Duncans in Middlesex Co. MA


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

Last revised January 22, 2011

Formed 1643; original county
Hampshire formed 1662 from Middlesex
Worcester formed 1731 from Suffolk, Middlesex


1790-1800 Middlesex Co. MA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1810 Middlesex Co. MA Census
Pg.24  Edmund Dunkin      00102  -  12200

1820-1840 Middlesex Co. MA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Middlesex Co. MA Census
Pg.27, #42-80, Stephen D. DUNCAN 27 NH conductor RR
                  Lavenia 23 ME
Pg.10, #145-162, Daniel JEWETT 34 MA farmer $1300
                  Mary A. 34 MA
                  Charles A. 6, Sarah A.C. 3 MA
                  Elisebeth DUNCAN 14 MA
W. Cambridge
Pg.326, #24-28, Luke WYMAN 65 MA farmer & family
                  Charles DUNCAN 21 IRE
Pg.93, #1308-1505, Honora DUNCAN (f) 37 IRE
                  Bridget 10, Margaret 7 IRE
Town of Waltham (from reference from Benjamin D. Adams)
Pg.318, #407-560, Horatio ADAMS 50 MA physician $0
                  Ann B. 52 MA
                  Ann I. 15 MA
                  Mary I. 13 MA
                  Benjn. F. 11 MA attended school in year
                  Elizeth. JOY 44 MA
                  Ellen M. ALISTON 18 IRE
                  Mary GOGURTEY 24 IRE
                  Denis McGUINIS? 22 IRE
                  (MAD & BDA: Horatio Adams mar. Ann Bethune Dunkin, sister of Benjamin Faneuil Dunkin of Charleston, SC; see also the Supreme Court Records in Suffolk Co. MA)
Pg.29, #366-392, John RAGUN 39 NY teacher & fam.
                  & girls of various names
                  Reuhn DUNKIN (f) 18 MA (indexed Rankin)
Lowell City
Pg.208, #163-187, John DUNCAN 37 SCT (occup. 3 words illeg.)
                  Mary A. (f) 34 MA
                  Jas. C. 14, J.W. (m) 11, Wm. H. 9 MA
                  (MAD: ? Duncans on pg.208 & pg.210 in 1860 Suffolk Co. MA, Boston Wd-12, pg.190)
Pg.210, #178-202, Harmah LUFKIN & family & others
                  J.E. DUNCAN (m) 8, Mary A. 6 NY
                  Aurelia 3 NY
                  Julia G. 5/12 MA
Pg.320, #1194-1454, Alanson WRIGHT & family
                  John N. DUNCAN 22 NH machinest & others
Pg.433, #2452-3113, John G. DUNCAN 38 NH manufacturer
                  Phebe H. 31 ME
                  Catharine 12, John H. 8 MA
                  Alice A. 6 MA
Pg.445, #2557-3256, Warren BESSE & family & machinests
                  Ann DUNCAN 35 IRE & other women

1860 Middlesex Co. MA Census
Lowell Ward 1
Pg.37, #924-1113, Boarding house
                  Emily DUNCAN 25 ME mill hand
Pg.103, #826-810, Nathaniel J. DUNCAN 36 NH farmer $1500-$300
                  Frances M. (f) 34 NH
                  James C. 11, Fred T. (m) 10 NH
                  (MAD: son of Christy Duncan & Lois Dow; see Hillsborough Co. NH)
Town of Melrose
Pg.324, #408-409, E.H. BUCK (m) 29 NY Cong. clergyman $0-$0
                  Elizabeth 31 ME
                  Amelia 6/12 MA
                  Mary A. DUNCAN 25 St.Johns domestic
Pg.402, #2745-2543, Robert DUNKIN 27 SCT currier $0-$25
                  Jeannie (f) 28 SCT
                  (not m/in/year, no ch.)
Pg.411-2, #2804-3616, Jesse CUTLER 40 MA farmer $6000-$1500
                  Josephine (f) 12, Warsen C. (m) 9 MA
                  Sarah B. 7, Thomas H. 2 MA
                  (& farm laborers, including)
                  Thomas DUNKIN 23 IRE farm laborer
Pg.416, #514-560, Gardner T. RING (m) 44 NH master brickmaker $0-$0
                  & family & other brickmakers including
                  Wm. DUNCAN 20 IRE brickmaker
Pg.507, #1132-1250, Honora DUNCAN (f) 55 IRE (blank) $0-$0
                  Wm. 21 IRE brickmaker
                  Margaret 17 IRE
                  Mary A. 19 MA
                  (MAD: ages and birthstates as given)
Pg.257, #1536-2086, Loren? H. ROBBINS (m) 42 CT clerk $0-$0
                  Jerusha S. 37 CT
                  Ellen A. 13, Loren H. Jr. (m) 11, Benj. F. 8 CT
                  Harriet W. 5, Mary L. 2 MA
                  Ellen DUCAN 27 IRE domestic
Pg.503, #2844-3808, Jas. DUNCAN 41 IRE laborer $0-$0
                  Betsey 40 IRE
                  Mary 14 IRE
                  Catharine MEANEY 31 IRE

