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Duncans in Des Moines Co. IA


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

Last revised August 9, 2008

Formed 1834 from Wisconsin Territory
Lee, Louisa, formed 1836 from Des Moines
Muscatine, Van Buren formed 1836 from Des Moines
Johnson formed 1837 from Des Moines
(see Polk Co. IA for City of Des Moines)


1840 Des Moines Co. IA Census
Pg.122  Ignatius Howard      0211,201  -  1111,01

1850 Des Moines Co. IA Census
(looking for families connected to McDonough and Hancock Co. IL)
Pleasant Grove Twp.
Pg.362, #60-64, George HAWKES 50 KY farmer $0
                  Mary 48 KY
                  David 22, William 21 KY
Benton Twp.
Pg.404, #548-582, Ignatus HOWARD 54 TN farmer $2000
                  Mary 50 TN
                  Henderson 30, Wesley 25 TN
                  Douglas 20, Madison 18 TN farmers $0
                  Eliza 16 TN
                  Elizabeth 14 IL
                  Ann 10, Mary Ellen 6 IA
                  (MAD: Mary, wife of Ignatious Howard, was dau. of Marshall Duncan d.1839 White Co. TN & Susannah ----; to Sacramento Co. CA)
Pg.404, #549-583, Wayman HOWARD 26 TN (blank) $800
                  Loutte (f) 22 PA
                  Edmund 3, Mary 2 IA
Burlington Twp.
Pg.456, #1186-1226, John SMIDDLE 40 GERM labourer $600
                  John 23, Margret 20 GERM
                  George MILLER 35 GERM laborer
                  Caroline 24 GERM
Burlington, Ward 2
Pg.485, #1545-1616, John AMONS 48 IA? hatter $0
                  Thomas DUNKIN 45 VA laborer $0
                  Hannah 40 VA
                  Sarah 9 IL
                  Saunston WHIPPLE 25 MA cooper $0
                  T. AUFRICHT (m) 30 Hungaria rectifier $0
Burlington, Ward 3
Pg.509, #1796, Edward MARLOW 56 MD
                  wife & fam. b. OH to age 18

1860 Des Moines Co. IA Census
Pg.636 #772-749, Frederick SCHIAMM 46 Bavaria grocer $2500-500
                  Sarah 19 IL
                  Hannah DUNCAN 51 VA
                  (MAD: Fredrick Schramm mar. Sarah J. Duncan 4/26/1859)
Pg.663 #952-919, Thomas DUNCAN 25 PA carpenter $0-400
                  Margaret 25 PA
                  George A. 8 PA
                  Agnes 7 PA insane caused by severe attack of lung fever
                  Minerva J. 1 IL
                  (MAD: 1850 Indiana Co. PA census)

1870 Des Moines Co. IA Census
Burlington Ward 2
Pg.319, #261-284, SCHRAMM, Ford (m) 41 BAVaria grocer $10,000-$3,500, parents of foreign birth
                  Sarah 29 IL keeping house
                  Wm. 10 IA at school, parents of foreign birth
                  Lizzie 6, Ford (m) 3, Flora 1 IA, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Hannah 63 VA at home
Burlington Ward 4
Pg.360, #68-81, DUNCAN, W.R. (m) 27 OH (white) laborer $0-$0
                  Marietta 25 IN keeping house
                  William 6 IA
                  (MAD: R.W. Dunkem mar. Mariette Cory 1/23/1863)
Burlington Ward 5
Pg.383, #40-41, DUNCAN, Thomas 38 PA proprietor of saw mill $2500-$15,950
                  Maggie 32 MD keeping house
                  ELLIOT, Fanny (f) 12 IA at school
                  DUNCAN, Minnie (f) 11 IA at school
                  ELLIOT, May (f) 10 IA at school
                  George 18 IL at school
                  SUNDERLAND, Christian (f) 18 SWEden servant


Des Moines Co. IA Probate File Index 1850-1950 (FHL film 956,303; SLC 6/17/2008)
      FHL catalog: Probate Records; kept by circuit court 1834-36; probate court 1837-1851; county court 1851-1869; circuit court 1869-1887. Index listed in the Probate File Index refers to the Revised Probate Index. The library does not have all records listed in these indexes.
      Duncan, Robert, Index Book 1 pg.149, box A-124

Des Moines Co. IA Revised Probate Index A-S v.1 1853-1887 (FHL film 956,298; SLC 6/17/2008)
      Duncan, Robert; Est. Aug. 25, 1856. Michael Fleenor appt. admin. File R5, Probate C34; File 124

