Duncans in Wabash Co. IN


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

Last revised May 10, 2009

Formed 1832 from Cass, Grant


1840 Wabash Co. IN Census
Pleasant Twp.
Pg.17  Alexander Dunkin      1100,01  -  1100,01

1850 Wabash Co. IN Census
Lagro Town
Pg.305, #115, Alexander DUNCAN 40 PA blacksmith $600
                  Mary 40 OH
                  Sarah K. 16, George W. 10 OH
                  Theodore P. 8, John W. 6 IN
                  Mary E. 3 IN
                  Samuel BRAKEFIELD 18 OH blacksmith
Pg.347, #231, John DUNCAN 35 OH laborer $200
                  Delila 31 OH
                  Elizabeth 10, Ann 8, James 6 OH
                  Louisa 4, Rachel 2/12 IN
Pg.401, #151, Matthew ALEXANDER 35 VA farmer $2000
                  Robert 33 VA farmer
                  Theodore P. DUNCAN 9 IN
Pg.430, #345, Albert N. COX 34 VA farmer $3000
                  Lydia 37 NJ
                  children 13 to 1 b. IN
                  Aaron DUNCAN 23 OH laborer
Pg.432, #373, William PEARSON 29 OH farmer $2000
                  Sarah 25 OH
                  children 6 to 8/12 b. IN & OH
                  Cyrus DUNCAN 22 OH laborer
Pg.449, #624, William DUNCAN 32 OH boating $350
                  Martha 21 OH
                  Emily 1 IN
                  (MAD: 1860 Huntington Co. IN census)

1860 Wabash Co. IN Census
Pleasant Twp.
Pg.5, #37, Alexander DUNCAN 52 PA blacksmith $400-$100
                  Mary 52 OH
                  John W. 15, Mary E. 13 IN
                  Martha E. 10 IN
La Gro Twp.
Pg.258, #115, Alex TAYLOR 50 IRE tailor $0-$50
                  Geo. DUNCAN 21 OH clerk
Liberty Twp.
Pg.414, #1304, Saml. G?. CHARIS? 30 IN farmer $3500-$350
                  Persis (f) 20 IN housewife
                  Jas. DUNCAN 15 IN laborer
Pg.426, #1393, Geo. BODKINS 52 VA farmer $800-$500
                  Charity 56 VA
                  Elias 24 VA deaf & dumb
                  Louisa DUNCAN 12 IN

1870 Wabash Co. IN Census
LaGro Twp.
Pg.65, #387-387, PEFLEY, T?. (m) 30 OH farmer $16,000-$979
                  R. (f) 23 OH keeps house
                  J. (m) 5, A. (m) 3 IN home
                  F. (f) 2/3 IN b.Sept.
                  DUNCAN, W.W. (m) 22 OH domestic
Pleasant Twp., Sub. Div. 246
Pg.192, #249-231, DUNCAN, John 26 IN blacksmith $0-$0
                  Sarah 29 IN keeping house
                  Georgeania (f) 1 IN
Pg.192, 3250-252, DUNCAN, Alex 60 PA blacksmith $2000-$700
                  Mary 61 OH keeping house
                  Martha 19 IN


"Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature of the state of Indiana, containing cases from May term 1854 to 14th November term 1854" ("Indiana Reports") by Albert G. Porter A.M., Vol.5, pg.243 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 12/2003)
      KELLER, Administrator, v. DUNCAN; Supreme Court of Indiana; 5 Ind. 254 [243]; June 9, 1854, Filed.
      Appeal from the Wabash Circuit Court. The record shows that this cause was submitted to the Circuit Court, and after hearing the proofs, the judgment of the Court below was affirmed. Then follows a judgment, from which an appeal was taken to this Court. Attached to this record, but not certified as part of it, there are certain papers, purporting to be the proceedings of the Probate Court of Wabash county, from which it may be supposed that this case originated in that Court, and was tried in the Circuit Court as an appeal. But as these proceedings are not incorporated in the record of the case appealed to this Court, we do not regard them as legitimately before us. In the Circuit Court the plaintiff moved for a new trial. The motion was denied; wherein, it is alleged, there was error. But, as the record does not set out the evidence, or show the ground upon which the cause was decided, we must presume that the Circuit Court ruled correctly. The judgment is affirmed with costs. Filed Friday, June 9, 1854.

"Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature of the state of Indiana, containing cases from May term 1854 to 14th November term 1854" ("Indiana Reports") by Albert G. Porter A.M., Vol.5, pg.260 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 12/2003)
      KELLER and Others v. DUNCAN; Supreme Court of Indiana; 5 Ind. 271 [260]; June 12, 1854, Filed.
      Error to the Wabash Circuit Court. Per Curiam. -- The judgment in this case is affirmed with costs, for the reasons given in Keller v. Duncan, ante, p. 243. Filed Monday, June 12, 1854.


Wabash Co. IN General Index to Deeds; 1835-1853 (FHL film 2,378,766; SLC 2/2009)
   Grantor Index 1835-1853 (FHL film 2,378,766 item 1)
      B-232: Duncan, William to Henry, William, Nov. 21, 1838, $400, SE 11-26-7, 160 acres, rec. May 12, 1838
      H-473: Duncan, Alexander to Price, Whitier, Feb. 24, 1846, $65, lot 145 Manchester O.P., rec. June 17, 1847
      I-108: Duncan, Martin to Davis, Robert, Oct. 25, 1843, $200, E 1/2 NW 7-26-8, 80 acres, rec. Feb. 3, 1848
      L-467: Duncan, John to Coomler, Jacob, QC, Nov. 20, 1850, $200, NW NE 25-26-7, 40 acres, rec. Nov. 29, 1850
      N-438: Duncan, Jas. & Matilda to Clark, Richard, Nov. 17, 1852, $300, mid pt NW 30-28-6, 40 acres, rec. Dec. 27, 1852
   Grantee Index 1835-1853 (FHL film 2,378,766 item 2)
      H-473: Duncan, Alexander, from Murison, Alexander, Nov. 23, 1843, 80 acres, lot 145 Manchester O.P., rec. June 17, 1847
      L-468: Duncan, John from Bodkins, Elizabeth, QC, Apl. 29, 1848, $75, NW NE 25-26-7, 40 acres, rec. Nov. 29, 1850.

Wabash Co. IN Deeds (SLC 2/2009)
      B-232: 21 Nov. 1836, William Duncan of Decatur Co. IN to William Henry of Fleming Co. KY, for $400, SE 1/4 Sec.11 Twp.26N Range 7E, ... deed of lands sold at Fort Wayne, IN, ... containing 160 acres. (no wife). Wit: Samuel Bryan, Nathaniel Patton. (FHL film 2,367,853)
      H-473: 23 Nov. 1843, Alexander Munson of Wabash Co. IN to Alexander Duncan of same, for $80, lot 145 in town of Manchester, County & state afsd. /s/ Alex Munson. Wit: M.C. France (Mahlon C. France JP), Richard Helvey. (FHL film 626,447)
      H-473: 24 Feb. 1846, Alexander Duncan of Wabash Co. IN to Witner Price of same, for $65, lot 145 in town of Manchester. /s/ Alexander Duncan, Mary (X) Duncan. Ack. by Mary, the wife of Alexander. (FHL film 626,447)
      I-108: 25 Oct. 1843, Martin Duncan of Decatur Co. IN to Robert Davis of Rush Co. IN, $200, E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.7 Twp.26N Range 8E. /s/ Martin Duncan, Mary Ann Duncan. Ack. Decatur Co. IN. (FHL film 626,447)
      L-467: 20 Nov. 1850, John Duncan of Wabash Co. IN to Jacob Comler of same, for $200, NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.25 Twp.26N Range 7E, 40 acres. /s/ John Duncan, Delilah (X) Duncan. Wit. Elijah Quick JP. (FHL film 626,448)
      L-468: 29 April 1848, Elizabeth (X) Bodkins, James Bodkins and wife Mary (X) Bodkins, Alexander (X) Minnicor? (Minnicon?) and wife Leannah (X) Minnicor, Rachael (X) Bodkins, of Wabash Co. IN, to John Duncan, for $75, NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.25 Twp.26N Range 7E, 40 acres. Wit. Wm. Garrison, Geo. R?. Cooke. (FHL film 626,448)
      N-438: 17 Nov. 1852, James Duncan and Matilda Duncan of Rush Co. IN to Richard Clark of Wabash Co. IN, $300, the middle forty of the NW 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.28N Range 6E in Wabash Co. IN. (in body of deed "Martha Duncan his wife") /s/ James Duncan, Matilda Duncan. Ack. Rush Co. IN, 17 Nov. 1852. (FHL film 1,183,372)


