Duncans in Franklin Co. AL


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

Last revised August 17, 2007

Formed 1818 from Cherokee & Chicasaw Cession
Colbert formed 1867 from Franklin


1820 Franklin Co. AL Census (and from Louis Boone 9/1984)
Males over 21; under 21; females over 21; under 21;
     total whites; slaves, free colored; total
Pg. 74  T. L. Duncan        1-3-1-1   6006
        Wm. Duncan          1-1-1-0   3003
          (next to each other)

1830 Franklin Co. AL Census
        No Duncan indexed

1840 Franklin Co. AL Census
Pg.229  Jas. Ducan         0000,0000,01 - 0001,0000,1
           (next to each other)
        Garner P. Duncan   1100,01      - 2010,1
          (MAD: see Garner & Garner "B." Duncan in
            1830 Gallatin Co. IL census)
Pg.273  Robert Duncan?     2000,1       - 0000,1

1850 Franklin Co. AL Census
District 5
Pg.105, #19, Chas. W. DUNCAN 30 KY merchant $0
                  Nelson HICKMAN 25 KY merchant $1000
Pg.106, #44, Chas. R. DUNCAN 34 KY merchant $350
                  (initials very plain on both)
Pg.151, #690, Garner P. DUNCAN 46 NC farmer $0
                  Susan 37 NC
                  Elizabeth 20, William 18 NC
                  James 17, Henry 15 AL
                  Martha 13, Vina (f) 11 AL
                  Sarah 8, Emaline 4, Alabama (f) 1 AL
                  (MAD: son of James Duncan & Elizabeth Self)
Pg.151, #691, James DUNCAN 80 NC farmer $200
                  Elizabeth 72 NC
                  Sarah 20 NC
                  (MAD: wife Elizabeth Self; son of William Duncan from Chatham Co. NC to Maury Co. TN)
District 6
Pg.200, #413, Nathaniel LOOKINGBILL 35 TN farmer $150
                  Ailsey 30 AL
                  Elizabeth 6, William 4, Susan 2 AL
                  Abigail DUNCAN 22 AL
Pg.237, #933, Robert DUNCAN 38 AL farmer $0
                  Martha 28 AL
                  John 14, James 13, William 12 AL
                  Thomas 11, Elijah 10, Elias 9 AL
                  (MAD: no others in this household, next household #934, "Jame" Olliver, no Duncan in his household; wife Martha Ann Hargett, she ?? perhaps sister of Mary ?Hargett wife of John Duncan of 1850 Marion Co. AL)

1855 Census, Franklin Co. AL (in AL Dept. of Archives
& History) (FHL film 1,533,832 item 12)
      White males 0-21, white males over 21;
      white females 0-21, white females over 21;
      total whites, slaves; total;
      white children age 8-16
Pg. 7  Duncan, James           0-1; 0-1; 2-1-3; 0
    8  Duncan, Robert          7-1; 0-1; 9-0-9; 4
   11  Duncan, Elizabeth       3-0; 0-1; 4-3-7; 1
   39  Duncan, J.P.            0-3; 7-1; 11-0-11; 3
   40  Duncan, Elizabeth       3-0; 4-1; 8-1-9; 3
   46  Duncan, Joshua          0-3; 0-0; 3-0-3; 0

1860 Franklin Co. AL Census (and from Jeanne Williams to Annetta Gibson to MAD 11/1984) (page # in parentheses is stamped page)
Russelville P.O.
Pg.55 (593), #395-396, James S. DUNCAN 26 IL (Illinois) laborer $100 (mar/in/yr)
                  Mary A. 15 AL (mar/in/year)
                  (MAD: 1870 Colbert Co. AL census)
Pg.77 (616), #555-558, James M. QUILLEN 43 NC farmer $1500 $500
                  Chesley A. 18 AL (idiotic)
                  Thomas J. 16 AL
                  William 16, John C. 14 AL
                  Mary R. DUNCAN 21 AL
                  William DUNCAN 25 AL (mar/in/yr)
                  (MAD: 1870 Colbert Co. AL, William H. bur. Choctaw Co. OK)
Lagrange P.O.
Pg.119 (657), #871-869, Garner DUNCAN 56 NC farmer $100 $150
                  Lydia 46 AL
                  Martha 22, Sarah M. 18 AL
                  Emaline 14 AL
                  Alabama (f) 11, Margaret 7 AL
                  (MAD: 1870 Colbert Co. AL census)
Pg.119 (657), #872-870, Sarah W. DUNCAN (f) 40 NC farmer $100 $450
P.O. Nauvo
Pg.(746), #534-534, Robert DUNKIN 50 TN farmer $500-$325
                  Martha 46 NC
                  Wm. D. 22, Thos. 20 AL
                  Prior (m) 18, Hinton (m) 15 AL
                  Andy A. (m) 14, James H. 8 AL

