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George W. Duncan

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George W. Duncan

Posted: 23 Feb 2003 11:24PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1 Mar 2003 10:33AM GMT
Surnames: Duncan
“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.610-11

George W. Duncan. Many of the progressive agriculturists of Huntington township are devoting a large part of their attention to the breeding of stock, for the prosecution of which industry the farms of this section are remarkably well adapted. One of the well-appointed tracts devoted to this line of activity is the Cedar Grove Stock Farm, consisting of eighty acres of good land, located in Wayne township at the forks of the Banquo and the Huntington and Marion gravel roads, seventeen miles from Huntington and seven miles from Marion. The proprietor of this property, George W. Duncan, is not only a progressive farmer, but a citizen who upon numerous occasions has shown his public spirit when questions of importance to the community have arisen, and a man who has won the confidence of his fellow townspeople by reason of his strict integrity and straightforward dealing.

Mr. Duncan is a native of Wayne township and was born October 25, 1854, a son of John and Delilah (Bodkin) Duncan. His father, a native of Scotland, emigrated to the United States when a young man, settling in Shelby county, Ohio. Following his marriage to Delilah Bodkin, who was a native of that county, he came, in 1842, to Huntington county, Indiana, located in Wayne township, and here passed away in 1855 after some years spent in agricultural pursuits. The mother, who was born March 23, 1822, died August 25, 1874. They were the parents of seven children, of whom four are now living: Elizabeth, who is the widow of Archibald Moore; Leann, who is deceased; James, who is a resident of Polk township; Louisa, the widow of William Benson, of Grant county; Rachael, deceased, who was the wife of George Roberts; Thomas, who is deceased; and George W.

George W. Duncan was reared in the vicinity of Banquo, and his education was received in the district school located at that place. He was brought up to follow the pursuits of agriculture, and when not attending school was engaged in assisting his father in his farm work, remaining under the parental roof until reaching the age of twenty-two years. He was married October 2, 1886, to Miss Martha C. Robbins, who was born near Richmond, Indiana, August 24, 1855, was brought to Huntington county by her parents when she was seven years old, and was educated in the Hann school north of Banquo. One child was born to Mr. And Mrs. Duncan: Rhoda, who was the wife of John Carl, a resident of Marion, Indiana, and has six children. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are members of the Missionary Baptist church, and attend services at the Second Salem church of that faith. He is interested in fraternal matters, being a member of Mount Etna Lodge No. 304, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, past grand thereof and a member of the Grand Lodge of the state. In politics he is a democrat, but has not been particularly active in public affairs, except as they have affected his immediate community. With other good and public-spirited citizens he has endeavored to advance movements for the welfare of Wayne township and Huntington county and has withheld his support from no enterprises which have promised to advance education and morality.

Mr. Duncan has always been engaged in general farming, but of late years has made a specialty of raising stock, and has met with much success in breeding Duroc and Poland-China hogs. He has made a careful and thorough study of his vocation and has met with success because of his intelligent application of modern methods in his work. Among those who know him he is recognized as a man of sterling integrity and his friendships are limited only by the number of his acquaintances.

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