A Family Reunion: Duncan connections rekindled and found

Some 200 descendants of Mohave County pioneer ranchers Tap and Ollie Duncan attended a family reunion April 1 at Diamond Bar Ranch near Meadview. Stories of Tap Duncan refer to connections to famous outlaws such as the “Hole in the Wall Gang,” and he allegedly participated in a bank robbery in Winnemucca, Nevada.

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Some 200 descendants of Mohave County pioneer ranchers Tap and Ollie Duncan attended a family reunion April 1 at Diamond Bar Ranch near Meadview. Stories of Tap Duncan refer to connections to famous outlaws such as the “Hole in the Wall Gang,” and he allegedly participated in a bank robbery in Winnemucca, Nevada.

MEADVIEW – Hundreds of descendants of Mohave County pioneer rancher Tap Duncan converged in Kingman and Meadview April 1 for the first family reunion in more than 100 years.

All of them were related by marriage or birth to Duncan and his wife, Ollie, who settled in Mohave County in the early 1900s.

“There were three primary groups of descendants who came – the Tap Duncan line, Bige Duncan Jr. line and the Mullins,” said Ali Nicolls, a Duncan descendant. “They came from as far away as the East Coast, Idaho, Washington and Texas, and as nearby as Kingman.”

She said Ollie Binnion Duncan descendants were also represented, but were fewer in number.

“A lot of the family lost contact with each other,” Nicolls continued. “This reunion brought a lot of different sides of the family together.”

Descendants of each of Tap and Ollie Duncan’s children attended the reunion. Other family lines included Tap’s brother, Bige, and his sister, Nannie. A large contingent of Mullins, who were half-siblings of Tap, also attended.

The weekend included a social gathering at the historic Elks Lodge in Kingman and a day at Diamond Bar Ranch in Meadview, which was once owned by Tap and Ollie Duncan.

Bob Boze Bell, who is related to the Duncans by marriage and executive editor of True West Magazine, was featured speaker at the event.

Subject matter experts, who were primarily family members, discussed some of the more notorious members of the Duncan clan. They included Dick Duncan, who was hanged for killing settlers in Eagle Pass, Texas, and Tom “Back Jack” Ketchum, who attempted to rob a train in New Mexico and was hanged.

Kim and Chet Brackett discussed their book and allegations that Tap Duncan and other members of the Duncan and Ketchum clan robbed a bank in Winnemucca, Nevada, at the turn of the century.

The weekend concluded with Jim Hinckley, Route 66 author, giving a walking tour of downtown Kingman.