Duncans in Multnomah Co. OR


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

Last revised July 31, 2008

Formed 1854 from Washington, Clackamas


1860 Multnomah Co. OR Census
S. Portland Precinct
Pg.473, #689-594, Thos. DUNCAN 40 IRE farmer $700-$25 (alone)
Portland P.O.
Pg.505, #568-498, H. WALTZ (m) 36 IN carpenter $0-$0
                  Martha 23 NY
                  Lilla (f) 5, Jesse (m) 3 OR
                  Nelly 1 OR
                  John DUNCAN 20 IN carpenter $0-$0

1870 Multnomah Co. OR Census
City of Portland
Pg.175, #49-41, NEWSOME, Enoch (m) 36 NC BLACK keeping house $0-$200
                  Susan 34 VA BLACK at school
                  George W. 14 NC BLACK waiter
                  DUNCAN, Lewis 21 PA BLACK yard keeper, parents of foreign birth
                  EVANS, William 19 ENG BLACK cook, parents of foreign birth
                  (MAD: last name on previous household had occupation as cook, these occupations & parentage may be off one line)
Pg.183, #190-163, DUNCAN, R.H. (m) 27 NJ life Ins. Agent $0-$1000
                  Emma 23 PA keeping house
                  Mary Bell 3, Robert 9/12 b.Sept. OR
                  (MAD: Robt. H. Duncan, 1880 Sonoma Co. CA census; ? 1860 Essex Co. NJ census pg.579)
Pg.213, #670-597, Hotel, many people including
                  DUNCAN, Daniel 25 KY carpenter $0-$800


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, William R., widow Duncan, Nancy J.; A 2 Minn. Inf.; 1898 April 12, Invalid Appl. #1206338, Cert. #990753, Oregon; 1901 April 1, Widow Appl. #738178, Cert. #541993, Oregon. (MAD: 1860 Winona Co. MN; 1880 Otter Tail Co. MN; 1900 Multnomah Co. OR b.1846 IL, wife Nancy b.1853 IN, ch. b.1881-1885 MN)

HISTORIES before 1923

"Portland, Oregon, its history and builders : in connection with the antecedent explorations, discoveries, and movements of the pioneers that selected the site for the great city of the Pacific" (Multnomah Co.) by Joseph Gaston; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1911, 2448 pgs. (LH10477, HeritageQuest images 2/2007 & 5/2007; FHL book 979.549/P1 H2g v.1-3 and film 924,446-924,448 and 1,000,364)
      Vol.III, pg.129-131: ALLEN FRANCIS, his daughter Mrs. Walter E. Dyer of Portland ... Simeon Francis Jr. was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, May 14, 1796, learned the printer's trade in New Haven, Connecticut, newspaper publication at New London, Connecticut, in 1824, while residing there he was married. ... In 1831 Simeon Francis and his wife removed to Springfield, Illinois, in 1859 to Portland. Died October 25, 1872. Allen Francis, brother of Simeon Francis and father of Mrs. Dyer, was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, April 12, 1815, and resided in St.Louis until the death of his brother Edwin in 1834, when he and two sisters removed to Springfield, Illinois. Printing office ... While a resident of Springfield, Mr. Francis was married on Christmas day of 1838 to Cecelia B. Duncan, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and they became the parents of six children. Cecelia F. was married in Oregon to Herman Hofferkamp. Marietta was married in Vancouver, British Columbia, to David A. Edgar, of Staten Island, New York. Hulda G. first became the wife of Byron Z. Holmes and since his deth has married Walter E. Dyer. Eliza E. is the wife of William F. Gillihan, of Portland. Allen Bunn, who was born in Springfield in 1849, came with his father to the Pacific Coast ... Edwin H., the youngest of the family, went to Alaska soon after the purchase of that country, ... died March 25, 1902. (MAD: Springfield, Sangamon Co. IL)

"Portrait and biographical record of Portland and vicinity, Oregon : containing original sketches of many well known citizens of the past and present." (Multnomah Co.) (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1903, 890 pgs. (LH10836, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 979.549/P1 D3p and film 1,000,363 item 2 and 1,321,449 item 2)
      Pg.270: JAMES WRIGHT SHARP, his father Peter Sharp a dyer by trade was born in the Highlands of Scotland where his death occurred; his wife Elizabeth Sharp was born in Clackmannanshire, Scotland where she died. The only child born to this worthy couple was James Wright, the date of the event being April 10, 1853, in Borrowstounness, twenty miles from Edinburgh ... 1872 to San Francisco by way of Cape Horn, ... 1875 to Mendocino county, Cal., for 3 years; while in San Francisco, June 8, 1880, Mr. Sharp was united in marriage with Miss Mary Duncan, a native of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. When twelve years of age she came to America with her parents, arriving in San Francisco June 8, 1870. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sharp, as follows: John, who is an ironworker; Isabelle Elizabeth, Mary Jane, James S. and Jessie Hope. ...

1922 "History of Oregon" by Charles Henry Carey, pub. Chicago: Pioneer Historical Pub. Co. (HeritageQuest images 5/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 12524; FHL book 979.5 H2cc v.1-3 and fiche 6,046,590)
      Vol.II, Pg.679-680: JOHN SMITH YORK, who passed away in Portland, July 9, 1919, first became identified with the city in the fall of 1897, ... He was born October 8, 1870, in McMinnville, the county seat of Warren County, Tennessee. His father, Landy York, was also a native of that state, Confederate army in the Civil war ... Landy York married Miss Martha Smith, who was a daughter of John Smith, ... she died when her son John was a babe of nine months, and his eldest sister, Arminta, took charge of the home and baby brother for four years when the father passed away and the children went to live with an uncle. John S. York ... went to Killeen, Texas, to live with his aunt Fannie, his father's sister who had become the wife of P.L. Duncan. At that place he had a few years' experience in connection with an uncle who was a physician, but became associated with a cousin, F.M. Duncan, in the grocery trade. ... In the fall of 1897 that Mr. York first came to Portland ... The only relatives of Mr. York who left the native state for the Pacific northwest were a nephew, Lee Crain, of Portland, and William Duncan, a cousin, who accompanied Mr. York to Alaska. The latter is now an oil man residing in Texas. On 20 August, 1908, Mr. York married Mrs. Mary W. Patton, a native of Portland and a daughter of Wilson L. and Sebina O. Gaston. ... (MAD: Killeen, Bell Co. TX; Portland, Multnomah Co. OR)


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