Duncans in Hancock Co. KY


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

Last revised November 4, 2012

Formed 1829 from Daviess, Ohio, Breckinridge


1830 Hancock Co. KY Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Hancock Co. KY Census
Pg.5   Duncan, Wm. R.      0002,001      -  1211,01
            (MAD: 1820 Daviess Co. KY census; mar. 3rd Catharine McDonald 11/22/1847)

1850 Hancock Co. KY Census
Pg.271, #76, Thomas WITHROW & family, landlord, and other families
                  Christopher G. DUNCAN 25 KY miller $2500
Pg.287, #300, William R. DUNCAN 52 KY farmer $1000
                  Catharine 35 KY
                  Sarah 16, Mary C. 11 KY
                  (Patrick Hays 8/2000: son of Rawley Duncan and Jane Roberts)
Pg.291, #359, William DUNCAN 32 KY farmer
                  Eliza 32 KY
                  Mary A. 5, Washington F. 4 KY
                  Thomas 2 KY

1860 Hancock Co. KY Census
Pg.917, #18-18, Wm. S. DUNCAN 28 KY laborer $0-$100
                  Sarah E. 37 KY
                  Josephine 15, John? L. 8 KY
                  Wm. S. 4 KY
                  Wilford GLAPER? 46 KY carpenter
                  (MAD: ? 1850 Hart Co. KY census)
Pg.978, #465-468, J.L. DUNCAN (m) 27 IN farmer $1000-$400
                  J. (f) 23 KY
                  M.E. (f) 4, Ann 2 KY
                  & 2 laborers
                  (MAD: James L. in 1850 Daviess Co. KY census; Patrick Hays 8/2000: James L. mar. Jemima Colbert 1/17/1856, he the son of George Duncan & Elizabeth Frazier of 1850-1860 Daviess Co. KY census, born Perry Co. IN, in 1870 Spencer Co. IN census)
Pg.999, #631-631, W.R. DUNCAN (m) 63 KY magistrate $2000-$2500
                  C. (f) 44 KY
                  C. (f) 19 KY
                  W. PARKER (m) 54 KY deaf & dumb $0-$250
                  Mary McCATHLIN 9 KY
Pg.1004, #665-665, W.H. DUNCAN (m) 30 KY farmer $0-$50
                  C. (f) 32 KY
                  Milton (m) 5 IN
                  C. (f) 3 KY
                  R. SIMONDS (m) 45 KY none $0-$25
                  (MAD: William H. Duncan and Casander E. Duncan in 1850 Crittenden Co. KY census; 1870 Wayne Co. IL census)
Pg.1021, #795-796, Elisa DUNCAN (f) 44 KY -- $0-$20
                  Mary 17 KY
                  W.T/F. (m) 15, O.A. (f) 8 KY
                  (MAD: widow of William)
Pg.1025, #830-824, Mary STRINGER 32 KY ---- $100-1050
                  Ed (m) 8, R. (m) 7, Charles 4 KY
                  J.G. DUNCAN (m) 47 KY merchant $4720-5000
                  R. (m) 15, C.T. (m) 13 KY
                  (MAD: John G., 1850 Daviess Co. KY census; Patrick Hays 8/2000: John G. Duncan mar. Mary M. Duncan 11/27/1849, she the dau. of Robert Duncan and Jane Graham)
Pg.1029, #864-855, C.B. DUNCAN (m) 42 KY merchant $2700-8000
                  Sallie 32 KY
                  Julia 14, S.M. (f) 10 KY
                  J.S. READING (m) 20 MO clerking
                  (MAD: Charles B., 1850 Daviess Co. KY census)

