Fiftieth Anniversary of Scottish Colony in N. B.

Star Herald, July 19, 1923

On Tuesday July 10th the Scottish Colony New Kincardine, Victoria County, N. B., observed the 50th anniversary of its settlement. The Scottish families in Washburn all went down to the Old Colony; D. L. Duncan and family, W. L. duncan and family, E. C. Hunter and family, Harry Duncan and family, also Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Hale, C. L. Stoddard, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Dow, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. H. Estey, Mr. and Mrs. James Crawford and girls, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Umphrey, Mr. and mrs. V. E. Wilder, Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Durepo.
Over 2000 people were gathered in the park near the Old Kirk. Fraser & Co. Rev. Mr. Pringle were committee of Arrangements. Fraser & Co. had tents on the grounds where meals were dispensed. After dinner addresses were given by prominent guest, Hon. Mr. Veniot, Premiew of New Brunswick, Hon. John Webster, Mayor of Somerville, (one of the boys who was raised in the Old Colony and has made good,) Hon. Mr. Coldwell, M. P., Minister of Agriculture and several others. Mr. Ross Piper, of St. John, N. B., was in attendance with his bag-pipes and kept the pebrock sounding at the dancing tent. Scotch Reels, Highland Schottisches, Polkas, and all the old dances were busy. Scottish games, racing, vaulting, jumping, others were kept going. Many pleasant meetings of friends who had not for many years. This was a gathering that will be remembered for many years. Scottish families from different States of the Union were represented in a large numb.
Jas. Cumming and family of N. H.; A. E. Prescott and family, from Mass., Hon. John Webster and wife from Somerville, Mass., Robert and Alex Webster from Cambridge, Mass., John Webster and sister Bessie, from Fredericton, N. B., and hosts of others from all over the country. The Fraser Co. who came from Scotland with the Colonists in 1873 were the prima donnas in the Anniversary. Looking at the dancing tent occasionally I rather think the boys and girls of forty years ago had gone back to the old days in the colony and were stepping the Scotch reels, and Highland Scottisches with lively vigor. The happy memories of the Old Colony will always be with us.

Star Herald, July 19, 1923
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Obituary James Morrison Cumming (1860-1938)

James Morrison Cumming was born on October 27, 1860 at Upper Buckie, Grandholm, Woodside, Scotland, the third of eleven children of Thomas Cumming and Mary Jack. He was thirteen when he immigrated to Upper Kintore, New Brunswick with his family. On October 17, 1882 when he was 22 and she was 19, he married Barbara Duncan at her parent’s home “Carron Brae” in Kincardine, NB. James farmed with his older brother William for a year in Upper Kintore before moving to Washburn, ME to work in the mill. James and Barbara had four children. They lived near Fairfield, ME for a few years and Nashua, NH for many years.

The Telegraph, October 24, 1938

J. M. Cumming, With Proctors 50 Years, Dies

James M. Cumming, a well known and respected resident of this city for over 30 years died at his home 11 Clement St. Sunday afternoon. He was born in Aberdeeen, Scotland, Oct. 27, 1860, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cumming. For a number of years Mr. Cumming was a resident of the Crown Hill section, and had been an employe of Proctor Bros. for over half a century.
He was found of life outdoors, hunting and fishing, and took great pride in his gardens.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Cumming of this city; two sons, George T. Cumming of East Milton, and J. Everett Cumming of Lexington; ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren; five brothers, also several nephew and nieces.
He was a member of the Arlington St. Methodist church and a former teacher of the young men’s class in Sunday school.
Fraternally he was one of the oldest members of Odd Fellow lodge at Washburn, Me., having the honor of being a fifty year man.