1870 Middlesex Co. MA Census
Cambridge, Ward 2
Pg.348, #312-331, DUNCAN, Wm. P. 37 ME lawyer $0-$0
                  Abbie F. 33 MA keeping house
                  John F. 8 MA attending school
                  Payson W. (m) 2 MA at home
                  SHIELDS, Mary 13 MA domestic servant
                  (MAD: 1860 Ottawa Co. MI census)
Cambridge, Ward 3, first name first on pg.491
Pg.491, #263-367, Mary VALENTA 64 VT keeping house $0-$0
                  Ernest (m) 25 VT tamster
                  Mary 19 VT seamstress
                  Josephine 23 VT seamstress
                  Edward 26 NY labourer
                  Louisa 22 ME no occupation
                  John DEAN 60 IRE labourer, parents of foreign birth
                  Charles WHEELER 33 NH labourer
                  William DUNCAN 17 NH labourer
Pg.580-581, #1235-1836, MEYER, Charles E. 36 BADEN, parents of foreigh birth
                  & family & servants &
                  house of correction, many men, including (on pg.581)
                  DUNCAN, Thomas 22 MA brush maker
Charlestown, Ward 2
Pg.151, #187-239, DUNCAN, James 50 IRE laborer $6800-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Rosana 48 IRE keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Peter 14 MA at school, parents of foreign birth
Pg.378, #168-175, GAY, Zeba (m) 46 NY machinist $15,000-$10,000
                  Adeline L. 46 NH house keeping
                  Frederic F. 19 MA works in mach. shop
                  Emma J. 10 MA at school
                  DUNCAN, Frances N. (f) 42 NH house keeping
                  Fred F. 20 NH apprentice to machine shop
                  TAYLOR, Sarah M. 35 NY school teacher
Pg.300, #424-529, GOODALE, David 46 MA farmer $2000-$2500
                  Esther C. 46 VT keeping house
                  Mary E. 16 Sandwich Islands attendig school, parents of foreign birth
                  Charles W. 14 "" attending school (not parents of foreign birth)
                  William W. 12 "" attending school (not parents of foreign birth)
                  David 9 "" attending school (not parents of foreign birth)
                  Ellen C. 9 "" attending school (not parents of foreign birth)
                  DYRIE, Myron (m) 21 CANada farm laborer, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Philis 19 GA BLACK domestic servant
                  METCALF, Aurilla (f) 62 MA no occupation
Lowell, Ward 1
Pg.393, #356-388, MUDGE, Julia 29 VT works cotton mill $0-$0
                  DUNCAN, Phebe 49 ME ("Me") no occupation
Lowell, Ward 4
Pg.104, #50-49, EDLMAN?, Mary B. 44 ME boarding house $1,000-$300
                  & family and others, including
                  DUNCAN, Albert 20 ME machinest
Pg.176, #945-1102, DUNCAN, W.W. (m) 38 NH apothecary $4000-$16,000
                  Mary H. 26 VT keeping house
                  Lottie A. (f) 2 MA at home
                  RYON, Katie 26 IRE domestic servant, parents of foreign birth
Lowell, Ward 5
Pg.263, #794-945, PURCELL, Margt. 50 IRE keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 24 MA works cotton mill, parents of foreign birth
                  Dennis 22 MA laborer, parents of foreign birth
                  Richard 20 MA fishing, parents of foreign birth
                  James 18 MA works cotton mill, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Fanny 25 IRE works cotton mill, parents of foreign birth
Pg.589, #330-392, SMALL, John F. 35 NH wks in machine shop $0-$0
                  SMALL, Annie E. 32 ME keeping house
                  Louis W. (m) 4/12 MA at home, b.Feb.
                  DONSON, Emily 40 CAN domestic, parents of foreign birth
Pg.79, #1017-1294, STRONG, Stephen C. 46 MA clergyman $3000-$1700
                  Mira P. (f) 45 MA no occupation
                  DUNCAN, Mary L. 23 MA MULATTO domestic servant
Pg.130, #709-722, MANSUR, Lewis 28 ENG gardner $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 32 CAN housekeeping, parents of foreign birth
                  & many people, including
                  DUNCAN, Charles 23 NS (Nova Scotia) carpenter, parents of foreign birth
Pg.453, #1410-1700, DUNCAN, William 29 IRE porter in store $0-$100, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 27 MA keep house, parents of foreign birth
                  William 7 MA at school, father of foreign birth
                  Honora (f) 6 MA at school, father of foreign birth
Pg.252, #382-506, MORRIS, Lucius (m) 47 MA brick mason $3500-$300
                  Lucy 45 MA keeping house
                  Isabel 24 MA at home
                  Clara H. 16 MA works in starhing? mill
                  Lizzie J/G?. 14 MA at school
                  Levina M. 6 MA at school
                  DUNCAN, Henry 27 MA works in watch factory
                  SIMPSON, E.P. (m) 26 ME carpenter
                  Lizzie 25 MA at home
Pg.351, #201-297, BRADFORD Ruth A. 35 MA keeping house $2500-$5000
                  DINDLEY? (DUDLEY?), Anna 72 MA keeping house $0-$5000
                  DUNCAN, Sarah L. 60 PA boarding $0-$8000
Pg.446, #3-3, DIMON? (DINSON?), Isaac 64 MA farmer $1500-$200
                  Mary 58 MA house keeper
                  BUTTERS, Bell Webster (f) 11 MA at school
                  Mara H. (f) 6 MA at school


