Duncans in Owen Co. IN


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

Last revised May 22, 2012

Formed 1819 from Daviess, Sullivan
Putnam formed 1822 from Unorganized Territory, Vigo, Owen
Clay formed 1825 from Owen, Putnam, Vigo, Sullivan


1830 Owen Co. IN Census
Wane and Montgomery Townships
Pg.(522) Thomas Dunagan     0000,0000,01 - 0000,0000,01
    263  Freburn Duncan     3000,1       - 1000,1
           (MAD: Freborn Dunkin mar. Charity Johns 9/18/1825)
    265  John Duncan        0000,1       - 1100,1
           (MAD: John Dunkin mar. Lucinda Combs 7/30/1829)
    266  John Duncan        0001,0001    - 0200,0001

1840 Owen Co. IN Census
Pg.  60  Jesse Duncan       0000,1       - 1000,01         Harrison
           (MAD: Jesse Duncan mar. Dianna Cundiff 10/27/1835;
             1850 Martin Co. IN census)
     69  John Dunkin Sr.    0000,0000,1  - 0000,0000,1     Montgomery
         John Dunkin Jr.    1200,1       - 1101,1
         Freeborn Dunkin    3130,01      - 0200,01
           (next to each other)
    109  John Duncan        0100,001     - 1110,001        Jefferson
           (MAD: ?? one John Dunkin mar. Charlotte Elsburry 7/14/1830)
    119  William Dunkin     0000,0000,1  - 0001,0000,1
           (MAD: 1850 Morgan Co. IN census with James Duncan)
         James Dunkin       0111,01      - 3110,01
           (MAD: 1850 Morgan Co. IN census)

1850 Owen Co. IN Census (and from Lucille Mehrkam 1/1984; pg.130 also from from Lois Cruitt 3/1991)
Pg.77, #974-976, John DUNCAN 40 NY farmer $2500
                  Lucinda 46 KY
                  Mary E. 19, Wm. T. 17 IN
                  John M. 16, Malissa 16 IN
                  Marion N. (m) 13, Ludwell T. 11 IN
                  Isabel 8, Amanda C. 6 IN
                  (MAD: definitely Ludwell, not Sudwell, "L" same as "Lucinda", definitely not "S")
Pg.78, #998, John DUNCAN 23 IN farmer $0
                  Ann 23 IN
                  George 2/12, Wm. 1 IN
                  (MAD: John Dunkin mar. Ann Emerld French 7/25/1847)
Pg.78, #1000, Freeborn DUNCAN 48 NY farmer $3000
                  Charity 43 KY
                  Geo. 21, Perry 18, Sarah 15 IN
                  Jamimah (f) 13, Freeborn 11 IN
                  Nathan 9 IN
                  Reuben 7, Jacob 2 IN
                  Mary J. 2, Benj. 4 IN
                  Jamimah (f) 78 NY
                  (MAD: see 1860 Cedar Co. MO census)
Jefferson Twp.
Pg.130, #636, Right MAJORS 37 TN farmer $0
                  Rachel 29 NC
                  John M. 19 IL farmer
                  William H. 16 IN farmer
                  Greenberry (m) 14 IN
                  Lewannah (f) 13, Lavina (f) 11 IL
                  Mahuldah (f) 8 IL
                  Ezra 5, Charles H. 1 IN
                  (MAD: Lewannah's name begins with same letter as Lavina; neighbors Inman and Winters families; 1860 Moultrie Co. IL census)
Pg.131, #653, Sarah RAGEN 60 SC (blank) $0
                  Rachel DUNCAN 29 IN
                  Lavia A. (f) 18, Jesse 6 IN
                  (MAD: Amos Dunkin mar. Rachel Ragan 8/11/1843)
Pg.141, #782, Thomas M. DUNCAN 35 OH farmer $500
                  Katherine 32 OH
                  Matilda 12, Andrew 10 OH
                  Lucinda 7, Martha J. 5 OH
                  Mary 1 IN
                  (MAD: 1860 Warren Co. IL census)

1860 Owen Co. IN Census
Montgomery Twp.
Pg.90, #629-619, Abner DUNCAN 23 IN laborer $0-$150
                  Therasa (f) 21 IN
                  (MAD: no children, not m/in/year; 1850 Monroe Co. IN census; one Abner A. Duncan mar. M.E. Anderson 8/19/1858 Owen Co. IN; 1870 Greene Co. IN census)
Harrison Twp.
Pg.117, #814-805, Jno. DUNCAN 51 NY farmer $4500-$1000
                  Lucinda 53 KY
                  Ludwell (m) 20, Isabelle (f) 17 KY
                  (blank? line on bottom of page, then next page)
                  (MAD: Jno. Duncan's age 51 written over 53)
Pg.118, #815-806, Mandy DUNCAN 15 IN
                  Elvira (f) 17 IN (age plain)
                  Susan 13 IN
                  Wm. HART? 61 IN
Taylor Twp.
Pg.126, #874-867, Wm. CIMLS? (m) 26 KY farmer $7500-$3500
                  Mary 59 KY
                  Wm. A. 21, Mary D. 18 IN
                  Isabela 24 IN
                  Maria BURNES 65 IN
                  Laura F. DeBOUSE? 6 IN
                  Danl. DUNCAN 24 NY laborer $0-$0
Pg.129, #899-890, Benj. DUNCAN 62 NY farmer $6700-$500
                  Mary M. 55 NC
                  Margrate J. 14 IN
                  (MAD: birthstates as given; 1850 Putnam Co. IN census)
Pg.129, #904-895, Wm. DUNCAN 27 IN farmer $0-$100
                  Martha 24 IN
                  Mary F. 6, Ezra (m) 4 IN
                  Eliza 2/12 IN
Pg.130, #909-900, Andrew GRAY 27 NY carpenter $0-$20
                  Amelia 25 NY
                  Eva 4 NY
                  Wm. R. 2 IN
                  Ruben DUNCAN 65 NY carpenter $1000-$300
Pg.132, #924-915, Jno. M. DUNKIN 24 IN farmer $0-$200
                  Clerisa 22 PA
                  Fereby? (Fenley?) P. (m) 3 IN
                  E.L?. (m) 1 IN
Pg.132, #925-916, Freburn DUNKIN 38 NY farmer $4000-$600
                  Charity 53 KY
                  Freburn 21, Notham (m) 19 IN
                  Ruben 17, Jacob 15 IN
                  Benj. 14, May J. 11 IN
Pg.132, #928-919, Geo. DUNCAN 33 IN farmer $1600-$500
                  Mary 30 IN
                  Jno. R. 6, Lucinda 4 IN
                  Anna M. 1 IN
Pg.133, #930-921, Jno. DUNCAN Sr. 34 IN farmer $0-$200
                  Ann E. 33 IN
                  F.M. (m) 8, Manda E. (f) 2 IN
Jefferson Twp.
Pg.360, #1258-1238, Samuel DUNKIN 22 IN farmer $400-$250
                  Malinda 20 IN
                  Manervy A. 2, Hanorah E. 1 IN

