Duncans in Miami Co. OH Histories before 1923


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

Last revised November 24, 2007

HISTORIES before 1923

1880 "The History of Miami County, Ohio : containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest Territory; history of Ohio: pub. by W.H. Beers (FHL book 977.148 H2h and films 924,425 item 1 and 962,534 item 1 and 1,000,331 item 4; also from Muriel Sherlock 11/2000)
      Pg.482; Brown Twp: T.P. Duncan, son of John Duncan who was born in Ireland Aug. 16, 1797, ... Presbyterian Church; in 1817 to New Brunswick where Aug. 18, 1819, he married Deborah Knoop; she b. New Brunswick March 22, 1796; in 1822 they emigrated to OH, settled Elizabeth Township, Miami Co., where remained 5 years; then to Brown Twp, Sec. 24; members Baptist Church. Jan. 15, 1870, Mrs. Duncan died; Mr. Duncan still survives and resides in village of Fletcher; father of eleven children, seven now living, two being ministers of Baptist denomination. T.P. Duncan was born on what is his present farm in 1832 ... In the rebellion of 1861 he enlisted in Co. F, 147th O.V.I., to defend his native country. Sept. 14, 1854, he married Abigail Branson, born in this county Feb. 26, 1836, and died March 19, 1876, leaving four children; four had passed away previous to her death. T.P. married (2nd) Mary E. Hottle, born in VA March 11, 1842, mother of two living children.
      Pg.483; Brown Twp: MICHAEL Duncan, J.P., born April 8, 1822, near St. John River, New Brunswick, a few miles from Fredericton. Mr. Duncan is a son of John Duncan, whose name will be seen under the sketch of T.P. Duncan. Michael is one of 12 brothers & sisters, of whom 7 are now living, of which he is the oldest. Raised to agricultural pursuits, medium education, until 1840 when he engaged in saw milling; 10 years later cleared farm 40a in Brown Twp; until 1852 when he engaged in general merchandising in Fletcher, Miami Co.; until 4 years ago. Since 1876 filled many public offices in his township. Married Lydia C. Howland Dec. 25, 1845; Lydia born Warren Co. OH, Feb. 4, 1825; children are Caroline H., now Mrs. John Robbins; John, and Hannah J., now Mrs. William W. Hobart. Baptist Church. Father & mother of Mrs. Duncan were both natives of NJ, to OH soon after war of 1812, to Warren Co., then Brown Twp, Miami Co. where both passed away, Mrs. Howland on Jan. 20, 1860, in 56th year, Mr. Howland May 3, 1873 in 76th year.
      Pg.505; Spring Creek Twp: W.A. Duncan, native of Miami Co., born Dec. 9, 1845, agricultural pursuits, common education. On June 26, 1871, married M.J. Leonard, born May 1840, dau. of John and Margaret (Avery) Leonard. Mr. & Mrs. Duncan had one son, S. Franklin, born November, 1873.
      Pg.505; Spring Creek Twp.: SAMUEL Duncan, b. 9 Nov. 1815 in Miami Co., son of Amos Duncan b. in N.C. 27 Feb. 1782, in 1805 to Greene Co. OH, where he m. Rachel Coats (b. NC), in 1808 to Miami Co. where died 1 July 1868, his wife in 1843. Samuel m. 1840 Elizabeth Gilbert who died 4 Dec. 1841, one child. January, 1843, Samuel married Catherine Haines, native of PA, had two children, Francis C. and W.A.
      Pg.645; Monroe Twp.: JOHN Duncan, son of Amos Duncan who came to this township 1807, native of NC, married in Greene Co. Elizabeth Beal, probably in 1806. Had three children, Isaac, Elizabeth and Amos. His wife died a few years after coming to this county, and he married (2nd) Rachel Coates in 1812 or 1813. Had five children, John, Samuel, Nelson, Moses and Sarah; last two are dead. Mrs. Duncan died in 1855, her husband in 1873. John married Nancy A. Jones 6 Dec. 1835, had 11 children. Living are Jonathan, Estley, Aaron, Lucinda A., Nathan, and Catherine; all are married.
      Pg.818; Union Twp.: ELI Duncan, b. east bank of Stillwater River in 1837, son of Isaac and Elizabeth Duncan. Our subject was reared on his father's farm, and as he died when Eli was only 10 years of age, he remained with the family until his 16th year, ... located on land where he now resides in 1861, .... His marriage with Serena Hyer was celebrated in 1860; she was a daughter of Absalom (b. PA) and Elizabeth (b. Montgomery Co. OH) Hyer, both deceased. Six children ...
      Pg.818; Union Twp.: WILLIAM Duncan, ... born 1826; his father, Isaac Duncan, born SC in 1795; his early life was spent in [Greene Co.] TN, and he removed with his parents to OH when only 9 years of age; his father, Samuel Duncan, was born in Georgia in 1751, and upon his arrival in Miami Co. in 1804, entered 160a of land, where his grandson, our subject, now lives; on this land he reared his family and resided till his death, which occurred in 1832; on this land his sons Isaac and Jesse lived and reared their families; Isaac departed this life in 1847, aged 52 years, Jesse still later; upon their death, William, our subject, a son of Isaac, came into possession, and on this same estate has reared a family of children; thus this farm has been the birthplace of three generations of children ...; Isaac Duncan was the father of thirteen children; to the first marriage, with Hannah Pemberton, daughter of Isaiah Pemberton, three were given, who are all deceased, viz., Isaiah, Rachel and John. His second marriage was celebrated with Elizabeth Dixon, and to their union ten children were given, of whom only six are living, viz., Jesse, William, Samuel, Amos, Eli and Abigail; the deceased are Polly, Isaac, Elizabeth and David; Elizabeth (Dixon) Duncan was born in SC in 1800 and departed this life in 1873; she (more on her ancestors). .... Our subject ... marriage was celebrated in 1854 to Martha Langston, dau. of Leonard (b. GA) and Francis (b. MD) Langston, 8 children.

