I-467/468: 1 May 1847, Delamore Duncan and Parmelia his wife of "Kallamazoo" Co. MI to Timothy H. Fellows of Walworth Co. WI, for $500 paid, sell tract of land in McHenry Co. IL, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.1 Twp.46N Range 7E containing 80 acres, also NW frac. 1/4 Sec.6 containing about 15 acres, also NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.5 containing 50 acres in Twp.46N Range 8E, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Delamore Duncan, Parmelia Duncan. Wit. Chas. W. Tibley, Rushel? Fuller. Ack. 3 May 1847, before George Field, J.P., Walworth Co. WI. Cert. by LeGrund Rockwell, Clerk of Walworth Co., WI, District Court, for George Field. Recorded March 14, 1848. (FHL film 1,468,348)
      2-403/404: 29 Jan. 1847, Delamore Duncan and Pamela his wife of Kalamazoo Co. MI to Charles Sibley of Walworth Co. WI, for $1250 paid, sell tracts of land in Walworth Co. WI Territory, N 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.34 containing 80 acres and N 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.35 containing 80 acres, by US survey, and in Twp.1N Range 18E, also one other piece of land in McHenry Co. IL, SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.5 Twp.46N Range 8E containing 40 acres by US survey, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Delamore Duncan, Parmela Duncan. Wit. Wm. Bassett, Alanson Wood. Ack. 1 Feb. 1847 before Alanson Wood, J.P., Kalamazoo Co. MI. Cert. 5 Feb. 1847 by M.D. Cobb, Clerk of Kalamozoo Co. MI Circuit Court, for Alanson Wood. Recorded Feb. 27, 1851. (FHL film 1,468,756)

St.Joseph Co. IN Deed
      N-195: 1 May 1849, William Duncan and wife Sarah of Kalamazoo Co. MI for $200 paid, sell to John Smith land in St.Joseph Co. IN, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.18 Twp.36 Range 3E in Center Twp, warrant title. /s/ William Duncan, Sarah (X) Duncan. Wit. Delamon Duncan, Godfrey Knight Sr. William Duncan and wife Sarah appeared 1 May 1849 before Thomas J. Fellows, J.P. Certification 1 May 1849 by Israel V. Williams, Deputy Clerk of St.Joseph Co. MI, for Thomas J. Fellows. Recorded 4 May 1849. (FHL film 1,605,748)


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, Henry A., widow Duncan, Josephine; A 16 Wis. Inf.; 1883 May 29, Invalid Appl. #484970, Cert. #259835, Wis.; 1884 June 10, Widow Appl. #316500, Cert. #215785, Wis. (MAD: 1880 Lincoln Co. WI, b.1843 NY; ?? 1870 Kalamazoo Co. MI)

HISTORIES before 1923

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"Territorial Papers, Michigan Territory, 1829-1837" Vol.XII (CA State Univ. Sacramento Library)
      Pg.219-221: Petition to Congress by Inhabitants of Kalamazoo Co., Dec. 25, 1830: That they are occupants in Co. of Kalamazoo of public lands; have made their locations since commencement of present year; not able to avail themselves of Preemption act of 29 May last; that the provisions of the act be extended to them as well. Signed by Wm. Duncan and Delamore Duncan among others.