1870 Owen Co. IN Census
Harrison Twp.
Pg.218-219, #95-87, DUNCAN, John J. 43 IN farm tenant $80-$150
                  Anna 42 IN keeping house
                  Frances M. (m) 18 IN
                  Amand (f) 16? (1C? 10?) IN
                  Matilda 8 IN
                  Mary 6, Charles 4 IN
                  Freeborn (m) 1 IN
                  (MAD: Manda E. age 2 in 1860)
Taylor Twp.
Pg.332, #43-43, DUNCAN, Marion (m) 32 IN farm Lased $100-$135
                  Nancy 20 IN keeping house
                  Lavida (f) 3/12 IN b.Mar.
Pg.333, #53-53, DUNCAN, George 40 IN farmer $4800-$1940
                  Mary M. 36 OH keeping house
                  John R. 15, Lucinda 13 IN
                  Hannah 11, Henry V. 7 IN
Pg.333, #54-54, DUNCAN, John Sr. 59 NY farmer $9480-$1130
                  Lucinda 63 KY keeping house
                  HART, Wm. H. 17 IN
Pg.333, #63-63, DUNCAN, Wm. H. 29 IN farmer $2400-$1000
                  Mary A. 26 IN keeping house
                  John E. 8, Mary A. 6 IN
                  Wm. A. 4, Minnie (f) 2 IN
                  Meltie J. (f) 4/12 IN b.Feb.
                  (MAD: 1880 Putnam Co. IN census; "Meltie" not "Weltie")
Pg.334, #77-77, DUNKIN, Reubin 74 NY farmer & carpt. $2000-$0
                  Elizabeth 37 KY keeping house
                  Reuben M. 6, Martha Ann 4 IN
                  Wm. Sherman 2/12 IN b.Apr.


Owen Co. IN Will Book (copy of pages from Connie Butterfield 6/1989 with permission to share)
      Book 1, pg. 54-56: 16 July 1841, will of John Dunkin of Owen Co. IN; to my wife Jemima my present dwelling house and lot on which it stands, also my apple and peach orchard with the lot on which it stands, also garden lot, during her natural life, also 1/3 part of the proceeds of the present farm, with full privilege of the water and firewood and timber for the repair of said farm, also 1 horse worth $45 and two milk cows and 14 head sheep and 10 head hogs, first choice by herself, also 2 beds and bedstead and necessary bedding, also all my kitchen furniture; my two sons John Dunkin Junr. and David Dunkin have all my real estate equally divided between them as they may agree, they to pay to my heirs $100.50 each in the following manner: that John Dunkin pay to my oldest son William Dunkin $50 12 months after the death of my wife Jemima; that David Dunkin pay to my second son Rheuben Dunkin $50 12 months after the death of my wife Jemima. /s/ John (+) Dunkin. I also direct John Dunkin pay to Benjamin Dunkin $1 (MAD: sic) 12 months after death of my wife Jemima. That Eleanor Reeves, my daughter, have $25, and John Dunkin pay the same 12 months after the death of my wife Jemima; that my son Freeborn Dunkin have $25 and that David Dunkin pay the same 2 years after the death of my wife Jemima. That my daughter Abbigail Cummings have $25 and John Dunkin pay the same 2 years after death of my wife Jemima; that Martha Sacket have $25 and that David Dunkin pay the same 2 years after the death of my wife Jemima; the above sums to be paid to the above heirs is in full of their share or shares. Executors to sell personal property not herein and pay debts, balance equally divided among my lawful heirs, equally, to wit: William Dunkin, Rheubin Dunkin, Benjamin S. Dunkin, Elinor Reeves, Freeborn Dunkin, Abbigal Cummings, Martha Sacket, John Dunkin, David Dunkin. My two sons John Dunkin & David Dunkin have possession of the farm immediately after my decease except the incumbrance as bequeathed to my wife Jemima during her natural life. /s/ John (+) Dunkin. Appoint my friends William Combs and James Beck executors. /s/ John (+) Dunkin. Wit. Benjamin Mugg, Isaac Knox. Proved 21 Feb. 1842. Receipt by William Dunkin "I acknowledge the receipt of $50 of John Dunkin Jr. according to the foregoing will of John Dunkin Sr. Oct. 5, 1851." Teste J.C. Johnson.
      (CB: John & Abigail may have had another son Lawson; he was married in Clark Co. IN to Maria L. Scott, 1 July 1824. This is the period when the family was there. He appears in the 1830 Clark Co. IN census but does not appear after that; perhaps he died before his father's will was written in 1842.)


