Duncans in Grundy Co. MO


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

Last revised April 21, 2008

Formed 1841 from Livingston
Mercer formed 1845 from Grundy


1850 Grundy Co. MO Census
District 35
Pg.400, #195-195, Phoeba DUNKLIN 29 KY (blank) $0
                  Joel 8, Sarah E. 6 MO
                  William 3, Rachael 1 MO
                  (MAD: wife of Henry B. Duncan; Henry B. Duncan b. 1/10/1822 mar. Phoebe Long 9/10/1846 Monroe Co. MO, said to be son of David Duncan of 1850 Monroe Co. MO; he perhaps in 1850 Sacramento Co. CA census as H.G. Duncan)

1860 Grundy Co. MO Census
Madison Twp., P.O. Edingburg
Pg.403, #922-806, Phebe DUNKIN 39 KY (blank occupation) $1500-$300
                  Joel 18 MO farmer $0-$0
                  Sarah 15, Wm. 13 MO
                  Rachal 11, Martin 7 MO
Pg.403, #925-809, Joseph McCLURE 21 OH farmer $0-$300
                  Frances (f) 19 VA
                  Henry DUNKIN 1 MO

1870 Grundy Co. MO Census
Madison Twp.
Pg.327, #134-134, DUNKIN, Pheby (f) 49 KY keeping house $1200-$100
                  Rachel 21 MO
                  Martin L. 17 MO
                  Henry 11 MO
                  LONG, James K. 25 MO farmer $0-$0

1880 Grundy Co. MO Census
Pg.349C, #167-167, DUNKIN, Phoeba 59 KY widow keeping house VA VA
                  Martin S/L. 27 MO son farming MO KY
                  Henry B. 21 MO son farming MO KY
                  Martha A. 30 IL dau-in-law helps keep house KY VA
                  Mary J. 3/12 MO grand-dau. MO IL
Pg.420A, #249-262, OHWART, Christian 61 OH hotel keeper VA PA & family
                  DUNCAN, Tennie C. (f) 21 KY (white) servant KY KY


Grundy Co. MO Deeds (1841-1865 index on FHL film 1,007,610)
      I-478: 23 Oct. 1857, John T. Hughs and wife Mary L. of Clinton Co. MO to Henry B. Duncan of Grundy Co. MO, $111.35, lot 1 of NW 1/4 Sec.31 T62 R25, being 80 acres. No wit. (FHL film 1,007,616)
      No grantor through book K, no earlier grantee


Randolph Co. MO Deed (FHL film 975,196)
      H-735: 12 April 1842, Henry B. (X) Dunkin and wife Phoeba (X) of Grundy Co. MO quit claim to Willis Dunkin of Randolph Co. MO, $75, S 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 22 T54 R16. Reg. in Grundy Co. MO.


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.
      Dunkin, Joel J.; H 23 MO Inf.; 1880 June 26, Invalid Appl. #388667, Cert. #244580. (MAD: 1860 Grundy Co. MO census; born Monroe Co. MO, enrolled 10/12/1861, age 20, discharge recorded 9/8/1866 Grundy Co. MO, from pg.82, Vol.13, 12/1971, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)

HISTORIES before 1923

1881 "The History of Grundy County, Missouri : an encyclopedia of useful information, and a compendium of actual facts ..." pub. by Birdsall & Dean (FHL book 977.8215 H2b and films 908,020 item 2 and 1,000,290 item 3)
      Pg.571: Madison Twp. 1879 and 1880. The fall term (school) opened auspiciously. The position of principal of the school was offered to Prof. R.S. Duncan, who declined, and the executive committee then selected Prof. Thomas H. Storts, of KY, to fill the position. He accepted, and entered upon his duties in August 1879.
      Pg.659: Taylor Twp. It is worthy of mention that two old ladies who have trod the thorny paths of pioneer life beyond the alloted three score and ten years, still live in a green old age. These are Mrs. Phoebe Duncan, who lives with her son in the southern part of the township, and Mrs. Sebrina Goodman. Mrs. Goodman is a native of Chariton Co. and now in her 77th year. She has been married twice, her first husband, Samuel Riggs, having been one of the earliest settlers of Ray and Daviess counties. Her second husband was Peter Goodman and they came to Grundy county in 1856. She is the mother of 8 children ... (MAD: more on Mrs. Sebrina Goodman; no family given for Mrs. Phoebe Duncan).

