Husb: ALEXANDER DUNCAN
born: 05 Jul 1826 Callaway co, Mo
marr: 15 Mar 1849 Nodaway co, Mo
died: 05 Oct 1924 near New Market, Taylor co, Ia
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Taylor co, Ia
father: John Duncan
mother: Elizabeth Wayne
Wife: MARY JANE DILLEN
born: 09 Jan 1831 Johnson co, Mo
died: 21 Jul 1923 near New Market, Taylor co, Ia
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Page co, Ia
father: Harvey Dillen
mother: Nancy Tomlin
born: 20 May 1850 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 11 Nov 1871 Clarinda, Page co, Ia (or 15 Nov 1871)
died: 31 May 1915 Arkansas City, Cowley co, Kans
spouse: Benjamin Brewer ( Benjamin
Brewer's obit )
name: ELIZABETH 'BETTY' JANE
born: 03 Oct 1851 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
died: 05 Apr 1926
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Taylor co, Ia
born: 28 Jan 1853 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 03 Aug 1878
died: 03 Apr 1929 Stillwater, Payne co, Okla
buri: IOOF Cemetery, Mermac, Okla
spouse: Riley Wilburn Miller
name: JOHN HARVEY DUNCAN
born: 19 Sep 1856 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 24 Jan 1889
died: 22 Nov 1926
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Page co, Ia
spouse: Clara Kelley
name: NANCY 'EMMA' EMELINE DUNCAN
born: 10 Sep 1858 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 24 Dec 1882
died: 21 Jan 1935 Ogallala, Keith co, Ne
buri: Sutherland, Lincoln co, Ne
spouse: Orlando Fast
name: LAURA ELDORA DUNCAN
born: 27 Apr 1861 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
04 Oct 1882 Taylor Co, Ia
died: 10 Sep 1929 Alfalfa co, Okla?
Square Cedar Cem, Cleo Springs, Major Co, Okla
spouse: William Hiatt
name: WILLIAM GRANT DUNCAN
born: 06 Mar 1863 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 20 Mar 1892 Bedford, Taylor co, Ia
died: 26 Jun 1949 Pawnee, Pawnee co, Okla
buri: Highland Cemetery, Pawnee, Okla
spouse: Fannie Rosalia Garner
name: SILAS 'PORTERFIELD'
born: 18 Jun 1866 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
died: 12 Mar 1925 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
buried: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Page co, Ia
name: ARIZONA 'MAY' DUNCAN
born: 19 May 1868 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
died: -- --- 1963 Clarinda, Page co, Ia
buri: Memory Cemetery, East River twp, Page co, Ia
name: CORA ARMILDA DUNCAN
born: 14 Mar 1872 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
marr: 09 Dec 1903 Clarinda, Page co, Ia
died: 14 Jul 1965 Clarinda, Page co, Ia
buri: Dallas Center Cemetery, Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
spouse: John David Mankle
name: MAUDE ALICE DUNCAN
born: 13 Apr 1874 Dallas twp, Taylor co, Ia
died: 06 Feb 1843 Woodward, Dallas co, Ia
spouse: J.H. Beveridge
RESEARCHERS ON FAMILY:
1290 Valley View NW
Salem, Or 97304
Nellie Duncan Devin
208 Kansas St
Pawnee, Okla 74058
Maxine Brewer Campbell (deceased)
PO Box 763
Vacaville, Calif 95688
on ALEXANDER DUNCAN:
~obituary: New Market Herald, Oct 9, 1924
Alex Duncan Called - Sunday morning between the hours
of ten and eleven o'clock the grim reaper snuffed out the life of Alexander
Duncan at his home northwest of town, the home where for seventy-five years
he had lived. Here it was he brought his bride and together they traveled
life's journey, knowing no other place for home than this. When they settled
here it was almost a trackless forest, but with indomitable pluck they
cleared the land and lived to enjoy its fruits for many years. Here their
children were born, grew to manhood and womanhood, and went forth to do
for themselves. But the old folks were content: to remain in the old home
until gathered to their home eternal.