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Clay Co. IN Deeds (SLC 9/30/2011)
   Deed records v.D, Sept. 1840-Dec. 1841 cont. Deed records v.E, Mar. 1841-Dec. 1843 Deed records v.F, Jan. 1844-Mar. 1846 (FHL film 1,404,521; SLC 9/30/2011)
      D-616: 23 May 1840, Giles C. Duncan and wife Sarah Ann of Owen Co. IN to Philip Breeding of Clay Co. IN, for $125 paid, sell parcel of land in Clay Co., being NE 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Sec.15 Twp.9N Range 6 West containing 40 acres more or less, warrant title. /s/ Giles C. Duncan, Sarah Ann Duncan. Wit. David White, Mary White. They appeared 23 May 1840 before David White, J.P. Recorded Oct. 26, 1840.
      E-250/251: 9 April 1842, Isaiah Duncan and wife Nancy of Clay Co. IN to Obediah Winters of Owen Co. IN, for $400 paid, sell parcel of land in Clay Co. IN, being NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Sec.28 Twp.9N Range 6 West (etc.) containing 40 acres more or less, also SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Sec.21 in Twp.9N Range 6 West containing 40 acres adj. the above tract, warrant title /s/ Isaiah Duncan, Nancy (X) Duncan. Wit. George W. Duncan, Henry O. Duncan. Isaiah Duncan and Nancy Duncan appeared 9 April 1842 before George W. Duncan, J.P. of Owen Co. Certification 12 April 1842 by Thomas C. Johnson, Clerk of Owen Co. Circuit Court for George W. Duncan Esq. Recorded 12 April 1842 in Clay Co. IN.
      F-595: 22 Nov. 1845, Jesse Holloway of Carrel Co. IN to Giles Duncan of Owen Co. IN, for $125 paid, sell parcel of land in Clay Co., NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.15 Twp.9N Range 6W, containing 40 acres more or less, warrant title. /s/ Jesse (X) Holloway. Wit. John Cooprider. Jesse Holloway appeared 22 Nov. 1845 before John Cooprider, J.P. Recorded 5 Feb. 1846.
   Deed records v.G, Mar. 1846-June 1849 Deed records v.H, June 1849-Nov. 1850 (FHL film 1,404,522; SLC 9/30/2011)
      G-835: 24 March 1849, James M. Arthur and wife Elizabeth Arthur of Clay Co. IN for $40 paid by Giles C. Duncan of Owen Co. IN, sell to said Giles C. Duncan real estate in Clay Co. IN, S 1/2 of SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Sec.15 Twp.9N Range 6W, Clay Co. IN, estimated to contain 20 acres more or less, warrant title. /s/ James M. Arthur, Elizabeth (X) Arthur. Wit. George W. Duncan, Lovina (X) Duncan. James M. Arthur and Elizabeth Arthur appeared 24 March 1849 before George W. Duncan, J.P., Clay Co. IN. Recorded 9 April 1849.

Morgan Co. IN Deed (FHL film 1,468,443)
      D-364: 20 Oct. 1834, Benj. Dunkin and wife Mary (X) of Morgan Co. IN to Loyd Cummings of Owen Co. IN, $1000, W 1/2 Sec. 18 T12N Range 2W. Wit. John Reedes, Alfred Allaway. (MAD: see Putnam Co. IN 1840-1850, b. NJ)

