Duncans in Whitman Co. WA


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

Last revised May 26, 2009

Formed 1871 from Stevens
Adams formed 1883 from Whitman
Franklin formed 1883 from Whitman


1883 Washington State and Territorial Censuses, Whitman (from Kathy Cawley 12/2008; page number not given)
Geo. I., age 37, male, farmer, male, Iowa
R?. A., age 35, female, housekeeper, Ind.
M.E., age 14, female, Cal.
G.M., age 11, male, Cal.
H.D., age 9, male, Cal.
      KDC: Martin & Dock family living next to one another
John, age 40, male, harness worker, Canada
B., age 39, female, house wife, Iowa
Mary, female, age 12, Cal.
Wm., Male, age 9, Cal.
Frankie, female, age 7, Cal.
      (KDC: Mary Belle, widow of Robert L. Duncan, married John Doc, and moved to Washington, per gr-granddau. of Robert L. Duncan's son William Martin Duncan)

1885 Washington State and Territorial Censuses, Whitman (from Kathy Cawley 12/2008)
John DOCK, age 4?, Can.
Mary B. Dock, age 4?, Iowa
Mary L. DUNCAN, age 15, Cal.
Wm. V. Duncan, age 12, Cal.
A.F. Duncan, age 10, Cal.

1889 Washington State and Territorial Censuses, Whitman (from Kathy Cawley 12/2008)
lines 28 through 32
John DOCK, age 53, male, Canada
Mary B. Dock, age 42, female, Iowa
Mary DUNCAN, age 19, female, Cal.
William, age 17, male, Cal.
Frank, age 14, female, Cal.

1900 Census, Pullman Pct., Whitman County, Washington (from Kathy Cawley 12/2008)
Washington Agricultural College and School of Science
S.D.# 2, E.D.# 93, Page# 38B, Image 4 of 12
DUNCAN, William M., July 1872, age 27, single, CA./PA./IA., student
      KDC: Whitman Marriage Records, Will M Duncan to Almeda Smith, married Nov 28 1906, filed Dec 1 1906.

1910 Census, Colfax, Whitman County, Washington (from Kathy Cawley 12/2008)
S.D.# 3, E.D.# 267, Page# 216B, Image# 16 of 22
William M.,
Head, age 37, M1X, 3 yrs., CA./PA./IA., auditor/Whitman Co.
Almeda, Wife, age 23, M1X, 1 chi. born, 1 living, IA./KS./N.C.
Emogene, Daughter, age 1 10/12, WA./CA./IA.
      (KDC: 1920 Thurston Co. WA)

HISTORIES before 1923

"[An Illustrated history of Whitman County, state of Washington]" by Marcus Whitman, James K. Kelly; pub. San Francisco, Calif.: W.H. Lever, 1901, 520 pgs. (LH12362, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,000,644 item 4)
      Pg.436-437: CHARLES B. DUNCAN - Active in the affairs of his town, of which he is an efficient officer, and connected with a business of no little importance, the man whose name gives caption to this review is to be numbered among the leading citizens domiciled in Tekoa, and ...
      Mr. Duncan is a native of Missouri, born May 13, 1866. In that state he grew to manhood and acquired his education, ... agriculture as a means of gaining a livelihood. In 1891 he came to Whitman county and resumed, in the vicinity of Tekoa, the occupation he had theretofore followed. In this he continued for eight consecutive years, but in 1899 he moved into the town of Tekoa and embarked in the livery business. In the spring of that year he was appointed constable, and in November, 1900, he was elected by the franchises of the people to that office. In May of the same year he had been appointed city marshal. ... His marriage was solemnized in the state of Missouri on June 2, 1887, Miss Julia Davidson, a native of Missouri, then becoming his wife. They have three children living, Nettie, Effie and Harney; also one, Charles J., deceased. (MAD: 1870-1880 Barry Co. MO census)

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.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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