"Vital records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the year 1850" (Middlesex Co.) compiled by Thomas W. Baldin; pub. Boston, Mass.: unknown, 1914-1915, 1742 pgs. (PS 35; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL book 974.44/C1 V2b v.1-2 and film 496,864)
      Vol.I, pg.217-218: Cambridge Births:
      DUNCAN, Ann Caroline, d. of William and Elizabeth, in Boston, May 18, 1844.
      James, ----, 1820. G.R.3.
      Duncan, Matthew, ----, 1833. G.R.2.
      Sophia C. Butterfield [----], w. of James, ----, 1826. G.R.3.
      Vol.II, pg.124-125: Cambridge marriages:
      DUNKIN, Christopher and Mary Barber, int. July 20, 1835.
      DUNCAN, John and Susan E. Jewett, int. Sept. 2, 1849.
      Simeon and Olive Curtis, both of Boston, May 22, 1843.* (*intention not recorded)
      Stephen D. of Charlestown, and Sirena G. Jellison, int. Feb. 12, 1849.
      No deaths
      Abbreviations: G.R.2. - grave record, Cambridge Cemetery, Coolidge Avenue
      G.R.3. - grave record, Mount Auburn Cemetery

"Early Massachusetts marriages prior to 1800 : with the addition of Plymouth County marriages, 1692-1746" 3 volumes in one, edited by Frederic W. Bailey, pub. by Bureau of American Ancestry, 1897-1914, with the addition of Plymouth County marriages, excerpted and reprinted from The Genealogical advertiser, v. 1-2, Cambridge, 1898-1899. Book 1, Worcester Co.; Book 2, Plymouth Co.; Book 3, Middlesex, Hampshire, Berkshire and Bristol Cos. (Placerville County Library book 929.3744E; FHL book 974.4 V2b and film 874,200 item 1 and fiche 6,051,393; and from Nancy Bobal 11/1993)
      Benjamin Dutton to Joanna Dunkin, July 1, 1690, Billerica, Middlesex Co. (Vol.3, pg.9)
      John Dunkin to Johannah Jeffs, 23-12-1674 (sic), Billerica, Middlesex Co. (Vol.3, pg.11)
      Nathan Dunkin to Hannah Wyer, Dec. 15, 1686, Charlestown, Middlesex Co. (Vol.3, pg.30)
      Uriah Parmenter to Sarah Duncan, July 26, 1722, Sudbury, Middlesex Co. (Vol.3, pg.88)


