Duncans in Barry Co. MO


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

Last revised October 28, 2014

Formed 1835 from Greene Co.
Newton formed 1838 from Barry
Lawrence formed 1845 from Barry, Dade


1840 Barry Co. MO Census (from Vivian Biddle 6/1982)
Spring River
Pg.22  Jesse H. Duncan      1000,01       - 0000,1
   24  Moses Duncan         0000,0100,01  - 0000,0000,01
         (MAD: 1830 Sangamon Co. IL census)
       John Duncan          1200,11       - 0220,01
         (MAD: ?? 1830 Sangamon Co. IL census)
       David Duncan         1010,2        - 1000,1
         (MAD: 1850 Jasper Co. MO census)
       Hiram Duncan         1121,001      - 0011,01
         (MAD: 1830 Sangamon Co. IL census;
           1850 Lawrence Co. MO census)

1850 Barry Co. MO Census (also from Vivian Biddle 7/1982)
Pg.210, #271, John J. DUNCAN 39 VA farmer $0
                  Wiatt (m) 21, Mary 19 VA
                  Eliza 17, Hariet 15 MO
                  William 13, Franklin 11 MO
                  Margaret 7, Sarah 5, Jane 1 MO
                  (MAD: name given by others as John Iverson Duncan; John I. Duncan mar. Margaret Gray Toler 5/8/1827 Amherst Co. VA; one Margaret Dunken 35 VA, married, d. Aug. 1850, from mortality schedule; one Mary Duncan mar. Anderson Hubbert 9/15/1850; one Eliza E. Duncan mar. James Hambleton 7/29/1852)
Pg.212, #302, Thomas DUNKIN 43 KY farmer $0
                  Tennessee (f) 34 TN
                  William 19, James 16 TN
                  Sarah 14, Thomas 12 TN
                  Rachel 10, Joel C. 8 TN
                  Charles 6, Winny (f) 2 MO
                  Louisa CASS 3 MO
                  (MAD: ? 1840 Franklin Co. TN census; 1860-1870 Newton Co. MO census; T.C. Duncan 74 KY & two ch. indexed 1880 Brown Co. TX census pg.404A; T.C. Duncan age 88y 5m 18d, 3/15/1805 - 12/3/1893, and wife Tersee Duncan age 62y 11m 7d, 6/20/1815 - 4/29/1870, bur. Lost Creek (or Hogg Creek) Cemetery, north Brown Co. TX, from pg.151, "Rural Cemetery Inscription - Brown Co. TX" by Hazel Ellis Wetzel, 1980, FHL book 976.4548 V32, from Lucille Mehrkam 3/1984; wife of Thomas C. Duncan said to be Teresa O'Keller or O'Kelly)

1860 Barry Co. MO Census
Sugar Creek Twp.
Pg.846, #255-249, Anderson STRONG (m) 31 KY "domestic" $325-$3000
                  Harriett 24 TN
                  Saml. M. 6, John B. 3 MO
                  William 9/12 MO
                  Sarah DUNCAN 12 MO
Pg.870, #417-406, John J. DUNKIN 53 VA farmer $2000-$700
                  Harriett 33 KY
                  B.F. (m) 20 MO
                  Margaret 10, John P. 7 MO
                  B.B.C. (m) 4, Leuis? C. (f) 8 MO
                  (MAD: John I. Duncan mar. Harriet Cunningham 11/11/1850)
Pg.870, #419-408, C.U. BOURLAND (m) 45 KY farmer $0-$0
                  Nancy 36 TN
                  Sarah 16, Melviar? (Melissa?) (f) 15 MO
                  Emmet? (m) 13 MO
                  Jas. M. DUNKIN 4/12 MO
                  Penn BOURLAND (f) 11 MO
                  Hy (m) 9, Noah 5, Elvy (f) 1 MO
Liberty Twp., 7/6/1860, pg.79 (and from Kim Harper 7/2002)
Pg.885, #508-497, Charles B. DUNKIN 37 TN farmer $1500-$3700
                  Sarah K. 28 NC domestic
                  W.J. (m) 11, Robert A. 9 MO
                  Nancy M. 7, James A. 1 MO
                  (MAD: 1850 Newton Co. MO census)
Shoal Creek Twp.
Pg.890, #541-529, Alexander GUSTIR 36 TN farmer $1200-$1000
                  Mary 30 VA domestic
                  Frances E. (f) 5, William T. 4 MO
                  John W. 2 MO
                  Delia J. DUNCAN (f) 11 MO