1901 "History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas : illustrated : embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county" by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott, Iola, Kan. Pub. by Iola Register 1901. (from Kathy Cawley 8/2004 and FHL film 1,000,033 item 2)
      Pg.127-130: DUNCAN -- Among the settlers of Allen County who located along the Neosho River in the early seventies and who maintained his home here since is James P. Duncan, ex-register of Deeds of his adopted county. In November, 1870, he drove his teams and a small bunch of cattle onto the premises of Wm. L. Zink, three miles northwest of Humboldt, where he made his first but temporary home. He resided in this portion of old Humboldt township till 1881, serving one-half of this time as Trustee of the township, when he removed to Humboldt and it was from this latter point that he was appointed, by the Board of County Commissioners, Register of Deeds to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Jesse Fast. In this position he served nearly seven years, or until January, 1890.
      The subject of this review left the wooded country of Indiana in 1865 and made his residence respectively in Cooper County, Missouri, Douglas County, Kansas, and in Grundy County, Missouri, before his arrival in Allen County, as above stated. He was born in Putnam County, Indiana, March 22, 1840, was reared "in the clearing," and "niggering off logs" and burning brush formed a goodly share of his youthful occupation. He was three times enlisted in the Civil war, first in the 78th Indiana Volunteers; second, in the 115th Indiana Volunteers, Colonel Hahn, and third, in the 11th Indiana Volunteers, Colonel Lew Wallace. He served in an humble capacity "with the boys" and when his services were no longer needed he was discharged and returned home.
      October 24, 1858, occurred the marriage of the subject of this review. His wife was nee Mary Ellen Bailey, a notice of whose ancestry will appear farther on in this article. Eight children resulted from this union, viz: Annie, who died at one year old; Lew Wallace; Nora C. and Dora C., twins, born November 3, 1863. The former married Orlando P. Rose at Humboldt, Kansas, June 19, 1883, died October 29, 1884, leaving a son, Ora D. Rose, of Kansas City, Missouri; Dora C. married the husband of her sister, Orlando P. Rose, and resides in Kansas City, Missouri; Horace Otho, who died October 30, 1886, at nineteen years of age; J. Edgar, who died in April, 1873 at four years of age; Harry Evert, born December 24, 1871, is practicing dentistry in Humboldt, Kansas, and M. Agnes, born February 28, 1874, married Ernest L. Brown and died July 22, 1898, leaving two daughters, Nato and Lois.
      In an effort to trace up the Duncan genealogy, as in every other like effort, it will be necessary to bring in the names of heads of families remote from the subject hereof, but as this volume is devoted in a measure to the preserving of records along these lines, for the satisfaction and enlightenment of their posterity, none of the family names will be omitted from this record whose strain can be shown to have effected the subject hereof or his posterity.
      The earliest record of the Duncans of this strain, finds them located in the counties of Culpepper and Fauquier, Virginia. Our subject's great grandfather was one of two men, Charles or William Duncan, whose father, it is believed, was the Scotch ancestor who was responsible for the establishment of one branch of this American family. Three children of this doubtful ancestor referred to above are known to have survived, as follows: Henry, the grandfather of James P. Duncan, Charles, who reared a family in Missouri, and a daughter who married a Covington, after whom the city of Covington, Kentucky, was named. Henry Duncan was born about 1780, and during the last decade of the 18th century migrated to Bath County, Kentucky, where, about 1803 he married Polly Combs. Their children were: Matilda, who married Coleman Covington, her cousin, and a woolen manufacturer; James, father of our subject, born in 1806; Margaret; Miranda, who became the wife of William Barnett; Hiram, Jeptha, Granvil and George. Henry Duncan died in Cooper County, Missouri, where some of his sons reared families.
