Duncans in Crenshaw Co. AL


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

Last revised August 7, 2002

Formed 1866 from Butler, Coffee, Covington, Lowndes, Pike


1870 Crenshaw Co. AL Census
Pg.25, #230-230, DUNCAN, James 35 GA farming $0-$100
                  Mary 29 AL keeping house
                  Asberry (m) 13, Mary Ann 9 AL
                  Henrietta (f) 4, Nancy 1 AL
                  (MAD: James M. Duncan in 1860 Coffee Co. AL census, son Miles A.)
Pg.107, #5-5, DUNCAN, Bennet 50 SC farming $500-$500
                  Elisabeth 28 AL keeping house
                  Tobitha (f) 21, Mary 17, George 14 AL
                  Buchanan (m) 12, Columbus 10 AL
                  Julius (m) 2, Martha 2/12 b.March AL
                  (MAD: Julius Bennett Duncan, 1860 Butler Co. AL census; ?? some children in 1880 Butler Co. AL census)


Crenshaw Co. AL Marriage Records, each vol. individually indexed, v.A-C 1867-1890 (FHL film 1,288,731)
      Vol.A 1867-1872 (typed but faint)
      Oct. 15, 1868, Edmond Duncan to Mary F. Merriwether, by R.O. Scale MG (MAD: 1860 Coosa Co. AL census; 1880 Eastland Co. TX census)
      Aug. 6?, 1867, J.M?. Duncan to Mary A.E. Edwards by William Findley MG
      Dec. 18, 1867, Lizzie Duncan to Geo. H. Williams by W.S. Bye? (Mye?) (MAD: 1860 Coosa Co. AL census)
      Oct. 25, 1868, Mary R. Duncan (Durkin) to George M. Hazard by R. Scales MG (MAD: 1860 Coosa Co. AL census)
      Vol.B, 1872-1881 (groom index only)
      Pg.570, Mr. E.Y. Duncan to Miss Annie Sasser, lic. 26 Dec. 1881, bond by E.Y. (X) Duncan and J.M. (X) Nelson, married at Mrs. Duncan's on 29 Dec. 1881 by J.D. Hudson JP, consent by Mary Sasser for my dau.
      Vol.C - did not look at


Crenshaw Co. AL Index to Deeds A-Z 1868-1929 (direct on FHL film 1,302,454; reverse on FHL film 1,302,455)
      Direct index:
      12-433: J.A.C. & M.N. Duncan to D.G. Dunklin & Son, deed, 11/23/1886 - 10/18/1887
      13-586: E.J. & G.W. Duncan et als to C.M. Sims, (blank), 10/28/1889 - 12/9/1889
      15-256: G.W. & E.J. Duncan et als to T.J. Pollard, deed, 1/3/1890 - 12/8/1891
      17-505: G.W. & Ella Dunsan to W.H. Stinson, deed, 5/6/1895 - 9/7/1896
      17-505: G.W. & Ella Dunsan to J.H. Henderson, deed, 9/2/1896 - 9/7/1896
      18-142: G.W. & Ella L. Dunson to E.R. Branner, deed, 12/3/1896 - 5/24/1897
      18-323/4: G.W. & Ella Duncon to Mary A. Knowles, deed, 4/22/1997 - 1/8/1898
      19-308: G.W. and Ella L. Dunson to W.F. Odom and W.R. Watson, 1/2/1900 - 7/9/1900
      21-25: G.W. and Ella L. Dunson to W.F. Odom and W.R. Watson, 1/2/1900 - 7/9/1900
      21-26: G.W. and Ella L. Dunson to W.F. Odom and W.R. Watson, 1/8/1900 - 7/9/1900
      22-111: James B. & M.F. Duncan to J.F.M. Duncan, deed, 11/7/1888 - 4/10/1903
      22-112: J.B. & M.E. Duncan to J.F.M. Duncan, deed, 1/11/1889, 4/10/1903
      24-89: W.D. Duncan admin. of J.B. Duncan estate to A.L. Duncan, deed, 11/11/1901 - 2/29/1904
      24-91: T.W., E.J., J.A.C., M.N., James B., M.F., J.F.M., S.L., W.D., H.A. & S.H. Duncan, and S.D., M.B.C. & H.B. Bowden, and J.W. & S.E. Roper, and T.J. Thompson to A.L. Duncan, deed, 11/5/1901 - 2/29/1904
      Next deed 1906, quit
      Reverse index:
      11-540: J.P. Thompson to Mary Duncan, deed, 3/8/1884 - 4/12/1884
      11-606: Elisha & M.M. Daniel to George Duncan, deed, 12/12/1884 - 1/2/1886
      11-607: J.B. & M.E. Duncan to G.W. Duncan, deed, 12/15/1884 - 1/2/1886
      18-328/9: J.P. & R.S. Grippin (Grizzin) to G.W. Dunson, deed, 10/12/1896 - 1/11/1898
      22-137: W.H. & Martha Maleth to G.W. Dunson, deed, 4/19/1895 - 2/19/1903
      24-89: W.D. Duncan admin. of J.B. Duncan estate to A.L. Duncan, deed, 11/11/1901 - 2/29/1904
      24-91: T.W., E.J., J.A.C., M.N., James B., M.F., J.F.M., S.L., W.D., H.A. & S.H. Duncan, and S.D., M.B.C. & H.B. Bowden, and J.W. & S.E. Roper, and T.J. Thompson to A.L. Duncan, deed, 11/5/1901 - 2/29/1904
      Next deed 1907, quit
      Deeds available on microfilm end at book 20