1900 "Genealogical and biographical record of Miami County, Ohio : compendium of national biography" pub. by Lewis Publ. Co. (FHL book 977.148 D3g and film 1,000,332 item 1)
      Pg.280: AARON DUNCAN, who carries on agricultural pursuits in Washington township, Miami Co., is a representative of one of the old families of this section of the state. His grandfather was Samuel Duncan and at an early period in the development of Miami Co. he came to Ohio, entering 240 acres of wild land in Monroe township. That he transformed into a valuable farm, making his home thereon until his death. Amos Duncan, the father of our subject, was born in South Carolina, whither his father had gone from Ohio, spending a short time in the former state. Amos Duncan passed most of his boyhood days in Miami county, pursuing his education in the public schools near his home. He married Polly Beale and they became the parents of two children, -- Isaac and Mrs. Mary Shepherd. Mr. Duncan located near Xenia, Ohio, and engaged in school teaching. His first wife died in Monroe township, and he afterward married Rachel Coate, who was a native of South Carolina. ... His death occurred in Spring Creek township, and the mother of our subject died in Monroe township. Their children were John, now deceased; Samuel, who is living in Spring Creek township; Nelson and Moses, who have also passed away; Aaron, of this review; and Sarah Ann, who became the wife of Silas Perry and died in Indiana.
            Aaron Duncan was born in Monroe township September 25, 1821, ... He pursued his education in the district schools near his home and at the age of twenty-three went to Indiana, where he remained for two years, being employed in a sawmill. After his marriage he began farming in Newberry township and for thirteen years operated his tract of land there. Subsequently he purchased the Wessen place of 106 acres on section 31. He is to-day ...
            It was in 1855, in Newberry township, that Mr. Duncan was united in marriage to Mrs. Martha Young, nee Shepherd. Her death occurred on the 11th of December, 1876, and he was again married, in 1893, Mary Jane Barton becoming his second wife. His children are: Alwilda, widow of E.M. Hall; Flora, who died July 11, 1877; and William F., who was born December 2, 1859, in Newberry township. Political ... Mr. Duncan is a Republican, ...
      Pg.720-1: WILLIAM A. DUNCAN. One of the successful business men of Spring Creek township .... His entire life has been passed in Miami county and he is so widely known that he needs no special introduction ... His birth occurred in Union township, December 9, 1845. His father, Samuel Duncan, was born in the same county, November 9, 1815, and is a son of Amos Duncan, a native of North Carolina, born February 27, 1782. The year 1805 witnessed his emigration to Ohio. He located in Greene county and three years later came to Miami county, establishing his home in Union township, where he died July 1, 1868.
            The subject of this review was only five years of age when his father removed to Spring Creek township, where he grew to manhood on the farm, which is now the home of S. Frank Duncan. He ... remained with his father until his marriage, which occurred on the 26th of January, 1871, the lady of his choice being Miss Jennie Leonard, who was born in Clermont county. Their union has been blessed with two children, Frank, who is living on the farm with his grandfather, and Chester A.
            The year following his marriage Mr. Duncan of this review removed to the farm on which he is now living. .... Politically he is a Republican, ... for four years he has served as justice of the peace, ....

