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Papers, 1861-1937, of the Duncan family of Franklin County, Virginia, including accounts, receipts, correspondence, essays, exams, bonds, court orders, and journal articles. Also includes the account books, daybooks, and letterbooks, dated 1862-1865, of Captain William E. Duncan (1825-1912) of the Quartermaster's Department in southwestern Virginia. Also contains a daybook and account book, dated 1866-1867 and 1937, of Asa Holland's and H. L. Duncan's store in Franklin County, Virginia; record book, dated 1877-1882, for the Franklin County public schools; a record book, dated 1894-1896, for the Covington, Alleghany County public school (this also contains unrelated miscellaneous accounts for 1889); and a private school account book, dated 1890-1893, which also includes unrelated miscellaneous accounts for 1896 and 1914. Also includes a student's cyphering book, dated 1884, of Lula Maud Duncan (1863-1952) when a student at the Farmville State Teachers College and a student's exercise book, dated 1893, of Julia Harvey Duncan (1876-1956) of Franklin County
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  • Asa Holland (1801-1879) was a prominent merchant and farmer in Franklin County, Virginia. His daughter Sallie Elizabeth Holland (1835-1920) married William Erastus Duncan (1825-1912) of Amherst County, Virginia, 22 February 1853. Duncan attended Richmond College and received degrees from Columbian College in Washington D.C. and from the University of Virginia. A school teacher, he settled in Franklin County, where he established a school called Halesford Academy. In 1860, he was elected president of Alleghany College in Greenbrier County, (West) Virginia, but when the Civil War began, Duncan entered the military. Receiving a rank of captain, Duncan served in the Quartermaster's Department gathering supplies for the Confederate Army in the counties of southwestern Virginia. After the Civil War, Duncan attempted farming some of his father-in-law's land in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Unsuccessful, he returned to Franklin County and established the Halesford Classical and Mathematical School. He also served as the superintendent for Franklin County public schools from 1876 to 1881 and 1886 to 1889.
  • William and Sallie Duncan had eight children: 1) Katherine Leitch Duncan (Keeney (b. 1854); 2) Asa Leland Duncan (1857-1937), who taught at a private school in Danville, Virginia, then moved to Montana where he became a judge; 3) Sallie Willie Duncan (Keeney) (1860-1934), whose husband was a college professor; 4) Lula Maud Duncan (Moir), (1863-1952), who was in the first graduating class of the Farmville State Teachers College; 5) Mattie Burrell Duncan (1866-1951); 6) Anna Leitch Duncan (Booth) (1868-1949), who graduated from Roanoke Female College; 7) William Erastus Duncan, Jr. (1872-1895), who graduated from Eastman College in New York and died soon after accepting a book-keeper's position in Danville; and 8) Julia Harvey Duncan (Hancock) (1876-1956), who taught for several years.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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The Green Bookman,
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