Duncans in Marion Co. IA


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

Last revised May 18, 2012

Formed 1845 from Washington

1850 Marion Co. IA Census
Pg.288, #10-10, Tarlton D?. DUNCAN 24 IL farmer $300
                  Keziah 22 NC (mar. in year)
                  (MAD: Tarten P. Duncan mar. Hezia Hayes 1/11/1849)

1860 Marion Co. IA Census
Pleasantville P.O.
Pg.463, #430-403, Marcus DUNCAN 27 IL farmer $600-$25
                  Mary 23 IN
                  James 4, Charles 2 IA
                  Sarilda (f) 6/12 IA
                  (MAD: Marquis L. Duncan mar. Mary Morrow 11/11/1855; 1870 Lane Co. OR census)
Red Rock P.O.
Pg.555, #1006-1022, Tarleton P. DUNCAN 35 IL farmer $3000-$800
                  Kazirah (f) 33 NC
                  Hannah R. 6, William M. 4 IA
                  Jasper H. 2 IA
                  John BABCOCK 24 NY farmer $0-$0
                  Mariah WRIGHT (f) 15 IA
Knoxville P.O.
Pg.688, #113-107, S.E. DUNCAN (f) 37 VA wash woman $0-$100
                  M.E. (f) 10 MO, W.S. (m) 6 IL
                  (MAD: Sarah E., widow of Samuel R. Duncan of 1850 Clark Co. MO census)
Pg.696, #176-168, J.R. DUNCAN (m) 32 OH (blank) $300-$3000
                  Mary 31 OH
                  Alice 8, Earnest 5 IN
                  Saml. WRIGHT 19 IN student $0-$0
                  N.E. DUNCAN (f) 20 IN
                  (MAD: Joseph R. Duncan, 1850 Warren Co. IN census)
Franklin Twp.
Pg.766, #645-31, Geo. DUNCAN 35 CT stock producer $400-$200
                  Adaline 33 CT
                  Geo. H. 13 CT
Washington Twp.
Pg.771, #681-3, John DUNCAN 50 PA farmer $9000-$1000
                  Mary 46 OH
                  Harrison 25 OH farmer $0-$0
                  James 15, Elizabeth 12 OH
                  Francis (f) 10 OH
                  Margaret 8, Alice 5 OH
                  Chas. 3 IA
                  (MAD: 1850 Crawford Co. OH census)
Newbern, Dallas Twp.
Pg.812, #978-16, Warren DUNCAN 62 TN farmer $150-$300
                  Cath. 49 KY
                  John W. 22 IL farmer $150-$0
                  Melcena 16, Louisa M. 14 IA
                  Elizabeth 12, Mariah (f) 13 IA
                  Mary CORNTEMAN? 23 MO
                  A.J. (f) 6/12 IA
                  (MAD: W.S. Duncan, 1850 Mahaska Co. IA census)

1870 Marion Co. IA Census
Franklin Twp.
Pg. 41, #136-134, BATTEN, W.H. (m) 23 OH farmer $0-$0
                  E. (f) 22 IL keeping house
                  M.M. (f) 9/12 IA at home b.Nov.
                  DUNCUN, Wm. 17 IL farm hand
                  (MAD: one Lorenzo D. Batten mar. Martha E. Duncan 11/7/1869)
Knoxville City
Pg.110, #8-8, DUNCAN, J.B. (m) 43 OH "physician E.C." $3500-$6000
                  Mary 42 OH keepg. house
                  Alice 18 IN keepg. house
                  Earnest A. (m) 15 IN at home
                  Fred 4 IN at home
Red Rock Twp.
Pg.251, #172-172, DUNCAN, Sarton 45 IL farmer $6500-$1500
                  Gasiat? (f) 43 NC keeping house
                  Anna R. 17 IA at home
                  William R. 15 IA works on the farm
                  Jasia H. (m) 13, Nancy N. 7 IA
                  Franklin C. 3 IA
                  (MAD: Tarleton P. Duncan & wife Kazirah in 1860)
Washington Twp.
Pg.306, #83-83, DUNCAN, Harrison 35 OH farmer $0-$1700
                  Lydia 24 OH keeping house
                  John 2, Mary 7/12 b.Oct. IA
                  Charles 13 IA farm laborer
                  (MAD: Harrison B. Duncan mar. Lydia E. Kelly 3/19/1867)
Pg.306, #85-85, DUNCAN, John 59 PA farmer $6,000-$500
                  Mary 56 OH keeping house
                  Elisabeth 23, Margaret 18, Alice 14 OH at home
                  Maud (f) 1, Lettie (f) 1 IA

