Duncans in Gentry Co. MO


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

Last revised October 29, 2014

Formed 1841 from Clinton
Worth formed 1861 from Gentry


1850 Gentry Co. MO Census (also from Vivian Biddle 1982)
Miller Twp.
Pg.200, #80, John DUNCAN 30 KY farmer $200
                  Mary 29 KY
                  Samuel L. 3, James 1 KY
Bagle Twp.
Pg.223, #406, Francis DUNKIN 44 KY farmer $600
                  Patience 48 KY
                  James W. 14, Victoria 12 KY
                  John H. 9 KY
                  (MAD: Francis Duncan mar. Patience Coleman 4/4/1836 Gallatin Co. KY; 1840 Trimble Co. KY census)

1860 Gentry Co. MO Census (also from Georgia Helderlein 9/1988)
Twp.62, Gentryville P.O.
Pg.709, #412-408, John DUNCAN 41 KY farmer $3,800-$1,460
                  Mary 35 KY
                  Saml. 13, James 12 KY
                  Martin 9, Martha 8 MO
                  Elizabeth 6 MO
                  Mary 5, Joshua 3 MO
                  (MAD: 1870 Buchanan Co. MO census; one S.L. Duncan born Hardin Co. KY in 1870 Andrew Co. MO census)
Twp.62, Gentryville P.O., pg.90
Pg.736, #582-578, Franklin DUNCAN 54 KY farmer $3,000-$3,100
                  Patience 57 KY
                  James 22 KY farmer
                  Victoria RICE 22 KY
                  John DUNCAN 19 KY farmer
                  Laura RICE 2 MO, William 1 MO
                  John JOHNSON 23 TN farm laborer
Twp.63, Albany P.O.
Pg.738, #597-593, James DUNCAN 33 KY farmer $3,500-$2,300
                  Mary 26 KY
                  John 9, Lucy 6 MO
                  Stephen 3, Franklin 10/12 MO
                  Elizabeth ROBERTSON 19 KY
                  Eli DAUGHANBAUGH 21 PA farm laborer
Twp.65, Oxford P.O.
Pg.890, #1620-1616, Sarah DUNCAN 35 KY farmer $800-$500
                  Rebecca 12 IL
                  William 10 IA
                  Martha 6 MO

1870 Gentry Co. MO Census (pg.533 also from Kathy Cawley 2/2002)
Athens Twp.
Pg.532, #148-145, DUNCAN, Francis (m) 64 KY farmer $2400-$550
                  Patience (f) 67 KY keeping house
Pg.533, #150-147, DUNCAN, John M. 28 KY farmer $1200-$345
                  Cordelia F. 25 MO keeping house
                  Katie S. (f) 1 MO
Pg.533, #151-148, [DUNCAN,] James W. 44 KY farmer $3600-$1250
                  Mary A. 36 KY keeping house
                  John W. 19 MO cattle drover $0-$600
                  Stephen 13, Frank 10 MO
                  Emma 8, Grant (m) 7 MO
                  Leona (f) 5, Rosa 1 MO
Pg.534, #164-163, VANCE, William 79 KY farmer $3000-$720
                  Chloe (f) 48 MA keeping house
                  Artemus N. (m) 23 MO farm hand
                  DUNCAN, Cornelia F. (f) 11 MO (white)
Pg.536, #191-191, DUNCAN, James W. 33 KY farmer $2000-$440
                  Mary J. 25 MO keeping house
                  William O. 7, George T. 6 MO
                  Mary E. 4, Emma L?. 2 MO
                  Victoria (f) 1 MO