1870 Barry Co. MO Census (did not copy DINKINS families; most households had only one number; also from Annetta Gibson 1/1984)
Flat Creek
Pg.671A, #64, DUNCAN, John J. 63 VA farmer $1600-$0
                  Harriet A. 42 KY
                  Louisa C. 18 MO
                  Barton A. (m) 13, James M. 10 MO
                  (MAD: indexed as born AL, definitely VA)
Shoal Creek Twp.
Pg.729, #57-57, DUNCAN, Chas. B. 47 TN farmer $1200-$600
                  Sarah K. 38 NC
                  Wm. 20, Robert 19 MO
                  Margaret 16, James 10 MO
                  Charles 4, Oliver M. 2 MO
                  Julia A. 1 MO
                  HOVERTON, Lucy 8 MO BLACK
                  (MAD: Charles B. Duncan 3/13/1823 - 10/24/1900, Sarah K. Duncan b.3/8/1832 and Sarah C. Duncan b.1832 d.1855, bur. Chitwood Cemetery, Barry Co. MO; from notebooks of Kay D. Hampton at Platte Co. MO Historical Society)
Sugar Creek Twp.
Pg.747, #7, MOONEY, T.S. (m) 37 IRE dry goods merchant $1300-$1000, parents of foreign birth
                  & family & domestic servants, including
                  DUNCAN, Georgia (f) 22 KY (white) domestic servant
Pg.757, #139, DAUGHERTY, Josiah 60 TN farmer $0-$0
                  Elizabeth 32 TN
                  Wm. T. 22 MO
                  James H. 19, John G. 15 MO
                  Amy S. (f) 9, Walter D. 6 MO
                  Horace 4, Harlan (m) 4, Viola (f) 4 MO
                  Mary C. 2, Josiah 8/12 b.Oct. MO
                  BEVIK, Elizabeth 16 TN
                  Sarah 14 MO
                  DUNCAN, R.J. (m) 19 MO
Pg.760, #188, DUNCAN, Benj. (m) 33 TN (blank) $0-$0
                  Susan A. 21 TN
                  (no children, not mar. in year)
Pg.770, #319, PARKER, C.D. (m) 47 AL farm laborer $0-$0
                  Lucinda 43 TN
                  Lucinda 18 AR
                  Philena (f) 15, Sarah 13 MO
                  Joshua 10 MO
                  Bellvina (f) 2 MO
                  DUNCAN, Wm. 23 IL
Pg.770, #322, DUNCAN, Nickolas 58 VA claim? (clairn?) $0-$900
                  Nancy 47 KY
                  Georgia (f) 18, Ellen 16 KY
                  Marshall (m) 14 KY
                  Scott 10 KS ("Kansas")
                  (MAD: see Monroe Co. MO; ? 1860 Johnson Co. MO census)
White River Twp.
Pg.781, #90, DUNCAN, Saml. 44 MO (blank) $400-$350
                  Elizabeth 40 MO
                  Sarah F. 18 MO
                  SHANNON, Mary D. 15 MO
                  DUNCAN, Martha E. 12 MO
                  Samuel 8 MO
                  Roxey (f) 4/12 MO b.Feb.
                  SHANNON, Francis (m) 21 MO
                  (MAD: 1860 Barton Co. MO census)


Barry Co. MO Abstract and Index to Deeds, Vol.1 (FHL film 931,355; SLC 6/11/2008)
      R-181: Duncan, Samuel to William W. Rose, Feb. 12, 1874, rec. Sept. 19, 1874, S 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.24 Twp.21 R.25
      T-296: Duncan, Dilly to Chas. B. Duncan, Nov. 19, 1878, rec. Jan. 28, 1879, NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.9 and S 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.3 and N 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.10 & NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.16; Twp.23 R.29
      T-478: Duncan, Charles B. to William J. Duncan, Jany. 16, 1878, rec. Dec. 31, 1879, SE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.21 Twp.23 R.29
      Inverted index:
      Q-129: Duncan, John S. from James M. Lea, Dec. 28, 1868, rec. Sept. 14, 1872, NE 1/4 Sec.10 Twp.22 R.28
      Q-328: Duncan, Charles B. from William A. Chitwood, Oct. 20, 1872, rec. Feby. 8, 1873, quit claim, NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.9 and S 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.3 and NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.10 and NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.16, Twp.23 R.29
      Q-578: Duncan, Charles B. from Abner Moon, March 27, 1873, rec. Nov. 8, 1873, NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.9 and S 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.8? (3?), and N 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.10 and NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.16, Twp.23 R.29
      C-235: Duncan, Charles B. from Lemuel M. Clark, Jan. 29, 1875, rec. Feb. 17, 1875, mortgage, SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.29 Twp.24 R.28.
      R-237: Duncan, Charles B. from United States, Sept. 1, 1851, rec. Feb. 17, 1875, patent, SW frct 44 Sec.2 Twp.23 R.29
      R-237: Duncan, Charles B. from United States, March 10, 1856, rec. Feb. 17, 1875, patent, SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.3 Twp.23 R.29
      R-238: Duncan, Charles B. from United States, June. 1, 1859, rec. Feb. 17, 1875, patent, SW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.23 Twp.23 R29
      R-534: Dunckin, Samuel from William Rose, Oct. 10, 1874, rec. Sept. 4, 1875, S 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.24 Twp.21 R.25
      P-466 (T?-466): Duncan, Charles B. from Susan A. Layton et al, Nov. 20, 1875, rec. Feb. 14, 1876, NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.9, and S 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.3, and NW 1/4 NW 1/4 and part NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.10 and NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.16 Twp.23 R.9
      C-335: Duncan, Robert A. from John A. Shaw, March 8, 1876, rec. April 10, 1876, mortgage, 60 acres part S 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.18 Twp.24 R.25.