1870 Hancock Co. KY Census
Hawesville (faint)
Pg.173, #11-11, DUNCAN, C. (m) 23 KY (white) druggist $0-$200?
                  John G. 57 KY Grocer $1000-$6000
                  Mary 25 KY keeps house
                  Robert 23 KY law student
Pg.174, #24-24, DUNCAN, C.B. (m) 52 KY (white) dry goods merchant, $7000?-$3000
                  Sarah 42 KY keeps house
                  Julia 23 KY at home
                  Sarah 19 KY at home
                  Fannie 5 KY at home
Pg.176, #56-56, DUNCAN, Robert 83 KY (white) retired farmer $1600-$0
                  Rona? (f) 30 KY keeps house
                  BATES, Emily 24 KY (white) domestic servant
                  Maggie 1 KY at home
Lewisport District
Pg.219, #232-232, Wm. DUNCAN 71 KY (white) farmer $1300-$600
                  DUNCAN, Cathrine 55 KY keeps house
                  KEISER, George 13 IN (white) works on farm
                  D. (m) 9 GA works on farm


Hancock Co. KY Wills (FHL film 495,728)
      4-110/13: 3 June 1865, will of Robert Duncan of Davies Co. KY; to my sons John G. Duncan, Robert G. Duncan and Charles B. Duncan in trust for use and benefit of my daughter Rosa Jane Duncan all my real and personal estate; after death of said daughter Rosa Jane Duncan, divide estate amongst my other 8 children; my sons above named appointed executors; I have advanced to my children heretofore as follows: my son John G. Duncan $575; my son Robert G. Duncan $575; my son William B. Duncan $575; my son Charles B. Duncan $475; my daughter Mary M. Shringer $800; my son Christopher G. Duncan $600; my daughter Sarah J. Brown $432; my son Benjamin F. Duncan $1000. Wit. Geo. W. Williams, James E. Stone. Prob. 22 Jan. 1872. (R.E. Duncan, clerk).
      4-129/30: 3 July 1868, will of William R. (signed W.R.) Duncan of Hancock Co. KY; wife Catharine Duncan all real estate and residue of real and personal estate during life; at her death divided amongst all my children equally except as hereinafter provided (children to be charged with any advance of amounts received); and whereas I and John Bozarth and Felix Roberts are security for my daughter Mariah Jane Hayden (late Roberts) as adm. of Henry Roberts and as guardian for his children, in case any of us made responsible to said Henry Roberts children & heirs, then Mariah Jane Hayden or her children charged with that amount; give to the neighborhood for a burial ground 1 acre of tract of land on which I now live to include the present burial ground; appoint wife Catharine Duncan exec. and John Bozarth exec. Wit. R/B. H. Dupree, James E. Stone. Prob. 23 Feb. 1874. (MAD: Maria Jane Duncan mar. 1st Henry M. Roberts 1/23/1845; Annastatia Duncan mar. James Roberts 3/2/1848; Susan T. Duncan mar. Jno. G. Bozarth 10/17/1848)
      4-362/3: 22 Nov. 1892, Hawesville?, KY, will of Charles B. Duncan; my two daughters Sarah M. Archer and Fannie G. Duncan all real estate and personal property; any money or property heretofore given to son in law F.L. Archer or my two said daughters or may give to either, not be charged against them; appoint my said two daughters executrix without security; request court appoint three appraisers. Wit. W.L. Sterett, Robt. E. Duncan. Prob. Jan. 1894.