Putnam Co. IN Deeds
      C-68/69: 6 Oct. 1831, Freeborn Dunkin and wife Charity of Owen Co. IN to John Ratlidge of Putnam Co. IN, for $87.50 paid, sell land in Putnam Co. IN containing 37 acres and a half, bounded, SW 1/4 Sec.13 Twp.12N Range 3W beginning at SW corner of said quarter, then North ..., together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Freeborn (X) Dunkin, Charity (X) Dunkin. Wit. William Combs, James Killough. They appeared before James Killough, J.P. of Owen Co. IN. Recorded July 29, 1833. (FHL film 1,315,553)
      I-287/288: 23 Nov. 1839, Robert E. Hadden and Juliann Hadden wife, of Putnam Co. IN, to Freburn Duncan of Owen Co. IN, for $240 paid, sell land, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.12N Range 3W, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Robert E. (X) Hadden, Juliann (X) Hadden. They appeared 23 Nov. 1839 before Wm. B.(L?.) Hart, J.P. (no recording date given) (FHL film 1,315,556)
      I-517/518: 23 Nov. 1839, Freburn Duncan and wife Charity Duncan of Owen Co. IN to Benjamin S. Duncan of Putnam Co. IN, for $550 paid, sell W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.12N Range 3W containing 80 acres, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Freburn (X) Duncan, Charity (X) Duncan. They appeared 23 Nov. 1839 before Wm. L. Hart, J.P. of Putnam Co. IN. (no recording date given) (FHL film 1,315,556)
      K-317: 19 Dec. 1844, Freeborn Dunkin and wife Charity Dunkin for $300 paid, sell to David Dunkin land containing 80 acres more or less, in Putnam Co. IN, S 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.12N Range 3W, warrant title. /s/ Freeborn (X) Dunkin, Charity (X) Dunkin. They appeared 19 Dec. 1844 before Abner Goodwin, J.P., Owen Co. IN. Certification by Thomas C. Johnson, Clerk of Circuit Court of Owen Co. IN, for Abner Goodwin, Esq., 21 Dec. 1844. (FHL film 1,315,557)
      L-229/230: 24 June 1846, David Dunkin of Putnam Co. IN to Freeborn Dunkin of Owen Co. IN, that David Dunkin owes Freeborn Dunkin $25 to be paid in one year after the death of Jemima Dunkin widow of John Dunkin decd, and also the further sum of $25 to Martha Sacket wife of Nathan Sacket to be paid one year after the death of said Jemima Dunkin widow, and also $50 to one Reuben Dunkin to be paid two years after the death of said Jemima Dunkin, making in all $100, now David Dunkin to secure the payment and for $2 paid by said Freeborn Dunkin, sell to said Freeborn Dunkin real estate, S 1/2 SW [1/4] Sec.14 Twp.12N Range 3W containing 80 acres, with appurtenances, provided if David Dunkin pays the afsd $100 when due, then this indenture is void. /s/ David (X) Dunkin. Wit. P. Daggy. David Dunkin appeared 24 Jan. 1846 before Peter Daggy of Greencastle, Notary Public for Putnam Co. IN. (FHL film 1,315,557)
      L-232: 13 Jan. 1846, Freeborn Duncan and wife Charity Duncan of Owen Co. IN to Benjamin Rogers of afsd, for $480 paid, sell land, W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.15 Twp.12N Range 3W containing 80 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Freeborn (X) Duncan, Charity (X) Duncan. They appeared before Thos. Nelson, J.P., 13 Jan. 1846. (FHL film 1,315,557)
      L-232/233: 5 Nov. 1840, John Gather and wife Susannah Gather of Putnam Co. IN to Freeborn Duncan of Owen Co. IN, for $400 paid, sell land, W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.15 Twp.12N Range 3W containing 80 acres, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John (X) Gathor, Susannah (X) Gathor. Wit. Hiram Hopper, John (X) Webb. John Gathor and Susannah Gathor appeared before William L. Wart, J.P., Putnam Co. IN, 5 Nov. 1840. (FHL film 1,315,557)
      L-233: 13 Jan. 1846, Freeborn Duncan and wife Charity Duncan of Owen Co. IN to David Duncan of Putnam Co. IN, for $800 paid, sell S 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.12N Range 3W containing 80 acres, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Freeborn (X) Duncan, Charity (X) Duncan. Wit. Thomas Oliver. Freeborn Duncan and Charity Duncan appeared before Thos. Nelson, J.P., Putnam Co. IN, 13 Jan. 1846. (FHL film 1,315,557)
      U-23: Certificate No.31316. That Freburn Dunkin of Owen Co. IN has deposited in General Land Office of US a Certificate of Register of the Land Office at Crawfordsville that full payment has been made, for SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.12N Range 3W containing 40 acres according to survey, which tract has been purchased by said Freburn Dunkin, now the United States of America grant to said Freburn Dunkin above tract, 10 Sept. 1838. Recorded Book 63, Page 461. Recorded Aug. 18, 1856. (FHL film 1,315,562)
      U-24: Certificate No.27455. That Freburn Dunkin of Owen Co. IN has deposited in General Land Office of US a Certificate of Register of the Land Office at Crawfordsville that full payment has been made, for NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.12N Range 3W containing 40 acres according to survey, which tract has been purchased by said Freburn Dunkin, now the United States of America grant to said Freburn Dunkin above tract, 5 April 1837. Recorded Book 56, Page 117. Recorded Aug. 18, 1856. (FHL film 1,315,562)
      X-633: 27 June 1861, Samuel Pickins and wife Eliza Pickins of Owen Co. IN for $60 paid, sell and warrant to John Dunkin of Owens Co. IN, our interest to premises in Putnam Co. IN, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.10 Twp.12N Range 3W containing 80 acres more or less. /s/ Samuel Pickins, Eliza (X) Pickins. They appeared 27 June 1861 before Asa Headlee, J.P., Owen Co. IN. Certification by Basil Meek, Clerk of Owen Circuit Court, 4 July 1861 for Asa Headlee Esq. Recorded Aug. 24, 1861. (FHL film 1,315,564)
      X-634: 22 Jan. 1861, Joel McDonald and wife Elizabeth McDonald of Boon Co. IN for $60 paid, sell to John Dunkin of Owen Co. IN our interest to premises in Putnam Co. IN, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.10 Twp.12N Range 3W containing 80 acres more or less. /s/ "Joseph" McDonald, Elizabeth McDonald. Joel McDonald and wife Elizabeth McDonald appeared 22 Jan. 1861 before Henry B. Martin, Notary Public of Putnam Co. IN. Recorded Aug. 24, 1861. (FHL film 1,315,564)
      X-634: 24 Oct. 1860, Mary Baldwin, Elisha J. Baldwin and Lucy Baldwin his wife, David Worley and Sarah Worley his wife and Samuel Baldwin of Putnam Co. IN for $580 paid, convey and warrant to John Dunkin of Owen Co. IN, our interest to premises, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.10 Twp.12N Range 3W containing 80 acres more or less. /s/ Mary (X) Baldwin, Elisha J. (X) Baldwin, Lucy Ann Baldwin, David Worley, Sarah Worley, Samuel "Worley". 24 Oct. 1860, Mary Baldwin, Elisha Baldwin and Lucy Baldwin his wife, David Worley and Sarah Worley his wife and Samuel Baldwin appeared before Henry B. Martin, Notary Public. Recorded Aug. 24, 1861. (FHL film 1,315,564)


