Duncans in Cherokee Co. AL


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised May 26, 2009

Formed 1836 from Cherokee Cession 1835
Etowah formed 1868 from Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall, St.Clair


1840 Cherokee Co. AL Census
Pg.139  Thos. Duncan      0100,1    - 2000,1
   149  S. Duncan         0000,01   - 0000,1

1850 Cherokee Co. AL Census
Pg.71, #129, John MAYFIELD 46 SC Agr. $300
                  Julia 33 SC
                  William 13, John 8, Lafayette 5 SC
                  Isaac 3, Mary 1/12 AL
                  (MAD: buried in same cemetery as Ann Duncan, wife of Samuel P. Brezeal, b. Pickens Co. SC, d. 1866, bur. Steele Cem; she the dau. of Nathaniel Duncan d. 1858 Pickens Co. SC)
Pg.101, #559, Chas. WHITSON 52 E.TN agr. $0
                  Nancy 58 E.TN
                  Joseph 30 agr., Martha 28, John 23 agr. TN
                  (MAD: Charles Whitson mar. Nancy Duncan 8/10/1816 in Washington Co. TN; 1830 Monroe Co. TN census)
Pg.118, #793, Thos. J. DUNCAN 40 SC shingle maker
                  Sarah 39 SC
                  Rignal 15, Rachel 13 SC
                  Martha 12, John 10, Thos. 8, Sarah 4 AL
                  (MAD: from Laurens Co. SC; ? Sarah in 1860 Floyd Co. GA census)
Pg.121, #831, John BRADFORD 25 AL Agr. $250
                  Malissa 22 E.TN
                  Wm. 5, Robert 3 AL
                  John 63 NC
                  (MAD: Malissa Duncan, dau. of Bartlett Marshall Duncan who went to Buchanan Co. MO 1845, mar. John Bradford and stayed in AL; from "Biographical Sketches of the Bartlett Marshall Duncan and Henry Utz Families" by W.H. Utz, 1936; FHL book 929.273 D912u)

1860 Cherokee Co. AL Census
3rd Division
Pg.130, #290, John T. DUNCAN 41 SC farmer $0-$150
                  Mary 36 SC
                  Antinett C. (f) 13, Nancy 12 SC
                  Josiah 9, Frances C. (f) 7 SC
                  Mary E. 4, Martha 2, Rebecca 1 SC
                  Margaret WILLIAMS 34 SC domestic
                  (MAD: ? 1850 Pickens Co. SC census)
1st Division
Pg.236, #283, John? MORGAN 33 GA farmer $6,000-$7,760
                  Elizabeth 33 GA
                  Tom? (m) 10, John 8 GA
                  Owen 2, Martin 1 AL
                  Geo. DUNCAN 21 GA farmer
                  (MAD: ? 1870 Etowah Co. AL census)
Pg.307, #773, Robt. DUNCAN 45 SC day laborer $0-$100
                  Mary 40 SC
                  Elizabeth 14, Sophrima (f) 11 SC
Pg.377, #1274, Elizabeth A. DUNCAN 38 SC (blank) $0-$200
                  John C. 11, Lewis 9 GA
                  Frances (f) 5, Sarah 1 GA
                  (MAD: ? 1870 Etowah Co. AL census; widow of Simeon Duncan of 1850 Newton Co. GA census who d. 5/1860 age 45 b.SC per 1860 Cherokee Co. AL Mortality Schedule)

1870 Cherokee Co. AL Census
Twp.11 Range 8
Pg.238, #11-11, DUNKIN?, J. (m) 50 SC farm hand $0-$400
                  Mary 45 SC
                  Joseph 20, Kate 17, Lowe (f) 9, Margaret 6 AL
                  (MAD: may not be "Dunkin", house below is "Daniel" with the "D" written plainly)
Twp.10 Range 8
Pg.268, #23-23, HALE, R.M. (m) 57 VA farmer $600-$860
                  Margaret 40 VA
                  DUNCAN, P. (m) 21 AL farm hand $0-$100
                  Mary 13, Selah (f) 10, Laura 7 AL
                  SHOE, B. (m) 12 AR
                  J.G. (m) 8 AR
Twp.10 Range 11
Pg.362, #88-88, DUNCAN, T.D. (m) "57" SC farm hand $0-$0
                  Church J. (f) 26 AL house keeper
                  Elmina 8 AL
Pg.362, #89-89, DUNCAN, F.B. (m) 24 GA farm hand $0-$0
                  Elizabeth 21 GA (not mar/in/year)
Pg.363, #117-116, DUNCAN, S. (f) 55 SC house keeper $0-$100
                  Sarah 23 AL

