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Early Settler – James T. Duncan - Fairmount Cemetery, Hodgeman, Kansas


James Thomas Duncan was born September 11, 1854, in Harrison County, Kentucky. He was the oldest of seven children born to Barton Wesley and Rebecca Rolston Duncan.


On Christmas Day 1877, James married Lucy Ellen Mathews. They were the parents of thirteen children, seven sons, and six daughters.


Harrison County would be James’ home until 1887 when he moved his family and father to Hodgeman County. Six of his 13 children were born in Hodgeman County.

Being one of the early settlers to the area, it was important for James and Rebecca to be involved in the growth of the community. James served as a trustee of North Roscoe Twp. and as a delegate to the Republican County Convention.


In 1908, James and Lucy’s young son died at the age of seven. Five years later, their 19-year-old daughter died. Their causes of death are unknown.


Lucy suffered a stroke and passed away on January 7, 1918. Out of respect for her contributions to Jetmore, the businesses closed during the hour of Lucy’s funeral.

James moved back to Harrison County, Kentucky to live his final days. He died there on July 25, 1924. His son, George, brought his body back so James could be buried alongside his wife in Fairmount Cemetery.


Several of his children remained in Hodgeman County and are buried in the same cemetery.


Note: James’ father, Barton Wesley Duncan (b. 1828), was a soldier in Co. I 1st KY Infantry during the Civil War. He suffered a gunshot wound in his left foot.

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