Family From Ireland
died Page Co., Iowa
Robert MILLIGAN DUNCAN; [FOPC-ID# 1.1.4]
(2nd s/o ADAM W. & Mother: JENNET MILLIGAN) of Washington Co., PA.; Jefferson Co., OH. to Guernsey Co., OH.
(Gs/o....Andrew,1 & Jane (WILEY) DUNCAN)) of Scotland, Washington Co., PA. The American Progenitor!
Born 27 Sep 1829 on his father's farm (Sec. 25) in Londonderry Township, Guernsey Co., OH;
Died 28 Dec 1862, age 33yrs, he was a casuality of the Civil War,
was Killed In Action, (k.i.a.) at the Chickasaw Bluff's Campaign,
near Vicksburg, Warren Co., Mississippi, [See: USA Civil War rec]
Buried: Indian Mound, Vicksburg National Cemetery, Warren Co., MS. [See: Cem. rec]
Ocuppation: "Farmer, Miller"
At age 21yrs, he married on 10 Oct. 1850, Offiiciated by the Rev. John MARSHALL,
at the Londonderry United Presbyterian Church, Gurnsey Co., OH., to his childhood sweetheart,
26 year old Miss Mary Ann ALEXANDER;
(1st daughter of JOHN & Mary (ALLEN) ALEXANDER,
b. __ ___ 1824, Philadelphia, PA;
d. 27 Feb 1879, at the age of 55 years; Clarinda, IA.
She is Buried in the Mapel Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Amity Twp., Page Co., IA; [See: Cem.Rec.]
<--- (See: FOPC© Row 6, Lot 3) [Created by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr., Dec 01, 1996]
At age 45yrs she married second, on 14 Sep 1869, Clarinda, Page Co., IA. to [See: m. rec.]
62year old Mr. John Todd DUNCAN, (As his 2nd Wife!)
b. 04 Mar 1807, Conemaugh Twp., Indiana Co., Pennsylvania;
d. 15 Sep 1885, at the age of 78 years, Page Co., IA.
Buried: Maple Hill Cemetery, (See No Marker)
No Issue to this 2nd Union:
See: John T. DUNCAN for Continuation of this Family!
|They had 3 Children born to this 1st Union: (2 Sons & 1 Dau)|
|Son/Dau||Click on Name for More Inf.||b.-d.||Married/Info.||Ch.||1. 1st Dau:||Jane Elizabeth DUNCAN,||*1858-1914 a56yrs||m. *1879 IA. ALEXANDER PINKERTON,||0Ch.||2. 1st Son:||John Wiley DUNCAN,||*1859-1947 a88yrs||m. c1882 IA. AnnA RobertSON BERRY,||5Ch.||3. 2nd Son:||Robt. 'Alex' DUNCAN,||*1862-1945 a83yrs||m. *1885 RACHEL PINKERTON,||8Ch.||13 Grandchildren! (Only 10 grew to Maturity!)|
Chronological Order of Events
Robert Milligan DUNCAN (1829-1862, age 33yrs)
Item Date Age Description (Click on Underline for Source) Living in Co. Born 1829 home of Parents in Londonderry Twp. Guernsey Co., OH. Census 1830 1yr home of Parents in Londonderry Twp. Guernsey Co., OH. Census 1840 11yrs home of Parents in Londonderry Twp. Guernsey Co., OH. Census 1850 21yrs 9th Oct., home of Parents in Londonderry Twp., "Farm Labor" Guernsey Co., OH. Married 1850 21yrs 10th Oct., Londonderry U.P. Church to Miss Mary Ann ALEXANDER, age 26yrs" Guernsey Co., OH. Death 1852 23yrs 25th June Father dies, age 50yrs was in Will & Test. No LAND, $400 only Guernsey Co., OH. Leave OH. 1855 26yrs in the Spring, the move "West" to Page Co., IA. Arrive IA. 1855 26yrs in the Winter, they Arrive Page Co., IA. Census 1860 31yrs with Wife & 2 Children Tarkio Twp., "Farmer" $1,000/$600 Page Co., IA. CWar 1862 33yrs on 27 Aug Enlist for Civil War Clarinda Page Co., IA. Deed 1862 33yrs on 17 Nov Wife buys 160 acres Lincoln Twp., Section 19 Page Co., IA. CWar 1862 33yrs 28 Dec., k.i.a. Civil War Chickasaw Bulffs Campaign Vicksburg, MS. Leaving "Widow" Mrs. Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN, age 38yrs and 3 small children! Pension 1863 39yrs Widow filed Pension Application Clarinda, was granted $8.00 per Month Page Co., IA. Deed 1863 39yrs in Aug she sold 80 acres of her 160 acers Lincoln Twp., Page Co., IA. Church 1864 40yrs Feb. was "Charter Member" United Presbyterian Church Clarinda, Page Co., IA. Deed 1864 40yrs March, buys 80 acres of Land East River Twp., Section 29 Page Co., IA. Deed 1865 41yrs Jan, buys Land East River Twp., Section 29 Page Co., IA. Deed 1865 41yrs Oct, buys 40 acres of Land East Nodaway Twp., Section 29 Page Co., IA. Move 1867 43yrs future 2nd husband John T. DUNCAN moves to Clarinda Page Co., IA. Mar2nd 1869 45yrs Sep., "Widowed" John T. DUNCAN, age 62yrs Amity Twp, College Springs, Page Co., IA. Cert 1870 46yrs Jan., Certificate of Marriage Clarinda, Circuit Court Page Co., IA. Deed 1870 47yrs Feb., buy 65acres of "Butler's Health Resort" Amity Twp., Sec. 2 Page Co., IA. CWar 1870 47yrs Mar., lst Certificate of Claims, $2,322 Amity Twp., Sec. 2 Page Co., IA. Census 1870 47yrs Jun, J.T, & Mary Ann (Alexander) with 3Ch. Amity Twp., Sec. 2 Page Co., IA. Deed 1871 48yrs May, J.T, & Mary Ann (Alexander) buy 65 acres Amity Twp., Sec. 20 Page Co., IA. Death 1879 55yrs Feb, Mrs. Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN, dies Amity Twp., Sec. 1 Page Co., IA. Will&T. 1879 55yrs Mar., Will & Testament "Read & Filed" in Court Amity Twp., Sec. 1 Page Co., IA. Twice "Widower" John T. DUNCAN, age 72yrs Census 1880 73yrs per W&T living with Step-Son John W. DUNCAN Amity Twp., Sec. 1 Page Co., IA. Census 1885 78yrs per W&T living with Step-Son John W. DUNCAN Amity Twp., Sec. 14 Page Co., IA. Death 1885 78yrs Sep., died while l/w Step-Son John W. DUNCAN Amity Twp., Sec. 14 Page Co., IA.
Marriage Mr. DUNCAN & Miss ALEXANDER
Mr. Robert M. DUNCAN, age 21yrs Son of Adam & Jennet (Milligan) DUNCAN and
Miss Mary Ann ALEXANDER, age 26yrs Daughter of John & Mary (Allen) ALEXANDER were married at the Londonderry U.P. Church, by Rev. John MARSHALL in Londonderry, Guernsey Co., Ohio on 10 Octomber 1850.
[REF:#006] and See: [REF: #22.2]
See: 1863 Pension App. says Rev. John MARSHALL, was from Harrison Co., ON. [Need M-Bk, Pg # ..prs]
Robert M. DUNCAN's Dream to Reality:
Spring of 1855, Ohio to Iowa!
In spring of 1855 at age of 26 years Robert M. DUNCAN's dream became a reality, "The Homestead Act" was in the Congress of U.S. which would grant free farms to settlers. [Was not approved until May 20, 1862, 7 months before Robert M. Duncan's death ..prs] Saddled with all their worldly possessions, pots and pans, guns and ammunition, chairs and tables, bed and chest, even cows and chickens, joined a caravan West, along with Brother-in-law: John ALEXANDER, Jr. & Wife Nancy (Andrews) ALEXANDER; Alexander McKEOWN, Jr. and Sister-in-law Hannah J. (Alexander) McKEOWN and others.
To get ready to make a new start to their lives in the Promised Land, they had to buy supplies for the trek. Flour and sugar, beans and bacon were the main staples. They also had to buy a wagon, and mules and oxen to pull it. Most of the wagons were Conestogas, those sturdily built "Prairie Schooners" designed for the rough road of the East. It's been reported that Robert M. and Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN's was a box wagon fitted with high, curved ribs over which canvas was stretched to form a protective cover against both the searing sunrays and the drenching rains. Robert's hope was that even with all their belongings inside there would be space enough for his wife Mary Ann to sleep, and find some privacy.
The plan was that the caravan would leave the Ohio Valley as soon as the grass was tall enough to provide forage for the livestock. By the late spring of 1855 they were on their way. Robert M. and Mary A. DUNCAN's day's typical began at dawn with the sound of a bugle. After breakfast, the mules and oxen were hitched up and by seven the procession was on its way for the day. Shortly before noon the wagons were halted for the animals to graze and Mary Ann to prepare a midday meal. Not until about three in the afternoon did the caravan start up again. Mary Ann road in the wagon, Robert M. DUNCAN walked alongside, or rode his horse, and had the job of herding the livestock. At dusk they would halt for the night, the wagons were drawn up in a circle, the tongue of each wagon was pushed under the rear of the next as a defense against Indian attack. The livestock was corralled inside as an additional precaution.
The well-organized caravan had a definite route; Robert M. and Mary Ann and party followed the Gist Trail ( 1780) and met up with the caravan in Pomeroy Village, Ohio along the Ohio River. The caravan followed west along the Boone Trail (1800) over Cumberland Pass. Their the route would cut northwest over the rolling prairies of eastern Missouri until it reached Fort Kearny on the Platte River. from their it followed the river past Chimney Rock and the impressive stone ridges known as Council Bluffs. By now they had been 50 to 55 days on the trail and were nearly 950 miles from their starting place.