Des Moines Co. IA Probate Records (SLC 6/17/2008)
      Vol.A-A2 1835-45 - no Duncan (FHL film 956,304)
      Vol.B, 1845-1851 - no Duncan (FHL film 956,305)
      Vol.C 1851-1863, not paged (FHL film 956,306)
            C-34: Aug. 25, 1856, estate of Robert Duncan decd; came Michael Fleanor who applied to become administrator of said estate, bond of $400, James Stocken security, appointed accordingly.
      Vol.D 1851-1863 - no Duncan (FHL film 956,306)


Des Moines Co. IA Deed Indexes (SLC 6/17/2008)
      Index 1837-1852 (FHL film 974,484)
            No Duncan grantor or grantee
      Index 1852-1856 (FHL film 974,485)
            No Duncan grantor or grantee
      Index 1856-1864 (FHL film 974,486)
            26-31: Jan. 9, 1863, Duncan, Catharine, Moses Wassom, Elizabeth Wassom, John Wassom, Mary Wassom, William Jackson, Adaline Jackson, to Jesse Wassom, Feb. 24, 1862, quit claim deed, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.71 Range 3 and NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.29 Twp.71 Range 3.
            26-364: June 20, 1863, Duncan, Catharine & others to Jesse Wassom, Feb. 24, 1862, quit claim deed, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.71 Range 3 and NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.29 Twp.71 Range 3.
      No Duncan grantee
      Quit on indexes

Des Moines Co. IA Deeds (SLC 6/17/2008)
      26-31: Feb. 24, 1862, Moses Wassom and wife Elizabeth Wassom of Mahaska Co. IA, and John Wassom and wife Mary (X) and Catharine Duncan of Henderson Co. IL, William Jackson and Adaline Jackson, to Jessee Wassom of Des Moines Co. IA, for $500, quit claim all our right and title to E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.14 and NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.29, all Twp.71 Range 3W, containing 120 acres. (FHL film 956,275) (MAD: see also McDonough Co. IL; Catharine the widow of Joseph Duncan)
      26-364: (above, with added note) Filed for Record Jan. 9, 1863, at 12 M. Recorded Feb. 16, 1863, Deed Record 26, page 31. Filed for Record June 20/63 at 10 1/2 o'clock A.M. Recorded July 9, 1863. (MAD's extract) Includes certification by Clerk of County Court of Henderson Co. IL re James Atwater JP who had taken oaths in Henderson Co. IL and acknowledgements on 16 June 1863 in Des Moines Co. IA for William and Adaline Jackson.


"Reports of cases in law and equity determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Iowa" ("Iowa Reports") by Thos. F. Withrow, reporter, Vol.VII, being Vol.XV of series; Vol.15, pgs.501 to 504 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 12/2003; MAD's extract)
      DUNCAN v. ROSELLE et ux.; Supreme Court of Iowa; 15 Iowa 501; June term 1864.
      Appeal from Des Moines District Court. Monday, April 4. In March, 1856, the parties resided in the neighborhood of Piqua, Ohio [MAD: Miami Co. Ohio]. About that time the defendants sold a house and lot, which they owned, for $1,100, and after paying some debts which they owed, they removed to Burlington, Iowa, leaving an indebtedness of $200 to the plaintiff unpaid, but upon which he afterwards obtained a judgment against W.M. Roselle, in the District Court of Des Moines County.
      In the spring of 1858 Frederick Funk, of Burlington, conveyed the north half of lot seven hundred and sixteen to Lucinda Roselle, for the consideration of four hundred dollars. Upon this lot the defendants erected a dwelling, and resided in the same. Finding no other property out of which to satisfy his judgment, the plaintiff filed this, his creditor's bill, to subject the house and lot aforesaid to payment of his claim, alleging that the same had been purchased and built with the means of the defendant, William M., and the title taken in the name of his wife, Lucinda, to defraud creditors. The answers deny this allegation, and affirm that the lot was purchased and the house built (except the carpenters' work), with the money earned by the said Lucinda in Burlington, at her trade as Milliner and dressmaker, and that the title thereto was taken in her name for a lawful purpose. On the hearing, the Court held, and so found, that the evidence supported the answer, and dismissed the plaintiff's bill, and thereupon he appeals.
      (opinion) LOWE, J. - Whether the premises in dispute were purchased with the husband's means, derived from the proceeds of his Ohio property, or with the money of the wife earned as a dressmaker in Burlington, is a question concerning which the evidence is somewhat conflicting, with a preponderance, perhaps, in favor of the latter proposition, yet in respect to which we feel relieved from expressing any positive opinion, because we are constrained to hold that whether the one or the other is so is an immaterial matter in this controversy. The marital rights of the husband and wife, as they exist at common law, are undoubtedly changed and modified by the Code; not in all particulars, but in a prescribed or to a limited extent.
      For instance, personal property or specific articles of personal property, or money, or things in action, which the wife may bring into the family at marriage, or which, after coverture, may be derived from her parents by gift or devise, or from other third persons, for a consideration originating outside of the marital relation, does not at once, under the statute, vest in the husband, but she may hold such property as her own, exempt from her husband's debts, even although she leave the same under his control, provided, nevertheless, she complies with the provisions of the statute in giving notice, and duly filing her right thereto for record, &c.
      This, with some other minor or less important provisions, is the general scope of the changes which the statute has made upon the common law on this subject; and it does not in terms or by necessary implication provide that the money or other property which the wife may acquire by her own labor and industry during coverture, whilst she is receiving the protection and support of her husband, shall vest in herself or be exempt from her husband's debts. But, on the other hand, by the principles of the common law, the ownership thereof did vest at once in her husband, and should be made available for the payment of his debts. In all such cases we are to follow, first, the rule prescribed the statute, if it has laid one down; if not, then the doctrine which obtains at common law, by the rules of which, in the case before us, the right to and property in the money which Lucinda earned in dressmaking vested at once in her husband; and if she purchased real estate with it, taking the title in her own name, she holds the property simply in trust for her husband and his creditors. Such being the law, the decree in this case should have been for the plaintiff, subjecting the property in controversy to the satisfaction of this execution. Such a decree will be entered in this Court, and the judgment below Reversed.


Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, William; D 2 Ia. Cav.; 1889 Oct. 23, Invalid Appl. #734872, Cert. #498087, Iowa. (MAD: Des Moines Co. IA per Cass Co. IA History, b. Lower Canada 1824)

HISTORIES before 1923

1888 "Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county" pub. by Acme Publishing (Los Angeles Public Library book 977.71 D46Po)
      Pg.665: GEORGE A. DUNCAN, Mayor of Burlington, Iowa, was born at Germantown [Philadelphia Co.], PA, in 1850. Four years later his father, Thomas Duncan, removed with his family to Iowa, first locating at Muscatine, ... until 1857, then removing to Burlington. ....

1905 "Biographical review of Des Moines County, Iowa : containing biographical and genealogical sketches of many of the prominent citizens of to-day and also of the past" pub. by Hobart Pub. Co. (from Ronda Berry 3/1995; and FHL films 1,697,420 item 3 and FHL film 934,938 item 1)
      No Duncan biography
      Pg.511: WESLEY HOWARD. Mr. Howard ... a native of TN, he was born in White Co., Dec. 25, 1825, a son of Ignacius and Mary (Duncan) Howard. Ignacius Howard, a native of eastern TN, was a farmer, following that occupation in TN, and later in IL, whither he removed when his son Wesley was 9 years of age, locating six miles north of La Harpe [Hancock Co. IL]. He remained there only about 18 months, however, at the expiration of which period he again removed, coming to Des Moines Co. IA. In the spring of 1837 he located in Benton Twp, where he purchased a half-section ... erected buildings and established a home for himself and family. Here he resided for a long term of years, but finally removed to Henderson Co. IL where he shortly afterward died at the age of 74 years. His wife, also a native of TN, long survivied him, and died in CA at the advanced age of 91 years. (MAD: ? San Joaquin Co. or Sacramento Co.; Mary Duncan b. 1800 TN per 1850 Des Moines Co. IA census)
      Wesley Howard obtained his early education in his native State, and later accompanied his parents in their removal to IL and to Des Moines Co. ... In his 26th year he ... purchased a farm of his own ... He resided upon that farm for a number of years, but in 1865 removed to Danville township, where he engaged extensively in general farming and stock-raising for the remainder of his active career. He still owns a fine and very productive farm of 80 acres three miles east of the village of Danville ... He now resides in Danville, where he has a pleasant home ...
      Dec. 4, 1851, Mr. Howard was united in marriage to Miss Charity A. Perry, who was born in Washington Co. PA, accompanying her parents to IA in 1845. She is the dau. of Thomas J.R. and Peggy (Gaston) Perry. (MAD: more on Perry family not copied here) To Mr. and Mrs. Howard have been born 5 children, as follows: Amanda, who died age 21 years; Perry L., now residing on a farm near Hepler, KS, married Miss Laura Van Dyke and has 3 daus. Myrtle, Elsa and Helen; Thomas who died age 4 years; James now residing on his father's farm in Danville twp. ... mar. Miss Hattie Jackson and has 3 children Murle, Grace and Walter; and William, who at age 16 years was drowned in Skunk River while bathing. ....