Index to the probate records of the county of Middlesex, Massachusetts : first series, from 1648 to 1871; prepared under the supervision of Samuel H. Folsom and William E. Rogers, registers of probate and insolvency for the county of Middlesex (FHL film 385,977, from Louis Boone 2/1989; also FHL book 974.44 P22m ser. 1)
      Name, Residence, Year, Nature, Number
      Dugan, George H., Somerville, 1865, Change of Name, 30936
      Dugan, Thomas, Concord, 1827, Will, 6495
      Dunkin, Ann B., Benjamin F., Elizabeth I., John, Nathaniel B., Susan, Susan L.; Bristol, PA, 1804, Guardian, 6503 (separate entries but same case; "Bristol, PA" perhaps Bristol, Bucks Co. PA)
      Dunkin, Bethune, Waltham, 1870, Administration, 30949
      Dunkin, John, Billerica, 1691, Administration, 6504
      Dunkin, John, Billerica, 1699, Administration, 6505
      Dunkin, John, Chelmsford, 1734, Administration, 6506


"Massachusetts Reports - Cases argued and determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, September 1874 - January 1875" by John Lathrop; Vol.116, pgs.17 to 21 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 2/2004)
      COMMONWEALTH vs. THEODORE L. GRANT; Supreme Court of Massachusetts; 116 Mass. 17; September 28, 1874, Decided.
      Middlesex. Indictment for perjury. The indictment set forth at length that at a session of the Police Court of Charlestown, on March 6, 1873, one Lydia L. Grant was in due form of law tried under the name of Lydia L. Linnell on a complaint charging her with larceny from one Theodore L. Grant, within the jurisdiction of said Police Court; that at the trial aforesaid said Theodore L. Grant did appear as a witness for the Commonwealth, and then and there was sworn to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, as such witness: that at and upon said trial of the said Lydia, upon the complaint aforesaid, it then and there became and was a material question and subject of inquiry whether the said Theodore L. Grant was not then or had not been before then, married to the said Lydia; and whether the said Theodore L. Grant had not before then gone through the marriage ceremony with the said Lydia; and whether the said Theodore L. Grant had not represented himself as the husband of the said Lydia; and whether the said Theodore L. Grant and the said Lydia had not before then lived and cohabited together as man and wife; and whether the said Theodore L. Grant and the said Lydia had not before then gone to a minister together and been married to each other by said minister and whether the said Theodore L. Grant had not before then entered into an agreement of separation with the said Lydia; that the said Theodore L. Grant being so sworn as aforesaid, in the premises, then and there "as such witness as aforesaid, upon the trial as aforesaid, and whilst it was such material question and subject of inquiry as aforesaid, unlawfully, falsely, knowingly, wilfully and corruptly did depose, swear and give evidence among other things in substance and to the effect following, that is to say: that the said Theodore L. Grant was not then, nor had ever before then been married to the said Lydia; that the said Theodore L. Grant had not before then gone through the marriage ceremony with the said Lydia; that the said Theodore L. Grant had never represented himself as the husband of the said Lydia; that the said Theodore L. Grant and the said Lydia had never before then lived and cohabited together as man and wife; that the said Theodore L. Grant and the said Lydia had not before then gone together to a minister and been married to each other by said minister; and that the said Theodore L. Grant had not before then entered into an agreement of separation with the said Lydia. Whereas in truth and in fact the said Theodore L. Grant, at the time he so deposed and swore as aforesaid, well knew that he was then and for some time before then had been married to the said Lydia; whereas in truth and in fact the said Theodore L. Grant had before then gone through the marriage ceremony with the said Lydia; and whereas in truth and in fact the said Theodore L. Grant had represented himself as the husband of the said Lydia; and whereas in truth and in fact the said Theodore L. Grant and the said Lydia had before then lived and cohabited together as man and wife; and whereas in truth and in fact the said Theodore L. Grant and the said Lydia had before then gone together to a minister and had been married by said minister to each other; and whereas in truth and in fact the said Theodore L. Grant had before then entered into an agreement of separation with the said Lydia, as the said Theodore L. Grant then and there well knew, but the said allegations were so sworn to and given in evidence as aforesaid by the said Theodore L. Grant for the purpose of unlawfully, wickedly and maliciously causing the said Lydia falsely to be convicted on the said complaint charging her with larceny from the said Theodore L. Grant, and for no other purpose whatever;" that Grant accordingly committed perjury.
