Duncans in Linn Co. OR


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

Last revised October 29, 2007

Formed 1847 from Champoeg (Marion)
Lane formed 1845 from Linn, Umpqua
Umpqua formed 1851 from Benton & Linn; absorbed by Douglas 1863
Wasco formed 1854 from Clackamas, Marion, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Jackson


1860 Linn Co. OR Census
Harrisburgh P.O., 7/3/1860
Pg.313/620, #266-248, Margaret CYRUS 48 TN -- $2,229 $4,590
                  Jesse 24 IL farmer; John 17 IL farmer
                  Russell 15, Lauson 13, William 10 IL
                  (MAD: Margaret Duncan, b. 3/21/1812 TN, mar. 1st James Cyrus 9/16/1832 in McDonough Co. IL; 1840 Warren Co. IL census, 1850 Henderson Co. IL census, mar. 2nd Green B. Hays 1/19/1865 in Lane Co. OR; dau. of Joel Duncan and Jane Melvin)

1870 Linn Co. OR Census
Rays Precinct
Pg.585, #27-27, FITZWATER, James B. 42 IN farmer $1000-$500
                  Nancy 40 MO keeping house
                  "Gohn" W?. (m) 18 MO works on farm
                  Hudson? H. (m) 19 MO cripple
                  James 16 MO works on farm
                  Jacob 13, Celia 9 MO
                  Alexander 7, Sarah J. 5 OR
                  Mary E. 2 MO
                  WILSON, Francis C. (f) 18 MO
                  DUNCAN, Sarah 78 NC keeping house
                  (MAD: widow of Elijah Duncan, 1850 Holt Co. MO census)
Sand Ridge Precinct
Pg.625, #19-19, GALLAHER, Thomas J. 30 IA farmer $0-$575
                  Rebecca E. 21 IA keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Clara (f) 18 OR (blank)
Pg.629, #85-84, ISORN?, John 43 VA farmer $21,600-$3000
                  Elizabeth 45 VA keeping house
                  Francis A. (f) 17, Catherine 14 OR
                  Cynthia 13, David 11 OR
                  Jefferson 9, Virginia 7, Alice 5 OR
                  Elizabeth 3, John 1 OR
                  DUNCAN, John 25 MO farmer $0-$1000
                  Joseph 20 IL works on farm


Index to War of 1812 Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrant Applications; National Archives Film (FHL film 840,458)
      Duncan, Elijah, widow Sarah; WO 12015, WC 7202; BL 29851-80-50, 49413-80-55; Private Capt. Dale's Co. TN Mil. and Private Capt. John Robinson's Co. TN Mil., 12/23/1813 to 2/8/1814, and 11/13/1814 to 5/13/1815; sol. res. 1851 Holt Co. MO; res. of widow 1855 Holt Co. MO, 1876, 1877 Linn Co. (P.O. Scio) Oregon; maiden name Sarah Tinney m. Aug. 1, 1816, Smith Co. TN; soldier d. Aug. 31, 1852, Franklin, Holt Co. MO.

