Duncans in Stevens Co. WA


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

Last revised November 2, 2007

Formed 1863 from Walla Walla
Whitman formed 1871 from Stevens
Okanogan formed 1888 from Stevens
Ferry formed 1899 from Stevens
Pend Oreille formed 1911 from Stevens


1870 Stevens Co. WA Census
      No Duncan indexed

HISTORIES before 1923

1904 "History of North Washington : An illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan Counties" by Richard F. Steele, pub. by Western Historical Pub. Co. (from Maggie Beckstead or Betty Lou Goodrich to Georgia D. Helderlein to MAD; also FHL book 979.7 H2a and film 1,035,501 item 17)
      Pg.220: WILLIAM W. DUNCAN, blacksmith and liveryman, of Bossburg, Stevens county, was born near Albany, Gentry Co. Missouri, September 8, 1871, the son of John H. and Cordelia (Wood) Duncan. The father is a native of Kentucky, the mother of Missouri. They located in Gentry county where they lived until 1887, going thence to Ida. Coeur d' Alenes [Kootenai Co.] where they at present reside, the father engaged in the dray and truck business. They were parents of eight children: Kate S., married to Fred Wilson; William W., our subject; Frank C.; Mary V. and Ernest; and three others deceased, Minnie, Olan and Clarence.
            Our subject received his first and only schooling in Gentry county, and at the age of seventeen began life for himself, coming to Spokane in 1886, one year ahead of his family. One year, he worked a farm in the Palouse country, and then, with his family, removed to the Ceour d' Alenes, where for five years he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. In 1896, he removed to Bossburg where he has since resided, having followed the stage and livery business up to 1903.
            In 1894, he was married to Ora L. Coone, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Finn) Coone, the mother a native of Oregon, the father of Iowa. They crossed the plains in early days, locating in Oregon and later owned an extensive stock rance on the Columbia river near White Bluffs. They were the parents of seven children, of whom the living are Stella, Ella, Ora, Lulu, Hattie and Flossie.
            Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have three children, Raymond W., Howard W., and Gladys E., all of whom are with their parents. Mr. Duncan is a Democrat and manifests a lively interest in the success of his party, and he has been delegate to many county conventions. He is a charter member of the Bossburg Lodge, No. 164, I.O.O.F., which he assisted in organizing, having been a memeber of Coeur d'Alene Lodge No. 34. Mrs. Duncan is a member of the Congregational Church.
            (GDH: William W. Duncan was son of John H. & Cordelia Duncan; Frank Elliott was the son of Thomas D. Elliott and Mary Ann Duncan, dau. of Frederick Duncan and Eliza McCormic. My gg grandparents.)
      Pg.256: FRANK ELLIOTT came to Stevens county in 1892, and is at present most favorably located on Hunter creek, seven miles east of Hunters, at Alyea, engaged in diversified farming. He was born in Harrison county, Missouri January 16, 1860. His father, Colonel Thomas C. Elliott is a native of Kentucky, born January 6, 1820. In 1850, he was freighting across the plains for the government, and during this time he participated in a number of skirmishes with hostile indians. He was married in 1845, his wife dying six years later. In 1854 (GDH: mar. 6 Dec. 1853 Harrison Co. MO) he was united in marriage to Mary Duncan, the mother of our subject.
            Colonel Elliott enlisted in the confederate service as a private, but rose by merit to become the colonel of the regiment, and served under General Marmaduke. It is claimed that he is, at present, the oldest Free Mason in the four states of Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In 1858, at the period of the trouble between the United States Goverment and the Mormons, Colonel Elliott served as guide for a company of soldiers who took six hundred head of beef cattle across the plains.
            At Salt Lake, he was introduced by Brigham Young to sixty of the latter's wives. Among his hunting exploits in California was the killing of three grizzly and two brown bears, and one California Lion. Colonel Elliott has been in every state in the Union. For the past ten years, he has been a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which denomination his wife has been a devoted member since she was seventeen years of age. Colonel Elliott is now eighty-four and his wife seventy years of age.
            Our subject, Frank Elliott, was married December 8, 1887 to Emma Duncan, daughter of William H. Duncan, both natives of Kentucky. Her mother was Martha E. Duncan and both of her parents are dead. She came west with her brother, Avery J., now residing in Whitman county, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott came to their present home in 1892, and settled on Hunter Creek. Here he has one hundred and sixty acres of land, a fine house, barn and orchard, the land being well irrigated and very productive. They have seven children, Alpha E., wife of D.H. Dunham, Albert E., Lee Roy, Frances H., Georgia E or L?, Charles R, and Mary E.


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