Ida Duncan Yelvington

The mystery of Ida Duncan Yelvington was solved just over 20 years ago.  Ida married into my Duncan family – married Francis Duncan, adopted son of Thomas Cation Duncan.  Francis died shortly after their marriage.  So Ida is a bit on the fringe for me, but they had moved to San Diego where my family lived.  So I was curious about what happened to her.  Actually it’s a fascinating story, just not close to me (I wrote more about it here.)  So I asked Mom about Ida, any idea what happened to her.  No, Mom didn’t remember anything.  Finally I found a second marriage for Ida – to Calvin Yelvington.  I shouted to Mom ‘I found her!’  To which Mom replied, ‘Oh, I knew Ida Yelvington.’  Sigh.  But that’s how our memories work.  I understand that more now that I’m older.  I think I just remembered her maiden name – Utley.

Here’s a card Ida sent to my folks, probably in 1939 when my sister was born.  I love seeing the signature – the whole signature.

2 thoughts on “Ida Duncan Yelvington

  1. Donna, Great story to tell. I will note my tree. Do you have a picture of Harriet I could post in my Duncan/Claycomb tree? I have a great picture of Frank but nothing with Harriet.  We are planning to travel thru New Mexico in November on the way to spend Thanksgiving with the McDaniels families in Round Rock, Texas. We would love to stop by and see you. If you are available, I will be in touch as we get closer to the travel dates. Jamie

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