It was not unusual that at this point tensions mounted, quarrels exploded and dissensions led to ugly brawls. Blame for conditions was generally directed at the wagon master. It was here that Robert M. and Mary Ann had enough of the harsh life with the caravan and fell in love with prairies of Iowa.
To those for whom California was the goal, the route would split at the Snake River west of Fort Hall, dropping south of the Raft River and past the strange natural formations called the City of Rocks. Progressing further, they would reach Humboldt River. Here the going was made easier by an abundance of grass and good water, but traveling westward through Humbolt Sink was a nightmare. Progress was slow through the saltwater and bogs. Beyond the sink lay an arid desert backed by the almost impenetrable Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Truckee, a turbulent, boulder-strewn river, led up to Donner Pass, and then the trail led to the California valleys of Sacramento and San Joaquin.
Robert M. DUNCAN and Mary Ann ALEXANDER arrive in Iowa:
In the winter of 1855, Robert M. & Mary Ann first arrived in Washington County, Iowa with: Brother-in-law Johb ALEXANDER, Jr. & Wife Nancy (Andrews) ALEXANDER; Alexander McKEOWN, Jr. and Sister-in-law Hannah J. (Alexander) McKEOWN and others.
Later that same year they removed to Page County, Iowa, they started clearing the land of a small parcel in a area now called Tarkio Township. [Tarkio Twp. was not plated until 09 Jan. 1858 ..prs]
They constructed a "Sod house", started fencing in his acreage, and plowing the land for spring crops. It should be remembered that at this time Page Co., was on the wild frontier, and infested with wild beast, against which the early settlers waged a successful warfare. The winter of 1855 was a very severe one, the temperature ranging from twenty to thirty degrees below zero for fully six weeks. The first frame house was not even erected in the township until 1859 by Peter A. GRIFFY. It was of hard native lumber, sawed at the mill on the Tarkio River. Tarkio is the second township from the west county line, as well as second from the north line, with Nodaway on the east. It is now described by congressional township No. 69, range 38, but formerly took in nearly the west half of the county. Its domain, fertile and rolling, and watered by the East, Middle and West Tarkio Rivers.
[Source: Paul R. Sarrett, June 1989]
The ALEXANDERS & DUNCAN Families can be Found:
1860 Census, PAGE CO. , IA
Fed.# M-65, Reel:337 Page: 977F.Visit: 500
Pg F.V. FName MName LName Age b.Yr b.St Remarks Dated: 18 Jul 1860 - TARKIO Twp. - FOPC-ID# ANDR 1.3 977 500 John ALEXANDER 35 1825 PA H/H Farmer 977 500 Nancy (ANDREWS) ALEXANDER 30 1830 OH m.12yrs John, Jr. *1848 OH 977 500 Samuel M. ALEXANDER 9 1851 OH Son 1st, 977 500 John A. ALEXANDER 7 1853 OH Son 2nd, 977 500 James M. ALEXANDER 5 1855 IA Son 3rd, 977 500 Mary E. ALEXANDER 1 1859 IA Only Dau, Dated: 18 Jul 1860 - TARKIO - FOPC-ID# 1.1.4 977 501 Robert M. DUNCAN 31 1829 OH H/H Farmer, $1,000/$600 977 501 Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN 36 1824 PA m.10yrs Robert M., *1850 OH 977 501 Jane E. DUNCAN 3 1857 IA Only Dau, m. Alex PINKERTON, *1879 977 501 John W. DUNCAN 1 1859 IA Son 1st, m. A.R. BEERY, c1882
Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN - Nov 17 1862 Deed
(See Deed Book, H, Pg. 354 Page Co., IA.)
Lincoln Twp., Sec 19, 160 acres School Dist. #4
Nov. 17, 1862 .. JOHN McCASKY of Page Co., State of Iowa; assigns 160 acres of land lying on the South East 1/4, of Section 19 of Lincoln Twp., to Mary Ann DUNCAN.
(Later in 1900 this 160 acres became property of Moses J. HOSKINS..prs)
Pvt. Robert M. DUNCAN, age 35yrs - Civil War
4th. Regiment of Iowa Infantry Volunteers
(killed in action k.i.a. December 28th, 1862)
After living in Page County, Iowa for only 7 years Robert M. DUNCAN, age 33, and with a family of three small children
JANE ELIZABETH DUNCANage 4 years, 1 month, 27 days;
JOHN WILEY DUNCAN, age 2 years, 0 months, 21 days, and the baby
Robert 'ALEX' DUNCAN, 7 months, 21 days.
Robert M. DUNCAN on the morning of 27 Aug. 1862 signed-up, at Clarinda, for the 4th. Regiment of Iowa Infantry Volunteers, to serve three years. Two months and eleven days later, he was mustered into Company "K" as a Private on 8 Nov. 1862 at Davenport, Iowa. The Muster Roll described Robert M. DUNCAN, as a 35 year old (other records indicate he was 33 ..prs), Dark complection, with Gray eyes, Black hair, and 5'-11" tall. His Occupation was listed as a "Miller" born in Guernsey, Ohio. His pay was a $25.00 bounty. One month and 20 days later Robert M. DUNCAN at age 33 was "Killed in Battle" at the Cherokee Bluffs Campaign, near Vicksburg, Mississippi on 28th. day of Dec. 1862. [REF: 9. & 22.]