      At the trial in the Superior Court, before Pitman, J., it appeared that on February 28, 1873, the defendant procured a search warrant to search for some articles of personal property alleged to be in a house occupied by Lydia L. Linnell in Charlestown, and that the officers made the search and found some small articles of personal property which the defendant claimed as his property, and that thereupon one of the officers made a complaint in the Police Court of said Charlestown charging Lydia with the larceny of said property; that the case came on for trial before the justice of said court, and that the said Lydia L. Linnell set up in defence that she was the lawful wife of the defendant, and therefore could not be convicted of the larceny of his property; that the defendant was called and sworn as a witness for the government at the trial, and was asked the questions set forth in the indictment, and made the answers set forth in said indictment.
      The only direct evidence of a marriage between the defendant and said Lydia was a marriage certificate signed by one Henry Duncan, and the testimony of Lydia that the and said defendant went to Providence on July 26, 1871, and were there married at the house of the Rev. Henry Duncan, who gave her said certificate, and that the defendant caused their marriage to be inserted in a Providence daily paper the afternoon of the same day, which paper the produced; that they returned to Boston where they lived together a few days and then removed to the house of the defendant, where they resided together until September 12, 1872, when they separated and did not live together thereafter. There was other evidence tending to show that the parties had been together, and that the defendant had introduced the said Lydia as his wife before the separation. Lydia swore that she was not married at any other time or place than at Providence as aforesaid, and that there never had been any other ceremony of marriage between them.
      The defendant testified that he never went to Providence with Lydia as alleged, and that no ceremony of marriage was ever performed between him and Lydia, that he had lived with Lydia, but not as husband and wife; and it was admitted by the district attorney that the certificate produced was not a genuine certificate but was made by a man named Henry Duncan who resided in Chelsea or Charlestown. It appeared that the defendant could neither read nor write. It also appeared by his own testimony that he had a wife living in Boston to whom he was married more than twenty years ago.
      The defendant asked the court to instruct the jury as follows: 1. Unless the jury find that the parties were actually married or went through the form of marriage before some person supposed to be authorized to perform the marriage ceremony, this indictment cannot be maintained.
      2. If the defendant had a lawful wife living other than Lydia Linnell, this indictment cannot be maintained.
      3. The other allegations of perjury contained in the indictment are not material to the issue before the Police Court, if in point of fact the defendant and Lydia Linnell were not married or had not gone through the form of marriage.
      The court declined to give any of the instructions asked for, but instructed the jury as follows: "That it was admitted that in the trial upon which the alleged perjury was charged to have been committed it was a material question whether the defendant was married to Lydia Linnell; that if the defendant then swore wilfully, falsely and corruptly as set forth in the indictment in relation to any matters therein assigned which were material to this issue, -- that is, which tended to prove the marriage, though such matters were only circumstantial, -- then he was guilty; that it was not necessary for the jury to find that the defendant was in fact married to, or had gone through with the form of marriage with said Linnell, if he had sworn falsely as aforesaid in relation to matters material in the consideration of such question of marriage at said trial."
      The jury returned a verdict of guilty, and the defendant alleged exceptions to the rulings and refusals of the court.
      [opinion] DEVENS, J. The request made by the defendant was properly declined by the presiding judge. A party not only commits perjury by swearing falsely and corruptly as to the fact which is immediately in issue, but also by so doing as to material circumstances which have a legitimate tendency to prove or disprove such fact. He cannot in the latter case exonerate himself from the offence, because, while the circumstances to which he thus swore did not exist, the fact sought to be established by them did exist. Even if the defendant was not married to Linnell, if he corruptly and falsely swore that he had not so represented, that he had not lived with her as his wife and had not made an agreement of separation from her, this testimony was material in the decision of the issue as presented to the Police Court, and might therefore be properly included in the assignments of perjury contained in the indictment. The offence of the defendant consisted in making false statements intended to corrupt the administration of justice, by inducing the magistrate to render a decision based thereupon, and it is not the less an offence because the decision was in fact correct.
      Exceptions overruled.