1880 Gentry Co. MO Census (from Denzil Mauldin 1/1987, page# and occupation from index CD)
N.pt. Athens
Pg.472D, #74-74, DUNCAN, James 43 KY farmer KY KY
                  Mary J. 36 MO wife KY KY
                  Willie O. 17, George T. 16 MO sons KY KY
                  Mary E. 14, Emma 12, Victoria 10 MO daus. KY KY
                  Frank 8, Charles 6 MO sons KY KY
                  Viola B. 5 MO dau. KY KY
                  Infant (f) 3/12 MO dau. KY KY
                  Patience 77 VA mother VA VA
                  (MAD: Patience the widow of Francis Duncan; Mary J. Duncan died 11/3/1885 of consumption, b. 29 March 1844 Clay Co. MO, dau. of Thomas Ricketts, mar. 1861 to J.W. Duncan, 10 children; from "Gentry Co. MO Deaths 1868-1910" from Georgia Helderlein 12/2000)
S.pt. Athens
Pg.487A, #?-?, VANCE, A.N. (m) 33 MO farmer KY MA
                  Sarah F. 22 KY wife KY KY
                  C.W. 11/12 MO son MO KY
                  Chloie 78 MA mother MA MA
                  DUNCAN, Laura 15 MO cousin MO MO
                  BOND, Sheridan 12 MO (other) -- --
                  (MAD: from CD index)
Pg.488C, #?-?, CARSAN, Newton 30 MO dry goods merchant KY KY & family
                  DUNCAN, S. (m) 23 MO clerk KY MO
                  (MAD: from CD index)
Pg.489B, #65-65, DUNCAN, J.W. 52 KY farmer KY KY
                  Mary A. 46 KY wife KY KY
                  Frank 20 MO son KY KY
                  Emma 18 MO dau. KY KY
                  Richard 16 MO son KY KY
                  Leona 14, Rosa 11 MO daus. KY KY
                  James 6, Thomas 4 MO sons KY KY
                  WOOD, J.F. 13 MO KY KY brother-in-law
                  (MAD: listed as John W. Duncan instead of J.W. Duncan on CD index; Mary Duncan died 5/12/1889, wife of James Duncan, age 57y 5m 1d, maiden name Mary A. Wood, b. 12/11/1832 Madison Co. KY, mar. 12/25/1849 Liberty, MO, had 13 children; from "Gentry Co. MO Deaths 1868-1910" from Georgia Helderlein 12/2000)
Pg.492A, #105-105, DUNCAN, John H. 39 KY farmer KY KY
                  Carolelin 35 MO wife KY KY
                  Katie S. 11 MO dau. KY MO
                  William 9, Frank 7 MO sons KY MO
                  Mary 6 MO dau. KY MO
                  Clarence 2/12 MO b.Mar. son KY MO
                  (MAD: wife listed as Cordelia instead of Carolelin on CD index)
Pg.493C, #127-127, DUNCAN, J.F. (m) 40 KY plasterer KY KY
                  Mary E. 38 IN wife KY KY
                  Susan B. 13 IA dau. KY IN
                  Rosa L. 11 MO dau. KY IN
                  Ellen May 9 IA dau. KY IN
                  William P. 7 IA son KY IN
                  STANLY, Rucker (m) 19 MO TN KY boarder
                  STANLY, Wilson (m) 16 MO TN KY boarder
                  (MAD: listed as Rueben STANLY instead of Rucker Stanly, on CD index; per Terrill Williams 6/2002, one John F. Duncan mar. Mary E. Dugger 8/5/1864 Greene Co. IN; 1870 Clay Co. MO census pg.722; 1895 Page Co. IA state census)
Huggins Twp.
Pg.521C, #96-98, DUNCAN, William 45 TN loans money TN NC
                  Rebecca 84 NC mother NC NC
                  (MAD: 1870 Worth Co. MO census; ?? 1850 Tishomingo Co. MS, Rebecca age 34, wife of Wm. L. Duncan)
Twp.62 Range 30, Miller
Pg.554A, #130-130, BOAZE, Idosha (f) 60 VA (white) keeping house VA VA
                  Cota 30 MO son KY VA
                  DUNCAN, Harrison 18 MO grandson KY MO
                  Edman C. 15 MO grandson KY MO
                  (MAD: Idorha BOAZE on CD-index instead of Idosha BOAZE; Edmun C. Duncan instead of Edman C. Duncan)


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, Samuel L.; G 31 En. MO Mil.; 1890 Dec. 24, Invalid Appl. #956517, no cert., MO. (MAD: ? 1850 Gentry Co. MO census)


