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Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised October 29, 2007

CLACKAMAS CO. OR
Formed 1843; original county
Wasco formed 1854 from Clackamas, Marion, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Jackson
Multnomah formed 1854 from Washington, Clackamas

1860-1870 Clackamas Co. OR Census
      No Duncan indexed

1912 "Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912" by Joseph Gaston, pub. by S.J. Clarke (FHL film 1,000,359; SLC 9/2007)
      Vol.4, pg.293: ROBERT A. DUNCAN, who is the manager of the general merchandise store of the firm of Duncan & Cruse Brothers at Estacada, was born in Washington, May 1, 1878, the son of James and Carrie B. (Burton) Duncan. The father was a native of Scotland, and the mother of the state of California, and they were married in Washington, the father having come to America in 1854. On his arrival in this country he first settled in New York, and there was employed in railroad work until 1878, when he removed to Washington, where until 1893 he was superintendent of the rolling stock of the Northern Pacific Railroad. He then came to Oregon settling in Clackamas county, where is is living retired. In his family were five children: Charles, who is a farmer near Estacada; Edward, deceased; Robert A., of this review; Lillie, deceased; and Isabel, who is attending high school at Portland.
            Robert A. Duncan received his early education in the public schools, and started out for himself at the age of fourteen, when he went into partnership with his father in the grocery business at The Dalles, Oregon. Selling the grocery store after two years he located in Portland, where he worked for six months in a sawmill. Subsequently he went to Idaho where he engaged in packing from Boise City to Thunder Mountains, and at the same time he operated a general mercantile store at Thunder Mountains. Two years later he returned to Portland, and for one year attended the Holmes Business College, after which for two years he was employed in fancy card writing and drawing. Then being accidentally hurt he was forced to retire from active work for two years, after which he went to Kansas City, Missouri, and traveled for the Peate Brothers Manufacturing ... Two years later he returned to Oregon, settling at Estacada, where for one year he was in the government forest service, and then engaged for himself in the real estate and bond business in Portland. In July, 1911, he bought a share of the Cruse Brothers general mercantile store, which has since been operated under the firm name of Duncan & Cruse Brothers, ... Mr. Duncan still handles real estate ... In his political views Mr. Duncan is a republican, ... (MAD: nothing said of wife or children.)
 

CLARK CO. OR
Formed 1850; became part of State of Washington

1850 Clark Co. OR Census
Pg.44, #85, James DUNCAN 48 SCT farmer $3000
                  John H. DURGIN (sic) 19 MS
 
 

CLATSOP CO. OR
Formed 1844 from Twality (Washington)
Tillamook formed 1853 from Clatsop, Polk, Yamhill

1870 Clatsop Co. OR Census
Youngs River Valley, P.O. Astoria
Pg.193, #191-191, NOWLEN, J.F. (m) 26 IL farmer $0
                  Sarah M. 19 OR
                  DUNCAN, Geo. 33 KY hunter $0-$130
 
 

COOS CO. OR
Formed 1853 from Umpqua, Jackson
Curry formed 1855 from Coos

1870 Coos Co. OR Census
Empire City
Pg.230, #282-282, DUNCAN. A.H. (m) 46 ME ("Maine") farmer $0-$500 (alone)
                  parents of foreign birth
                  (MAD: 1860 Tuolumne Co. CA census)
 
 

GRANT CO. OR
Formed 1864 from Wasco, Umatilla
Harney formed 1889 from Grant
Wheeler formed 1899 from Crook, Gilliam, Grant

1870 Grant Co. OR Census
John Day Precinct
Pg.367, #55-55, DUNCAN, Jno. V/T?. 52 KY miner $0-$0 (white)
                  COBB, Charles 32 MI miner
                  LEWIS, Cobb 41 MI miner $500-$0
                  KINCAID, Wm. 38 IL miner
                  CLARKSON, T.F. (m) 45 NJ blacksmith
 
 

HARNEY CO. OR
Formed 1889 from Grant

1902 "An Illustrated History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Cos., With a Brief Outline of the Early History of the State of OR" pub. by Western Hist. Pub. Co. (FHL book 979.5 H2i and film 924,599 item 1; HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 10474)
      Pg.667-668: N.E. DUNCAN. It is with pleasure that we are enabled to write concerning the estimable gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, since he has been one of the potent factors in the development of Harney county, has manifested wisdom and enterprise in all his ways here, has labored as a true pioneer in many other sections of the country and has always manifested the same unswerving integrity, moral uprightness and sound principles, having sustained a reputation as an exceptionally reliable man, and ever arraigned on the side of right.
      Mr. Duncan was born in Williamson county, Illinois, on March 27, 1838, being the son of Dudley W. and Elizabeth Duncan. On April 16, 1859, Mr. Duncan started to New Orleans on the Panama route to California. He had an adventurous spirit and was ready to grapple with the hard problems of pioneer life and has since proved himself of the right kind of stuff. He stopped five days on the way, at Havana, and then landed in San Francisco on May 16. He worked for wages until the fall of 1861, then went by steamer to Portland, Oregon. On April 16, 1863, he started to Auburn, Baker county, arriving there on the 16th of May, and for fifteen years he was numbered with the hardy and worthy miners of that vicinity. It was 1878 that he came to upper Willow creek and took up ranching. In 1884 he came thence to the vicinity of Drewsey, and there engaged in farming and stock raising. He took raw land, two hundred and forty acres, and made of it a fine farm, and was successful in raising stock. Later he sold the farm and neat stock and handled sheep and horses exclusively. In 1899 he sold his entire property holdings in this section and retired for a time from active business. He is at present continuing this retired life. Fraternally he is affiliated with the I.O.O.F., Drewsey Lodge, No.147. Mr. Duncan was nominated for county commissioner on the Republican ticket, and notwithstanding his protests he was elected, but refused to qualify. Mr. Duncan has never ventured on the matrimonial sea, but is enjoying the quieter placidity of the celebate. He is a man of unquestioned integrity and stands high in the estimation of the people.

