Duncans in Monroe Co. IA


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

Last revised February 6, 2014

Formed 1843 from Wapello; formerly Kishkekosh
Lucas formed 1846 from Monroe


1850 Monroe Co. IA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Monroe Co. IA Census
Albia City
Pg.236, #77-63, Charles B. DUNCAN 29 OH school teacher classical $0-$600
                  Mary E. 29 PA do do (not mar/in/year)
                  (MAD: ? 1850 Guernsey Co. OH census; Charles C.B. Duncan age 29 mar. Mary E. Calhoun age 30 3/28/1859 Marshall Co. WV)
Union Twp.
Pg.265, #311-278, Thomas DUNCAN 29 IN merchant $3000-$1000
                  Nancy 20 OH domestic work; mar/in/year
                  (MAD: mar. Nancy Jane Van Pelt 5/22/1860)
Pg.266, #323-288, John H. DUNCAN 60 PA farmer $600-$448
                  Elizabeth 42 OH domestic work
                  Sarah J. 17, Amos R. 13 IN
                  Lucinda A. 10 IN
                  John G. 8 IA
                  (MAD: 1850 Fountain Co. IN census; John H. Dunkin mar. Elizabeth Sargent 9/27/1842 Fountain Co. IN)
Urbana Twp.
Pg.379, #1117-1043, John R. DUNCAN 26 OH farmer $1750-$415
                  Lucinda 20 OH domestic work; mar/in/year
                  (MAD: 1850 Trumbull Co. OH census; John Duncan mar. L.A. Taylor 1859)
Pg.380, #1120-1046, Josiah T/L. DUNCAN 36 OH farming $160-$250
                  Julia 34 OH domestic work
                  Alline A. (f) 11, Thomas 7 OH
                  Heston (m) 5 OH
                  Wallace (m) 3 OH
                  (MAD: 1850 Seneca Co. OH census, mar. Julia Osborn 10/28/1847 Trumbull Co. OH)
Pg.380, #1121-1047, John J. DUNCAN 40 OH farming $0-$160
                  Mary 30 OH domestic work
                  Elizabeth 18 OH school teacher (& two more words)
                  Olive (f) 14, Thomas 4, Emiline 2 OH
                  (MAD: 1850 Trumbull Co. OH census; 1870 Jasper Co. IA census; John Duncan Jr. mar. Emeline Pew 5/21/1840, John D. Duncan mar. Polly Waldruff 2/17/1853, both Trumbull Co. OH; d. Morton Co. KS)
Monroe Twp.
Pg.388, #1169-1095, Archibald DUNCAN 60 OH farmer $1075-$376
                  Mary 49 OH domestic work
                  Margaret 18, James 16, Nancy 15 OH
                  Williamson (m) 8, Archibald 8 (Insane) OH
                  (MAD: 1850 Harrison Co. OH census)

1870 Monroe Co. IA Census
Bluff Creek Twp.
Pg.301, #13-12, DUNCAN, Hercules 36 IN farmer $6000-$1500
                  Amelia 24 PA keep house
                  George 2 IA
                  (MAD: Hercules Dunkin mar. Amelia A. Dawald 1/5/1865)
Monroe Twp.
Pg.382, #109-114, DUNCAN, Robert 33 OH farmer $1200-$623
                  Mary E. 26 IN keeping house
                  William A. 2, Sally M. 1 IA
                  (MAD: Robert Duncan mar. Mary E. Woodcock 2/6/1866)
Pg.382, #119-122, DUNCAN, Archibald 71 SCT farmer $1800-$217
                  Mary 61 OH keeping house
Pleasant Twp.
Pg.399, #194-184, DUNCAN, Lewis 24 IN farmer $0-$350
                  Emily 15 IA keep house
Troy Twp.
Pg.409, #12-11, DUNCAN, John 21 IN farmer $8000-$600 (alone, white)
Albia (town)
Pg.421, #109-111, DUNCAN, Josiah L. 46 OH clerk in grain house $500-$200
                  Julia A. 44 OH keeping house
                  Homer M. 18 OH at home
                  Heaton S. (m) 15 OH
                  Wallace M. (m) 13 OH
                  (MAD: Homer M. Duncan mar. Jennie Shields 10/7/1875)
Pg.422, #128-130, DUNCAN, Wallace R. 34 OH commission Mercht. $6000-$1500
                  Laura 31 OH keeping house
                  Mark W. (m) 6, Len W. (m) 3 OH
                  LEITCH, Charles 24 IREland farmer $0-$1500, parents of foreign birth
Pg.424, #151-155, DUNCAN, John R. 37 OH lumber dealer $4000-$1500
                  Lorinda 37 OH keeping house
                  Carrie (f) 9, Charles S. 5 IA
                  BROMLEY, Henry 31 ENGland R.R. agent $600-$300, parents of foreign birth
                  Radia (f) 26 OH at home
                  Charles H. 2, Thomas H. 7/12 b.Nov. OH, father of foreign birth
Pg.429, #232-241, McCARTY, John 31 IRE laborer $200-$150, parents of foreign birth
                  Ellen 31 IRE keeping house, par. of foreign birth
                  Ellen 65 IRE at home, par. of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, John 60 IRE laborer, parents of foreign birth
Union Twp.
Pg.440, #68-68, DUNCAN, Thomas 39 IN farmer $6200-$1095
                  Nancy 31 OH keeps house
                  Huff (m) 10, Ottamer (m) 7, Olinda (f) 5 IA
                  ?Eliz? (large ink blot) (f) 3 IA
                  Nellie (f) 1 IA
Pg.449, #206-203, DUNCAN, John 70 "Marnland" farmer retired $280-$150
                  Elizabeth 58 OH keep house
                  Lucinda 18 IN at home
                  John 17 IA farm hand
                  (MAD: John b. PA on 1860 census)