      James Duncan, father of our subject, was married in Kentucky to Annie Proctor, a daughter of James B. and Elizabeth Proctor. The last named married a daughter of an old well-to-do planter, Valentine and Elizabeth (Hicks) Tudor, of Madison County, Kentucky, and went up into Indiana about 1830, and settled in Boone County. His sons-in-law James Duncan, David Hedge and John Blackburn all passed their lives between North Salem and Lebanon and in that section the venerable couple lived honorable Christian lives and died. The children of James and Annie (Proctor) Duncan were: Mary, who married William Woodard, left two children at death, Leonidas E.A., and Froncy; Coleman C., who resides in Clay City, Indiana, married Lizzie Glenn and reared Dr. Walter C.; William, May and Franka; Dr. William, who died without heirs just after the war; Annie, wife of Champ C. Yeager, of Allen County, Kansas, is the mother of three surviving children, James L., of Oregon, Mary E., wife of E.W. Trego, of Allen County, Kansas, and Francis M., of St. Joseph, Missouri; James P. Duncan, our subject; Miranda, wife of Andrew J. Stephens of Rich Hill, Missouri, with issue as follows: James, Dillon, Annie L. and William; George W. Duncan, who married Nan Davis, has two children, Elmer, of Colorado, and Mrs. Lulu Davis, of North Salem, Indiana; John W., who married Betty Owen and died near Humboldt, Kansas, February, 1898, leaving Pheres, Mrs. Frelia Stewart, Emmert, of the Indiana Territory, Mrs. Thella Booe, of Indiana, Bertha, Buhlon and Olin; Almanda (Duncan) Ray, deceased, left five children in Indiana; Nancy Duncan, who married John Gosnold, of Kansas City, has four children: Laura, Bessie, Edna, and Nina; Kittie Duncan, deceased, wife of William Long, left four children near Holden, Missouri. James Duncan's first wife died in 1855 and a few years later he married Mrs. Amanda Dean, who bore him Ruth, Belle, Elmer and Della, twins, Charles and Minerva. James Duncan and his sons were in the main, farmers. He was one of the old line Whigs of Putnam County, Indiana, and became a Republican upon the organization of that party. His sons were all patriots during the Rebellion and three of them rendered active service in the army. He passed away in 1885 in North Salem and is buried at Maysville, Indiana.
      Lew Wallace Duncan, second child of our subject, was born near North Salem, Indiana, June 22, 1861. His mother was a daughter of Zachariah Bailey, who was born in Kentucky in 1812 and was married to Eliza Frame. The father was a son of William Bailey, who was born March 6, 1784, and who married Margaret Green, born in 1790. Their children were: Lucretia, born in 1810, married to Hiram Mitchell, and spent her life in Indiana; Zachariah, born January 5, 1812, and died in Topeka, Kansas, July 7, 1889; John T., born Dec. 14, 1813, and died at Augusta, Kansas, and Chas. W., born January 24, 1816. William Bailey died about 1816, and his widow married Moses Vice, four years his wife's junior. The children of the latter union were: Mahala, Winey, Sallie Ann, Moses, Alafair and Nancy G. Matilda J. Zachariah Bailey reared his family in Indiana and in Johnson and Butler counties, Kansas. His twelve children were: John W.; killed at Winchester, Virginia; Mary E. who married our subject and died in Iola, Kansas, January 25, 1893, was born April 14, 1841; Sallie Ann (Bailey) Welch, born August 2, 1843, died Lawrence, Kansas, September 11, 1870; William F., born August 24, 1845, served three years in the 11th Indiana Volunteers during the Rebellion, resides in Topeka; Ashbury H., born August 27, 1847, resides in Topeka; James M., born March 25, 1850, lives in Topeka, was married to Emma Clark and has a son Arthur; Lucretia M., deceased, married Chris Pickerell and left children: Hattie Fellows of Griswold, Iowa and George. Lorenzo A. Bailey married Mary McCartney. He was born June 21, 1854. Matilda J. (Bailey) Nordine, born November 3, 1856, has two sons and resides in Topeka; Zachariah C. Bailey, deceased, born May 17, 1859, was married to Florence Hart and left six children in Oklahoma; Eliza Charlotte (Bailey) Simcock, born January 20, 1862, resides in Topeka and has four children, and Phebe Alice, who died single. L.W. Duncan of this sketch, was reared in Allen County, was with a surveying party on the resurvey of the Utah Central Railway in the spring of 1890, spent the fall of the same year on the flax inspection force of the Chicago Board of Trade and in August 1891, joined the Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, and was in their employ in various parts of the United States for nine years. In 1900 he was engaged in the business of publishing histories. June 22, 1887, he was married to Annie M., a daughter of Benjamin and Fredrica (Zeigler) Keyser, Maryland settlers who came into Allen County in 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan's children are: Edna L., born May 25, 1888; Alfa I., born May 29, 1889; Lue W., born July 14, 1890, and Clifford Morril, born Nov. 8, 1894.
      September 20, 1893, James P. Duncan married Mrs. Margaret Swearingen, widow of the late well known old soldier, Joseph Swearingen, of Iola. The latter left two children, Fuller Swearingen, who served in the 20th Kansas in the Philippine Insurrection, and Miss Josie Swearingen.

