Duncans in Callaway Co. MO Histories


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

Last revised August 25, 2007

HISTORIES before 1923

1894 "History of the Baptists in VA" by Robert B. Semple, Revised and expanded by G.W. Beale; originally published 1810 (FHL book 975.5 K2s)
      Pg.226: Amherst Co. Albemarle Association Buffaloe Church. Mr. William Duncan, a preacher of useful gifts, is a member of this church and has been ordained to the ministry. (Buffaloe church stood in the vicinity of Amherst courthouse.) Footnote: William Duncan served various churches in the Albemarle Assn. as pastor until 1830, when he removed to Calaway Co., MO. He subsequently located in Boone Co., where he acted as a domestic missionary. He died in 1846.
            MAD: An obituary for Elder William Duncan is indexed as being published on 19 Nov. 1846 in the "Religious Herald," Richmond, VA, from "Inventory of the Church Archives of VA" by VA Conservation Commission 1940 (from Evelyn Sigler 1986). An obituary published in "Missouri Democrat" of 21 Oct. 1846 and 9 Dec. 1846 said Elder William Duncan died 9 Oct., leaving a widow Sally and family, he was a minister of the Baptist Church at Huntsville [Randolph Co. MO], from "Death Records of MO Men from Newspapers, 1808-1854" by George P. Wilson (FHL book 977.8 V4w, pg.49 from Vivian Ruegge 1984)

"MO Baptist Biography" by J.C. Maple & R.P. Rider, Vol.IV (ca 1914; date not given on title page) (from Donald Duncan 5/1991)
      Pgs.94-99, Rev. WILLIAM DUNCAN, 1776-1846; religious activity in MO 1830-1846. We are fortunate in finding a sketch of the life of this very useful man, written by his son, Dr. W.H. Duncan. The MO Baptist Historical Society, as the custodian of all obtainable records of Baptist history in MO, has furnished the material for this sketch.
            Rev. William Duncan was born in Amherst Co., VA, 22 Feb. 1776. His father, Rev. John Duncan, was a Baptist preacher and contributed largely to the overthrow of the union of church and state in America. When about twenty years of age, William was truly converted and united with the local Baptist Church. Very soon thereafter he entered upon his life work as a minister of the gospel. ... He became pastor of Ebenezer, Mount Moriah and Pedlar Churches in Amherst Co., and of Rock Fish, once Jonesborough in Nelson Co. Some of these churches he served continuously for 37 years. He was married to Miss Sally Henly while quite a young man. This union was blessed with eight children, two sons and six daughters. The children had sought homes in the then new state of MO. That the parents might be still in close contact with their children, the father, in 1830, resigned the pastorate of the churches ... and moved to Callaway Co. MO. After eight years of service in Callaway Co., he moved to Howard Co. and secured a home two miles south of Fayette, the county seat. During the time of his residence in Howard Co., he served five churches at various times. ... In October, 1846, he was present at the meeting of the Mount Pleasant Association at Ebenezer Church in Randolph Co. While preaching to a large congregation, he was attached by a congestive chill; he was able to ride to his home some twenty miles distant, but was then placed on his dying bed, where he died about 48 hours later. He had been pastor of the church in Huntsville, Randolph Co., for eight years.
      (MAD: one Sarah Duncan died 1849 Moniteau Co. MO leaving heirs Louisa Smith, Wm. Duncan, Elizabeth L. Smith, Mary Smith, Sarah M. Clasby, Samuel J. Duncan, Frances J. Howard, Letters Testamentary granted John S. Howard 3/16/1849, Francis J. Howard admix. 10/18/1851. Frances J. Duncan mar. John L. Howard 9/1/1840 Howard Co. MO; Sarah Duncan mar. Mr. Clasty 10/2/1834 Boone Co. MO; Dr. William H. Duncan, b.1803 VA, of Callaway Co. MO mar. Susan W. Harris 10/6/1831 Boone Co. MO, and with Mary Smith, widow of Edmund Smith, were execs. of estate of Edmund Smith in 1849-1850 Boone Co. MO; Samuel I/J. Duncan mar. Elizabeth Price 10/16/1844 Howard Co. MO, b. Amherst Co. VA per 1883 "History of Howard & Cooper Cos. MO")