1870 Franklin Co. AL Census
Twp.7 R12, P.O. Nelsonville
Pg.524, #12-12, DUNCAN, Thomas 28 AL farmer $0-$728
                  Safrona (f) 26 AL keeping house
                  Webster (m) 3, Irvin (m) 1 AL
                  KING, John 16 GA works on farm
                  LITTLE, Polly 40 AL domestic servant


Index to compiled service records of volunteers who served during the Cherokee removal in organizations from AL (FHL film 368,685) (MAD: 1838) (MAD: ?? see Franklin, Marshall or Sumter Co. AL)
      Duncan, John, Armbrester's Co., Norwood's Battn, AL Militia, Pvt.
      Duncan, Robert, Armbrester's Co., Norwood's Battn, AL Militia, Pvt.

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, John W., Private, Co.E, 4th AL Cav. Enlisted at Russellville, AL, Sept. 1862, and served until he was paroled at the close of the war. Born Sept. 27, 1836, Russellville, Franklin Co. AL. Address 1921: Spruce Pine [Franklin Co.], AL. Authority: 1921 Census of Confederate Soldiers.

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.W., Franklin Co. AL, Private, Co.E, 4th AL Cav. Affidavit 25 May 1914 by W.R. Petree, Franklin Co. AL, knows John W. Duncan who enlisted in Co.E, 4th AL Cav., served until end of war; I was 3rd Lt. of this company. Affidavit 26 May 1914 by J.W. Duncan, Franklin Co., enlisted Franklin Co. AL Sept. 1862 in Co.E, 4th AL Cav., until end of war, paroled at Pond Springs, AL, May 1865; wounded at Barton, AL, April 1863, caused deafness, /s/ John W. Duncan. Appl. 5 July 1909 by John W. (X) Duncan, Franklin Co., enlisted as Private in Co.E of 4th AL Cav., Sept. 1862, at Franklin Co., discharged May 1865, wounded battle of Cherokee & Pond Springs, AL, now age 75, old age and rupture, P.O. Belgreen; wit. J.W. Ligon, W.R. Petre. Report 9 May 1914, name of John W. Duncan not found on rolls of Co.E of any 4th AL Cavalry C.S.A. (handwritten note: There was 24th Cav.; J.W. Duncan was in Col. W.A. Johnson 4 AL Cav.). Appl. 26 Oct. 1916, over 80 years of age, born Marian Co. AL, now on pension roll; witness W.R. Petree, knew him 50 years. Schedule of property, 5 July 1909, John W. Duncan had 90 acres in Franklin Co. including 15 acres in cultivation and 2-room log house. Affidavit 17 July 1911, over age 70, born Marion Co. AL. Affidavit 17 July 1911 by C.F. Fleming who knew him 60 years. Report 17 April 1914, no John W. Duncan on roll of Co.E in any 4th AL Cav. C.S.A.; however, on May 5, 1863, one J.W. Duncan filed a claim for a horse killed in action near Cherokee, AL, April 17, 1863; Jeremiah Daily, Captain, Co.E, Roddey's, 4th AL Cav. C.S.A., of which one W. Petrie was a member, said that J.W. Duncan was a member of his company.
      