Hancock Co. KY Deeds (index 1829-1908 on FHL film 495,011)
      1-137: 15 Oct. 1829, James Prentiss and Thomas T. Bouldin, trustees for May Banister & Co., to William R. Duncan (no localities), $274.50 ($275.50?), lot #75 of survey 157,722; 270 acres on Beales line. No wit. (FHL film 495,013)
      1-234: 2 July 1835, William R. Duncan and wife Ann E. of Hancock Co. KY, to William F. Estes of same, for 75 cents (sic), 82 acres on Yellow Creek. No wit. (MAD: mar. (2nd) Ann E. Miller 5/22/1822 Daviess Co. KY; f. Raleigh d. 1820)
      4-264: 2 Oct. 1849, Timothy Holmes and wife Elizabeth and Thomas H. Ayres and wife Martha, of Hancock Co. KY, to Benjamin L. Duncan of Breckinridge Co. KY, $150, 1-3/4 acres on Ohio River, on which Medin Wilson formerly built a steam mill and formerly sold by Robert Triplett, reserving mines and minerals. (FHL film 495,014)
      5-361: 11 Aug. 1852, Benjamin L. Duncan and wife Maria and Philo V. Duncan and wife Susan E., of Breckinridge Co. KY, to John G. Duncan and Charles B. Duncan of Hancock Co. KY, for $1719.28 including notes payable (paid 1854), 1-3/4 acres (land in deed 4-264). No wit. (FHL film 495,015) (MAD: John G. & Charles B. in Daviess Co. KY 1850)
      7-141: 20 June 1854, George W. Williams & wife Mary and George W. McAdams and wife Dorcus, of town of Hawesville, to Charles B. and John G. Duncan of Hancock Co., $500 payable in 1 year, Lot #2 in Hawesville. (paid) No wit. (FHL film 495,015)
      7-251: 31 Jan. 1855, Robert Duncan of Daviess Co. KY for love to dau. Sarah Jane Brown, wife of Samuel F. Brown, negro girl Hesther about 11 or 12. No wit. No wife.
      7-460: 16 June 1855, Martha L. Munday of Hancock Co. to John G. Duncan and Charles B. Duncan of same, $300, upper half of lot 47 in Hawesville. No wit.
      Did not copy later index or deeds.


Hancock Co. KY Tax Records (from Roy Hall 1/1987)
1831: Wm R. Duncan 105a in Hancock, entered by May
1839: Wm R. Duncan 125a on Yellow Crk 1 M+21 1 slave 3 horses
1841: Wm R. Duncan 130a Yellow Crk 1 M+21 1 slave 4 horses
1842: Wm R. Duncan 125a 1 M+21 1 horse 5 children 7-17 years
1843: Wm R. Duncan 125a Yellow Crk 1 M+21 1 slave 12 cattle 3 children 7-17 years of age
1844: Wm R. Duncan 120a 1 M+21 1 slave 4 horses 3 children 7-17 years
1845: Wm R. Duncan 125a Yellow Crk 1 M+21 1 slave 4 horses 7 cattle 3 children 7-17 years
1846: Wm R. Duncan 1 M+21 1 slave 4 horses 8 cattle 2 children years of age, 125a on Yellow Creek
1847: Wm R. Duncan 125a 1 M+21 1 slave 4 horses 2 children 7-17 years
1848: Wm R. Duncan 125a 1 M+21 2 slaves 5 horses 4 cattle 2 children 17 years
1849: Wm R. Duncan 125a 1 M+21 1 slave 3 horses 6 cattle 2 children 16 years of age
      Benjamin L. Duncan 1 3/4a Ohio River, 1 M+21 1 cattle
      C.G. Duncan 1 M+21 1 horse
1850: Wm R. Duncan 125a Yellow Crk 1 slave 2 horses 1 child 5-15 5 cattle
      Wm Duncan 1 M+21 1 horse
      C.G. Duncan 2a on Ohio Riv 1 M+21
1851: John Duncan 1 M+21, 1 horse 2 cattle
      C.G. Duncan 1 M+21 3a Ohio River 1 M+21
      Wm Duncan 100a 1 M+21 1 horse 1 cattle 1 child 5-15 years
      Wm R. Duncan 130a 1 M+21 3 horses 1 slave 2 cattle


Information from gravestones in the Duncan Cemetery, Hancock Co. KY, is posted on the webpage of Patrick Hays and other webpages.
      Located on the remains of a farm in Hancock County, Kentucky, just off Old Hawesville-Lewisport Road or Hilldale Road near the junction with Poplar Grove Road.
      http://www.migrations.org/duncan.html for 5-generation chart by Patrick Hays
      http://kykinfolk.com/hancock/cemeteries.html / the Hancock Co. KY Cemeteries page
      http://www.hancockky.us/History/cemeterylistings.htm / the Hancock Co. KY Cemeteries page