1905 "An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, Embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook, Lake and Klamath Counties, State of Oregon" pub. by Western Hist. Pub. Co. (FHL films 410,189 pgs.1-949, and film 410,190 pgs.948-1097; SLC 9/2007)
      Pg.918-919: WARREN M. DUNCAN, the senior member of the firm of Duncan & Company, is managing a livery and feed business at Silver Lake. He was born on July 31, 1854, where the town of Vale now stands, in eastern Oregon, while his parents were crossing the plains to Oregon. His father, George C. Duncan, was a native of Tennessee and came to Iowa at the age of sixteen. He located near Des Moines and there married Louise Rinehart. They started across the plains in the spring of 1854 and arrived in Lane county, Oregon, September 17th, of the same year. Mr. Duncan took a donation claim in Lane county and for four years was assessor of that county. As early as 1873, he came to the Silver Lake country, locating on the west bank of Silver Lake, and engaging in the stock business. He is now living a retired life in Harney county, this state, being nearly eighty years of age, his birth occurring on October 12, 1825. The mother is a relative of the Rinehart family of Union county, this state, and her mother, Isabel Rinehart, died in 1903, in her ninety-seventh year. Mrs. Duncan died in 1882. The children born to this venerable couple are Mrs. Sarilda Comegys of Burns, Oregon; Mrs. Emma Bunyard of Harney county, Oregon; Warren M., who is our subject; Felix D., of Silver Lake; and George W., of Lakeview. Our subject located on a farm with his parents in Lane county and came with them to Silver Lake in September, 1876. He engaged in the stock business and took a preemption and a homestead in the Silver Lake valley. Later he sold this property and came to the village of Silver Lake where he built a large livery stable. Since that time, he has been engaged in the livery business, his son being his partner. ...
            On December 31, 1880, Mr. Duncan married Ida Vanderpool, who was born in Marion county, Oregon. Her father, James Vanderpool, was a pioneer of Oregon in 1856 and also was one of the earliest settlers of Crook county, coming there in 1871. He died in Prineville in 1898. Her mother, Mary (Moore) Vanderpool, is now living at Prineville. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have one child, Leslie Willard, who is actively engaged with his father in the livery business. Mr. Duncan is a member of the W.W. and is a very active and stirring man.
 
 

LAKE CO. OR
Formed 1874 from Jackson, Wasco
Klamath formed 1882 from west part of Lake

