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Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised September 3, 2009

BOX BUTTE CO. NE
Formed 1887 from unorganized territory

"History of Gage County, Nebraska : a narrative of the past, with special emphasis upon the pioneer period of the county's history, its social, commercial, educational, religious, and civic development from the early days to the present time" by Hugh J. Dobbs; pub. Lincoln, Neb.: Western Pub. and Engraving Co., 1918, 1102 pgs. (LH9151, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,000,188 item 1)
      Pg.432,434-435: ARNOTT DUNCAN McCANDLESS, ... representative member of the bar ... in city of Wymore ... He was born on a farm six miles east of Macomb, McDonough county, Illinois, on the 27th of August 1849, and is a son of William Wallace McCandless and Sarah (Duncan) McCandless, both natives of Pennsylvania. ... Arnott D. McCandless was five years old when his parents removed from McDonough county, Illinois, and settled on a farm one-half mile southwest of Aledo, Mercer county [Illinois], and he was a lad of about thirteen years when his father ... soldier of the Union in the Civil War, was killed at the battle of Stone River, on the 31st of December, 1862 .... He had become the father of six children, and his widow and two of her married daughters eventually came to Nebraska and settled in Box Butte county. While visiting at the home of her son Arnott D., of this review, at Wymore, the widowed mother was summoned to eternal rest, her death having occurred in 1910, at which time she was 88 years of age. ... In 1873 Mr. McCandless wedded Miss Gertrude Cabeen, who was born at Keithsburg, Illinois, a daughter of Richard C. Cabeen, an early settler of Mercer county, that state. ... No children.
 
 

CEDAR CO. NE
Formed 1857, original county

1860-1870 Cedar Co. NE Census
                  No Duncan indexed

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, James W., widow Duncan, Sarah; G 147 & A 140 Ill. Inf.; 1880 June 28, Invalid Appl. #398891, Cert. #257138; 1913 Aug. 30, Widow Appl. #1013632, Cert. #768518, Iowa. (MAD: enlisted Como, Whiteside Co. IL; ? 1860 Carroll Co. IL; 1870 Greene Co. IA; 1880 Cedar Co. NE; 1900 Dixon Co. NE, b.1845 ME)
 
 

CLAY CO. NE
Formed 1855, original county
Nuckolls formed 1860 from Clay
Adams formed 1867 from Clay

1860 Clay Co. NE Census
Pg.99, #839, Malinda DUNCAN 25 IN
                  Emily 7/12 NE
                  (MAD: see also Gage Co. NE)
 
 

CUSTER CO. NE
Formed 1877 from Unorganized Territory
Logan formed 1885 from Custer
Blaine formed 1887 from Custer

1886 "Biographical & Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Cos. IA" by Inter-State Publ. Co. (FHL book 977.78 D3b)
      Pg.360: HARVEY M. DUNCAN, farmer, Grand River Township, was born in Whitley Co. KY, November 10, 1837, a son of Harvey B. and Eliza (Laughlin) Duncan. In the fall of 1841 his parents brought their family to Iowa and settled in Wayne County, on section 8, Grand River Township, where the father died in 1861. They had a family of eight children, only 3 of whom, Harvey M. and John D., of Lineville, and Joseph A., of Custer Co. Nebraska, are living. .... In 1880 Mrs. Duncan took up the study of been culture .... He moved to Lineville in 1883 that his children might have the advantage of its schools. He was married January 19, 1862, to Sarah E. McMurtry, daughter of John McMurtry. She was born in Monroe Co. IL, in 1844, and accompanied her parents to Lineville, Iowa, in 1851, her father still being a resident of the village. To Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have been born 8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 7 are living -- John H., Maude, Della S., Eliza E., Hamilton L., Olive B. and Elizabeth E. One son, James W., was killed by the kick of a colt when 2 years old. Mr. Duncan enlisted in ... the war of the Rebellion, and served as a member of Company H, 46th Iowa Infantry. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, being a charter member of the Lineville Lodge. Mrs. Duncan is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
 
 