Bucks Co. PA Orphans Court Records, index A-G (FHL film 172,911; SLC 12/2008; pg.434+)
      Dunkin, [of] Bristol, minors, Elizabeth D., Edmund, Nathaniel, File 1507, 1804, Pet. Guard. 3-133, 3-134
      Vol.3, pg.133-134: #1507, Petition for Guardian, Edmund Dunkins children. Petition of Elizabeth Ingles Dunkin and Nathaniel Bethune Duncan of Borough of Bristol, Bucks Co. PA; that petitioners are entitled to an estate bequeathed to them by their grandfather George Bethune Esq. and also an estate bequeathed to them by their grandmother Mary Bethune, late of Little Cambridge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts deceased and being now above the age of 16 years, ask to choose a suitable person as their guardian. /s/ Elizabeth I. Dunkin, Nathl. Bethune Dunkin. March 26, 1804, Edmund Dunkin appt. guardian agreeably to the choice of the minors. .... (FHL film 172,919) (MAD: Cambridge, Middlesex Co. MA)
      Vol.3, pg.134: #1507, Petition for Guardians, Edmund &c Dunkin's children. The Petition of Edmund Dunkin of the Borough of Bristol and County of Bucks respectfully sheweth: That four of your Petitioner's children, to wit, Benjamin Fanuel Dunkin, John Dunkin, Ann Bethune Dunkin and Susan Dunkin are entitled to an estate bequeathed to them by their grandfather George Bethune Esq. and also an estate bequeathed to them by their grandmother Mary Bethune late of Little Cainbridge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts deceased, being minors, he prays your honor to appoint a suitable person as guardian to take charge of the said property and your petitioners ... /s/ Edmund Dunkin. March 26, 1804, Edmund Dunkin appointed guardian of the within minors. (FHL film 172,919) (MAD: Cambridge, Middlesex Co. MA)


JOHN DUNCAN, widow Betsy, H-1841, NH, MA (FHL film 970,864; National Archives Roll 864)
      Applied 13 May 1833, age 81, at Acworth, Sullivan Co. NH; lived in Londonderry [Rockingham Co.], NH when enlisted 19 April 1775; b. 29 March 1752 at Londonderry according to bible record; moved to Acworth, Cheshire now Sullivan Co. NH; enlisted with David McCrory, Robert Boyde? and David Brurtes?, was Sergeant; witnesses Robert McClure age 78 of Ackworth who lived in Londonderry in 1775, and Lassell Filsby age 78 who served with John Duncan, and Jeremiah Willard age 85 who served with John 1777.
      Declaration by Betsey Duncan, age 74, on 28 Oct. 1848, res. of Acworth, Sullivan Co. NH; she m. John Duncan as his second wife on 15 May 1794 in adj. town of Lempster by Rev. Mr. Fisher; John d. at Acworth on 14 June 1834; witness Thomas Hickey, age 47 of Acworth, one of executors of John's will proved in Sullivan Co. NH Probate Court 19 June 1834.
      Acworth NH town clerk: John Duncan's wife was Betsey Prouty of Spencer, MA; children of John and first wife Margaret: William b. 14 Oct. 1778, John b. 1 March 1780, Adam b. 21 Jan. 1782, George b. 26 Dec. 1783, Jane b. 17 Oct. 1785, Rachel b. 23 Nov. 1787, Isaac b. 12 July 1789, James b. 1 July 1791. Children of John and Betsey: Daniel b. 13 Dec. 1794, Hiram b. 30 June 1796, Horace b. 10 Jan. 1799, Fanny b. 4 March 1801, Cyrus b. 6 May 1803, Harvey b. 3 Oct. 1805, Milton b. 18 April 1808, Solon b. 5 Sept. 1810, Betsey b. 26 April 1813, Therone b. 1 Dec. 1815, Mary b. 5 March 1820.
      Statement by Betsey Duncan 1 Nov. 1851 in Charlestown, Middlesex Co. MA where she moved; statement on 28 March 1855, age 80, in Acworth, Sullivan Co. NH to obtain bounty land, where she lived with her son; statement on 19 Aug. 1868, age 93, in Acworth, Sullivan Co. NH.
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"Record of the Massachusetts volunteers, 1861-1865" (anonymous); pub. Boston: The Adjutant-General under a resolve of the General Court, 1868-1870, 1886 pgs. (LH12744; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL books 974.4 M2mar v.1-2 pt.1-3 and film 1,321,031 items 1-2)
      Pg.769: Fifth Regiment of Cavalry, M.V. (Three Years), Company B.
         Duncan, Matthew, age 30, $325.00, Newton, Jan. 29, '64, Oct. 31, 1865, expiration of service. (MAD: Middlesex Co.)