Index to War of 1812 Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrant Applications; National Archives Film (FHL film 840,459)
      These are large cards, with printed areas for the following information: Numbers ("Wid. Orig." WO; "Wid. Ctf." WC; "Sur. Orig." SO; "Sur. Ctf." SC); Soldier, Widow, Service, Enlisted, Discharged; Bounty Land (warrant numbers, acres, and year, for a total of 160 acres); Remarks; Residence of soldier, residence of widow, maiden name of widow, marriage of soldier and widow, death of soldier, death of widow. They are in strict alphabetic order.
      DUNKIN, Reuben, widow Elizabeth A. (she mar. 1st Mr. Weaver, mar. 2nd Reuben Dunkin, mar. 3rd Mr. Putnam, mar. 4th Mr. Edson), she the 2nd wife of Reuben Dunkin, WC 22486, SC 19662, served in John Kennedy's NY Mil; Sol. res. Cattaraugus & Putnam Cos. NY (MAD: ? Putnam Co. IN?) also Owen Co. IN; widow res. Putnam Co. IN; soldier's first wife Mary (Manning); mar. Nov. 27 1862, Putnamville IN; soldier died Dec. 25, 1873, Quincy, IN, widow died about 1882. (and from "Index to War of 1812 Pension Files, Vol.I" by Virgil D. White)

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, Benjamin, widow Duncan, Sarah E.; A 149 Ind. Inf.; 1890 Aug. 14, Invalid Appl. #892029, Cert. #627433, Ind.; 1924 Nov. 28, Widow Appl. #1226073, Cert. #957089, Ind. (MAD: 1880 Owen Co. IN, b.1846 IN)
      Duncan, Freeborn, alias Dunkin, Freeborn, mother Dunkin, Charity; B 21 Ind. Inf.; 1889 July 18, Mother Appl. #400594, Cert. #325465, Ind. (MAD: 1850 Owen Co. IN census)
      Dunkin, Nathaniel M., widow Dunkin, Nancy; D 59 Ind. Inf., K 11 V.R.C.; 1879 March 29, Invalid Appl. #275828, Cert. #309058; 1917 July 19, Widow Appl. #1104293, Cert. #832109, Ind. (MAD: 1850 Owen Co. IN census)

Documents from Civil War Service and Pension Files (from Margaret Barrett 1994)
      Army Discharge Papers:
      William H. Duncan enrolled 14 June 1861 for 3 years, discharged 17 June 1864, Private of Capt. Emil Munich's Co. (A?) 8th Regt. Veteran Reserve Corps Volunteers, age 21 years b. Owen Co. IN, 6 ft 0 inches high, fair complexion, black eyes, dark hair, a farmer. (MAD: ? see Jesse Duncan mar. Dianna Cundiff 1835 Owen Co. IN, on 1850 Martin Co. IN census with Wm. H. 5 IN)
      William H. Duncan enrolled as Private ?? for David Becker? in 52nd Regt. of IN Infantry Vols, on 23 Sept. 1864 for 1 year, discharged 8 May 1865; age 20 years, b. IN, 6 feet 2 inches, fair complexion, dark eyes, brown hair, a farmer.
      Sullivan Co. IN Marriage Record:
      William H. Dunkin to Nancy Ann Chambers, that on 17 March 1866 a Marriage License was issued in Sullivan Co. IN; afterwards on 20 March 1866, a Certificate of Marriage was filed in the Clerk's Office, that William H. Dunkin and Nancy Ann Chambers were joined in marriage on 18 March 1866, /s/ Benson Usrey J.P.; certified by Thomas J. Mann, Clerk, 10 August 1883. (Stamped: Pension Office Sept. 8?, 1883?)
      Declaration for Pension for Children Under Sixteen:
      Jasper Co. MO, 31 Oct. 1891, appeared William H. Duncan, only child of William H. Duncan who enlisted as William H. Duncan in Co.D 15th Reg't. Indiana Inf. Vols, in War of 1861 and died of disease due to service at Sullivan Co. IND on 12 Feb. 1871; that his death was the result of his military service, that he left a widow surviving him who remarried on 4 April 1875; that the following are the only surviving legitimate children who were under age 16 at the time of his death: John E. (decd) born 2 Oct. 1868 by Nancy A. Chambers, Wm. H. born 8 Mch. 1871 by Nancy A. Chambers. That the father was married under the name of William H. Duncan to Nancy A. Chambers at Sullivan, Indiana, on 18 Mch. 1866 by Esquire Usrey; that a prior application for pension has been filed & pension granted to widow; ... his residence at Jasper Co. MO, P.O. Sarcoxie. /w/ William H. Duncan. (Stamped: Pension Office Nov. 9? 1891)
            (notes by Margaret Barrett: William H. Duncan (Sr.), born Jan. 18, 1843, died Feb. 14, 1871, buried in Deckard Cemetery, Cass Twp., Sullivan Co. IN, per cemetery record. William H. Duncan (Sr.) died Feb. 12, 1871, before William H. Duncan (Jr.) was born March 8, 1871. Nancy A. Chambers Duncan mar. April 4, 1875, to Samuel Kimberlin.) (MAD: 1880 Jasper Co. MO census)
      Claim for Bounty, Arrears of Pay, Etc., Survivors or Heirs:
      Act of March 4, 1907, Claimant W.H. Duncan. Newton Co. MO, (blank date) 1908, appeared W.H. Duncan, son and heir of William H. Duncan, ... make application for all arrears of pay, etc., Certificate No.447,271 (minor claim). My Post Office address is Granby, Newton Co. MO. /s/ William H. Duncan. (rest of form blank)