1884 "History of Callaway County, Missouri, written and compiled from the most authentic official and private sources, including a history of its townships, towns and villages, together with a condensed history of Missouri; a reliable and detailed history of Callaway County -its pioneer record, resources, biographical sketches of prominent citiz ens, general and local statistics of great value; incidents and reminiscences" pub. by National Historical Co. (Los Angeles Public Library book 977.81 C156Hi)
      Pg.561-563: JOHN DUNCAN (deceased). He whose name heads this sketch was for years one of the most highly respected citizens and successful farmers of Callaway county, and although he has been dead for nearly twenty years, his memory is still ... He was born in Bourbon Co. KY, on the 9th of April, 1807, and was reared on his father's farm in that county. In 1830 he was married to Miss Sallie J., a daughter of William and Anna Adair of that county. She was born there January 23, 1811. Two years after his marriage Mr. Duncan removed to Missouri and settled near Millersburg, in Callaway county, where he lived for nearly thirty-five years and until his death, which occurred on the 14th of February, 1866. On coming to this county he bought a small tract of land, 120 acres in section 1, of Bourbon township, on which he improved a farm. ... until at the time of his death he owned about 1,000 acres .... He was twice married. His first wife died September 5, 1846, leaving six children: Evalina, now the wife of James M. Bruner; George T., Angelina, now the wife of Isaac F. Coons; Anna A., now the wife of Joseph W. Coons; Joseph W., and Mary E., now the wife of Wayman C. Sheets. To his second wife, formerly Miss Nannie Lloyd, of this county, he was married June 20, 1847. She bore him eight children, of whom seven are living: John, Hiram, Sallie J., Solomon K., Nimrod N., Richard and Nannje (sic). Susan died in October, 1862. Thus this noble old pioneer settler left a large and worthy family .... (MAD: Evaline Duncan mar. James M. Bruner 8/31/1848 Callaway Co. MO)
      George T. Duncan his eldest son and at whose instance this biographic sketch of his father is prepared, was born of his father's first marriage in Bourbon township, Callaway Co. MO, October 9, 1835. After he grew up in this county he was married here on the 22d of September, 1856, to Miss Louisa F., daughter of John and Elizabeth West, of Callaway county. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have reared only two children: Dempie, now the wife of Joel T. Hayden, of Boone Co. MO, and Anna Lee, the wife of James C. Reid of the same county. ....

