Duncans in York Co. PA Histories


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

Last revised October 30, 2007

HISTORIES before 1923

1886 "History of York County, Pennsylvania : from the earliest period to the present time, divided into general, special, township and borough histories, with a biographical department appended" edited by John Gibson; pub. by F.A. Battey Pub. Co. (TN Gen. Society Library #1447 from Evelyn Sigler 2/1985 and FHL film 365,736)
      Pg.748: Township of Hopewell, 1783, Anthony Duncan, 150a.
      Pg.750: 1770 Hopewell Presby. Church organized; Elder Andrew Duncan.
      Pg.758: Fawn Township, 1783, Robert Duncan, 394a.
      Pg.100, Fairview Twp: Henry R. Mosser, b. Fairview Twp, York Co., July 14, 1828, to Benjamin H. and Elizabeth (Rupley) Mosser. (more on his family not copied) In 1852, Mr. Mosser married Margaret A., dau. of Jacob Yocum of York; her mother was a dau. of Gen. A. Duncan. To this union 2 children: Mettie and Rev. Benjamin H. In 1859 Mrs. M. died, and in 1863 Mr. Mosser married ...
      Pg.116, Hopewell Twp: Archibald Thompson, son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Duncan) Thompson, of Hopewell and Fawn Twp, respectively, was born June 7, 1804. His grandfather, Archibald Thompson, a native of Hopewell Twp, settled on present homestead before Rev. war. Subject's father was a soldier in the Rev. and served under Capt. Moffett. Our subject was reared on homestead where he always lived. He was married Feb. 15, 1827, to Hannah Meats, of Hopewell Twp, who d. July 16, 1839. July 29, 1841, he m. his 2nd wife and has 8 ch: Alexander, Samuel H.S., James G., Archibald J.G., John M., Margaret J.A., Ellen M.E. and Elijah P. For 25 years he was connected with his father in the mfg. of cider brandy. ... From his father he inherited 285a on which two of his sons are living, Samuel H.S. and Archibald J.G. ...
      Pg.178, Shrewsbury Twp: Jacob Lanius, b. June 22, 1837 in Hopewell Twp, oldest of 4 sons & 3 daus. of John H. and Sarah M. (Hersey) Lanius. (more on his ancestry not copied here). He was married Oct. 2, 1873, at Stewartstown, to Agnes E. Duncan, a native of Hopewell and dau. of John Duncan, of Irish descent. He has three children living: Walter M.V., Inez Loretta and Iona Veronica. Two daus. Irena and Lelia are dead. ... Democrat; Presbyterian Church.
      Pg.181, Shrewsbury Twp: N.Z. Seitz b. Shrewsbury Twp. near Glen Rock, York Co. PA, Jan. 20, 1843 ... he was one of the conferees that nominated the Hon. William A. Duncan the second time for congress in the 19th Congressional District.

1903 "History of Centre Presbyterian Church, New Park, Pa., 1780-1903" (York Co. PA) by Robert Lorenzo Clark; pub. unknown (LH 516, HeritageQuest images 6/2007)
      Pg.19: January 9, 1835, We the undersigned being a committee appointed by the congregation ... there is a balance due Mr. Park of arrearages of fifty-seven dollars. /s/ James Duncan, Joseph Bosley, James Wiley Jr., William Anderson.
      Pg.27: Meeting on 9th of August, 1857, to elect four elders ... resulted in the choice of John Norris, Benjamin Gemmill, Thomas Wiley, and Sampson Smith Duncan. ... Mr. Duncan alone accepted the election frankly and in the expression of very appropriate sentiments as to his duty in the case. His name is therefore recorded as Elder-elect in this church. Mr. Duncan was never ordained.
      Pg.59: His class consisted of William Hammond, William Duncan, the Strawbridge Bros., ... Mr. Wilson studied under Rev. Samuel Hume Smith in 1857. ...