The Telegraph, October 24, 1938

The Telegraph, October 25, 1938

Funeral James M. Cumming

Impressive funeral services for James M. Cumming were in the Arlington street Methodist church at 2 this afternoon. The church was filled with sorrowing relatives and friends, and there were many beautiful floral tributes. Rev. Charles D. Maurer, the church Pastor officiated.
Two of his favorite hymns “Rock of Ages” and “Abide with Me” were sung by Mrs. Rena Shattuck, accompanied on the organ by Mrs. Doris Griffin.
Bearers were Warren Fields, Clarence Ware, Joseph K. Spence, James McCutcheon and Fred Roland.
Interment took place in the family lot in Evergreen cemetery. Charles H. Farwell was the Funeral director.

The Telegraph, October 25, 1938

Star Herald, Nov. 3, 1938: Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Duncan, Mrs. Mary Chapman, Miss Bessie Duncan, David Duncan and Mrs. Annie Durepo were called to Nashua, NH Monday on account of the death of James Cumming. They also visited Stuart Duncan, a brother of D. L. Duncan and Mrs. Chapman and other relatives in Everett, Mass.

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Obituary Catherine Chapman Duncan (1868-1949)

Catherine “Kate” Chapman was born January 13, 1868 in Drumoak, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the last of the ten children of Charles Chapman and Catherine Coutts. She was five years old when her parents brought her to Kincardine, NB, six years old when her father died, and fifteen years old when her mother died. By the time she was eighteen, she had married and moved to Washburn, Maine. She had six children, the first when she was nineteen years old and the last when she was forty-three. She was 81 years old when she died, a bit more than two years after her husband passed away.

Obituaries: Mrs. Catherine Duncan

Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Duncan were held Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 17, at the Lidstone Memorial Methodist church, Washburn, with the Rev. Herman A. Grant of Presque Isle officiating. The Rev. Philip C. Hughey, Jr., pastor of the Baptist church, sang a favorite hymn, “In the Land Where We Never Grow Old,:” Mrs. W. J. Churchill, pianist.
Bearers were four nephews, Anson Cumming, Kenneth Duncan, Stuart Duncan, and Douglas Chapman. Interment was in Riverside cemetery in the family plot.
Mrs. Duncan, daughter of Charles and Catherine Coutte Chapman, was born in Wells Mills, Scotland, and came to this country in 1873 at the age of 5 years with her parents, who were among the first settlers in the Scotch colony at Kincardine, N. B.
On April 30, 1886, she was married to David L. Duncan, also an early immigrant from Scotland. They were the first couple to be married in the little Presbyterian church in Kincardine. Immediately they came to Washburn, where they since resided. They had been married 61 years at the time of Mr. Duncan’s death in 1947.
She leaves four daughters, Mrs. Annie Hopper of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Mary Umphrey, Mrs. Mildred Umphrey, Miss Bessie Duncan of Washburn; two sons, Harry Duncan of Washburn and David Duncan of Presque Isle; 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Duncan was a faithful member of the Lidstone Methodist church and was very active in its work until failing health in the past few years. She was a charter member of Prosperity Rebekah Lodge.
Many relatives and friends services from Limestone, Easton, Fort Fairfield, Houlton, Presque Isle, and Kincardine, N. B., called at her home, also attended services.

Star Herald, August 25, 1949
Star Herald, August 25, 1949
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Obituary of David Linton Duncan (1858-1947)

David Linton Duncan, the second of ten children born to William Duncan and Elizabeth Linton, was born on September 28, 1958 in Dunnottar Parish, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. David was fourteen years old when he immigrated to Kincardine, New Brunswick with his parents and siblings on May 10, 1873. On April 30, 1886 David, age 27, married Catherine Chapman, age 18 of Kincardine, with witnesses: James Duncan and Lizzie Duncan, siblings of the groom, John Chapman, brother of the bride, and Mary Jackson. They moved to Washburn, Maine where he was manager of the Phair starch and saw mill business for over 31 years. He was postmaster (1922-35), newspaper correspondent, tax collector, and played the slide trombone in the Washburn Band.