It is something unusual for a family to occupy one home
all their lives, and few attain this distinction. This home also has another
distinction. Mr Duncan entered the land from the government, and it has
never been transferred or been incumbered by a mortgage.
Funeral services were held at his late home Tuesday afternoon,
conducted by Revs. Douglass and Dezell, and interment was in Memory Cemetery
beside the wife who preceded him some fifteen months ago.
Those from a distance who attended the funeral services
were V.A. Brewer of Lookeba, Okla., Harley Brewer of Arkansas City, Ark.,
Mrs Ada Smith of Arkansas City, Ark., grandchildren, W.G. Duncan of Casey,
Okla., Mrs Martha Miller of Tulsa, Okla., and J.H. Beveridge and family
of Woodward, Ia.
Alexander Duncan was born in Callaway county, Mo., July,
5th, 1826, and continued to live there until the spring of 1845 when he
moved with his parents, John and Elizabeth Wayne Duncan, to Iowa and settled
on a farm near Siam. He was married March 15, 1849, to Mary Jane Dillon,
another of Iowa's early pioneers. To this union eleven children were born.
He was a true soldier during the civil war, serving three years under General
Prentice; ten months of the time in prison. He was honorably discharged
the 23d of May, 1865, at Davenport, Iowa.
In the passing on of Alexander Duncan, Taylor county
lost her oldest pioneer; the citizens lost a well known and highly respected
citizen; the family lost a father who for seventy-five consecutive years
had lived on the same farm. The old, old house on the hill is still, and
the big stillness is accentuated by here and there something to remind
us of one of the most precious things on earth -- Father. Since the passing
on of his aged wife fifteen months ago he has been fast fading, altho surrounding
by his family and friends he seemed to have but one wish
-- "To go home." The giver of all good gifts granted
his wish, and when the sun was almost kissing the noon day his spirit took
its flight. Let us hope that their spirits were united in the beautiful
home of the soul. He was converted in the late sixties under the preaching
of Revs. Smith and Farlow at a camp meeting which was then called the Wamsley
Grove. While he was not eminently a religious man, he had traits of character
that but few men could boast.
Like Abon-Ben, he loved his fellow men. He was of Scotch
Irish decent and a true westerner in style. He was Scotch enough to make
him noble, and Irish enough to see the sunny side of life. Cause, his long
stay on earth.
Placing a high estimate upon honesty he was pained when
those whom he trusted fell beneath his standard.
~Card of Thanks
We the brothers and sisters of our beloved deceased father
wish to sincerely express our appreciation for the kind help and sympathy
shown toward us from our many dear neighbors and friends during these trying
hours. The Family.
~ 60th Wedding Anniversary, Bedford Free Press,
Mar 25, 1909
~ 65th Wedding Anniversary, Bedford Free Press,
Mar 24, 1914
~ 68th Wedding Anniversary, Bedford Times Republican
Mar 29, 1917
~ 70th Wedding Anniversary, Bedford Times Republican
Mar 20, 1919
~ 71st Wedding Anniversary, New Market Herald
Mar 18, 1920
~ 73rd Wedding Anniversary, New Market Herald
Mar 16, 1922
~Interest Article about Alexander Duncan, New Market
Herald, May 16, 1918
~ Alexander Duncan an old resident of Taylor county visiting
Lincoln co, Ks and D.R. Hammer. Taylor County Republican,
Aug 8, 1878
~Alexander Duncan, 88th birthday, Bedford Free
Press, July 14, 1914, Sep 22, 1914
~ Alexander Duncan, 98th birthday, New Market Herald,
Jul 10, 1924
~Alex Duncan said to be oldest Civil War soldier in state.