DUNCAN, T.A., widow Margaret S. Duncan, Franklin Co. AL, Private Co.L, 4th AL. Letter April 1, 1924, from Pension Division to Margaret S. Duncan, Russellville, AL, that her appl. states she born June 3, 1844, she to be 80 years next June and entitled to increase upon her application. Application 7 June 1924, Franklin Co. AL, by Margaret Sophronia Duncan (X), Russellville, living with Dan Duncan, she born near Belgreen, Franklin Co. AL, June 3, 1844, her father Richard J. Hargett died near Belgreen in 1887, her husband Thomas A. Duncan, married (no date) at home near Belgreen, he died at house near Rockwood, Oct. 29, 1923; he enlisted near Spruce Pine, AL, at beginning of war, 1861, at Frankford, Franklin Co. AL in Cavalry as Private, 4th AL, Co.L, Col. Wines? and W.A. Johnston, Capt. William Haughton, later Nelson, wounded Aug. 1863, discharged at close of war, pensioned in Franklin Co., previously refused pension because of property. Appl. 11 March 1924 of Margarette S. Duncan, widow of Thomas A. Duncan who died Oct. 29, 1923, at Rockwood, Franklin Co. AL, pensioner in Franklin Co. #3940, married at or near Belgreen, Franklin Co. AL, on Aug. 25, 1865, she born near Belgreen, Franklin Co. AL, June 3, 1844, now age 79 years 9 months 6 days, now living with my son Dan Duncan; my children: George Duncan, Athens, AL, salesman; Thomas Duncan, Danville, GA, (cannot read); Ellis Duncan, Charlotte, NC, Dr.; Luther Duncan, Auburn, AL (blank), Mrs. C.A. Wright, Auburn, widow; Mrs. A.G. Disoker?, farmer; Mrs. J.W. Plaxco, Russellville, AL, wife of mail carrier; Mrs. J.H. Brown, Russellville, wife of a garage man; Dan Duncan, Russellville, AL, farmer; witnesses: M.C. Hester and E.A. Freeman who knew her 10 and 30 years.
      DUNCAN, Thomas Alford, Franklin Co. AL, Private, Co.L, 4th AL Cav. Letters (most not copied), June 14, 1922, from R.M. Clark that he had seen Thomas A. Duncan in the service, but has since been informed that Thomas A. Duncan was a deserter. Letter Aug. 31, 1922, that the case was misrepresented and Thomas A. Duncan served honorably, /s/ by L.C. Bendall, Commander, Camp J.W. Harris. Letter, Thomas Alford Duncan enlisted Oct. 1861 at Frankfort, AL, as a Private in Co.L, 4th AL Cav., Capt. John Nelson, Col. Bill Johnson, paroled April 1865. Application 13 May 1922, Franklin Co. AL, by Thomas A. Duncan, P.O. Russellville AL, age 80 years 9 mos. 10 days, lived AL all my life, enlisted Oct. 1861 at Frankfort, AL, in Cavalry, Private, Co.L, Capt. John Nelson, 4th AL Cavalry, Col. Bill Johnson, served 4 years, wounded Aug. 1863, paroled April 1865 at close of war; married Aug. 22, 1865, wife age 78 years; living children: Geo. Duncan age 53 salesman, T.J. Duncan age 51 machinest, E.M. Duncan age 47 doctor, L.N. Duncan age 45 ex-agt., D.W. Duncan age 36 farmer; application rejected about 3 years ago for insufficient proof; now living with D.W. Duncan; /s/ T.A. Duncan (X). Schedule of property 13 May 1922. Witnesses to service, R.M. Clark, neighbors L.T. Todd and W.S. Malone who knew him 25 and 30 years.


Franklin Co. AL information from Karen Duncan Sedlecky 6/1999 with permission to share:
      I have personally seen the gravesites of George Duncan II & Mary Lillie
Winchester Duncan. They are buried in Franklin Co., AL (Pleasant Site
Cemetery) which is where most of the Winchesters are buried.
      Their dates on the headstones are as follows as well as some other dates for your records:
      George Washington Duncan Jr., October 10, 1867, August 9, 1905
            (married November 24, 1887)
      Mary Lillie Winchester Duncan, November 12, 1868, December 29, 1935

