Duncans in Kenosha Co. WI


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

Last revised January 17, 2007

Formed 1850 from Racine


1850 Kenosha Co. WI Census
Pg.320  Indexed Preston Duncan; actually Preston DENTON - not copied

1860-1870 Kenosha Co. WI Census
      No Duncan indexed

HISTORIES before 1923

1880 "Memorial record of the fathers of Wisconsin : containing sketches of the lives and career of the members of the constitutional conventions of 1846 and 1847-8 : with a history of early settlement in Wisconsin" by Horace A. Tenney, pub. Madison, Wis.: D. Atwood, 1880 (part from Kathy D. Cawley 12/2006 and part from images on HeritageQuest 1/2007)
      Pg.243-244. HON. SAMUEL R. McCLELLAN. SAMUEL R. McCLELLAN was born in the town of Coleraine, Franklin county, Massachusetts, March 19, A.D. 1806. His father, Capt. ROBERT McCLELLAN, was a son of Col. HUGH McCLELLAN, a soldier of the revolution. His mother, SARAH TODD DUNCAN, was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, a daughter of GEORGE DUNCAN, one of the early settlers of that town. The death of his father before he was five years old was a great blow to his mother, who was left with five children - three girls and two boys - of whom he is the elder. At the age of nine years he went to live with an uncle, his father's brother, JOHN McCLELLAN, M.D., who proved a second father to him.
            At an early age he commenced the study of medicine with his uncle, and in 1826, attended medical lectures in Boston. He returned to Columbia county, New York, the residence of his uncle, with whom he studied in the spring of 1827, and soon after was licensed to practice medicine by the medical society of that county. After practicing with his uncle a year and a half, he removed to the village of Claverack, seven miles from his uncle's residence, where he remained two and a half years. In the fall of 1830, he was married to CATHARINE GARNER, orphan daughter of MARTIN GARNER and CYNTHIA HUYCK GARNER, of the town of Ghent, Columbia county. Soon after his marriage he went back to the village of Johnstown, the residence of his uncle, and practiced with him five years. In the spring of 1836, he removed to the city of Hudson, and very soon acquired a full practice, and in the spring of 1839, was complimented with a honorary degree from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia; was president and censor of the medical society of Columbia county several years, and (pg.244) served four years as delegate to the medical society of the state of New York. After eighteen years of hard labor in his profession, he felt that he was wearing out and a change of some kind seemed absolutely necessary for him, and having a family of four sons and three daughters, he decided to emigrate to the west. He landed at Southport (now Kenosha), July 5, 1845. Here he rested a few weeks to recruit his health, and in the fall of the same year, he began to improve his farm in the town of Wheatland (now Randall), and moved on it the following winter.
            In the fall of 1847, he was elected from the county of Racine a member of the Constitutional Convention which formed the constitution of this state. He served on the committee on the judiciary, and was an intelligent, hardworking and highly respected member of the convention. He early interested himself in agricultural pursuits, and served three years as president of the agricultural society of Kenosha county; was elected senator of the eighth senatorial district in the fall of 1857, and served with great acceptance to his people during the regular term. He afterward removed to the city of Kenosha and practiced his profession nearly nine years, when he again retired to his farm, where he now resides. His post-office address is Wilmot, Kenosha county, Wisconsin.
            Dr. McCLELLAN is still engaged in the practice of his profession, and is deemed a very skillful physician. As a citizen, he stands very high with his people. He is now (1880) in the seventy-fifth year of his age, but retains both his mental and physical vigor in a remarkable degree. His life has been a long and a busy one, that has been of great usefulness to the world.


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