Monroe Co. IA Cemeteries (from Iris Grimmett 9/1987)
   W.P.A. Cemetery census:
      Cleo Dunkin, 9-14-1880 to 1-2-1902, Oak View Cem., Albia, Troy Twp
      George A. Dunkin, 1874 to 12-5-1900, Woodland Cem., Lovilia, Union Twp
      Hercules Dunkin, 1834 to 1-16-1908, Union Chapel Cem., Troy Twp
      J.B. Dunkin, 1856 to 8-29-1903, Union Chapel Cem., Troy Twp
      Sarah H. Dunkin, 1860 to 12-24-1932, Union Chapel Cem., Troy Twp
      Thomas H. Dunkin, 1831 to 4-14-1888, Woodland Cem., Lovilia, Union Twp
      Nancy H., wife of Thomas Dunkin, 1831 to 4-14-1888, Woodland Cem.
      Sarah Jane Williams "Mother" June 11, 1843 - June 5, 1931
      William Williams "Father" May 4, 1843 - Jan. 7, 1901
            (IG: Sarah Jane (Dunkin) Williams, dau. of John Huff Dunkin, of 1850 Fountain Co. IN census; MAD: cemetery name not given for Williams family)
   Current cemetery census:
   Woodland Cemetery (MAD: birthdates 1862 & later, not copied here)
   Union Chapel Cem. (MAD: birthdates 1856 & later not copied)
      Dunkin headstone:
            Amelia Dunkin, wife of Hercules, July 3, 1846 - March 26, 1917
            Hercules Dunkin, Oct. 10, 1834 - Jan. 16, 1909
   Oak View Cemetery (MAD: deaths 1902, 1950-1981, no birthdates; not copied here)
      (IG & MAD: from Fountain Co. IN)


Schuyler Co. IL Deed (SLC 12/13/2013)
      Z-444: Benjamin L. Duncan of Monroe Co. IA for $1400 paid by Roger Amlin & Co., Lawrence Co. OH, sell to said Roger Amlin & Co. property, the SE 1/4 Sec.11 Twp.2N Range 2E of 4th P.M. containing 153 acres more or less, being in Schuyler Co. IL, warrant title. 15 April 1857. /s/ Benjamin L. Duncan. He ack. deed before W.J. Shelbon, J.P., Wapello Co. IA, 15 April 1857. Certification by Joseph N. Campbell, Clerk of Wapello Co. IA Court, for W.J. Shelbon, 30 April 1857. Recorded June 13, 1857. (FHL film 1,311,529)


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, Charles B., widow Duncan, Sarah C.; B & C 34 Iowa Inf.; 1880 June 14, Invalid Appl. #376259, Cert. #365057; 1904 Jan. 27, Widow Appl. #798717, Cert. #600201, Ark. (MAD: ? 1860 Monroe Co. IA census; see also Jasper Co. IA)
      Duncan, John J., widow Duncan, Mary; 2 Lt. K 37 Iowa Inf.; 1885 May 2, Invalid Appl. #538974, Cert. #389683; 1887? July 19, Widow Appl. #358314, Cert. #242174, Kans. (MAD: 1860 Monroe Co. IA census)
      Duncan, Josiah L.; G 46 Iowa Inf.; 1891 March 16, Invalid Appl. #1003652, Cert. #693402, Iowa. (MAD: ? 1860 Monroe Co. IA census)
      Duncan, Williamson, minor McDaniel, Matilda A., Gdn.; G 8 Iowa Cav.; 1890 July 19, Minor Appl. #441267, Cert. #361577, Kans. (MAD: ? 1860 Monroe Co. IA census)

