Volume5, Number 3 July 1997
Capt. John Duncan d. 1817 Washington Co. VA, wife Eleanor Sharp; sons John Duncan d.1832 Whitley Co. KY and Joseph Duncan d. ca 1847 Coffee Co. TN, formerly Franklin Co. TN.
Washington Co. VA, District Court Record of Deeds (from Joseph G.
Duncan, 4/20/83; also on FHC film 34,376; MAD: this family was sometimes known
as Duncan and sometimes as Dunkin)
Vol.B, Book 8, pg.418: John Dunken of Washington Co. VA, weak in body, ... executors should sell my personal property all and singular at twelve months credit the product to be disposed of as hereinafter mentioned. ... daughter Sally Laughlin, $100; daughter Elenoar Campbell, $50; balance divided among my nine children, to wit, Betsy Laughlin, John Dunken, Peggy Laughlin, Joseph Dunkin, Polly Hignite, Sally Laughlin, Ann Martin, Faithful Lock and Elenor Campbell. Executors to convey to John Laughlin the track of land on which I now live in compliance with a bond given by me to the said Laughlin for that purpose. Appoint my beloved friends Stanton Pemberton and Jonathan King executors. Dated October 2, 1817. /s/ John Dunken. Wit. Thomas McChesney, John Sharp, Jonathan King. Recorded 27 October 1817. Security for executors by Thos. McChesney.
Portion of letter from Joseph G. Duncan, 134 Tahoma Road, Lexington, KY
Capt. John Dunkin's grave is in the Deep Spring Cemetery, about 10 miles from Abingdon, VA. Mrs. Stallings gives Virginia as the birth state of both Capt. John and his wife Elinor Sharp, but my research indicates that they were natives of Lancaster Co. PA.
Capt. Dunkin and his family, in addition to two brothers-in-law and their families, were taken prisoner by the British and Indians in June 1780, when Ruddell's Station was captured. This station was about 25 miles from Lexington. They were taken to Canada and did not return to the colonies until 1783. One of his daughters was Elizabeth who married Col. Thomas Laughlin. Because she helped her brother, John Jr., to escape from captivity her descendants can qualify for DAR. If I recall correctly, there are two or three DAR chapters named in her honor.
One of the best sources on the history of our family is the so-called Laughlin Diary, on file in the TN Archives. It was written by Samuel Hervey Laughlin in the 1840's and concerns his family and the numerous political leaders of that era. He was a son of Sarah Dunkin who married John L. Laughlin. Sam was made Commissioner of the U.S. Land Office by his friend, President Polk.
MAD: see also the following published items:
"A Diary of Public Events and Notices of My Life and Family etc."
by Samuel Hervey Laughlin, from Jan. 1 1845 to --- (TN State Archives microfilm;
extracts from Joseph G. Duncan 10/2/84; brief extracts from Bill Brown 12/12/84;
"Southwest Virginian" Vol. 6 #30, Sept. 1983, from Fran Laaker 3/6/87)
Joseph G. Duncan's note: a biography of Samuel H. Laughlin, "Samuel Hervey Laughlin, Polk's Political Handyman" by Frank B. Williams, Jr., is in the "Tennessee Historical Quarterly" Vol. XXIV, #4, winter, 1965, pp. 356-392.
"James Litton, 'The Wayfaring Stranger'" by Dorothy Gable, 1964
(Salt Lake FHC book 929.273 L736g; 6/4/85; extracted and typed by Evelyn Sigler
Written for the Litton Historical Society, Oneida [Scott Co.], TN
"Our Heritage" Vol. VI, July 1991-April 1992, by Corbin Gen.
Society, Corbin, Whitley Co. KY (copy of pages from Bonnie J. Sell, 2/20/95;
typed by Rebecca Myers 5/95)
"Account of Our Ancestors on Trip to Canada as War Prisoners" by Mrs. Adelaide Berry Duncan, Written to her youngest son, George Duncan, September 11, 1893.
"William King and Virginia Watkins, Their Ancestors and
Descendants" by Maellen King Ford, no date, no copyright (Salt Lake FHC
book 929.273 A1 #4690, 9/9/86; typed by Evelyn Sigler 11/30/86)
MAD: This genealogy contains full dates for many of descendants.
MAD Notes on Joseph Duncan (son of Capt. John Duncan) who died
in Coffee Co. TN.
On 27 May 1822, Joseph Duncan and his wife Ann of Franklin Co. TN sold land in Lee Co. VA, formerly Washington Co. VA, adjoining Abram Lock (Lee Co. VA Deed Book 5, pg.97; FHC film 32,428). On 16 Dec. 1822, Joseph Duncan of Franklin Co. TN (no wife's name is given) sold land in Whitley Co. KY to Dela Fayete Berry adjoining Thomas Laughlin (Whitley Co. KY Deed Book 1, pg.64; FHC film 531,629). On 29 May 1838, Joseph Dunkin of Coffee Co. TN bought land in the town of Hillsborough and 15-1/2 acres in the "county of Coffee at this time (formerly Franklin)" from William P. Campbell as trustee for George W. Richardson (Coffee Co. TN Deed Book A, pg.240).
On 29 May 1848, William B. Williams deeded to the heirs of Joseph Duncan deceased, part of some lots in the town of Hillsboro (Coffee Co. TN Deed Book E, pg.140).
Joseph's wife was Ann Laughlin; any daughters are unknown, but two sons have been identified by descendants as:
Alfred Gillis Duncan, married Eleanor Charlotte Duncan, a first-cousin and daughter of John Duncan of Whitley Co. KY. Alfred Gillis Duncan died in 1849 in Mercer Co. MO according to descendants; a Family Group Sheet is on file at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City under the name "Alfred Harve Duncan." A biography of John T. Duncan of Mercer Co. MO named his father as Alfred G. and his mother as Elinor, daughter of John Duncan, cousins and natives of Tennessee who migrated to Missouri after their marriage (pg.692, 1888 "History of Harrison & Mercer Counties MO" by Goodspeed; FHC book 977.8 H2hh; SLC 8/25/88). Another son of Alfred G. Duncan, Joseph Alexander Porter Duncan, 1837-1908, was the grandfather of Mr. Joseph G. Duncan who has shared much history on the family and descendants of Capt. John Duncan.
Albert Dean Duncan d.1839 (will of A.D. Duncan of Texas filed in May 1839 in Roane Co. TN Will Book C, pg.47, FHC film 560,100; also filed in Hardeman Co. TN Deed Book F, pg.304; FHC film 989,304; an inventory was filed in Hardeman Co. TN Will Book 2, pg.151). His wife was Mrs. Mary D. (Scott) Jarmon who was an heir in 1840 of her deceased brother William A. Scott (Lincoln Co. NC Deed Book 38, pg.552). There are records of A.D. Duncan or his widow in Cass and Red River Co. TX. Also, there are business records in 1834 and 1835 of Albert D. Dunkin or Duncan with his partner, Joseph Lusk, in Franklin Co. TN deeds; their securities were Joseph Dunkin and William Lusk (Franklin Co. TN Deed Book N, pg.457, and Book O, pg.276, FHC film 576,326; and others).