Star Herald, May 29, 1947

David L. Duncan, Oldest Washburn Resident, Dies

David L. Duncan, 89, oldest man in Washburn, passed away suddenly at his home at 12:30 Wednesday morning.
Surviving are his wife, Catherine; four daughters, Mrs. Ernest Hopper of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Ernest Umphrey, Mrs. Malcolm Umphrey, and Miss Bessie Duncan of Washburn; two sons, Harry of Washburn and David of Presque Isle; a sister, Mrs. Mary Chapman, Washburn; one brother, Stuart, of Everett, Mass; and several grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the Lidstone Memorial Methodist church Friday at 3:30 P. M.

Star Herald, June 5, 1947

Services Held For David L. Duncan in Washburn Church

Funeral services for David L. Duncan, 89, Washburn’s oldest resident, who passed away suddenly at his home May 28, were held at Lidstone Memorial church, Washburn, Friday at 3:30 P. M. The Rev. Victor Musk, pastor of the church, officiated, assisted by the Rev. Home Huey of the Limestone Methodist church, a former pastor. “In the Garden,” favorite hymn of the deceased was sung by the Rev. Philip Hughey, Jr., of the Baptist church, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Ernest Grant.
There were many beautiful floral tributes. Bearers were Stuart Duncan of Fort Fairfield, Anson Cumming of Easton, and Kenneth Duncan and Douglas Chapman of Washburn, all nephews. Burial was in Riverside cemetery.
Among out of town relatives and friends present for the services were: Mrs. E. W. Hopper, Seattle, Wash.; Stuart Duncan, Everett, Mass.; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Conroy and two children, Waterville; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Umphrey, Sinclair; Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Vaughn, Jr., and son Dixfield; Mrs. Bernard Rice, Bangor; Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Inman, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Chapman, Mrs. Mary Ellis, Perth, N. B.; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Chapman, Bath, N. B.; Mr. and Mrs. sheridan Grant, James Duncan, Fredericton, N. B.; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Cumming, Mrs. James Cumming, Mrs. Ed Milbury, Mrs. Burfield Langley, Anson Cumming, Mrs. Lizzie Porter, all of Easton; Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Duncan, Fort Fairfield; Mr. and Mrs. David O. Duncan and two children, Mrs. Walter Lyon and daughter, Mrs. Gerald Chapman, Beatrice Chapman, Mrs. Earl ryder and daughter, Anna Chapman, all of Presque Isle; Mrs. Ada Clark, Mrs. Ben Phair, Mrs. Madeline Durepo, and Mrs. Lillian Temple, Limeston.
Mr. Duncan, a native of Scotland, had made his home in Washburn for Many years and was well known throughout Aroostook County. He was a friend to all with whom he came in contact, loyal to his church, and devoted to his home and family.

Star Herald, June 5, 1947 page 1
Star Herald, June 5, 1947, page 12
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Obituary William Duncan (1829-1914)

William Duncan, the first-born child of William Duncan and Ann Rae, was born February 2, 1829 at Dalhaikie Farm, Kincardine O’Neil, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He had four brothers, Alexander, David, John and James, and one sister, Barbara. William married Elizabeth Linton on November 30, 1855 at the Manse in Fettereso Parish, Stonehaven, Scotland.

William Duncan, a wool spinner for 26 years in Scotland, was 44 when he immigrated to New Kincardineshire, New Brunswick with his wife and nine children. Ten years later he received his lot #30 grant. At age 62 he removed to Washburn, ME where he lived to be 85 years old.

Star Herald, April 3, 1914, Washburn, ME: Mr. William Duncan died April 27, at the home of his son, James, at the ripe old age of 85 years, 2 months and 24 days. He was born in Scotland and came to New Brunswick with a party of immigrants some 35 years ago, but moved to this town some 20 years ago where he has since resided. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Duncan. There are left to mourn their loss, four sons, David, William and James of this town and Stewart of Everett, Mass; and five daughters Mrs. Lizzie Prescott of Everett, Mass, Mrs. Barbara Cummings of Salem, N. H., Mrs. Annie Cumming of Easton and Mrs. Mary Chapman and Mrs. Nellie Wilson of this town. The funeral will be held tomorrow, Wednesday at the house, after which the remains will be interred in Riverside cemetery. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved.