DAKOTA CO. NE
Formed 1855, original county

1860-1870 Dakota Co. NE Census
      No Duncan indexed

"Warner's history of Dakota County, Nebraska : from the days of the pioneers and first settlers to the present time, with biographical sketches, and anecdotes of ye olden times" by M.M. Warner; pub. Lyons: Lyons Mirror Job Office, 1893, 376 pgs. (LH12409, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,000,186 item 3)
      Pg.274-275: Settlers of 1868 ... JOSEPH McPHERSON was born in 1828, North Carolina. Married to Nancy Ann Deer in Morgan county, Indiana, and came to Dakota county, in the spring of 1868 where he opened up a brick yard. In July 1861 enlisted in the 7th Iowa Infantry, and was mustered out in 1864 at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Moved to Hitchcock county, Nebraska, August 1884, being one of its pioneer settlers. Has eight children, two sons - Wesley and Samuel J.; six daughters - Mrs. Thena Ream, Mrs. Lydia Phillips, Mrs. America Duncan, Mrs. Nettie Hammond, Mrs. Mary Smith and Mrs. Jessie Little.
      Pg.284: Settlers of 1869. SCOTT DUNCAN was born in 1849 in Pennsylvania and came to Dakota county March 11, 1870, settled in Dakota City where he has lived to the present time. Married to America McPherson in 1877. Has two children, both daughters. Rendered valuable assistance to the people in the great flood of 1881. (MAD: 1860 Indiana Co. PA census)
 
 

FURNAS CO. NE
Formed 1873 from Unorganized Territory

1880, 1900 Furnas Co. NE Census
      No Duncan indexed

1895 "Roster of soldiers, sailors, and marines of the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the War of the Rebellion, residing in Nebraska, June 1, 1895" pub. York, Neb.: Nebraska Newspaper Union, 1895 (HeritageQuest image 3/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 9146; FHL book 978.2 M2n and fiche 1,010,064 and film 844,966 item 4)
      Pg.170, soldiers from Illinois: Duncan, G.B., Private, Co.E, 106 Infantry, resides Hendley [MAD: Furnas Co. NE] (MAD: 1870 Otoe Co. NE census; 1880 Atchison Co. MO census)

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) (Placerville FHC on loan 10/11/1997 to 12/4/1997)
      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, Green B., widow Duncan, Tabitha L.; E 106 Ill. Inf.; 1891 Dec. 18, Invalid Appl. #1079178, Cert. #792417, Nebr.; 1899 May 31, Widow Appl. #699287, Cert. #525590, Nebr. (MAD: 1860 Logan Co. IL census)
 
 

HALL CO. NE
Formed 1858; original county
Howard fromed 1871 from Hall

1870 Hall Co. NE Census
Grand Island Precinct #1
Pg.8, #125-122, hotel, incl.
                  DUNCAN, George 23 KY saloon keeper $0-$500
                  Mary 21 ITaly seamstress, citizen of US, parents of foreign birth
 
 

HAMILTON CO. NE
Formed 1867 from York

1870 Hamilton Co. NE Census
      No Duncan indexed

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, Oliver P., widow Duncan, Laura J.; B 46 Ill. Inf.; 1890 July 28, Invalid Appl. #841673, Cert. #643093, Nebr.; 1897 April 13, Widow Appl. #652815, no cert., Ark. (MAD: 1860 Stephenson Co. IL; 1870 Black Hawk Co. IA, wife Laura J.; 1880 Hamilton Co. NE)

"History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska" by William H. Buss; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1921, 1508 pgs. (LH13449, HeritageQuest images 5/2007)
      Pg.384: Hamilton County ... they formed what was known as "The Old Settlers of West Hamilton County." They elected ... O.P. Duncan, vice-president, and ... This organization held together until, I think, 1899.
 
 