HISTORIES before 1923

1903 "Portrait & Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley, Oregon" pub. by Chapman Pub. Co. (FHL book 979.53 D3p; SLC 9/2007)
      (Part 2) Pg.1414-1415: JOHN DUNCAN. By no means an unappreciated member of the agricultural class, John Duncan is intelligently engaged in the cultivation of his farm of 136 acres, located one mile north of Shedds, Linn county, a general line of farming connected with stock-raising and dairying being his principal occupation. This farm was once a part of the old Hogue estate, and a portion of it constituted school lands, and was first occupied by Mr. Duncan in 1877, since which time he has made all the improvements which have made this one of the most valuable farms in this part of the county.
      Mr. Duncan was born April 13, 1845, in Cole county, Mo., the son of Jubal and Elizabeth (Mercersmith) Duncan, natives respectively of Kentucky and Virginia. The father had removed with his parents to Missouri when a mere boy, and had remained at home until his marriage. Two years after his death, which occurred when John was only four years old, Mrs. Duncan became the wife of John Isom, a native of Virginia, with whom she lived in Missouri until 1853. At that date they outfitted with ox-teams and at the close of a six-months journey, mercifully devoid of trouble with the marauding Indians, they found themselves in Linn county, Ore., eager and ready to make a home in the then wild country. Mr. Isom at once bought the squatter's right to a claim of 320 acres six miles east of Shedds, on which he proved up and began the improvement necessary to make the farm of service to him. This remained the home of the family until 1878, when they removed to Albany, where Mr. Isom had become interested in industrial lines through his purchase of the Red Crown mills located in that city. Until his retirement several years later he conducted these mills, after which he made his home with his children. He lived to be seventy-five years old, becoming one of the popular men of the times ... Democrat, county commissioner one term and justice of the peace several years. His wife still survives him and now makes her home with Mrs. Scott Ward, a daughter. Mrs. Isom was the mother of three children by her first marriage, the only son now living being John Duncan of this review. The eldest daughter, Mrs. Sarah M. Cleek, lives in Albany. The children of the last marriage are as follows: Frances Ann, now Mrs. Ward, of Albany; Mary C., now Mrs. Skinner, of Albany; Chynthia C. Ward, of Albany; Alice, now Mrs. Pfeiffer, of Albany; David I., located on Muddy creek; Virginia L., now Mrs. Lanning, of Tacoma, Wash.; Jefferson D., on the old claim; John, of Dawson City; and Elizabeth, now Mrs. Woods, a resident of California.
      The education of John Duncan was received through the medium of the district school in the neighborhood of his home in Oregon, where he remained until he had reached his 21st year. He then ... eastern Oregon following mining and prospecting for about a year, when he engaged in the stock business there. For three years he continued in that location, ... returned to Linn county, in 1872 engaging in farming here. Five years later he entered upon the property before mentioned, ...
      The marriage of Mr. Duncan occurred in 1877, and united him with Miss Mary Farwell, who was born in 1854 on her father's old donation claim. (A sketch of her family is found on another page of this work. - MAD: not copied) The young people went to housekeeping where they now make their home. They have been blessed with the birth of six children, all of whom are living and are named in order of birth as follows: Francis R., of Plainview, married Miss Fannie Rooker in 1902; John E., of Seattle, Wash.; Philip L., of Seattle; Charles C.; Lulu E. and Ray H., the three last named still making their home with their parents. A Democrat, road supervisor, school director, member of the Grange and officiates in the same as treasurer.

1910 "History of the Bench and Bar of Oregon" by Hist. Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,000,360 item 2; SLC 9/2007)
      Pg.125-126: JOHN DUNCAN. Residence and office, Albany, Oregon. Born in Washington County, Arkansas, July 12, 1851. Son of James and Sarah A. (Brickey) Duncan. Came to Oregon in September, 1861. Married Mrs. Margaret Walter, October 1, 1901. Attended common schools of Marion County, Oregon. Graduated from Willamette University, Salem, Ore., June 23, 1874, with degree of B.S. Taught in public schools of Marion and Linn Counties until March, 1878. Admitted to the Oregon State Bar, 1880, serving as deputy sheriff for two years following. Began practice of law at Prineville, Ore., January, 1883, removing to Albany, Ore., January, 1890. County Judge of Linn County, 1892-96; re-elected in June, 1908. Member of Masonic Fraternity and Eastern Star. Republican. (MAD: Albany, Linn Co. OR)

1896 "Republican League Register, a Record of the Republican Party in the State of Oregon" pub. by The Register Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,000,367 item 3; SLC 9/2007; also posted by Tony Larson 3/2006 on Duncan message board at Ancestry.com)
      Pg.203: DUNCAN, JOHN N., of Albany, was born in Washington County, Arkansas, July 12, 1851, and came to Oregon ten years later, locating in Marion County. He read law and was admitted to the bar. In 1878 he moved to Albany and practiced law. Five years later he went to Prineville and engaged in the practice of his profession, and in the stock business. In 1889 he returned to Albany and has since resided there. He has served as a delegate to the Crook County convention and as a member-at-large of the congressional committee. In 1880 to 1882 he served as Deputy Sheriff, and in 1885 was elected Recorder of Crook County. In 1892 he was elected County Judge of Linn County, and was re-elected in 1894. He is an active member of the Republican Club. (MAD: nothing said about wife or children; other bios. on page do not name wives and children either) (MAD: Albany, Linn Co. OR)


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