Cemetery information from Karen Sedlecky 11/1999 with permission to share:
   Smith Cemetery, Cherokee, Colbert Co. AL
      Duncan, George W., Pvt. Co. F 4th Alabama CAV, C.S.A. Army, 1-20-1829 - 6-13-1917
      Duncan, Sallie M. (wife of George W. Duncan), 2-11-1838 - 3-14-1871 (KS: Sarah Mariah Smith; they are buried in Smith Cemetery.)
      Additional information:
      Elizabeth "Lizzie" Duncan (daughter of George & Sallie M. Smith Duncan), 11-25-1867 - 10-17-1952; Burial: Florence City Cemetery, Florence, AL; married: John William Peerson on 11/4/1885 Colbert County, AL, 11-5-1865 - 4-9-1895, Burial: Peerson Cemetery.
      Robert A. Duncan (son of George & Sallie M. Smith Duncan), 4-13-1860 - 11-10-1936, Burial: Westly Chapel Cemetery, Lauderdale Co., AL


From a scrapbook in the Corinth, MS, Courthouse (from Bobbie McDowell 8/1982; copy is white print on black background, includes photo; see Tishomingo Co. MS for complete article)
      HON. W. L. DUNCAN
      Among the pioneer citizens of old Tishomingo county no one is entitled to more consideration and appreciative remembrance than the Hon. William Lane Duncan. .... William Lane Duncan was born in South Carolina in 1800. His facilities for acquiring an education were limited, but he made the best of such as were at hand. In the latter part of the '20's he, together with his father, Thomas Lane Duncan, and two uncles, John F. and E. Garner, emigrated to Russell's Valley, Alabama, and thence to Hardeman Co. TN.
      Thomas Duncan, after the surrender of the lands to the government by the Chickasaws, moved to Pontotoc Co. MS, and before his death acquired an immense fortune.
      John F. Duncan moved to old Tishomingo Co. in 1834 and was elected a member of the first board of police of the county in the spring of 1836, serving two years. He later moved to Pontotoc Co. where he resided the remainder of his life.
      E. Garner Duncan, Sr., moved to Tishomingo Co. in 1848, but only remained a short time, returning to Hardeman Co. TN, where he lived to the day of his death.
      Wm. L. Duncan was married to Miss Rebecca Null, in Hardeman Co. TN on the 7th day of November, 1830, and in 1842 moved to Tishomingo Co., where he lived the remainder of his life. .... He died on the 11th of August, 1876, and was laid to rest in the City cemetery, but was later disinterred and buried in Henry cemetery.

HISTORIES before 1923

1891 "Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Mississippi" by Goodspeed (FHL book 976.2 D3b V.1 Pt.2; and from Evelyn Sigler 5/1983)
      Pg.675-6: J.S. DUNCAN, whose postoffice address is Pontotoc, MS, was born in Pontotoc Co. in 1840. He is a son of John F. Duncan, a native of Franklin Co. AL, who was born in 1812. He first married a Miss Brotherton, in 1830. To them were born four children. Sarah F. Cole, who married John F. Duncan, was born in Tuscola, AL, in 1820, and was his second wife. They were married in Pontotoc Co. in 1836, and Mr. Duncan engaged in planting, and in the grocery trade at Bridgeport, Miss. He was a man of considerable political influence. He served Pontotoc Co. as a member of the board of supervisors, for 4 years, and was also state magistrate. As far back as 1850 he was elected to represent Itawamba Co. in the state legislature. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan had nine children, of whom three are yet living. In 1860 he married, for his third wife, Miss Carrie Souter, who bore him eight children, all of whom are living. He was a member of the Baptist church, ... He died in 1880. J.S. Duncan began life for himself in 1861, enlisting in the Confederate service under Capt. John H. Miller, as a private in the 1st MS volunteers. ... He was married in 1866 to Miss K.S. Wells, who was born in SC in 1852. Her father, J.S. Wells, was a prominent farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have three children: Vallie L., Effie T. and Edward F. ....