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, Washington F.; D 12 KY Cav.; 1891 Sept. 12, Invalid Appl. #1055011, Cert. #957249, KY. (MAD: 1850 Hancock Co. KY Census; mustered in at Owensboro, Daviess Co. KY)
      Duncan, William S., widow Duncan, Sarah E.; B 26 KY Inf.; 1869 March 26, Invalid Appl. #141348, Cert. #388797; 1892 April 25, Widow Appl. #548393, Cert. #347005, Ind. (MAD: ?1850 Hart Co. KY census; 1860 Hancock Co. KY census; mustered in at Nashville, Davidson Co. TN)


Daviess Co. KY Deed (FHL film 579,995)
      I-486: 15 Nov. 1847 (from index), Henry Roberts and wife Elizabeth, Margaret Bell, Samuel Duncan, Robert M. Duncan, Alexander Landman and wife Mary Jane, John M. Howard and wife Julia Ann, and William Duncan, heirs & legal representatives of John Duncan decd; to Thomas B. Haynes as trustee for Susan Haynes his wife and her children, said Susan Haynes being one of the heirs of said John Duncan decd; for $350.50 by note upon a final settlement of the estate of John Duncan decd; land on Panther Creek, on which said Haynes & wife now reside, 145-3/4 acres. Certification in Hancock Co. for Alexander Landman and wife Mary J. Certification in Daviess Co. for remainder.
      (MAD: Alexander Lanham or Landman mar. 10/18/1824 Sally Duncan dau. of John in published mar. records; these deeds plainly show Mary and Mary Jane; Margaret is shown as dau. of James; Elizabeth shown as dau. of James)

Henderson Co. KY Deeds (FHL film 572,580)
      R-173: 16 April 1857, Fernando Priest of Henderson Co. to Charles B. Duncan of Hancock Co. KY, $1,310, 131 acres on Green River adj. lot 4 in a division of lands of John H. Priest decd among his heirs, in D.L. Boswell's line, lot 7, 1000 acre survey of heirs of said John Priest. No wife.
      R-176: 16 April 1857, Charles B. Duncan and wife Sallie Ann of Hancock Co. KY, to John B. Davis, $3,315 part mortgage, 255 acres Green River in 2 parcels, first on Green River corner lot 4, 131 acres (land in deed R-173); 2nd on Green River on D.L. Boswell's line, line of 1000 acre survey of heirs of John Priest, and is one of two tracts of land allotted to Sallie Ann Duncan as heir at law of John H. Priest, allotted by deed in Book Q, pg. 440.

Spencer Co. IN Deeds (SLC 6/11/2008)
      12-355: 12 April 1849, Alexander Landman & wife Mary J. late Duncan, one of heirs of John Duncan decd, of Hancock Co. KY, to Ezekiel Morgan of Spencer Co. IN, $256 to be paid, $100 due 1 March 1850 and $100 with interest due 1 Sept. 1850 and $56 with interest due 1 March 1851, their interest in 187-1/2 acres conveyed by Benjamin Aydelott and wife Ellen to said John Duncan decd. 19 April 1839, rec. Book 5 pg.223, the said Mary J. being one of the children and heirs of said John Duncan decd., late of Daviess Co. KY, 1/9 share. Appeared Hancock Co. KY. Rec. Aug. 17, 1849. (FHL film 1,321,958)