Barry Co. MO Deeds (SLC 6/11/2008)
      Deed records (transcribed) v. A-B 1835-1852 - no index (FHL film 931,356)
      Book C is mortgage 1872-1883; Book D is school fund mortgage 1872-1890
      Deed records v.E 1854-1858 (FHL film 931,357)
            E-245: 31 May 1856, John I. Duncan and Harriet A. (X) Duncan of Barry Co. MO to Solomon Moyers, $1280, W 1/2 SE 1/4 and E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.28 Twp.22 Range 28, 160 acres. Wit. J.G. Privey, John (X) Carqila.
      Deed record v.G 1861-1867 - no index (FHL film 931,359)


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, Peter H., widow Duncan, Amy; H 27 Ill. Inf.; 1890 Aug. 5, Invalid Appl. #835744, Cert. #606814, MO; 1916 Oct. 23, Widow Appl. #1083170, Cert. #A-12-18-31, MO. (MAD: 1850 Morgan Co. IN census; to Jackson Co. IL; to Barry Co. MO)
      (MAD: one C.P. Duncan, age 75, was granted Confederate Pension #1747 in Barry Co. MO, approved 1 Sept. 1915, P.O. Viola; from pg.52, Vol.16, 9/1983, "MO Miscellany" FHL book 977.8 D2w; from Denzil Mauldin 12/1984)
      (MAD: one C. Duncan, Union Soldier, #152, reinterred from Cassville, Barry Co. MO Soldiers' Cemetery, to Sec.11 #53, Springfield National Cemetery; from pg.80, Vol.VIII#2, Summer 1986, "Ozar'kin" FHL book 977.8 D25o; from Georgia Helderlein 3/1989)


Todd Co. KY Deeds (FHL film 355,908)
      H-37: 29 Sept. 1832, Sanford H. King and wife Nancy of Robertson Co. TN, Thomas D. Price and wife ??? (dark copy) of Fayette Co. KY, and William Irwin and wife Polly and Asenith Duncan and Samuel Duncan of Todd Co. KY, to John Duncan and William Duncan of Todd Co. KY, $500, their interest in land belonging to the heirs of William Duncan decd, 260 acres on Whipporwill, adj. the tract John Duncan purchased of Callwill Kenny?, adj. Christopher Gordon, Barney Smith, being the same tract of land that Joseph Baker now lives on and the tract that John and the widow Duncan formerly lived on. /s/ Sanford H. King, Nancy King, Asenith Duncan, Samuel L. Duncan, Wm. Irvin, Polly Irwin. Wit. Bu?? Irvin, Samuel A. Huletuson? (handwriting very difficult to read)
      J-308: 22 June 1836, Aseneth Duncan, widow devisee of William Duncan decd, William Irvin and wife Polly and Mary F. Bingamon of Todd Co. KY, Sandford H. King and wife Nancy of Barry Co. MO, and Thomas Price and wife Celia of Montgomery Co. IL, heirs at law of said William Duncan decd, to William Duncan and John Duncan, both Todd Co. KY; that Aseneth Duncan for $100, and Mary H. Bingamon for $12.50, and William Irvin and wife Polly for $100, and Sandford H. King and wife Nancy for $100, and Thomas Price and wife Celia for $100, paid by William and John Duncan; deed to William and John Duncan all our right, etc. to land on Whipporwill, adj. Christopher Gordon, Craighorn, about 286 acres. Certifications in other courts. (FHL film 355,908)

