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Duncan Fulkerson Holliday Martin

Obituary of Charles T. Duncan, Jonesville, Lee County, Virginia

Judge Charles T. Duncan, of Jonesville, Lee County, Va., died at Gate City, Va., on the 29th of September, 1915. He was descended from a sturdy pioneer family, among the first settlers of Southwest Virgina, from whom he inherited the sterling traits of character which distinguished him through life. His great-grandmother was shielded from the Indians at Fort Blackmore, in Scott County, when Daniel Boone and his party retreated there after being attacked by the Indians on their first attempt to settle Kentucky. His grandfather was one of the first settler of Moccasin Gap. Charles T. Duncan was on the 9th of July, 1838, and was educated in the common schools of that day.

When Virginia called upon her sons to repel invasion, Charles Duncan responded to the first call and became a private in the 37th Virginia Regiment, commanded by Col. Samuel V. Fulkerson, and served until the close of the war. He was soon promoted to a lieutenancy and served on Colonel Fulkerson's staff and was with him when he fell mortally wounded. Duncan was noted for his gallantry. He was captured and imprisoned for several months before the war closed. While in prison he studied law, was admitted to the bar sometime after the surrender, and in a short time was elected attorney for Lee County, serving eight years. He practiced law for forty years with uninterreupted success. He was a member of the convention which gave Virginia the Underwood Constitution, under which the State was readmitted to the Union, and with the gallant monority of conservatives he did all he could to ameliorate the provisions of that odious instrument. He was loved and esteemed by all who knew him. His first wife was Miss Mary Martin, daughter of Col. W. S. Martin, of Lee County; his second marriage was to Miss Ella Holliday, and of this marriage there were two sons, Charles T. and Paul Duncan.

On his last day on earth Judge Duncan delivered a centennial oration to the people of his native county in commemoration of the hundreth anniversary of its organization and participated in the unveling of a monument commemorating the event near the spot where his grandfather lived when the county was organized.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1916.

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