Brig. Gen. William Duncan

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William Duncan

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Birthplace: Abbottstown, York County, Province of Pennslylvania
Death: February 17, 1864 (91)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Seth Duncan and Elizabeth Duncan
Husband of Mary Catherine Duncan and Sarah Duncan
Father of Joseph Moulder Duncan and James Jefferson Duncan

Managed by: Erich Moulder
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About Brig. Gen. William Duncan

Brigadier-General, was born in that portion of York -- since set off and called Adams -- county, PA, in the year 1771, and was one of a large family of children. His father had been a soldier in the Revolutionary War, but had died shortly afterwards. His early education was carefully attended to, and, among other studies, he became a proficient in land surveying. When about nineteen years of age, he was engaged by his brother-in-law, John Nicholson, one of the projectors of the American Land Co., to survey some of his lands lying near Pittsburgh. While en route for that destination, at that time almost a frontier town, he joined, as a volunteer, a detachment of US troops, under the command of Colonel Zebulon Pike, who were in search of hostile Indians. This officer gave him his first lesson in military tactics; he also made the acquaintance, and formed a friendship for his son, afterwards the brave General Pike, who fell at Little York, Canada. On his return to Philadelphia, ... During the War of 1812, General Duncan was made Superintendent of US Military Stores, at the Schuylkill Arsenal, and resided there. ... For many years he represented the city of Philadelphia in the State Legislature. In 1829, he was commissioned by President Jackson, Surveyor of Customs for the Port of Philadelphia, and was re-appointed in 1833, thus serving, in that office, 8 years consecutively. Democrat; one of founders and trustees of Jefferson Medical College; First Baptist Church. He was thrice married; first, in 1792, to Mary, daughter of William Moulder, and who died in 1818. Two years after this bereavement, he was united to her sister Sarah, who died in 1832. After remaining a widower for nine years, he was married, in 1841, to the widow (unnamed) of Rev. Dr. William Staughton, and daughter of James (the brother of Charles Wilson) Peale, who yet survives him (1874). He died February 16th, 1864.

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Brig. Gen. William Duncan's Timeline

1772
July 4, 1772
Abbottstown, York County, Province of Pennslylvania
1792
1792
1802
1802
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
1864
February 17, 1864
Age 91
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
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The Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States