McDonald Co. MO Deed (from index on FHL film 930,061; SLC 7/21/2014; FHL film 930,067; have JPG image)
      J-105/110: At Regular term of McDonald Co. Circuit Court, Monday, 1 Aug. 1881, ... present Hon. M.G. McGregor, Judge of 15th Judicial Circuit of State of MO, and Judge of this Court, James W. Brunk, Prosecuting Attorney, Elias M. Jarrett, Sheriff, and A.M. Dillin Clerk of said court, whereupon following proceedings were had, to wit:
      In 7th Judicial day of said term, being 5 Aug. 1881, there was among others the following proceedings:
            Final Decree of Partition
            Andrew W. Davidson and Mary E? Davidson by Thomas Davidson, their Guardian, the Plaintiff,
            No.189    vs.
            William W. Duncan, George C. Duncan, Dicey E. Goostree, William F. Goostree, James A. Duncan, Robert P?. Duncan and Levy? (Levy?) Davidson, Defendants,
      Now comes to be heard and finally determined the above matter, ... report of commissioners having been filed, ... the parties again appearing ... and no excuse for the setting aside of the report, ... the report as follows: Thomas F. Ford and Jacob E. Moore and Calvin Adkinson, commissioners to make partition, say they are residents of McDonald Co. MO (etc.), April 4, 1881.
      They report that per order and decree of Circuit Court of McDonald Co. MO by which we were appointed Feb. 11, 1881 to make partition of certain lands in the cause of Andrew W. Davidson and others vs. William W. Duncan and others, we on 4 April 1881 took an oath ...
   (1st) appraised all the real estate, partition of which was ordered, to the value of $4015.60?? exclusive of improvements belong to William W. Duncan, to which for purposes of computation we added $300 received by Geo. C. Duncan as an advancement and the $485.23? received by Nancy M. Davidson, making an aggregate of $4,800.03.
   (2nd) We surveyed the boundary of the land and find that the tract of land which belongs to Levi Davidson as pointed out in the decree is bounded ... commencing at center of Sec.5 Twp.23 Range 29 in McDonald Co., then East 77 rods ... about 13 acres.
   (3rd) That to James A. Duncan we set off a partitionate part of the lands of the value of $800 bounded beg. 49 rods west of SE corner of Sec.5 Twp.23 Range 29 in McDonald Co., then North 160 rods, then ... west of the NW corner of E 1/2 SE 1/4 of said section 5, then ..., about 92 acres, together with NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.9 Twp.23 Range 29 in Barry Co.
   (4th) That to Robert P. Duncan we set off and partitioned part of said lands of value of $800 begin. at SE corner of Sec.5 Twp.23 Range 29 in McDonald Co., then N 40 rods, then ..., about 64 acres, together with N 1/2 NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.16 Twp.23 Range 29, 20 acres, in McDonald Co.
   (5th) That to William W. Duncan we set off and partitioned part of said land including his improvement ... beg. at SE corner Sec.5 Twp.23 Range 29, then N with sub-division lines ... about 80 acres, together with S 1/2 NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.16 Twp.23 Range 29 in McDonald Co. MO.
   (6th) That to George C?. Duncan we set off and partitioned part of said lands value of $500, beg. at NE corner of SE? quarter Sec.5 Twp.23 Range 29 in McDonald Co., then E 160 rods ... about 55 acres.
   (7th) That to Dicey E. Goostree, wife of William T. Goostree, we set off and partitioned a part of said lands of the value of $500, the E 1/2 NE 1/4 and 20 acres squarely off the East side of NE 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.33 Twp.24 Range 29 in Barry Co. and also SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.16 Twp.23 Range 29, 140 acres.
   (8th) That to Andrew W. Davidson and Mary E. Davidson and Thomas Davidson (to Thomas for life and to Andrew W. and Mary E. the remainder in fee) as tenants in common, a portion of said lands in one parcel, NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.33 and W 1/2 NE 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.33 in Twp.24 Range 29 in Barry Co. valued at $315.00.
   (9th) That in making said partitions we were engaged six days each for which we charge as commissioners $2 each per day.
   (10th) That one of our number, T.F. Ford, was County Surveyor in which he made a survey of the premises for which his fees are as follows, ... $12.20?. 10 April 1881, /s/ Thomas F. Ford, J.E. Moore, Calvin Atkinson, Commissioners.
      Ack. 10 April 1881 before T.F. Lamberson, J.P. Endorsed, Filed Aug. 2, 1881.
      Now, considered and decreed by Court, that the report is approved and confirmed, title be vested in parties as in report, attorneys Brunk and Bullock be allowed $75, and as Guardian ad litum for infant defendants, George H?. Abbert?? be allowed $50, and commissioners and surveyed be allowed the amount in their report ... the costs be a lien upon the land and estate, a copy of the decree and report be recorded, /s/ 7 Sept. 1881. Filed for Record Sept. 7, 1881 ... Clerk's Note: words interlined, ...

