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Erie Cemetery History Project

Elizabeth (Chambers) Duncan (1818-1898)
Alexander Duncan (1803-1886)

Elizabeth (Chambers) Duncan was born July 23, 1818, in Kent County, England.

She came to the United States with her parents, Edward and Elizabeth (Landon) Chambers and her brothers, John and Fredrick, and her sisters Sarah and Mary. The family had lived in the village of Headcorn, Kent, where Edward Chambers had worked as a marble cutter. They sailed from Liverpool, England, aboard the brig "DeWitt Clinton" and landed in New York harbor in August of 1824.

The family eventually made its way via Lake Erie to Chautauqua County, in the far southwestern part of New York state. They lived in the small community of Mina, New York.

While it is unknown when the young Elizabeth married, her husband was Alexander Duncan, who was born in Pennsylvania. Alexander and Elizabeth Duncan are listed in the Federal Census for Erie County, Pennsylvania, in 1850, but by 1860 they were living in Erie, Whiteside County, Illinois. It is believed Alexander Duncan was a farmer. Alexander Duncan died September 15, 1886 at the age of 83 years, 5 months and 20 days. His wife Elizabeth died November 4, 1898.

Buried near Elizabeth and Alexander Duncan are a daughter, Mary Duncan, who died in 1883 at the age of 26 years. Also buried there are their son, Robert B. Duncan (1849-1922), Robertís wife Elizabeth B. Wiggins Duncan (1847-1923), and their infant daughter, Mabel, who died in 1878. Robert and Elizabeth Duncanís son, Alexander A. (1886-1950), and his wife, Cora Duncan Knox (1890-1953) are buried elsewhere in the cemetery.

(Information from Michael Davis)