1876 "A history of the pioneer families of Missouri, with numerous sketches, anecdotes, adventures, etc., relating to early days in Missouri : also the lives of Daniel Boone and the celebrated Indian Chief Black Hawk, with numerous biographies and histories of primitive institutions" by Wm. S. Bryan and Robert Rose (Los Angeles Public Library book 977.8 B915)
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      Pg.325: DUNCAN -- Roger and John Duncan were sons of Roger Duncan, Sr., of Scotland. The two brothers came to America and settled in Bourbon Co. KY. John married Elizabeth Wam (sic), by whom he had -- Thomas, John Jr., Alexander, David, William, Ann, and Mary. He subsequently removed to Callaway Co. MO. (MAD: John Duncan married Elizabeth Wayne, will in Nodaway Co. MO) Roger Jr., married Sally Rodman, and remained in Bourbon Co. KY. Their children were -- John, Thomas, George, Polly A., and Amanda. John married Sally J. Adair, and settled in Callaway county in 1833. His children were Eveline, George T., Angeline, Anna A., Joseph W., and Mary E. Mr. Duncan was married the second time to Nancy Loid, by whom he had -- John, Hiram J., Polly J., Solomon R., Susan, Nimrod N., Benjamin R., and Nancy F.
      Pg.325: DUNCAN -- David Duncan, of Scotland, came to America with his wife, and remained some time in Boston, after which they removed to Mercer Co. KY. They had nine children. Mrs. Duncan died, after which he married again and had eleven children more. William, the eldest son by his first wife, married Elizabeth Henderson, of Kentucky, and settled in Callaway county in 1826. His children were -- Alfred R., Joshua M., William G., Nancy M., Amanda E., and Elizabeth J. (MAD: See Mason Co. KY; not Mercer)
      Pg.325: DUNCAN -- Joseph C. Duncan, of Buckingham Co. VA, was of Scotch descent. He married Nancy Maddox, and settled in Christian Co. KY, in 1817. In 1829 he removed to Missouri and settled in Callaway county, where he lived the rest of his life. His wife died in 1860, and he died in 1870. They had nine children, but two of them died before they were grown. The names of the other children were -- Elizabeth A., Frederick W., Ouslow G., Jerome B., Artinicia, Merrett B., and Edward. Elizabeth A. married John McMahan, and is now a widow. Frederick W. lives in Oregon. Ouslow G. married Julia A. Broadwater, and lives in Audrain county. Jerome B. married Mary George. Artinicia married Colonel Marshall S. Coats, of Coats' Prairie. Merrett B. married Mary E. Berkett. He is a prominent banker of Mexico, Mo. Edward married Martha McMahan, and lives in Monroe county. Joel and Richard were the two who died before they were grown. (MAD: Artemesia Duncan mar. Marshall Coats 10/16/1844 Callaway Co. MO; Elizabeth Duncan mar. Isham McMahan 1/6/1831 Callaway Co. MO)
      Pg.341-343: HARRISON -- (more info on family) Thomas ... was born in 1695. He married Hannah Morrison, of England, by whom he had six sons -- John, Benjamin, Thomas Jr., Samuel, Daniel, and James, all of whom came to America after the death of their parents, and settled in the State of Maryland. When the revolutionary war began they all enlisted in the American army, and John and Thomas were soon promoted, the former to the rank of Captain and the latter to that of Colonel. ... Captain John Harrison married a Miss Malone, of Maryland, and settled in Botetourt Co. VA. He had six sons -- Thomas, Samuel, John, Benjamin, Daniel, and James. Colonel Thomas Harrison never married ... and at his death he left his property to his nephew, Thomas, son of Captain John Harrison. This nephew married Margaret Billops, of Virginia, and removed with his parents to South Carolina, but returned to Virginia after their deaths, and settled in Montgomery county. ....
             James Harrison, son of Captain John Harrison, of the revolutionary war, married Louisa Duncan, of South Carolina, and settled in Washington Co. MO, in 1819 (MAD: from Greenville Co. SC; see Phelps Co. MO). John and Daniel, his brothers, married and settled in Alabama, and Samuel and Benjamin married and settled in Mississippi.
      Pg.366: PATTON -- James Patton, Sr., had -- Wilson, John, Thomas, James Jr., Margaret and Fanny. Wilson married Polly Martins, and settled in Callaway county in 1826. John married Nancy Duncan, and settled in that county the same year. Thomas married Anna E. Duncan, and also settled in Callaway county in 1826. Margaret married Alexander Henderson, who settled in Kentucky. William married and settled in Callaway county in 1826.
      Pg.379-380: TAYLOR -- William Taylor, of Stokes Co. NC, married Sarah Scruggs, and they had a son, Isaac, who married Catharine Vaughan, a sister of Martin Vaughan, of Audrain Co., Mo. Their children were -- Carter, Fountain, and Mary. The mother died while they were young, and their father having married again ... they were adopted by their uncle Martin, who came to Missouri in 1830. Carter, the eldest, married Minerva Callock, and settled in Howard county, where they lived and died. Mary married James Duncan, who settled in Monroe county. Fountain settled in Callaway county. ...