HISTORIES before 1923

1885 "KY, a History of the State" 2nd or 3rd Edition (Volume), by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin (FHL book 976.9 D3wt, and from Evelyn Sigler 7/1982)
      Pg.5-6 (Pg.746), Hancock Co. JUDGE ROBERT E. DUNCAN, native of Daviess Co. KY, son of John G. and Sarah (Head) Duncan, both parents born in same county & state. Duncan family are of Scotch descent, and were among first pioneers of Nelson Co. His great-grandfather, John Duncan, emigrated from VA to that part of the State before the present century. The grandfather was Robert Duncan, a native of VA; he came to KY when a small boy and resided in Nelson Co. a number of years, subsequently moving to Daviess Co. where his death occurred about the year 1830. John G. Duncan was born in Nelson Co. in 1802; in early life he was a farmer, but in later years carried on an extensive merchandising business in Hawesville, and became one of leading citizens of the place; he died about the year 1878; his wife, the mother of subject, was a daughter of Henry Head, an early resident of Daviess Co.; she died about 1844 or 1845. John G. and Sarah Duncan reared family of five children, four of whom are living, viz, Mary J., Thomas K., R.E. and C.T. The subject [Robert E. Duncan] was born Jan. 22, 1846; he received his early education in common schools and in 1863 he entered Cecilian College, Hardin Co., for one year; spring 1864, then age 18, enlisted in 13th KY Cavalry of Confederate Army, served for 15 months, attached to Forrest's command & took part in several engagements in KY and TN campaigns; at close of war returned to Hancock Co. and commenced reading law with E.H. Brown ... in 1870 he was elected county clerk of Hancock Co., re-elected three times, for total of 12 years; Aug. 1882 elected county judge, filled until present time. He married in 1876 to Miss Adelia Hannan of Cincinnati, OH; one child Genovieve, born Aug. 22, 1878. Mason, Methodist Episcopal Church.
      Pg.11, Hancock Co. W.B. MILLER, Hancock Co., was born in Rockbridge Co. VA, March 15, 1815, to Joseph and Mary (Booker) Miller; the father born in VA in 1793, his father John Miller a native of Germany. The father [Joseph Miller] was a millwright by trade, a soldier in war of 1812; in 1822 to KY, settled Shelby Co. for 3 years, then Daviess Co. where joined Methodist Church & became preacher; in 1860 to Ohio Co. where died in 1874. The mother was also born Rockbridge Co. VA in 1792, died this state in spring 1855. Subject [W.B. Miller] is second in family of 9 ch, two now living, Joseph S. in Ohio Co. and William B. The later started at age 25 at farming in Daviess Co.; in winter 1854 to Hancock Co., settled at Lewisport, for 3 years, then bought a mill near Hawesville, 2 years and then sold; erected a mill in Hancock Co. opposite Tall City on the Ohio but remained only one year; in 1879 settled on present farm where he now owns about 108a. Mr. Miller married Jan. 11, 1841, to Miss Rosa E., dau. of Capt. Ben and Nancy (Graham) Duncan, natives of Nelson Co. Mrs. Miller was born in Daviess Co. KY, Nov. 5, 1824. To her have been born three children, two living: Nannie, wife of James Freeman, and Cynthia, wife of John A. Freeman. Mr. & Mrs. Miller members of Methodist Episcopal Church South; subject was assessor in Daviess Co. 3 years; in 1861 and 1862 was sheriff of Hancock Co., from 1876 to 1880 served as assessor.
      Pg.14-15, Hancock Co. DR. W.T. PRENTIS, Hancock Co., was born in Petersburgh, VA, Nov. 18, 1820, to James & Lucy W. (Baugh) Prentis. ... In 1845 the father [James Prentis] to KY, Hancock Co., owning at one time about 650 acres, and half of the lots in the original plat of the village of Lewisport. ... The subject in Dec. 1844 to Lewisport, KY, until 1849; moved to Yelvington, Daviess Co., for one year, then returned to Lewisport for 5 years; next to Bloomfield, Nelson Co. where he practiced two years, then again returned to Lewisport. In 1862 to Grayville, White Co. IL, for 5 years, then Folsomville, IN; in 1870 returned to Lewisport until 1873, then moved again to Yelvington, KY for short time, returned to Hancock Co. until 1877, then to Lewisport where he has since remained. Dr. Prentis was married, in 1846, to Miss Maria, daughter of Joseph Stephens, of Bullitt Co. KY. This lady was born in Bullitt Co. KY, and died at Yelvington [Daviess Co. KY], in 1850. Subject was next married, in 1855, to Miss Sallie, daughter of George and Nancy (Connelley) Duncan. This lady died in 1857. The third marriage of Dr. Prentis was in Dec. 1859 to Miss Anne, dau. of Caleb and Lucy W. (Payne) Butler. Mrs. Prentis was born in Albion, Edwards Co. IL, in March, 1836, and to her have been born 6 children ... (MAD: married in Nelson Co. KY 10/17/1854)


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