1880 Cherokee Co. AL Census (no William L. Duncan, wife Elizabeth d.1884 Cherokee Co. AL)
Pg.337B, pg.14, SD1 ED23 T10 R8
#125-127, John DUNCAN 63 SC SC NC farmer married
            Mary 55 SC SC SC wife
            Margaret 13 AL SC SC dau.
#126-128, Joseph DUNCAN 28 SC SC SC farmer married
            Rebecca 25 AL SC SC wife
            John 3, Forny? (m) 1 AL SC AL sons
                  (MAD: Joseph S. Duncan mar. Rebecca E. Higgins 1875)
Pg.359, pg.31, SD1 ED24 T10 R9E, Beat 8
(blank), W.M. DUNCAN (m) 31 GA "TN" SC teacher married
            Hattie 24 GA GA GA wife
            Huson 4 GA GA GA dau.
            Marvel 2 GA GA GA son
            Pearly 3/12 GA GA GA dau.
            Robt. DUNCAN 25 GA "GA" GA teacher brother
                  (MAD: Wm. L. & Robt. Duncan in 1860 Walker Co. GA)
Pg.364, pg.8, SD1 ED25 T10 R10
#73-75, Thomas DUNKIN 80 SC SC SC laborer married unemployed 12 months.
            Elizabeth 43 AL NC NC wife keeping house
            Nancy 15 AL SC NC dau.
            Judge W. 10 AL SC NC son
Pg.377, pg.4, SD1 ED26 T10 R11, Beat 1
#40-40, B. DUCAN (m) 35 AL AL AL farming married
            Bettie 27 GA GA GA wife
            John 8, Henry 6, Eddie 4 GA GA GA sons
            Carley 1 AL GA GA son

1900 Census, Sterling, Cherokee County, Alabama (from Kathy Cawley 12/2008)
S.D.# 7, E.D.# 132, Page# 214A, Image 16 of 24
Joseph L.,
Head, Mch 1872, age 28, single, GA./GA./GA., farmer
Josh M., Brother, April 1882, age 18, single, GA./GA./GA., farm laborer
Mary A., Mother, Oct 1838, age 61, W'd., 10 chi. born, 9 living, GA./GA./S.C.
POWELL, Georgia E., Niece, Sept 1883, age 16, GA./GA./GA., farm laborer
GARNER, Mary E., Niece, Jan 1886, age 14, AL./AL./GA., farm laborer
      (KDC: 1910 Cherokee Co. AL; 1880 Haralson Co. GA)

1910 Census, Mud Creek, Cherokee County, Alabama (from Kathy Cawley 12/2008)
S.D.# 7, E.D.# 1, Page# 10, Image# 19 of 22
Head, age 39, single, GA./UNK./GA, farmer/gen'l farm
John, Brother, age 50, M2X, GA./UNK./GA, laborer/home farm
Mary A., Mother, age 72, W'd., 10 chi. born, 7 living, GA./UNK./UNK.
Jess, Nephew, age 17, AL./GA./UNK., laborer/home farm
Joe, Nephew, age 15, AL./GA./UNK., laborer/working out
      (KDC: looks as if they put John's info on the wrong line (Joe's) and then erased it. John may have been married 23 yrs.)
      (KDC: 1900 Floyd Co. GA and 1900 Cherokee Co. AL)

1920 Census, Lawrence, Cherokee County, Alabama (from Kathy Cawley 12/2008)
S.D.# 7, E.D.# 37, Page# 207, Image# 13 of 15
Head, rents, age 44, GA./GA./GA., farmer/gen'l farm
Louise, Wife, age 39, GA./GA./GA.
U.N., Son, age 19, single, GA./GA./GA., laborer/home farm
Laura B., Daughter, age 12, GA./GA./GA., laborer/home farm
Annie L., Daughter, age 10, AL./GA./GA., laborer/home farm
Nellie D., Daughter, age 8, GA./GA./GA.
Audrie, Daughter, age 6, AL./GA./GA.
Earnest C., age 4, AL./GA./GA.
John W., Brother, age 59, W'd., GA./GA./GA., laborer/home farm
Joe L., Nephew, age 25, single, AL./GA./GA., farmer/gen'l farm