HISTORIES before 1923

"An illustrated history of Monroe County, Iowa : a complete civil, political, and military history of the county, from its earlest period of organization down to 1896 : including sketches of pioneer life, anecdotes, biography, and long-drawn reminiscences spun out by the 'oldest inhabitant'" by Frank Hickenlooper; pub. Albia, Iowa: unknown, 1896, 370 pgs. (LH6304, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; no index found; FHL film 845,226 item 3 and 934,955 item 3)
      Pg.69: 37th Infantry ("Graybeard Regiment.") - John J. Duncan, age 45, 2d lieut., Co.K; must. in Nov. 28, '62.
      Pg.69: 46th Infantry - Josiah L. Duncan, age 40, 2d lieut., Co.G; must. in June 10, '64.
      Pg.156: County Supervisors 1866 - T.H. Duncan.
      Pg.172: In November, 1866, two young men by the name of Wiley, who lived on Cedar Creek, and who had been indicted by the District Court for stealing cattle, made their escape from the custody of J.L. Duncan, who was guarding them at his residence. ...
      Pg.300: Albia, Iowa - M.W. Duncan, books and stationery, north side of Square; in business nine and one-half years. ("at the present time")

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)
      Vol.II, pg.676: JOHN R. DUNCAN is a prominent representative of the commercial interests of Albia, now ... Mr. Duncan was born in Trumbull Co. OH, in the vicinity of Lordstown, October 24, 1832, being a son of Thomas and Susan (Leach) Duncan. The father was born in Trumbull Co. in 1805, and was a farmer by occupation. His father was John Duncan, a gentleman of Scotch descent. His mother was born in New Jersey, and was the daughter of Benjamin Leach, also a native of that State. His ancestors located in New England in an early day of American history. Our subject was the second in order of birth in the family of eight children, five sons and three daughters, who reached mature years. He passed his boyhood days in the county of his nativity, acquired his preliminary education in the common schools, and subsequently attended the Lordstown Academy. At the age of sixteen he began teaching in the country schools of Ohio, and was subsequently thus engaged in Iowa. In 1854 he became a resident of Monroe Co. IA, making his first location in Urbana township. .... He then sold out (ca 1869) to his partners and embarked in the grain and lumber business in company with his brother, R.W. Duncan, .... In 1859 Mr. Duncan was united in marriage to Miss Lora A. Taylor, a native of Albia, Iowa, and a daughter of I.M. Taylor. They have three children ...

1886 "Biographical and historical record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa : containing portraits of all the presidents of the United States from Washington to Cleveland, with accompanying biographies of each, a condensed history of the state of Iowa, portraits and biographies of the governors of the territory and state, engravings of prominent citizens in Wayne and Appanoose Counties, with personal histories of many of the leading families, and a concise history of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, and their cities and villages." pub. Chicago: Inter-State Pub. Co., 1886 (HeritageQuest images 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 11542; FHL book 977.78 D3b)
      Pg.313-314 - M.A. CLEVER, a leading farmer of Richman Township, Wayne County, has a well-improved farm of 240 acres on sections 33 and 34. ... Mr. Clever was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, August 10, 1849, his parents, Martin and Elizabeth (De Groff) Clever, being natives of the same state. The father followed agricultural pursuits the greater part of his life, and is now living retired from his active labors at Albia, Iowa. The mother died of camp fever in September, 1863 ... Bert, as the subject of this sketch is commonly called, was reared on his father's farm, receiving his education in the best schools in his native State. In the spring of 1869 the family immigrated to Monroe County, Iowa, and settled on land which the father had entered in 1854, and March 22, 1872, he was married to Miss J.A. Dunkin, a native of Indiana, and daughter of Joseph and Sarah A. Dunkin. After the death of her father her mother came with the family to Iowa, where she still lives. Mr. and Mrs. Clever are the parents of six children - Mabel, Joseph Martin, Lulu, Homer, Warren and Albert. ....

"Who's who in engineering" Volume 1, ed. by John William Leonard, Winfield Scott Downs, M.M. Lewis; pub. by John W. Leonard Corporation, 1922; (Google Books, orig. from The University of California; 9/13/2009)
      Pg.389: DUNKIN, Damon D., Guion, Ark.; res. Baxter Springs, Kan. Mining Engr; b. Albia, Ia., May 10, 1876, s. John M. and Ida A. (Haskell) DUNKIN; ancestors among first settlers of Mass. and Va.; ed. Independence (Mo.) High School, Woodland Coll., Independence, Mo., Univ. of Mo. School of Mines; Sigma Nu; m. Scranton, Pa., Aug. 10, 1910, Dorothy Julian Perry. Bookkeeper, credit man; engr, bridge dept, Ill. Central R.R. Co.; mine supt, Midnight Mining Co.; mine supt and chem. plant for E.E. Dwight; supt. Mosely Lead & Zinc Co.; prof. mining, Okla. School of Mines, five yrs; v.p., gen. mgr, McAlester Coal & Coke Co.; mgr, Coahuila Lead & Zinc Co.; mgr, Standard Zinc Lead Co.; pres. and mgr, Silica Products Co. Served in Spanish-American War. Mem. A.I.M.&M.E., Am. Mining Congress. Mason. Elk. Recreation: Fishing, hunting, automobile tours. Club: Carthage Country.
      (MAD: Guion, Izard Co. AR; Albia, Monroe Co. IA)


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