Duncans in North and South Dakota


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

Last revised August 27, 2010



1860 Dakota Territory Census
      No Duncan Indexed

1870 Dakota Census
      No Duncan Indexed

Formed 1873 from Hanson

1920 Census, Mitchell City, Davison County, South Dakota (from Kathy Cawley 8/16/2010)
S.D.# 1312, E.D.# 69, Page# 184, image# 1 of 19
509 South Duff
Andrew J.,
Head, rents, m/w, age 35, IA./IA./IA., laborer/wholesale fruit
Elva, Wife, f/w, age 33, IA./IN./MO.
Donovan, Son, m/w, age 14, attends school, IA./IA./IA.
Shirley, Son, m/w, age 9, attends school, IA./IA./IA.
Eugene, Son, m/w, age 9, S.D./IA./IA.
Conrad, Son, m/w, age 7, attends school, IA./IA./IA.
De Wayne, Son, m/w, age 5 3/12, IA./IA./IA.
Harold, Son, m/w, age 2 3/12, S.D./IA./IA.
      *KDC: both Shirley & Eugene are the same age on this census
      (KDC: 1915 Wayne Co. IA census; 1910 Lyman Co. SD census; widow Elva E. Duncan in 1830 Marion Co. OR census)

Formed 1873 from unorganized territory
Mellette formed 1909 from Lyman
Jones formed 1917 from Lyman

1910 Census, Okaton, Lyman County, South Dakota (from Kathy Cawley 8/16/2010)
S.D.# 2, E.D.# 57, Page# 73, image 3 of 4
Andrew J.,
Head, m/w age 26, M1X, 5 yrs., IA./U.S./U.S., farmer/gen'l farm
Elva, Wife, f/w, age 24, M1X, 2 chi. born, 2 living, IA./IN./MO.
Donovan, Son, m/w, age 5, IA./IA./IA.
Shirley, Son, m/w, age 2, IA./IA./IA.
      (KDC: 1900, 1915 Wayne Co. IA census)

Formed 1862, territorial county
Lincoln formed 1862 from Minnehaha
Moody formed 1873 from Brookings, Minnehaha

1920 Minnehaha Co. SD Census (from Kathy Cawley 4/2001)
Huboldt Town, Page 147B, E.D.# 177
#102-102  DUNCAN, Harry M.  head 56 mar.   CAN SCT SCT
                Emma B.     wife 54 mar.   WI GER GER
                Marion A.   dau. 24 single IA CAN WI
                Ferdinand   son  23 single IA CAN WI  University
                Harrold W.  son  21 single SD CAN WI  University
                Dorthy I.   dau. 14 single SD CAN WI
                Donald C.   son  13 single SD CAN WI

- & history Formed 1873 from Brookings, Minnehaha

1900 Census, Egan Township, Moody County, South Dakota (from Kathy D. Cawley 1/5/2008)
S.D.# 2, E.D.# 270, Page 23, Image# 15 of 19
Head, w/m, Sept 1860, age 40, m'd 13 yrs., WI./PA./OH., farmer
Grace, Wife, July 1870, age 29, 5 chi. born, 5 living, GER./GER./GER.
Obed R., Son, w/m, Apr 1888, age 12, IA./WI./GER., at school
Arthur A., Son, w/m, Dec 1889, age 10, IA./WI./GER., at school
Evert Chas., Son, w/m, Nov 1891, age 8, IA./WI./GER.
Homer, Son, w/m, Apr 1894, age 6, IA./WI./GER.
Grace, Daughter, w/f, Apr 1900, age 1/12, S.D./WI./GER.
      (KDC & MAD: 1895 Lyon Co. IA; 1880 Crawford Co. WI)