Cherokee Co. AL Deed Index, 1882-1909 (FHL film 1,035,255)
      Direct Index
      B-284, J.S. Duncan to J.W. Higgins, rec. April 29, 1884
      B-443, J.S. Duncan et als to J.L.W. Shepperd, Feb. 16, 1885
      D-79, H.C. Duncan to Shelley Seymour, rec. May 12, 1886
      D-344, Joseph S. Duncan to E.M. Shepperd, rec. April 22, 1887
      Indirect index
      D-78, H.C. Duncan from W.H. Irwin, rec. May 12, 1886
      D-97, W.L. Duncan from G.T. Talley, rec. May 18, 1886

Cherokee Co. AL Deeds
      Vol.A indexed separately; deeds recorded or re-recorded bet. 1882-1888. Index 1882-1909 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,035,255 item 3)
      B-284: 27 Sept. 1881, Cherokee Co. AL, Joseph S. Duncan and wife Rebecca E. Duncan for $40 to John W. Higgins, one undivided fourth of NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.34 T10 R8E; wit. F.M. Castleberry, C.C. Towers. (FHL film 1,035,256)
      B-284 (2nd): (blank day and month) 1881, E.A. Nelson & wife Mary A. for $150 to J.W. Higgins, per sale 18 April 1881, SW 1/4 NE 1/4 and W 1/2 SE 1/4 and E 1/2 of SE 1/4 Sec.34 T10 R8; wit. J.R. Anderson, M.L. Anderson. (FHL film 1,035,256)
      B-285: 23 May 1883, W.F. Whitworth and wife Clarissa, C.C. Towers and (does not say wife) Malissa Towers, Joseph G?. Duncan and Rebecca Duncan to John W. Higgins, $295, SW 1/4 SE 1/4 and E 1/2 NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.34 T10 R8E; wit. G.W. Carroll, B.F. Carroll. (FHL film 1,035,256)
      B-286: 27 Sept. 1881, W.F. Whitworth and Clarissa Whitworth (/s/ C.M. Whitworth) for $40 to C.C. Towers, our interest in one undivided fourth of NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.34 T10 R8E; wit. J.F. Towers, J.T. Allen. (FHL film 1,035,256)
      B-287: 23 May 1883, John W. Higgins and wife Mary (X), Joseph Duncan and wife Rebecca, W.F. Whitworth and wife Clarissa, to C.C. Towers and Malissa Towers, for $290, SE 1/4 SW 1/4 and W 1/2 NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.34 T10 R8; wit. S.W. Carroll, B.F. Carroll. (FHL film 1,035,256)
      B-443: 8 Dec. 1881, J.S. Duncan and wife Rebecca and John W. Higgins and wife Mary to John L.W. Shepperd, all Cherokee Co. AL, $200, 15 acres of SE fractional 1/4 lying E. on Coosa River in Sec.33 T10 R8E; wit. L.M. Chisholm, C.C. Towers. (FHL film 1,035,256)
      Vol.D 1883-1888 (FHL film 1,035,257 item 1)
      D-78: 13 Dec. 1870, William H. Irwin of Cherokee Co. AL to Rev. Herman Pope Duncan (later: Rev. Herman Cope Duncan; headed "H.C. Duncan") of New Orleans, LA, for $6500, undivided 3/4 part of Round Mountain Estate, 2,500 acres, and iron ore furnaces, etc., subject to judgement in suit between Geraldine Hill and Jas. M. Elliott and W.H. Irwin etc.; rec. May 12, 1886. (FHL film 1,035,257 item 1)
      D-79: 2 March 1872, Herman Cope Duncan of City of New Orleans, LA, to Shelly Seymour of same, $7500, the whole Round Mountain Iron Estate; rec. May 12, 1886. (FHL film 1,035,257 item 1) (Next deed, D-81, Jas. M. Elliott to Shelly Seymour, $15,000, Round Mountain Iron Estate.)
      D-97: 13 Feb. 1886, George T. Talley and wife Lizzie T. to William L. Duncan, $150, lots 3 and 6 and 28-1/2 feet off E.side lots 2 & 7, all in Block E in town of Centre, AL; wit. W.A. Cobb, W.H. Walker; rec. May 18, 1886. (FHL film 1,035,257 item 1)
      D-344: 29 Dec. 1886, Joseph S. Duncan and wife Rebecca E. to E.M. Shepard, $325, NE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.8? (3?), Twp 10, Range 8E, 40 acres; no wit.; rec. April 22, 1887. (FHL film 1,035,257 item 1) (MAD: Joseph S. Duncan mar. Rebecca E. Higgins 1875)