HOWARD CO. NE
Formed 1871 from Hall

1880 Howard Co. NE Census
      No Duncan indexed

"Portrait and biographical album of Polk County, Iowa : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the presidents of the United States and governors of the state." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Lake City Pub. Co., 1890, 848 pgs. (LH11540, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 934,959 item 3)
      Pg.786-787: THOMAS DUNCAN, who is living a retired life in Mitchellville, has been a resident of Polk County for the long period of thirty-five years. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, April 28, 1817, and is a son of William and Margaret (Smith) Duncan, who were also natives of the same country. His father was a representative business man of Glasgow, and in that city engaged in the wholesale grocery trade until 1820, when he bade good-by to his native land and with his family sailed for America. He located near Granby, Shefford County, in the Province of Quebec, where he purchased land and engaged in farming until advanced age forced him to lay aside all business cares, when he removed to Granby and there lived a retired life until his death, which occurred several years ago. His wife, the mother of our subject, died some twenty years previous, after which he was a second time married. By the first union nine children were born, six of whom are living at this writing in 1890 - Margaret, widow of John Parker, resides in Granby, Canada; Thomas is the next younger; John also makes his home in Granby; William is a citizen of Atlantic, Iowa; Janet is the wife of W. Hale of Granby; and James is also living in Atlantic. Our subject spent but three years of his life in his native city when he was brought by his parents to the province of Quebec, then Lower Canada. During his youth he received a common-school education and at the age of 20 years left home ... making his way to Vermont he secured a position as a farm hand, ... continuing to reside a greater part of the time in that State until 1855, he then followed the course of emigration westward and became a resident of Polk County, Iowa. ... He purchased 52 acres of wild land on section 22, Beaver Township, and after erecting a log cabin began the work of developing and improving a farm. After a number of years he sold and purchased a 160 acre tract in the same township, on which he resided until March, 1890, when he leased his land and removing to Mitchelville, retired to private life. In a pleasant home, furnished with the comforts and many of the luxuries of life, he and his wife expect to spend the remainder of their days. The 2nd of May, 1842, witnessed the celebration of the marriage of Thomas Duncan and Sarah Todd, who have now traveled life's journey together for more than 48 years. Mrs. Duncan is the daughter of Simon and Anna (Wood) Todd, the former a native of New York, and the latter of Canada, both of English parentage. By occupation her father was a farmer and followed that business in Shefford County, Canada, until his death. Mrs. Todd survived her husband a number of years, passing to her final rest about 1868. In their family were twelve children, eight of whom are now living - James, Caroline, Peter, Lydia, Sophia, Esther, Robert L. and Sarah.
      Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are the parents of eight children - Elizabeth, wife of Alexander C. Tigner, a farmer of Howard County, Neb.; Robert, a farmer of Sac County, Iowa; Margaret, wife of J.C. Garret, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Camp Township, this county; Mary, deceased; Thomas H. who makes his home in Sac County; Sarah A., at home; William C. a resident of Calhoun County, Iowa; and one child who died in infancy. Mr. Duncan ... owner of a highly improved and valuable farm in Beaver Township besides some property in Mitchellville. Republican, member of the Old Settlers Association of Polk County. His wife holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church and to its support Mr. Duncan contributes liberally, although he himself is not a member. (MAD: Atlantic, Cass Co. IA; 1850 Chittenden Co. VT)
 
 

LINCOLN CO. NE
Formed 1860 as Shorter, changed to Lincoln 1861
McPherson formed 1887 from Lincoln, Keith

1860-1880 Shorter / Lincoln Co. NE Census
      No Duncan indexed

"Who's who in the Pacific Southwest : a compilation of authentic biographical sketches of citizens of Southern California and Arizona." (anonymous); pub. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Print. & Binding House, 1913, 406 pgs. (LH11638, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.124: DUNCAN, Rex Dowler. Physician and surgeon. Res. Young Apts., 1621 S. Grand Ave.; office 638 Van Nuys Bldg., Los Angeles, Cal. Born in North Platte, Neb., May 2, 1886; son of Dr. Charles M. and Ella Elizabeth (Dowler) Duncan. Married to Pansy Hill of Los Angeles, March 20, 1913. ... Medical college, ... Appointed asst. health officer in 1910, ... professor of laboratory physiology, Dental College, Univ. of So. Cal., 1910-11, ... (MAD: nothing said of wife) (MAD: North Platte, Lincoln Co. NE)

1913 "Press Reference Library, Western Edition : Notables of the West, being the portraits and biographies of the progressive men of the West who have helped in the development and history making of this wonderful country." Largely devoted to California and the southwestern states. by International News Service, pub. New York: International News Service; Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, book GC 979 P92n Vol.1 (Internet Archive book, 8/24/2009, call number 31833011457485)
      Pg.785: DUNCAN, REX DOWLER, Physician and Surgeon, Los Angeles, California, was born in North Platte, Neb., May 2, 1886, the son of Dr. Charles M. Duncan and Ella Elizabeth (Dowler) Duncan. His paternal grandfather was Col. John Duncan, one of the founders of Monmouth College, and his family was prominent during the Civil War, one uncle was awarded a bronze medal by Congress for gallantry during the war. (MAD: North Platte, Lincoln Co. NE)
      Dr. Duncan received his early education in the public schools of Nebraska, studied medicine at Creighton University, Omaha, for two years, and located in Los Angeles in 1906. He entered the Medical Department of the University of California, received a degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1909. During his senior year he was undergraduate interne at the California Hospital and after graduation served at the Los Angeles County Hospital until appointed resident physician at the Sisters' Hospital, Los Angeles.
      January, 1910, Dr. Duncan was appointed Assistant Health Officer of Los Angeles and served a year when he resigned and entered into private practice. He was Professor of Laboratory Physiology in the University of Southern California Dental College, 1910-11, and is instructor in Clinical Medicine at the University. He is professor for Diseases of Children in the Los Angeles County Training School for Nurses, and a member of the visiting staff of the Los Angeles Hospital; he is also Medical Director of the "Benevolent and Protective Order of Incas."
      Dr. Duncan holds a commission as First Lieutenant in the 7th Regt. National Guards of California, and is a member of the State of California Medical Society, and Los Angeles Medical Society. He is a Thirty-second degree Mason, member of the Mystic Shrine, Phi Sigma and Phi Delta Chi.
      (MAD: ?? see Lee Co. IA 1880)
 