See Robert M. DUNCAN - CIVIL WAR PAPERS for continuation:
Vicksburg National Cemetery, Vicksburg, Warren Co., Mississippi 39180 Pvt. Robert M. DUNCAN, age 33yrs
(Co. K, 4th Iowa Inf. Vol.)
Dec 28th, 1862, k.i.a. Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, Vicksburg, MS.
See: FAGrave.com Map! GPS Map Coordinates: Latitude: 32.3750610, Longitude: -90.8676376
Vicksburg National Cemetery embraces 116 acres, and holds the remains of 17,000 Civil War Union soldiers, a number unmatched by any other national cemetery. Covering ground once mAnned by the extreme right of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's XV Army Corps during the siege of Vicksburg, it was established by an act of Congress in 1866, and serves as the final resting place for United States soldiers who gallantly served this country in times of national and international conflict.
During the Civil War, soldiers that succumbed to wounds or disease were typically buried close to where they died. If their name was known, their grave could be marked with whatever materials were at hand — most commonly the etching of the name into a wooden board.
Vicksburg National Cemetery was under the jurisdiction of the War Department ' until 1933, when administration was turned over to the Department of the Interior's National Park Service. The last cemetery superintendent, Randolph G. Anderson, retired in 1947, and supervision of the cemetery became the added responsibility of the superintendent of Vicksburg National Military Park.
Source from a Document Dated 01 Jun. 1863, from her Widows Pension Applications The next record list the "Widow" Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN, age 39yrs along with her three small children:
Only Dau: Jane E. DUNCAN, age 6yrs
1st Son: John W. DUNCAN, age 4yrs and
2nd Son: Robert Alex. DUNCAN age 1yr removed into the town of Clarinda.
"Applicant and children Reside in Clarinda" No record has been found by this writer in the Page Co., Land Title Office, of ownership of any property in the town of Clarinda, although she did own other property. Maybe she was renting? Being a Clarinda resident is consistent with other records up to the 07 Feb. 1870 purchase of the Duncan Mineral Springs Stock Farm in Amity Twp. Source: [REF:#CWar Jun 1863
Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN - Aug 03, 1863 Sell Deed
(See Deed Book, H, Pg. 497 Page Co., IA.)
Lincoln Twp., Sec 19, 80 acres School Dist. #4
Aug. 03, 1863 .. Mary Ann DUNCAN of Page Co., State of Iowa; assigns 80 acres of land lying on the West 1/2, of the South East 1/4, of Section 19 of Lincoln Twp., to J. H. POWERE.
Possible Record Problem! It has been reported that Geo. Walter DUNCAN, (1883-1968) oldest son of JOHN WYLIE DUNCAN, talked about his Grandmothers house in Clarinda,
"it was located either where WEIL'S men's store (on the square) is or where the RICHARDSON LUMBER YARD located a block south of the square is at. The house had dirt thrown up around the foundation and was held up by rocks or logs and this was where she planted her tomatoes, in other words her garden."
The above information had to come John W. DUNCAN, because Geo. Walter was not even born until 4 years after his Grandmothers death... prs [Our Source: [REF:#10]
CLARINDA UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Feb 1864 In 1864 Widow Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN, age 40 was one of the "charter members" of the new United Presbyterian Church in Clarinda, 1st pastor was D. C. WILSON. This church was organized 22 Feb. 1864, its original members being: JOHN R. KNOX, JAMES J. KNOX and Wife Mary KNOX, WILLIAM ALEXANDER and Wife ELIZABETH ALEXANDER, SAMUEL ALEXANDER and Wife SARAH E. (Unknown) ALEXANDER, E. A. MURPHY and Wife SARAH MURPHY, Widow Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN, JANE LAWRENCE and SAIDE GRAY. They bought their present church edifice in 1868, at the cost of $ 1,300, and it was dedicated to the worship of God July 8, of the same year. The church has had but one pastor, Rev. D. C. WILSON. Mr. WILSON is a man of much ability, and one who has the confidence of the singular as well as the religious portion of the community. The present membership of the society is seventy five in the year 1880. [REF:#11.]
It is NOT known who these Alexanders, were, but this writer does not think they were closely related to the widow Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN. ...prs
Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN - Mar 22, 1864 Buys Deed
(See Deed Book, I, Pg. 292 Page Co., IA.)
East River Twp., Sec 29, 80 acres School Dist. #4, P.O. Shambaugh, IA.
Deed dated Mar. 22 1864; Filed on Nov. 13, 1864 .. WILLIAM and Wife Mary SLY of Page Co., State of Iowa; assigns and convey 80 acres of land lying on the North 1/2, of the North West 1/4, of Section 29 of East River Twp., to Mary Ann DUNCAN...
