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Duncan and Kirby families of Jacksonville, Ill. William Kirby first came to Jacksonville from Connecticut in 1831 to teach at Illinois College. He married Hannah McClure Wolcott, the daughter of Elihu Wolcott. They had six children, one of whom became a judge, the Honorable Edward P. Kirby. William died in 1851 and Hannah died in 1858. Edward graduated from Illinois College, read the law in the office of Morrison and Eppler and was admitted to the bar in 1862. He married Julia Duncan the daughte...
From Jacksonville, Illinois, sixth governor of the state, had previously served in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the state legislature, and U.S. Congress. Born in Paris, Kentucky, came to Illinois, where his brother Matthew was the publisher of the Kaskaskia "Herald", after the War of 1812. He married Elizabeth Caldwell Smith in 1828 and the couple moved to Jacksonville, Ill. Duncan had been quite wealthy, but due to financial problems within the state and a corrupt relative, he died leav...