1905 "An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, Embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook, Lake and Klamath Counties, State of Oregon" pub. by Western Hist. Pub. Co. (FHL films 410,189 pgs.1-949, and film 410,190 pgs.948-1097; SLC 9/2007)
      Pg.915-916: FELIX DORRIS DUNCAN should be named among the early pioneers of the country now embraced in Lake county. He resides some eight miles southeast of Silver Lake postoffice on the west bank of Silver Lake and there owns a nice home place besides two hundred acres at the foot of the lake. He gives his attention largely to stock raising and has some very choice Durham cattle and Norfolk horses. ...
            Felix D. Duncan was born on March 26, 1858, in Lane county, Oregon, the son of George C. and Louise (Rinehart) Duncan. They crossed the plains from Iowa in 1854 and made settlement in Lane county. In 1873 they came to Silver Lake valley, where the father is now living. The mother is deceased. Mrs. Duncan's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Rinehart, died in February, 1903, aged ninety-seven. Our subject grew up in Lane county and there received his education. When the family came on to Silver Lake valley, he accompanied them and here rode the range and took his present place as a homestead. ... Fraternally, Mr. Duncan is affiliated with the W.W. and in 1898 he was elected assessor of Lake county on the Democratic ticket. Mr. Duncan was among the first ones of the early settlers to come to this valley. Those who located in the Silver Lake valley in 1873, were Charles P. Marshall, James Sullivan, Emery Noble, George Thompson, Albert Rose, A.V. Lane, Samuel Smith, A.R. Chase, Mr. Murdock and G.C. Duncan and family. Mr. Marshall, Mr. Sullivan and the Duncan family are the only ones of the entire number that still remain. Mrs. Duncan, Mrs. Murdock and A.V. Lane's mother were the only women that wintered here in 1873. Our subject has assisted materially in the transformation of the country from the wild to its present prosperous condition and has always been a good substantial citizen.
      Pg.918-919: WARREN M. DUNCAN, the senior member of the firm of Duncan & Company, is managing a livery and feed business at Silver Lake. He was born on July 31, 1854, where the town of Vale now stands, in eastern Oregon, while his parents were crossing the plains to Oregon. His father, George C. Duncan, was a native of Tennessee and came to Iowa at the age of sixteen. He located near Des Moines and there married Louise Rinehart. They started across the plains in the spring of 1854 and arrived in Lane county, Oregon, September 17th, of the same year. Mr. Duncan took a donation claim in Lane county and for four years was assessor of that county. As early as 1873, he came to the Silver Lake country, locating on the west bank of Silver Lake, and engaging in the stock business. He is now living a retired life in Harney county, this state, being nearly eighty years of age, his birth occurring on October 12, 1825. The mother is a relative of the Rinehart family of Union county, this state, and her mother, Isabel Rinehart, died in 1903, in her ninety-seventh year. Mrs. Duncan died in 1882. The children born to this venerable couple are Mrs. Sarilda Comegys of Burns, Oregon; Mrs. Emma Bunyard of Harney county, Oregon; Warren M., who is our subject; Felix D., of Silver Lake; and George W., of Lakeview. Our subject located on a farm with his parents in Lane county and came with them to Silver Lake in September, 1876. He engaged in the stock business and took a preemption and a homestead in the Silver Lake valley. Later he sold this property and came to the village of Silver Lake where he built a large livery stable. Since that time, he has been engaged in the livery business, his son being his partner. ...
            On December 31, 1880, Mr. Duncan married Ida Vanderpool, who was born in Marion county, Oregon. Her father, James Vanderpool, was a pioneer of Oregon in 1856 and also was one of the earliest settlers of Crook county, coming there in 1871. He died in Prineville in 1898. Her mother, Mary (Moore) Vanderpool, is now living at Prineville. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have one child, Leslie Willard, who is actively engaged with his father in the livery business. Mr. Duncan is a member of the W.W. and is a very active and stirring man.
 

UMATILLA CO. OR
Formed 1862 from Wasco
Grant formed 1864 from Wasco, Umatilla
Morrow formed 1865 from Umatilla

1870 Umatilla Co. OR Census
Walla Walla Precinct
Pg.374, #42-40, MORA, Antoine (m) 41 CANada farmer $1000-$725, parents of foreign birth
                  Margaret 34 CAN keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Gelantine (f) 12 Wash.Terry., parents of foreign birth
                  Lena (f) 11, Esophia (f) 9 OR, parents of foreign birth
                  Priscilla 8, Emeline 6 OR, parents of foreign birth
                  Margaret 4, Antoine (m) 3 OR, parents of foreign birth
                  Josephine (f) 1 OR, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Campbell (m) 8 British Columbia

1882 "Historic Sketches of Walla Walla, Whitman, Columbia & Garfield Cos., Washington Territory, and Umatilla Co. OR" by Frank T. Gilbert, Portland, Ore. (Sacramento Public Library on inter-library loan; also FHL film 928,566 item 2)
      Pg.97-99: Immigration Roll of 1843 (Oregon) ... Duncan, James (among many)
      Pg.51: Columbia Co. WA, Appendix: J.W. Duncan; lives one and one-half miles east of Dayton; is a farmer; owns 320 acres of land; address is Dayton. He was born in Platte Co. MO, October 5, 1837; came to Oregon in 1852, and to this county in 1886. (MAD: see 1860 Lane Co. OR)
 
 

WASCO CO. OR
Formed 1854 from Clackamas, Marion, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Jackson
Baker, Umatilla formed 1862 from Wasco
Grant formed 1864 from Wasco, Umatilla
Lake formed 1874 from Jackson, Wasco
Crook formed 1882 from Wasco
Gilliam formed 1885 from Wasco
Sherman formed 1889 from Wasco
Hood River formed 1908 from Wasco

1860 Wasco Co. OR Census
Fall River Precinct
Pg.604, #2573-2183, Jas. LONG 27 IN wood cutter $0-$50
                  Henry HAMILTON 53 IN wood cutter $0-$100
                  Thos. DUNCAN 33 NY laborer $0-$50

1870 Wasco Co. OR Census
West Dalles Precinct
Pg.425-6, #177-180, HENSHAW, Albert 34 MA farming $0-$1295
                  Issabel (f) 20 MO keeping house
                  William 5, David 3 OR
                  Yeoman (m) 5/12 OR b.Jan.
                  DUNCAN, Charles 34 NY farm laborer $0-$300, parents of foreign birth
East of Deschutes River
Pg.450, #96-92, MORGAN, James 22 OR stock raising $0-$1801, mother of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, John 25 MO stock raising $0-$3900
 

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