1910 Census, Enterprise Township, Moody County, South Dakota (from Kathy D. Cawley 1/5/2008)
S.D.# 1, E.D.# 350, Page# 148, Image# 5 of 13
Obed R.,
Head, m/w, age 22, IA./WI./GER., blacksmith/gen'l shop
JOHNSON, Iver, partner, m/w, age 38, NOR./NOR./NOR., blacksmith/gen'l shop
1910 Census, Egan Township, Moody County, South Dakota
S.D.# 1, E.D.# 351, Page# 168, Image# 3 of 7
Chas. A.,
Head, m/w, age 50, M1X, 23 yrs., WI./PA./N.Y., farmer/gen'l farm
Grace, Wife, f/w, age 39, M1X, 8 chi. born, 8 living, GER./GER./GER.
Arthur A., Son, m/w, age 20, single, IA./WI./GER.
Everett C., Son, age 18, IA./WI./GER., farm hand/home farm
Homer V?, Son, age 15, IA./WI./GER., laborer/farm, attends school
Grace E., Daughter, f/w, age 10, S.D./WI./GER., attends school
Chauncey W., Son, m/w, age 8, S.D./WI./GER., attends school
Ella M., Daughter, f/w, age 6, S.D./WI./GER., attends school
June L., Daughter, f/w, age 3, S.D./WI./GER.

1920 Census, Grovena Township, Moody County, South Dakota (from Kathy D. Cawley 1/5/2008)
S.D.# 1, E.D.# 216, Page# 270B, Image# 8 of 8
Head, owns/free, m/w, age 33, IA./WI./GER., farmer/gen'l farm
Anna, Wife, f/w, age 37, S.D.NOR./NOR.
Ernest, Son, m/w, age 7, attends school, S.D./IA./S.D.
Page# 69, Image# 5 of 8
Head, owns/mort., m/w, age 28, IA./WI./GER., farmer/gen'l farm
Mildred, Wife, f/w, age 25, MN./MN./MN.
Penny?, Daughter, f/w, age 3 1/12, S.D./IA./MN.
Erline, Daughter, f/w, age 1 6/12, S.D./IA./MN.
Dorthea, Daughter, f/w, age 5/12, S.D./IA./MN.
Arthur A.,
Head, owns/mort., m/w, age 30, IA./WI./GER., farmer/gen'l farm
Hasel, Wife, f/w, age 24, S.D./IA./PA.
Erma, Daughter, f/w, age 4, S.D./IA./S.D.
Verla H., Daughter, f/W, age 2 6/12, S.D./IA./S.D.
1920 Census, Egan City, Moody County, South Dakota
S.D.# 1, E.D.# 210, Page# 208, Image# 7 of 14
Head, owns, m/w, age 60, WI./PA./OH., City Marshal/Egan City
Grace, Wife, f/w, age 49, GER./GER./GER.
Chauncey W., Son, f/w[s/b m/w], age 18,
Ella May, Daughter, f/w, age 15, attends school, S.D./WI./GER.
June Loretta, Daughter, f/w, age 13, attends school, S.D./WI./GER.
Agnes V., Daughter, f/w, age 9, attends school, S.D./WI./GER.