Crenshaw Co. AL Deeds
      11-540: Butler Co. AL, 8 March 1884, John P. Thompson admin. estate of N.W. Barsett decd for $10 quit claim to J.F. Barsett and Mary N. Duncan my interest in E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.17 and NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.20 and W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.22, all Twp.9 R17 in Crenshaw Co., being 2/3 undivided interest to Barsett and 1/3 to Mary N. Duncan, subject to mortgage this day to Herbert Buell to secure payment of $82.50 due Oct. 1, 1884; wit. D. Buell, A.C. Duncan. (FHL film 1,302,457)
      11-606: Crenshaw Co. AL, 12 Dec. 1884, Elisha J. Daniel and wife Mary M. of afsd for $40 to George Duncan (heading: G.W. Duncan) of same, NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.35 T11 R16, 40 acres; wit. D.D. Sexton JP. (FHL film 1,302,457)
      11-607: 15 Dec. 1884, J.B. (X) Duncan and wife M.E. Duncan for $60 to G.W. Duncan, N 1/2 SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.35 T11 R16, 20 acres; wit. D.D. Sexton JP. (FHL film 1,302,457)
      12-433: Butler Co. AL, 23 Nov. 1886, Joseph A.C. Duncan and wife Mary N. Duncan to D.G. Dunklin & Son, for $53, one undivided third of E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.17 T9 R17 and W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.22 T9 R17, in Crenshaw Co. AL; /s/ J.A.C. Duncan, M.N. Duncan; no wit.; recorded Oct. 18, 1887. (FHL film 1,302,458)
      12-434: Butler Co. AL, 16 May 1887, D.G. Dunklin & Son, per mortgage to us by Joshua F. Barrett and wife M.A. Barrett of Crenshaw Co. AL, on 28 Feb. 1884, did on 14 May 1887 sell at auction the E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.17 T9 R17 and W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.22 T9 R17 except 1/3 interest, containing about "--- acres", as property of said Joshua F. Barrett and wife M.A. Barrett, to John P. Reynolds the highest bidder for $136; /s/ D.G. Dunklin Jun.; wit. S.J. Bolling Jr., D.L. Milton. (FHL film 1,302,458)
      13-586: Butler Co. AL, 28 Oct. 1889, we, M.L. Barrett, J.C. Day, G.W. Day, F.H. McBryde, J.J. McBryde, E.J. Duncan, G.W. Duncan, M.H. Barrett, W.D. Barrett, P.M. Barrett and C.A. Barrett, for $75, to C.M. Sims, SE 1/4 NE 1/4 and N 1/2 NE 1/4 SE 1/4 of Sec.29 T10 R17 in Crenshaw Co. AL; all signed, full names never given, all appeared 28 Oct. 1889; recorded Dec. 9, 1889. (FHL film 1,638,422)
      15-256: Butler Co. AL, 3 Jan. 1890, M.L. Barrett widow and relict of "Andred." J. Barrett decd, and M.H. Barrett and wife M.D. Barrett, C.M. Sims and her husband S.O. Sims, E.J. Duncan and her husband G.W. Duncan, J.C. Day and her husband G.W. Day, P.M. Barrett, C.A. Barrett, and F.H. McBride and her husband J.J. McBride, heirs at law of "Andrew" J. Barrett decd. and distributees of his estate and residents of State of AL, for $125, to T.J. Pollard, the NW 1/4 NE 1/4 and NE 1/4 NW 1/4 of Sec.31 T10 R17E, 80a, in Crenshaw Co. AL; all signed; no wit.; they appeared before F.M. Black, JP; recorded Dec. 8, 1891. (FHL film 1,638,423 item 1, vol.15, pg.200-end)