1893 "History of Saint Aloysius Church of Littlestown, Penn'a" (Adams Co. PA) by William McSherry; pub. unknown (LH 718, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL fiche 6,045,293)
      Pg.77-78: Rev. James Duncan was born in York, York county, Penn'a, about 1833. When a boy of about ten years, he was, through the influence of the McAleers and that of Frs. Shorb and Dietz, taken into the family of John Shorb, Esq., of Adams county. Mr. Shorb was a very kind man and cared for young Duncan with the affection of a father. After the death of this estimable gentleman, Mr. Duncan became in turn a member of the family of Pius P. Fink and Samuel J. Shorb. It was through the care of these gentlemen that this poor boy grew to manhood, and received the instruction which afterwards became the foundation of his clerical studies. After he had arrived at the age of maturity he left the State of his birth and entered the Confederate Army. We next find him as a student at St.Charles' College, in Maryland, and after a short course at St.Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, Md., he was ordained a priest by Bishop Gibbons, now Cardinal, and sent to the South. This was about 1871. He remained there for some years; and afterwards was appointed chaplain at St.Agnes' Hospital in Baltimore. In 1885 his mind began to fail, and through the liberality of his home friends, he was cared for at Mount Hope, near Baltimore, where he died that year, and is buried.
      Fr. Duncan was the son of a Protestant father and a Catholic mother. He was a member of the Littlestown Catholic Church, and much of his life was passed in that parish. He was a very meek and pious priest, doing his duty the best he knew how.

1874 "Biographical Encyclopaedia of PA of the 19th Century" by Galaxy Pub. Co. (FHL book 974.8 D3be and from index of Kit Smith)
      Pg.533: DUNCAN, WILLIAM, Brigadier-General, was born in that portion of York -- since set off and called Adams -- county, PA, in the year 1771, and was one of a large family of children. His father had been a soldier in the Revolutionary War, but had died shortly afterwards. His early education was carefully attended to, and, among other studies, he became a proficient in land surveying. When about nineteen years of age, he was engaged by his brother-in-law, John Nicholson, one of the projectors of the American Land Co., to survey some of his lands lying near Pittsburgh. While en route for that destination, at that time almost a frontier town, he joined, as a volunteer, a detachment of US troops, under the command of Colonel Zebulon Pike, who were in search of hostile Indians. This officer gave him his first lesson in military tactics; he also made the acquaintance, and formed a friendship for his son, afterwards the brave General Pike, who fell at Little York, Canada. On his return to Philadelphia, ... During the War of 1812, General Duncan was made Superintendent of US Military Stores, at the Schuylkill Arsenal, and resided there. ... For many years he represented the city of Philadelphia in the State Legislature. In 1829, he was commissioned by President Jackson, Surveyor of Customs for the Port of Philadelphia, and was re-appointed in 1833, thus serving, in that office, 8 years consecutively. Democrat; one of founders and trustees of Jefferson Medical College; First Baptist Church. He was thrice married; first, in 1792, to Mary, daughter of William Moulder, and who died in 1818. Two years after this bereavement, he was united to her sister Sarah, who died in 1832. After remaining a widower for nine years, he was married, in 1841, to the widow (unnamed) of Rev. Dr. William Staughton, and daughter of James (the brother of Charles Wilson) Peale, who yet survives him (1874). He died February 16th, 1864.

1886 "History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania : containing history of the counties, their townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, industries, etc.; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; biographies; history of Pennsylvania, statistical and miscellaneous matter, etc." pub. by Warner, Beers & Co.; Part 1, Cumberland Co. (FHL book 974.84 H2h pt.1&2, and from Charles A. Duncan 9/1990)
      Pg.494-5: Lower Allen Twp. HENRY R. MOSSER ... born in York Co. in 1828 .. was married to Margaret A. Yocum, in 1852, a daughter of Jacob and Henrietta (Duncan) Yocum, of York, York Co. PA. ...

