My maternal grandfather, Thomas Leroy Duncan (Roy), was born in LaMoille, Bureau county, Illinois on 22 November 1889, the youngest of four boys. He had a half-brother Clifford, and two full brothers, Howard William and James Edgar (Ed). His father was James Cation Duncan, a homeopathic doctor in DeKalb, Illinois. His mother was Annette MaryJane Patchen, who always went by the name Nettie, even on official documents. She was a nurse/supervisor in the DeKalb area for most of her life. Roy lived in northern Illinois for his entire life.
He married his high school sweetheart, Albie Irene Oakland, on 21 June 1911 in Sycamore, DeKalb county, Illinois. They had three daughters, Helen, Harriet, and Barbara. Mom often told stories about their outings – many picnics, family reunions, and just fun times.
The idyllic family life didn’t last long. Albie died 20 June 1927 in DeKalb, Illinois. She was 38 years old. The girls were 14, 12, and 10 when their mother died. Roy’s mother Nettie, and Albie’s mother, Mary Ann, helped take care of the girls.
I like this photo of Roy and Florence in their home – it’s nice to have some photos that aren’t posed.
The Duncans visited us in California often. Grandpa Duncan was so much fun – I wrote about his positive attitude earlier here. Florence died on 10 January 1957, long after the girls had married and left home. But Roy was alone again.
The third time around Roy married a younger woman, a little hedge against having to bury another wife. On 14 April 1962 Roy and Marcella Rice were married in Kings, Illinois. She adored him and was able to care for him for the rest of his life.
Thomas Leroy Duncan died on 28 October 1983 in Rochelle, Ogle county, Illinois. He was 93 years old and had lived a full, enthusiastic life.