1918-1919 "A standard history of Kansas and Kansans" by William E. Connelley, pub. by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, Vol.1 to 5 (FHL book 978.1 H2c and film 1,000,029); complete text also on Internet, from web address from Angela Loy 5/1999:
      Internet comment by Combs Researcher C. Hammett who adds: Lew Wallace Duncan, the interviewee, states herein that his paternal great-grandparents were Henry & Sally Combs Duncan. It is believed, however, that his great-grandmother was the Polly [sic] Combs, d/o William Combs, who m Henry Duncan on 5 Apr 1803 in Lincoln Co, KY. See Gloria Bogart Carter's Duncan Families and RW William Combs of Shenandoah Co VA and Bath Co KY for additional data and annotations.
      Vol.5, pg.2724-6: LEW WALLACE DUNCAN. The close of the Civil war launched a new era of settlement in the West. ... James P. Duncan ... dropped down near Gooch's Mill in Cooper County [MO] in the wilderness of forest and wild turkeys.
      Mr. Duncan's stay in that semi-hostile region was a brief two years before he moved on to Kansas. He chose his location at Lawrence [Douglas Co.] when the classic crown of "K.U." was being added to the dome of Mt. Oread and he settled on the Colmore farm whose early owner was one of the victims of the Quantrell raid. Two years later the call of the Missouri wild beckoned him back among the "pukes and mossbacks" of Grundy Co. where he spent a season and raised a crop on the banks of Grand River near Trenton. But having once breathed the Kansas air and learned the Kansas tongue, Missouri environment failed to soothe and charm and the privileges and opportunities of the "Sunflower State" were again sought, and this time he settled along the Neosho River near Humboldt. In Allen County [KS] he has since lived and grown old in humble service as a farmer and as a public official and when he became a county officer he established his home in Iola where it has since been maintained.
      James Proctor Duncan was born near New Maysville, Putnam Co. IN March 22, 1840. ... Mr. Duncan married during the period of his youth and established his humble home not far from the Red schoolhouse which subsequently figured in the local events of the Civil war.
      He enlisted in 1862 in Capt. A.J. Haun's company of the 78th IN Infantry, commanded by Colonel Farrow. He saw service in KY, TN, VA, and in Ft. McHenry, Maryland, and was discharged at the expiration of his enlistment. He re-entered the army later as a member of Captain Allison's company in the 115th IN Infantry, under command of his old captain, now Colonel Haun. During his service with this regiment he was in Burnside's corps and was under rebel fire twenty-five days in the siege of Knoxville and was again discharged when his time expired. In 1865 he enlisted in Company "K," 11th IN Zouaves, the old regiment of Col., later Gen. Lew Wallace, and his company commander was Captain Palmer. He served again amid the scenes of active operations in the East and was discharged at Baltimore, Maryland, at the end of the war. He identified himself with the patriotic order of the veterans of the rebellion, the Grand Army of the Republic, when the organization reached Kansas and has been a frequent attendant upon its State and National encampments.
      Mr. Duncan identified himself with the republican party ... He served Humboldt Township many years as its trustee and was appointed Register of Deeds to succeed Jesse Fast in May, 1883. He was elected three times to that office and retired from it in January, 1890.
      Mr. Duncan married September 20, 1858, Mary Ellen Bailey, a daughter of Zacharia and Eliza (Frame) Bailey, the former of whom was born in Bath Co. KY in 1812, a son of William Bailey, and settled in Hendricks Co. IN as a young man. (more on Bailey family and their children, not copied here)