Daviess Co. MO Deed (SLC 7/18/2014 and 7/19/2014; have JPG images)
      D-699/700: 19 Aug. 1854, Wm. Locker and Mary his wife of Gentry Co. MO to Daniel B. Duncan of afsd, for $182 paid, sell tract of land, the N 1/2 of W 1/2 of Fract. No.2, being half of west fraction of SE 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.62 Range 29, being the NW 1/2 of said fraction, containing 32-72/100 acres, warrant title. /s/ William Locker, Mary Locker. Ack. 14 Sept. 1854 by William Locker and Mary Locker his wife before Hanley Webb, J.P. of Benton Twp. Filed for record Oct. 2, 1854. (FHL film 954,888)

De Kalb Co. MO Deed (SLC 7/22/2014; have JPG images)
      E-143/144: 24 Dec. 1856, James W. Duncan and Mary A. his wife of Gentry Co. MO to William R. Edwards of DeKalb Co. MO, for $200 paid, sell tract or parcel of land in DeKalb Co. MO, the SW 1/4 of SW 1/4 Sec.26 Twp.58 Range 32 containing 40 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ James W. Duncan, Mary A. Duncan. Ack. 24 Dec. 1856 by James W. Duncan and Mary A. Duncan his wife before A.Z. Whitton, Clerk of Gentry Co. MO County Court. Filed for record Jan. 29, 1857. (FHL film 1,005,480)

Worth Co. MO Deeds (SLC 7/17/2014; have jpg images)
      A-438 (A-138?): William H. Duncan and his wife Martha Duncan of Gentry Co. MO for $25 paid by Charles G. Comstock of afsd, warrant, release and quit claim my interest to real estate in Worth Co. MO, SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec.6 Twp.66 Range 30 and S 1/2 SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.1 Twp.66 Range 31, containing 60 acres. 9 Jan. 1864. /s/ William H. Duncan, Martha Duncan. Ack. 9 Jan. 1864 before Hudson M. Rice, Judge of Probate Court, Gentry Co. MO. Filed for record Jan. 15, 1864. (FHL Film 1,007,118)
      B-372: 20 May 1858, John B. Duncan and Harriet N. Duncan his wife of Gentry Co. MO to Samuel T. Miller of afsd, for $600 paid, sell two tracts of land, in Gentry Co. MO, E 1/2 NE 1/4 and NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.26 Twp.66, Range 30, containing 120 acres more or less, warrant title. /s/ John B. Duncan, Harriet N. Duncan. Ack. 20 May 1858 before John McGinley, J.P. Gentry Co. MO. Recorded November 1, 1858. (FHL Film 1,007,119)

Trimble Co. KY Deed (FHL film 420,365; also from Georgia Helderlein 1988)
      E-226: 5 March 1858, Francis Duncan and wife Patience, and Frederick Duncan and wife Eliza, of "Jentry" (Gentry) and Harrison Cos. MO, to William Duncan of Trimble Co. KY, $400, their undivided interest in 300 acres on waters of Corn Creek, being the same which William Duncan decd. lived at his death, our portion being 1/6 part each, adj. Moses Tandys heirs, John A. Bain, Gettings, Rowlett; said Frederick and Francis being sons of William Duncan decd. Acknowledged in court in Trimble Co. KY. (complete text from Georgia Helderlein)