The DAR Application #277612 of Mrs. Flora D. Woltz named Salina Dunkin who married James G. Lusk as a daughter of Albert D. Duncan, but no proof was given. Joseph Duncan deeded land to James G. Lusk on 1 Nov. 1844 in Coffee Co. TN (Deed Book D, pg.32; FHC film 802,758), and James G. Lusk's daughter Salina Adeline married Thomas Perville Duncan, son of Harvey Boyd Duncan who was son of John Duncan of Whitley Co. KY, brother of this Joseph (Coffee Co. TN Deed Book K, pg.31, 1859, Thomas P. Duncan and wife Salina A. of Wayne Co. IA sold a share of the estate of James G. Lusk, father of Salina; FHC film 802,760; also Grundy Co. TN Will Book 1, pg.51, includes a receipt by Salina Adaline Duncan as heir of James G. Lusk; from "The Tennessee Researcher" Vol.4 #4, pg.37, 1965; also "Grundy Co. TN Wills and Estates 1844-1900" by Sherrill, pg.1, 21)
Whitley Co. KY Wills (FHC film 532,092; MAD: Whitley Co. KY was formed
1818 from Knox Co. KY)
Will Book 1, pg.43: 8 April 1832, will of John Duncan; all to wife Mary Duncan during her life and after her decease to be equally divided amongst all my children. Exors Harry B. Duncan and Joseph Duncan. Wit. Isaac King, Wm. C. Hale, LaFayette Berry. Prob. May, 1832. (MAD: Harvy B. Duncan)
Additional information: Whitley Co. KY Deed Book 2, pg.273: 14 Sept. 1841, Polly Duncan widow of John Duncan decd, and his heirs and legal representatives, to wit, Joseph Sullivan and wife Narcissa late Duncan, Elijah Gerton and wife Sally late Duncan, H.B. Duncan, Joseph Duncan, Joseph D. Laughlen and wife Jane late Duncan, Alfred G. Duncan and wife Eloner Duncan late Eloner Duncan (sic), Samuel H. Porter and wife Polly late Duncan, Dixon S. Duncan and Thomas H.P. Duncan, heirs &c of the late John Duncan decd; to Jonathan Foley of Whitley Co. KY; for $1175, two tracts, one on Brier Creek containing by survey 163? acres, adj. said Gerton, the other containing 10 acres surrounding two acres reserved? by Elijah Gerton for a metting house and a grain? yard, adj. the crossing of the Sand Branch, Joseph Duncan, Jonathan Foley. Recorded 14 Oct. 1841; ack. by Polly Duncan, Joseph Duncan, H.B. Duncan and Thomas H.P. Duncan, and by Thos. H.P. Duncan by power of attorney from the balance of the heirs. (FHC film 531,629; SLC 8/20/88 and 9/6/91)
Additional information: Lawrence Co. IN Deed Book A, pg.220: 12 Dec. 1823, John Duncan and wife Polly, Joseph Sullivan and his wife Narcissa of Whitley Co. KY and Vincent Wyatt and Jemima R. his wife of Knox Co. KY, to Adam Kern of Monroe Co. IN, for $333.60, land in Laurence Co. in Vincennes Dist., T5N R2W, the E 1/2 of SW 1/4 Sec. 23, containing 80a. /s/ John Duncan, Polly Duncan, Joseph Sullivan, Narcissa Sullivan, Vincent Wyatt, Jemima R. Wyatt late Jemima R. Duncan. Wit. John G. Crump, Samuel Cox. Release in Knox Co. KY by Jemima Wyatt; ack. in Whitley Co. KY by John Duncan & wife & by oaths of witnesses for Joseph Sullivan; release by Polly Duncan & Narcissa Sullivan 12 Dec. 1823 before Samuel Cox & John F. Sharp, JP's of Whitley Co. KY. Rec. Lawrence Co. IN 7 Oct. 1824. (FHC film 1,317,711) Also Lawrence Co. IN Deed Book E, pg.25, 19 May 1826 (FHC film 1,317,713) and Book H, pg.333, 25 March 1841, and pg.334, 7 April 1841 (FHC film 1,317,714) from heirs of John Duncan for land in Lawrence Co. IN.
MAD: Added information: Harvey Boyd Duncan moved to Wayne Co. IA on the border of Mercer Co. MO, in 1841 (biography of his sons Harvey M. Duncan, pg.360, and Green P. Duncan, pg.446, 1886 "Biographical & Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Cos. IA" by Inter-State Pub. Co.; FHC book 977.78 D3b; SLC 9/83). Joseph Duncan also moved to Wayne Co. IA in 1844 (biography of his son Thomas D. Duncan, pg.364, ibid.). Alfred Gillis Duncan and wife Eleanor Duncan moved to Mercer Co. MO, see under Alfred G.'s father Joseph Duncan earlier. Thomas H.P. Duncan and Dixon Sharp Duncan were also in Wayne Co. IA in the 1850 census. Knox Co. KY marriages include Sally Duncan to Elijah Gherton on 15 Dec. 1808; Narcissee Duncan to Joseph Sullivan on 2 Aug. 1812; and John L. Dunkin to Jemima Sullivan on 1 July 1817. Joseph and Jemima R. Sullivan were children of James Sullivan and Ellender Wilson; "Jamima" R. (Sullivan) Duncan married again to Vincent Wyatt on 19 Sept. 1819 in Whitley Co. KY. (Sullivan-Wilson Bible Record, published on pg.138 in "MO State Genealogical Association Journal" Vol.5 #3 Summer 1985, from Dorothy Franks 4/28/89)
Added information: 1881 "History of Santa Clara Co. CA", pg.604: DUNCAN, Joseph H. b. Wayne Co. IA, 19 Nov. 1842, to California 1853 with his father Dixon S. Duncan and family. (c979.473 H67; CA State Library)
John Duncan, wife possibly Nellie or Eleanor, of Sandy Creek, Orange and Randolph Co. NC, 1764-1799 and possibly later; son Charles Duncan b.1766 NC, wife Elizabeth Allread, d. Morgan Co. IN 1862; son John Duncan b.1764 "Randolph Co. NC, d. 1855 Jackson Co. GA, wife not proven but possibly Polly Swift, daughter of Flower Swift.
JOHN DUNCAN SR. lived in Orange Co. NC, later Randolph
Co., in 1764 when his son John was born, and was there in 1771 when he
signed a testimonial with John Alread and others on behalf of Thomas Welborn who
lived on Sandy Creek ["The Carolina Genealogist" 1971;
"Historical Southern Families" by Boddie, Vol. X, pg. 82-83, Allred
John Duncan Sr. lived in Randolph Co. NC from 1779 to ca 1806 on Sandy Creek. Randolph Co. was formed 1778 from Guilford Co. which had been formed 1770 from Rowan and Orange Co. He is on the 1779 Randolph Co. tax list ("The North Carolinian" 1956) and later on the 1785 Randolph Co. tax list with no polls (tithables) but 240 acres of land ("Gen. Journal of Randolph Co. Hist. Soc." pg.23). He bought land on 8 June 1789 from John Alred Sr. (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 8, pg.245) and had grants from NC as early as 20 Dec. 1791 (Deed Book 10, pg.134). He made various deeds in 1797 as "John Duncan Sr." to his sons Charles (Deed Book 7, pg.224; Book 8, pg.174) and John (Deed Book 7, pg.224). He also had a grant from NC on 7 June 1799 (Deed Book 10, pg.136) as John Duncan Sr. In 1799, he was taxed on 612 acres ("The Gen. Journal of Randolph Co. NC) but was living in Greenville Co. SC (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 8, pg.174). He is on the 1790 census of Randolph Co. NC "John Duncan Ser." with one male over 21, 3 males under 21, and 5 females (pg.98).