Star Herald, April 30, 1914

Fort Fairfield Review, May 6, 1914: Died: Duncan— In Washburn, Monday, April 27, at the home of his son James Duncan, William Duncan, aged 85 years, two months, 24 days.

Fort Fairfield Review, May 7, 1914: Mars Hill News: Wm Cumming and family attended the funeral of Mrs. Cumming’s father, Mr. Duncan, Wednesday at Washburn.

Star Herald, May 7, 1914: Washburn: The funeral of the late William Duncan, Sr. was held from his late home last Wednesday at 2 o’clock, the Rev. Mr. Pringle of Kincardine, N.B. Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of which the deceased member, officiating. Among those from out of town to attend the funeral were Mrs. James Cumming of Salem, Mass., Mrs. Anson Prescott and Mr. Stuart Duncan of Everett, Mass., Mr and Mrs. William Cumming and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Clark of Easton.

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The “Scottish Clan” Reunions: Cumming—Duncan Annual Picnics 1994

Cumming-Duncan Reunion #69
July 24, 1994

Treasurer’s Report
Balance from 1993 113.33
Expenses 1994
stamps 54.50
prizes 25.50
picnic supplies 10.50
phone 2.00
Balance on hand 20.63
Hat passed +60.87
Minutes accepted

Scott & Barbara Pinkham
Jeffrey & Cheryl Wark & Breanna
Stuart & Joyce Cumming
Ethelyn Langley
Bill (Alan) & Joan Cumming
Bill & Elisabeth Smith
Lloyd & Connie Duncan
Betty & Gerald McKenna
Jean & William duncan
Mary & Morrison Cumming, Easton
Ralph & Betty Dow, Mapleton
Brent Langley
Melvin Barclay, RR 2, Perth-andover, NB E0J1V0 Canada
Marjorie Dyer, PO Box 10, Mapleton, Me 04757
Todd Dyer, “
Paula Langley, Rt. 1 Box 34, Easton, ME 04740
Marion Langley, :
Mary Lee & Randy Keep, PO Box 35, Easton, Me
Paul J. Tobin, 266 Ocean Ave, Amityville, NY
Dorothy Gallagher, Box 332, Grand Falls, NB E321B8
Jack & Dot Phelan, 238 Main, Caribou, Me
Brian & Tammie Duncan, 41 Dahlgren St., Caribou
William C. Langley

The 69th Cumming-Duncan reunion was held at Melvin Barclay’s farm in Upper Kintore, NB with at least [37?] present. We once again joined the community for morning worship at Upper Kintore, United Church of Canada. The service was conducted by Brian Duncan, with Tammie Duncan doing readings from the Bible. Todd Dyer also participated by doing 2 solos. We appreciated it very much.
A potluck picnic was also enjoyed on the Barclay farm lawn. The meeting was called to order by Brian Duncan. Melvin Barclay notified us that we no longer could have his place for our family reunion to his being so busy.
A moment of silence was observed for this who passed on.
The secretary-treasurer’s report was read and accepted.
Oldest member Morrison Cumming 73
Youngest member Janelle Duncan 5
Longest distance Paul & Carol Tobin, Amityville, NY
1 birth reported Robert & Cheryl Clark, boy Zachary 9/18/93
Ann Chapman 8/12/93
Eugene Milbury ?
Edith Cumming ?
Alice Sewell March 19, 1993
Barbara Duncan to Scott Pinkham 6/11/94
Andy Keep to Pam Paul 9/18/94
Officers 1995:
Chieftain Jody Cumming
Vice chieftain Betty McKenna, Barb Pinkham