HISTORIES before 1923

1922 "History of Daviess and Gentry Cos. MO" Daviess Co. by John C. Leopard & Buel Leopard and Gentry County by R.M. McCammon and Mary McCammon Hillman, pub. by Historical Pub. Co. (FHL book 977.81 H2L and film 1,000,288 item 3)
      Pg.781: HARRISON M. DUNCAN, ... of Miller Township in Gentry County, was born near Darlington, Jan. 3, 1862. His parents were William and Martha (Boaz) Duncan, both now deceased. William Duncan was born in Hardin Co. KY, and came to Missouri in 1858. He settled near Gentryville and later moved to Nebraska returning, however, to Missouri where he died at Fillmore in 1867. Martha (Boaz) Duncan died in 1869 at the home of her parents near Gentryville. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan had two children: Harrison M., the subject of this sketch; and Edmond C., married to Ida Weeks, and now living in Los Angeles, Calif. ....
      Pg.858-859: FRANK W. DUNCAN, ... living near New Hampton in Gentry County, comes of an old Kentucky family. Both his paternal grandfather, Stephen C. Duncan, and his maternal grandfather, Isaac Wood, were natives of Kentucky, who came to Clay County in the very early days of the nineteenth century. Stephen C. Duncan settled near Liberty and Isaac Wood bought land close to Smithville. The two families were connected through the marriage of Stephen C. Duncan's son, James W., born in Clay County in 1826, and Mary A. Wood, the daughter of Isaac Wood, born in Clay County also. James W. Duncan was a veteran of the Mexican War, and bought land in Gentry County, where he became a well known farmer. He died in Albany in 1911. His wife died at the age of 56 years. The remains of both are buried in Duncan Cemetery. Their children were: John, killed in Denver, Colo.; Lucy C., married to I.N. Carson of St. Joseph; Isaac, died in infancy; Stephen C., a resident of St. Joseph; Frank W., the subject of this sketch; Emma, now the wife of A.B. Price, a merchant of Albany; R.P., an attorney at Stanberry; Leona, the wife of C.T. Atkinson, a merchant at St. Joseph; George, died in infancy; Mollie, died in infancy; James, now living in California; Rosa, married to W.A. Brown of the police force in St. Joseph; and Beryl, a farmer in Gentry County. Frank W. Duncan ... was married on Sept. 3, 1884, to Almyra F. Banie, ....
      Pg.860-861: EARL CLIFFORD DUNCAN, ... born in Athens Township, Jan. 25, 1887, the son of Frank W., and Almyra F. (Banie) Duncan, both now living on their farm six miles east of Albany. Frank W. Duncan is a native of Gentry County where he was born, July 23, 1859. His grandfather was one of the intrepid and adventurous Kentuckians who came to the state when Missouri was still wild frontier land. .... (later: Frank Wilbur Duncan, the fifth child of his parents, a brother of Earl C., the subject of this review) ...

1882 "History of Gentry and Worth Cos. MO" pub. by National Historical (FHL book 977.81 H2g)
      Pg.304-5, Gentry Co., Athens Twp.: JAMES W. and JOHN H. DUNCAN are of Scottish descent, their ancestors three generations back having emigrated from Scotland and located in Virginia, where William Duncan was born. Francis Duncan, the son of William, and the father of James W. and John H. Duncan, was born in Kentucky, and was married in Trumbull (sic) County, of that state, to Miss Patience Coleman, a native of Virginia, also of Scotch ancestry. The family of Francis Duncan consisted of three children, James W. and John H. being the only ones now living. They were born in Trumbull Co. KY, the former April 21, 1837, and John on October 28, 1840. They moved to Missouri with their parents in the year 1842, locating in Clay County. In the spring of 1844 they went to Harrison County, and in the fall of 1846 came to Gentry, where they grew to manhood and were educated, .... James H. (sic) now resides on ... part of which is in Harrison County. He was married November 14, 1861, to Miss Mary J. Ricketts, who was born in Clay Co. MO, March 29, 1844. She is a daughter of Thomas Ricketts, a native of Maryland, who was married in Kentucky to Miss Elizabeth E. Kidwell of that state. The family of James H. (sic) Duncan consists of nine children .... John H. Duncan now resides in Harrison County, whither he moved in the spring of 1882. ... He was married March 26, 1869, to Miss Cordie F. Wood, and by this union they have six children .... Mrs. John H. Duncan was born in Clay Co. MO, in 1846, and was married in St. Joseph. Her father, Isaac Wood, was a native of Kentucky, and her mother also of the same state.
      (MAD: Francis Duncan mar. Patience Coleman in 1836 in Gallatin Co. KY)

1888 "History of Harrison and Mercer counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present; together with ... family records, besides a condensed history of the state of Missouri" by Goodspeed (FHL book 977.8 H2hh)
      Pg.295: Suicides -- The following is only a partial list of the many suicides that have occurred from time to time in Harrison Co. ... April, 1873, F.M. Duncan, a resident of Gentry Co., committed suicide at the residence of William Ray, Butler Twp, this county, by cutting his throat with a razor. He was laboring under a fit of temporary insanity at the time.
      Pg.525-6: Reuben Foltz, b. Page Co. VA 2 May 1829, son of Reuben Foltz and Elizabeth, dau. of Martin Kite (more on ancestry); Reuben to IL 1848; 1850 to IN, then VA; 1852 to Harrison Co. MO; m. Oct. 1852 in Gentry Co. MO to Rachel C. Buchanan, a widow and daughter of Matthew Duncan, and a native of KY who moved to MO with her parents when young. Mrs. Foltz is the mother of the following children: By her 1st mar., Sarah, wife of William Allen, of Nodaway Co., and Stephen Z. (decd.); by her 2nd mar. Reuben M., Polly Ann (wife of Slaughter Foltz), James B., and Ruth. ...