1884 "The Bench and Bar of Missouri Cities" by H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co. (from Kit Smith 7/1983)
      Pgs.103-104: MERRITT Y. DUNCAN, Mexico. Merritt Young Duncan, a member of the Audrain county bar for twenty years, is a native of this state, and was born in Callaway county, July 18, 1830. His father was Joseph Curd Duncan, a farmer, and a native of Buckingham Co. VA, and his mother was Nancy (Madox) Duncan, born in Prince Edward county, that state. His grandfather, Edward Duncan, was in the continental army, and died the same year with General Washington, 1799. Merritt was educated in part in his native county, and in part at the Eureka College, Illinois, taking a partial course, including the classics. He has wisely kept up part of his studies, and he reads Virgil, Cicero, Caesar, etc., with fluency.
      In 1856 Mr. Duncan was elected clerk of Audrain county, and served in that capacity a period of five years, reading law at the same time. He was admitted to practice in October, 1863, and has made an honorable record at the county bar. He is a good advocate, above the average; is well read, not only in law, but in history and general literature, having quite a scholarly turn of mind.
      Mr. Duncan was public administrator of the county in 1862-64, the only civil or political office, we understand, that he has ever held. His politics are democratic, though on one or two occasions he has voted the greenback or national ticket. He was president of the Mexico Savings Bank from 1871 to 1876.
      Mr. Duncan has been a member of the Christian or Disciple Church since twenty years of age, and is living a life consistent with his profession. He was for years an elder of the church.
      He was married October 25, 1854, to Miss Mary Baskett, of Fulton, Callaway county, and they have four children, two daughters and two sons. Sarah Caroline, the older daughter, is the wife of John Frederick Llewellyn, druggist, Mexico, and the older son, Thurston Baskett, is clerk in the same drug store. The other two children, Walter Curd and Mary Edna, are young and attending school.

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)
      Duncan, Wm. H. and W.G., .... 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 Co. CA, August 2d, 1863. ....
      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, ....

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; see Yolo Co. CA)
      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. ....
            (MAD: one Sarah Duncan mar. Thomas Nesbit 6/16/1842 Callaway Co. MO, said to be Sarah Wyatt or Wyett Duncan)

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. .... Thus it was that Mr. Duncan came to Yolo county in 1851. ....

1893 "Illustrated History of State of Oregon, Containing History of Oregon from Earliest Period ..." by Harvey K. Hines, pub. by Lewis Pub. Co. (FHL book 979.5 H2hh)
      Pg.337-8: Charles H. Duncan. Business man of Baker City [Baker Co.], OR, whose long residence there ought to place him in the ranks of the pioneers of the State; probably he would be so reckoned but for the fact that he is a young man. He was born in Galawa (MAD: Callaway) Co. MO March 9, 1854, his father, Frederick Duncan, having been born in KY in 1815. The ancestors of our subject were Virginians. His father married Miss Annie Gibson (MAD: Elizabeth Gibson, 1839 Callaway Co. MO) and then removed to MO and in 1864, when our subject was but ten years old, crossed the plains and found a home in Union Co. OR, farmed, died in 1878 at age 63 years, his wife having died in 1866; she born her husband ten children, of whom our subject was the fifth. ... Charles H. Duncan ... shareholder in the Sanger mine, one of the best in the county, he sold opportunely and realized $40,000 for it. With his brother he was owner of a large flouring mill in Baker City, which burned down and entailed a loss of $7,000, but this did not cast him down in any way. Our subject married May 6, 1891, to Miss Bertha, dau. of Edward Reynolds, one of the forty-niners, he being on one of the first steamboats to run up the Columbia River. Mr. Reynolds is a native of NY, and has a large family of fine sons and daus. in Baker City where he resides. Mrs. Duncan is a native of Baker City, having been born there in 1872. Mr. Duncan is a prominent member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, ... Republican party, having received the nomination of that party for the Legislature and was elected in 1892. ...

1902 "An Illustrated History of Union and Wallowa Cos., With a Brief Outline of the Early History of the State of OR" pub. by Western Historical Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,597,664 item 7; HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 10579)
      Pg.398-9: RICHARD M. DUNCAN. A representative man of Union county, and an agriculturist who has wrought for the general advancement and interest of the county since his residence here, which dates back to a very early pioneer period, the subject of this sketch is richly deserving a place in this volume that purports to accord a review to the leading men of this section.
      In Callaway county, Missouri, Richard M. was born to Frederick and Elizabeth (Gibson) Duncan, on August 25, 1859. In 1864 the parents gathered their substance together and essayed the long journey across the wild plains to the fertile region of the Grand Ronde valley. Ox teams were utilized in the pilgrimage and six months were consumed in it. Weary and travel worn the little company drew up in the Cove and there sought out a location, settling on raw land and working out their home from the resources of the country. Government land was taken and there our subject passed the days of his minority, gaining the education that fortified him in the race of life. There, also, on June 9, 1879, he married Miss Julia, daughter of David and Lydia Goble. Mr. and Mrs. Goble live near the Medical Springs and they came across the plains in 1864 from the state of Iowa, settling here on the place where they now reside. Our subject and his wife moved to the vicinity of Huntington, in 1879, and in 1881, they returned to Union county, settling on their present place, one-half mile north of Medical Springs, where they own a fine farm of one-quarter section. The land is well improved, being largely under cultivation and embellished with comfortable residence, large barn, and substantial outbuildings, and well selected orchards. General farming and stock raising occupy the attention of Mr. Duncan and he has made a good success of these undertakings.
      To our subject and his estimable wife there have been born the following children: Jessie, Claudia, May, Winthrop, George, Guy, Leslie and Virgil. Mr. Duncan's mother died in 1878 and the father departed this life in 1881.