The meeting for 1995 has been undecided to be at Mantle Lake Park in Presque Isle or Baptist Park in Mapleton. It will be on Sunday July 23. The time will be decided when we know where.
Jodie is in Wisconsin. If he needs help, Randy Keep will help. 207-488-6805
We voted to make homemade ice cream next year. The following will bring ice cream makers.
Marjorie Dyer
Getty, Geral
Connie, Lloyd Duncan
Bob, Erla Duncan
Need more recipes for cookbook. Please send them to: Cheryl Wark or Becky Collins in Washburn.
Randy Keep said he would check on getting postage meter discount.
Please put Canadian mail in an envelope before you mail.
Barb won rolling pin throwing
Tammie won ladies hammer toss
Toadd, Jason—three legged race
Tyler sack race
Bett, Gerald—three legged race
Gerald horse shoes
Gerald hammer throw

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The “Scottish Clan” Reunions: Cumming—Duncan Annual Picnics 1993

Cumming-Duncan Reunion
July 25, 1993 #68
Treasurer’s Report
Balance from 1992 $80.46
Expenses 1993
Stamps $57.95
Prizes 28.62
rolling pin 4.19
name tags 4.70
7/10 check from William & Elizabeth Smith +10.00
less expenses -95.46
passed the hat (2 times) +118.33
owed on picnic -5.00
Balance on hand 113.33

Mary Lee (Cumming) Keep, Easton, Me
Randy Keep, “
Andrew Keep, “
Marjorie Dyer, Mapleton, Me
Stuart Cumming & Joyce, Easton
William Allen Cumming, Wiscasset
Duncan J. Cumming, “
Barbara J. Cumming, Carmel
George W. Cumming II (Jody), “
Andy, Naomi, & Ian Oakes, Easton, Me
Rod, Becky, Trevor, Tyler, & Tonya Collins, Washburn
Jean and William (Bill) Duncan, Caribou
Bob, Erla-Lee, Jayson, Joshua & Janelle Duncan, F. F.
Betty & Gerald McKenna, Homeless
Barbar Duncan, Caribou/Machias
Brian & Tammie Duncan, Caribou
Melvin Barclay, Upper Kintore
Mr. & Mr. Jeffrey Wark, Washburn, Me
Brian & Breanna Wark, “
Larry Cumming, Carmel, Me
Leslie cumming
Heather Keep
Ann Chapman, P. Isle
Ethelyn Langley, P. Isle
Ralph & Betty Dow, Mapleton
Marion & William Langley, RFD 1 Box 34, Easton, Me
Paula Langley, “
Brent Langley, “
Cheryl Cumming Clark & Robert & Denise Clark
Ruth & J. H. “Bud” McCoy, PO Box 896, Bonsall, Calif 72003
Pam Paul, Perth Andover, NB
Meaghan Paul, “
Wayne Langley
Lloyd & Connie Duncan
Dorothy Gallagher
Carron Crowell
Jack & Dorothy Phelan
Todd Dyer
__ Dyer