1886 "History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania : containing history of the counties, their townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, industries, etc.; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; biographies; history of Pennsylvania, statistical and miscellaneous matter, etc." pub. by Warner, Beers & Co.; Part 2, Adams Co. (FHL book 974.84 H2h pt.1&2, and from Charles A. Duncan 9/1990)
      Pg.353: Borough of Gettysburg. HON. WILLIAM A. DUNCAN, in his extraction a Pennsylvanian, was born in Franklin Twp, Adams Co. PA, February 2, 1836. He died at Gettysburg November 14, 1884, in his 49th year. His paternal ancestors originally went from the neighborhood of Edinburgh, Scotland, to Donegal, Ireland, from whence, about the year 1750, his grandfather, Seth Duncan, immigrated to America, and located in Lancaster Co. PA. He there married and lived until late in life, when he removed to Abbottstown, then York (now Adams) Co. Seth had a number of children, most of whom became notable people. His son, Adam Seth Enos Duncan, the father of the subject of this sketch, died in 1840, aged 51 years, and Mr. Duncan was left an orphan boy at the age of 4 years, with two other brothers, but a few years older, to the charge of a widowed mother. He ... matriculated at the age of 17 at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, in 1853. ... (no mention of wife and children)
      Pg.353: Borough of Gettysburg. CHARLES S. DUNCAN, attorney at law, Gettysburg, was born here April 2, 1864, a son of Hon. William A. and Catherine W. (Schmucker) Duncan. His paternal and maternal ancestors were among the early settlers of the State. His mother was of German and his father of Scotch-Irish lineage. The latter was born in Cashtown, Adams Co. PA, in 1835, a lawyer, who met with marked success (the above William A. Duncan). Charles S. is the eldest of four children, of whom William, the second child, is private secretary to Congressman Swope, of Washington D.C., and John S. and Schmucker are students in PA College. The mother was a member of the Lutheran Church. ...

1889 "Biographical Annals of Deceased Residents of the West Branch Valley of the Susquehanna" by John F. Meginness (from Florence Dyess 9/1987)
      Pg.105. Duncan, James - located where Lewisburg, Union Co., now stands in 1773, and built a cabin in connection with William McMurray. Owing to the Indian troubles, they returned to York Co. in the year 1782, and afterwards went to Fredericksburg, VA. Having had some disagreement with his father, he wrapped his clothes in a handkerchief, had one of his brothers row him across the Rappahannock, walked to Lewisburg, and worked there as a laborer. His father allowed him to sell the tract of land he had, taking to himself all over fifty dollars. With the balance he went to Northumberland, bought a stock of goods such as he could carry on horseback, and went to Aaronsburg in 1790. In 1800 he was the first sheriff of Centre Co., built Elk Mills in 1817, and rebuilt Spring Mills in 1823, and, taking John Foster into partnership, Duncan & Foster became a well known mercantile firm. He retired from business in 1840, and died Oct. 14, 1845, aged 95. (MAD: see 1883 "History of Centre & Clinton Cos. PA" by John Blair Linn which says he died Oct. 14, 1843 at age 85.)

