source unknown; transcribed by Lisa Perry)
Bridge was named for David Duncan, father of James
Duncan. James was born in Kentucky August 1,
1814. Married Mary V. Taylor in 1835, they were the
parents of seven children.
and his wife were buried at Marthasville in Warren
County, Daniel Boone Cemetery. Then in 1845,
Frankfort, Kentucky citizens of here, exhumed the
bodies and took them back to Kentucky.
Bridge, or "Leesburg" as it is familiarly
called, is situated in the western portion of Monroe
Co., in Woodlawn Township, 20 miles from Paris, 10
miles from Madison. In 1876 there was only one
business house, and on saw-mill. In 1884 there were
three dry goods and grocery stores, one drug store,
two saw and grist-mills, one furniture store, two
blacksmith shops, one wagon shop, and one carding
machine run by steam. All were in prosperous
condition. The prediction was made, "at no
distant day, Duncan's Bridge, though a thriving
village now , (1884) will reach an epoch when it will
be known as one of the important towns of Monroe
Co.," It is situated in the northwest corner of
the county on Se. 5, 8, Twp. 55 N, R. 12 W at the
junction of J & 151. Mail is via Clarence:
(submitted by Robin
known as "Leesburg, located in Woodlawn Township.
The town was named after David Duncan, who had
married Eliazabeth Finney. They first settled in
Howard County, then Randolph County, and then
finally in Monroe County.
son James Duncan a farmer, was married to Mary
V. Taylor in 1835. They had 7 children.
John W., Greenbury, James, Franklin ,and
3 others who died young. James, like so
many other men, went to California in 1850 for the
Gold Rush, but unlike many others, he returned to
Monroe Co., Mo., where he owned an 120 acre farm.
his wife's death, James remarried in 1862 to Elizabeth
Capp. Their children were, Caroline, Elisha, Willard,
Thrasher, Josephine, Urna, and 2 others that
died before 1884.