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, Theodore P., widow Duncan, Annie; F 16 Ind. Inf., F 8 Ind. Inf.; 1887 Dec. 19, Invalid Appl. #632530, Cert. #503473, Ind.; 1899 July 7, Widow Appl. #701650, Cert. #492490, Ind. (MAD: 1850 Wabash Co. IN census)

HISTORIES before 1923

1875 "Atlas of Wabash County Indiana" pub. by Hosea Paul & Co. (SUTRO microfilm 277 Reel 54 Book 212; IN State Library book 912.772 W112 1875, from C.T. Duncan 12/2007)
      Pg.20A: Patrons' Directory, Pleasant Township: Duncan, T.P., date of settlement 1840, nativity Wabash Co. Ind., occupaation Blacksmith, P.O. Laketon.

1884 "History of Wabash County, Indiana : containing a history of the county; its townships, towns, military records portraits of early settlers and prominent men, personal reminiscences, etc." by Thomas B. Helm, pub. by J. Morris (FHL film 1,428,710; did not copy a few minor references)
      Pg.167: Theodore P. Duncan, Private, Co. F, 8th IN Regt., discharged 1862, disabled.
      Pg.180: James Duncan, private, mustered out 1865, Co. A, 75th Regt.
      Pg.195: Charles C. Duncan, mustered out 9/4/1865, Co. F, 153rd Regt.
      Pg.376: Liberty Twp. Land Entries, Township 26, Range 8, include:
            Elizabeth Duncan, northeast quarter of Sec. 11, Twp. 26, Range 7, Dec. 27, 1834.
            William Duncan, southeast quarter of Sec. 11, Twp. 26, Range 7, Dec. 27, 1834.
      Pg.429: Early settlers of Paw Paw Twp, in or before 1840 ... at Laketon ... Alexander Duncan had a smith shop.
      Pg.441, 442, 444, 449: Early settlers of Pleasant Twp, ca 1835-40 ... Alexander Duncan. First Justice was Alexander Duncan, probably at Laketon. Smith shops ... Alexander Duncan, John Duncan. Methodist Episcopal Church members have been and are (Sept. 1883) ... Alexander Duncan.
      Pg.451: Ijamsville (sic) Cemetery, incl: Mary, wife of Alexander Duncan, died Sept. 19, 1872, 65 years.
      Pg.455-6: Alexander Duncan. Mr. Duncan was born in PA in 1807, being of Scotch-Irish stock; he emigrated (with his father probably) to OH early in life, married Mary Stevenson in that State and moved afterward to Greenville [Floyd Co.], IN, and still again to Wabash Co. IN in 1839; was the father of nine children, six of whom were raised to maturity and three are still living. He died May 1, 1883, at Dayton [Montgomery Co.], OH, aged 76 years, and was buried at Dayton in one of the cemeteries connected with that city. His vocation was that of blacksmith ... was Justice of Peace, tried skill somewhat at law; residence was sometimes at La Gro and others at Laketon or elsewhere; Democrat, then Republican; for a while was active member of Methodist Episcopal Church.


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