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, Ben, Private, Co. H, 53rd AL Cav. Reg. Authority: Reported by B.F. Huffman, Ft. Deposit, AL, Sept. 6, 1909.
      Duncan, James M., Private, 3rd Bat. Hilliard's Legion. Enlisted March 1862 at Greenville [Butler Co.], AL, captured at Chickamauga Sept. 1863, paroled at Nashville, TN, May 1865. Born 15 Nov. 1834, Sumpter Co. GA. Address 1907-08 Theba AL Route one. Authority: Census, tax assessor, Crenshaw Co. AL 1907-08.
      Duncan, James M., Private, Co.B, 3rd Bat. Hilliard's Legion. Age 26, Pike Co. AL. Authority: Record roll, July 4, 1862.
      Dunkin, James M., Private, Co.A, 60th AL Regt., one time Co.B, 3rd Bat. Hilliard's Div. April 7, 1862, Clay Hill, AL. Absent on furlough at Chickamauga, Sept., present at Knoxville, TN, Nov. 29, 1863, present at Bean Station, TN, Dec. 14, 1863. Born in GA, farmer, Elba [Coffee Co.], AL, age 26, married. Deserted Dec. 17, 1863, at Bean Station, TN. Authority: Historical Record Roll, Petersburg, VA, Dec. 31, 1864.
      Dunkin, Jas. M., Pension 11267, Crenshaw Co., Private, Co.B, 60 Regt. (3 Battn. Hilliards Legion) AL, enlisted May 1861 at Elba, Coffee Co. AL, discharged April 1865, wit. Miles Thrower, W.T. Knowles.

