Fred Duncan

Fred was born in Beaumont, Texas, son of a prominent attorney originally from Klamath Falls, Oregon, George Edwards Duncan.  Fred grew up in Beaumont and later attended the University of Texas where he graduated with a BBA in Business.  After graduation, Fred went into the Real Estate Business as a commercial real estate broker where he focused on leasing, property acquisition, sale and development of commercial property.  Areas of focus are in the Greater Houston area, and South and Central Texas.

Fred and his wife, Judy, are both working in their fields of expertise, and have dual residences in Houston and Wimberley.  Currently most of their time is spent on their scenic acreage and house they built on the outskirts of Wimberley, Texas.  They have two children:  Son Freddy, and his wife and one grandson; and Daughter Caroline.  Freddy is an Eagle Scout and is living and working in the Dallas area, and Caroline is living in Ouray, Colorado.

Fred’s Patriot Ancestor, Benjamin Edwards, was born in 1753 in Stafford County, Virginia, moving later to Frederick County, Maryland.  His prior lineage also goes back to Benjamin Harrison I, who was the great great grandfather of Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and also the ancestor of 2 Presidents, William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.

Benjamin Edwards was from a family of 13 children.  His Father, Hayden Edwards, and his brother George Edwards served with him in the Revolutionary War.  Benjamin Edwards was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on August 26, 1776 by the Council of Safety of Maryland.

Benjamin Edwards was a member of the Maryland State House and was a Delegate in the Maryland’s State Ratifying Convention for the US Constitution which ratified the Federal Constitution in 1788.  He was a member of the Congress from Montgomery County, Maryland.  He also represented the third district of Maryland for a very short time in the United States House of Representatives in 1795.

Benjamin Edwards was known as the friend and patron of William Wirt, famed US Attorney General, serving James Monroe and John Quincy Adams.  Wirt lived with Edwards and was raised and educated as a member of his family alongside Benjamin’s son, Ninian Edwards.  Ninian Edwards was the First Territorial Governor of the Territory of Illinois, and would later serve as Governor and US Senator for Illinois.  Ninian’s son became the brother-in-law to Abraham Lincoln, who married Mary Todd in the Edwards’ home in Springfield, Illinois.

Benjamin Edwards moved to Kentucky in 1800 and died at his residence in Elkton, Todd County, Kentucky on November 13, 1829.  (Note that the name Edwards remained in the family as Fred’s Father’s and brother’s middle name.)