John Duncan Sr.'s wife's name has not been proven, nor has any record been found in Randolph Co. NC of his wife. His son Charles named his first daughter Eleanor. Lavina or Lavinia Duncan, first wife of Asahel Rains, was said to be the daughter of a Joe or John Duncan and wife Nellie; Lavinia's first daughter was named Eleanor according to descendants.
Two children are proven by land records wherein John Duncan Sr. named his sons Charles Duncan b.1766 (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 7, pg.224, 1797; and also Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 8, pg.174, 1799, John Duncan Sr. of Greenville Co. SC) and John Duncan Jr. b.1764 (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 7, pg.224, 1797)
Other children may include:
Susannah Hopkins wife of Moses Hopkins (son of Dennis and Bathsheba or Barsheba Hopkins) who d. 1810 Clarke Co. GA (which adjoins Jackson Co. GA), probable parents of Barsheba Hopkins b.1794 niece of John Duncan Jr. One John Duncan had an account on the estate of Moses Hopkins, paid in 1812 by Suzanah Hopkins the admin (Clarke Co. GA Court of Ordinary; Inventories vol.E,F,G,H,I, 1807-1817, pg.326-331, FHC film 214,511); one John Duncan was granted letters of guardianship on 7 May 1810 (wards not named) immediately after Susannah Hopkins was granted letters of guardianship (Clarke Co. GA Inferior Court Minutes, Book 1803-1816, pg. ca 72; FHC film 214,500). Much research on the Hopkins family has been done by Harold Hopkins, formerly of Gaithersburg, MD.
Bathsheba Duncan, wife of William Mackie, parents of Bathsheba Mackie, b. July 7, 1805, of Jackson Co. GA, who married Barton Stone on March 13, 1823 in Rapides Parish, LA. (Stone Bible, pub. in "Be It Known and Remembered" Vol. 3, 1962, by Louisiana Gen. Society)
Robert Duncan b.1762 "Randolph" Co. NC d.1845 first wife Hannah Carr, who lived in Greenville Co. SC by 1785 and whose pension application contained affidavits in 1834 by Elias Allred Sr. and John Duncan, both of Hall Co. GA which was formed 1818 partly from Jackson and Franklin Co. GA (see Newsletter 2#1, Jan. 1994).
Lavina Duncan Rains b.1772 d.1846 wife of Asahel Rains of Warren Co. TN 1850 (pg.87) Greenville Co. SC Deed Book K, pg.283: 11 Dec. 1812, Asahel Rains of Warren Co. TN to Enoch Benson of Greenville Dist. SC, $300, 300 acres on north side of Enoree River; wit. William Duncan, Samuel Duncan, Barrett Griffin (FHC film 24,016).
William Duncan, b.1780 NC, living with Asahel Rains in 1850 Warren Co. TN (pg.87). No family has yet been identified for him.
Samuel Duncan of Randolph Co. NC, who in 1797 sold 44 acres on Sandy Creek to John Duncan Jr., witness Charles Duncan (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 8, pg.55).
JOHN DUNCAN (Jr.), b. 17 April
1764 (age 87 in 1850 Jackson Co. GA census pg.45), d. 7 Dec. 1855 Jackson
Co. GA. He may be the husband of Polly Duncan, daughter of Flower Swift (Franklin
Co. GA Deed Book B, pg.31, 1820 deed of gift from Flower Swift to his wife
Sally, land on Tugaloo Creek etc. for her support after his death, he having
previously given to his children William, John and Tyre Swift, Vina Legrand, Polly
Duncan and Betsy Barton). "Family Heads, 1805, GA" by Maddox
states that John Duncan of Jackson Co. GA was a revolutionary
soldier and his wife was a daughter of Flower Swift. It is also possible that John
Duncan's wife was a daughter of Dennis and Bathsheba Hopkins, since he had a
niece Barsheba Hopkins b. 1794 NC who lived with him in 1850 (Jackson Co.
GA 1850 census pg.45 #669; Jackson Co. GA Deed Book O, pg.293, 18 April
1853, John Duncan (X) to his niece Barsheba Hopkins, 120a where he lived;
FHC film 325,699). As yet no documentary evidence has been found of John
Duncan's wife's name.
John Duncan's obituary states he was born in Randolph Co. NC on April 17, 1764, was a soldier of the Revolution and a participant at King's Mountain and a resident of Jackson Co. GA for 60 years, died Dec. 7, 1855, in Jackson Co. GA ("Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville NC Newspapers, 1840-1870"; from Evelyn Sigler 7/23/83). He had land on Sandy Creek in Randolph Co. NC as early as 1794 (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 6, pg.123?), and sold land there in 1806 when he lived in Franklin Co. GA (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 11, pg.57 and pg.58) and also in 1818 (Book 14, pg.460). He lived in Hall Co. GA in 1834 when he and Elias Allread Sr. gave an affidavit for Robert Duncan's application for a Rev. War Pension. He lived in Jackson Co. GA in 1846 when Samuel Allred of Randolph Co. NC, sold more land for him (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 29, pg.493). Franklin Co. GA was formed 1784 from Cherokee lands; Jackson Co. was formed 1798 from Franklin; and Hall Co. was formed in 1818 from Franklin, Jackson, and Cherokee lands. The three counties bordered each other.
His only proven child was Dennis Duncan (Jackson Co. GA Deed Book H, pg.264; April 1825, John Duncan Sr. to his son Dennis Duncan). Dennis Duncan, b. ca 1790 Franklin Co. GA, d. 24 Nov. 1852 Jackson Co. GA; married Eliza Dodd on 21 Jan. 1830 in Hall Co. GA; she applied for a widow's pension based on his service in the War of 1812; they had only one child, Eliza Ann Duncan b. 21 Aug. 1850. (Application for Pension WO 39798; Hall Co. GA Marriage Record listed as "Drury" Duncan in a recopied book)
His children may include Robert Duncan; John Duncan deeded land in Franklin Co. GA on 30 Nov. 1815 to Robert Duncan and to Dennis Duncan (Franklin Co. GA Deed Book MMM, pg.64, two deeds); Robert Duncan deeded this land to Dennis Duncan in 1821 (Jackson Co. GA Deed Book G, pg.395). However, one Robert Duncan of Greenville Co. SC leased land in Franklin Co. GA in 1793 for one year to enable him to accept a grant (Franklin Co. GA Deed Book K/A, pg.9b). John Duncan was on the Franklin Co. GA tax list for Robert Duncan in 1810, and Robert Duncan or John Duncan on his behalf appear through about 1821; later lists have not been checked.
A nephew or son may be Lumpkin J. Duncan, b. 1832 NC, who lived with Dennis Duncan in Jackson Co. GA in 1850 (pg.54), and who administered John Duncan's estate from 1856 to 1859 (Jackson Co. GA Temporary Administrations, Guardians, Bonds, 1844-1897, pg.141; Jackson Co. GA Deeds Book O, pgs. 551-554). No records have been found which identify the heirs of John Duncan.
Another nephew or son may be Elijah Duncan, on behalf of whom John Duncan was taxed from 1819 to 1821; John Duncan was also taxed on behalf of Archibald "Archbel" Duncan in 1819, relationship unknown.
John Duncan may be related to Charles Rice or Mary Rice since John Duncan and Mary Rice were appointed administrators of the estate of Charles Rice in 1818 ("Franklin Co. GA Court of Ordinary Records 1787-1849" by Acker, pg.100-101), who owned land in Franklin Co. GA and also in Grainger Co. TN (Grainger Co. TN Deed Book F, pg.429, 1821). Mary Rice had bought land in 1804 from Moses Alread (Franklin Co. GA Deed Book OOO pg.62); Charles Rice had bought land in 1810 from Robert McDowell and wife Rebecca (same, Book T, pgs.114 & 116) which John Duncan of Jackson Co. GA, admin., sold in 1834 to Charles and Noah Rice (same, Book DD, pg.16)
CHARLES DUNCAN, b. 3 February
1766; married Elizabeth Allred, b. 1769 ("Duncan Family Association"
by Linnie Wright Barrett).