1919 "Memoirs of the Miami Valley" [Miami Co. OH] ed. by John C. Hoover (FHL book 977.17 H2m and film 934,871 items 1-3, and from Barbara Jansen to Muriel Sherlock to MAD 11/2000)
      Pg.78: James R. Duncan. Few of the residents of Miami county have achieved a greater success in the vocation of farming than has James R. Duncan, a venerable and highly respected citizen of Spring Creek township and the owner of 1,100 acres of valuable farming land. Mr. Duncan was born November 10, 1836, in the province of New Brunswick, Canada, a son of Robert and Jane (McClintock) Duncan, his father being a native of Ireland who immigrated to Canada in young manhood and there spent the rest of his life. There were seven children in the family, of whom three are still living: Mary, the wife of William Riddle, of Miami county; Cassie, the wife of Jacob Bowne, also of this county; and James R. Robert Duncan was married in Donegal county, Ireland, after which he came to New Brunswick, where he remained for five years. At this time he came to the United States, where he followed the vocation of a school teacher. With his wife and three children he located in Staunton township, Miami county, where he began farming and teaching, and lived here until death, his wife surviving him twenty years. He was a Democrat and a member of the Methodist church, very strict in his religion. James R. Duncan was educated in Staunton township, where he was variously employed, principally at farming, until he married in Brown township, October 10, 1857, and his wife's father started the young couple on their united career with a gift of 160 acres of farming land. They moved to Spring Creek township in 1870 and from then forward he added to his holdings from time to time, through good management and wisc investment, until today he is the owner of 1,100 acres of valuable land, making him one of the wealthy men of his township. Mr. Duncan has always been a contributor to worthy causes, civic, religious and educational, and his citizenship has been of a high order, while his integrity in business matters has never been questioned. In the evening of his career, he can look back over a well-spent life, secure and content in the knowledge of the respect and esteem of his fellowman. He is a devout member of the Methodist church. Mrs. Duncan, who died in 1901, prior to her marriage, was Miss Margaret Garbry, daughter of Joseph Garbry. Mr. Duncan is a member of the Piqua Club.

1909 "A history of Clay County, Indiana : closing of the first century's history of the county, and showing the growth of its people, institutions, industries and wealth" by William Travis, pub. by Lewis Pub. Co. (FHL book 977.327 D3k)
      Vol.I, pg.619-621: The Duncan Settlement. ... Isaiah Duncan, a native of South Carolina, born October 15, 1785, ... came to Indiana in 1831, ... About the same time also came three brothers from the Carolinas, John, Joshua, and Eli Duncan, who, for a time, lived in Clay county, but later on settled elsewhere, whose descendants are not now found here.
            Isaiah Duncan did not come directly to Indiana on leaving Carolina, but when first to Tennessee, thence to Ohio, thence to Illinois, where he retraced his course, coming to Clay Co. IN. (MAD: Newberry Co. SC, Greene Co. TN, Miami Co. OH, White Co. IL) ... A few years later on he was joined by his nephews, George W. Duncan and Giles W. Duncan, who walked all the way through from the Carolinas, whose father, George Duncan, did not leave his native state. Giles W. Duncan afterward went to Iowa, where he died, February 6, 1879, aged 82 years. (MAD: ?? Giles Duncan in 1850 Greene Co. IN census b. 1815 ?; no Giles b. 1797 found in 1850.) George W. Duncan acquired land and continued to reside in Clay County, ... where he resided until his death, April 20, 1860, aged 42 years, 8 months and 19 days, survived by his wife, Lovina Duncan, who died March 7, 1877, aged 59 years, 3 months and 18 days. .... (see Clay Co. IN for more)