1891 "Colusa County [CA]: its history with a description of its resources, also biographical sketches of pioneers and prominent residents" by Justus H. Rogers (FHL book 979.433 H2r and film 468,731 item 4 and film 1,000,103 item 4)
      Pg.424: DR. R.B. DUNCAN. ... was born in Shelby Co. KY, October 6, 1846. In October, 1851, his father removed to northwest Missouri, living in Daviess and Gentry Counties, where young Duncan worked on a farm in summer and attended such schools as a newly-settled backwoods country afforded, in winter. All the schools in this part of the State were interrupted during the war, as the entire social fabric was generally deranged at the time. After the war, he continued work on the farm till February, 1867, when he began teaching in Platte Co. MO. He was engaged in teaching and going to school alternately for six years. He began the study of medicine in 1869 ... graduating ... March 4, 1873. ... In March, 1874, he was married to Miss S.E. Stone, of Platte Co. MO, by whom he has had four children, none of whom are now living. He practiced his profession from March, 1873, to September, 1880, in Platte Co. MO, when he removed to Orland, California, his present place of residence. ....

1903 "An illustrated history of North Idaho : embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho" pub. by Western Historical Pub. Co. (Sutro Library microfilm 48, Reel 3, Book 8; or FHL 979.6 H2i and FHL microfilm 547,090 and others; from Betty Lou Goodrich ca 10/1997 to Georgia D. Helderlein to MAD 12/2000, exact title of book uncertain, page numbers not given to Georgia)
      JOHN H. DUNCAN. This well known business man of Coeur d'Alene [Kootenai Co.], where he operates a dray and express line, doing a good business, is one of the substantial residents of the city and is a man of the real bone and sinew of the community, never accepting public preferment, although frequently offered, but always striving for real advancement and upbuilding.
      John H. was born in Trimble County, Kentucky, on October 28, 1840, being the son of Francis and Patience (Coleman) Duncan, natives of Kentucky, who came to Missouri and settled in Gentry county where the father died in 1872 and the mother in 1878, both being buried there. Our subject came with them to Missouri and there received a good common school education and also attended Albany college for one year. He farmed and raised stock until 1863, then taught school for one year then continued farming until 1888, at which time he came to Whitman county. One year was spent there when he removed thence to Coeur d'Alene, where he has resided since that time. He soon opened a dray and express business, which he has prosecuted with vigor since. He has good stock and equipage and also a comfortable residence and two lots.
      In 1869, Mr. Duncan married Miss Cordelia, daughter of Isaac Wood, natives of Missouri, where the parents remained until their death. The father conducted a farm and was circuit judge from 1860, until his demise. To Mr. & Mrs. Duncan there have been born five (MAD: sic) children named as follows, Katie, wife of Ora Koontz in Bossburg, Washington; Frank C, who volunteered in Company B, First Idaho Infantry, which went to the Philippine war, where he did commendable service. Mary V., Ernest, fourteen in August, 1902, who has already earned two diplomas for literary work. Politically, Mr. Duncan is allied with the Democrats and is active in working in this realm. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., Coeur d'Alene Lodge No. 34, also of the K. of P., and of the Western Federation of Labor. Mrs. Duncan is a member of the Rebekahs, Naomi Lodge, and was a delegate to the grand lodge in Wardner. She is a member of the Presbyterian church.
            Georgia Helderlein's notes 12/2000: John H's brother was James W. Duncan, and he married Mary Ann Woods, daughter of Isaac Woods, and sister to Cordelia, John's wife. The children (of James W. and Mary Ann) that I have listed were:
            John Duncan, b. 02 October, 1850, Gentry Co., MO
            Lucy C. Duncan, b. 11 December, 1852, Gentry Co., MO
            Stephen C. Duncan, b. 07 December, 1856, Gentry Co., MO
            Frank W. Duncan, b. 23 July, 1859, Gentry Co., MO
            Emma C. Duncan, b. 25 July, 1861, Gentry Co., MO
            Richard P. Duncan, b. 10 June, 1862, Gentry Co., MO
            Beryl Duncan, b. 28 November, 1875, Gentry Co., MO.