BTR Aug 08, 1922
~ Alex Duncan talks about pioneer life. BFP Apr 4, 1917
~Alex Duncan family reunion. BFP Sep 21, 1915
~Alex Duncan reunion of families of members of Co F 29th
Ia Inf. NKT Oct 26, 1922
~New Market Herald, Jul 8, 1915
In County 70 Years -- Same Place Since '49
Alex Duncan, who celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday
last Monday and who came to this county in 1845 says nothing would suit
him better than to go into a new country, such as this was in '45, and
start over. This is not possible and Mr Duncan will continue to live on
the same place where he settled in 1849.
Mr Duncan was born in Calloway county, Missouri, July
5, 1826. He lived in that county until 1842 when the family moved to Buchanan
county. In 1845 Mr Duncan came to Taylor county and settled about ten miles
south of New Market. He thought he had moved to Iowa yet later when the
state line was established he found he was yet in Missouri. It was here
that Mr Duncan met Miss Mary Jane Dillion. They were united in marriage
March 15, 1849.
In September of 1849, Mr and Mrs Duncan moved to Dallas
township and settled on section thirty, where they have made their home
When they first came to their new home, among the Indians
and wolves, Mr Duncan put up a cabin made of six inch poles. This cabin
served as their home for ten years when a new hewed log house with a brick
chimney was built. This brick chimney was quite a curiousity in those days.
People would come for miles to see this new fangled smoke-stack. At that
time the Pottawatamie Indians were rather numerous in this locality. They
were friendly, however. Wolves were more troublesome than the Indians at
Mr and Mrs Duncan were the parents of the first white
baby girl born in Dallas township. The birth occured May 20, 1850. The
little lady was christened Mandy Ellen. This daughter grew to womanhood
and married Benjamin Brewer. She passed away April 31, 1915, at her home
in Arkansas City, Kans. She was the eldest of a family of eleven children
and the first to leave this world. The children living are: Elizabeth,
May and Porterfield, who live at home; Martha Ann Miller, of Oklahoma;
Corrie Mankle, who lives north of New Market; Maude Alice Beverage, Woodard,
Iowa; John Harvey, who lives near New Market; Emmaline Fast, Nebraska;
William Grant, Oklahoma, and Laurie Hyatt, Oklahoma.
Mr Duncan enlisted in the (paper torn) 1862. He returned
home March 7, 1865. In May he was ordered back to the front. He went as
far as St Louis when was sent back to Davenport and received his discharge,
May 23, 1865.
When Mr Duncan enlisted both himself and wife had their
pictures taken. Mrs Duncan yet retains the picture of Mr Duncan. It is
an odd little picture in a case and shows Mr Duncan as he was when he enlisted.
He wore a suit of home-spuns made from the wool of sheep Mr Duncan had
raised. Mrs Duncan had washed the wool, carded it and spun it. She made
the suit complete. Maybe it did not have any extras on it and it might
not have been according to the styles of 1915, yet it was a good warm suit
and, as Mr. Duncan says, it would out-wear three suits like we buy today.
Mr Duncan was captured by the rebels after the battle
of Saline, while helping take the wounded from the field. When he was put
in the prison the officer who searched him found the little case which
contained the picture of Mrs Duncan. He threw the case on the floor and
then ground it with the heel of his boot. Mr Duncan has had a world of
But to go back to the most interesting part of the story.
Through the courtesy of Dr W.L. Trawver, the writer was permitted to visit
the Duncan home last Saturday, where he met the family and found the reason
or one of the reasons that Mr Duncan is yet so strong and hearty - we remained
for dinner and here we found the secret, when Mr Duncan married he selected
a girl who knew how to cook. She has passed from the (paper torn) hood
days now but she (paper torn) remembers (paper torn) celebrated her eight-eighth
birhday January 9. She is in very good health and with the exception of
being troubled with rheumatism, is free from the ills that people of her
age usually have to contend with.
These people were taught in the old-school. They are
genuine all the way through. Their friendship is strong and lasting. Long
may they live and enjoy the prosperity they have rightfully earned.
