Biography of Francis M. Duncan
Louisa County, IA Biographies





FRANCIS M. DUNCAN.
A representative of one of the pioneer families of Louisa county is Francis M. Duncan, who for more than fifty years was identified with the agricultural development of Union township. He was born in Monroe county, Tennessee, on the 8th of July, 1838, and is a son of John and Rachel G. (Duncan) Duncan, natives of Tennessee, but the father was of Irish extraction his father having come from the Emerald isle. The family removed to Iowa from Tennessee in 1846, arriving in Louisa county on the loth of May. They settled in the vicinity of Columbus Junction, where John Duncan purchased two hundred acres of land. Later he added to this another ninety acres, continuing to reside there until he passed away at the age of seventy five years. The demise of the mother occurred in 1864, at the age of fifty five. In their family were ten children, namely: Mary, Joseph C., James C. and Nancy, all of whom are deceased; Francis M., our subject; James M., who is deceased; John Calvin, who is a resident of Columbus City; Nelson, living in the same place; and Caroline and Madison Blair, both deceased.

As he was only a lad of seven years when the family settled in Louisa county Francis M. Duncan has spent practically his entire life in this county, in the district schools of which he received his education. After leaving school he assisted his father on the farm until he was twenty one years of age, when he rented the homestead for a year. At the expiration of that time he accepted a position as salesman of agricultural implements for a house in Galesburg, Illinois. He traveled through that state for this company for three years and then, returning to Iowa, he bought two hundred and forty acres of prairie land in Washington county. Disposing of this in 1863, after he had started improvements and had about forty acres of the land broken, he bought one hundred and sixty acres in Union township, Louisa county. He added to his holdings from time to time as he was able until he acquired three hundred and twenty five acres of fertile land, all of which he brought to a high state of cultivation. In connection with the cultivation of his fields he made a specialty of feeding and shipping cattle until the spring of 1911. He has now rented his land, although he continues to live on the place, having just completed a new two and a half story frame residence which he now occupies. His farm is one of the well improved and carefully kept places of the township, as well as one of the most valuable properties.

On the 13th of October, 1864, Mr. Duncan was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Sands, a daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah Sands. To them were born the following children: Joseph C., who is a resident of Columbus Junction; Melvin, deceased; William Nelson, living in Union township; Ida L., the wife of Harry Edwards, of Union township; Reuben Harrison, also a resident of Louisa county; Francis M., who lives in Columbus Junction; Earl, deceased; and Jesse, at home.

The family were reared in the faith of the United Presbyterian church, of which the parents are members, while in matters political Mr. Duncan is a republican. He has always taken an active interest in all matters pertaining to the common welfare and served in the various township offices. During the long period of his residence in the community he has established and maintained a reputation for reliability and trustworthiness in all business transactions and is esteemed accordingly.

From:
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1912


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