Duncans in St.Joseph Co. IN


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

Last revised May 24, 2012

Formed 1830 from Cass
LaPorte formed 1832 from St. Joseph
Fulton formed 1835 from Allen, Cass, St. Joseph
Marshall formed 1835 from St. Joseph, Elkhart
Porter, Starke formed 1835 from St. Joseph
Pulaski formed 1835 from Cass, St. Joseph



1840 St.Joseph Co. IN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 St.Joseph Co. IN Census
Penn Twp.
Pg.124, #382-382, James DUNKIN 32 OH farmer $0
                  Mary 24 KY
                  Esakiah (m) 2 MI
                  George 1/12 IN
                  (MAD: mar. Polly Wooten 9/14/1845 Lagrange Co. IN)
Pg.124, #383-383, Amos DUNKIN 27 OH farmer $0
                  Scintha 25 KY
                  Sophiah 1 MI
                  (MAD: mar. Cynthia Wooten 8/14/1845 Lagrange Co. IN)

1860 St.Joseph Co. IN Census
Olive Twp.
Pg.402, #766-743, Thos. DUNCAN 25 ENG farmer $0-$25
                  Margret 20 MI
                  Edith 3/12 IN

1870 St.Joseph Co. IN Census
      No Duncan indexed


St.Joseph Co. IN Deed Indexes; have put deed book-page reference first
   General indexes to deeds, 1830-1834, 1834-1839, 1839-1847, 1847-1853 (FHL film 1,498,797)
      E-411: Duncan, John to Barton & Favourite, WD, Oct. 24, 1836, $100, NE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.17 Twp.36 Range 3E, 40 acres, recorded Jan. 24, 1839
      N-194&195: Duncan, William from Jacob Shoemaker, WD, Oct. 15, 1844, $250, E 1/2 SE 1/4 18-36-3E, May 4, 1849
      N-194&195: Duncan, William to John Smith, WD, May 1, 1849, $200, E 1/2 SE 1/4 18-36-3E, May 4, 1849
   General index to deeds, 1853-1856, 1857-1861 (FHL film 1,498,798 items 2 and 3)
      AB-226: Duncomb, Philip, from Nelson Eldridge, WD, Nov. 12, 1860, $60, lot 2 Coquillards's Add. Lakeville, recorded Nov. 12, 1860
      Looked to 1861, quit

St.Joseph Co. IN Deeds
      E-411: 24 Oct. 1836, John Duncan and wife Amareta? (X) Duncan of St.Joseph Co. IN to Barton & Fremide? (indexed Favourite) of Tippecanoe Co. IN, for $100 paid, sell land in St.Joseph Co. IN, being NE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.17 Twp.36N Range 3E, warrant title. /s/ John Duncan, Amereta? (X) Duncan. Wit. ?. R. Berklodge??, T.W. Maning? (very faint) John Duncan and Amaretta? his wife appeared in Tippecanoe Co. IN before V?. Blackledge, J.P., 24 Oct. 1836, recorded St.Joseph Co. IN Jan. 24, 1839. (FHL film 1,605,745; very faint)
      N-194: 15 Oct. 1844, Jacob Shoemaker of Keokuk Co. IA for $250 paid, sell to William Duncan of afsd, land in St.Joseph Co. IN, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.18 Twp.36 Range 3E in Center Twp, warrant title. /s/ Jacob Shoemaker. Wit. Christian Bralliar?, G.W. Hagg. Jacob Shoemaker appeared 15 Oct. 1844 before Jesse B. May, J.P., Keokuk Co. IA. Certification by Samuel A. James, Clerk of District Court of Keokuk Co. IA, for Jesse B. May, J.P. in Richland Precinct of Keokuk Co. IA, 4 Nov. 1844. Recorded 4 May 1849. (FHL film 1,605,748)
      N-195: 1 May 1849, William Duncan and wife Sarah of Kalamazoo Co. MI for $200 paid, sell to John Smith land in St.Joseph Co. IN, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.18 Twp.36 Range 3E in Center Twp, warrant title. /s/ William Duncan, Sarah (X) Duncan. Wit. Delamon Duncan, Godfrey Knight Sr. William Duncan and wife Sarah appeared 1 May 1849 before Thomas J. Fellows, J.P. Certification 1 May 1849 by Israel V. Williams, Deputy Clerk of St.Joseph Co. MI, for Thomas J. Fellows. Recorded 4 May 1849. (FHL film 1,605,748)


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, Minerva; I 25 Ind. Inf.; 1886 Sept. 20, Invalid Appl. #585454, Cert. #433490; 1904 June 3, Widow Appl. #807597, Cert. #590892, Ill. (MAD: 1880 St.Joseph Co. IN b.1845 KY)

HISTORIES before 1923

"History of St. Joseph County, Indiana : together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens : history of Indiana, embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, aborigines, French, English and American conquests, and a general review of its civil, political and military history." by Thomas S. Stanfield; pub. Chicago: C.C. Chapman & Co., 1880, 965 pgs. (LH10207, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 908,132 item 1 and 934,919 item 1)
      Pg.315-306: EDWARD A. HANNEGAN was born in Ohio, received a good education, studied law, admitted to the Bar in his 23d year, settling in Indiana. He was several times a member of the Legislature, and was a member of Congress 1833-'7, U.S. Senator 1843-'9, Minister to Prussia, 1849-'53. While partially drunk, in 1852, he killed his brother-in-law, Capt. Duncan. (MAD: Covington, Fountain Co. IN; married Knox Co. IN)
      Other references were to Mrs. Flora L. Stanfield, born in Cleveland, Ohio, October 1848, who wrote under the pen name "Malcolm Duncan."


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