Elijah H. Duncan, Whose portrait appears in this work, is a native of Tennessee, born December 8, 1824. When
about eight years of age his parents moved to Missouri, where the subject of this memoir received his early education.
At the age of eighteen he was bereft of father and mother, and was then thrown upon his own resources. He at once
found employment in a tannery, where he labored for twelve years. In 1856 he started across the plains for California
with a drove of one hundred and sixty head of cattle, but lost forty head in making the trip. He arrived in Sonoma
county September 7, 1856, locating six miles east of Healdsburg, and engaged in stock business for nearly two years.
In July, 1858, became a resident of this county, locating on land at the mouth of Feliz or Dry creek; here he resided,
being engaged in farming and stock raising, until the fall of 1879, when he purchased four hundred and sixty acres
one mile up the creek where he is engaged in farming and sheep raising. Two of his sons, Samuel and Elijah, are
working the original farm, and have eighteen acres of hops. Mr. Duncan married, April 15, 1856, Elizabeth Craddock,
a native of Tennessee. By this union they have nine living children: Samuel, Ellen, Lucy, Elijah, Thomas, Robert,
William, Frank and Alice.
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880
Mendocino County, CA
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