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, Jefferson E.; B 44 Mass Inf.; 1905 July 13, Invalid Appl. #1338111, Cert. #1114174, Mass.; remarks C2496757. (MAD: resided Newton, Middlesex Co. MA)
      Duncan, Mathew, widow Duncan, Amy J.; B 5 Mass. Cav.; 1890 July 10, Invalid Appl. #802324, Cert. #564647, Mass.; 1916 Oct. 14, Widow Appl. #1079630, no cert., Mass. (MAD: Middlesex Co. MA)


Newspaper clipping, April 22, Horatio Adams, M.D., 60. (undated but age 50 in 1850, newspaper not named; from Benjamin Adams 1/2002; Middlesex Co. MA)
      Time, as it passes, takes from us, one by one, the most prominent and highly esteemed of our citizens. But is is long since we have been called upon to record the death of one so long and so well known, and so highly respected at home and abroad, as Dr. Adams. For nearly forty years he has been the leading physician in our town, ...
      (MAD: the rest of the column extolls his virtues, but gives no personal information.)

Newspaper clipping, MRS. ANNE BETHUNE ADAMS. (undated but age 52 in 1850, newspaper not named; from Benjamin Adams 1/2002; Middlesex Co. MA)
      Died at Waltham, on Saturday, Dec. 14, 18????39???, on her ninety-second birthday, Mrs. Anne Bethune (Dunkin) Adams, widow of the late Horatio Adams, M.D.
      ... She was born on the old Faneuil estate in "little Cambridge," now Brighton, being the grand-daughter of George and Mary Faneuil Bethune, and the daughter of Edmund Dunkin of county Antrim, Ireland, and Susan??? Bethune, his wife. One of her older brothers, Benjamin Faneuil Dunkin, was the distinguished chancellor and afterwards chief justice of South Carolina. After her father's death she removed, at about the age of twenty, with her two sisters, to Waltham, where the rest of her life was passed. In 1872???? she married Dr. Adams of Waltham, whom she survived for nearly twenty-nine years; and she leaves three children, two daughters and a son, Dr. B.F.D. Adams, now of Colorado. ...
      Cambridge, Dec. 15 ????, 1880.

HISTORIES before 1923

1868 "Illustrated history of Lowell" (Middlesex Co. MA) by Charles Cowley; pub. Boston: Lee & Shepard (LH5747; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL book 974.44/L1 H2c and film 1,697,656 item 6 and fiche 6,100,473)
      Pg.162: Amos Abbott ... retained his seat in Congress six years. In 1849, James H. Duncan of Haverhill, succeeded him and was re-elected for a second term. (MAD: Haverhill, Essex Co. MA)

1916 "Digest of the city of Lowell and its surrounding towns" (Middlesex Co.) (anonymous); pub. Lowell, Mass.: Executive Committee of the Lowell Board of Trade (LH5743; HeritageQuest 5/2007)
      Pg.29: Lowell City Government, 1916. William W. Duncan, Commissioner of Finance. Term expires January 1, 1917. Salary, $2,500.00

1870 "A brief history of the First Baptist Church in Cambridge : with the declaration of faith, the church covenant, and list of members." (Middlesex Co. MA) (anonymous); pub. Cambridge: Printed by J. Ford & Son (LH4765; HeritageQuest 5/2007)
      Pg.77: Female members. Names, when received. Duncan, Mary, 426, b. Aug. 17, 1838. (MAD: "b." is probably baptized)

1902 "Genealogy and history of representative citizens of the commonwealth of Massachusetts" by H. Clay Evans; pub. Boston: New England Historical Pub. Co. (LH7415; HeritageQuest 5/2007 & 7/2007; FHL book 974.4 D2hu and film 908,862 item 1)
      Pg.672: WYLIE CHARLES BURNS of Malden, Massachusetts ... John Lamb Wiley, b.1788, d.1833. In 1810 he m. Letitia Johnston, who was b. in 1788, and d. May 31, 1829. Her father, William Johnston, was b. in 1744, m. Elizabeth Duncan, and d. in 1789 or 1790. (MAD: Malden, Middlesex Co. MA)