Melvin Barclay’s home # 1-5-6-273-2308
office # 1-506-273-2269
July 25, 1993 #68
Duncan-Cumming Clan Reunion
The 68th Cumming-Duncan reunion was held at Melvin Barclay’s farm in Upper Kintore, NB with at least 62 members present. We once again joined the community for morning worship at the Upper Kintore, United Church of Canada. The service was done a little differently with having a “remembrance” time for the sermon. I believe we all shed a few tears but felt we went out of the church service feeling much richer and closer to our roots. William Alan Cumming and Lloyd Duncan conducted the service.
A pot luck picnic was enjoyed on the Barclay farm lawn. The meeting was called to order by Chieftain Mary Lee (Cumming) Keep. Special thanks was given to Melvin Barclay along with a Cumming-Duncan T-shirt for the use of his home and his assistance. Special thanks was also given to Betty McKenna, Barbara Duncan & Duncan Cumming for the help with music during the church service.
A moment of silence was observed for those who have passed on.
Bill Duncan set up a genealogy overview of the Cumming-Duncan families.
The Secretary and Treasurer’s report was read and accepted.
Under Old Business, Jodi Cumming felt we should update our address list. Dorothy Phelan felt she had some addresses and would send them to Mary Lee Keep.
Oldest member present—Morrison Cumming (72)
Youngest “ “—Meaghan Paul (3)
Longest distance—Ruth (Lyons) McCoy
Largest family—Duncan: Lloyd Duncan (18), Cumming: Ethelyn Langley (6), Stuart Cumming (6)
Births reported:
Alexander Frank Berger, son of Patricia (Cumming) Berger, born 7/7/93
Shelly Elaine Stevens, born ?
Alice Sewell, 3/19/93
Earl Langley, 7/29/92
Emilie Cumming Cook, 8/3/92 age 81, born 7/6/1911
Reports of Stuart Duncan & Eugene Milbury not feeling well
Lori (Milbury), Garth Gilman, 7/24/93
Officers for 1994:
Chieftain—Brian Duncan
Vice Chieftain—George (Jodie) Cumming
The meeting for 1994 will be the Sunday following the Potato Blossom parade at Melvin Barclay’s home with the church service at the Kincardine Melville United Church of Canada. It was suggested that a postcard be sent by January announcing the date of picnic with a letter to follow in May or June.
Letters were received from Alex Duncan, Elisabeth Smith, & Jean & George Johnson.
The cookbook is still being put together with a due date of summer 1995.
Rebecca Collins, Cheryl Wark, Co-chairpersons;
Mary Lee Keep
Brian Duncan
Barbara Dumming
Connie Duncan
Dorothy Phelan
The committee update for 125th celebration of the Scots Colony in 1998 is as follows:
Stuart Cumming, Chairman
Rod Collins
Becky Collins
Mary Lee Keep
Bob Duncan
Bill Duncan
Stuart Duncan
Ethely Langley
Melvin Barclay
Robert Griffiths
George (Jodie) Cumming
An announcement was made for Mary & Morrison Cumming’s 50th at the Easton Wesleyan Church Aug. 21, 1993
It was mentioned that Jodie Cumming had negatives of many old pictures that he would be willing to have copies made for those who would like some.
The meeting was adjourned with a photo session, games & tour of the old home sites.
Winners of the Games:
rolling pin toss: 1st Pam Paul, 2nd Becky Collins
Girls: 1st Tonya Collins, 2nd Janelle duncan
Mens three-legged race: Gerald McKenna & Brian Duncan
Ladies three-legged race: Pam Paul, Heather Keep
Girls sack tac: Denise Clark
Boys sack race: Todd Dyer
Ladies sack race: Barbara Duncan
Couples three-legged race: Brian Duncan & Tonya Collins
Boys hammer throw: Todd Dyer
Ladies hammer throw: Leslie Cumming
Men’s hammer throw: Gerald McKenna
Men’s horseshoe throw: Stuart Cumming
Women’s horseshoe throw: Leslie Cumming

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Obituary Catherine Cocker Duncan (1864-1939)

Obituary [Newspaper Clipping]
Mrs. Catherine [Cocker] Duncan, 75, wife of William L. Duncan, died at her home in Washburn Saturday, June 10th, [1939] after an illness of about two weeks. She was born in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and in 1873 came with her parents to Kincardine Colony, New Brunswick. There, in 1885, she was married to William L. Duncan, and in 1892 the family moved to the farm in Washburn which has since been her home. She was a devout and faithful member of the Washburn Baptist Church, also of the Rebekah and Eastern Star Lodges.
Surviving besides her husband are three sons, Alec, William and Kenneth Duncan, all of Washburn; three daughters, Mrs. John Dow of Mapleton, Mrs. H.A. Clark of Gardiner and Mrs. Byron H. Smith of Bangor; fifteen grandchildren; two brothers, James Cocker of Fairfield and Alec Cocker of Jacksonville, N.B; and three sisters, Mrs. Henry Duthie of Woodstock, N.B., Mrs. Ernest Davis of Waterville and Mrs. Isabel Plummer of Fairfield.
Funeral Services were held at the home Monday afternoon by Rev. Gordon Pringle, D.D., of Kincardine Colony, N.B., and Rev. John Quigg of Washburn. Among the flowers was a spray of royal heather from her native hills of Aberdeenshire, placed on her breast by her husband.
Friends and relatives from Presque Isle, Easton, Houlton, Kincardine, N.B., Everett, Mass, Wilton, Mass, and Nashua, N.H. attended.

