Duncans in DeKalb Co. AL


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

Last revised May 26, 2009

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


1840-1850 DeKalb Co. AL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 DeKalb Co. AL Census
3rd District
Pg.209, #122-119, Marvell DUNCAN 30 TN laborer $0-$50
                  Cathrine 30 NC
                  Rachel A. 8 GA
                  William B. 6 TN
                  James E. 4, John H.C. 2 GA
                  Maryann (f) 3/12? AL
                  (MAD: Marvel Duncan mar. Catherine Woods 8/2/1849 Gilmer Co. GA; 1850 Gilmer Co. GA census; 1870 Lawrence Co. AL census)
Pg.213, #149-130, Alexander MILLER 38 SC farmer $0-$200
                  Nancy HILTON 39 TN
                  Mary J. MILLER 12, John C. 9, George W. 6 NC
                  Pinkney A. 4, Austin M. 3 NC
                  Deva S. HELTON (f) 18, Seaborn A. (m) 15 NC
                  Isabell S. 12 NC
                  (MAD: looking for Nancy Duncan who mar. E.R. Hilton 5/18/1853 Whitfield Co. GA)

1870 DeKalb Co. AL Census (and from Bill Brown 1/1984)
Twp.7 Range 9, P.O. Fort Payne, 6/18/1870
Pg.884, #42-42, DUNCAN, R.D. (m) 62 TN farmer $1000-$500, eligible to vote
                  Nancy K. 57 TN keeping house
                  Robert H. 19 TN at farm, school in census year
                  Franklin 16 TN at home, school
                  Matilda 12 TN at home, school
                  (WB & MAD: Robert D. Duncan in 1850-1860 Roane Co. TN census; 1880 Etowah Co. AL census)
Valley Head P.O.
Pg.893, #110-110, McGUFFY, W.C.H. (m) 40 GA physician $2000-$495
                  Mary E. 32 GA keeping house
                  John F. 5 GA
                  HANNAH, Lewis (m) 21 TN BLACK on farm
                  DUNCAN, Mary 25 TN BLACK servant
                  Ellen 2 GA BLACK

1910 Census, Blue Pond, DeKalb County, Alabama (from Kathy Cawley 11/2008)
S.D.# 7, E.D.# 46, Page 44B, Image# 14 of 40
Section Road
William L.,
Head, age 24, M1X, 1 yr., GA./GA./GA., farmer/gen'l farm
Rosa E., Wife, age 23, M1X, 1 chi. born, 1 living, GA./GA./GA.
Charles C., Son, age 7/12, AL./GA./GA.
      (KDC: 1920 Cobb Co. GA)
~122-123~[same page]
Fort Payne Road
William H.,
Head, age 45, M1X, 28 yrs., GA./S.C./GA., sawyer/sawmill
Sallie K., Wife, age 43, M1X, 10 chi. born, 8 living, S.C./S.C./S.C., farm laborer/home farm
Nola B., Daughter, age 16, GA./GA./S.C.
Sylvia J., Son(?), m/w, age 14, GA./GA./S.C., farm laborer/home farm
Keith L., Son, age 10, GA./GA./S.C., farm laborer/home farm
Mary L., Daughter, age 7, AL./GA./S.C.
      (KDC: 1900 Gwinnett Co. GA)

1920 Census, Fort Payne, DeKalb County, Alabama (from Kathy Cawley 11/2008)
Gealt? Avenue South
William H.,
Head, owns/free, age 56, GA./GA./GA.
Sallie, Wife, age 52, S.C./S.C./S.C.
Floyd, Son, age 26, single, GA./S.C./S.C.
Mary, Daughter, age 17, GA./GA./S.C.
Keith, Son, age 20, single, GA./GA./S.C.


DeKalb Co. AL Deed index 1835-1897 (FHL film 1,035,174)
      I-177: John C. Duncan to Samuel Henry
      G-730: Jas. J. Hawkins & wife to N.K. Duncan
      Next deeds were after 1878-1879

DeKalb Co. AL Deeds
      G-730: 31 May 1870, James J. Hawkins & wife Louisa Hawkins of Dekalb Co. AL to Nancy K. Duncan of same, $1225, land in Little Mills Valley, R9 Sec.7&8, near Fort Payne Depot, adj. the Lyons land, A&C Rail Road, being land where Nancy K. Duncan now lives, 150 acres; wit. Jas. P. Smith, Adam L. Hawkins, R.D. Duncan. (FHL film 1,035,177)
      I-177: 14 March 1876, John C. Duncan, having recd. $40 from Sam Henry and given promissory note for same due 1 Dec. 1876, I needed the money in order to farm, therefore mortgage crop of cotton and corn and a mule; wit. A.J. Blair. (FHL film 1,035,178)