1902 "Progressive Men of the State of Montana" pub. Chicago by A.W. Bowen & Co. (Los Angeles Public Library book 978.6 P96A; and from index cards of Kit Smith 8/1983)
      Pg.141, Madison Co.: WILLIAM S. DUNCAN -- Descendant of a family ... in the annals of Scotland, and bearing a conspicuous part in the civil and military history of the United States, William S. Duncan has ancestors on both sides of the house who were gallant soldiers in the Revolution, the war of 1812 and the Mexican war; and he himself saw arduous service in the Confederate army during the Civil war. He was born in Jefferson City, Mo., on April 2, 1843, a son of J.M. and Mary E. (Sheeley) Duncan, both natives of Kentucky, belonging to families who had moved into that state from Virginia, their ancestors coming to America as early emigrants from Scotland and England. His father settled in Callaway Co. MO, in 1825, and engaged in contracting and building, also taking an active interest in local affairs. He died in that state in 1879, leaving two sons and one daughter.
            The older son, William, was educated in the district schools of Callaway county, and the Presbyterian College, which he left in 1861 at the age of 18 to enlist as a soldier of the Confederacy under Capt. Daniel McIntire, a classmate. ... and was again taken prisoner, but was paroled on condition that he would go west and not return to the army. Accordingly, in the spring of 1864 he journeyed overland to California, ... until the latter part of 1866 when he returned to Missouri. Here, in February, 1867, he married Miss Helen Cave, of Danville, Mo., daughter of Henry Cave, a native of KY, of VA ancestry. Their children are Harry, engaged in mining at Butte; Montgomery M., ... admitted to the bar in 1895 ...; Stewart L., Argyle P., Paul S. and Cave, mining on Norwegian Creek in Madison county; and Orrick O., now attending school. Another son, Philip C., was killed by an explosion in the Gagnon mine at Butte, and a daughter, Helen, is also dead. After his marriage, Mr. Duncan engaged ... in Missouri, until 1883, then he came to Montana and after passing the summer at Bozeman removed to Pony and engaged in mining, securing some good property on Norwegian Creek, ...
      Pg.143, Madison Co.: MONTGOMERY M. DUNCAN -- Among the young members of the Montana bar is Mr. Duncan, who is now serving his second term as county attorney of Madison county, ... He was born in Fulton, Callaway Co. MO, on November 11, 1869. His father, William S. Duncan, was also born in Missouri, where he was graduated from ... in 1867 ... his marriage to Miss Helen Cave, a native of that state. .... Montgomery M. Duncan was second in a family of 8 children .... (apparently unmarried since no mention of wife)