1905 "Biographical annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania : containing genealogical records of representative families, including many of the early settlers, and biographical sketches of prominent citizens." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Genealogical Pub. Co. (LH687, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 974.844 D3b pt.1-2 and film 908,210 item 4; pg.638 from Kathy Cawley 11/2005)
      Pg.638-641: DUNCAN FAMILY. SETH DUNCAN (born in Scotland about 1724) went to County Donegal, Ireland, but about 1750 emigrated to Pennsylvania. He first settled in Lancaster county, but late in life removed to Abbottstown, York (now Adams) county. He was twice married. The name of his first wife was Reinhold, and she was of a noteworthy German family of Lancaster county. They had issue:
            1. JAMES was appointed second lieutenant in the 2d Canadian (Hazen's) Regiment, Nov. 3, 1776; he was promoted to be first lieutenant, April 8, 1777, and captain, March 25, 1778. He retired Jan. 1, 1783.
            2. MATTHEW was a volunteer in the Canada expedition, under Col. Benedict Arnold, in 1775, and was taken prisoner in the assault upon Quebec, on the last day of that year. While he was a prisoner he was commissioned, Jan. 5, 1776, captain in the 5th Pennsylvania Battalion, Col. Magaw, and was reported in the rolls of the 6th Regiment, Pennsylvania Line, Feb. 18, 1777, a prisoner on parole.
            3. WILLIAM (born in Adams county Oct. 14, 1772 - died Feb. 16, 1864) was a merchant in Philadelphia. He was superintendent of U.S. military stores at the Philadelphia arsenal in 1812, ... For many years he was a member of the Legislature from Philadelphia. He was surveyor of customs at the port of Philadelphia, 1829-38. He was one of the founders of Jefferson Medical College. He married (first) Oct. 31, 1792, Mary Moulder (died in 1818), daughter of William Moulder; (second), 1822, Sarah Moulder (died in 1832), sister of his first wife; and (third) Anna C. (Peale) Staughton, daughter of James Peale, and widow of William Staughton, D.D.
            4. ABNER L. was admitted to the Philadelphia Bar, Feb. 26, 1798; he removed to New Orleans, where he rose to eminence at the Bar. He was one of Gen. Jackson's aids at the battle of New Orleans, ...
            5. HANNAH married John Nicholson, comptroller-general of Pennsylvania, 1782-94, and escheator-general, 1787-95. He was an extensive landowner in Pennsylvania, ... ... the greater part of his land reverted to the Commonwealth. Among these were two tracts sold in Chambersburg July 15, 1807, the original warrants for which were in the names of Matthew and Seth Duncan. These tracts were described as on the "head waters of Conedwinnett." Mr. Nicholson died in the debtors' prison in Philadelphia in 1800.
            6. MARTHA married June 23, 1791, William Moulder. He was appointed an associate judge of the court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Aug. 2, 1813, and he was treasurer of Philadelphia county, 1827-30.
            Mr. Duncan married (second) Christiana Bedinger (Bittinger), of Adams county; they had issue:
            1. JOHN (born in 1779 - died in 1851) was a physician; he lived at Duncan's Mill, on the Falling Spring, until late in life, when he removed to Adams county, where he died. He amassed a large fortune for that period, amounting to about $200,000. He never married.
            2. POLLY died in 1817.
            3. ADAM S.E. (II)
            (II) ADAM SETH ENOS DUNCAN (born in Adams county, in 1789 - died in 1840), son of Seth and Christiana (Bedinger) Duncan, served in the war of 1812 ... After the war he taught school for a while, and later returned to Adams county, where he was a farmer and merchant at Cashtown, in Franklin township. He married (first) Mary White, of Lancaster county; they had issue:
            1. MARY married (first) Moses B. Meals; (second) John W. Reges.
            Mr. Duncan married (second), in 1815, Mary Mark (born in 1798 - died in 1880), daughter of Peter and Anna Maria Mark; they had issue:
            1. MARTHA (born April 16, 1816 - died 1859) married Oct. 2, 1847, George Smith (born Feb. 16, 1818 - died 1898), son of Jacob and Margaret (Fleeger) Smith, of Adams county. He was a farmer. In 1852 he settled on the farm near Mount Alto, Quincy township, which he afterward owned. He also acquired the ownership of Duncan's Mill, on the Falling Spring, now known as Smith's Mill. ... (MAD: children not copied)
            2. SUSAN ELIZA, born July 8, 1819; died in infancy.
            3. ANNA MARIA, born Dec. 8, 1822, died Dec. 9, 1843.
            4. JOHN MONROE, born May 6, 1825, died Oct. 8, 1851.
            5. ABNER JACKSON, born Sept. 15, 1827, died in infancy.
            6. AUGUSTUS (III)
            7. CALVIN MARK (born May 28, 1831 - died March 22, 1894) was graduated at Franklin and Marshall College in 1856. He studied law in Chambersburg, and was admitted to the Franklin County Bar, April 12, 1858. He was elected to the State Senate in 1865, and re-elected in 1868. He married Dec. 16, 1858, Mary Grace Metzger (born in 1840), daughter of Jacob and Ana (Downing) Metzger, of Lancaster; they had issue: William Augustus, born Oct. 1, 1859, died Sept. 22, 1893; Calvin Mark, born Aug. 31, 1861; Francis Metzger, born Sept. 18, 1865; Robert Spencer, born Sept. 30, 1868; and John McClurg, born Nov. 9, 1874.
            8. JOANNA, born Nov. 21, 1833, died aged nine years.
            9. WILLIAM ADDISON (born Feb. 2, 1836 - died Nov. 14, 1884) was graduated at Franklin and Marshall College in 1857, and was admitted to the Adams County Bar in 1859. He was prosecuting attorney of Adams county, 1862-65, and 1868-71. He was elected to the XLVIIIth Congress in 1882, but died before the expiration of his term. He married Catherine Schmuker, daughter of Dr. Samuel S. and M. Catherine (Sheenberger) Schmuker; they had issue: Charles M., born April 2, 1864, a lawyer at Gettysburg; William M., born July 14, 1865; John S., born July 7, 1867; and Schmuker.
            (III) AUGUSTUS DUNCAN (born at Cashtown, Adams County, March 8, 1829), son of Adam S.E. and Mary (Mark) Duncan, is the only survivor of his family. He was educated in the public schools and in the preparatory department of Marshall College, at Mercersburg. In 1853 he came to Guilford township, where he took charge of the Duncan Mills, on the Falling Spring, which he conducted until 1860 ... After relinquishing the mill he removed to Chambersburg. In 1867 he became one of the purchasers of the "Valley Spirit" newspaper, which he conducted in conjunction with John M. Cooper and William S. Stenger, and later under the firm name of Duncan & Stenger, until 1876. Since the latter year he has led a retired life ... Mr. Duncan married, in 1853, Florence Rowan (died in January, 1860), daughter of Mrs. Catherine Rowan. Children:
            1. ANNIE HELEN died aged fifteen years.
            2. JEANETTE died aged three years.
            3. FLORENCE died when one year old.