Charles Duncan was deeded land by his father, John Duncan Sr., on 4 March 1797, wit. Moses Hopkins (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 7, pg.224) and on 11 Aug. 1797, wit. Joab Raines (Deed Book 8, pg.174). He witnessed deeds in 1789 from John Alred Sr. to John Duncan Sr. (Deed Book 8, pg.425); and in 1797 from Samuel Duncan to John Duncan Jr. (Deed Book 8, pg.55) and from John Duncan Jr. to John Duncan Sr. (Deed Book 8, pg.426). Charles Duncan was issued letters of administration in 1823 on the estate of John Duncan, but no estate record for John Duncan has been found. Charles Duncan sold land on 17 August 1835 (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 24, pg.256). Charles Duncan Sr., age 84, b. NC, is on the 1850 census of Morgan Co. IN (pg.122) with Charles Duncan and wife Delilah.
No estate record naming the children of Charles Duncan and Elizabeth (Allred) has been found, but his children probably include (no proof except for Charles b.1810):
1. Sally Duncan, b. 22 Dec. 1795; m. Peter Craven on 30 July 1818; d. 27 Sept. 1874 ("Gen. Journal of Randolph Co. NC" Vol.11, #1, 1977-78, pg.48, query).
2. Elinor "Nellie" Duncan, m. Abraham Elliott on 27 June 1818, bondsman Enoch Robins, wit. Hugh McCain; moved to IN by 1833 (information from descendant Betty Meek, Taylorsville, UT ).
3. John B. Duncan, b. 1803 NC, m. Cynthia Trogden on 11 December 1830 in Randolph Co. NC, bondsman Charles Duncan, wit. Jno. B. Troy. John and wife Cynthia sold 69 acres, part of lands of Solomon Trogdon decd, to James Odle on 4 February 1834; Cynthia was one of the devisees of Solomon Trogdon; wit. James? Allred, Tobias Justin (Randolph Co. NC Deed Book 19, pg.414). John B. Dunkin and wife Cinthy of Randolph Co. NC in 1834 deeded land to Abraham Elliott of Morgan Co. IN (Morgan Co. IN Deed Book D, pg.380). John and his family are on the 1850 census of Morgan Co. IN (pg.122).
4. Charles Duncan, b. March 5, 1810, Randolph Co. NC, married Oct. 1833 to Delilah Blunk of Kentucky, b. June 6, 1820, d. Dec. 1852, who removed to Hendricks Co. IN in 1832. He and his family are on the 1850 census of Morgan Co. IN (pg.122). The 1878 "Atlas of Hendricks Co. IN" by Beers, pg.46, named this Charles Duncan as a son of Charles Duncan b. Feb. 3, 1776, d. Sept. 19, 1862, and Elizabeth Allred, b. April 30, 1769, d. Jan. 22, 1848, settled in Morgan Co. IN in 1834; this page also contains a sketch of William G. Duncan, son of Charles Duncan and Delila Blunk. The 1914 "History of Hendricks Co. IN, her people, industries and institutions" by Hadley, pgs. 699 and 830, contain sketches of Charles P. and Earl Duncan, sons of William G. Duncan.
5. Mary "Polly" Duncan, m. John Craven on 18 August 1827 in Randolph Co. NC, bondsman Balaam Rains, wit. Jno. B. Troy. ("Gen. Journal of Randolph Co. NC" Vol.11, #1, 1977-78)
6. William Duncan died young. ("Duncan Family Association" by Mrs. Linnie Wright Barrett)
7. Nancy Duncan, d. 7 April 1845, bur. West Union Monthly Meeting (Friends) in Morgan Co. IN; mother of Asenath Marilla Duncan, b. 6 June 1824 Randolph Co. NC, d. 2 Feb. 1913 Union Co. IA; m. Morgan Co. IN 5 June 1845 John Henry Bray, both buried Moon Cemetery, Madison Co. IA. (Information of Mrs. Virginia Leavens Anderson, Aumsville, OR, 2/21/87, who is no longer researching)
John or Jack Duncan, wife Patsy Dennis, father of Lewis Duncan b. ca 1772, who married 2nd Mary Nelson, b. 1789, children in Coffee and Cannon Co. TN.
"Coffee Co. TN Historical Quarterly" Vol. XV, #1-2, Oct.
1984 (pgs. 40-43, family of Hamilton Lewis Duncan) and #3-4, March 1985 (pgs.
83-85; from Vivian Biddle 6/18/85)
#3-4, pg.83 ... Mrs. Perryman stated that the history was given to Berry Jackson Duncan about 1895 by his parents, Adam Neeley McGuire and Hannah (Sadler) Duncan, and was then handed on down to William Thomas Duncan, son of Thomas Rowland Duncan, son of Henry Philip Hart Duncan, son of Ambrose Nelson Duncan, son of Louis/Lewis Duncan, son of Jack Duncan. She added material from research which is included here in brackets, and the Editor has also added various bits and pieces, bracketed. To avoid repetition, assume the word "circa" before birth years from census records.
Duncan Family History
Jack Duncan is thought to have had five brothers. He came to South Carolina about 1750 from Scotland, then on into Middle TN. He is supposed to have been murdered near Crab Orchard, KY [this differs from the other account which places his murder in TN]. He left going down river with a raft of lumber and never returned to his home. Jack Duncan married Patsy Dennis. Their children were:
1. William Duncan, mar. Sarah Batson - no issue (MAD: born probably by 1770 if his brother Lewis was having children by 1794; his father Jack Duncan must have been born by 1754 at the latest)
2. Jack Duncan, went to MO - one son
3. Mary Duncan, mar. --- Hawkins; moved to GA
4. ---- Duncan, mar. --- Hawkins; moved to GA
5. ---- Duncan, mar. --- Batson; moved to GA
6. Louis/Lewis Duncan [17-- - 182-], mar. 1st ---- ---- & had 3 children:
A. Martha Duncan, unmarried
B. Nancy Duncan [1794- , Cannon Co., #477, 1850], mar. Jess Hollis, & had [at least] 4 children. (MAD: children b. 1825 & later)
C. Lucy Duncan [1797 GA - ], mar. John Stacy [died before 1850; she is in Warren Co. in 1850, #1072] & had 9 children. (MAD: children b. 1826 & later)
6. cont. Louis/Lewis Duncan mar. 2nd Mary Nelson [25 May 1789 NC - 16 Dec. 1865; dau. of John Nelson (1755-1843) & wife Lucy Hart (1772-1846); for more details of whom see the "Quarterly," Vol. VII, #4]. Their 10 children were:
Additional information: Coffee Co. TN Deed Book D, pg.285: 13 August 1846, Lucy (X her mark) Nelson for love and affection for my daughter Mary Haithcock, "I give to her all my money for her own benefit use & to hold the same forever I also for the love and affection I have for my great grandson William W.H. Duncan I give to him my rifle gun that I purchased of Hamilton L. Duncan ..." Wit. John Banks, Stacy H.D. Duncan. Rec. 7 Dec. 1846 on oaths of wit. who "are" acquainted with ... (FHC film 802,758)
A. Hamilton Louis/Lewis Duncan [his family is given in great detail on pp.40-42 of the "Quarterly" Vol.XV, Nos. 1-2, so is not repeated here; one child, who may have died young, was added on the Perryman list, in position no. 4]: William Dennis Duncan.