(This was Isaac MILKINS, property in 1901...prs)
Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN - Jan 02, 1865 Buys Deed
(See Deed Book, I, Pg. 354 Page Co., IA.)
East River Twp., Sec ??, ?? acres School Dist. #4, P.O. Shambaugh, IA.
File Date Jan. 02, 1865...
[Need Record ..prs]
Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN - Oct 03, 1865 Buys Deed
(See Deed Book, J, Pg. 261, Inst. Oct. 03, 1865, Page Co., IA.)
Nebraska Twp., Sec 29, 40 acres Ind. Washington, School Dist. #4, P.O. Clarinda, IA.
Deed dated Oct. 03 1865; Filed on Oct. 05, 1866 .. JOHN AnnAN of Page Co., State of Iowa; assigns and convey 40 acres of land lying on the South West 1/4, of the North East 1/4, of Section 29 of Nebraska Twp., to Mary Ann DUNCAN
[This property is now in "East Nodaway" Township, Same Section No...prs]
Marriage Mr. DUNCAN & Mrs. DUNCAN
Mr. John T. DUNCAN, age 62yrs and
Mrs. Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN, age 45yrs Daughter of John & Mary (Allen) ALEXANDER (dec'd) were married at the College Springs, United Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. ANDERSON, Page Co., Iowa on 14th Sep 1869.
CERTIFICATE OF RE-MARRIAGE
File Date: Jan. 14, 1870;
STATE OF IOWA }
COUNTY of Page }
W. W. RNFSELL, Clerk of the Circuit Court within and for said County and State hereby certify that JOHN T. DUNCAN and Mary Ann DUNCAN of said County duly joined in marriage as husband and wife on the 14th day of September A.D. 1869 according to the laws of said State as shown by the records of said Court in my office.
SEAL In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at Clarinda, Iowa this 14th. day of January A.D. 1870. L/S W. W. Rnfsell, Clerk Circuit Court
(Source transcribed by M. Lucille (Wilson) Sarrett from: Marriage Book No. ?, p. ???; Page County, Iowa;
[REF:#003] Biographical Sketches
JOHN T. DUNCAN was a farmer and a stone-mason, he also was in the Civil War, he volunteered on 27 Jun. 1863, at the age of 56 years with the 62nd. Pennsylvania Volunteers, "H" Company and was with the Company that captured John Morgan at Liverpool, Ohio. The Rev. SAMUEL ANDERSON of Indiana County, Penn. had a call to the United Presbyterian Church in Amity Township, (College Springs), Page County, Iowa. So in the fall (April) of 1867, the Rev. ANDERSON and 40 members of his congregation packed up their belongings and came to wilds of Page County, Iowa.
JOHN T. DUNCAN and his family were in this migration. JOHN T. DUNCAN was a man of excellent character, and a worthy member of the United Presbyterian Church for fifty-three years of his life. [REF:#12]
Biographical History of Page Co., Iowa - 1890
By W.L. Kershaw, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., of Chicago, IL.
[Kenneth Bio. 1916-2003]
It has been reported by KENNETH FULK, Son of JENNIE E. (DUNCAN) FULK, Grandson of Robt. ALEX. DUNCAN, Great-Grandson of Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) (DUNCAN) DUNCAN, reported to this writer:
"that his "Great- Grandmother Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN was not to happy with this second marriage. She found out that he (JOHN T. DUNCAN) was lazy and did not like to work, so she kicked him out. To a DUNCAN it is a sin not to work." [REF:#13]
This may be Kenneth Fulk's opinion, both of them died before he was born, and in Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN DUNCAN'S Last Will and Testament she left a provision that her two sons provide her second husband "board and clothing" as long as he resided on the farm, this comment of Kenneth's doesn't seams consistent with her Will nor her sons who, provide for the elderly JOHN T. DUNCAN age 73, board and clothing and he lived with the sons JOHN W. & Robert Alex DUNCAN in Amity Twp., until his death in 1885.
A Deed of 07 Feb. 1870, shows Mrs. Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN, DUNCAN, age 46 purchased from JOHN BUTLER, some 65 acres of land on Section 2, Amity Twp. Then called The Butlers Health Resort, later this became "Duncan Mineral Spring Stock Farm" this property was referred to as the Alec Duncan Home-place.
JOHN BUTLER, of Page County, State of Iowa, convey 15 acres of land laying at the SE 1/4, NE 1/4, EAST 25 acres (except East 10 acres thereof) of NE 1/4, SE 1/4, of Section 2 all in Township 67 (Amity), North Range; 37 West of 5 P.M. in Page County, Iowa; to Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN for consideration of $2,600.....
See: Aerial Photos!
(Source transcribed by M. Lucille (Wilson) Sarrett from: Deed Book No. ?, p. ???; Page County, Iowa;
JOHN BUTLER'S "Health Resort" was popular in the nineteenth century. Located on this farm was a Mineral water well. Mr. BUTLER built an Annex on his house, and established a rest-cure.