1884 "Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana, historical and biographical" ed. by Charles Blanchard, pub. by F.A. Battey (SUTRO microfilm 277 reel 15 book 56, and book F532 C6 B6 1884 & microfilm 71 reel 8, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL book 977.243 H2o; also FHL book 977.244 H2c, Clay Co.)
      Pg.535: Lewis Twp. Benjamin Coppock, farmer, only child of John and Mary (Duncan) Coppock, natives of South Carolina, born in Miami Co. OH, Sept. 15, 1832, whither his parents had emigrated, and whence he was brought to this township in 1842...
      Pg.543: Lewis Twp. Mahlon Neal, farmer, miller and merchant, is the third in the family of Henry and Mary (Duncan) Neal, natives of TN and SC, and of Irish and Welsh descent respectively. Mahlon was born in Miami Co. OH, August 30, 1820. He received but sparely of education, having attended for a time a subscription school the tuition for which was paid by him in hauling wood. In September, 1842, he moved to this State and settled on his home land. January 5, 1843, he married Mary Ann Love ...

1884 "History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, State of Indiana, From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with Interesting Biographical Sketches, Reminiscences, Notes, etc." Chicago: Goodspeed Bros. & Co., Publishers, 1884. (FHL book 977.242 H2hi; also from info of Diana Flynn to Terri Mills to MAD 1/2000)
      Pg.362, Greene Co., Jefferson Twp. - Messer Littlejohn was born in Miami Co. OH, July 23, 1815, son of Henry and Sarah A. (Dunkin) Littlejohn, both natives of SC, where they were partly reared. The Littlejohns moved from SC to Pulaski Co. KY, in about 1798, where they made their home until the death of Charles Littlejohn, the grandfather of our subject, which occurred in 1819. The grandmother came to this county in about 1820, and for most part lived in this county ever afterward, dying at the advanced age of 96 years. Henry Littlejohn lived upon his father's farm in KY until he reached his majority, when he went to Miami Co. OH and there was married to Miss Dunkin. They lived in Miami Co. until the fall of 1818, when they came with their family to what is now Eel River Twp., Greene Co. They came in wagons, Mr. Littlejohn hiring men to bring his household goods to the head-waters of White River, where they left him and went back. He proceeded to dig out six canoes, and putting his goods and family in these, floated down White River until he came to Eel River, when he unloaded his goods and proceeded to make a home for himself on the present site of Point Commerce. He made some improvement on a lease he had taken, and after living in Eel River Twp. seven years he moved to Jefferson Twp., Owen Co., building a grist and saw mill on Lick Creek. Here he lived until his death, dying in 1859. His wife died in 1856. He was an Old-Line Whig, and a strong anti-slavery man. He assisted to build block-houses to protect the settlers in war of 1812. He held the office of Justice of the Peace some sixteen years, and was a man well known and highly respected. (See Baber's History.) Subject raised on farm, common education; helped on farm and in mill. He was married to Miss Sarah Dunkin in 1837, August 28. She born in Miami Co. OH August 24, 1815. She died Sept. 25, 1845. From this marriage three children, viz.: Mary, Isaac M. and Amos W. These two sons were in the late war, Isaac M. dying in his country's service. Mr. Littlejohn was married to Polly Fiscus Feb. 15, 1846. She was born in IN April 16, 1824, and died Feb. 5, 1883. From this union there were eleven children, viz.: Harriet, Nathan, Delana, Henry C., Jacob W., Sarah E., Ezra F., Lydia E., Cairy, Mahlon, Nancy E. Subject, after his first marriage, began milling and farming, which he followed until 1860, when he sold out mill and followed farming until the present. He has worked as a millwright a great deal during his lifetime. He has always worked hard and has made some property. He lived in Owen County until 1867, when he purchased a farm near Jasonville, in Greene Co., which he now owns - 124 acres. Always a Whig and Republican; member of Christian Church; never held office; is in favor of all improvements and all laudable enterprises.

