It has been truly said "Those lives that are without
striking incidents are nevertheless worthy of record." That portion of history which is denominated biography has particular claims upon the
historian, and truth is but a matter of common honesty. Rev. William Duncan
was born in Perthshire, Scotland, January 7, 1630. He fell a martyr during
the religious troubles that afflicted Scotland at the time Charles II was
restored to the throne of his ancestors.
Rev. William Duncan had a grandson, William Duncan, who was born in Scotland, April 19, 1690, and
settled in the colony of Virginia in the year 1719. He was married to Ruth
Rawley February 11, 1722. Rawley Duncan, born in Culpeper County, Va., November 23, 1724, was the grandfather of the late William Duncan of
Jessamine County, who died in 1863, and was born in Jessamine County, January 1, 1788. William was married to Miss Nancy Blackford, daughter of
Benjamin Blackford, in 1813. The following are the names of his children
in their order: Ryan, born November 6, 1814; Margaret, January 14, 1817;
Catherine, July 17, 1819 Sally Ann, October 21, 1821; James B., February 7,
1824; Robert, September 8, 1826; Benjamin S., February 13, 1829; Charles
W., April 28, 1831, and Mary D., September 25, 1834. Robert and Benjamin
are the only sons now living. Mrs. Kate Bourn and Mrs. Sallie Scott, the
Robert Duncan was married to Miss Virginia Nave, youngest
daughter of Jonathan Nave, in 1865. The names of his children are Maggie
Florence, Robert Jacob, Lizzie, Miranda and Emma Besueden. Benjamin S. Duncan was married to Lucy A. Funk, youngest daughter of John Funk, May 22,
1856. His children are: Allen B., Carrie B. and John W. Duncan. Allen B.
Duncan married Miss Georgia Proctor, daughter of J. W. Proctor, cashier of
the First National Bank of Danville, Ky. Carrie B. Duncan married David
Bell, son of Dr. Bell and grandson of the late Judge Robertson, both of Lexington, Ky. J. W. Duncan is not married. Charles Duncan, the
grandfather of Robert and Benjamin, was born at Culpeper C.H., Va., October
8, 1762. He settled in Jessamine County in 1787, where he reared a large
family, and died during a visit he made to Washington, Ind., July 12, 1829.
Sallie A. Duncan, daughter of William and Nancy Duncan, whose sketch appears elsewhere, was married to Robert Carlisle, in 1851; he was a native
of Fayette County, Ky. His father was Robert Carlisle, who was born in Virginia, and John G. Carlisle is a nephew of Robert Carlisle, Sr. R. G.
Carlisle was a school teacher in this county about 1850. He was born in
1820, and his death occurred in 1864. One child born to Robert G. Carlisle
survives, Lizzie G., married to James A. Hulett, of Jessamine County. Sallie A. Duncan's second marriage was to Willaby S. Scott, who was born in
Bourbon County, Ky., in 1815, died in 1882, leaving three children: Sallie,
Carlisle and Eliza. Mrs. Scott owns seventy acres of fine land in Nicholasville Precinct. B. S. Duncan owns 380 acres in the same precinct.