HISTORIES before 1923

1884 "Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana, historical and biographical" (also listed as "Historical and Biographical History of Clay and Owen Counties") ed. by Charles Blanchard, pub. by F.A. Battey (SUTRO microfilm 277 reel 15 book 56, CA State Library, Sutro Branch, and SUTRO book F532 C6 B6 1884 & microfilm 71 reel 8; FHL book 977.243 H2o, and 977.244 H2c for Clay Co.)
      Vol.2, pg.952, Owen Co., Taylor Township: FREBORN DUNKIN, one of the oldest pioneers of Owen County, was born August 30, 1802, in the state of New York, and is the third of the nine children of John and Jemima (Thomas) Dunkin. Freborn was reared on a farm, and obtained but a scanty education, due to the meager opportunities of the time. In 1818, he emigrated with his parents to Clark Co. IN, whence, after three years, they moved to this county, where both parents gave up their lives. September 11, 1825, he married Charity Johns, of this county, which union was crowned with sixteen children, eight of whom are living. After his wedding, Mr. Dunkin settled on a small tract of wild land given to him by his father, but has now 273 acres in this township, containing the graves of his own and his wife's parents, all buried near his dwelling. On coming hither in the early time, his nearest neighbor was a mile distant, and they subsisted almost wholly on wild game. Mr. Dunkin is highly regarded in his community, is a life-long Democrat and much venerated citizen. (MAD: b. ? Orange or Dutchess Co. NY, son of John Dunkin and Jemima Thomas in 1804 of Genesse Co. NY (1841 became Wyoming Co.), 1818 to Clark Co. IN, 1821 to Owen Co. IN, per "Duncan-Cummings family history" by Edna (Hartcock) Sinclair, 1931, and correspondence through 1977, in Spencer, IN, Public Library, on FHL microfilm 1,313,121 items 14 & 16)
      Vol.2, pg.959, Owen Co., Harrison Township: FRANK M. DUNKIN, one of our county's young and enterprising farmers and stock-raisers, was the seventh of ten children, and was born January 17, 1843, in Taylor Township, this county. His father moved with him on a farm in Putnam County when Frank M. was but three years of age, and when he was 15 years old they moved to Greencastle, where he attended Asbury University for three years, when at the beginning of the rebellion he enlisted to help support his country. He was placed in Company E, 33rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. John Coburn. He participated in the battles of Wild Cat, KY, Thompson's Station, TN, and he was wounded and captured at latter place. He was carried to Libby Prison, and detained for eleven days, when he was exchanged. He was then detailed as Chief Orderly on Gen. Baird's staff, afterward being transferred to Gen. Steadman. Then he took part in the battle of Chickamauga, where he was again wounded; was relieved from duty for a time, and in 1864 he returned to his regiment. After the re-enlistment of the regiment, he was sent to Gen. Rousseau's staff, as Orderly, and was finally discharged at Atlanta, September, 1864. He was married in 1865, to Hattie Eckels, who died February 1, 1867. She was a daughter of Delana and Louisa K. (Elliott) Eckels. By this union there was one child -- Linnie E. (deceased). Mr. Dunkin was next married to Nancy E. Asher, daughter of Allen and Sarah (Allen) Asher, on December 28, 1869. They have had three children born to them -- Elmer, Evert and Hattie. Mr. Dunkin is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and his wife is a communicant in the Missionary Baptist Church. They are very liberal and are always ready to give to the needy. Mr. Dunkin has paid much attention to teaching, in all having taught seventeen years. He is in consequence considered one of the best. He is very popular, having held the office of Justice of the Peace in the township. In politics, he is a Democrat.
      Clay Co. volume, pg.424-5: Clay City & Harrison Twp. Isaiah Hamilton Duncan, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in this township Dec. 4, 1832, and is a son of Isaiah and Nancy (Murdock) Duncan, natives of South Carolina and Georgia, and of Scotch and Irish descent respectively. Our subject remained at home until he was twenty-two years of age, and acquired from the subscription schools an average education. December 31, 1858, he married, in Owen Co., Mahala Winters, a union which gave birth to seven children, six of whom died in infancy - Elsie, Wilson and Willard (twins), Sylvia A., Ura C., and one unnamed; the only living issue is Julia Ann. Mr. Duncan is an uncompromising Democrat. He is an industrious man and an esteemed citizen. He was a member of the late Grange organization, and Master of his lodge. In 1869, Mr. Duncan was elected Township Trustee, an office which he held for eight successive years. Mrs. Duncan is a member of the Christian Church.