1902 "Centennial Biographical History of Crawford Co. OH" by Lewis Pub. (FHL book 977.127 D3c; see Crawford Co. OH for more)
      Pg.188-190: Arthur M. Duncan, M.D. ... of Bucyrus, native of Crawford Co., born in Texas Twp. Jan. 18, 1850, traces his ancestry back to colonial epoch in history of the country, and thence back to Scotland ... The best information attainable seems to establish beyond reasonable doubt the fact that three Duncan brothers, coming from Scotland about 1722, settled in Cumberland Co. PA, and became the progenitors of the family in America. They were descendants of the Rev. William Duncan, a martyr in the Covenanter persecution in Scotland. Andrew Duncan, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Lancaster Co. PA March 12, 1750, and died in 1828 in York Co., that state. Under George III, he was appointed justice of the peace. When the colonies had achieved their independence from the British crown he was reappointed by the federal government and served in that capacity for more than half a century. Presbyterian church, and from 1770 to death was elder of Round Hill Presbyterian Church in York Co. PA.
      Washington Duncan, father of the doctor, born York Co. PA 1810; when young man left native state; to Crawford Co. 1833 with mother and sister Ann Elizabeth who afterward married Arthur Andrews, prominent pioneer and citizen of Crawford Co. Mr. Duncan married Eliza Gibson, a daughter of John Gibson and sister of late General William H. Gibson of Tiffin, OH. Her father born Washington Co. PA 1782, 1821 to Seneca Co. OH, died there near Melmore in 1854, his wife was Jeanette Coe, a dau. of Moses Coe, a soldier of Rev. War & desc. of Robert Coe born Suffolk Eng. ca 1590, to Ipswich, England 1634, finally settled in Jamaica, NY. His father died in Bucyrus, in 1888, and the mother in 1890 (MAD: ?? may refer to Washington Duncan and wife Eliza's deaths).