Additional information: Coffee Co. TN Will Book 1, pg.89: 13 Aug. 1868, H.L. Duncan of Coffee Co. TN, to Mary Ann Margaret Simpson my oldest dau. and Narcissa Elizabeth Dye my 3rd dau, and Sarah Hart Guctren? my youngest dau. have all had their parts; My oldest and youngest sons J.H.L. Duncan and Adam S.M. (sic) Duncan land I now live on, 640 acres on Berrew Fork of Duck River and Holly Branch, mention Goose Pond Meeting House road from J.H.L. Duncan; two sons J.H.L. and Adam M.M. (sic) Duncan; 2 sons act as my guardian testamentary to my wife and daughters Cinthia Lydia and Abigill. (wife's name not given). Wit. S?.A. Emry, L.L. Duncan. Proved 1869, blank day and month. Earlier will Jan. 1869, later will 5 July 1869, then June 1869. (FHC film 802,754).
B. Elizabeth Gilmore Duncan, d. after 1841, mar. Elijah Ensey; (Elijah Ensey evidently married a much younger woman, Dicey ----, by 1848, & they are #668 in 1850 Coffee Co. census, but not here in 1860)
C. Polly Mary (Walton) Duncan (1809-1885), mar. 1st Stephen Jernigan (#302 in 1850 Coffee Co. census); he died & she mar. 2nd Alexander Ensey (on 12 Nov. 1870); no children by either husband. (Alexander Ensey's 1st wife was Rebecca Duncan, Polly Mary's sister - for which, see the following)
D. Rebecca Duncan (13 Nov. 1811 - 14 Feb. 1866), mar. (ca 1830) Alexander Ensey (b. 1808 VA); they had 11 children; (in 1850 Coffee Co., 2nd #673; in 1860 here, #591; & in 1870 here he is #1029).
E. Sallie (Sarah) Asbury Duncan (1813 TN - after 1882 TX) mar. (3 Oct. 1829) William Ensey (27 June 1808 VA - 27 July 1854 TX); (They are household #665 in 1850 Coffee Co. census.)
F. John William Dennis Duncan (1815 - after June 1876), mar. Mary A. Butler, & had 11 children. (they were in Cannon Co. in 1850, household #504)
G. Ambrose Nelson Duncan (20 Apr. 1816 - 11 Sept. 1891), mar. (1834) Catherine Sherrill (1815 - after 1870); (they are in Coffee Co. in 1850, #664; in 1860, #592; & in 1870, #1025); mar. 2nd Sallie Frazier.
H. Stacy Harvey Douglass Duncan (b. 1818, in MO), married Elizabeth Parker (b. ca 1818 in TN); not in Coffee Co. TN in 1850, but is #573 in 1860, & #1002 in 1870.)
I. (Eliza) Ann Duncan (1820/21 MO - after 1870) mar. J(ohn) Carroll Sherrill; (they are in Coffee Co. #642 in 1850; #575 in 1860; & #1045 in 1870 censuses)
J. Lydia Kesterfax Duncan (b. 1822 MO), mar. James (M.) Vaughn; (they are in Coffee Co. 1850 census, #689)
After the death of Louis Duncan, his widow, Mary Nelson Duncan, married Howell Hathcock by 1826/27 (from ages of children on census) (She is #674 in Coffee Co. in 1850 census.)
Edmund Duncan, probably son of Edmund Duncan who d. 1799 Duplin Co. NC; mar. 2nd Nancy White in 1804 in Duplin Co. NC; had son George Duncan Sr. who d. 1852 Jones Co. GA.
Duplin Co. NC Will (from Lorna LaFave 11/29/83; have copy of original)
(Recorded Book A, page 108) 13 Sept. 1799, will of Edmund Duncan of County of Duplin NC; calling to mind the mortality of the body; to my wife Grace Duncan one horn bridle and sadle; to my sons William Duncan (no comma) Edmond Duncan and George Duncan, and my daughter Anna Reaves 5 shillings each and no more; my grandchildren the ofspring of my daughter Sarah Roach dec'd have no part of my estate; my carpenters and turners tools should be sold and money applied to payment of just debts; if any supply remains to be disposed of as hereafter to be mentioned; Remainder consisting of horses, cattle, hogs and sheep, household goods of every kind and plantation tools, I lend to my wife during her natural life or widowhood and then to be equally divided between my daughters Mary Brown, Grace Duncan and Catron Reaves share and share alike, and if any supply should remain from the sale of my tools ... divided between my three last mentioned daughters. Appoint sons Edmond Duncan and George Duncan executors. Wit. Reubin (R) Weston, Zachariah (A) Harris. Proved Oct. term 1799 on oath of Zachariah Harris; Edmond Duncan and George Duncan qualified as executors. (MAD: Edmund Duncan's son William Duncan d. 1806 Duplin Co. NC, wife Anne Kornegay; see the Duncan Association Newsletter Vol.3#1, January 1995)
1889 "Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke,
Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland and Hot Spring Cos. AR" (Central
AR) by Goodspeed (TN Gen. Society Lib. #3500 extract from Evelyn Sigler 8/26/83;
copy of pages 3/28/84 LA to Lorna LaFave)
Pg.455-6: Pulaski Co.: Dr. George W. Granberry, a prominent physician and surgeon, of Jacksonville, AR, was born in Russell Co. AL September 13, 1848, being a son of Richmond and Zilpha (Duncan) Granberry. The father a native of Jefferson Co. GA, born in 1817. His parents were Thomas and Claricy (Yarbrough) Granberry, both from the State of Georgia, who moved to Mississippi, when Richmond was in his sixth year. After a residence of a few years in Mississippi, they returned to Georgia, moving to Alabama in 1837, but during their declining years decided to again return to Georgia and pass their last days in that State. Thomas Granberry was a well-known Baptist preacher, and of Irish descent. Mrs. Zilpha Granberry was born in NC, in 1820, and was the daughter of Edmond and Nancy (White) Duncan; the father a native of NC, and of Scotch descent. Mr. Duncan was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and fought in a regiment from his native State. He escaped the siege and capture of Charleston with his regiment, by being mounted in place of a sick trooper, and taking part in the disastrous expedition with Gen. Moultrie to Monk's Corner, where the command was surprised by Tarleton, and cut to pieces. Mr. Duncan was among the fortunate few who escaped the butchery that followed, and afterward served under Gen. Green until peace was declared in 1783. He settled in Georgia in 1812. Upon the visit of Gen. Lafayette to the United States in 1834, he was among the few old veterans left to greet that venerable patriot. Richmond and Zilpha Granberry were the parents of nine children, four of whom are yet living, the oldest son Benjamin F. Granberry, being killed in the Confederate army. The others died from natural causes. Dr. Granberry was reared in Alabama until twelve years of age, when his parents moved with him to Panola County, Miss., where he was educated in the public schools. On September 27, 1862, the Doctor enlisted in Company H, 2nd Regiment Mississippi Partisan Cavalry, ....
(MAD: Edmund Duncan mar. Nancy White in Duplin Co. NC in 1804; moved to Jones Co. GA by 1820; Edmund Duncan's orphans of Davis' District, Jones Co. GA, drew land in the 1832 Cherokee Land Lottery of GA in Dist. 11, Section 2, in Gilmer Co. GA, where early records are missing.)
