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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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A. Y. Duncan, a farmer and stock-raiser residing five miles north of Golden City, Mo., has resided on his present farm since 1881, and has made valuable improvements thereon. He was born in Macoupin County, Ill., in 1837, and is a son of John and Uly Ann (Killian) Duncan, who were born, reared, and married in the “Old North State,” and moved to Indiana in 1829. One year later they went to Macoupin County, Ill., of which they were among the first settlers, and there the father resided, engaged in farming, until his death, in 1851, at the age of sixty-seven years. His wife died in Montgomery County, Ill., at the age of eighty-four years. They reared a family of twelve children, eight of whom are now living : Eliza, who is the widow of Abel Prichard, and resides near Lincoln, Neb.; Charity, widow of John Chapman, resides in Montgomery County, Ill.; Andrew, residing at Litchfield, Ill.; Charlotte, the widow of Peter Kinder, also lives at Litchfield, Ill.; Sina, widow of James Trueblood, lives at Butler, Ill.: Martha, the widow of John Kane, lives in Saline County, Ill.; Daniel, residing in Montgomery County, Ill.; Absalom (deceased), and A. Y. The parents of these children were earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and their home was used frequently in early times as a place of worship. A. Y. Duncan was fifteen years of age when his father died, and lived with his mother and cared for her until her death. He was first married in 1858, to Jane Corzine, a native of Jersey County, Ill., but his wife died three years later, leaving one child, Frances Bell, now the wife of W. J. Williams, of Clay County, Texas. In 1864, Mr. Duncan wedded Henrietta Kinder, a native of Macoupin County, Ill., and by her became the father of six children, four now living: Jane Ann, wife of William Huskison, of Dade County, Mo.; Lizza, wife of Lee Wilson, of Clay County, Texas; Grant and Ollie May, at home. In 1873 his second wife died, and the same year he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Coiner, who was born in Virginia. On January 26, 1851, Mr. Duncan moved to Barton County, Mo., where he has since made his home, and won an enviable reputation as a farmer and stock man. On August 12, 1862, he enlisted in Company I, One Hundred and Twenty-second Illinois Regular Volunteers, and served three years as corporal, taking part in the battles of Fort Blakely, Nashville, Price’s raid of forty-one days, and numerous skirmishes. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a Republican in his political views.

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