1880 Marion Co. IA Census (from Iris Grimmett 2/1992)
Indiana Twp., Attica City
#?-#?, SHARON, Christopher C., age 32, b. IL
            Lucinda, age 30, b. IN
            Rosa 8, Albert 4, Seth 2 b. IA
            DUNCAN, Elizabeth (mother-in-law) age 63 b. OH
            (IG: Elizabeth the widow of John Huff Dunkin from Fountain Co. IN)


Marriage Certificate for Charles A. Duncan (copy from Marilyn Hansen 11/1984)
      Iowa; Charles A. Duncan and D. Brice Summy were married in Pleasantgrove Twp., Marion Co. IA, on Nov. 9, 1897; he b. Warren Co. IA, age 27 next, resident of Milo, farmer, white American, 1st marriage, father Warren Duncan, mother Sarah A. Hayes; she b. Pleasantville, IA, age 25 next, resident of Pleasantville, IA, white American, 1st marriage, father Milton Summy, mother Marietta Jesse.


Carroll Co. IN Deed
      T-373: 18 Jan. 1858, Thomas Dunkin of Marion Co. IA for $4500 paid by Andrew Everman of Monroe Co. IA, convey to said Andrew Everman real estate in Carroll Co. IN, N 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.2 Twp.23N Range 1E, also S 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.2 Twp.23N Range 1E, also S 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.3 Twp.23N Range 1E, containing 240 acres more or less, warrant title. /s/ Thomas Dunkin. Wit. Wm. S. Clark, J.P., Monroe Co. IA, 18 Jan. 1858. Certification by Saml. Buchanan, County Clerk, 4 Feb. 1858. Recorded Oct. 21, 1858. (FHL film 2,208,681)


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, Samuel V., widow Duncan, Melissa; G 17 Iowa Inf.; 1869 Oct. 7, Invalid Appl. #148791, Cert. #200422; 1923 Oct. 1, Widow Appl. #1210556, Cert. #942301, Tex.; remarks XC2711814. (MAD: enlisted 28 March 1862, Corpl, age 22, Union; Resided in Pleasantville; Marion Co. IA)

HISTORIES before 1923

1915 "History of Marion Co. IA & Its People" ed. by John W. Wright & W.A. Young (FHL book 977.783 H2w; from Vivian Biddle)
      Pg.125: Claiboirne Hall m. Miss Susan T. Duncan 1845.
      Pg.310-1: physician who practiced in Co. 1860-1880 S.V. Duncan grad at Eclectic Med Co. of Cin in 1866 - resident of Marion Co 6 years.

1915 "History of Marion County, Iowa, and its people" ed. by John W. Wright and W.A. Young; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915 (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 9023; FHL book 977.783 H2w)
      Pg.230-231: CHRISTOPHER C. SHARON, a carpenter and builder of Attica, ... was born in Brown county, Illinois, May 17, 1848, a son of Ira B. and Maria (Probosco) Sharon, who were natives of Kentucky and New Jersey respectively. The father's birth occurred in the former state July 26, 1827, and they were married in Illinois on the 11th of March 1847. In 1853 they removed to Iowa, settling in Hamilton, Liberty township, Marion county. There they lived until 1875, when they took up their abode in Attica, where their remaining days were passed. The father died in January, 1912, having long survived his wife, who passed away December 7, 1883. In November, 1884, he was again married, his second union being with Perlina Cooley. By his first marriage there were seven children: C.C.; William Kendrick; Ollie; Robert Alonzo; a twin of Robert who died unnamed; John, deceased; and Thomas, who died at the age of ten months. Christopher C. Sharon ... in December, 1870, Mr. Sharon was married to Miss Lucinda Dunkin, a daughter of John H. and Elizabeth (Sargent) Dunkin. They have become the parents of four children: Rose, the widow of Clarence Smith; Gertrude, who died at the age of one year; Albert; and Seth. ...

1881 "History of Marion Co. IA, Containing History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, etc." pub. by Union Hist. Co., Birdsall, Williams (Los Angeles Public Library book; FHL book 977.783 H2; FHL book 977.783 H2 and films 934,953 item 4 and 924,499 item 3)
      Pg.732: DUNCAN, S. V. - Pysician and surgeon. This popular gentleman is a native of Sullivan Co. East TN, and was born on the fifth of October, 1840. He came to Marion county in 1860, and on the 28th day of March, 1862, he enlisted in the service of his country, and contributed actively in putting down the Rebellion. On his return from the war he commenced the study of medicine, and in the year 1866 graduated at the Electic Medical College of Cincinnati. His industry and application is rewarded by a large and constantly growing practice. On November 5, 1868, he married Miss Mellissa Jordan, daughter of Hon. Miles Jordan, and now have two children: Tommie D. and Miles J.