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Obituary Elizabeth Linton Duncan (1831-1921)

Newspaper Clipping, (Star Herald, Jan 12, 1922) died Sept. 27, 1921:
“An Appreciation
Personal admiration, coupled with a sense of duty prompts me to pen a few words of appreciation for one who in life has made a distinguished record in the service of the Lord of Life, and who had thoroughly entrenched herself in the hearts of the community. We refer to Mrs. Elizabeth Linton, widow of William Duncan, originally of Stonehaven, Scotland, and later of Kincardine, New Brunswick, and latterly for about twenty years, a resident of Washburn, Maine.
Deceased had reached the unusual age of 90 years and was in all her faculties wonderfully well preserved. With her the sunset glows of life were nothing short of phenomenal.
In the year 1874 [1873], in company with her husband and ten children, five boys and five girls, they landed in New Brunswick, Canada, and began housekeeping at Kincardine, Victoria County. In about the year 1900 [1892] they moved to Washburn. Her husband died on April 27th, 1913, and she lived throughout her widowhood with her sons and daughters, and was greatly beloved by them, who all sincerely mourn over her “homegoing,” which followed a period of less than forty-eight hours’ illness.
The children who service this sainted mother are William L., David L., Alexander M., of Washburn, Mrs Wm. Cummings[sic] of Easton. Mrs. Jas. Cummings of Nashua N.H., and Mrs. A. E. Prescott, Everett, Mass., Mrs. Robt. Chapman, James M., of Washburn, Stewart Duncan of Everett Mass., and Mrs. C. H. Wilson of Washburn. There are fourty four living grandchildren, and thirty-six great grandchildren.
Mrs. Duncan was a most consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, her devotion to God and her great enterprises of the church, were the strong and outstanding features of her character. Her life being so exemplary, has left many precious memories.
In 1905 the golden wedding anniversary was celebrated on the home farm in Washburn. The children were all present, as were thirty grandchildren. A substantial purse of gold was presented the aged couple, accompanied by a suitable address. It proved to be a most memorable occasion.
The funeral of Mrs. Duncan recently held in Washburn, was one of the largest in the history of the little town, conducted by Rev. B. H. Thomas of the first Baptist Church, assisted by the Rev. S. H. Webb of the Methodist Church.
The pall bearers were grandsons of the deceased, Harry Duncan, Jas. Cumming, Alexander Duncan and Leland Chapman.
Mr. Guy Durepo had the funeral ceremonies in charge. Mr. Durepo is a grandson-in-law of the deceased. Interment was made in Riverside Cemetery.”

Star Herald, Jan. 12, 1922 (part 1)
Star Herald, Jan. 12, 1922
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The “Scottish Clan” Reunions: Cumming—Duncan Annual Picnics 1992

July 26, 1992 Clan Reunion #67
Name, Street, City, State, Zip
Rod Collins, 2 Porter St, Washburn, Me 04786
Tyler Collins, “
Trevor Collins, “
Tonya Collins, “
Becky Collins, “
Lawrence H. Cumming & Judy, RFD#1, Box 185, Carmel, Me 04419
George W. Cumming II, RFD#1 Box 188, Carmel, Me 04419
Carron Cumming Crowell, 104 Elm St., Brewer 04412
Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Cumming, Easton
Barbara Duncan, Caribou, Me 04736
Jay Duncan, Fort, Me 04742
Ed Springer, Upper Kent
Brent Langley, Easton, Me 04740, Box 34, FRD#1
Paula Langley, “
Marion Langley, “
William C. Langley, “
G. Melvin Barclay, RR2, Perth-Andover, NB
Mr. & Mrs. David Griffiths, 369 Fort Rd, Presque Isle 04769
Brian & Tammie Duncan, 41 Dahlgren St., Caribou, Me 04736
Mary Lee Keep, PO Box 35, Easton
Bob, Erla-Lee, Jayson, Joshua, & Janelle Duncan, F. F.
Marjorie Dyer & Andy, PO Box 10, Mapleton, Me 04757
Andrew Keep, Easton, Me 04740
Ethelyn Langley, Presque Isle, Me
Lloyd & Connie Duncan
Ralph & Betty Dow
Earl Langley, Presque Isle,
Gordon & Alyce Duncan, Brewer, Me
Bill & Jean Duncan, 349 Main St., Caribou, Me 04736
Greta Gagnon, Caribou, Me 04736 (a guest)
Dorothy Gallagher, Grand Falls, NB (a guest)
Leslie Cumming
Cheryl, Jeff, Brian, & Breanna Wark, PO Box 112, Washburn, ME 04786
Rebecca Keep Easton, ME 04740
Heather Keep, “
Betty McKenna, 25 Second St., Presque Isle, ME