HISTORIES before 1923

1888 "History of Newton, Lawrence, Barry and McDonald Cos. MO" by Goodspeed (FHL book 977.87 H2hn; or FHL book 977.876 H2g)
      Pg.5: Flood and storms ... The tornado of April 18, 1880, swept through the county ... The list of casualties, as compiled by Dr. Ray, is as follows: ... William Duncan's wife badly hurt; ... Charles Duncan's house-top and William Duncan's house and furniture were scattered far and wide.
      Pg.7: Mining and Miners ... In August, 1881, A.J. Campbell, Thomas Clark and C.B. Duncan, special trustees of Township 22, Range 29, leased the east half of Section 16 to J.F. Tandy, J.W. Holman, L. Adamson, G.W. Beigler, John Walters, G.P. Mitchell, Thomas Holman and Z.W. Robinson for the purpose only of mining lead or other valuable mineral.
      Pg.11: Township 22, Range 28, was proclaimed for sale August 17, 1846, and opened for entry December 21, 1846. ... John J. Duncan and John Cureton (purchased on) Section 27; ...
      Pg.19+: Marriage record, 1837-54. The marriage record of Barry Co. was commenced by Thomas Mosely, Jr., circuit clerk, July 24, 1837. It is as given below. The orthography of the first twenty years is preserved.
            Pg.22: October 10, 1839, James C. Winton and Margaret W. Duncan, by Anthony Bewley, M.P.
            Pg.28: December 24, 1846, John Driskill and Minerva Peevey, by John I. Duncan, J.P.
            Pg.29: August 26, 1849, David Arnhart and Rebecca King, by John I. Duncan, judge.
            Pg.30: November 11, 1850, John I. Duncan and Harriet Cunningham, by Judge Hill.
            Pg.30: September 15, 1850, Anderson Hubbert and Mary Duncan, by Judge Hill.
            Pg.32: July 29, 1852, James Hambleton and Eliza E. Duncan, by Sam Morgan, J.P.
      Pg.37: Slave Owners in 1861. At the beginning of the war there were 248 slaves in Barry County and one or two free colored families. The names of slave owners at that time, and the number of slaves claimed by each, and the assessed value (exclusive of slave children) are given as follows: ... C.B. Duncan, 6 at $2,500; ...
      Pg.51: The justices of the peace elected in 1846 were ... John J. Duncan. ... In September 1848, John J. Duncan qualified as judge of the county court. ... In January, 1850, Judges Taliafero, Duncan and Hill presided.
      Pg.54: Joseph Cravens was appointed county treasurer in 1869, to succeed S.H. Carlile. The securities were ... John I. Duncan ... (about 15 names)
      Pg.61: The county judges prior to 1877 were ... John Duncan, ...
      Pg.88: Tax Payers and Soldiers of 1861. The tax payers of Barry Co. in 1860-61, exclusive of those over 55 years of age, owners of slaves, and females referred to previously, are named in the following list. The list is doubly valuable as a roster of ante-bellum residents, and of Confederate and Federal soldiers. ... Duncan, A.J.; Duncan, C.B. (Confederate); Duncan, John I.
      Pg.99: During the early years of the county the old-time subscription school was the only institution of learning known here. ... In June, 1845, Township 22, Range 28, was organized for school purposes, with ... John J. Duncan inspector. This was then known as School Township No. 1.
      Pg.109-10: Agricultural Societies. The Barry Co. Agricultural and Mechanical Society was incorporated December 5, 1858, with the following named members: ... J.J. Duncan ...
      Pg.112: In November, 1839, a road was authorized from the northeast corner of Town 34, Range 27, to Daniel Hunter's on Connor Prairie, and thence to Sarcoxie, in Newton Co. David Gray, John Duncan and D. Hunter were appointed a jury to lay out this road.

1883 "The History of Jasper County, Missouri : including a condensed history of the state, a complete history of Carthage and Joplin, other towns and townships" ed. by F.A. North (FHL book 977.872 H2h V.1)
      Pg.680; Sarcoxie Township: WILLIAM DUNCAN. Prominent among the pioneer settlers of Jasper county is the subject of this sketch. Mr. Duncan was born in Sumner Co. TN, March 4, 1806. His parents, Moses and Sarah Duncan, were natives of South Carolina. Our subject grew to manhood in his native state, ... In 1828 he moved to Sangamon Co. IL, and engaged in farming near Springfield. He came to Missouri in 1836, locating in what was then Barry county, near the noted Cave Springs where he now resides. Mr. Duncan was one of the first settlers in southwest Missouri, ...