1930 Census, Egan City, Moody County, South Dakota (from Kathy D. Cawley 1/5/2008)
E.D.# 51-6, S.D.# 6, Page# 28B, Image# 8 of 9
Head, rents/$5., m/w age 70, m'd. at 27, WI./PA./OH., trucker/gen'l hauling
Grace, Wife, f/w, age 59, m'd at 17, GER./GER./GER.
Obed, Son, m/w, age 41, m'd at 22, IA./WI./GER.
Agnes, Daughter, f/w, age 19, single, S.D./WI./GER.
Fisker, Paul M., boarder, m/w, age 32, single, DEN./DEN./DEN., mechanic/garage
Egan Township
E.D.# 51-7, S.D.# 6, Page# 30, Image# 1 of 8
Arthur A.,
Head, rents, m/w, age 40, IA./WI./GER., farmer/grain & stock farm
Hazel, Wife, f/w, age 34, S.D./IA./VT.
Erma, Daughter, f/w, age 14, attends school, S.D./IA./S.D.
Verla, Daughter, f/w, age 12, attends school, S.D./IA./S.D.
Grace, Daughter, f/w, age 9, attends school, S.D./IA./S.D.
Arthur Jr., Son, m/w, age 6, attends school, S.D./IA./S.D.
Dwain, Son, m/w, age 4 6/12, S.D./IA./S.D.
Head, rents, m/w, age 38, m'd at 24, IA./WI./GER.
Mildred, Wife, f/w, age 35, m'd at 21, MN./N.Y./MN.
Pansey, Daughter, f/w, age 13, attends school, MN./IA./MN.
Arlene, Daughter, f/w, age 11, attends school, S.D./IA./MN.
Dorothy, Daughter, f/w, age 10, attends school, S.D./IA./MN.
Verne, Son, m/w, age 9, attends school, S.D./IA./MN.
Ruth, Daughter, f/w, age 7, attends school, S.D./IA./MN.
[next page, 30B]
DUNCAN, Chancy W., Uncle, m/w, age 68, W'd., m'd at 29, WI./PA./OH., laborer
1930 Census, Flandreau City, Moody County, South Dakota
E.D.# 51-9, S.D.# 6, Page# 57, Image# 37 of 39
3rd Avenue West
EKERN, O. Nels, Head, owns/$1000., m/w, age 82, m'd at 32, NOR./NOR./NOR.
Anella, Wife, f/w, age 73, m'd at 24, NOR./NOR./NOR.
Pete, Son, m/w, age 42, single, S.D./NOR./NOR., carpenter/building construction
DUNCAN, Anne, Daughter, f/w, age 48, m'd at 20[s/b 28], S.D./NOR./NOR., launderer?/steam laundry??
DUNCAN, Ernest, adopted Grand Son, m'w, age 18, attends school, S.D./U.S./U.S.
1930 Census, Grovena Township, Moody County, South Dakota
E.D.# 51-12, S.D.# 12, Page# 4B, Image# 8 of 9
W. Chauncey,
Head, m/w, age 28, single, S.D./WI./GER., laborer/road patrol?

Formed 1875 from unoganized territory

1920 Pennington Co. SD Census (from Kathy Cawley 4/2001)
Precinct 10 Range 12, Page 91A, E.D.# 160
#50-52  DUNCAN, Robin        head  34 mar.    IA IL IN Farmer
                Sadie        wife  36 mar.    NE OH IN
                Thelma Mae   dau.   7 single  NE IA NE
                Verna V.     dau. 3/12 single SD IA NE
Lake Hill Precinct 37, Page 140A, E.D.# 166
#105-108  DUNCAN, Charles H. head  50 mar.    IA CAN CAN Farmer
                Ada E.       wife  50 mar.    IA NY IA
                Irwin C.     son   18 single  NE IA IA
                Velda I.     dau.  16 single  NE IA IA
                Cassie M.    dau.  10 single  NE IA IA
                Nina R.      dau.   7 single  NE IA IA

Formed 1909 from Harding, Butte

1920 Perkins Co. SD Census (from Kathy Cawley 4/2001)
Castle Butte Township, Page 211A, E.D.# 173
#133-138  DUNCAN, Varella E. head 46 divorced TX MO MO Farmer
                Gladys E.    dau. 15 single   SD TX TX
                Jessie V.    dau. 13 single   SD TX TX
                Marie T.     dau. 10 single   SD TX TX
Hudgins Township, Page 241A, E.D.# 118
#45-45  DUNCAN, Henry O.     head 64 mar.     IL IL IL Farmer
                Alice        wife 58 mar.     IL FRANCE can't read
                Walter W.    son  24 single   SD IL IL Laborer
                Donald       son  21 single   SD IL IL Laborer
                Dora        niece 15 single   ND IL ND

