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Homer Duncan

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Barnet, Caledonia County, Vermont, United States
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Duncan and Betsy Taylor Duncan
Husband of Sarah Duncan and Asenath Melvina Duncan
Father of Sarah Ellen Morris; May Duncan; Homer Horace Duncan; Israel Putnam Duncan; Martha Putnam Duncan and 9 others
Brother of Chapman Duncan

Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Homer Duncan

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Willard Richards Company (1848) Age at Departure: 33

   Homer initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Willard Richards Company in 1848 as a captain of ten.  He traveled with his wife, Asenath Melvina Robinson Banker, and their three children Julia Emily, John Chapman, and William Platt Putnam, and his brother Chapman Duncan and his wife Martha Jones. 
   At the end of a mission, he traveled home as captain of the Homer Duncan Company in 1857.
   At the end of another mission, he traveled home again as captain of the Homer Duncan Company in 1861.
   At The end of a third mission, he traveled home, again as captain, of the Homer Duncan Company in 1862.
   All of these were indicated in his autobiographical sketch of 1900.
   According to his obituary, he served missions to Canada (1839), the Eastern States, England, and Texas.  It also states that he "crossed the plains 21 times before the advent of the railroad and has never made that journey by steam power."

Son of John Duncan & Betsy Taylor Putnam

Married Asenath Melvina Robinson Banker, 7 Nov 1841, Chateaugay, Franklin, Ny

Married Sarah Trippess, 11 Jul 1863, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Deseret News Mar 24, 1906 THE LATE HOMER DUNCAN Interesting Pioneer Character Who Crossed the Plains Twenty-One Times By Ox-Team Elder Homer Duncan, who passed away at 1:15 p.m. yesterday, at his home in this city, was born at Barnet, Vt., in 1815, making him 91 years, 2 months and 4 days old. A great deal of work he has done in that time. As a youth he was a farmer by occupation and followed that calling more or less until about 15 years ago. For a number of years he was an intimate acquaintance of the Prophet Joseph Smith. He cast his lot with the Latter-day Saints when he was about 38 years of age, and passed through many of the trying scenes of the early history of the people. He emigrated to Utah in 1848, and then his life of activity as a citizen and Church member began. A number his years were spent in the missionary field, being called on missions to Canada the eastern states, England and Texas, one of these lasting four years. He crossed the plains by ox team 21 times before the advent of the railroad, and has never made that journey by steam power. Soon after this he was called to go and help build up the southern part of Utah. Accordingly he settled at Cedar City, Iron county, in 1869. He filled the office of mayor of that city that city for a number of years. He with a number of others, engaged at Iron City in the manufacture of Iron. Many hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent in the attempt to establish an iron manufactory at that place.

In the performance of his life has been spent in comparative comfort. A wife and 11 children survive him: of the children all are married except one.

In the death of Elder Duncan the state loses a true and patriotic citizen and the Church a faithful and devoted worker, a man respected by all who knew him.

The funeral will be held in the Eleventh ward meetinghouse at 3 o'clock p.m. Sunday. The remains may be viewed at the residence, 234 south Seventh East street, from 1 to 2 o'clock p.m.

Coming into Utah, Homer was part of the Willard Richards Company (1848), Homer Duncan Company (1857, 1861, 1862)

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Homer Duncan's Timeline

1815
January 19, 1815
Barnet, Caledonia County, Vermont, United States
1846
September 9, 1846
Age 31
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
1848
April 2, 1848
Age 33
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States
1852
November 23, 1852
Age 37
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
1858
October 14, 1858
Age 43
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
1864
October 20, 1864
Age 49
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
1866
February 4, 1866
Age 51
Cedar City, Iron County, Utah Territory, United States
February 14, 1866
Age 51
Cedar City, Iron, UT, USA