1913 "History of Yolo County, California, with biographical sketches" by Tom Gregory, pub. by Historic Record Company (CA State Library book qc979.451 G8; FHL film 547,559 item 1)
      Pg.365: WYATT GODFREY DUNCAN .... The founder of the Duncan family in America was Wyatt Duncan, a native of Scotland and for many years a planter in Virginia, but eventually a pioneer of Missouri, where he died in Callaway county at a great age. Among his children was a son, Judge John I. Duncan, who was born in Virginia April 15, 1807, grew to manhood at the old homestead, married Margaret Toler and after his marriage settled in the western part of the Old Dominion. About 1833 he took his family to Missouri and settled upon raw land in Callaway county. Later he returned east as far as Indiana and rented land in Vigo county, but not being satisfied he went back to Missouri, where he bought a large tract in Barry county. .... His death occurred January 18, 1876, when he was almost sixty-nine years of age. His wife was born in Virginia and died August 18, 1849, in Missouri. Her father, Godfrey Toler, came to the United States during young manhood and settled in Virginia, where he engaged in farming. After many years he settled among the pioneer farmers of Indiana. Later he went to Barry Co. MO, and there he passed away November 4, 1843, at an advanced age.
            There were twelve children in the family of Judge Duncan. Five of the number are still living. The eldest of the family, Wyatt Godfrey, was born in Amherst Co. VA, October 1, 1828, and was taken to Missouri at five years of age, later went to Indiana with the family and then returned to Missouri, whence he started with a brother, William, to California, April 24, 1850 ... which ended uneventfully September 1, 1850, at the mines near Eldorado.
            Thus it was that Mr. Duncan came to Yolo county in 1851. ... With his brother, William, he came to Yolo county during the spring of 1853 from Yreka, Siskiyou county.
            The marriage of Mr. Duncan took place March 13, 1879, in Woodland, this state, and united him with Miss Mary Franklin, who was born and reared near that city. Her parents, Benjamin and Elvira (Wright) Franklin, were natives, respectively, of Tennessee and Kentucky ... (Wyatt & Mary) Their only daughter, Elvira Grey, is the wife of J.W. Monroe, of Woodland, and the only son, Wyatt G., assists in looking after the home farm.

1906 "History of the state of California and biographical record of the Sacramento Valley, California" by Prof. James Miller Guinn, pub. by Chapman Pub. Co. (FHL film 468,760 item 2 and 1,000,095 item 2; CA State Library book qc 920.079 G9; also from Vivian Biddle)
      Pg.1612: WYATT GODFREY DUNCAN. More than one hundred years have passed since Wyatt Duncan crossed the ocean from his native Scotland and settled in Virginia, where he took up the life of a planter in the midst of an environment of activity and enterprise characteristic of the Old Dominion in that era. After a long period of usefulness in that section of the country he eventually removed to Missouri, where he died in Callaway county at an advanced age. Next in line of descent was John I. (father of Wyatt Godfrey), who was born in Virginia April 15, 1807, and grew to manhood on the home plantation. After his marriage he settled in the western part of Virginia, but about 1833 proceeded still further west and identified himself with the pioneers of Callaway Co. MO, where he followed farming and stock-raising. After a few years he removed to Vigo Co. IN, and settled on a rented farm, but, not satisfied with prospects there, he returned to Missouri, where he bought a large tract of land in Barry county. .... His death occurred January 18, 1876, when he was almost sixty-nine years of age.
            On the maternal side Wyatt G. Duncan traces his lineage to Godfrey Toler, .... His daughter, Margaret, was born in Virginia, accompanied the family to Indiana, thence went to Missouri, and there died August 18, 1849. .... Among the children born of her marriage to Judge John I. Duncan, was a son, Wyatt Godfrey, whose birth occurred in Amherst Co. VA, October 1, 1829, and who accompanied his parents in their removal westward. Not long after the death of his mother he started out in the world for himself. April 24, 1850, in company with a brother, William, he started for the Pacific coast. (See 1913 History; almost word for word) .... (MAD: Yolo Co. CA)

