Surnames that I am currently researching: Allen, Banks, Duncan, Langley, Mann, Napier, Pennington, Petty, Shirley, Woodson.
I have traced ten generations back on my father's side (Duncan). Peter Duncan (Duncan-1137) is my 8th g-grandfather with his son, John Duncan (Duncan-5155), my 7th g-grandfather and his son, Marshall Duncan (Duncan-2210), being my 6th g-grandfather and Mary Ann. W. Durron Duncan (Durron-1), my 6th g-grandmother.
On the Petty side, I'm at a roadblock on my 3rd g-grandfather and g-grandmother. With certainty, I've been able to trace back to Andrew Jackson Petty (Petty-1486) but not beyond that.
Societies: Napier Society.
Allen Duncan sat outside the hospital in Healdsburg, California because he felt he was too dirty from working all day in the log woods to go in. He waited patiently on the birth of his third child, occasionally rolling a cigarette from his can of Prince Albert tobacco. It was 1950 and there was a cool breeze. He was hoping for a little cat skinner (an operator of a Caterpillar tractor) since he worked in the logging woods in northern California; but, the doctor came out a few hours later and told him he had a little dishwasher instead.
When Brenda was three the family left northern California and moved to Bisbee, Arizona where her father went to work for Phelps Dodge Corp., which was a copper mining corporation. Her mother, Mae, never worked but instead took care of her family. She was a dutiful wife and a wonderful mother, admired by all in the family.
Brenda graduated from Bisbee High School in 1968 and that same year she married her childhood sweetheart and her next-door neighbor, Mike Kasun, in Bisbee, Arizona at the St. Patrick Catholic Church. It was a beautiful small wedding with just their closest friends and family. After they returned from their honeymoon, his father was standing in the doorway with Mike's papers to go to Vietnam. He was there for two years and while he was in Vietnam, she continued living with her parents and attended Cochise College.
After he returned from Vietnam, they moved first to Long Beach, California until he was released from the U.S. Navy and then on to Silver City, New Mexico where he went to work as a lineman for Phelps Dodge Corp. They had one child together, Mika, on December 2, 1970. They were very young when they married and unfortunately, the marriage did not work out.
After the divorce, Brenda was invited to go with a group of friends to Anchorage, Alaska which she accepted. She was ready for a new life for herself and her daughter and to visit another part of the world she had never been to. There she found a job working in a law library for a law firm. This became her 40+ year career. After living in Anchorage for three years, she relocated to Arkadelphia, Arkansas to join her parents who, after they had retired, and moved there.
She met her next husband, Michael Andrew Jones, in Hot Springs, Arkansas where he was putting in a golf course in Hot Springs Village. They were married by his father, Andy Jones, who was the mayor at the time. She gave birth to one child, Olivia Dean Jones, who was born on November 22, 1976, in Little Rock, Arkansas at The Doctor's Hospital. She worked for Vincent Foster, Jr. at the Rose Law Firm. They were married for 10 years when Mike had a sudden massive heart attack and died when he was only 40.
She then relocated to Dallas, Texas with her two daughters where she continued working for big law. While living in Dallas, she worked again as a legal assistant mainly in corporate litigation on multi-million and even billion dollar lawsuits in law firms such as Bickel & Brewer; P.C.; Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP; Thompson & Knight, LLP; and Haynes & Boone, LLP
After 23 years of living in Dallas, she was ready for a small town again. The price of living there was outrageous and she was tired of the hustle and bustle of big city life. She relocated back to Little Rock, AR in 2012 where she worked for a small law firm in estate planning.
When she was 65 she retired and now lives in Searcy, Arkansas close to Olivia and three of her grandchildren where she quilts, games and works on her genealogy.
Medical Information: Migraine headaches; hypoglycemic.
"Miss Brenda Duncan and Mike Kasun, Jr. were united in marriage at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 1968, at St. Patrick's Church, Bisbee.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Duncan of 13 Sacramento Avenue, Galena.
The bride wore a white satin floor-length gown with three tiers trimmed in lace on the back of the gown. Her single illusion veil was should length with three white daisies on the crown. She carried a bouquet of carnations.
Miss Sperry Penrod, the maid of honor, was attired in a gown of bright blue chiffon. She also carried a bouquet of carnations. Bridesmaids were Pauline Tate and Janice Olmstead. Miss Tate was dressed in a hot pink chiffon gown while Ms. Olmstead was dressed in a pale yellow chiffon gown.
Best man was Wayne Lee, Jim Moore and Gabriel Lopez serving as ushers.
Following the ceremony, a private reception was held at the groom's home.
The newlyweds spent their honeymoon at Show Low. The bride is a 1968 graduate of Bisbee High School. The groom is a 1966 graduate of Bisbee High School and is now serving in the United States Navy.
The new Mrs. Kasun will reside with her parents until her husband returns from active duty." Published in The Bisbee Observer. The photo was taken by Art Blunt's Photo Center.
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In the event of my untimely demise, I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree ends up deleted. While I fully intend to be around to manage all my profiles for the next 30 years or so, in the event of my sudden death I hereby give permission for all of my private and public profiles to be transferred to any of the following slightly-active WikiTreers in my family, whether or not they are currently on the trusted lists:
Mika Mae Kasun, Jones, Maranto (my daughter) (Kasun-9) Macie Maranto (my grand-daughter) (Maranto-3) Michael Petty (my second cousin) (Petty-1517)
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