"AL State Militia 1820-1865" alphabetical card file in AL State Archives, Clyde - D (FHL film 1,462,799; mostly in alphabetic order, Dunkin cards found later in file)
      Duncan, B.M., AL State Militia 1820-1860, Manager of Election, 1st Battl. 74th Regt. 3rd Brig. 7th Div. Certificate of election, Cherokee Co., transmitted by B.M. Duncan, Daniel Lamar, Henry Bullard, Mgrs., Robert Bell, Sheriff, March 19, 1836.
      Duncan, B.M., AL State Militia 1820-1860, Colonel, 74th Regiment. Authority: Certificate of election, Ashville, by Col. B.M. Duncan, transmitted by Sheriff Lewis Cunningham, Oct. 28, 1834, St.Clair Co.
      Duncan, B.M., AL State Militia 1820-1860, Colonel, 74th Regt. 3rd Brig. 7th Div. Certificate of election, Cherokee Co., transmitted by Col. B.M. Duncan, June 7, 1836.
      Duncan, Bartly, Colonel, 7th Div. 3rd Brig. 74th Regiment; Com. July 22, 1834. Authority: Military State Register, 1832-1844.
      (MAD: Bartley M. Duncan had bankruptcy application 10/15/1842 in Cherokee Co. AL; from "Madison Co. AL Records" Vol.15, by Pauline Gandrud)

Index to compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the Creek War, 1836, in organizations from state of AL, A-J (FHL film 880,845)
      Duncan, B.M., Capt. Donaldson's Co., AL Mtd. Vols, (3 months 1836), Private (MAD: see Cherokee Co. AL)
      Dunkin, Charles, Bishop's Co., 2nd AL Mtd. Vols, Creek War, Private. (MAD: see ? Benton Co. AL)
      Duncan, John, Fry's Co., AL Mtd. Vols., Private
      Duncan, John W., Arnold's Co., AL Mtd. Vols., Pvt. (MAD: see ? Benton Co. AL)
      Duncan, M.H., Crawfords Co., Smith's AL Mtd. Vols., Private
      Duncan, Thomas, Fry's Co., AL Mtd. Vols., Private (MAD: see ? Cherokee or Marshall Co. AL)

AL Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865, cards in AL State Archives; Driver to Elich (FHL film 1,462,918)
      MAD: most items were small typed cards, 3x5; some items were very blurred in the filming and were double images and hard to read. Cards had name and rank in upper left corner, service unit usually in upper right corner, notation if Home Guard, details from source were given in center of card, and the "Authority" as the last line on the card. The service record from the Historical Record Roll frequently listed several engagements he served in, dates wounded, absent, present, etc., and I usually did not copy all the details.
      Duncan, G.W., Private, age 23, Co.B, 31st AL Inf. Reg., May 8, 1862, Cherokee Co. AL. Authority: Muster in Roll, Camp Goldwaite, May 8, 1862.

AL Civil War Soldiers (from Linda Smith 6/1988; she has copy of service records)
      G.W. Duncan, enlisted in Confederate Army on March 27, 1862, in Cherokee Co. AL; appeared on Co. muster roll on same date in Talladega, AL. Occupation Teamster. On record of Companies B, C, and D, 31st AL Regt. Was at Seige of Vicksburg.

HISTORIES before 1923

1904 "History of Buchanan Co. and City of St. Joseph, MO and Representative Citizens, 1826-1904" by Christian Ludwig Rutt (Los Angeles Public Library book 977.81 B91Ru; FHL film 1,000,283 item 4)
      Pg.449: HON. JOHN H. DUNCAN, ... was born in Cherokee County, Alabama, and is a son of Col. B.M. and Amanda (Lawrence) Duncan, his father being a colonel in the State Militia of Alabama, having held a commission under Governor Arthur P. Bagby. B.M. Duncan erected the first cotton gin and compress in the Cherokee Purchase of Alabama. In 1845, with his family, he came to Buchanan County, Missouri, ... His grandfather came to this country from Scotland, and was killed during the Revolutionary War. ....
      (MAD: Bartlett Marshall Duncan, b.1806 Blount Co. TN; mar. 2nd Amanda Melvina Lawrence 9/26/1833 St.Clair Co. AL)


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