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Stephen Bingaman Duncan Obituary: 1912

Stephen B. Duncan
Died Suddenly at His Home
In Issaquena County

Was a Nephew of the Late Dr. Stephen Duncan of Adams County

The New Orleans Picayune of yesterday morning says:

Stephen B. Duncan, one of the largest and best known cotton planters of the south, died suddenly at his plantation home in Issaquena County, Mississippi yesterday, aged 58 years. The news of the death of Mr. Duncan was received by telegraph here late yesterday, and came as a distinct shock to his relatives and friends who had received no intimation that he was ill.

Mr. Duncan was the son of the late Samuel T. Duncan and Martha Parker and was one of the best known men of the sister states. He was prominent in the club life of New Orleans, having been a member of both the Boston and Pickwick Clubs as well as other exclusive social organizations.

Having been left motherless when a small child, Mr. Duncan was reared by his aunt, Mrs. John M. Parker, and the news of his sudden death, received by the Parker family yesterday, has caused profound sorrow in many of the most prominent homes of New Orleans.

Of a warm and lovable disposition, Mr. Duncan's friends were to be numbered by the thousands. He was prominent in the affairs of his county and the States of Louisiana and Mississippi although never in politics, the only office which he ever held being that of a member of the Levee Board of Issaquena County.

Mr. Duncan graduated from the University of Mississippi at Oxford and soon afterwards took charge of his plantations in that state. He was married to Mrs. Elsie Armour-Bolte, daughter of the former chief justice of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

The remains of Mr. Duncan will be brought from Issaquena county to Vicksburg today. Colonel John M. and Judge Porter Parker left last evening for Vicksburg where they will receive the body and hold it pending the arrival of Mrs. Duncan from Toronto, where she had been visiting relatives. Mrs. Duncan was telegraphed for yesterday and is now en route home. She will join the funeral party at Vicksburg, when the remains of Mr. Duncan will be taken to Port Gibson, Miss. for interment in the family burying grounds. Judge Parker will probably not be able to return until Thursday.

Source: The Natchez Daily Democrat, December 16, 1912, Page 2

Genealogical Notes

Margaret Elsie Armour, b. Feb. 21, 1867; m. June, 1891, to Auguste Bolte, of Toronto. Two sons, Felex, b. 1894, and August, b. 1896. Mr. Bolte died at Cobourg, Aug., 1907. Buried in Montreal. Elsie Bolte m. Oct., 1908, Stephen Duncan, cotton planter of Ballshed, Miss., where he d. Dec. 15, 1912.

Eliza Clench, b. Dec. 6, 1832; m. April 28, 1855, John Douglas Armour, Barrister, of Cobourg, Ont., son of Rev. Samuel Armour, Church of England clergyman, Rector of Peterborough. Later, John Douglas Armour was Chief Justice of Ontario and became subsequently, Supreme Judge of the Dominion at Ottawa. He d. in London, England, July 11, 1903 where he had gone as the Imperial Counsel in the Alaskan Boundary question between Canada and the United States of America.

Source: Cory, Harriet, Some chronicles of the Cory family: relating to Eliakim and Sarah Sayre Cory and their descendants, Westfield, N.J., Ballston Spa, N.Y. with others from "John of Southold," T.A. Wright, Printer, 1914, pp. 30-55

1910 US Federal Census
Issaquena County
Township 12, Range 8, Part of Beat 1
Page 260, 11-11
Stephen B. Duncan: 53, married 1 time, married 1 year, born MS, Planter
Elsie: 41, married 2 times, 2 children, born Canada

Death Certificate
County: Issaquena
Voting Precinct: Mayersville
Stephen Bingaman Duncan
Male, White, Married
Date of Birth: May 1855
Age 57 years, 7 months
Occupation: Planter
Born: Claiborne County, MS
Father: Sam P. Duncan
Birthplace of Father: Natchez, MS
Mother: Martha Parker
Birthplace of Mother: Port Gibson, MS
Information Provided by: Jno. M. Parker, New Orleans, La.
Dec. 20, 1912

Date of Death: Dec. 15th, 1912
Cause of Death: Bright's Disease
Place of Removal: Cobourg, Canada, Dec. 16th, 1912
Frank J. Fisher, undertaker, Vicksburg, Miss.

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