~The Clarinda Journal,
Jul 16, 1925
TAYLOR COUNTY IOWA FAMILY AND CHILDREN
Descendants of Late Mr and Mrs Alex Duncan of Near New
Market--Famous Pioneers, Honored the Almost Seventy-five Years They Helped
in the Making of Iowa--Their Children, Some of Their Grandchildren, and
Others -- Brewer Family -- Widely Scattered Relatives and Their Activities
-- Nephew of Ex-Senator Beveridge on Duncan Home Farm -- Details Learned
in Arkansas City, Kans., and Elsewhere.
- 318 North Third Street, Arkansas City, Kansas, July
10, 1925. -- If one were setting out to obtain information concerning the
late Mr and Mrs Alex Duncan and their descendants the natural idea would
be to first go to the Duncan farm two and one-half miles northwest of New
Market, Taylor county, Iowa. At least under ordinary circumstances a Clarinda
man likely would consider New Market the point from which to sescure
the details for the story.
But here in Arkansas City, Kans., where I am visiting
at the home of my sister, Mrs Frances A. Shirley, I have found a descendant
of the famous Duncn pioneers, Mrs Ada E. Smith wife of C.T. Smith, who
has given me considerable Duncan family history.
Mrs Smith lives in the black across the street west from
the home of my sister. Having learned that Mrs Smith was a Duncan descendant
my sister and I recently called to see her at her home, 310 North Fourth
While I was interviewing Mrs Smith for this story in
Journal she showed her visitors a photograph of her maternal grandparents,
Mr and Mrs Alex Duncan, enlarged pictures of her father and mother -- four
who have passed to their eternal reward -- and refered to Duncan stories
contained in clippings in her possession that had been taken from The
Clarinda Journal, the New Market Herald and the Shenandoah
Pioneers in Taylor County~
Mrs Smith's recollection and printed records combine
to furnish the information that Alex Duncan and Mary Jane Dillon were married
March 15, 1849. Mr Duncan was born in Callaway county, Mo., July 5, 1826.
His wife was a native of Missouri. She was born Jan. 9, 1831.
In 1849 they located on the farm near New Market which
was their home for almost three quarters of a century of married life.
Mr Duncan died in October, 1924, at the age of 98 years an three months.
His wife preceded him in death the 23rd of July in 1923, at the age of
92 years. Their graves are in that well known beautiful resting plae for
the dead -- Old Memory cemetery near New Market.
A Soldier in the Civil War~
Home life on the Duncan farm was interrupted for four
years' service by Alex Duncan in the Civil War, in defense of the Union.
As Mr and Mrs Duncan advanced in years they not only
held their long popularity but grew in the favor of the public. They were
noted for their high character and were famous for their grasps on live
matters as the years they were living continued to creep far toward those
of a century.
Their farm home was much sought by friendly visitors.
Alex Duncan was a distinguished character often visited by admiring men
friends to the last.
Eleven Children in Family~
Of the eleven children born to Mr and Mrs Alex Duncan
there are nine now living. Three of these are at the old home farm: Miss
Elizabeth Duncan, Miss May Duncan, their sister, Mrs Maude Beveridge, wife
of Rev J.H. Beveridge. Mr and Mrs Beveridge are on the home farm due to
the deaths of the aged parents and of Porter Duncan, a son.
Rev J.H. Beveridge is the nephew of Former United States
Senator Albert J. Beveridge of Indiana.
Porter Duncan, a son of Mr and Mrs Alex Duncan, died
at the home place near New Market in March, 1925. Porter's sisters, Mrs
Amanda Ellen Brewer, died May 31, 1915, at her home, 220 North Fourth Street,
Arkansas City, Kans. Her husband preceded her in death, June 29, 1908,
at the same home in Arkansas City where she later passed away.
The six living children of Mrand Mrs Alex Duncan, in
addition to the three previously mentioned, and their respective places
of residence, are:
W.G. Duncan, farmer, Pawnee, Okla.