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.184-5: GEORGE WEBSTER DUNCAN, of Auburn [Lee Co.], AL, was born Oct. 12, 1866, at Rockwood, Franklin Co. AL. His father, Thomas Alfred Duncan, was born July 21, 1841, and lived at the same place. He was in the army of the Confederacy four years as a soldier and was the son of Robert Duncan and Martha (Hargett) Duncan, who lived near Russellville, AL. George W.'s mother, Margaret Hargett, was the dau. of Richard Hargett and wife, Elizabeth Hartis, who lived in Charlotte, NC. His ancestors came to America from Scotland about 1783 and lived successively in VA, KY and TN. They removed to AL about the time the State was admitted to the Union. They settled in Franklin and Marion Cos. The Hargett ancestors (maternal) came to AL from NC at an early date in the history of the State. George W. was prepared for college in a private school at Russellville, AL ... master of sciences in 1900, special course in law, 3 years principal of city school of Florence, AL, and 7 years as principal of Auburn Female institute, Auburn, AL; first vice-president of AL Educational Association ... Democrat, Baptist, Knight of Honor; on Jan. 19, 1893, he mar. at Lowndesboro, AL, to Julia Alexander, the dau. of Edmund Alexander and wife Emily (Young) Alexander, who lived at Lowndesboro, AL. Julia Alexander graduated at the State Normal college, Florence, AL, in 1892.

1921 "History of AL and Dictionary of AL Biography" by Thomas M. Owen, Vol.III (pages 516-519 from Donna Little 8/1982; 4 vols. on FHL fiche 6,048,243 to 6,048,246)
      DUNCAN, ELLIS MADISON, bacteriologist, was born February 15, 1873, near Russellville, Franklin Co.; brother of George Duncan ....
      DUNCAN, GEORGE WEBSTER, teacher, author, and general agent University publishing company, was born October 12, 1866, at Rockwood, Franklin Co.; son of Thomas Alford and Margaret (Hargett) Duncan, the former a private in Company L., Fourth Alabama cavalry regiment, C.S. Army; grandson of Robert and Martha (Hargett) Duncan, the former a native of Tennessee, and of Richard and Elizabeth (Hartis) Hargett, all of Rockwood; great-grandson of William and Ruth (Gregory) Duncan, of Pendleton Dist. SC, who removed to Warren Co. KY, later to Bedford Co. TN, and finally, in the first quarter of the 19th century located in North AL. The Scotch ancestor of the American branch of the Duncan family was the Rev. William Duncan of Dumfrieshire, Scotland, who was a martyr to the Presbyterian faith and who on January 2, 1665, at the age of 52 years lost his life on the sands of Dumfrieshire in the reign of Charles II. The original American emigrant of the Duncan family settled in Westmoreland Co. VA, January 23, 1722. Mr. Duncan was prepared for college in a private school at Russellville, taught by Prof. ....
      DUNCAN, LUTHER NOBLE, teacher, .... was born October 14, 1875, at Rockwood, Franklin Co.; son of Thomas Alford and Margaret (Hargett) Duncan, both of Rockwood, and brother of George W. Duncan ....
      MAD: There are biographical sketches of Luther Noble Duncan on pg.27-29 and Ellis Madison Duncan on pg.30 of "Distinguished Men, Women and Families of Franklin Co. AL" by Robert Leslie James, ca 1926 (FHL film 1,031,515, item 11)

"Memorial record of Alabama : a concise account of the state's political, military, professional and industrial progress, together with the personal memoirs of many of its people." by Hannis Taylor; pub. Madison, Wis.: Brant & Fuller, 1893, 2216 pgs. (LH10905, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 976.1 H2m & v.2 and film 934,817 items 1-2)
      Vol.II, pg.325-326, Franklin Co.: Dr. THOMAS F. ROBINSON, (born) Blount County, Ala., July, 1855. ... in 1884, Dr. Robinson was happily wedded to Miss Belle Prince, ... The father of the doctor is E. Miller Robinson, a native of Georgia, who came to Alabama and located at Arkadelphia, where he is an extensive farmer. He was commissioner of Blount county for 16 years. He served two years in the Confederate service as captain, when he was captured and sent to Johnson's Island. He married Nancy Duncan, of Georgia, six children being born to them, the four following of whom are living: Thomas F., of Bessemer; Emma, wife of A.C. McAnally, of Arkadelphia; Dr. E. Miller, of Bessemer; D.D., of Arkadelphia. The mother of Dr. Robinson was the second wife of his father, his first wife being Miss Stamper, of Georgia, by whom there were four children: J.A., of Ringgold, Ga.; J.T., of Ringgold, Ga.; James P. of Arkadelphia, and Amanda J., wife of D.S. Rice, of Texas. Dr. Robinson's father and his six brothers were in the Confederate army.


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