1880 "History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan : with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers." by Samuel W. Durant, pub. Philadelphia: Everts & Abbott (pg.452 from Louis Boone 3/1985; HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 4959; FHL book 977.417 H2d and film 908,703 item 2)
            Pg.452-453: Mr. [William] Duncan's name appears on the record but a short time; as it is believed that when the county-seat was located by the commissioners at Bronson (now Kalamazoo), in February, 1831, he declined to further serve. He, however, continued to serve as a justice of the peace, holding court in his log cabin.
            In April, 1830, he and his son Delamore erected the first frame building in the county. It was a granary, and in dimensions 20 by 24 feet. In this building were held, during 1830, several justice courts.
            On the 3d of September, 1833, occurred the death of his second wife. After this sad event he moved in with his son Delamore's family, where he remained until the spring of 1835 ... Mr. Duncan's health becoming seriously impaired, he determined upon a change, and selling his property, in March, 1837, he removed to Des Moines, Iowa, where he built a grist-mill on the Des Moines River, across which he constructed a stone dam. On the 30th of November, 1837, he married a third wife, Miss Sarah Jones. He continued the milling business until the autumn of 1844, when he exchanged his Iowa property for lands in Cass Co., Mich., upon which he removed and improved a fine farm. Politically he was originally a Whig, but upon the formation of the Free-Soil party became one of its active members. ... His death occurred on the 19th day of November, 1852.


Keokuk Co. IA Deed (FHL film 1,005,655)
      E-569: 14 Oct. 1852, Myers (X) Huddleston and wife Mary (X) of Keokuk Co. IA to Robert S. Duncan of Des Moines Co. IA, for $200, NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.5 Twp.74N R11W, 40 acres; wit. Wiliam F. Morgan, John Vanarsdall; Huddlestons appeared 14 Oct. 1852, filed for recording Feb. 14, 1855. (definitely Sec.5, not Sec.6)

White Co. TN Deeds
      P-380: 22 Feb. 1849, Solomon Duncan of White Co. TN, Robert Howard and his wife Elizabeth Howard formerly Elizabeth Duncan of Van Buren Co. TN, Ignatius Howard and his wife Mary Howard formerly Mary Duncan of the State of Ioway, Preston Anderson and his wife Lurany Anderson formerly Lurany Duncan of the State of Illinois and McDonoe (sic) County of the first part, and Tucker Maldin of the County of White and State of Tennessee of the second part. Witnesseth that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of $800 ... all ... interest and shares which we may be or are entitled as heirs at law of Marshal Duncan, late of White County, State of Tennessee, decd., six parcels of land situate and lying and being in White County of Sate of Tennessee on waters of Cherry Creek and bounded as follows: (1) 80 acres TN grant #5772 to James Chism 30 June 1814 (faint land description) from Chism to Marshal Duncan by deed 30 July 1815; (2) 25 acres more or less TN grant #5773 30 June 1814 to Thomas Turner part of allotment to James Chism by commissioners when dividing sundry tracts between heirs of said Turner and said Chism; (3) 61 acres TN grant #901 to Marshal Duncan, Mountain Dist., 23 Sept. 1828; (4) 50-1/2 acres TN grant #914 to Marshal Duncan 24 Sept. 1828; (5) 50 acres TN grant to Marshal Duncan #4415 26 Nov. 1826; (6) 10 acres TN grant #22466 29 Sept. 1824 to Marshal Duncan. 276-1/2 acres. Wit. W.G. Sims, Lucinda Sims as to Solomon Duncan. (FHL film 507,910; from Alice Duncan)
      R-341: 9 July 1853, from Preston Anderson and Lusanah/Luranah his wife (signed Lurancy or Lurancey) to Solomon Duncan: This indenture made and entered into this 9 July 1853 between Preston Anderson and his wife Luranah Anderson (formerly Luranah Duncan) of McDonough Co. IL of the one part and Solomon Duncan of White Co. TN of the other part witnesseth that for an in consideration of the sum of $200 in hand paid, receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, the said Preson Anderson and his wife Luranah, have this day bargained and sold and by these presence do hereby bargain, sell and convey unto the said Solomon Duncan, his heirs and assigns forever ... all the rights, title and demand they have in and to the lands of which Marshall Duncan, late of White Co. died seized and possessed, being the 1/5 part thereof, which lands are at present occupied by Tucker Maulden and contain by estimation 276 acres, lying on the waters of Cherry Creek in the 12th Civil District of White County and which descended to the said Luranah Anderson as daughter and heir of said Marshall Duncan decd .... /s/ Prest. Anderson, Luraney Anderson. Teste: Dalavan Marlin, Thos. M. Gilfrey. Recorded in McDonough Co. IL, then in White Co. TN. (FHL film 507,911)
      R-342: 29 June 1853, Ignatious Howard and wife Mary Howard formerly Mary Duncan of county of Desmoines, State of Iowa, to Solomon Duncan, $200, 1/5 interest Mary had in lands of Marshall Duncan (see R-341). Wit. W.G. Saunders. Rec. Des Moines Co. 29 June 1853, then White Co. TN. (FHL film 507,911)


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