Source: (REMEMBRANCES OF THE OLDER GENERATION in 1938; Pages From the Past; Vol. V, No. 3, Pg. 17)
(in 1938 this was ALEX DUNCAN property..prs)
Possible Record Problem! Phyliss (Dunn) FULK, write's:
On 07 Feb. 1870, she removed to the farm near College Springs (Section 1 & 2, Amity Township) and joined the United Presbyterian Church of College Springs, the 1st. church was built about 1867, the first pastor was J. S. MAUGHLIN. [REF:#10]
Phyliss is wrong about this date!, she never listed any Sources for her info., but as you can see they were still living in Nodaway Twp. in the 03 Jun 1870 Census. She probably joined the College Springs U.P. Church prior to her marriage there in Sep 1869. ..prs
Last Certificate of USA-Civil War Claim - Mar 09, 1870 On March 9, 1870, the Pension Commision finaly issued the last Certificate of Claims 9,639 & 141,209 in the amount of $2,322 for the Widow Pension Benfits of her first husband Pvt. Robert M. DUNCAN (dec'd) death during the Civil War.
[See CW-Rec. Mar 9th, 1870]
J.T. DUNCAN can be found with Family:
1870 Census Nodaway Twp, PAGE Co., IA
Fed.# M-593 Reel# 414 Page: 0464 F.Visit: 94
Pg. F.Visit FName MName LName Age Born b.Yr. Remarks Nodaway Twp - Dated: 03 Jun 1870, Clarinda, P.O. - ID# 1.1.4.+ 0464 94 J.T. DUNCAN 63 PA 1807 H/H Stone-Mason, $1,200/$160 0464 94 M.A. (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN 48 OH 1822 m.1)R.DUNCAN, 2)J.T. DUNCAN 0464 94 J.E. DUNCAN 12 IA 1858 m. ALEX. PINKERTON, 1879 IA 0464 94 J.W. DUNCAN 11 IA 1859 m. AnnA R. BERRY, c1882 IA 0464 94 R.A. DUNCAN 8 IA 1862 m. RACHEL PINKERTON, 1885 IA
John T. & Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN - May 05, 1871 Buys Deed
(See Deed Book, 7, Pg. 172, Page Co., IA.)
In 1871, a Record at the Land Title Office, Page Co., IA. Court House list that Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN, and Second Husband JOHN T. DUNCAN, bought some 65 acres in Amity Twp. on Section 20. [School Dist. #8]
...Dated: May. 05 1871; .. J. H. REID of Page Co., State of Iowa; assigns and convey 25 acres of land lying on the West 5/8, of the South West 1/4, of the North West 1/4, of Section 20 and 40 acres of the South East 1/4 of the North West 1/4, of Section 20, all of Amity Twp., to JOHN T. DUNCAN and wife Mary Ann DUNCAN.
Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Amity Twp., Page Co., IA.
Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN,
d. 27th Feb 1879, age 55yrs
<--- (See: FOPC© Row 6, Lot 3)
[Created by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr., Dec 01, 1996]
<---See: Find A Grave Memorial# 74560907
[Created by: Sandy Hicks Mullins, Aug 07, 2011]
<---See: Photo of Find A Grave Monument,
[Photo by: Paul R Sarrett, 11/27/2011]
(Mary A. and John T. DUNCAN)
John Todd DUNCAN,
b. 04 Mar 1807 ~ d. 15 Sep 1885,
age 78yrs, 7mths, & 11 days,
<--- (See: FOPC© Row 6, Lot 3)
[Created by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr., Dec 01, 1996]
<---See: Find A Grave Memorial# 81093225
[Created by: Paul R Sarrett, Nov 27, 2011]
<---See: Photo of Find A Grave Monument,
[Photo by: Paul R Sarrett, 11/27/2011]
<---FAGrave.com Map! GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.61432°N, Longitude: -95.12349°W
<---Google.com Map! GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.61428°N, Longitude: -95.12341°W
<--- (See: FOPC© Cemetery Interment Records) [Created by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr., Dec 01, 1996]
Driving Directions: From Clarinda, at the 71Hwy & 2Hwy go South on the 71Hwy, 6 miles to the J52 Road (280th St) turn right (West) go 5 miles to College Springs, turn left (South) on Nutmeg Ave. go 1 mile to J56 Road (290th) turn right (West) to Maple Ave. Cemetery is on the North East Corner.
