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William Wallace McCandless and Sarah Ann Duncan Family

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William Wallace McCandless and Sarah Ann Duncan Family

Posted: 11 Jun 2003 1:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McCandless, Duncan, Swearingen, Ward, Cabeen, Connell, Wheeler, Johnson,
This message is in reply to postings by Ron McCandless and "SJ31500@cs.com" appearing on MCCANDLESS-L mailing list, dated Thu, 03 May 2001 and Fri, 1 Dec 2000, respectively. Both researchers cited information regarding the William Wallace McCandless and Sarah Ann Duncan family found at [http://it.uwp.edu/canary/genealogy/duncan.htm], a site dedicated to Duncan genealogy.

Response by M. H. McCandless

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(H) Jonathan Duncan
Born Nov. 14, 1791. Died Sept. 10, 1876, near Monmouth, Ill. Married (I) Letha Swearingen (died 1833). Married (II) 1835 Agnes Leeper (d. at 89 in 1899, Monmouth).
Children by first marriage to Letha Swearingen:
(1) Sarah Ann Duncan
Married William McCandless (d. in Civil War).
(a) Thomas McCandless
(b) William McCandless
(c) Arnott McCandless
(d) Mary McCandless
(e) Isephrena McCandless
(f) Hattie McCandless

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Information regarding several of the members of this family has already been posted on this message board. Information on those family members not yet posted is included later in this message in the "additional information" section.

Messages already posted on this family:

William Wallace McCandless, Jr. (1820 - 1863)
See "McC/Duncan PA>Iowa Wm. McC killed d. Battle of Chattanooga", posted by M H McCandless, 9 Jun 2003.
Also, "1850 Census McDonough County IL", posted by M. H. McCandless, 23 May 2003.

Sarah Ann (Duncan) McCandless (1824 - 1910)
See "additional information" section below.

(1) Mary "Mollie" Althea McCandless (1847 - 1937), m. William H. Ward
See "Ward, Mary Aletha McCandless b. Macomb, IL", M H McCandless, 10 Jun 2003.

(2) Arnott Duncan McCandless (1849 - 1934), m. Gertrude "Gertie" Cabeen
See "1850 Census McDonough County IL", posted by M. H. McCandless, 23 May 2003.

(3) [Anna] Isephrena "Icy" McCandless (1851 - ?), m. John Connell
See "additional information" section below.

(4) Harriet[ta] "Hattie" I. McCandless (1854 - 1915), m. (1) Ransom Perry Wheeler, (2) ? Johnson
See "Harrietta I. McCandless Johnson, Hemingford Cemetery", posted by M H McCandless, 10 Jun 2003.

(5) Thomas Harper McCandless (1856 - aft. 1909)
See "additional information" section below.

(6) William J.[P] McCandless (1860 - 1895)
See "additional information" section below.

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Notes on Sarah Ann (Duncan) McCandless (1824 - 1910)

Sarah Ann (Duncan) McCandless (1824 - 1910)
b. Sept 11, 1823, York County, Pennsylvania
m. William Wallace McCandless [Jr.], Jan 05, 1847, Washington, Pennsylvania
d. Oct 1910, Wymore Cemetery Gage County, Nebraska, while visiting her son Arnott D. McCandless.
Parents: Col. Jonathan Duncan (1791-1876) and Aleatha Swearinger

According to the "History of Mercer and Henderson counties [Illinois]", sometime after her husband's death in the Civil War, Sarah Ann (Duncan) McCanless moved to Crescent, Iowa, possibly to be near family. Her brother Thomas Duncan, (the one who lived on the William McCandless farm before the war as shown on the 1860 US Census), had relocated to Des Moines, Iowa. She is not buried in Iowa however. Sarah died while visiting her son Arnott McCandless and his wife, Gertie, in Nebraska. She is buried in Wymore Cemetery Gage County, NE, as are Arnott and Gertie. [1]

Sarah's Family: Sarah is descended from a "well known Scottish family" according to Rev. Robert Duncan Williamson as follows: Rev. William Duncan (b. Jan. 7, 1630, a [Protestant] martyr of 1690) --> William Duncan (b. Oct. 1, 1659) --> either Andrew or William Duncan --> James Duncan --> Andrew Duncan --> Col. Jonathan Duncan --> Sarah Duncan m. William McCandless, Jr. [2]

Additional information on the Duncan family is provided by Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson, "Duncan Research Files", [http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dobson/il/ilmercer.htm]. She cites Notebooks of Kay D. Hampton, bef. 1970, "Family Records of Andrew Duncan, thought to be cousins of Thomas Duncan and his 6 sons, by Mrs. Smith" (original source unknown), Notebooks now at Platte Co. MO Historical Society. Some of the dates provided by Rev. Robert Duncan Williamson and Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson do not quite match up and some analysis is needed. [3]

