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 Carl Wilson Duncan

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Carl Wilson Duncan

  • Birth 6 May 1898 Killeen, Bell County, Texas, USA
  • Death 25 Apr 1939 Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Mills County, Texas, USA
  • Plot 11A
  • Memorial ID 31378877

Carl was one of 3 children born to:
James Wilson "Shark" Duncan 1866-1944 and
Josephine (NMN) Dodson 1874-1959

SIBLINGS:
Artie Mae Duncan 1893-1971 (married Ernest Byrd)
Lillian Virl Duncan 1902-1988 (married Johnny Harris)

SPOUSE:
Beulah Beatrice Mather 1903-1992
maried September 18, 1921 in Liberty Hill, Texas

CHILDREN:
Leonard (NMI) Duncan 1922-2003 (twin)
Linuel (NMI) Duncan 1922-2004 (twin)
infant girl died at birth
Loyd Earl Duncan 1929-2003
Robert Gayle Duncan 1934-1985

Born in rural Killeen, in the Okay Community. They soon after moved to Pleasant Grove, Mills County, Texas where many of the Duncan family had land - it was a whole community of Duncans.
They were farmers, raising sheep and goats, with a couple of milk cows and a large garden. All the Duncans got together to help sheer the sheep, slaughter and render the pigs, gather and can the foods & fruits from the gardens, and whatever else was more than a one-man project. It was a very close-knit family.

Carl enlisted in the Army in Belton, Texas on June 15, 1918. By 1919, he was serving in France, admidst the big fighting there. He wrote many letters to his parents and sister, which are still in the family. He returned uninjured. He was in the infantry. Some of his letters are postmarked La Mans, France. He was a PFC.

Carl met Beulah Mather in Liberty Hill, where his father and uncles were from. They married in 1921, and soon after their twins were born in 1922, they moved to Long Cove, adjacent to the other Duncans in the Pleasant Grove area. They had 60 acres and raised sheep, and crops and cotton, having a milk cow and chickens. Beulah (my grandmother) said they put the twin babies under the shade of the wagon while they picked the cotton and tended the fields, separated by lying in cardboard boxes. She had 6 cloth diapers for them, which she changed and hung to dry. Carl and Beulah were both hard working, but fun loving people, and the cousins visiting them in the summer recounted fun stories of the joking and good food that was at their house.

Carl became ill with Tuberculosis, which was prevalent in the day, and spent time in a Sanitorium in West Texas. He finally succumbed to the illness in 1939, and died at home.
The body was laid out at home, as was the custom in the day. His youngest son, Gayle, then only 4 years old, was found standing on a chair looking at his daddy in the coffin. When his mother asked him what he was doing, he said "I'm waiting for daddy to wake up so he can take me fishing".

Carl was a wonderful father and all four of his boys loved him dearly, as did his wife, Beulah.


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  • Created by: Lynda Duncan Miles
  • Added: 13 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31378877
  • Lynda Duncan Miles
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Carl Wilson Duncan (6 May 1898–25 Apr 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31378877, citing Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Mills County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Lynda Duncan Miles (contributor 47070549) .