Name Married Grandchildren/1st Cousins 1. Only Dau: Jennie DUNCAN, m. *1879 Alexander PINKERTON No Children 2. 1st Son: John W. DUNCAN, m. c1882 Anna BERRY, 5 Children (All b. after d. of Grandmother)
2.1 Walter G. DUNCAN, b. 1883
2.2 Robert L. DUNCAN, b. 1885
2.3 Agnes J. DUNCAN, b. 1890
2.4 Charles S. DUNCAN, b. 1892
2.5 Vernon A. DUNCAN, b. 1895
3. 2nd Son: Robert "Alex" DUNCAN, m. *1885 Rachel PINKERTON, 8 Children (All b. after d. of Grandmother)
3.1 Willie A. DUNCAN, b. 1887
3.2 Mabel DUNCAN, b. 1889
3.3 Jennie J. DUNCAN, b. 1891
3.4 John W. DUNCAN, b. 1893
3.5 Velma DUNCAN, b. 1896
3.6 Vera B. DUNCAN, b. 1896
3.7 Nina DUNCAN, b. 1900
3.8 Clark R. DUNCAN, b. 1902
Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN's death:
She lived for 9 years 5 months, and 13 days with her second husband JOHN T. DUNCAN on the "DUNCAN Farm", in (Sec. 1 & 2) Amity Twp., Page County, until her death on Feb. 27, 1879 at the age of 55 years. She was laid to rest in the Maple Hill Cemetery at College Springs, Iowa. (Section III, Row 6, Lot 3)
(NOTE: Her headstone list her birth year as born 1827 several other records list the year as born 1824...prs)
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Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN prepared a "hand written" Last Will and Testament on 26 Feb. 1879; (1 day before her death on 27th) Recorded County Clerk, 2nd. Feb. 1894; and was "Read and Filed" on the 26 March 1879 and Monday to 2nd. June 1879. WILL and TESTAMENT
Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN
KNOW ALL MEN: by these present that I Mary Ann DUNCAN, of Page County, Iowa. Who being sick and of poor health, but of sound mind, do make this my Last Will and Testament.
First: That all Expenses of my last sickness and burial be paid first out of the sale or proceeds of my Personal Property.
Second: That all just claims against my Estate, also be paid out of my Personal Property. All the above just claims to be paid by my two sons JOHN W. DUNCAN and ROBT. A. DUNCAN out of my Personal Property.
Third: It is my will and bequeath that JOHN W. DUNCAN, shall have his own property; two work beast, one Sorral (12 years old) & one Bay Mare (5 years old), also one Sorral Horse Colt, between one and two years as his own.
Fourth: I will and bequeath to my son ROBT. A. DUNCAN, one three year old Sorral horse and 1 Bay Mare about 12 year old, to have as his own property.
Fifth: I will and bequeath to my Daughter JENNIE E. DUNCAN, my Sewing Machine; one bead (bed) and bedding; one cow; one set of chairs and one table.
Sixth: I will and bequeath that JOHN T. DUNCAN, my husband, Shall have live with my two sons JOHN W. DUNCAN and ROBT. A. DUNCAN, who will provide him board and clothing, adapted his age and their circumstances on the farm now owned and occupied by me, but should JOHN T. DUNCAN leave said farm and reside else where. It is not my will that my two sons JOHN W. DUNCAN and ROBT. A. DUNCAN shall not pay any expenses after so learning.
Seventh: It is my will that after all debts and Expenses are paid off and the aforementioned set off to my two sons and daughter, that what ever amount of Personal Property remaining, if any to be equally divided between my two sons JOHN W. DUNCAN and ROBT. A. DUNCAN and shall any disagreement arise between my two sons in the division of said remaining Property. It shall be settled by calling two good Citizens, who shall divide an settle the same, in witness of which I have hereunto set my this 26 Feb. 1879.
L/S Mary Ann Duncan
L/S James Hull
L/s J. P. White
Read and Filed this 26th. day of March, 1879 and Monday, June 2nd. 1879, being the first of the next Term of the Circuit Court of Page County, Iowa is fixed for Proving the same. Page 414 J. E. Hill, Clerk
Source: M. Lucille (Wilson) Sarrett, Gr-Granddaughter of Robert M. & Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN, writes in 1980's
Mrs. Mary Ann (Alexander) DUNCAN, was a strong early pioneer, that has made this country as strong as it is today. Born in in Penn. matured to adulthood in the Ohio Valley, traveled west to the plains of Iowa. When she was a young girl she united with the United Presbyterian Church and lived with her faith all of her days. She lost her first husband during the Civil War and she raised three children by her self. The love and regard of her children and appreciation of her neighbors, testified to the high esteem in which she was held.
John W. DUNCAN can be found with Family:
1880 Census, PAGE CO.; IA Twp. Amity Twp.
T-9 Reel:359 ; E.D.,158 ; Page: 513c ; F.Visit: 185
Pg. F.V. FName MName LName Age b.Mt b.Yr b.St My Remarks Dated: 30 Jun 1880 - Amity Twp. - FPC-ID# DUNC 22.214.171.124 513c 185 John W. DUNCAN 20 1860 IA H/H Single, Farmer 513c 185 John T. DUNCAN 73 1807 PA Father, Widower John W., listed Father born PA. & Mother born OH., could Read & Write!
Step-Father: John T., listed Father born MD. Mother born PA., could Read & Write!
Brother Robert Alex., was NOT listed in this Household?