Mrs Laura Hiatt, wife of William Hiatt, farmer, Alfalfa
Mrs Emma Fast, wife of Orin Fast, Nebraska.
Mrs Cora Mankle, wife of J.D. Mankle, near New Market,
Iowa, (seven miles northeast of the Alex Duncan estate farm.)
Mrs Martha Miller, widow of Riley Miller, Tulsa, Okla.
John Harvey Duncan of near New Market, Iowa, (about five
miles from the Alex Duncan estate farm.)
Brewer Descendants, Duncan family.
Amanda Ellen Duncan, the eldest child of Mr and Mrs Alex
Duncan, was married at the home farm of her parents two and one-half miles
from New Market, Iowa, in Novemeber, 1871, to Benjamin Brewer, a native
of Henry county, Iowa. They went to Lincoln county, Kansas., in April,
1872, where they lived for theirty years. Then, after spending five years
in Oklahoma, the Brewer family moved to a farm four miles north of Arkansas
City, Kans., in September, 1900. Mr and Mrs Benjamin Brewer's children
and their place of residence each, are:
Mrs Eva Madison, wife of C.O. Madison, 220 North Fourth
street, Arkansas City, Kans., who is employed as a boiler maker in the
oil business at Salina, Kans.
V.A. Brewer, Lookeba, Okla., farmer.
MrsClara Dellaplain, wife of Rev E.C. Dellaplain, San
Fernando, Calif.,who was formerly a member of the Oklahoma Methodist (paper
torn)...Conference and now has a pastorate in that denomination at San
John Harley Brewer, farmer in Kay county, Oklahoma,
nine miles southeast of Arkansas City, Kans.; post-office address, R.F.D.
5, Arkansas City, Kans.
Mrs Ada E. Smith, wife of C.T. Smith, barber in Rex shop,
Home National Bank building, Arkansas City, Kans.
Benjamin Brewer, farmer, four miles north of Arkansas
Mrs Ivynett Wilson, wife of C.W. Wilson, dairyman, Burbank,
Mrs Mamie Amanda Guffey, wife of J.O. Guffey, locomotive
engineer, Santa Fe switchman, 709 South A. street, Arkansas City, Kans.
Royal Clinton Brewer, Geuda Springs, Kans., caser at
Duncan Family Miscellanies.
V.A. Brewer and J.H. Brewer, both previously referred
to, of Oklahoma, have spent considerable time at the home of their grandparents,
Mr and Mrs Alex Duncan, near New Market, in the past twenty years.
J.H. Brewer of near Arkansas City, Kans., and sister,
Mrs C.T. Smith, Arkansas City, attended the Alex Duncan funeral at New
Market in October, 1924.
Mrs J.O. Guffey and Mrs C.O. Madison of Arkansas City,
and J.H. Brewer of near Arkansas City, attended the funeral of Porter Duncan
at New Market in Marcy, 1925.
It will be of interest to Clarinda and Shenandoah people
to note that Omar Duncan, a former letter carrier in Clarinda, and G.W.
Duncan, with business headquarters in Shenandoah, are second cousins of
the Brewer children (grandchildren of Mr and Mrs Alex Duncan) mentioned
in this letter.
Paul Beveridge, son of Rev and Mrs J.H. Bevreidge of
near New Market, lived in Clarinda, in the employ of Swift & Company
there, Mrs C.T. Smith told me, according to the latest information she
had concerning him.
A great grandson of Mr and Mrs Alex Duncan, Chester Gould,
grandson of Mrs Martha Miller, Tulsa, Okla., has done cartoon work of the
high character which has resulted in it being carried in the Chicago
Tribune. Chester Gould's father, Gilbert Gould, is in the job printing
business at Tulsa, Okla., and formerly conducted a newspaper at Pawnee,
Rev J.H. Beveridge, son-in-law of the late Mr and Mrs
Alex Duncan, was a former school teacher in territory familiar to Page
and Taylor county people. He also formerly was pastor of the Methodist
Episcopal church at Shambaugh, Iowa.