1890 "Portrait and biographical album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county; together with portraits and biographies of all the presidents of the United States" pub. by Chapman Bros. (FHL book 977.1 D3port and film 1,000,315 item 3; from Jim Wanke 6/1996)
      Pg.455: Amos E. Duncan, M.D., who occupies the Chair of Physiology in Antioch College, Yellow Springs [Greene Co.], ... became connected with Antioch College as a Trustee in 1870, Assistant Treasurer in 1874, winter of 1886 professorship when Chair of Physiology endowed by Dr. C.N. Hoagland of Brooklyn, NY; the two physicians had been intimately associated during the Civil War, in the capacity of army surgeons ... The Duncan family of Scotch blood; Samuel Duncan, the grandfather, born near Dundee and upon emigrating to America, made his first settlement in VA, afterward removed to SC, his son Isaac being born near Charleston in 1796; his next location was at Jonesboro, TN, whence in 1803 they came to OH, settling temporarily at Oldtown, Greene Co., and making their permanent location in Miami Co. near Ludlow's Falls, where grandfather Duncan died in 1833 ... religious faith of the family was Society of Friends. (MAD: Fairfax Co. VA, Newberry Co. SC, Greene Co. TN, Miami Co. OH)
            Upon reaching man's estate, Isaac Duncan mar. Elizabeth Dickson of Miami Co. whose mother was a cousin of Gen. Anthony Wayne; her father Robert Dickson born at sea on shipboard was a Rev. soldier ... Mrs. Elizabeth Duncan born in 1800, near Charleston SC, breathed her last in 1874, having survivied her husband many years, his death had taken place in 1847 being occasioned by the accidental upsetting of a wagon-load of hay. They were the parents of ten children, five now living.
            Our subject was born Nov. 7, 1834, in Miami Co., then entered Farmers' College at College Hill near Cincinnati, began teaching in 1856 at the same time reading medicine, 1859-60 attended Medical College at Cincinnati ... at outbreak of war, he closed his office Oct. 10, 1861, and was enrolled as a private in Co. B, 71st OH Infantry, within 2 months appointed Hospital Steward, also served as an Assistant Surgeon; Feb. 18, 1864, promoted to Surgeon in the 9th TN Cavalry (more on battles, not copied here), mustered out Sept. 9, 1865, at Knoxville, TN. Dr. Duncan mar. on Christmas Day, 1857, to Miss Anna B. Brandon, dau. of Isaiah and Elizabeth (Hall) Brandon of Miami Co., where she was born Jan. 24, 1840; two children, the first Della died, Denman C. born at Bartonia, IN, April 26, 1861.

1884 "History of Green county, Wisconsin : together with sketches of its towns and villages ... portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens. History of Wisconsin : embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, and a brief account of its territorial and state governments" pub. Springfield, Ill. : Union Publishing Co. (FHL book 977.586 H2h; FHL film 1,000,814 item 1)
      Pg.654: Town of Adams. Levi P. Duncan, an early settler in Green county, was born in Miami Co., Ohio, Jan. 18, 1827. When a young man he engaged with a brother-in-law, Steward McMillan, to learn the trade of wagon-maker. In 1847 they came to Monroe, Green county, where Mr. McMillan opened a wagon shop, and the subject of this sketch worked with him until 1851. In that year he bought a farm on section 31, of the town of Adams. The improvements upon the land, at the time of his purchase, consisted of a partly completed log cabin and a few acres of broken land. He now has a good frame house, and quite a tract of land under cultivation. He was married in 1850, to Adeline A., daughter of Amos and Elizabeth (Haynes) Doane. They have one daughter -- Jennie. Mr. Duncan is a preacher of the Baptist denomination. He first preached, under special license, in the town of Jordan, in 1854. He was ordained at Juda, in 1858, since which time, he has been engaged in preaching at different points in Green, Lafayette and Dane counties. Their daughter, Jennie, was married to Alex. E. Patterson, who was born in Scotland, and came, when very young, with his parents to America. He grew to manhood in Lafayette county. In 1862 he enlisted in the service of the United States, and was mustered in as corporal. He served until the close of the war. He was with Sherman on his march to the sea and through the Carolinas to Washington, participating in many of the important battles of that memorable campaign. He was discharged in July, 1865, and returned home broken down in health. He never recovered his former vigor, and died April 7, 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson had three children -- John, Charles and George. (MAD: no biography of Steward McMillan indexed)

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