1862 "A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing three generations of those who came before May 1692, on the basis of farmer's register" Vol.II, by James Savage (from Elizabeth Lee 3/1993; FHL book 974 D2s)
      Pg.80: Duncan, Jabez, a soldier in Philip's war, of Capt. Turner's comp. Apr. 1676. (MAD: Worcester Co. MA) Joseph, Dover, k. by the Ind. 27 June 1689, with 22 others. (MAD: ? see Strafford Co. NH) ## Nathaniel, Dorchester 1630, came, doubtless, in the Mary and John with the other first sett. of that town, freem. 6 May 1635, ar. co. 1638, a capt. auditor gen. and rep. skill. says Johnson, "in the Latin and French," brot. perhaps, w. Eliz. s. Nathaniel, who. was of ar. co. 1644, had also Peter, rem. to Boston a. 1646, and d. a. 1668. ## Peter, Dorchester, s. of the preced. ar. co. 1654, rem. to Gloucester, m. Mary, d. of Martha Epes, the sec. or third w. of Samuel Symonds, Esqr. of Ipswich, had Martha, b. 10 Nov. 1655; Eliz. 28 Feb. 1657, d. soon; Eliz. again, 30 Aug. 1661; Ruth, 27 July 1663; Peter, 2 Nov. 1665; Priscilla, 9 Jan. 1667; Margery, 8 Jan. 1670; and Daniel, 19 May 1672. (MAD: Essex Co. MA)
      Pg.81: Dunkin, John, Billerica 1675, had two s. k. by the Ind. there, 1 Aug. 1692. (MAD: Middlesex Co. MA) Samuel, Newbury 1638, perhaps rem. to Boston, had there beside other ch. Thomas, b. 15 Jan. 1656; and in 1672 had ld. at Muddy riv. now Brookline. (MAD: Boston, Suffolk Co. MA) Samuel, Roxbury, prob. s. of the preced. by w. Deliverance had Margaret, b. 17 Mar. 1670; Sarah, 23 Sept. 1674; Jabez, 20 Aug. 1678; Deliverance, 29 Sept. 1681; and Samuel, 14 Aug. 1689, d. soon; and f. d. 19 Nov. 1693. (MAD: Norfolk Co. MA)

1883 "History of the town of Amherst, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire : (first known as Narragansett Township Number Three, and subsequently as Southegan West) : from the grant of the township by the Great and General Court of the province of Massachusetts Bay in June, 1728 to March, 1882 : with genealogies of Amherst families, biographical sketches of natives and citizens of the town, and a sketch of the Narraganset fort fight, 19 December, 1675" (Hillsborough Co.) by Daniel F. Secomb; pub. Concord, N.H.: Printed by Evans, Sleeper & Woodbury (LH8931, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 974.28/A1 H2s and film 928,122 item 23; rechecked 7/16/2007, Southegan and Souhegan as given)
      Pg.671: LEMAN. SAMUEL LEMAN, one of the founders of the Congregational church in Souhegan West, was from Reading, Mass., where he m. Hannah Duncan 3 September 1715. They had the following children, b. in Reading: - Margaret, b. 12 October 1717; Mary, b. 5 September 1719; Samuel, b. 9 September 1721, seems to have settled in Hollis; Abraham, b. 15 August 1724, seems to have settled in Hollis, buried in Mount Vernon. (MAD: Reading, Middlesex Co. MA)

1921 "History of Middlesex County, New Jersey, 1664-1920" by John P. Wall; pub. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co. (LH 1831, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL fiche 6,046,406; "Historical and Biographical" FHL book 974.941 H2w v.1-3 and and film 982,345 items 1-3 and 1,000,213)
      Pg.445: Raritan Township. The most notable figure in educational affairs during the early part of the last century was Bethune Duncan. Born in Boston, June 6, 1786, he came to the Oak Tree school as teacher in 1819 and served as such for forty-five years, having as pupils the children of three generations. His former mercantile training, united to a good English education, and a genuine love for books and children, rendered him exceptionally capable as a teacher. An excellent penman, thorough in spelling, arithmetic and bookkeeping, a disciplinarian and devoted to his work, he proved most successful in his chosen work. Full of years, and beloved by young and old, he returned to the home of his sister in Waltham, Massachusetts, and there passed the remainder of his life. (MAD: Boston, Suffolk Co. MA; Waltham, Middlesex Co. MA)


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