Jones Co. GA Wills (FHC film 454,232, SLC 9/5/84)
Will Book C, pg.15-17: Will of Edmund Duncan; dated December 26, 1846: "to my beloved wife Martha with whom I have lived in the strictest quiet and love for a number of years" one horse, two cows and calves, twelve head of hogs, two beds and furniture free from all charge or limitation whatever to her own proper use benefit and behoof forever with full power to dispose of the same at any time before or at her death as she may think proper. To my beloved wife for and during her natural life my entire estate unless circumstances make it necessary to manage it differently for the good management of my estate. My whole estate both real and personal to my brothers and sisters after the death of my wife with the exception of the horse (etc.) given to my wife for her disposal and for brother William Duncan and brother Daniel Duncan's portion to be settled on their children with a strict injunction on my executors to provide for the wants of my step mother Nancy Duncan out of the property which may remain to be divided between my brothers and sisters. Appoint wife Martha executrix and my brothers Hinton Duncan, Davis Duncan, and George Duncan executors. Wit. B.M. Simms, Chapman Cox, J.G. Bonnier; probated 3 May 1852 on oath of Joseph G. Bonner who saw Edmund Duncan sign the will; that J.G. Bonner together with Barnes M. Sims and Chapman Cox witnessed it. (MAD: ?Hinton or ?Clinton) (MAD: Edmond Duncan age 60 b. NC with Martha Duncan age 71 b. GA in 1850 Jones Co. GA census pg.184; son of Edmund Duncan Sr. who married second Nancy White)
Will Book C, pg.33-36: Will of George Duncan Sr.; dated 28 Feb. 1849: my beloved wife Elizabeth Duncan all my property both real and personal for and during her natural life or widowhood. To James Chambliss who married my daughter Zelpha Duncan one dollar. To son Jesse Duncan one dollar and no more having already paid several debts for him as security amounting to as much as I consider the value of one of my heirs portion. To John Black who married my daughter Mary Duncan one dollar him nor his wife to have any more they having received at my hands as much as I consider one heirs share. After the death of my beloved wife the said Elizabeth Duncan and after my just debts are paid each heir named below made equal the lowest with the highest (ie) counting what has already been given them my will then is that balance of my heirs (viz) Lee Duncan, James Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan, Nancy Duncan (formerly) now the wife of Leonidas B. Gardner, Mary Ann E. Chambliss (formerly) now the wife of Davis Duncan whom I now make my heir instead of Zilpha Chambliss my daughter deceased, wife of said James Chambliss (ie) that is with the following conditions: 1st Elizabeth Duncans to go for her sole and separate use and benefit independant of and without the control of any person for and during her natural life and at her death to be equally divided between her lawful heirs; 2nd Nancy wife of Leonidas B. Gardner her portion to go for her separate use and benefit independent of and without the control of her husband for and during her natural life and at her death to be equally divided between her children; 3rd Mary Ann E. wife of Davis Duncan her portion to go for her sole and separate use and benefit independent of and without the control of her husband for and during her natural life and at her death to be equally divided between her children. Lee Duncan having already received $455, James Duncan having already received $415, Elizabeth Duncan having already received $400, Nancy wife of Leonidas B. Gardner having already received $550, and Mary Ann E. wife of Davis Duncan having already received $550. Appoint Lee Duncan and Davis Duncan executors. Wit. Barnes M. Simms, George Duncan Jr., John W. Jones. Prob. 7 Feb. 1853; Lee Duncan and Davis Duncan to act as executors. (MAD: George Duncan Sr. age 80, b. NC, on 1850 Jones Co. GA census, pg.212, with Elizabeth age 75 b. NC, and Elizabeth age 35 b. NC; died 23 April 1852 age 83 (obit in "Christian Index"); son of Edmund Duncan Sr. who married second Nancy White)
Will Book C, pg.41-42: George Duncan Senior's Probate; 5 Sept. 1854, appeared Lee Duncan and Davis Duncan, executors; John W. Jones appeared as witness to the will. (MAD: Davis Duncan age 39 b. NC & family in 1850 Jones Co. GA census pg.185; Lee Duncan age 50 b. NC & family in 1850 Jones Co. GA census pg.212; both in Macon Co. GA in 1860.)
Will Book D, pg.95-96: Will of Martha Duncan, dated 11 October 1856: Being of advanced age and in bad health; to my brother Lee Crittendon one gray mare, two cows and calves, twelve head of hogs and a bed and furniture, said property being left to me by my deceased husband Edward (written above: Edmond) Duncan; appoint Lee Crittendon my only executor. Wit. John R. Moore, Chapman Cox, Sherod H. Causey; prob. 1 June 1857 on oath of Chapman Cox.
"American Encyclopedia of Biography, New Series" pub. by American
Historical Society (copy of page from Donna Little, 8/16/82; FHC book 973.
D36ea, SLC 9/11/93; each volume indexed separately)
Vol.28, 1958, Pg.401: JAMES R. GRAVES DUNCAN, JR. As an attorney in private practice, James R. Graves Duncan, Jr., chose Prattville [Autauga Co.], AL, as the center of his professional activities. ... Member of a family distinguished in the history of the South, he was born at Buena Vista, in Marion Co. GA, on November 24, 1896. His father, James R. Graves Duncan, Sr., survives him and is a native of Macon Co. GA. His parents were William Franklin and Nancy Ann (Duke) Duncan. The Duncan family came to this country from Scotland and settled in NC. William Franklin Duncan was a Baptist minister, who served in the confederate States Army, was captured, and remained a prisoner until the end of the war. The elder James R. Graves Duncan lived in Macon County, on a farm near Oglethorpe, until 1887, and thereafter in Montgomery until 1896, then Prattville, (now) in his 86th year, his daughter, Mrs. Leona Duncan Bryant, makes her home with him. Sarah Frances Jester, whom he married, died Oct. 9, 1954, was the daughter of LeRoy Adolphus and Elizabeth (Hillman) Jester of Buena Vista, GA. ... (MAD: see Duplin Co. NC, William Franklin Duncan possibly the William F. b. 1840, in Macon Co. GA 1860, son of Davis Duncan who was son of Edmund Duncan)
Benjamin Duncan, b.1788-1790 VA; wife Mary (Holder?); d. Clarke Co. AL ca 1869.
Clarke Co. AL (Will Book?) (Copy of original pages 258-259? or
238-239? from Marion H. Duncan 3/1/83)
Will of Benjamin Duncan, Dated 8 March 1856, ... have given to my son Jeremiah H. Duncan one negro boy named Bob aged 20 years old; ... have given my son Benjamin A. Duncan ...; I give and bequeath to my daughter Francis Ann Daffin (first letter unclear) ...; I give and bequeath to my son Willis W. Duncan one negro boy ...; I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary J. Smith ...; I give and bequeath to my son George Duncan ...; I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah E. Duncan ...; I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Duncan (all were given Negroes); also wife was left perishable property on his plantation; at her decease it be divided among children; if she remarries it was to be divided equally between her and her children; other provisions for land at death of wife names son George and daughter Sarah E. Exec. my friend (bottom line of page missing) Wit. T.J. Lee, Peter Grin?, Jas. M. Noble. The widow asked the probate judge to handle the business of the estate, relinquishing her right of administration, dated Jany. 27, 1869. May 20, 1869, letters of administration granted to D.D. Damson?, sheriff.