July 26, 1992 Clan Reunion #67
The 67th Cumming-Duncan reunion was held at Melvin Barclay’s farm in Upper Kintore, NB with 51 members and at least one guest present. Members joined with the community for morning worship at the Upper Kintore, United Church of Canada. The speaker was clan member Roberta (Duncan) Griffiths.
A pot luck picnic was enjoyed on the Barclay farm lawn. the meeting was called to order by chieftain Rod Collins (husband of Becky Duncan.) Following opening remarks and welcome, special thanks was again given to Melvin Barclay for the use of his home and his assistance. Thanks was also given to those who participated in the church services and other aspects of the clan reunion and picnic. A moment of silence was observed for this passed on.
The Secretary’s and Treasurer’s reports were read and accepted.
Oldest member present—Stuart Duncan, 86 years
Youngest member present—Janelle Duncan, 3 years
Largest Cumming family—Earl Langley with 6
Largest Duncan family—Lloyd Duncan with 16
Nor births were reported
Deaths reported—Louise Duncan, Oct. 27, 1991, wife of Stuart Duncan
No marriages were reported
Officers for 1993 are as follows: Chieftain—Mary Lee Keep, Vice Chieftain—Brian Duncan
Melvin Barclay offered his home again next year for the Reunion and it was moved and seconded that the 1993 reunion be held at the Barclay farm on July 25, 1993. Church service not discussed, but should be at the Kincardine Melville United Baptist Church of Canada if tradition is followed. T-shirts are still available for $6.95 and sweatshirts for $13-14 depending on size. Contact Robert Duncan to place your order.
Roberta Griffiths made the motion to make a clan cookbook, seconded by Barbara Duncan. Everyone will be asked on next year’s invitation to bring at least one recipe. Also, a newsletter was suggested to be mailed out early in the spring.
It was decided to plan for the 75th reunion of the clan and the 125th celebration of the Scots Colony in 1998, possibly putting together a video. A committee was formed consisting of Mary Lee Keep, Rod & Becky Collins, Bob Duncan, Bill Duncan, Stuart Duncan, Robert Griffiths, Jodie Cumming, Earl Langley, and Melvin Barclay.
It was moved and seconded to give each of the churches $50.00, totaling $100.00.
The meeting was adjourned for a photo opportunity fro group pictures and fun and games under the direction of Robert Duncan.
winners of games before they were rained out were:
Children Sack Race: boys—Tyler Collins, girls—Leslie Cumming
Three Legged race: young people—Jayson Duncan/Trevor Collins, adult—Barbara Duncan/Beth Taylor
Kids hammer throw—Brian Wark
Rolling pin toss—Barbara Duncan
After games, M. Barclay offered to escort a tour of old home sites and other interest points.
Respectfully submitted,
Rebekah J. Collins

Treasurer’s Report
July 26, 1992
Balance from 1991 207.69
Expenses 1992
printing 28.50
telephone 6.63
postage 34.90
picnic supply 13.20
prizes 10.00
churches 100.00
Collection 7/26/92 +66.00
Cash on hand 80.46

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