 

NEMAHA CO. NE
Formed 1854, original county

1860 Nemaha Co. NE Census
Pg.53, #422, Phillip STARR 44 OH farmer
                  Mary 44 OH
                  Wm. H. 21, Susan J. 19 IL
                  Mary 17, Phillip 14 IL
                  Jacob 12, Elizabeth 10 IL
                  Margaret 8, Sarah 6 IL
                  Solomon 4, Jerusha (f) 2 NE
                  Franklin DUNCAN 24 IL laborer
                  John B. STARR 24 IL laborer

1870 Nemaha Co. NE Census (from Alice Duncan with permission to share; her comments)
Peru Precinct, 17 July 18l70
Pg. --, #12-12, BLANKENSHIP, James 33 IL
                  Martha 33 IN
                  John W. 13, Mary L. 12 IL
                  F---(f) 5, Charles 3, Debra 8/12 NE
                  (Alice Duncan: John W. Blankenship mar. Harriet W. Hutchinson, dau. of Mary (Duncan) Hutchinson)
Pg.19, #147-145, DUNKIN, Cosby 40 IL carpenter $400
                  Mary 34 IL keeping house
                  James J. 17 IL at home
                  Mahala 11 IL at school
                  Rachal 4 IL, Dora 1 IL
                  (Alice Duncan: Cosby was son of Joseph and Nancy (Harris) Duncan from White Co. TN to Hancock Co. IL; "Mahala" age 11 was Elizabeth)
Pg.19, #148-146, O'CONNER, L.W. (m) 23 IN farmer $400
                  Jane 23 IL keeping house
                  Joseph 1 IL
                  Martha 22 IL domestic servant
                  Elisa 15 IL at home
                  Andrew 9 IL at school
                  BENNET, David 43 TN farmer
                  (Alice Duncan: L.W.'s name was Wales; Jane was dau. of Joseph and Nancy (Harris) Duncan; Wales, Martha and Elisa O'Conner were ch. of Elvisia (Hutchinson) O'Conner; David Bennett (son of Rachel (Lynch) Bennett), and Elvisia (Hutchinson) O'Conner Bennett were parents of Andrew BENNETT (age 9))
Pg.20, #151-149, HUTCHINSON, Thomas 39 IN wagon maker $1000
                  Mary 42 TN keeping house
                  Sarah C. 21, Cynthia 19 IL
                  John W. 16 IL works on farm
                  Harriet W. 14 IL
                  Joseph D. 7 IL at school
                  Pheby A. 5 NE
                  (Alice Duncan: Mary was dau. of Joseph and Nancy (Harris) Duncan)
Pg.22, #164-162, MOORE, James 32 PA farmer
                  Elizabeth 29 IL keeping house
                  Lydia 5, Emma O. 3, Sarah E. 1 IL
                  Elija (m) 11 IL works on farm
                  (Alice Duncan: Elizabeth was dau. of Joseph and Nancy (Harris) Duncan; Elija (male) was son of James Moore's first marriage)
 
 

RICHARDSON CO. NE
Formed 1854, original county

1870 Richardson Co. NE Census
Twp.1 Range 15, P.O. Salem
Pg.147, #5-6, BRINEGAR, David T. 35 MO farmer $5000-$1500
                  Sarah J. 33 MO
                  Thomas P. 3, Margaret 8 NE
                  DUNCAN, William 15 MO school
                  DUNCAN, George W. 12 MO school
                  HUGHES, Lewis (m) 22 OH farm laborer
Twp.1 Range 17, P.O. Falls City
Pg.194, #17-17, THACKER, Allen 32 OH miller $3500-$200
                  Eleanor 30 OH
                  Franklin (m) 8 OH
                  Isabella 10, Samuel 6 OH
                  Oscar (m) 2 KS ("Kansas")
                  DUNCAN, Margaret 17 MO domestic servant
 
 

YORK CO. NE
Formed 1855, original county

1860-1880 York Co. NE Census
      No Duncan indexed

"York County, Nebraska and its people : together with a condensed history of the state" by William H. Buss, ed. by T.E. Sedgwick; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1921, 1271 pgs. (LH9039, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; ?? FHL film 1,000,193 item 1-2)
      Pg.981: In 1901 Dr. Benjamin A. Root was married to Miss Lucy Duncan, a native of Michigan, whose death occurred in 1916. She was the mother of one son, Carl E., who is seventeen years of age.
 
 

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