Saturday, September 9, 1905
Dr. George W. Duncan Dead
Franklin, Kentucky, September 8 – Dr. George W. Duncan died this morning in his eightieth year of cancer. He was one of the most prominent and wealthy citizens and was recognized throughout the state as a physician of ability. Dr. Duncan is survived by a widow and four children, Charles and George Duncan, of Indian Territory; Dr. Will Duncan, of the United States Army, stationed in the Philippine Islands, and Mrs. Charles Brevard, of Franklin.
Thursday, September 14, 1905
The following biographical sketch is taken from the History of Kentucky and will be of interest to Dr. Duncan’s many friends.
Dr. George W. Duncan was born January 26, 1826, in Simpson County, Kentucky, and was the tenth of eight boys and four girls born to Sanford and Nancy (Hammond) Duncan. Dr. G. W. Duncan was reared on a farm and received a good education. In 1840 he entered Cumberland College at Princeton. When the college was transferred to Lebanon he returned to Franklin and finished his education. In 1846 commenced the study of medicine with Drs. Briggs and Wright, of Bowling Green. In 1848 he graduated from Louisville Medical University; located and commenced the practice at Mitchellville, Tennessee. In 1859 he located in Franklin, Kentucky, where he had been successfully engaged in the practice ever since. He held the position of post surgeon during the war. He married, September 4, 1860, Dorinda Puryar, of Smith County, Tennessee, a daughter of William and Mary (Pearce) Puryar, both natives of Tennessee, of French and Scotch descent, respectively. To Dr. and Mrs. Duncan have been born eight children, four now living: Mrs. Mary Sanford Brevard, Charles A., George H. and William A. Dr. Duncan was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Dr. Duncan was a leading member of the Masonic fraternity and a Knight Templar. He had been very successful during life, had acquired a good fortune, and was one of the most benevolent and kind-hearted men in southern Kentucky. He always took considerable interest in the study of prehistoric races and made some valuable discoveries in his excavations of mounds and graves. He was also a great lover of the arts and sciences.
Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 1887
Thursday, August 1, 1918
Mrs. Dorinda Duncan
Franklin, Kentucky, July 31 – Mrs. Dorinda Duncan, 82 years old, died at the Southern Kentucky Sanitarium today from senility. She is survived by three sons, William A. Duncan, Charles and George Duncan, of Oklahoma, all of whom were at her bedside when the end came.