1902 "County of Highland (OH)" by Rev. J.W. Klise, A.E. Hough editor (Tucson Public Library book)
      Pg.284: John W. Duncan, farmer of Highland Co., comes of family whose ancestors settled in Madison township as far back as 1806. The OH branch originated from Robert and Esther Duncan, who emigrated from Scotland to York Co. PA where the former died in 1838, when 95 years old, and his wife in 1840 after reaching the advanced age of 98. Among large family of children was son Robert, who was born in York Co. PA in 1777, and in 1806 came to OH with cash capital of $270, which was expended for land near Greenfield at $1.25 an acre. Land still in possession of descendants ... In 1800 James Mann had emigrated from Ireland, bringing along his dau. Mary, then about 4 years old, found permanent home in Highland Co. April 20, 1817, Mary Mann became wife of Robert Duncan, thus making combination of Scotch and Irish. Ten children, all grew to maturity and eventually became heads of households. Parents long since passed away, the father Sept. 1843, the mother January 7, 1870. John C. Duncan, third in age, was born on father's homestead near Greenfield, OH, March 4, 1822, and lived there throughout life. October 12, 1847, married Catherine Elizabeth Lumbeck, born 1830 of pioneer parents Daniel and Rachel (illeg.) Lumbeck. From NJ, married in 1816, had family of 9 children, father died 1853, mother 1879. John C. Duncan reared 9 children, youngest being 28, never been death in family. Samuel Q., eldest, married Caroline F. Dunlap and resides at Greenfield; Daniel O. married Mary E. McElroy and is farming in Fayette Co.; Mary Ellen married Daniel A. Kline & they live in Ross Co.; Robert W. married Laura F. Adams and lives in Fayette Co.; Emma J. married Hugh Nevin McElroy, lives near Ottumwa, IA; Lizzie Bell is at home, James J. and Curtis Wirt are in Fayette Co. John Wiseman Duncan, 5th in list, was born on homestead near Greenfield May 4, 1861; Feb. 14, 1889, he married Nannie Ruth Anderson, by whom he has 4 children: Ruth, Robert, Rachel and Mabel. He settled on farm in Madison twp., member 1st Presby. Church.

1900 "OH Valley Genealogies relating chiefly to families in Harrison, Belmont and Jefferson Counties, Ohio, and Washington, Westmoreland and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania" by Charles A. Hanna (FHL book 973 D2hc; SLC 9/2007; FHL film 20,157)
      Pg.7-9: JOHN, HUGH, ROBERT and WILLIAM BINGHAM ... (pg.8) Hugh, d. in Hamiltonban township, September-October, 1777; m. Martha Armor, daughter of Thomas (?) and ---- McKinley Armor, ..., had issue: IV. Hugh, d. in Hamiltonban township, May 11-15, 1793; had issue: 1. John-Armor, d. at Natchez, Miss., 1824; 2. Jean, d. at Freeport, Penn., 1857; m. her cousin, Hugh, son of Samuel (I. above - MAD: not copied); 3. Hugh, d. at New Wilmington, Lawrence county, Penn., 1865; m. (1st) Oct. 13, 1807, Esther Bailey, daughter of Captain William and Mary Ann Duncan Bailey, of York, Penn.; m. (2d) Ellen Junkin Galloway; settled in Mercer, Penn., soon after 1800 (MAD: children not copied). William Bailey, father of Esther Bailey Bingham, served, in 1775, as second lieutenant of the Independent Light Infantry Company of the first battalion of York county (Penn.) Militia, formed in Yorktown, December, 1775; the company was commanded in 1776 by William Bailey as captain, and was captured by the British at the fall of Fort Washington; settled in Yorktown after the Revolution; m. Mary Ann Duncan, probably daughter of ---- and Margaret Mason Duncan, the latter a native of Scotland, who d. Nov. 16, 1802, leaving funds with which to build the second United Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia; 4. (MAD: quit copying)