1896 "A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa" 2 vols., by The Lewis Publishing Co. (FHL book 977.7 D3m, and film 934,926 item 6 and 1,033,791 items 2-3 and fiche 6,051,365; also from Alberta Westby 1978)
      Vol.II, pg.624-625: SAMUEL VANCE DUNCAN, a well-known medical practitioner of Pleasantville [Marion Co.], Iowa, belonging to the Eclectic school, is numbered among the native sons of Tennessee, his birth having occurred in Sullivan county on the 5th of October, 1840. In pioneer days the family became connected with that county, for within its borders at an early period in its history there located Joseph Duncan, the grandfather of our subject, a gentleman of Scotch descent. The Doctor's father, George Rice Duncan, was born and reared there, and, having attained his majority, married Ellen Snapp, daughter of John Snapp. He was of English descent and a native of the Shenandoah valley, of Virginia, whence he removed to Tennessee during pioneer days. In the family of six children, five sons and one daughter, the Doctor was the second in order of birth. Three of this number are still living. All of the brothers were in the Civil war, but they were divided in their allegiance, one being a member of the Union army, while three of the number wore gray. Our subject served in the Seventeenth Iowa Infantry under Colonel John W. Rankin, of Keokuk, Iowa. William served in the battle of Chicamauga with the Confederate forces. Another brother was a surgeon in the Confederate army, and William (sic), who was also in the Southern ranks, died soon after the close of the war.
      Dr. Duncan of this review spent his childhood days in his Southern home and attended a private school, his time being divided between his studies and farm work until his twentieth year, when, in 1860, he came North, locating in Pleasantville, Iowa. Here ... In April, 1861, he offered his services to the Government, and joined Company G, of the Seventeenth Iowa Infantry, for three years' service. .... In 1868 the Doctor led to the marriage altar Miss Melissa, the eldest daughter of Miles Jordan, ....
      (MAD: 1870 Warren Co. IA census)

1881 "History of Montgomery County [IN] : together with historic notes on the Wabash Valley, gleaned from early authors, old maps and manuscripts, private and official correspondence and other authentic sources" by Hiram Williams Beckwith (FHL book 977.248 H2b)
      Pg.300-1: Dr. Joseph R. Duncan, Crawfordsville, born March 21, 1827, in Highland Co. OH, the son of Alexander and Susan (Robb) Duncan. His father came with parents to America and settled on farm in PA when 11 years of age. Alexander afterward moved to OH where he died July 12, 1861, in Highland Co. at age 81 years. He fought in War of 1812 ... his wife Susan was born in KY and both were members Methodist church. Joseph R., son of above, spent his youth on farm, age 22 began study of medicine. ... Settled at Hillsborough, then at Jacksonville, IN, afterward Knoxville [Marion Co.], IA. In 1858 attended college, returned to Knoxville where he practiced for 17 years. In 1863 commissioned Assistant Surgeon in 11th IA regiment. ... Mason and Odd-Fellow. Married June 29, 1848, to Mary Krug, daughter of William A. Krug, an old settler now nearly 90 years of age. Mrs. Duncan was born June 11, 1828. They have four children: William A. and Mary C. both decd; Alice E. and Ernest A. living. Methodist church. (MAD: mar. Mary Krug 6/29/1848 Montgomery Co. IN; 1850 Warren Co. IN census)

1912 "Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912" by Joseph Gaston, pub. by S.J. Clarke (FHL film 1,000,359; SLC 9/2007)
      Vol.3, pg.704, 707 (pg.705-706 picture & blank): JAMES P. DUNCAN, proprietor of the Grave Creek Ranch of four hundred and eighteen acres near Leland, Josephine county, though reared on a farm has spent a large portion of his time at railroad work. He was born in Marion county, Iowa, August 21, 1856, a son of M.L. and Mary J. (Morrow) Duncan, the father a native of Missouri and the mother of Indiana. The parents migrated to Oregon in 1859 and settled in Lane county, where they remained for ten years. They then removed to Douglas county and there the father died in 1887, the mother's death occurring two years later. In their family were eight children, six of whom are still living.
            James P. Duncan remained at home until he attained the age of nineteen years, meanwhile receiving a good common-school education. He then embarked in business on his own account, renting a stock ranch which he conducted successfully for five years. He then sold his agricultural interests and engaged in railroading, a vocation which for twenty years he continued to follow. While thus employed he saved a large portion of his earnings and at the conclusion of his employment by the railroad he purchased the ranch of four hundred and eighteen acres in Josephine county, near Leland, upon which he has since made his home. His property is known as the Grave Creek Ranch and he makes a specialty of stock-raising, although he conducts general farming as well.
            Mr. Duncan has been married twice, his first union being with Miss Lucy A. Hillbrant, and unto them four children were born, namely: Anna, the wife of L. Chrisman, of Washington; Elmer, residing at Glendale; Edgar; and Lydie, who married C.F. Johns, of Douglas county. The mother of these children died December 17, 1886, and in 1894 Mr. Duncan wedded Miss Martha J. Beasley, a native of Colorado. Unto this union four children were born, Gold, Silva, Dewey and Leona.
            In his political views Mr. Duncan is an adherent of the republican party. He takes an active interest in public matters and especially in educational affairs, now serving as school director on the local school board. He is a Royal Arch Mason, belonging to the chapter at Woodward, and is also a member of the Woodmen of the World camp. Both he and his wife affiliate with the Christian church, giving that organization their active support. Mr. Duncan is one of the influential, active and honored citizens of his community. He is a good businessman, looking after all of the details of his affairs with care and discrimination and has achieved a very large success in life.