MAD: Benjamin Duncan is on the Clarke Co. AL census from 1830 to 1860, born ca 1788-1790 VA; wife Mary b. ca 1807 SC; children all born in AL. His son Benjamin A. Duncan, b. 1835 Clarke Co. AL, wife Missouri or Mipouri? b. 1826 Monroe Co. AL, had two children born in 1854 and 1855 in TX but his later children were born in AL. Benjamin Sr.'s other children on the 1850 census (pg.618) were Willis b. 1836, Mary b. 1837, George b. 1841, and Sarah b. 1842, all born in AL. Frances A. Duncan had married George Daffin on 26 May 1845; Mary J. Duncan married E.P. Smith on 8 Aug. 1853; both in Clarke Co. AL.
"Clarke Co. AL Records 1814-1885" by Barefield (from Lucille
Mehrkam 5/11/84 on disk)
Clarke Co. AL Records of Guardians of Estates & Wills 1832-39:
Pg.142: Division of Estate: Estate of Jeremiah Holder; Harper Holder, Adm.; Distributed to John Etheredge (One of the heirs); to Andrew J. Holder, to James Walker, to James M. Bradley, to Benj. Duncan. Comm: E.R. James, A.B. Clarke & Hugh Jones; Benj. Duncan, J.P.; Rec. 7-1-1834 (Pg. 171) (LM: See Washington Co. Tax 1811 - Benj. Dunkin 1 white pole; Tax $1.00.)
Benjamin Duncan, of TN 1809-1814 and of Madison Co. AL 1830-1840, b. ca 1760, whose wife Rowena d. 1841 age 67 leaving husband and 3 children.
"Madison Co. AL Records" Newspapers, by Mrs. Pauline Jones
Gandrud, done bef. 1980; Vol.15, Newspapers, Huntsville Democrat (from Evelyn
Pg.21: Oct. 23, 1841, Mrs. Rowena Duncan, consort of Benjamin Duncan, departed this life on the 7th of Oct. 1841 in the 67th year of her age. She was a native of VA, moved from thence to NC, resided for some time in TN, and became a citizen of Madison Co. ca 20 years since. Left husband and three children. (MAD: Benjamin Duncan age 60-70 in 1830 census pg.132; age 80-90 in 1840 pg.177 "Benjn. Dunion"; both Madison Co. AL)
Limestone Co. AL Deed (FHC film 1,035,000; SLC 9/6/84)
Deed Book 6, pg.484: 20 May 1842, Benjamin (X) Duncan of Madison Co. AL for love and affection to my grandchildren Lucy Ann Duncan, Mary Jane Duncan and John Thomas Benton Duncan children of my son Peter H. Duncan of Madison Co. AL, and to such other children as my said Peter H. Duncan may yet lawfuly beget, negro slaves. Wit. Peter Wm.? Richardson. Benjamin Duncan acknowledged in Limestone Co. AL 20 May 1842. (MAD: Peter H. Duncan mar. Sarah E. Sadler on 14 Jan. 1836 in Madison Co. AL; family in Jackson Co. AL in 1850 census on pg.105; he b. 1809 TN.)
"AL Records" Vol. 159; by Mrs. Pauline Jones Gandrud, county
volumes, Alabama, done bef. 1980 (Ala. 976.1 from Donna Little 8/9/82)
Book V. Page 34. Original Bill filed 24 Oct. 1855. William H. Sadler, of Madison Co., Ala., vs. Delilah H. Sadler (wife of orator), Mary E. Sadler and Amanda L. Sadler (between 14 and 21), Isabella C. Sadler, George L. Sadler, Sarah R. Sadler, John R. D. Sadler, William A. Sadler and Albert R. Sadler, all under 14, all residents of Madison Co., Ala. and all children of orator and said Delilah, and residing with orator. Said Delilah is a daughter of one Benjamin Duncan. She and orator were married many years ago. On the 20th of May, 1843 the said Benjamin Duncan, for love for the said Delilah and her then living children Mary E, Amanda A.L. and Isabella C., made a deed conveying slaves, in trust. Since the making of the deed, George L., Sarah R., John B.(sic) D., William A. and Albert R. have been born. Petitions to sell one of the slaves. Transcript of the deed of gift (Deed Book W, page 109): Benjamin Duncan of Madison Co., Ala. for love and affection to Daughter Delilah H., now the wife of William H. Sadler of Madison County, Ala. and her children Mary E. Sadler, Mandy A. L. Sadler and Isabella C. Sadler -- William H. Sadler, trustee. 20 May, 1843. Acknowledged in Limestone Co. Ala. 20 May, 1843. (MAD: Delia H. Duncan mar. William H. Sadler 20 Sept. 1838 in Madison Co. AL)
MAD: Other children of Benjamin and Rowena Duncan may be:
Hughie L. Nickels to Mary A.L. Duncan, Sept. 12, 1839 (ret. 12) 1850 census, 35th Dist., Fam. #434: Hugh Nicles 37 NC, Mary L. 36 TN, Alex J.R. 10 AL, Benj. F. 7 AL, James T. 6 AL, Alex Nickels 79 NC (Vol.53, pg.4, "Madison Co. AL Marriages" by Gandrud)
John Dunkin to Nancy Adair, sol. 1 Jan. 1832 (Vol.133, pg.95-97, "Madison Co. AL Marriages" by Gandrud); not on 1840 or 1850 census; following may be his widow's remarriage:
Henry Medlin m. Nancy Duncan, Jan. 6, 1845 (Ex 9th) (Vol.48, pg.25, "Madison Co. AL Marriages") and the 1850 Madison Co. AL census, pg.399, #162, for Henry Medlin 42 TN blacksmith $350, Nancy 43 TN; John C. 4, Weston P. 2 AL; William A. Duncan 17 AL farmer, James D. 16, Marthy 12 AL; John Coplin 20 AL blacksmith.