Alex DUNCAN can be found with Family:
1885 State Census: Page Co. , IA
Pg F.V. FName MName LName Age b.Yr b.St b. Co. Amity Twp. ; T67-R37 ; Sec.#1, SW1/2, SW1/2; ; Dwel. 36 8 36 Alex DUNCAN 23 1862 IA Page Co. Amity Twp. ; T67-R37 ; Sec.# 14, SW1/4, SE1/4 ; Dwel. 51 10 51 John DUNCAN 24 1861 IA Page Co. 10 51 Ann (BERRY) DUNCAN 21 1864 OH Champaign Co. 10 51 George W. DUNCAN 1 1884 IA Page Co. 10 51 John T. DUNCAN 77 1808 PA Indiana Co.
John T. DUNCAN, death It can be assumed [per 1880 & 1885 Census] that JOHN T. DUNCAN lived with his step-son's JOHN WILEY DUNCAN, until his death six years after his 2nd Wife Mary Ann ALEXANDER DUNCAN death.
JOHN T. DUNCAN died on 15th Sep 1885 at the age of 78 years old.
He is reported as being buried in "Maple Hill" Cemetery, College Springs, Page Co., Iowa. per [REF:#14]
[No head stone found to date, by this writer prs]
In Source [REF:#11] says he was buried in Pennsylvania.
See: John T. DUNCAN Friends of Page Co. Profile!
[REF:#006] Writes: THE DUNCANS of AMITY TOWNSHIP, PAGE COUNTY, IOWA
By Phyllis Fulk - Oct. 22, 1985
The Robert M. DUNCAN family came from Londonderry, Ohio to Page County in 1858. He married in 1850 to Mary Ann ALEXANDER. Robert left Ohio and stayed a while in Washington County, Iowa near relatives, then came on to Tarkio Twp., Page County before settling in Amity Twp. Robert entered the Civil War and was killed by a shell at Vicksburg before the battle began. Mary Ann (ALEXANDER) DUNCAN moved into the town of Clarinda and was a charter member of the Clarinda United Presbyterian Church. She moved to a farm near College Springs and died 1879, buried in College Springs. There were three children, JENNIE ELIZABETH 1857-1914, married ALEX PINKERTON (Son of WILLIAM PINKERTON) and lived near Butler School in Amity Twp. No children. JOHN WYLIE DUNCAN, b. 1860, married Miss AnnA BERRY and lived between Shambaugh and College Springs. There children were WALTER 1883 married NELLIE BROWN; ROY 1885 married PEARL KELLER; AGNES JANE 1890 married CHARLES BECKWITH; CHARLES 1892 married CLARA PINKERTON; VERN 1895 married NELLIE SHAW. Robert ALEXANDER "ALEX" DUNCAN born Jan. 6, 1862 married RACHEL PINKERTON, daughter of SAMUEL & MARGARET (SMITH) PINKERTON and lived Amity Twp. They lived first on a farm near Blanchard and in 1891 moved to the home north of Butler school not far from Shambaugh. They attended the United Presbyterian Church in College Springs. The farm had a mineral spring that was believed to be medicinal. ALEX had fine horses, raised seed corn and Indian corn for its color. RACHEL designed the large farm house which stands today and the farm is still in the family. The children were WILL married ZORA (KELLEY) DUNCAN, MABEL married GEORGE LINDLEY; JENNIE married ED FULK; JOHN married NEALA CUSSINS; VELMA (died two years) and twin VERA married ERMAL WILSON; NINA (Deceased) CLARK (Deceased). Phyllis Fulk
See Biographical Profile of ALEX. PINKERTON
FAMILY PROFILE© for Continuation.
Jennie E. DUNCAN's, brother "Alex" DUNCAN m.
Rachel PINKERTON 3rd daughter of Samuel & Mary (Smith) PINKERTON.|
Alexander PINKERTON, was 1st s/o William & Margaret (McCloy) PINKERTON.
Samuel PINKERTON and William PINKERTON are brothers;
Which makes Mrs Rachel (Pinkerton) DUNCAN and Mrs. Jennie E. (Duncan) PINKERTON,
1st cousins as well as sister-in-laws....prs.
See Biographical Profile of JOHN WILEY DUNCAN
FAMILY PROFILE© for Continuation.
See Biographical Profile of Robert ALEX. DUNCAN
FAMILY PROFILE© for Continuation.
Duncan - Index
These records are part of the "Genealogy Computer Package"
*** PC-PROFILE *** Volume - II. DUNCAN & Related Families©
Compiled and self Published in Oct. 14, 1993 by Paul
R. Sarrett, Jr. with the assistance of my late mother|
Mrs. M. Lucille (WILSON) SARRETT. (1917-1987, age age 70yrs)
& My Grandmother: Mrs. Vera B. (DUNCAN) WILSON (1896-1988, age 92yrs)
The "Work-Books" were compiled by listing the various families, born, married, died, and a history of that family branch. In 1996 I started "Up-Loading" this material on the now called Friends of Page Co., site...prs
Text - Copyright © 1996-2009 Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.
Created: Dec. 01, 1996; Nov. 20, 2001; Oct. 16, 2004; Jun. 21, 2005; Jan. 20, 2006; Nov. 06, 2007; Apr. 16, 2009;