Sarah's Father: Col. Jonathan Duncan, son of Andrew and Ann (Smith) Duncan, b. near Baltimore, MD, Nov. 14, 1791, d. Sept. 10, 1876, while visiting his son, Dr. J.K. Duncan, at Des Moines, Iowa. He is buried at Monmouth, (Warren Co.) Illinois. He moved with his older brother Robert Duncan and settled on farm in Washington Co. PA. Familiarly known as Col. Duncan due to his service in the war of 1812, William Allison's PA Militia. He enlisted as lieutenant and was later promoted to colonel. He moved to Oak Grove township, Mercer Co. Illinois in 1853. Jonathan lived for years near Frankfort, PA, then in 1854 to Sunbeam, IL, about 16 miles north of Monmouth, where he died about 1880. Married Letha Swearingen (d. 1833). Jonathan and Letha's children: (1) William Duncan, (2) Thomas Duncan, (3) Sarah Anne (Duncan) McCandless, (4) Dr. Bazil Duncan, (5) Harper S. Duncan. Jonathan's Second Wife was Agnes Leeper (d. 1899, Monmouth IL, age 89) 1835. Jonathan and Agnes' children: (1) Robert (2) Dr. J.K. Duncan (3) Isophena, (4) James [K], (5) Andrew, (6) Nettie [Jenet], (7) Arnett, (8) Charles N., (9) Frank C. (10) Ida [Ada May]. A biography of Col. Jonathan Duncan is included in the "History of Mercer and Henderson counties [Illinois]" excerpted and published online by Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson. [4]


Notes on [Anna] Isephrena "Icy" McCandless (1851 - ?), m. John Connell

[Anna] Isephrena "Icy" (McCandless) Connell (1851 - )
b. 08 SEP 1851, Illinois
m John T. Connell, 10/31/1870 Mercer County, Illinois
d. ?
Parents: William Wallace McCandless and Sarah Ann Duncan
Children: Margaret Connell m. (unknown) Leach.

Her name is spelled differently by various sources: The Illinois statewide marriage index gives her first name as "Icy", a nickname for Isephrena. The 1860 U.S. Census lists her as "Isa" (f) age 9. A Family Group Record at the LDS research site, FamilySearch.org, lists her as "Anna Isaphena". [5]

DAR Records: DAR Vol. 88 gives the birth and marriage of Isaphena McCandless, born 1851, married in 1870 to John T. Connell (1847-1888). They had a daughter, Margaret who married a Leach. [6]


Notes on Thomas Harper McCandless (1856 - aft. 1909)

Thomas Harper McCandless (1856 - aft 1909)
b. 16 AUG 1856, Mercer County, Illinois
m. ?
d. aft. 1909
Parents: William Wallace McCandless and Sarah Ann Duncan

A brief biographical entry for Thomas H. McCandless appears in the "Compendium of History Reminiscence & Biography of Western Nebraska", 1909. At the time (1909), he was a lawyer living in Hemingford, Box Butte county, Nebraska. Leaving home at age 20, he had lived in Page county, Iowa, Leadville, Colorado, Cripple Creek, Colorado, and finally Box Butte county, Nebraska. His occupations were farmer, newspaper reporter, real estate agent, rancher, and lawyer. [7]


Notes on William J.[P] McCandless (1860 - 1895)

William J. [P] McCandless (1860 - 1895)
b. 16 JUN 1860, one month old at the time of 1860 census,
m. ?
d. 1895
Parents: William Wallace McCandless and Sarah Ann Duncan

Sources differ as to his middle initial. The 1860 U.S. Census lists him as "William J., 1/12 [i.e., one month old]". A Family Group Record at the LDS research site, FamilySearch.org, lists him as "William P".

The biographical entry for his brother, Thomas H. McCandless, in the "Compendium of History Reminiscence & Biography of Western Nebraska" mentions William J. McCandless: "Our subject's mother came to this county in 1886, accompanied by one son, Wm. J. McCandless, a younger brother of Thomas, who was then a land locater in this section. William became well known in the locality, and went through pioneer experiences, also following the profession of a lawyer, [like his older brothers Thomas and Arnott] and is well known throughout the county, his death occurring in 1895, after witnessing Box Butte county's early development and growth." [8]

The biographical entry for William J. McCandless' other brother, Arnott Duncan McCandless, in ":A Biographical and Genealogical History of Southeastern Nebraska" (1904), mentions that William was in California. [9]


Sources:

[1] H.H. Hill, "History of Mercer and Henderson counties [Illinois]". (Chicago: H.H. Hill and Co. 1882), pp. 454-5.

[2] Rev. Robert Duncan Williamson, "Historical & Biographical Sketch, One Branch of the Williamson Family, 1745-1906" (Library of Congress book CS71.W729 1906), Pg. 14ff.

[3] Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson, "Duncan Research Files", [http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dobson/il/ilmercer.htm]. She cites Notebooks of Kay D. Hampton, bef. 1970, "Family Records of Andrew Duncan, thought to be cousins of Thomas Duncan and his 6 sons, by Mrs. Smith" (original source unknown), Notebooks now at Platte Co. MO Historical Society.

[4] Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson, "Duncan research files", [http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dobson/il/ilmercer.htm].

[5] Illinois State Archives, "Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, [http://www.library.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/gene...].

[6] Karen Mackey, email message From: "Karen" <klmackey@hotmail.com> Subject: Re: Ranson P. Wheeler md Hattie I. McCandless To: "Ron McCandless" <ronmcctx@texas.net> Fri, 31 Aug 2001, MCCANDLESS-L, mailing list. Mackey's source: from DAR records.

[7] Alden Publishing Co., Compendium of History Reminiscence & Biography of Western Nebraska, (Chicago: Alden Publishing Company, 1909), pp. 306-307. [http://www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/cofhar/cofh0306....].

[8] Alden Publishing, Compendium Western Nebraska, pp. 306-307.

[9] Lewis Publishing Co. A Biographical and Genealogical History of Southeastern Nebraska, (Chicago, New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1904) p. 824. [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/gage/books/senebios/in...].


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