Formed 1875 from Buffalo
Sully formed 1873 from Potter

1920 Potter Co. SD Census (from Kathy Cawley 4/2001)
Fairview Township, Page 178A, E.D.# 239
#3-3  DUNCAN, Robert    head 61 mar.    IA PA IN Farmer
                Alice   wife 56 mar.    IA IRE SCT
                Earl    son  26 single  ID IA IA Farm helper
                Mildred dau. 15 single  IA IA IA
Canton Township, Page 180B, E.D.# 239
#11-11  DUNCAN, Bud L.  head 37 mar.    IA IA IA Farmer
                Anna    wife 38 mar.    IA VT PA
                Harold  son  15 single  IA IA IA
                Gerald  son  15 single  IA IA IA
                Frank   son   8 single  SD IA IA

Formed 1873 from Potter

1920 Sully Co. SD Census (from Kathy Cawley 1/2001)
Pg.241, Cora Twp., S.D. 2, E.D.#282, Sheet A
#3-3  DUNCAN, James P.  39 MO KY KY farmer
              Anna      40 MI NY NY wife
              Paul       7 SD MO MI son
              Ermel(?)   4 SD MO MI dau.
     BRANDELL, David    20 SD PA MI step-son labor
              Ernest    18 SD PA MI step-son labor
              Merril    15 SD PA MI step-son labor


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, Alexander, widow Duncan, Nancy G.; B 120 Ind. Inf.; filed 1890 June 16, Invalid Appl. #781876, Cert. #860423, S. Dak.; filed 1902 Oct. 10, Widow Appl. #771605, Cert. #547848, IND. (MAD: 1850 Clark Co. MO, 1870 Wayne Co. IA, 1880 Mahaska Co. IA, 1900 Montgomery Co. IN, not identified 1860; b.1838 OH; enlisted Montgomery Co. IN)
      Duncan, Francis M., widow Duncan, Mary A.; K 112 Ill Inf.; 1886 April 12, Invalid Appl. #569562, Cert. #417357; 1891 Feb. 18, Widow Appl. #498877, Cert. #585780, S.D. (MAD: mar. Mary Alice Grey 12/1861 in Henry Co. IL; ?? 1870 Jackson Co. AR ??; James Duncan & wife Mary in 1880 Henry Co. IL census; she ?? 1900 Davison Co. SD, son Burdett J. b.1876 IL)
      Duncan, James H.; H 1 S.D. Inf.; 1899 Oct. 17, Invalid(S) Appl. #1237608, Cert. #1034605, MO; remarks C2545937.
      Duncan, Perry A.; D 11 Iowa Inf.; 1867 May 13, Invalid Appl. #125659, Cert. #101353; remarks XC899165 combined. (MAD: Jacob Perry Andrew Duncan, b.1843 Akron, Summit Co. OH, mar. Susanna Reeves 7/16/1865 in Muscatine Co. IA; info from Patti Vahary 8/2000)

Formed 1862 from unorganized territory

Hutchinson Co. SD Civil War Veterans Census, 1885-1890 (from Hope Freeman Carnicle 7/2000)
      Duncan, Perry A., born IA, Private in Co.D 11th Iowa Inf, served from 1 Jan 1864 to 6 July 1865, age 19, pensioned, to Dakota Territory July 1883 from IA, living in Parkston, Hutchinson Co. SD, in both 1885 and 1890 census records. (MAD: ? see Muscatine Co. IA 1870 census, Perry Duncan b.1843 OH)

HISTORIES before 1923

1904 "History of South Dakota" by Doane Robinson, Vol.1, pub. by B.F. Bowen & Co. (Tucson Public Library; FHL book 978.3 H2r and film 1,000,583)
      Pg.786: JOHN DUNCAN of Scotch lineage, himself a native of Scotland; born Banffshire, SCT, 23 May 1851, son of John and Elizabeth (Barron) Duncan, both lived entire lives in SCT, father a farmer. John Duncan (subject) farmer in SCT until 1883, to US; April of that year arrived with family in Moody Co. SD, purchased farm 160 acres in Elkton twp, sold in 1890, purchased present farm in Ward twp., Republican, township officer, he & wife Presbyterian church, Mason, member of Modern Woodmen of America at Flandreau. Married Miss Mary Jane Minty, native of SCT, whence she came to America in 1885 to reside with her mother, Mrs. Joseph Morris, residing in Flandreau. Five children, all at home, James Morris, Harry, Alfred, Marjory and Leslie.

