Biography of Joseph L. Duncan (1840 -  )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 530.

Joseph L. DUNCAN is a son of Rev. Lewis and Harriet (KINNIARD) DUNCAN, and was born in Waverly Township, Lincoln Co., Mo., April 29, 1840. His early days were spent on the farm and in attending the district schools. At the age of twenty years, he began farming for himself, and in 1861, after serving six months in the State service, he enlisted in Company A, First Missouri Infantry, Confederate States Army, which company was afterward known as Company B, Second Regiment. He served four years, and participated in the battles of Lexington, Pea Ridge, Corinth, Iuka, Franklin, and was before Sherman on the Georgia campaign from the beginning, as far south as Atlanta, Ga. He enlisted as a private, and six months later was chosen second lieutenant, and after another six months was chosen first lieutenant, which office he filled until the close of the war. He was slightly wounded three times, and at the battle of Franklin was taken prisoner, and held six months and seventeen days at Johnson’s Island. Having been released at the close of the war, he returned home and has since followed the peaceful pursuit of farming, owning 647 acres of land in Lincoln County, on which is one of the finest dwelling houses in the county. On December 12, 1867, Kate, a daughter of Nathan and Patience (BRYANT) GILLUM, of Pike County, became his wife. She was born May 3, 1841, and is the mother of two sons and three daughters. Mr. DUNCAN is a Democrat, and belongs to the A. O. U. W. and he and wife are members of the Triple Alliance. Both also are members of the church, he belonging to the Missionary Baptist, and she to the Methodist. He has been president of the board of trustees of Olney Institute and also of the Stock Company since their foundation.

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