Copy of "Family Record" from Bible, sent by Alberta Westby 9/1978
      "From a Bible at the home of my aunt (by marriage) Mrs. Eddath Dyer who is in her late 80's. She has 3 or 4 Bibles. This was probably Lucindas, 1 is that of Eliz. Parker Dyer and 1 is that of my grandparents, Peter Aquilla Dyer and Martha Hardin Dyer.
Aquilla Parker was Born December the 11 in the year - 1793
Lucinda Parker was Born July the 3rd day in the year - 1801
(crossed out) Rosaner Parker was born November the 26th 1830
Rice Duncan Born Mark (sic) the 18 - 1813
Lucinda Emmaline Parker was Born the 16 of November - 1843
Edwin Martial Pearson Born, March the 26 1853
S. V. Duncan. Born October 5th 1840
Rice Duncan Departed this life October the 17 - 1847.
John Rice Woods Departed This life October the 19 day 1848
Aquila D. Woods Departed this life October the 26 1852
Samuel A. Dyer Departed this life March the 5 1854

Typed copy of letter from Dr. Geo. R. Duncan, typed by Barbara D. Spurgin, Feb. 13, 1975 (from Larry Spurgin 4/1984; MAD's spacing)
      (from:) Dr. Geo. R. Duncan, Express Office, Fordtown, TN. Fall Branch, TN, April 16, 1913. (To) Miss Celia Spurgin, Bristol, TN. My dear Miss Spurgin,
      In answer to your inquiry in regard to the Duncans in this part of the Country I am fearful that I can not give you very much information as my parents both died when I was very young. I know that the Lucy Parker- and your Grand Mother Rosanna Spurgin were Sisters of my Father Rice Duncan and Uncle Horlan. My brother Dr. S.V. Duncan went also to Iowa and settled in Pleasantville - Perhaps if your parents settled near where Aunt Lucy lived that you also knew - my brother out there. He lives in Dallas Texas at the present time. Uncle Horlan died many years ago - & his 2 sons John & Richard went to Kentucky near Glassco. He had 2 daughters. The oldest Fannie married a Hall - they are both dead and their children are scattered. The other one married a Ford. She died but left no children. There were 6 of my family 5 boys & 1 girl. John S. the oldest went to Ill - before the war & was killed in a R.R. wreck about 28 years ago. His widow lives at Bluff City Ill- They have 2 children a boy McClelland who lives some where in Mo. The girl Eleanor married a R.R. man by the name of Burke. I have not heard from them in 2 or 3 years & don't know where they are. The next Dr. S.V. lives at Dallas Texas, only has one child Dr. Miles who also lives in Dallas. William died in the Confederate. Nam (?) married a Ford moved to Texas both are dead. Their children in Dallas Co. Texas. Jos. lives near Brownsboro in this Washington County. His children are all married & scattered. I have 8 children 5 girls & 3 boys. The oldest Dr. O.R. is located at Fordtown in the same Co Bristol is. 2 in Col. 1 in Oregon. 3 girls live at home and 1 married & lives a few miles a way.
      Your great great grand father on your grand mother Duncan had I think 5 brothers one of located near the place where my son Dr. O.R. is located. His family are all gone from here save one great grand son J.E. Duncan who lives in the neighborhood. One went to what is Madison Co. Tenn. I know nothing of his family. One went to what is now known as Blont Co. He has a great grand at Knoxvile John Duncan & one George at Knoxville, one settled in what is known as Lusbury settlement in this Washington Co. the other one was killed by the Indians & is buried in this Co. near the mouth of Boons-Creek on the Walanger River. They all came to this Country with the old Beans. So I guess I might have the right & pleasure to call you Cousin Celia. If you can I would be pleased to have you visit me & come to Bristol some time and if you remain there any length of time I will hunt you up.
      With best wishes I am yours most Respt.      Geo. R. Duncan
      You will please look over bad writing as I am 65 years old am sort of an invalid.


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