1910 "History of Henry County, Illinois" by Henry L. Kiner; pub. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co. (LH5436, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.338 D3k v.1&2 and film 934,987 items 1-2)
      Pg.57: A generation ago, Charles Martin and James Duncan had a slaughter house and rendering establishment in the edge of the Green River forest, a little northeast of the old bridge, half a mile west of the present one.
      Pg.787: 1890. December 8. Francis M. Duncan dies in South Dakota. Native of Henry county. Member 112th Illinois Volunteers.

Formed 1873, original county
Barnes formed 1875 from Cass

1889 "Portrait and biographical album of Fond du Lac county, Wisconsin : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county" pub. Chicago : Acme Publishing Co. (FHL book 977.568 D3f; FHL film 1,000,813 item 1)
      Pg.625-626: DR. WILLIAM CASS DUNCAN, a practicing physician and surgeon of Oakfield, Wis., has been engaged in business in this city since 1885, and, during that time, has won a foremost place in the ranks of his professional brethren. He was born in Buffalo [Erie Co.], N.Y., on the 29th of August, 1860, and is of Scotch descent. His parents are William and Janette (Henderson) Duncan. Both were born in Scotland, and, in their native city, Glasgow, their marriage was celebrated. With a desire to better his financial condition Mr. Duncan, accompanied by his family, sailed for America in 1859, locating in Buffalo, where he made his home for three years. He was an engineer by trade, and engaged in that business until 1862, at which time he came to Wisconsin, when he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. He purchased 200 acres of land near Fox Lake, Dodge County, and has since made his home upon that farm. Though previous to that time he had had no experience as a farmer, he has been very successful in that line, and is recognized as one of the enterprising citizens of the community. Few men are more widely or favorably known in Dodge County, or are held in higher regard. Politics ... supporter of the Republican party, and socially, is a member of the I.O.O.F. Mrs. Duncan, ... Presbyterian Church. Unto this worthy couple have been born eight children, four sons and four daughters, all of whom are yet living: Peter T., the eldest of the family, is now engaged in farming in Cass County, N. Dak.; Maggie E. is the wife of William Hobkirk, a farmer residing near Waupun, Wis.; Jennie F. became the wife of David Richardson, a leading merchant of Milwaukee; the Doctor is the next in order of birth; James W. is now engaged as traveling salesman with A.J. Delaney, dealer in milling supplies in Milwaukee; Ray E., Belle C. and John F. are still at home, the last named having charge of the farm.
      Our subject was reared to manhood upon his father's farm, and, in the schools of the neighborhood, received his primary education. He completed his literary studies, however, in Downer College, Fox Lake, Wis., from which he was graduated in the class of 1879, and the same year went to Chicago [Cook Co. IL], where he began the study of his profession under the direction of his cousin, Dr. T.C. Duncan, a learned physician and surgeon of that city. He remained in his office for six years, and, in the meantime, attended lectures at the Hahnemann Medical College, graduating in 1884. The following year he engaged in practice with his former preceptor, but on account of close application to his studies while preparing himself for practice, his health gave way and he decided to leave the city. He then visited Oakfield, and, on the solicitation of some of the best citizens of the village, determined to there engage in practice. He opened an office in July, 1885, and, from the beginning, his business has steadily increased in volume and importance. ... In his social relations the doctor is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and in politics is a warm advocate of the Republican party. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church ...


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