C.W. Kelley, whose farm is near the Brummett bridge over
the Nodaway river just east of Clarinda, and J.H. Duncan of near New Market,
are brothers-in-law, Mr Duncan having married Clara Kelley, sister of Mr
Mrs C.T. Smith has reminded me that while her grandparent's
farm--the Alex Duncan place--was part in Taylor county and part in Page
county, Iowa, the Alex Duncan county seat town was Bedford. Although his
county seat was in Taylor county he was widely known in Page county. Edwin
Amanda Ellen, daughter of Alexander and Mary Jane Duncan,
was born in Taylor county, Iowa, May 20, 1850 and passed away May 31, 1915
at her home in this city, aged 65 years and eleven days.
Of eleven children, she was the oldest and the first
to be called home.
She was the first white girl born in Taylor county.
Her aged father and mother are still living on the old
homestead where they began their married life more than sixty-six years
She became a Christian and a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church in early girlhood and has ever walked in His light and
trusted in the fulfillment of His promises.
On Nov 16, 1871, she was united in marriage to Benjamin
Brewer who preceded her to the better world several years ago. This union
was blessed with ten children, nine of whom survive her and were all here
to attend the funeral, notwithstanding the fact that one journeyed from
the Atlantic and another from the Pacific to be present. Five of her brothers
and sisters were also here.
Mrs Brewer was always faithful and devoted to the church
of her choice. In recent years she has been deprived of the benefits of
the public service, by reason of loss of hearing. She was a noble Christian
woman, true to all the best in life, devoted to her home and family, bringing
them up in the Christian faith. Her life was filled with kindly acts. None
knew her but to love her.
She passed away as quietly and beautifully as she
had lived, fully trusting in a Savior's love.
The father of Mrs Brewer is 89 years of age and the mother
85. The aged mother picked flowers from her own garden and with her own
hands wrote the note telling us these are for Amanda.
IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE
Benjamin Brewer was born in Henry county, Iowa, May 20,
1849, and died at his home in Arkansas City, Kansas, June 29, 1908 at the
age of 59 years 1 month and 9 days.
While a small boy, he moved with his parents to Page
county, Iowa where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Amanda
E. Duncan November 16, 1871, by Rev A.E. Lovejoy of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. The following spring he moved with his wife to Lincoln county,
Kansas. To this union were born ten children, five sons and five daughters,
all of whom are living except the eldest son who died in his fifteenth
year. Mr Brewer moved with his family to Kay county, Oklahoma, in 1895,
where he lived until the fall of 1900 when he moved to his farm a few miles
northeast of Arkansas City, where he resided until less than a year ago
when he moved to his late residence in this city.
Mr Brewer was converted and united with the Methodist
Episcopal church in March, 1877 and remained an active and faithful member
until his death. He was an ardent advocate of temperance and civic righteousness.
He helped to purchase the plant and start the Searchlight", a temperance
organ of this city, and was at one time its editor. By this means and as
president of the local and county Civic leagues, with his money and by
personal effort, he was one of the prime movers in getting good men into
office and in securing a better enforcement of law in both city and county.
He passed away peacefully, trusting in the Savious whom
he had served for many years.
MARTHA ANN MILLER
Mrs Martha Ann Miller, 75, widow
of the late R.W. Miller of Pawnee died in Stillwater, Ok., Wednesday morning,
April 3, 1929, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G.R. Gould, Stillwater.
She had been in ill health about two months.
Funeral services were held at Maramec
at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Burial was in the Maramec cemetery.
With her husband, Mrs Miller lived
at Perkins prior to the opening of the Cherokee strip. At the opening,
they homesteaded a claim nine miles east of Pawnee, where Mrs Miller has
lived except for the last few years when she spent winters....