1913 "A history of Montana" by Helen Fitzgerald Sanders, pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 12733; FHL film 1,000,174 items 2-4)
      Pg.1236-1237: MONTGOMERY M. DUNCAN. ... a prominent lawyer in Virginia City [Madison Co.], Montana, and present incumbent of the office of state senator from the second district. He conducts a general law practice. .... A native of New Bloomfield, Callaway county, Missouri, Montgomery M. Duncan was born November 11, 1869, and he is a son of William S. and Helen (Cave) Duncan, both of whom were born in Missouri, the former in 1843 and the latter in 1846. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan were married in their native state in 1867 and in 1883 came to Montana, where he followed mining during most of his active career. Prior to coming to Montana, William S. Duncan was a soldier in the Confederate ranks of the Civil war, having served with all of valor and distinction in a number of important engagements under General Price. He was prominent in Democratic political circles but never sought office for himself. He was summoned to the life eternal in 1909, at the age of sixty-six years, and his cherished and devoted wife passed away in 1904, aged fifty-eight years. They are buried side by side in the cemetery at Pony, Montana. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan became the parents of ten children, of whom the subject of this review was the second in order of birth. There are five Duncan brothers in Montana, namely: Harry C., of Camas; Montgomery M., of this notice; Argyle P., of Norris; Paul S., of Virginia City; and Orrick O., who is engaged in the mercantile business at Harrison, Montana. There are two other brothers in the family, Stuart L., who lives at Prescott, Arizona; and Cave, a resident of Medford, Oregon.
            Montgomery M. Duncan was educated in the public schools of New Bloomfield, Missouri, to the age of fourteen years, when he accompanied his parents to Montana, where he has since maintained his home. After completing the curriculum of the public schools of Madison county, this state, he was matriculated as a student in Woodland College, at Independence, Missouri, where he studied for three years. ... admitted to the bar of that state in 1895. Admitted to the bar of Montana in the year 1896, active practice of his profession at Pony, this state. He came to Virginia City in 1899 ... Democrat, elected to a number of important offices, among them county attorney for three terms. ... member of the state legislature during the Ninth and Tenth sessions, and he is now a state senator. ... Mason, Odd Fellows, Elks and Woodmen of the World.
            At Twin Bridges, Montana, June 21, 1904, occurred the marriage of Mr. Duncan to Miss Hortense E. Miller, a native of Ohio and a popular and successful teacher in Madison county, Montana, prior to her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have two children, as follows: Philip C., born in 1906, is attending school in Virginia City, as is also Hortense C., whose birth occurred in 1908. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan ... Presbyterian church.

1880 "History of Page County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, etc.; a biographical directory, war record, history of Iowa" pub. by Western Historical Co. (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.71 P13Hi)
      Pg.631: Duncan, Daniel, farmer, section 13, P.O. Siam, Taylor county; born October 10, 1828, in Missouri. Came to Page county in the spring of 1845. Was married in November, 1853, to Miss Margaret Dillon, of Page county. By this union they became the parents of seven children: John T., Nancy E., Wilburn P., William A., Washington, Charles H. and Ada E. This wife died in January, 1868. He was married in October, 1870, by which marriage he has two children: Orie E. and Omer. He is an early settler and was subjected to all the privations to which the pioneer ofttimes becomes a victim. A further account of his services to the country is given in the early history of the county. (no other mention found in scan of "early history") (MAD: married Nodaway Co. MO; son of John Duncan & Elizabeth Wayne)

"History of Taylor County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc. : a biographical directory of many of its leading citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of Iowa and the Northwest, map of Taylor County, constitution of the United States, reminiscences, miscellaneous matters, etc." (anonymous), preface by "The Publishers", front matter has picture of Lyman Evans; pub. Des Moines: State Historical Co., 1881, 839 pgs. (LH11279, HeritageQuest images 4/2007 & 7/2007; FHL film 924,394 item 1 and 1,000,021 item 4; and FHL book 977.779 H2h 1975 and film 908,996 item 1)
      Pg.677-678: Dallas Township. DUNCAN, A., farmer, section thirty, post-office Hawleyville; born in "Calvary" county, Missouri, July 5, 1825. His early life was spent on a farm and when seventeen he moved to Buchanan county, same State, where he lived until 1852. At that date he came to Taylor county and located on his present farm which was then a wild tract devoid of the first evidence of civilization. Subject enlisted August 15, 1862, in company F, Twenty-ninth Iowa cavalry, Col. Benton commanding. He took part in the battles of Helena and Sabine River, and was captured at the latter engagement and held a prisoner ten months, after which he was paroled and returned to his home where he remained about six weeks and was then ordered to report at Saint Louis, which he did and was sent from there to Davenport, at which place he was discharged and again returned to his home. March 15, 1822 (MAD: sic), he married Miss Mary Jane Dillon of Nodaway county, Missouri. They have eleven children: Amanda E. (the first white child born in Dallas township), Elizabeth Jane, Martha Ann, Jno. Harry, Nancy Emmeline, Laura Eldora, William Grant, Silas Porterfield, Arizona May, Cora Arminda and Maud Alice. Mr. Duncan is located on a farm of 122 acres, nicely situated, good house, barn and orchard. Excepting Mr. Crout, he is the oldest settler in the township. (MAD: Alexander Duncan, b. Callaway Co. MO, not Calvary)