AL Confederate Pension Applications, in AL State Archives, Duke - Dunn (FHL film 1,502,781)
      MAD: Did not extract all pension applications for the same person if they gave no other genealogy information. Documents were extracted in order on film. Did not usually copy reason for pension request, which was frequently old age or rheumatism or feebleness; did not always copy witnesses names, which sometimes only said they knew the applicant was of good character and in need of the pension. "Cavalry" was frequently abbreviated "Calv" and spelled "Calvary." Did not usually copy the schedule of property unless it listed land. The complete pension papers should be rechecked individually, following is very brief extract of contents.
      DUNCAN, J.B., widow Mrs. Mary E. Duncan, Crenshaw Co. AL, Private, Co.C, 53rd AL. Application 4 Dec. 1920 by Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Duncan, Crenshaw Co. AL, P.O. Honoraville, AL, #16284, living with self, born "Lounds" Co. AL, Nov. 28, 1841, her father David Edwards died Butler Co. about 1870, her husband J.B. Duncan, married Aug. 8, 1866, Crenshaw Co., he died Crenshaw Co. Feb. 26, 1905, Private Co.C, 53rd Regt., Capt. Lipscomb, discharged May 1865, she has life interest in 120 acres in Crenshaw Co. including a 5-room frame dwelling. Appl. 14 April 1915, Crenshaw Co. AL, by M.E. (X) Duncan, widow of J.B. Duncan, Private, Co.C, 24th Bat. AL Calvary, she born Hickory Grove, Lownds Co. AL, on 28 Nov. 1841, now 74 years of age, on Crenshaw pension #29833. Report 20 March 1914, the name of Jules B. Duncan not found on rolls of Co.C, 53rd AL Partisan Rangers C.S.A., this the only 53rd organization. Reply, the 24th Bat. Colo. Cavalry which afterward consolidated with 53rd AL. Letter 13 April 1914, from D.E. Huffman, personally acquainted with Mr. Bennett Duncan. Affidavit 2 April 1914 of W.J. Boen, acquainted with Jules B. Duncan, we fought many a battle ... Jules B. Duncan, John Been, Elisha Herlong, John Duncan and myself messed together ... I cooked, Jules B. Duncan carried wood ... Appl. 10 Dec. 1921, by Mary Elizabeth Duncan, pension #29422; appl. 19 April 1907, wit. W.J. Boen, John Boen. (MAD: see Butler Co. AL)
      DUNCAN, James M., widow Caroline Duncan, Crenshaw Co. AL, Private, Co.B, 60th AL. Application 21 March 1921 by Mrs. Caroline Duncan, Crenshaw Co. AL, P.O. Brantley #33, AL, #29419, now living with Martin Hart, born near Seale, Russell Co. AL, March 8, 1841, her father Britton Heath died about 1881 in Crenshaw Co. AL; her husband James M. Duncan, married Oct. 2, 1856, Coffee Co. AL, he died Dec. 3, 1918 (MAD: final "9" written over in different ink to become "8" as 1918), Crenshaw Co. AL, he enlisted in 1861 at Elba, Coffee Co. AL during May, in Infantry, Private, 60th Regt. Co.B, Capt. Boatwright; he drew pension in Crenshaw Co. AL, owns 36 acres Crenshaw Co. Form 10 Jan. 1919 by Caroline (X) Duncan, Crenshaw Co., widow of J.M. Duncan who died Dec. 3, 1918, pension #2026; witness Martin Hart, Willie Powell. Appl. 10 Jan. 1919 by Caroline (X) Duncan, widow of J.M. Duncan, pension #2026, who died Dec. 3, 1918, she age 77 years 10 mos. 2 days, born March 8, 1841, married Oct. 2, 1856. Appl. 16 Nov. 1914 of J.M. (X) Duncan, now on pension roll of Crenshaw Co. AL, now over age 80, born Sumpter Co. GA; witness John W. Beall who knew him 40 years. Appl. 7 June 1899, James M. Duncan, Crenshaw Co., Private Co.B, 60th Reg., enlisted May 1861 at Elba, AL, discharged April 1865, now age 64, physical disabilities, P.O. Norwood, owns 33 acres; witness Miles Thrower (X), W.T. Knowles. Appl. 8 July 1911, born GA, over age 70; witness W.M. Bailey.

HISTORIES before 1923

1904 "Notable Men of AL; Personal & Genealogical with Portraits" by Joel Campbell DuBose (FHL book 976.1 D3no and film 1,026,263 items 1-2; and from Donna Little 8/1982 from Duncan Family Files at AL State Archives)
      Vol.1, pg.66-7: DR. THOMAS DUNCAN, physician, Fleta [Montgomery Co.], AL, was born in Crenshaw Co. AL Aug. 16, 1866. He is the son of John A. and Catherine (Norman) Duncan; father native of Tuscaloosa Co. AL, and the mother of Wilmington, NC. The Duncan family were early settlers of Alabama. John A. Duncan died at the age of 81 years. He was a farmer. He was a private in the Confederate service during the entire Civil war. There were, of his family, ten children, seven of whom are living. Dr. Thomas Duncan is the second youngest of the family. He was reared on the farm, receiving his early education in the common schools, with two years at Ft. Deposit, Ala. .... He was married, Sept. 7, 1892, to Zererah Sellers, a native of Montgomery Co. AL. .... (MAD: John A. Duncan mar. Catherine J. Norman 2/6/1848 Lowndes Co. AL)


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