1903 "Past and present of Piatt County, Illinois : together with biographical sketches of many prominent and influential citizens" by Charles McIntosh; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. (LH5465, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.3 A1 no.294 and film 825,597)
      Pg.63-64: DUNCAN BROTHERS. This well known firm of Litner is composed of S.H., J.M. and A.C. Duncan, dealers in grain, general merchandise and farm implements of all kinds. They are the sons of Israel and Susanna (Henry) Duncan, both natives of Pennsylvania, and now deceased, the mother having died in 1890 and the father in 1900. They were members of the Evangelical Lutheran church, and died in that faith, honored and respected by all who know them.
            In the family of this worthy couple were nine children, who in order of birth were as follows: Warren H., the eldest, died at the age of thirty years. During the Civil war he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery and was later with the Second Provisional Heavy Artillery. Being wounded in the battle of the Wilderness in 1864, he was sent to the Haddington hospital in Philadelphia, and was subsequently appointed ward master. S.H. Duncan was born in York county, Pennsylvania, December 2, 1844, and was reared and educated there. He, too, entered the service of his country during the dark days of the Rebellion and held the position of wagon master in the quarter-master's department though he dressed in civilian's clothes. He is now a member of the firm of Duncan Brothers of Lintner, Illinois, and has charge of the implement business. He married Mrs. Kate Gates, and has three sons: Wellington G., B.G. and P.G. Henry, the next of the family, was also a teamster in the Civil war and now resides one mile east of Lintner on his farm. He married Mattie Connister and has six children. J.M. was born on the 20th of August, 1850, in York county, Pennsylvania, and there spent his boyhood and youth, his education being received in the local schools. He owns and operates a farm a mile and a quarter north of Lintner and also four hundred acres east of Lintner, making five hundred and seventy acres in all. For four years he served as postmaster of Lintner under General Harrison. He married Florence Green, and has two daughters, Effie and Dora. Emma is the wife of John Miller, a resident of Oklahoma. Katherine is the wife of Andrew Spunseller, of Pennsylvania, and has six children. A.C., the youngest member of the firm, was born in York county, Pennsylvania, August 31, 1856, and after acquiring a good education in the schools of that state, he commenced teaching at the age of eighteen years and successfully followed that profession for twenty-one years, being principal of the schools at Milmine, Illinois, for four years and of La Place for eight years. He now has charge of the store. His wife, who bore the maiden name of May Gannon and was graduated at the Decatur high school, taught in the primary department at La Place. They have two children, Kenneth and Cedric. A.C. Duncan came to Piatt county in 1882 and since 1897 has served as postmaster of Lintner, being appointed to that position under President McKinley. Elizabeth is the wife of Henry Hoffiens, of Abbotstown, Pennsylvania. Charles H., the youngest of the Duncan family, was killed by lightning in this county, half a mile south of Lintner, at the age of thirty-seven years. He married Etta Wilson, and had two children. They now make their home with her father in Moultrie county, Illinois.
            The business now carried on by Duncan Brothers was formerly owned by Wilson & Stone. The latter sold his interest to Mr. Glazbrook and J.M. Duncan afterward bought out Mr. Wilson. Later A.C. Duncan bought out Mr. Glazbrook, and in 1895 the firm name was changed to Duncan Brothers, though S.H. did not become connected with the enterprise until 1901, when he took charge of the implement department. In 1898 they erected their elevator at Lintner, which has a capacity of twenty thousand bushels, and they have made this place a good grain market as they ship a large amount of grain annually. ... All of the brothers are stanch supporters of the Republican party and Lutherans in religious belief. ...

1892 "Confederate Military History : a library of Confederate states history, in twelve volumes written by distinguished men of the South" by Clement Anselm Evans (Memphis Public Library 973.742 Ee92; from Evelyn Sigler 2/1985)
      Vol.10, pg.296: Brigadier Gen. Johnson Kelly Duncan, b. York Co. PA, March 19, 1827, graduated from West Point July 1, 1849. He served in Florida against the Seminole Indians in 1849 and 1850, and on garrison duty at Forts Sullivan and Preble ME; assisted on the Northern Pacific RR exploration 1853-54. He resigned Jan. 31, 1855. Then became Sup. of repairs of the New Orleans branch mint, marine hospitals and quarantine warehouse; subsequently civil engineer, surveyor and architect at New Orleans 1859-60; 1860-61 chief engineer of the board of public works of LA. When the war began he offered his services to Mr. Davis, was commissioned as Col., on Jan. 1862 he was commissioned Brig. Gen. He was placed in command of the coast defenses. April, 1862 Farregut bombarded coast forts for 6 days and on to New Orleans; New Orleans surrendered. Gen. Duncan made a gallant fight but was compelled to surrender. He lived only a few months longer. He died 18 Dec. 1862 in Knoxville, TN, age 36. (MAD: a similar reference can be found in "The Civil War Dictionary" by Mark M. Boatner, 1988)

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