1884 "History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, State of Indiana, From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with Interesting Biographical Sketches, Reminiscences, Notes, etc." Chicago: Goodspeed Bros. & Co., Publishers, 1884. (FHL book 977.242 H2hi; also from info of Diana Flynn to Terri Mills to MAD 1/2000)
      Pg.362, Greene Co., Jefferson Twp. - Messer Littlejohn was born in Miami Co. OH, July 23, 1815, son of Henry and Sarah A. (Dunkin) Littlejohn, both natives of SC, where they were partly reared. The Littlejohns moved from SC to Pulaski Co. KY, in about 1798, where they made their home until the death of Charles Littlejohn, the grandfather of our subject, which occurred in 1819. The grandmother came to this county in about 1820, and for most part lived in this county ever afterward, dying at the advanced age of 96 years. Henry Littlejohn lived upon his father's farm in KY until he reached his majority, when he went to Miami Co. OH and there was married to Miss Dunkin. They lived in Miami Co. until the fall of 1818, when they came with their family to what is now Eel River Twp., Greene Co. They came in wagons, Mr. Littlejohn hiring men to bring his household goods to the head-waters of White River, where they left him and went back. He proceeded to dig out six canoes, and putting his goods and family in these, floated down White River until he came to Eel River, when he unloaded his goods and proceeded to make a home for himself on the present site of Point Commerce. He made some improvement on a lease he had taken, and after living in Eel River Twp. seven years he moved to Jefferson Twp., Owen Co., building a grist and saw mill on Lick Creek. Here he lived until his death, dying in 1859. His wife died in 1856. He was an Old-Line Whig, and a strong anti-slavery man. He assisted to build block-houses to protect the settlers in war of 1812. He held the office of Justice of the Peace some sixteen years, and was a man well known and highly respected. (See Baber's History.) Subject raised on farm, common education; helped on farm and in mill. He was married to Miss Sarah Dunkin in 1837, August 28. She born in Miami Co. OH August 24, 1815. She died Sept. 25, 1845. From this marriage three children, viz.: Mary, Isaac M. and Amos W. These two sons were in the late war, Isaac M. dying in his country's service. Mr. Littlejohn was married to Polly Fiscus Feb. 15, 1846. She was born in IN April 16, 1824, and died Feb. 5, 1883. From this union there were eleven children, viz.: Harriet, Nathan, Delana, Henry C., Jacob W., Sarah E., Ezra F., Lydia E., Cairy, Mahlon, Nancy E. Subject, after his first marriage, began milling and farming, which he followed until 1860, when he sold out mill and followed farming until the present. He has worked as a millwright a great deal during his lifetime. He has always worked hard and has made some property. He lived in Owen County until 1867, when he purchased a farm near Jasonville, in Greene Co., which he now owns - 124 acres. Always a Whig and Republican; member of Christian Church; never held office; is in favor of all improvements and all laudable enterprises.

"Weik's history of Putnam County, Indiana" by Jesse William Weik; pub. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1910, 875 pgs. (LH6277, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.249 H2w and film 795,945 item 1)
      Pg.466-469: ESTES DUNCAN. Among the enterprising farmers and representative citizens of Putnam county ... The family of which Estes Duncan is an honorable representative is an old and highly esteemed one in this part of Indiana ... Benjamin Duncan, the subject's grandfather, was a native of Pennsylvania and a man of sound, practical judgment and intelligence. He and his wife, Adaline, migrated to Putnam county some time prior to 1830 and, settling in what is now Cloverdale township, purchased a valuable tract of government land which he subsequently developed into a fine farm and on which both spent the remainder of their days, dying just across the county line in the village of Quincy, where for several years they had made their home.
      Among the children of Benjamin and Adaline Duncan was a son, Lloyd T., whose birth occurred on the homestead in Putnam county, April 3, 1843, and who, like his father, was a farmer by occupation and a man of more than ordinary intelligence and influence. He was a member of Company E, Thirty-third Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in the late Civil war, ... severely wounded at the battle of Peach Tree Creek (siege of Atlanta), where he was shot through the left arm so near the shoulder that the entire arm had to be amputated, ... more than a year elapsed before he regained sufficient strength to enable him to reach his home. ...
      Shortly after leaving the army Mr. Duncan was united in marriage with Mary A. Gillespie, daughter of Lysander and Rebecca (Martin) Gillespie, the union resulting in the birth of eight children, of whom the subject was the first born, the youngest three being triplets, one of whom died at the age of nine months, this, with the father's death, which occurred March 13, 1903, being the only invasions of the family circle by the dread Destroyer. Mrs. Duncan, who is residing in Cloverdale township, is a lady of excellent character, ...
      Estes Duncan, whose birth occurred in Putnam county, Indiana, September 13, 1867, was reared on the home place in the northern part of Owen county and early became familiar with the varied duties of the farm. At the proper age he entered the public school ... on the seventeenth anniversary of his birth he was sufficiently advanced to pass the required examination and receive a teacher's license. ... took charge of a district school ... subsequently entered the State Normal School at Terre Haute, which he attended at intervals ... Mr. Duncan's experience in the school room covered a period of fifteen years, ... He decided to give his attention to farming; accordingly in 1889 he engaged in that vocation which he carried on in connection with teaching during the ten years ensuing, when he discontinued the latter, ... Mr. Duncan ... now is the owner of four hundred acres of valuable land, ... In addition to his agricultural and livestock interests he is identified with several local enterprises of different character, among them being the Cloverdale Hardware & Lumber Company, of which he is secretary and treasurer ...
      The domestic life of Mr. Duncan dates from the year 1889, at which time was solemnized his marriage with Nevada Pollard, a daughter of William G. and Martha A. Pollard, a union blessed with two children, Frank P. and Floyd R., both bright and intelligent young men with promising futures before them. The older son is a student of the State University, ...; the younger is pursuing his studies in the Cloverdale high school ... Mr. and Mrs. Duncan, together with their sons, are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Fraternally, Mr. Duncan belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen, ...