"Biographical Record of Salt Lake City and Vicinity Containing Biographies of Well Known Citizens of The Past and Present." pub. Chicago: National Historical Record Company, 1902. (FHL fiche 6,031,591; Placerville FHC 7/2007 & 7/2007; MAD's brief extract)
      Pg.162-163: EDGAR W. DUNCAN. The city of Salt Lake is distinguished not only for its superb climate, location, ... but also for its resolute and aggressive men of business, whose broad intelligence and enterprise have developed these forces. ... Salt Lake has been especially favored, and prominent among the financiers who have so ably directed her affairs is Edgar D. Duncan. (MAD: name as given) He came to Salt Lake City in 1894 to assume charge of the National Bank of the Republic as its Cashier, which position he held until January 10, 1901, when he resigned in order to devote his entire time and attention to the management of his wide and varied enterprises. ....
            The subject of this sketch was born in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania, December 30, 1846, and lived there until nine years old. His parents then removed to Dubuque, Iowa, and here their son spent his succeeding years until his removal to Salt Lake City in 1894. His early education, such as it was, was derived from the common schools of Dubuque, but he started on his business carrer (MAD: sic) at an early age, first selling newspapers and doing well whatever came first to his hand and learning his lessons well ... He later worked at photography, securing employment in a studio in Dubuque and at the age of seventeen started in business for himself. Owing to the Civil War which was then at its height, the demand for breadstuffs was greater than the supply, and Mr. Duncan, realizing the opportunities that this state of affairs presented, entered that business under the firm name of Thompson & Duncan, and this he followed during the entire time that the war lasted. ... he is now a man of independent wealth.
            At the termination of hostilities he disposed of his interest in the milling business and entered the real estate and banking business, in which he was signally successful and followed that calling for the thirty years he remained in Dubuque. He was for many years cashier of the Dubuque County Bank and was a director in that institution prior to his election as cashier. ...
            J.K. Duncan, the father of our subject, was a native of Pennsylvania and carried on an extensive iron business in that State. Upon his removal to Iowa he engaged in the real estate and loan business in Dubuque and followed that business until the time of his death. His family were among the early settlers of Pennsylvania and were highly respected and influential people in their community. His wife, Anna (Volephant) Duncan, and the mother of Edgar W. Duncan, was also a native of Pennsylvania and her brothers were also engaged in the iron business close to the establishment of her husband in that State. Her family were well represented in the Civil War, and, in addition to four of her sons who were enegaged (MAD: sic) in that struggle, she also had seven nephews serving in the Federal forces, one of whom rose to the rank of Brigadier General. Of her own sons, two were killed in action, while serving under General Sheridan and the other two, who also served on the Union side, were so shattered by the hardships they underwent as to be practically broken down at the time they were mustered out of the service.
            Edgar W. Duncan was married at Fulton, Missouri, on January 14, 1874, to Miss Lillian J. Lawther, daughter of Hans Lawther, who recently died at the advanced age of ninety years. By this marriage they have two children, one son, Amedee W., engaged in the insurance business, and who is married and living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and one daughter, Edna M.
            During the seven years that Mr. Duncan served as cashier of the National Bank of the Republic, the deposits in that institution were increased under his administration .... In political life, Mr. Duncan is a believer in the principles espoused by the Republican party, ... Fraternal life, he is a leading member of the Knights of Pythias, ... he first associated himself with this order in 1878 ... during the convention of the Grand Lodge at Dubuque in that year (1888), Mrs. Duncan was made an honorary member of the order, a distinction never before accorded to any woman. ... He also holds membership in the Workmen's Order of Dubuque. He is also a member of the I.O.O.F. and the Elks Lodge. ... During the 21 years in which he was associated with Mr. John R. Waller in business at Dubuque, there was never a cross word between them. .... (MAD: Spring Hill, Fayette Co. PA; Fulton, Callaway Co. MO)

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