"A Memorial and biographical history of Northern California : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time : together with glimpses of its prospective future, full-page portraits of its most eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers and also of prominent citizens of to-day." by John B Montgomery, W A Bartlett, J S Missroon, Wm L Todd; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1891, 871 pgs. (LH10557, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 468,756 item 3 and 1,000,098 item 1; CA State Library book qc979.41 M5a)
      Pg.376-377: B.F. DUNCAN, an extensive rancher of the Capay Valley, was born February 2, 1840, in Vigo County, Indiana, and the son of John I. and Margaret (Toler) Duncan, natives of Virginia. The senior Duncan followed agricultural pursuits all his life. At one time he was judge of this district. In 1842 he removed to Missouri, where he remained until his death, which occurred when he was seventy-four years old; his wife also died in that State, in 1849. Mr. B.F. Duncan, our subject, was raised on the farm in Missouri. At the age of 21 years he enlisted in Company G., Captain Curry, Eighth Regiment, Colonel Mitchell, Parson's Brigade, Cavalry, and was six months in the service. He was mustered out at Shreveport, Louisiana, after a service of three years and three months. Was wounded four times, twice in one engagement. ... After the war he remained in Missouri until 1870, when he came to California and settled near Cottonwood, Yolo County, on land which he purchased. He remained there until 1878, when he sold out and purchased his present place two miles west of Capay, in the celebrated Capay Valley. This ranch consists of 737 acres of choice bottom land, on which Mr. Duncan carries on a general farming business, and is preparing to establish himself in the fruit industry next year (1891). He is a very practical man and enterprising. He has two brothers in this county, whose sketches will be found elsewhere in this volume. (MAD: nothing said about a wife) (MAD: see Barry Co. MO and Amherst Co. VA)
      Pg.619-620: W.G. DUNCAN, a farmer near Capay, Yolo County, was born October 1, 1828, in Amherst County, Virginia, the son of John I. and Margaret (Toler) Duncan, natives also of that State, who moved to the northern part of Missouri when their son was a small boy. Remaining with his parents until 1850, the subject of this sketch, in company with his brother, William H., came overland to California, with Dr. Lane, who supplied the penniless boys with the necessaries of the journey, in consideration of half their earnings for a year. They followed mining at Mud Springs for three months, but with little profit, and Dr. Lane agreed to release them with three months' work for him, which proposition was accepted and the work done. The brothers then followed mining again, until the spring of 1853, when they took up a tract of land two and a half miles from their present place. In 1869 they disposed of that farm to Mr. Woodard. During the previous year they had bought the place where they now reside, a mile from Capay, where they now have 7,300 acres, besides eighty acres near Woodland. Mr. Duncan was married in Woodland, March 13, 1879, to Miss Mary Franklin, a native of California, and they have one child, who was born in 1883 and is named Elvira G.
      Pg.619-620, W.G. Duncan of Yolo Co. CA, is also available on the following webpage, transcribed by Bonnie Phelan:

1879 "The Illustrated atlas and history of Yolo County, California : containing a history of California from 1513 to 1850, history of Yolo County from 1825 to 1880, and the official county map" pub. by DePue, San Francisco (Yolo Co. Public Library, Woodland, CA; also on FHL film 468,752 item 2)
      Pg.86: DUNCAN, WM. H. and W.G., crossed the plains, driving stock for Dr. E.C. Lane, to pay their passage, and W.G. stopped on the way at Mud Springs (El Dorado Co.), and the other brother came on to Yolo county direct. The next Spring both were in the mines. In the Fall they changed places, Wm. H. remaining during the Winter to prospect, while the other brother visited the valley. In the Summer of 1852, they together prospected north until Oregon was reached, and then returned, in the Spring of 1853, to Yolo county together. ... The last named year (1857) W.G. went to Mendocino county ... until 1859, when he drove back a herd of about 900 head of cattle to Cache Creek, where he has remained since. Wm. H. in the mean time had continued in Dr. Lane's employ, which he did not leave until the Spring of 1861, when he joined his brother, but went away again in the Spring of 1862 ... He visited northern California, Oregon, Washington Territory and Idaho, returning the same year ...
            William H. was born in Millersburg, Callaway Co. MO, January 30th, 1838. At twelve years of age, he crossed the plains, and was married to Helen M. Reed, of Folsom, Sacramento county, California, August 2d, 1863. Their children's names are Lizzie L., Mary L., John W., Frank W., Lewis M., Walter G., and Clarence H.
            W.G. was born in Amherst Co. VA, October 1st, 1828, and before coming to California resided in Barry Co. MO. He was married March 13, 1879, to Mary Franklin, in Woodland, ....
      Pg.87: DUNCAN, B.F., was born in Vigo Co. IN, February 2, 1840. His parents moved in 1841 to Missouri, where the subject of this sketch remained until 1871, when he came to California and settled in Yolo county. ... He is a brother of W.G. and Wm. H., and their residence in Yolo county was the main inducement that caused him to break up his home in Missouri and come to this coast. On 30 October 1869, he was married to S.A. Brattin in Barry Co. MO, Professor Morris officiating. They have had six children, four of whom are now living, as follows: M.A., born September 21, 1875; H.M., born April 15, 1877; R.I., born February 20, 1874, and W.G., born December 21, 1878. L.J. was born July 22, 1872, and died March 11, 1875. ....