DeKalb Co. AL Probate Court, general index (FHL film 1,035,263 item 1)
      No Duncan

DeKalb Co. AL Probate Court Records
      General index ca 1868-1907 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,672,904 item 2)
      Probate Records (FHL film 1,035,263 items 1, 2, 3)
            Vol.A - no index
            Vol.B, 1852-1868 - no index
            Vol.C, 1848-1853 - no Duncan
      Final Records (FHL film 1,035,264 item 1 & 2)
            Vol.AA, 1838-1844, 1865 - no Duncan
            Vol.F, 1867-1868 - no Duncan
      Probate Minutes v.B 1858-1867 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,672,914 item 1)
      Probate Records 1864-1868, 1857-1868 - no indexes (FHL film 1,672,955 item 2 & 3)

DeKalb Co. AL Will Records, 1839-1905 (FHL film 1,035,188 item 2-3)
      Vol.A, most of index gone. No Duncan will from page by page; no Duncan heir, witness or exec. spotted in brief scan
      Vol.B, pg.63: Will of Nancy K. Duncan, (day and month blank) 1883, feeble health; my husband R.D. Duncan have use of all my property for his life if he outlives me, then to my two granddaus. Mary Lilly and Maggie Richards $5, my dau. Belle Buron? (?Burow) $5, my son John W. Duncan $5, my son Robert H. Duncan $5, my son F.P. Duncan $5, residue to my dau. Matilda Duncan for her attention to myself and husband, my son John W. her guardian and trustee, she not to sell property without his consent; appoint son John W. Duncan exec. without bond; wit. Henry W. Pickens, C.S. Hagler. Etowah Co. AL, appeared R.A.D. Dunlap, the above is a substantial copy of the will of Nancy K. Duncan decd, filed for probate 4 Nov. 1887; the day and month were originally given but not now remembered; sworn 2 Jan. 1888. Etowah Co. AL, appeared C.S. Hagler, witness who saw the will signed along with H.W. Pickens. Etowah Co. AL, the will was recorded 2 Jan. 1888 in Record of Wills Book A, pg.86. Recorded 16 Dec. 1889 (DeKalb Co. AL).


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, A.G., DeKalb Co. AL, Private Co.F, Farril's Bty. Application 24 March 1896, A.G. Duncan, DeKalb Co. AL, Soldier in Co.F of Terrills Battery, became afflicted with rheumatism, nearly 70 years old, P.O. Fort Payne, AL, farmer, no property. Appl. 20 March 1893, DeKalb Co., Ansel G. Duncan, Private, Co.F, Capt. Farrils Battery, Hardy's Brigade, rheumatism. Appl. 21 Feb. 1894, A.G. Duncan, soldier in Co.F, Hardy's Brigade, AL Cav., in 1864 was injured in spine resulting in back trouble, now more than 67 years old.

HISTORIES before 1923

1888 "Northern AL, Historical & Biographical" pub. by Smith & DeLand (from Bill Brown 9/1984 and Donna Little 8/1982; FHL film 934,818 item 2 and 1,026,490 item 3)
      Pg.503-4: ROBERT HUSTON DUNCAN was born at Kingston [Roane Co.], TN, October 19, 1853, and is a son of Robert and Nancy K. (Liggett) Duncan.
            Mr. Duncan spent the first thirteen years of his life at his native place, and came with his parents to DeKalb County in 1866. From there the family moved to Dade Co. GA, whence they returned to Alabama ten years later and located at Fort Payne. In 1870 young Duncan was employed as a clerk in a mercantile establishment, and later on he was with the Roane Iron Company, at Chattanooga, Tenn. He next returned to Fort Payne, and was engaged in the book business, which he pursued for some years, and which he continued afterward at Gadsden. He located at Gadsden in 1874, and was afterward on the road as a drummer for an Atlanta copying house.
            His father having died in 1885 he took charge of his business, which required his attention thereafter for some time. He was married December 7, 1885, to Miss Anna Vincent, of Etowah County.
            Mr. Duncan comes from one of the old and respected families of the South. As a citizen and a business man he has always held the esteem and confidence of the people.


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