Willis Duncan, b. 1775 VA, son of John Duncan d.1793 Fauquier Co. VA and wife Wilky; d. 1858 Adams Co. IL; mar. 10 April 1800 in Pendleton Co. KY to Frances Colvin; mar. 29 July 1834 in Hancock Co. IL to Philadelphia Haney b. 1808 KY
"Abstracts of Fauquier Co. VA Wills, Inventories and Accounts
1759-1800" by John K. Gott, 1972 (TN Gen. Society Lib. #2247 from Evelyn
Sigler 6/23/84; FHC book 975.5275 P2g, SLC 2/18/92)
Will Book 2, 1783-1796, pg.312-3: John Duncan, will, 4 April 1788. Son John 10 shillings sterling; son-in-law Benjamin Grigsby 5 sh. sterling; son Willis when he arrives to the age of 20 years; all estate, real and personal, to be sold and equally divided "amongst my six children ... and my beloved wife Wilkey Duncan", Moses, Elias, Enoch, Williss, Milley, Lucinda Duncan. Exors. son Mosses Duncan and Charles Duncan. Signed John (x) Duncan. Wit. Charles (x) Duncan, Cossom Day, Margett (X) Williams. Proved 23 Dec. 1793 by oath of Cossom Day and Charles Duncan. Moses Duncan, with John Blackwell Sen. his security, under bond of $6,000, granted cert. to obtain probate. Wilky Duncan, the widow, refused to take anything but one third. (pg.230-1)
Will Book 3, 1796-1799, pg.26-7: John Duncan Sr., division of estate, 13 Oct. 1795. Admr. Moses Duncan. Division by John Bronaugh, Augustine Jennings, Peter Routt. Widow: dower, 55a of land, negroes, one feather bed and furniture, livestock, farm equipment, cash, etc. Son-in-law Pierce Henderson Bailey, husband of Milley Duncan, dau. of John, one Negro woman. In the latter end of Dec. 1795 the said Moses Duncan proceeded to sell the residue of aforesaid estate both real and personal: land purchased by Moses Duncan; negro man Tom purchased by Moses Duncan for his brother Elias, negro man purchased by Moses Duncan for his brother Willis Duncan ... negroes purchased by Lucinda Duncan in part of her legacy. Total eval. £477.17.3; after debts the remainder was divided between five children, Moses, Elias, Enoch, Willis and Lucinda. Returned 25 July 1796. (pg.263)
"Pendleton Co. KY Will Abstracts 1799-1871" by Pease (from
Iris Winkler, KY Gen. Research, to Dale O. Duncan 3/6/92; from Dale 4/14/92)
Will Book B, pg.287: Will of Charles Colvin of Pendleton Co., weak in body. To daughter Elizabeth Duncan the Negro woman Palace; to dau. Nancy Duncan a Negro woman (sic?) Frank, plus the child which she now has; to dau. Franky Duncan, a Negro girl Eve. To son Charles B. Colvin a Negro girl Siller, plus 50a including the land cleared by John Sharp, bounding on Chas. Stern's land, to Enoch Duncan's line; to dau. Margaret Riddell, a Negro girl Sibb; grandson Gaven Duncan. Mentions the debts that Elias Duncan (whose wife appears to be Elizabeth) owes him. Mentions the debts that Willis Duncan (his wife appears to be Franky) owes him. Mentions the rest of his slaves are to be sold. Exec. Elias Duncan, Willis Duncan, Charles B. Colvin. Wit. Pressy Kennett, Andrew Porter, Sally Porter. Dated 15 March 1810, prob. 24 May 1810. (pg.3)
Adams Co. IL Wills (FHC film 961,243; SLC 6/7/85; have copy)
Will Book 3, pg.332-5: 20 April 1859 Circuit Court; the matter of the last will and testament of Willis Duncan deceased and of the codicil thereto in appeal from the county court; William H. Duncan vs. Gavin B. Duncan, John W. Stern and Elizabeth Stern his wife; William H. Duncan one of the devisees in the will; will was signed by Willis Duncan and witnessed by John Felgar and William C. Tayler:
Willis Duncan ...; I give and beqeath unto my beloved wife Philadelphia Duncan the one third of all my personal property; unto my eldest son G.B. Duncan the sum of $50; unto my eldest daughter Elisabeth Sterne $50; all the rest of my personal and real estate to my youngest daughter F.G. Duncan and my youngest son William H. Duncan to be equally divided between them; dated 27 Feb. 1856. (Witnesses statements) Codicil: ... do now make this codicil to my foregoing will; having given unto my said daughter F.G. Duncan now Francis G. Mars and her husband John W. Mars her entire portion of my estate in land, my son William H. Duncan shall have all the rest ...; dated 20 March 1857; witnessed by Samuel R. Chittenden and Hiram Hogbin.
Further statements that Willis Duncan departed this life in Adams Co. some time in 1858 and prior to November of that year. The court found the will to be valid.
(MAD: The 1850 census in Adams Co. IL, pg. 303, #77, showed Willis Duncan 75 VA, Philadelphia 42 KY, Elizabeth 16 and William 7 IL. Pg.72, #110, Gaven Duncan 48 KY, Eliza 42 KY, Erasmus D. 21 KY and younger. Pg.302, #72, 5 households from Willis Duncan, was Ambrose Duncan 41 KY, Cynthea 36 KY, and children; this family in Pendleton Co. KY 1840, pg.230; Ambrose Duncan mar. Cynthia Colvin on 1 Feb. 1836 in Pendleton Co. KY.)
(MAD: Francis Josephine Duncan mar. John A. Mars on 12 March 1857 in Adams Co. IL; they are on the 1860 census there, pg. 511, John W. Mars 27 KY, Francis (f) 25 IL, Josephine 2 IL, also Phillet? (f) Duncan 52 KY domestic & others.)
(MAD: Elizabeth Duncan mar. John W. Sterne on 31 July 1823 in Pendleton Co. KY.)
(Pendleton Co. KY Deed Book F, pg. 168: 3 April 1832, Willis Duncan of Adams Co. IL to Reuben Mullins of Pendleton Co. KY, $300, 2 tracts on Licking; 170a part of Howel Lewis's survey upon which the said Duncan resided, 100a adj. former Charles Colvin's corner (more desc. n/c) conveyed to Duncan by B. Bennett and Jno. H. Ewe? by deed 8 July 1805, rec. Book B, pg. 73; the other part adj. Holt Richardson, 70a conveyed to Willis Duncan by Charles Colvin Sr. No wife. Duncan in Pendleton Co. KY court 3 April 1832. (FHC film 272,784))
1905 "Past and Present of the City of Quincy and Adams Co.
IL" by Hon. William Herzog Collins and Cicero F. Perry, Chicago: S.J.
Clarke Pub. Co. (from Sue Monaghan 4/4/80)
Pg.676-7: WILLIAM B. DUNCAN ... is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and ten acres of land, a part of which is in Ursa township, and the remainder in Ellington township. He was born May 9, 1863, in Adams county, and is the son of John W. and Mary (Booth) Duncan. The father, also a native of this county, was born July 16, 1830, and died here, April 2, 1890, being at that time the oldest native son living within the borders of the county. His parents were Gavin V. and Elizabeth (Frazin) Duncan, who came to this state from Kentucky and were pioneer residents of this part of Illinois, taking an active part in promoting the early upbuilding and progress of the county. John W. Duncan was a farmer and died upon the farm now owned by his son William. ...
1879 "History of Adams Co. IL" (CA State Library, Sutro
Ellington Directory, pg.720-1: DUNCAN, MILLARD A., farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Quincy; was born Aug. 24, 1850 (which was his father's 48th birthday) on the place on which he now resides; was married to Miss Emma Lehman May 7, 1876. She was born in Payson township, this county. They have one child, Alta Lelia. His father, Gavin Bennett Duncan, came to Quincy April, 1829, and was, during his life, numbered amongst the early and enterprising citizens who have labored so hard to make the county what it is. He was Republican in politics, and died May 30, 1876. M.A. Duncan has forty-six and a half acres of land on the Warsaw road, improved, well stocked with fruit, and very valuable. Is Republican in politics.
(MAD: Gavin Duncan, b.1802 KY, is on the 1830-1850 census of Adams Co. IL; is his father, Willis Duncan, related to Charles Duncan of Fauquier Co. VA, wife Elizabeth Dillard, who had a son Gavin Duncan, b. 1788, in 1850 Crittenden Co. KY?)
1914 "History of Kern Co. CA" by Morgan (qc979.488 M8; CA
State Lib., Sacramento)
Pg. 350: DUNCAN, Eugene B., b. 9 Oct. 1878 in Quincy, Adams Co. IL, son of M.A. and Emma (Lehman) Duncan.
Pg. 437: DUNCAN, Millard A. ... Willis Duncan, native of Scotland, established family name in new world. From Willis the line is traced through his son Gavin Bennett Duncan to the next generation, represented by M.A. Duncan of Bakersfield, the latter being a grandson through his mother, Eliza, of Joel Frazier ... Ten children formed the family of Gavin Bennett and Eliza (Frazier) Duncan. One of these, the youngest and the last survivor, M.A., was born on the home farm in Adams Co. IL, August 24, 1850, ... in that locality he met and married Miss Emma Lehman, likewise a native of Adams Co.; four children; to Bakersfield 1899. ....
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