1879 "The History of Warren County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of the northwest, history of Iowa, map of Warren County, constitution of the United States, constitution of the State of Iowa, miscellaneous matters, &c." pub. by Union Historical (FHL book 977.782 E7m and films 989,437 item 2 and 874,361 item 2)
      Pg.702: Richland Township. DUNCAN, A.J., farmer, Sec.21, P.O. Hartford; was born in Kentucky, August 18, 1821, and when about twelve years of age, his father removed to Owen County, Indiana, where he made his home in that, and Morgan County, till he came to his present home, on the 24th day of October, 1852; his first occupation was the mercantile business, in which he engaged the year he came to the county, and followed it for about six years, and since that time, has followed his present calling; he was married in Morgan County, Indiana, Sept. 4, 1854, to Miss Louisa Hendricks, of Kentucky, and by this union, they have one daughter: Martha Dora; during the war, he was clerk of the commissary department, under Captain Noble, and was stationed at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, for nine months, and returned home in March, 1865; he has been a member of the board of county supervisors, appointed first to fill vacancy, and after serving out the unexpired term, was elected to the office in 1863, and afterwards resigned to go to the war; he owns a finely improved farm of 104 acres, on which he has lived since 1865.


"Duncan Genealogy" 10 pages, typed, no author or title page, 8-leaf manuscript donated by Mrs. Earle E. Gehrke, filmed 1978 (FHL film 1,036,770)
      First Generation: James Duncan, b. Aug. 6, 1803 KY; d. Feb. 14, 1863 Hartford, [Warren Co.] Iowa; m. ca 1820 prob. KY to Margaret Elizabeth Knox, b. Aug. 14, 1801 KY; d. Apr. 28, 1884, Hartford, Iowa; children: Alexander Jerome, Sarah Elizabeth, William, Margaret Jane, Matthew, James Harve, Maximillie, Mary. (MAD: mar. Gallatin Co. KY; probably son of William b. 1775 VA on 1850 Morgan Co. IN census)
      Second Generation: Alexander Jerome Duncan, b. Aug. 18, 1821 Pulaski Co. KY; d. Dec. 12, 1898, Hartford, Iowa; m. Sept. 4, 1845, Morgan Co. IN to Louisa Jane Hendricks, b. March 3, 1825 KY; d. Mar. 19, 1899, Hartford, Iowa, bur. Hartford Cem.; children: Martha Isadora (Dora).
            Sarah Elizabeth Duncan, b. Nov. 4, 1828 Gallatin Co. KY; d. Nov. 20, 1894 Hartford, Iowa; m. 17 Feb. 1848 Morgan Co. IN to George William Pyle, b. Oct. 10, 1824 Buckingham, VA; d. Nov. 20, 1894 Hartford, Iowa; both bur. Hartford Cem.; children: Amanda Jane, Alexander Jerome, Sarah Ellen (Sade), William Edwin, Mary Lorinda (Molly), Alvatas Alonzo (Lon), Lena Leota (Tode), Gracie Arabelle (Belle), Cora Annie, Ida Mae (Ide), Frank.
            William M. Duncan (Capt.), b. IN, d. 1880's Iowa; resided in Clark Co. Iowa after War, Captain in Civil War; m. in IN Mary Jane ----; children: James Morgan b. 9 Jan. 1854 Morgan Co. IN, m. Winnie E.---, d. 10 June 1927. (MAD: mar. Morgan Co. IN)
            Margaret Jane Duncan, b. May 5, 1836 Owen Co. IN; d. Dec. 27, 1916 Hartford, Iowa; m. April 27, 1858, Baptist Ch., Hartford, Iowa, to James Arville Dunagan, b. July 1, 1824 Bardstop, Nelson Co. KY; d. 12 July 1916 Polk Co. IA, bur. Hartford, Iowa; children: Marshall, Paris, Magenta, Clarence, Delmar, Fred.
            Matthew Duncan, b. Owen Co. IN; resided Warren Co. IA.
            James Harve Duncan, b. Owen Co. IN; d. Warren Co. IA; Corporal Iowa 34th Infantry Co. B.
            Maximille Duncan, b. Owen Co. IN.
            Mary Duncan, b. Owen Co. IN
      Third Generation: Martha Isadora Duncan (dau. of Alexander Jerome & Louisa Jane (Hendricks) Duncan), b. Sept. 16, 1855, Warren Co. Iowa; d. April 12, 1935, Hartford, Iowa, bur. Hartford Cem.; m. Nov. 18, 1879, Baptist Church, Hartford, Iowa, Edward Rufus Guthrie ...
            James Morgan Duncan (son of William M. and Mary Jane ---- Duncan), b. Jan. 9, 1854, Morgan Co. IN, d. June 10, 1927, Iowa, resided Indiana and Clark Co. Iowa; m. Minnie E. ----; children (not copied)
      Fourth Generation: (not copied here)
      Fifth Generation: (not copied here)
       (MAD: See 1840 Lawrence Co. IN census; see 1850 Morgan Co. IN census)

"Dunkin-Cummings Genealogy 1770-1968," one page, typed, filmed 1980, no author or title page (FHL film 1,036,488)
      John Dunkin, 1772-, m. Jemina Thomas 1770-
      I. Ruben 1796-, m. Elizabeth Arbuckle
      II. Benjamin '97, m. A. Neal
      III. Freborn, '02, m. Charity Jones
      IV. Agibail, '04, m. Lloyd Cummings (ch. b. 1824 on, not copied here)
      V. Martha, m. Nathan Sackett
      VI. John m. Lucinda Combes
      VII. David '12, m. Nancy Warner
      VIII. (blank)
      (MAD: see Genesee Co. NY; compare Dutchess Co. NY)

"Duncan-Cummings family history" by Edna (Hartcock) Sinclair, 1931 (FHL film 1,313,121 pt. 14 & 16; filmed at Spencer IN Public Library, 929.2 Duncan; original copy of small printed 19-page booklet on file in the Gen. Dept. of the IN State Library, Indianapolis, IN)
      This film also includes additional correspondence as late as 1977; This is a genealogy giving the early generations of the family of John Duncan and wife Jemima Thomas and their children and grandchildren.


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