1904 "History of North Washington : An illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan Counties" by Richard F. Steele (from Maggie Beckstead or Betty Lou Goodrich ca 10/1997 to Georgia D. Helderlein to MAD 12/2000)
      Pg.220: WILLIAM W. DUNCAN, blacksmith and liveryman, of Bossburg, Stevens county, was born near Albany, Gentry Co. Missouri, September 8, 1871, the son of John H. and Cordelia (Wood) Duncan. The father is a native of Kentucky, the mother of Missouri. They located in Gentry county where they lived until 1887, going thence to Ida. Coeur d' Alenes [Kootenai Co.] where they at present reside, the father engaged in the dray and truck business. They were parents of eight children: Kate S., married to Fred Wilson; William W., our subject; Frank C.; Mary V. and Ernest; and three others deceased, Minnie, Olan and Clarence.
            Our subject received his first and only schooling in Gentry county, and at the age of seventeen began life for himself, coming to Spokane in 1886, one year ahead of his family. One year, he worked a farm in the Palouse country, and then, with his family, removed to the Ceour d' Alenes, where for five years he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. In 1896, he removed to Bossburg where he has since resided, having followed the stage and livery business up to 1903.
            In 1894, he was married to Ora L. Coone, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Finn) Coone, the mother a native of Oregon, the father of Iowa. They crossed the plains in early days, locating in Oregon and later owned an extensive stock rance on the Columbia river near White Bluffs. They were the parents of seven children, of whom the living are Stella, Ella, Ora, Lulu, Hattie and Flossie.
            Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have three children, Raymond W., Howard W., and Gladys E., all of whom are with their parents. Mr. Duncan is a Democrat and manifests a lively interest in the success of his party, and he has been delegate to many county conventions. He is a charter member of the Bossburg Lodge, No. 164, I.O.O.F., which he assisted in organizing, having been a memeber of Coeur d'Alene Lodge No. 34. Mrs. Duncan is a member of the Congregational Church.
            (GDH: William W. Duncan was son of John H. & Cordelia Duncan; Frank Elliott was the son of Thomas D. Elliott and Mary Ann Duncan, dau. of Frederick Duncan and Eliza McCormic. My gg grandparents.)
      Pg.256: FRANK ELLIOTT came to Stevens county in 1892, and is at present most favorably located on Hunter creek, seven miles east of Hunters, at Alyea, engaged in diversified farming. He was born in Harrison county, Missouri January 16, 1860. His father, Colonel Thomas C. Elliott is a native of Kentucky, born January 6, 1820. In 1850, he was freighting across the plains for the government, and during this time he participated in a number of skirmishes with hostile indians. He was married in 1845, his wife dying six years later. In 1854 (GDH: mar. 6 Dec. 1853 Harrison Co. MO) he was united in marriage to Mary Duncan, the mother of our subject.
            Colonel Elliott enlisted in the confederate service as a private, but rose by merit to become the colonel of the regiment, and served under General Marmaduke. It is claimed that he is, at present, the oldest Free Mason in the four states of Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In 1858, at the period of the trouble between the United States Goverment and the Mormons, Colonel Elliott served as guide for a company of soldiers who took six hundred head of beef cattle across the plains.
            At Salt Lake, he was introduced by Brigham Young to sixty of the latter's wives. Among his hunting exploits in California was the killing of three grizzly and two brown bears, and one California Lion. Colonel Elliott has been in every state in the Union. For the past ten years, he has been a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which denomination his wife has been a devoted member since she was seventeen years of age. Colonel Elliott is now eighty-four and his wife seventy years of age.
            Our subject, Frank Elliott, was married December 8, 1887 to Emma Duncan, daughter of William H. Duncan, both natives of Kentucky. Her mother was Martha E. Duncan and both of her parents are dead. She came west with her brother, Avery J., now residing in Whitman county, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott came to their present home in 1892, and settled on Hunter Creek. Here he has one hundred and sixty acres of land, a fine house, barn and orchard, the land being well irrigated and very productive. They have seven children, Alpha E., wife of D.H. Dunham, Albert E., Lee Roy, Frances H., Georgia E or L?, Charles R, and Mary E.