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.
      DUNCAN, Anna Louise. June 1898, Grad. Kal.h.s. in English course. July 12, 1898, Weds Ward Allison Lounsberry at home of her aunt Mrs. Foster Pratt, 516 S. Rose, to live 119 W Walnut.
      DUNCAN, Charles Clark. July 29, 1845, Born Prairie Ronde, son Delamore Duncan Sr. Mar. 2, 1869, wed Alice E. Frazier who was born Dec. 22, 1847 and who died at 44, Dec. 9, 1891. 2 children: 1. Edna Adelle b. June 11, "1870(?)", wed Walter J. Thomas. 2. Mary Cordelia b. Apr. 27, 1874, wed Arthur S. Tucker on Nov. 1, 1899, moved to Boston. C.C. Duncan then wed Caroline Hatch Stuart at Schoolcraft in 1893. Bride daughter of Oscar Hatch. (Edna Adelle Thomas; her mother, Alice R. Duncan and her grandmother, Mrs. Delamore Duncan, representing 3 generations, died within 9 days in December, 1891). Dec. 17, 1918, Pres. Kal. County State Bank, dies suddenly on visit at Walkerville, Mich., had interest in syndicate farm.
      DUNCAN, Edwin F. Sr. July 9, 1872, son Edwin Jr. born at Schoolcraft.
      DUNCAN, Henry E. Aug. 13, 1885, age 42, dies Schoolcraft. Wife & 6 children.
      DUNCAN, Mills N. Nov. 27, 1803, born Weathersfield, Windsor Co. VT, son of Nahum Duncan, who was well-to-do, but wiped out in crash of 1837. 1839, Mills Duncan to Three Rivers in store but in fall returned to Vt. and brought family to 3 Rivers. 1841, to Schoolcraft. 1851, joined firm of M.R. Cobb & Co. which comprised M.R. Cobb, E.B. Dyckman & Henry Brees. Built distillery, dry goods store, some years later Cobb withdrew & firm became M.N. Duncan & Co. Feb.5, 1860, M.N. Duncan died, his wife was daughter of Capt. Geo. Hawkins of Springfield Vt. Son Henry, Schoolcraft; daughter, Mrs. Abby Lyon, Kalamazoo. March 26, 1835, daughter Abbie born Springfield Vt., she wed Dr. Geo. W. Lyon and died at Schoolcraft Jan. 11, 1886.
      DUNCAN, Ralph E. Sept. 22, 1915, News has been received of his death at Ontario, Oregon. Leaves wife & child. A sister is Mrs. Ward A. Lounsberry, Kalamazoo. After parents died in Schoolcraft, Duncan lived here with Dr. Foster Pratt. Learned printing trade on old Telegraph. Then became a tailor. In West 10 years. Buried there. (MAD: Ontario, Malheur Co. OR)
      DUNCAN, Robert. May 9, 1864, with Co.L 1st Mich. Cavalry, missing in action at Beaver Dam, Va.
      DUNCAN, S.F. April 5, 1909, Sec.-Treas. of Bryant Paper Co. has resigned and leaves today for Mille Roches, near Cornwall, Ont. To join St.Lawrence Paper Mills Co. Ltd.
      DUNCAN, Delamore Sr. Nov. 24, 1805, born Lyman, N.H., to Washtenaw Co. April 1825 with father Wm. Duncan. Returned to N.H. In 1829 with Elisha Doane again started for Mich. ox team, wagon load of corn & drove of hogs. Sept. 8, 1829, married Pamela Clark in Ohio; 9 children, 3 living 1905: Delamore Jr., Chas. C., Helen Marian. Arrived Kal. Co. late in 1829. Duncan & Erastus Guilford built dam at Flowerfield. Oct. 1, 1830, made first sheriff of County. Used house for jail. In Legis. 1858, Whig, Free Soil. Rep., Pres. Three Rivers & Schoolcraft Rwy. May 1, 1870, died Three Rivers.
      DUNCAN, Mrs. Delamore Sr. Dec. 8, 1891, died at 81 (Parmela Clark). Aug. 18, 1811, born Johnson, Vt., daughter of Joel Clark. Sept. 8, 1829, wed at Lyons, O. Duncan had visited Prairie Ronde 1828 and selected site for home. June 1830, arrived Prairie Ronde. Of nine children, four grew to adulthood, 3 survived the mother, Member Baptist Church Schoolcraft.