      The issue of James P. and Mary E. Duncan, are [p.2725] Lew Wallace, of Iola, Kansas; Lenora C., who died in Iola in 1884 as the wife of O.P. Rose and left a son, Ora D.; Eldora C., twin sister of Lenora, is now Mrs. O.P. Rose, of Kansas City, MO; Horace Otho who died as a dental student in Iola in October, 1886; Harry E., a dentist of Eureka, Kansas; and Millie Agnes who passed away in July 1898, as Mrs. Earnest Brown and left daughters, Mrs. Nita Primmer and Miss Loise Brown. Mrs. Duncan pased away January 23, 1893, and Mr. Duncan then married Mrs. Margaret Swearingen who had children, Fuller and Josie. The former served in the Twentieth Kansas under Colonel Funston in the Philippine insurrection and died in Iola in August, 1916, while Josie is now Mrs. Kuhlman, of Iola.
      James P. Duncan was a son of James Duncan, born in Bourbon Co. KY, October 12, 1806, and resided in that state till twenty-three years of age when he followed the course of empire northward and settled in Putnam Co. IN when the state was but twelve years old. He resided and carried on his work of the farm near New Maysville till just before the rebellion when he moved to Hendricks County and passed away near North Salem in August, 1885. ...
      James Duncan married his first wife in Kentucky and was the father of eleven children by this union. Mrs. Duncan was Anna, a daughter of Jas. Buchanan and Lizzie (Tudor) Proctor. The Proctor family abandoned Kentucky for Indiana when the forests of the latter were still virgin but were Mississippi settlers of Kentucky. Valentine Tudor married a Miss Hicks and was himself a descendant of the English "house of Tudor" and was a slaveholding farmer in Kentucky. Mrs. Duncan died in 1855 and was the mother of Mary who married Wm. Woodard and died near North Salem, Indiana; Coleman C. who died in Clay City, Indiana; Dr. William whose death in Indiana resulted from ill treatment and winter exposure at the hands of the Hickory County, Missouri, rebels during the war; Annie died at Humboldt, Kansas, as the widow of Champ C. Yeager; Miranda married A.J. Stephens and both died at Rich Hill, Missouri; Amanda married Frank Zimmerman first, a union soldier whose own pistol accidentally killed him, and she subsequently married Allen Ray and died in Indianapolis; George W., of North Salem, Indiana, one of the heroes of the battle of "Ft. Red"; John W. who died at Humboldt, Kansas; Nancy passed away as Mrs. John Gosnold, in Kansas City, Missouri; Kittie was Mrs. Wm. Long when she died at Holden, Missouri. James Duncan married Mrs. Amanda Dean for his second wife and their issue were Ruth who married William Peck; Benjamin, of North Salem; Belle, wife of Geo. Davenport; Elmer and Della, twins; Charles, a Nebraska ranchman; and Minerva.
      James Duncan ... was first a whig, then a republican, and his name was on the roll of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He passed away as the roll of Indiana pioneers was being called "up yonder."
      The father of James Duncan was Henry Duncan whose family formed a part of the exodus to Kentucky from Fauquier and Culpeper counties, Virginia. Madison County, Kentucky, received them and he subsequently lived in Bourbon County. In 1835, or about that date, Henry Duncan brought his numerous family, yet at home, to Missouri and settled in Cooper County where he passed away. The family was a member of the Lone Elm locality of the county and there he is buried. Henry Duncan married Sally [sic] Combs and among their numerous children were Matilda who married Coleman Covington, of Covington, Kentucky; Miranda became Mrs. Wm. Barnett and Margaret died as the wife of Wallace Stone, of Cooper County. The sons of Henry and Sally Duncan were James, the only one to settle in Indiana; Hiram, a Missouri colonel of Confederate troops in the Civil war; Jeptha, Jackson, Granvil and George whose posterity is numerous throughout Missouri and the West.