Some early Duncans in Gentry Co. MO:
      James W. Duncan and John H. Duncan, 1846, born in KY, old settlers of Gentry Co. MO; from "Albany Weekly Ledger" 11/1887 (pg.16, Vol.2 #2, 1982, "Northwest MO Gen. Society Journal," FHL book 977.81 D25n)
      William H. Duncan, 15 Nov. 1857, had 120 acres of school land, N-773; and 15 Nov. 1859 had 40 acres of school land (Gentry Co. MO Abstract & Sales of Twp. School Lands, on pg.15, Vol.8 #2, 1988, "Northwest MO Genealogical Society Journal," FHL book 977.81 D25n)
      John H. Duncan, 1863, on tax roll; age 22, no property (Vol.1 #2, Spring 1981, "MO State Gen. Association Journal" FHL book 977.8 D25m, from Dorothy Franks 1989)
      Floyd W. Duncan, 29 April 1873, a suicide in Gentry Co. MO; from pg.1 col.6 of Monroe Co. MO "Paris Mercury" (from "Monroe Co. MO, Paris Mercury Abstracts, Misc. Papers, 1844-1871" & "1871-1873" and "1873-1874", by K. Wilham, FHL book 977.8325 V4w and film 795,995 item 5; from Dorothy Franks 1990)
      F.W. Duncan, 1884, mar. Almyra F. Banie; from "Albany Ledger" (pg.23, Vol.4 #1, 1984, "Northwest MO Genealogical Society Journal," FHL book 977.81 D25n)

Obituary in "Albany Ledger" Albany, Gentry Co. MO, August 1911 (from Mrs. Allen Kettering to Nancy Irwin to MAD 1987)
      James W. Duncan, son of Stephen and Lucy Duncan, was born in Henry Co. KY Dec. 26, 1825, and died in Albany, Gentry Co. MO, Aug. 9, 1911, aged 85 years 7 mo and 14 days. He came to MO in 1839 and stopped in Saline Co. about a year, then went to Clay Co. in 1840. He was united in marriage with Mary A. Wood on Dec. 25, 1849, at Liberty in that county. To this union was born 13 children, nine of whom are now living, four girls and five boys. He came to Gentry Co. in 1856 and settled on a farm 6 miles southeast of Albany. After the death of his first wife, which occurred May 12, 1889, he was married to Mrs. Sarah E. Gray of Maryville. After her death which occurred August 19, 1895, he was married to Miss Luretta Hartwell, Sept. 9, 1897, who tenderly, lovingly and trustingly journeyed with him to the parting of the ways, and was loathe to say good bye when the sad hour came.
            He obeyed the gospel during a meeting held by J.D. Oxford at Newcastle, about 38 years ago. ... He was one of the youngest soldiers of MO to take part in the Mexican War, and was the last and only one in this county to cross the river of death. During the War of the Rebellion, he enlisted in Capt. Comstock's company in the provisional Malitia of the State of MO ... (MAD: more not copied here)
            Children of James W. Duncan: George, William and Mary died when small; John Duncan shot in Denver, CO, as US Marshall prob. 40 or 45; (following still living in 1911) Mrs. Lucy Carson, Mrs. Ida Harrison, Mrs. Leona Adkisson, Mrs. Emma Price, Mrs. Rosa Brown, Stephen Clay Duncan, Frank Duncan, Richard Duncan, James H. Duncan, Beryl Thomas Duncan. The youngest brother, Henry Clay Duncan, Osborn, MO, came to the funeral. First. Pres. K.C. American Royal. He raised horses and Shorthorn cattle.

