Duncans in Marengo Co. AL


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

Last revised July 13, 2003

Formed 1818 from Choctaw Cession of 1816
Greene formed 1819 from Marengo, Tuscaloosa
Hale formed 1867 from Greene, Marengo, Perry, Tuscaloosa


1830 Marengo Co. AL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Marengo Co. AL Census
Pg.53  W.W. Dinkins      0011,1  -  1000,1

1850 Marengo Co. AL Census
Pg.7, #89-89, Elizabeth BROOKS 67 VA (blank)
                  Emma 23 SC
                  John F. VARY 31 NY lawyer m/in/year
                  Amarantha W. 21 SC m/in/year
                  Henrietta DINKINS 18 SC
Pg.40, #576-576, Robert D. MARSHALL 40 VA farmer $2500
                  Susan 38 NC & ch. & others
                  Francis DUNKAN (m) 28 Prussia, clerk
                  (MAD: Francis Duncan mar. Roda Sanders 5/12/1852; 1860 Tuscaloosa Co. AL census)
Pg.50-1, #743-743, Saml. ORR 38 IRE carpenter $2000
                  Amanda 32 SC
                  Emma 1 AL
                  Norvell DENKINS (m) 14 AL
                  Minerva 12, Cornelia (f) 10 AL
                  (MAD: looking for William W. DINKINS of 1835-1840)
Pg.64, #966-966, Daniel DUNCAN 47 PA Meth. Cler. $0
                  Rachel 35 SC
                  Martha 13 GA
                  John C. 9, Catharine 6 AL
                  Rebecca 4 AL
                  (MAD: b. Cumberland Co. PA, mar. Rachel Harrinton in Union Co. SC; 1845-1847 Chambers Co. AL; 1860 Greene Co. AL census; 1870 Talladega Co. AL census)

1860 Marengo Co. AL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Marengo Co. AL Census
Jefferson Beat
Pg.415, #88-80, ELLIS, Margret (f) 43 BAVaria (white) cook $0-$0
                  DUNCAN, Joel H. 25 VA (white) tends stock
                  (MAD: ?? 1860 Patrick Co. VA census; indexed 23 VA but looks more like 25)
Linden Beat
Pg.456, #265-270, REESE, John 37 SC BLACK farm L. $0-$0
                  Mary 28 AL BLACK farm l.
                  Mica (f) 8, Joseph 4, Ellen 2 AL BLACKS
                  Mary J. 4/12 b.Feby AL BLACK
                  WATSON, Allen (m) 24 AL BLACK farm l.
                  DUNKIN, Frank 19 MS BLACK farm l.
                  REESE, Henry 19 AL BLACK farm l.


Marengo Co. AL Will Records 1820-1898 (FHL film 1,293,875 item 2; extracted by Roy Hall 10/1993 with permission to share)
   Will Book A.
      Pg 24-30: Estate of Reading Woolf. Court of Feb 1823, Elizabeth Woolf, widow of Reading Woolf, unable to attend but her father (not named) said she wished to be appointed Administrator. Appointed 18 May 1823; her bond signed by James B. Woolf, Henry Woolf; Elizabeth Woolf signed her mark. Appraisers of estate, or any three of them: John Holland, David Curry, Jabez Cherry, John Patrick, James Williams & John Jackson. Appraisal completed 10 Oct. 1823, for $818.88, contained usual farm implements & household items. Wm. Adams, David Curry, David Hogan, John E. Anderson, Wm. Browning chosen to make distribution of estate to following heirs: Emily Woolf, Wm. Harrison Woolf, Perry Woolf, Irvin Woolf and Lucy Wolf; no mention of land. Final settlement Jan 1825.
      Pg 31-38: Estate of Henry Woolf. Court of Oct 1823. James Woolf applied for Letters of Administration. List of "kindred and creditors": Wm. Pitman, Elizabeth Woolf, John Pitman. Letters of Administration granted James B. Woolf; Elizabeth Woolf "being solemnly called came not ..."; Wm. Selman, John Jackson, securities. Appraisers: Wm. Adams, John Holland, Elijah Morris, David Curry, Jared W. Cherry. Four slaves listed: Peliel, Stephen, Samuel, Patience; appraisal was dated 3 Dec 1823. Partial sale of personal property was conducted 5 Jan. 1824, with a large number of buyers. The "legaties" of the estate were Fielding Woolf, Mary Mayfield, Henry Woolf, Wm. Duncan, Lewis Woolf, Samuel Harman, Wm. Selman, Alfred Woolf, heirs of Redin Woolf, deceased, James B. Woolf, John F. Freeman. (No wife named & no land mentioned.)
      MAD: The families of Fielding and Alfred Woolf, sons of Henry Woolf (Jr.) and Elizabeth Mitchell, are given on pgs.398-9, 1987 "Caldwell Co. KY History" by Samuel W. Steger (from Bennie Reeds 1993; FHL book 976.9815 H2s). This book has information the Woolf family came from the 96th District (MAD: Greenville Co. SC) in 1796 to what became Caldwell Co. KY; that Henry Woolf (Jr.) died intestate in Marengo Co. AL in 1821, where they had gone in late 1811. Henry Woolf still owned land in Caldwell Co. KY, and the estate records there named the heirs as of March 1, 1827, including Winney Duncan and husband William B. Duncan.