      DELAMORE DUNCAN, Sr. (typewritten). First sheriff of Kalamazoo County. Nov. 24, 1804, Born Lyman, N.H., son of William and Ruth Gilmore Duncan. Went to Dexter, Mich., with his father in April, 1825, and built mill dam. Then to Ohio where father bought a farm in Huron Co. Feb. 1829, to Kalamazoo county, preceding his father here by about two months. Carried corn in wagons and had drove of hogs. Selected site of home in Prairie Ronde township. Sept. 8, 1829, wed at Lyme, Huron Co. Ohio, to Miss Parmelia Clark, who was born Aug. 18, 1811 at Johnstown, Vt. and who died Dec. 8, 1891 on Prairie Ronde. Their children: 1. Cordelia Ann, b. May 17, 1830; d. Feb. 9, 1839. 2. Wm. Gilmore, b. Sep. 1, 1833; d. July 23, 1849. 3. Granvil Joel, b. Jan 7, 1836; d. 4 yrs. 4 mo. 4. Delamore Jr., b. Mar. 10, 1839. 5. Delia Parmelia, b. May 11, 1841; d. 3 yrs. 6. Edwin Freeman, b. Apr. 12, 1843; d. May 12, 1886 at Campbell, Calif. 7. Chas. Clark, b. Jul. 29, 1845; 8. Helen Marian, b. Jan. 17, 1847. May 17, 1830, appointed as first sheriff of county. His house served as the jail for a time and on one occasion his wife guarded prisoners all night with a gun across her lap. Supervisor 9 years; justice. To Legislature 1858-9. Financially interested in firm of A.H. Scott & Co. Schoolcraft, 1855-65. To state constitutional convention 1867. Whig, Free-Soiler and Republican. Was at Jackson in 1854.
      DUNCAN, Delamore Jr. Mar. 10, 1839, born Prairie Ronde. Worked in father's mill 17 years. Farmer. July 3, 1860, married in St.Joseph Co. Mary H. Field; 5 children: two were John F., Delamore H. May 25, 1908, age 69, found dead by wife in the woodshed of home in Schoolcraft.
      DELAMORE DUNCAN, Jr. (typewritten). Mar. 10, 1839, born Prairie Ronde, son of Delamore, Sr. Jul. 3, 1860, merried at Centreville to Mary Helen Field, who was born Schoolcraft, Nov. 19, 1840. Her brothers John and Geo. Field were in the Civil War. Duncan lived in Prairie Ronde adjoining home place. Only member of family who was a Democrat. Children: 1. Emma Parmelia, b. Apr. 17, 1861; d. Mar. 3, 1877. 2. Mary H., b. July 3, 1862; d. July 4, 1862. 3. Ruth Alice, b. Nov. 22, 1864; d. Feb. 10, 1865. 4. John Fellows, b. Dec. 20, 1865. To Calif. Became banker, v-p. San Jose branch of a San Francisco bank. Died at Campbell, Calif. 5. Delamore Herbert, b. Sept. 12, 1869. Retired and living at Schoolcraft summers. Winters in south. He married Nov. 14, 1900 to Jessie Thompson at Flowerfield. Mrs. Duncan died Nov. 30, 1924 at Pueblo, Colo. Two sons: Wm. Delamore, b. June 22, 1905, died about 1935 in Kalamazoo; Herbert Arthur, b. Dec. 8, 1908, now a physician in Pasadena, Calif.
      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.
      DUNCAN, William Carver. Feb. 26, 1894, born Sharon, Pa. Son of William & Susie Shipp Duncan. At age of 6 months his father died. Mother later wed Lincoln Powers. Family to Moline, Mich. when Wm. was 4. 1908, joined Kal. Stationery Co. & later at D'Arcy Spring Co. March 7, 1910, joined Kal. Stove Co. in Foundry. May 28, 1918, in World War. To Columbus Bks. to Ft. Benji. Harrison. Overseas with 34th Engrs. In France in Convoy of trucks & materiel. Mustered out 1919 at Camp Sherman, O. Entered service Bucyrus, O. July 28, 1919, mustered out Camp Sherman. Oct. 27, 1922, wed Laura Mott of Kil. 1. William Jr. b.1923 d. 2. Donald b.1924. 3. Doreen b.1926 blind. 4. Robert b.1929. (MAD: Sharon, ? Mercer Co. PA)
      DUNCAN, Atty. William. Oct. 16, 1911, dies in Colorado Springs, Colo. Able lawyer in Kansas. Wife was daughter of Latham Hull. Buried Independence, Kan. Never lived here but represented money in Hull estate here. (MAD: Colorado Springs, El Paso Co. CO)
      DUNCAN, William Jr. June 3, 1818, born. May 24, 1840, at 21 weds Piercy Smith, 21 of Flowerfield at Prairie Ronde. Feb. 17, 1851, dies at 32 in Schoolcraft.


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