Letter from Sarah E. Thompson to Robert Allison Russell, January 1860 (from DeVault letters, transcript from Tracy DeVault 12/20/2010 with permission to share)
      (Tracy DeVault comments: Written in January of 1860, sent from Philander, Gentry County, Missouri to Harriet Russell's brother in Leesburg, Washington Co. TN. It is probable the letter is talking about John Bovell Duncan and his wife, Harriet W. Russell, married 2/16/1846 Washington Co. TN.)
            Philander Mo Jan
      Mr. Russell
      Sir in compliance with the request of your departed sister with a sad heart I take my pen to perform the mournful task enjoined upon me. Your loved sister Harriet bid adieu to the sorrows of earth on the eight of Jan 1860. She made the request of me several months ago that when she was gone to write to you and give you all the satisfaction I could. I feel incompetent for the task, did not a sense of duty prompt me to it. I, with others, am bereaved for when lone without a home and my heart broken and bleeding, she took the lone orphan in sorrow and stricken in wore [?] and gave her a sheltering home. Spoke words of peace to bind the broken heart. God give me strength [that] I will not prove faithless in performance of the duties enjoined upon me.
      When I first come to live with her in August she was at times able to walk about, her cough was distressing. About the first of Oct she took her bed entirely. Said she never expected to be up again nor never was, except to sit a short time. About the middle of Dec she was taken worse and we had watches until she died. She suffered greatly but patiently. The reed on which she leaned was not broken. She enjoyed great peace of mind and retained her mind entirely until the last breath told us she was no more. She made requests as to the disposal of everything except her children. She could forn me flan [?]. Told Mr. Duncan to do the best he could with them. She told me once, were you differently situated, she would like for you to take Russell. But as you had the care of step brothers and sisters, she could not ask it, if she knew his father was willing to separate them.
      She made known the spot she wished to be buried and the kind of coffin she wished (plain walnut). I don't think I ever saw one so sensible in death. Spoke bravely to the last. She had her pipe and tried to smoke the last thing. She tried for relief. I wish I could tell you all you would like. When she was not so bad she often spoke of you. Sometimes her feelings would be too tender. I asked her once if she did not think you would come if she would write. Yes, she said, I know he would drop all and come, but then she said unless he could stay until the last it would be best for him not to come. Said she could not bear it.
      She said death and the cold grave had no terror. If her friends follow in her footsteps, it would be but a short time until they would be reunited, never to separate.
      I am staying with the family still. A young man and wife are staying with us. Mr. Duncan's business is in a very unsettled condition. He is deeply distressed. He first talked of taking his family to Iowa. But, upon reflection, he thought if I would remain with them, the children being used to me and attached to me, the weather being inclement, difficulty of amend, that he had best remain as he was until spring. In his present state of feeling is not capable of coming to any definite conclusion what to do. He is quite steady. Your sister had the satisfaction to see him again find peace with his sorrow and rejoice with her in a saving faith.
      All the rest of the family are well as usual. Russell was very ill when his ma died, is almost well. Joseph is deeply grieved. He is old enough to realize his loss. I fear he will be a victim to the same disease.
      Russell is standing by me. I told him I was writing to his uncle and what must he tell you. Said tell him I want to go and live with him for he is the best man in the world. Says he has not forgotten how you used to talk to the ducks. I asked little Bobby, the pet, what I should say, he said tell my uncle to be a good boy. He is a fine looking, sprightly boy.
      I have tried to do my duty to your sister. I loved her dearly. She was my dearest friend to her children despite the feel tongue of slander that may be leveled at me, I will try to fulfill her request. No one ever has treated me as tenderly, dear to me as a sister. Kindly, though a stranger, write to me on the reception. Let me know this is received. Ask me anything you care to know. I will take a pleasure in answer you.
      I have written an obituary notice. If published, we will send you a paper. Perhaps it would be a satisfaction. Mr. Duncan has gone to Albay to tend to some business. Respects and the boys love to you.
      Nothing more at present.
      } Respectfully
      } Sarah E. Thompson
Mr. A. Russell}
      P.S. Mr. Duncan has just come in. Says tell you will write soon as he gets little composed. Never had write and will soon it give the req pleasure and to my lonely heart a word of kindly cheer would be great received. you're a stranger can not a strange for you ???? has been a hose cold bard
      [TD: This last part is very hard to read.]


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