1919 "History of Fresno County, California : with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the county who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present" by Paul E. Vandor, pub. by Historic Record (book qc979.482 V2, Vol.I; CA State Library, Sacramento; also FHL book 979.482 H2v and film 1,000,104 items 2-3 and Vol.2 on FHL film 1,036,806 item 1)
      Vol.I, Pg.672: DUNCAN, Thomas Jefferson. b. near Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL, 30 Nov. 1835; when he age 6 his parents to Lawrence Co., MO. His father and mother Hiram and Nancy (McKinley) Duncan natives of TN and KY respectively. Thomas J. to CA 1853 with his parents and 5 brothers; to Linden, near Stockton; parents d. there. Thomas J. m. 18 Sept. 1870 at Stockton Martha Miller.

"[An Illustrated history of Whitman County, state of Washington]" by Marcus Whitman, James K. Kelly; pub. San Francisco, Calif.: W.H. Lever, 1901, 520 pgs. (LH12362, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,000,644 item 4)
      Pg.436-437: CHARLES B. DUNCAN - Active in the affairs of his town, of which he is an efficient officer, and connected with a business of no little importance, the man whose name gives caption to this review is to be numbered among the leading citizens domiciled in Tekoa, and ...
      Mr. Duncan is a native of Missouri, born May 13, 1866. In that state he grew to manhood and acquired his education, ... agriculture as a means of gaining a livelihood. In 1891 he came to Whitman county and resumed, in the vicinity of Tekoa, the occupation he had theretofore followed. In this he continued for eight consecutive years, but in 1899 he moved into the town of Tekoa and embarked in the livery business. In the spring of that year he was appointed constable, and in November, 1900, he was elected by the franchises of the people to that office. In May of the same year he had been appointed city marshal. ... His marriage was solemnized in the state of Missouri on June 2, 1887, Miss Julia Davidson, a native of Missouri, then becoming his wife. They have three children living, Nettie, Effie and Harney; also one, Charles J., deceased. (MAD: 1870-1880 Barry Co. MO census)

1904 "History of Cherokee Co. KS and representative citizens" by Nathaniel Thompson Allison, pub. by Biographical Pub. Co. (FHL book 978.199 H2a and FHL film 1,000,034 item 3)
      Pg.280: THOMAS R. DUNCAN, one of the pioneer settlers of Cherokee Co., a substantial and representative farmer of Lyon township, owns (dark edge) acres of highly cultivated land, NE quarter Sec. 27, Twp. 34, range (dark edge). He was born at Martinsville [Morgan Co.], IN, February 10, 1839, and is a son of William and Amanda M. (Hutsel) Duncan.
            Robert Duncan, the grandfather of Thomas R., was born in Scotland and accompanied his two brothers to America, all probably settling in the State of NY. There William Duncan was born and learned the cabinet making trade before going to Indiana. Failing health caused him to remove in 1856 to IL where his sons could engage in farming. He took part in the Black Hawk War. In early days he was a Whig, but afterwards voted for Stephen A. Douglas and was subsequently identified with the Republican party. He died in IL, in 1879, at the age of 72 years. His wife was born September 20, 1815, near Lexington, KY, and died at Martinsville, IN, November 22, 1847, when Thomas R. was not quite nine years old. Their children were: Thomas R., who weighed but two and a half pounds at birth; Peter, a farmer of Mineral Spring [Barry Co.], MO, who belonged to Co. H, 27th Reg., IL Vol. Inf., in the late? (dark) War; Giles, who belonged to Co. D, 1st Reg., IL Vol. Inf., and died in the service in February, 1863; and Jesse H., who resides near Murphysboro, IL. The father married three times, and three children of each wife still survive.
            Thomas R. Duncan was 17 years of age when his parents moved to Jackson Co. IL, and he was engaged in farming there from 1856 to 1862, when he enlisted on Aug. 12 in Co. D, 81st Reg., IL Vol. Inf., under Captain Ward and Col. James ?. (dark) Dollins. ... To Kansas 1869 ...


Barry Co. MO Newspaper Project (webpages of Donna Haddock Cooper 9/2005)
      She has been typing newspaper items 1890-1913, eventually to 1921. She suggests using the freepages search engine on the main page. She also has other Barry Co. MO items posted.


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