Index to Misc. Records of Marengo Co. Probate Court 1823-1859 (FHL film 1,673,605 item 2)
      1823-1840 - no Duncan
      1841-1847 - not found on film
      1846-1857 - no Duncan
      1858-1859 - no Duncan
      1852-1861 - not found on film
      1858-1866 - not found on film


Marengo Co. AL Deed indexes
      Direct & Reverse index to Deeds & Mortgages v.1 A-N 1820-1850 (FHL film 1,673,351 item 1)
      No Duncan
      Direct index v.A1 1820-1889 (FHL film 1,673,351 item 3)
      D-357: W.W. Dunkin & wife to C.H. Taylor
      Q-524: Jno. W. Duncan to Jas. F. Bailey
      R-58: Carleton Duncan & wife to J.W. Lawson (book R, 1857-1859)
      R-59: John Duncan & wife to J.W. Lawson
      Reverse index (FHL film 1,673,352 item 1)
      D-278,279: Linden Commissioners to W.W. Dinkins
      P-275: John T. Etheridge to Duncan & Jacoby
      R-116: J.M. Hawkins to Duncan & Hudson
      No others indexed

Marengo Co. AL Deeds
      D-278: 22 Oct. 1836, Commissioners to sell lots in town of Linden, county seat, to William W. Dinkens for $350, lot 9 on West & Cahaba Streets, .53 acres. (FHL film 1,673,353 item 2)
      D-279: 22 Oct. 1836, Commissioners to sell lots in town of Linden, county seat, to William W. Dinkens for $350, lot 6 on West Street, 2.22 acres. (FHL film 1,673,353 item 2)
      D-357: 22 Aug. 1835, William W. Dinkins and wife Amanda L. of Marengo Co. AL to Christopher H. Taylor of same, $500, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.2 T15 R2E, 80 acres; wit. W.C. Broughton, B.H. Adams. (FHL film 1,673,353 item 2)
      P-275: 18 Feb. 1854, John F. (X) Ethridge of Marengo Co. AL to Jacoby & Duncan for $36, bale of cotton of about 200 weight; wit. R.S. Sell, H. Minintte?. (FHL film 1,673,357 item 2)
      Q-524: 6 Oct. 1856, John W. Duncan of village of Shiloh in Marengo Co. AL to James F. Bailey of same, $1500, black horse, farm animals, corn, farming utensils, etc.; wit. N.G. Carlton, W.N. Bailey. (FHL film 1,673,358 item 1; does not say mortgage)
      R-58: Marengo Co. AL, 15 Jan. 1857, John W. Duncan and wife Elizabeth R. and Nathaniel G. Carlton and wife Rebecca of afsd, for $87.50, to James W. Lawson, W 1/2 SW 1/4 and SE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.15 Twp.14 R3E; sold to said John W. Duncan by the tax collector; wit. Isham A. Agee, Harriss Kimbrel, G.S. Markham. (FHL film 1,673,358 item 2) (MAD: one John W. Duncan mar. Wilcox Co. AL 6/28/1854 to Elizabeth R. Dumas, from "Wilcox Co. AL Records" by Pauline Gandrud; not identified on census)
      R-116: Marengo Co. AL, 28 April 1857, Joseph M. Hankins of Nanafalia, State & Co. afsd, for $1, to Duncan & Hudson, merchants of Nanafalia, mortgage for $2094.97, land (not copied). (FHL film 1,673,358 item 2)


"Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1891/92" (University of TX Library; copy from Jean Walker 7/1984)
      Pg.130-131: North Alabama Conference, 1891: Daniel Duncan (preacher died during past year) was born in Shippenburg [Cumberland Co.], Penn., May 11, 1803; professed religion and joined the Methodist Church at Taylor's Springs Camp Ground, Va., in 1820. He was licensed to preach by the Quarterly Conference of Lafayette Circuit [Chambers Co.], Alabama Conference, in 1845. Two years after this, January, 1847, at Tuscaloosa, Ala., he was admitted on trial into the AL Conference. In 1850 he was ordained deacon and in 1852 was ordained elder. ... He fell on sleep October 28, 1891, ... It became necessary for Brother Duncan, a few months ago, to leave his old home in Talladega and go to Birmingham [Jefferson Co. AL] to live with his daughter, Mrs. J. Morgan Smith, ...


East Carroll Par. LA Deed (FHL film 311,927 item 2)
      J-489: 13 Jan. 1859, before Eli Harris, N.P.; Carroll Par. LA, John Wesley Duncan lately of Marengo Co. AL but at present of Carroll Par. LA, to Messrs. Francis M. Hays and John N?. Guest, doing business in town of Providence, Carroll Par. LA, as Hays, Guest & Co., negro boy Cuffy, age 12 years, slave for life, for $850, payable in terms; also appeared Madam Elizabeth Roxabella Carlton, wife of said John W. Duncan, released her interest; wit. William C. Long and John W. Lester.


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, C., exemption from Military Service 1861-1865; employee AL & MS Ry (MAD: Railway), Marengo Co.. Authority: Governor's Corresp. 1863-1864.


"The Story of Thomas Duncan and His Six Sons" by Katherine Duncan Smith, 1928, (Los Angeles Public Library book R929.2 D911)
      See this book for information about descendants of Thomas Duncan, wife Jane, who died in 1776 at Carlisle, Hopewell Twp., Cumberland Co. PA, including Daniel Duncan, b. 11 May 1803 Shippensburg, PA; mar. Rachel Harrington 3 Dec. 1835; d. 28 Oct. 1891 Birmingham [Jefferson Co.], AL.


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