Duncans in King Co. WA


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

Last revised June 5, 2009

Formed 1852, original county
Kitsap formed 1857 from King


1860-1880 King Co. WA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1900 Census, 9 Ward, Seattle City, King County, Washington (from Kathy D. Cawley 1/2006)
S.D.# 1, E.D.# 172, Page# 230B., Image 28 of 35
4027 Aurora Avenue
Charles W.,
head, m/w, age 26, M1X, 1 yr., Can./Scot./Eng., Painter/Signs, yr. of immigration 1885
Constance, wife, f/w, age 21, M1X, 1 chi. born, 1 living, Ca./Ms./D.C.
Infant, son, m/w, age 2/12, Wa./Can./Ca.
DIXON, Eleanor, sis-in-law, f/w, age 30, single, Ca./Ms./D.C.
      (KDC: 1920 Marin Co. CA census)

1920 Census, Seattle City, King County, Washington (from Kathy Cawley 9/2008)
S.D.#1, E.D.# 115, Page# 61, Image# 9 of 17
6219 First Avenue North West
Ida, Head, rents, age 55, W'd., OH./OH./OH.
DUNCAN, Warren, Father, age 81, W'd., OH./N.Y./NY.
      (KDC: 1910 Cuyahoga Co. OH census)


"The Washington Post" Saturday, June 9, 1917 (from Kathy Cawley 1/2009)
      Shot Kills Naval Officer.
      Lieut. Kenneth Heron Found Dead in Bed at Seattle.
      Seattle, Wash., June 8. - Lieut. Kenneth Heron, U.S.N., superintendent of new work at the Puget Sound navy yard, at Bremerton, was found dead in bed from a gunshot wound last night at the Bremerton hotel. A naval board today will investigate the death to determin whether the wound was self-inflicted.
            Lieut. Heron had been at the navy yard since February, having been transferred from Seattle, where he was inspector of machinery in the work at the Seattle Construction and Drydock Company's plant. He was a native of California, 34 years old, and single. Prior to coming to Seattle he was assigned to the Fall River shipbuilding works.
      (KDC: Kenneth Heron was the son of James Heron and Mary Ellen (Minnie) Duncan. Minnie was the daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Long) Duncan of Solano County, California. Kenneth is buried in the Heron plot, Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California. Samuel & Margaret (Long) Duncan are buried there too.) (MAD: Seattle, King Co. WA)


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, Thomas H., widow Duncan, Ione B.; A 123 Ill. Inf.; 1863 Sept. 4, Invalid Appl. #32087, Cert. #22077; 1926 March 3, Widow Appl. #1242939, Cert. #972170, Wash. (MAD: name as written) (MAD: 1850 Clark Co. IL; 1880 Coles Co. IL; 1900 King Co. WA)

HISTORIES before 1923

1923 "Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio, 1623-1923" by John Milton Killits; pub. Chicago : S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 3 vol., v.2&3 have biographies (FHL book 977.112 H2t; SLC 9/2007)
      Vol.3, pg.620-623 (picture on pg.621): FRED FRANCIS DUNCAN. Although he has not yet reached the age of thirty years, Fred Francis Duncan has demonstrated his ability ... president of The Duncan Company, he is controlling two of the large manufacturing enterprises of Toledo. He was born in Seattle, [King Co.] Washington, March 9, 1893, and his parents were Francis Andrew and Adelaide (Stackhouse) Duncan. The father was a native of Liverpool, England, and when a youth of sixteen years he emigrated to Canada but subsequently crossed the border into the United States, locating at Seattle, Washington, where he opened a blacksmith's shop, having learned the trade in his native land. He continued a resident of that city until 1905, when he came to Toledo, and acquiring a large tract of land, he erected thereon a modern plant, having organized the Duncan Forge Company and The Duncan Company, of which he became president. ... his demise on the 29th of April, 1919, when he was forty-six years of age. The mother passed away in this city in 1912. In their family were six children: George, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Frank, Gordon, Donald, Margaret and Fred F., all of whom are living in Toledo. ... Public schools of Seattle, Washington, and this city, Fred Francis Duncan acquired his education ... On the 12th of April, 1919, Mr. Duncan married Miss Ida S. Hold, a daughter of William H. Hold, and they have become the parents of a son, Francis Andrew, who was born in this city September 19, 1920. Mr. Duncan is a veteran of the World war. He joined the Three Hundred and Thirtieth Ohio Battalion and with the Tank Corps served for seven months on the French front, ... Republican ...

1910 "Memoirs of Lucas County & City of Toledo [Ohio]" by ed. by Harvey A. Scribner; pub. Madison, Wis. : Western Historical Association (FHL book 977.112 H2s; SLC 9/2007)
      Vol.2, pg.635-636: Francis A. Duncan, founder and head of the Duncan Forge Company, of Toledo, was born in London, England, Oct. 3, 1869, a son of Frank and Margaret (Burns) Duncan, the former a native of England and the latter of Scotland. The father made the forge business his chief occupation and for a number of years owned and operated a foundry in Liverpool, in his native land. Francis A., to whom this sketch is dedicated, is the seventh in order of birth of the sixteen children born to the parents, and the only member of the family who came to America. One of the sons, William, served in the British army. Francis A. Duncan's early opportunities to acquire an education were very limited, ... by self-study he has supplemented the meager educational training of his boyhood days ... at an early age he learned the forge business in his father's foundry, and, in 1889, when in his twentieth year, he emigrated to Medicine Hat, Assiniboia, Canada, where he spent his first winter in America as a blacksmith in the employ of the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company, after which he went to work for the Northwestern Coal & Navigation Company, with which he remained for several years. In 1899, he removed to Seattle [King Co.], Wash., and embarked in the machine foundry business on his own account, and, in 1903, he came to North Baltimore, Wood county, Ohio, engaging in the foundry business. (MAD: he followed trades in several cities, not copied) In 1905 he took up his residence in Toledo ... He has been twice married. On July 2, 1892, was solemnized his marriage to Miss Florence Stackhouse, and after her death he married, Nov. 10, 1897, Miss Anna Kaiser. He has four children: two sons -- Frederick Francis and George A. -- by his first wife; and two -- Frank and a small babe -- by his present wife. ...


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