      In reviewing further the history of this numerous and colonial family we present Wm. Duncan as our remote American ancestor and family founder. He was born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, December 28, 1690, and was a grandson of Rev. Wm. Duncan who lost his life by refusing to take the "Jacobite oath" during the reign of Charles the Second. The name "Duncan" means "brown chief" and as clansmen the tribe was a neighbor of the McDougals and tradition says they were enemies from every point of view. Their meeting accidentally or by design always meant a battle until the Duncans were vanquished for lack of numbers. The Duncans finally denied their name when they fell into the clutches of the McDougals but the latter had prepared themselves for this eventuality with a test that never failed. The Duncan clan was equipped with a large and generous mouth, a distinguishing characteristic, and the McDougals made a born spoon just the size to forcibly fit the Duncan mouth so that when they captured a strange clansman who denied the Duncan name they said "by the great horn spoon we will test you" and if the spoon fit he paid the penalty of their wrath for his carelessness in being caught.
      William Duncan of Dumfrieshire settled in Virginia in 1724 and married there Ruth Rawley, a daughter of Matthew Rawley, a Church of England man who came from Wales in 1720. William and Ruth Duncan's children were Margaret Haldane, Mehitable, Ruth Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Rawley, William, Jr., Charles, James and Townsend. Rawley and Charles served in the command of young George Washington in the British army in the battle which General Braddock lost in 1755 and when Benedict Arnold, as a traitor, led a column of Cornwallis' army into Virginia the brothers responded for the defense of their capital. Although many of these Scotch Presbyterian pioneers were tories and aided the British against the colonies all of William Duncan's posterity was true to the cause of American liberty.
      The sons of William and Ruth Duncan were born in Culpeper County, Virginia, where Rawley married [p.2726] Sallie McLane, James married Sina Browning and Charles married Susan Bourn. Rawley Duncan was the father of Margaret, Elizabeth, Charles, Edward and James, and it is believed that James, who was murdered by the Indians at the mouth of Paint Lick Creek in Kentucky, November 7, 1792, leaving a widow and three children, was the father of Henry Duncan, the grandfather of James P. Duncan, the founder of this Kansas branch of the family.
      Lew Wallace Duncan was born near North Salem, Indiana, June 22, 1861, and came to his majority in Kansas. ... For a time he was ... a field man on the flax inspection force in the Chicago Board of Trade in the fall of 1890 and, early in 1891, he engaged with the Goodspeed Publishing Company as a solicitor and biographical writer in Mississippi and Louisiana. In August of that year he entered the service of the Lewis Publishing Company and went to Texas in the same work. He has continued with this old and progressive firm of publishers almost wholly since.
      In 1901 he formed a partnership with Chas. F. Scott and the firm of Duncan and Scott published a history of Allen and Woodson counties, Kansas. He continued the business alone for two more years and published editions of history embracing Neosho and Wilson and Montgomery counties. Having satisfied his thirst for fame and for profit as a publisher he resumed his position with the Lewis Publishing Company where he is still doing time. And it is only just to add that his labors have brought together some of the most interesting and historically valuable personal data published in these volumes.
      Mr. Duncan married in Iola, June 22, 1887, Miss Anna M. Keyser who accompanied her parents to Kansas in 1882 from Frederick Co. MD, where she was born March 9, 1862. Her parents were Benj. and Frederica (Zeigler) Keyser, both natives of Frederick Co. MD, and farmers there and in Kansas. Mr. Keyser was born October, 1821, and his wife November 16, 1824. He was a son of Philip Keyser and she was a daughter of Henry and Joanna (Schaffner) Zeigler, Wurtembergers or Schwabenlanders who came to the United States in 1819 and settled in Frederick County. Mr. Keyser died January 9, 1888, but his wife survived till August 31, 1904, and both are buried at Iola. (more on the Keyser family and children, not copied here)
      L.W. and Mrs. Duncan are the parents of Edna L., Alfa I., Lue W. and Clifford Morrill Duncan. ... (MAD: more not copied)


Some early Duncans in Grundy Co. MO:
      Hernetta I. Duncan, 5 Sept. 1844, mar. Joseph Lovett.


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