Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


JAMES DUNCAN, a cut of whose residence appears on page 30, was born in County Wexford, Ireland, 1841. He came to California direct from Ireland in 1867, having previously held office under the British Government, being principal Warden of one of the county prisons. Arriving in California he came to Monterey County and engaged in farming. He worked for Matt Williams five years, after which he rented land from Eugene Sherwood, and farmed for himself. Subsequently he bought a tract of land from Mr. Sherwood, and, with later purchases, has a ranch of two hundred and seventy-four acres. He refers to Mr. Sherwood as one of the best men of the county, who by his liberality and enterprise has done much for Salinas and the surrounding country. In 1872 Mr. Duncan paid a visit to the scenes of his boyhood, remaining six months. He was married, in 1875, to Miss Alice Williams, a sister of Matt Williams, and has drawn a prize in the matrimonial lottery. Mr. Duncan is quietly pursuing the life of a farmer, living in a pretty cottage on his farm near Salinas, and enjoying the contentment and domestic felicity indicative of a happy life.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.