Duncans in Estill Co. KY


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

Last revised January 8, 2012

Formed 1808 from Clark, Madison
Breathitt formed 1839 from Clay, Estill, Perry
Owsley formed 1843 from Clay, Estill, Breathitt
Powell formed 1852 from Clark, Estill, Montgomery
Jackson formed 1858 from Rockcastle, Owsley, Madison, Clay, Estill, Laurel
Lee formed 1870 from Owsley, Breathitt, Wolfe, Estill


1820-1860 Estill Co. KY Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Estill Co. KY Census
Millers Creek Precinct, P.O. Millers creek
Pg.574, #186-187, DUNCAN, Adam 45 KY BLACK Ore miner $0-$0
                  Sally 37 KY BLACK keeping house
                  Nancy 3 KY BLACK
                  BAKER, Elijah (m) 50 KY BLACK ore miner


Estill Co. KY (no source) (from index cards of Kit Smith 8/1983)
      Charles Duncan mar. Jane Watkins, 22 March 1842, Estill Co. KY, by Dunmon Welburn.
      William Neal mar. Perlina Duncan, 16 Dec. 1842, Estill Co. KY, by Joseph Ambrose.


Estill Co. KY Probate; Will books, mixed records 1808-1857 (FHL film 254,623)
      Vol. A, 1808-1828 - no index
      Vol. B, 1849- - no Duncan
      Vol. C, 1850-1858 - no Duncan


Estill Co. KY Surveyor's book 1811-1867 (FHL film 254,639)
      No Duncan

Estill Co. KY Deeds (general index 1808-1850 on FHL film 254,616)
      G-174: 27 May 1841, Merriwether L. Crawford bond to James B. Duncan, that property of Robert Asberry (oxen, wagon, hogs, cattle, still & tub) was sold to satisfy an execution in favor of Hiram McGuire and endorsed for said Duncan's benefit against Asberry; Crawford became highest bidder; Crawford to pay $100.62 to Duncan by 1 June 1841. (no localities) (FHL film 254,620)
      G-375: 9 May 1842, Hyram McGuire and wife Francis (she released 25 March 1843) of Estill Co. KY for $1 paid by George Fry and Washington Miller, execs of James B. Duncan decd, convey to said Fry and Miller, 150 acres on south fork of Kentucky, where James Hilton now lives as the tenant of said Hyram McGuire, land heretofore mortgaged to Holloway and Mitton; that McGuire executed several notes to James B. Duncan for $902.59 each; several payments were made on one of the notes; reference to Estill Co. Circuit Court suit thereon against McGuire as defendant by Fry & Miller execs. of James B. Duncan plaintiff; stay of execution if payment made. (MAD: James B. Duncan died Clark Co. KY) (FHL film 254,620)
      No Duncan grantor


"Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky" (Union Soldiers), 1861-1866, Vol.I (from John A. Duncan 1995; and FHL film 1,463,599 for Regiment organization)
      Page, Company, Name, Rank, Date enrolled, When and where mustered in, period, when and where mustered out, remarks. Separate groups for Discharged, Transferred, Died, Deserted.
      Pg.383, Company G, 14th KY Volunteer Cavalry, organized at Irvine, [Estill Co.] KY, raised in mountain counties of KY: Silas Duncan, Private, enr. Sept. 21, 1862; mustered in Feb. 13, 1863, at Irvine, KY, for 1 year; mustered out March 24, 1864, at Camp Nelson, KY. (MAD: ? 1860 Montgomery Co. KY census)

"Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky" (Union Soldiers), 1861-1866, Vol.II (from John A. Duncan 4/1995, and FHL film 1,463,600, appendix pages)
      Page, Company, Name, Rank, Date enrolled, When and where mustered in, period, when and where mustered out, remarks. Separate groups for Discharged, Transferred, Died, Deserted.
      Pg.460, Company A, 47th KY Volunteer Mounted Infantry, organized from mountain counties of KY: Claiborne Duncan, Private, enr. Aug. 9, 1863; mustered in Oct. 5, 1863 at Irvine, [Estill Co.] KY, for 1 year; mustered out Dec. 26, 1864, at Lexington, KY. (MAD: ? 1860 Nelson Co. KY census)
      Pg.463, Company C, 47th KY Volunteer Mounted Infantry, organized from mountain counties of KY: David Duncan, Corporal, enr. July 25, 1863; mustered in Oct. 5, 1863, at Irvine, [Estill Co.] KY, for 1 year; absent sick at muster-out of Company.

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, Claiborn, widow Duncan, Nancy; A 47 KY Inf.; 1882 Sept. 1, Widow Appl. #296233, Cert. #495557. (MAD: mustered in at Irvine, Estill Co. KY)
      Duncan, David, widow Duncan, Anna; E 47th KY Inf.; 1865 March 28, Widow Appl. #87611, Cert. #83408. (MAD: mustered at Irvine, [Estill Co.] KY; she in Owsley Co. KY 1890)
      Duncan, Silas, mother Duncan, Henrietta; G 14 KY Cav.; 1869 May 11, Mother Appl. #175092, Cert. #144998. (MAD: 1850 Montgomery Co. KY census; mustered in at Irvine, Estill Co. KY)

U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 (image from Mary Lou Cole 4/7/2009)
      Records of Men Enlisted in the U.S. Army (pg.21? - too faint) Prior to the Peace Establishment, May 17, 1815. Pg.20
      No.; Name; Organization: Rank, Regiment, Co., Company Commander, Regimental Commander; Description: Height feet/inches, eyes, hair, complexion, age, occupation; Where Born: town or county, state; Enlistment: When, where, by whom, period; Remarks
      #242, Duncan, Anderson, Pri, or US Infy; 5 ft. 9 inches, eyes blue, hair light, complexion dark, age 35, occupation farmer, born Va, Enlisted Sept. 20 1814, Estell KY, by Ensign Richardson, for 5 years. Remarks: RR Sept & Oct. 1814, D.R. Capt. H.C. Gists Co. Lower Sandusky, June 1/15, Absent, sent to Detroit, April 15/15, Jn? (?JR?) Capt. Wm. White's Co. 5 US Infy Ft. Gratiot, Oct. 31, Dec 31/15, Feb. 28, April 30, Aug. 31, Oct. 31, Dec. 30/16, April 30, June 30, Oct. 31, Dec. 31/17, Feby 28, April 30, June 30, Aug. 31, Oct. 30/18, Feby 22, April 30, June 30, Aug. 30/19, Present Mo Ret Sept. 30, JR? Oct. 31, & SA MR Ft. Howard, Green Bay, Dec. 30/19, Discharged at Ft. Howard, Sept. 20/19, term expired. 28 US Infy was made 3 after May 17?/15. (19?/15) See pension case. (MAD: see land grant in Independence Co. AR, see Madison Co. KY)


"Estill Co. KY Circuit Court Records" by Ellen Rogers, Vol.1 (FHL book 976.959 P2r)
      Pg.13 contains an extract of the record in Row 1, Drawer 1: Issac Duncan adm. of Philamon Kavanaugh vs. Zachariah Fletcher; July term of Court 1836 a change of venue from Clay Co. to Estill Co. There is also a reference to Thomas Duncan, an attorney for Samuel Drake in 1825 (pg.37), and to James B. Duncan as a Plaintiff in 1840 and 1841 (pg.49 and 64). (MAD: no Duncan indexed Clay Co. KY 1810-1860 census, have no other references to Clay Co. KY)


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