Duncans in Plymouth Co. MA


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

Last revised July 31, 2008

Formed 1685 from New Plymouth Colony


1790-1830 Plymouth Co. MA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Plymouth Co. MA Census
Pg.99  Abel H. Duncan      0200,01  -  0110,101
      (mark in 90-100 column; not Rev. War; not age 90-100 in totals)

1850 Plymouth Co. MA Census
Pg.110, #142-173, Abel G. DUNCAN 33 VT Cong? clergyman
                  Lucia H. 48 MA
                  Laura J. 54 ME
                  William P. 21 ME
                  Lucia A. 19 MA
                  Almira ESTES 17 MA
                  Sarah F. URAVILL? 35 MA
                  (MAD: Abel G. Duncan plainly age 33; wife Lucia Harlow, 1830 Waldo Co. ME census; 1860 Bristol Co. MA census; William P. 27 ME ? 1860 Ottawa Co. MI census)
Pg.205, #397-510, Jacob DYER 74 MA laborer & family
                  Mary A. DUNCAN 38 MA
                  Judson 7, George 4 MA
                  Laura J. 21 ME
Pg.214, #520-675, John DUNCAN 29 SCT currier
                  Ellen 25 SCT
                  Joseph 4, Agnes 2 SCT
                  Agnes P. 27 SCT

1860 Plymouth Co. MA Census
Pg.288, #688-800, Elizabeth DUNKAN 66 MA (blank) $0-$0 (alone)
Pg.355, #537-668, Ezekiel D. DYER 60 MA (blank) $6000-$250 "convict"
                  Rebecca 61 MA
                  M.A.L. GARY (m) 41 MA milliner
                  Emerson STETSON (m) 25 MA clerk
                  George PEARSON 20 MA clerk $0-$150
                  Nath. N. DYER 45 MA clerk
                  Mich. C. BRIEN (m) 22 IRE day laborer
                  Mary A. DUNCAN 48 MA seamstress
                  George 14 MA

1870 Plymouth Co. MA Census
Pg.143, #346-392, DUNCAN, Abel G. 67 VT clergyman $0-$1000
                  ESTES, Almira 54 MA house keeper
                  KING, Emma L. 16 MA home
                  (MAD: 1860 Bristol Co. MA census)
N. Bridgewater
Pg.527, #343-518, DUNCAN, Catharin 56 IRE keeping house $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Thomas 24 CANada works in shoe factory, parents of foreign birth


"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)
      No Duncan indexed Vol. 2; none spotted in Supplement for Plymouth Co. 1692-1746.


"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.188: Fourth Regiment Infantry, M.V.M. (Nine Months), Company E.
         Duncan, Jason, age 19, Abington, Sept. 26, '62, Died May 25, 1863, Brashear City, La. (MAD: Plymouth 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, Jason, mother Duncan, Mary A.; E 4 Mass. Inf.; 1864 Feb. 3, Mother Appl. #44397, Cert. #25469. (MAD: Plymouth Co. MA)
      Duncan, Thomas H., widow Duncan, Julia A.; F 44 Iowa Inf.; 1901 Dec. 17, Invalid Appl. #1278532, Cert. #1103099, Mass.; 1907 April 18, Widow Appl. #867788, Cert. #629675, Mass. (MAD: 1900 Plymouth Co. MA, b.1846 CAN Eng., Julia b.1850 MA; 1880 Plymouth Co. MA b.1845 IL)

HISTORIES before 1923

1853 "A historical sketch of the town of Hanover [Plymouth Co.], Mass. : with family genealogies" by John Stetson Barry, pub. Boston: Published for the author by S.G. Drake (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 5795; FHL book 974.482/H3 H2b and film 1,425,589 item 2)
      Pg.74, Ecclesiastical History: Rev. Abel G. Duncan, the present pastor of the Society, graduated at the Bangor Theological Seminary, in 1828, was settled for four years at Jackson and Brooks, Maine, and was installed in Hanover, August 22, 1833. He has proved himself a faithful minister, and an excellent citizen; having had the honor to Represent the town, for six years, in the State Legislature, and having been, for many years, Chairman of the School Committee.
      Pg.295-296: DUNCAN, Rev. Abel G., b. in Chester [Windham Co.], Vt., June 25, 1802, s. [of] Jason, jr., and w. Lucy; gr.s. [of] Jason, and w. Sarah (Gates), an early settler of Dummerston, Vt., memb. Leg., J.P., Judge, &c.; gr.-gr.-s. [of] Simeon, and w. Bridget (Richardson); and gr.gr.gr.s. [of] John, of Edinburgh, Scot'd., who m. Sarah Dutton, and lived and d. in Worcester, Mass. Rev. Abel G. m. Lucia Harlow, of Harvard, Mass., Sep. 23, 1828, who d. Oct. 12, 1851, and has 1. Laura J., July 9, 1829. 2. Wm. P., Ap. 1, 1831, is at Amherst Coll. 3. Lucia A., Dec. 20, 1832. See Chap. on Eccl. Hist., and obit of his w. in the Puritan Recorder for 1851.

1910 "History of the Town of Hanover [Plymouth Co.], MA with Family Genealogies" by Jedediah Dwelley and John F. Simmons (from Florence Dyess 6/1983; FHL book 974.482/H3 H2d and fiche 6,048,973)
      Pg.153: DUNCAN. 1. Rev. Abel G., b. in Chester, Vt., in 1799; s. of Jason Jr. and w. Lucy; gr.s. of Jason and w. Sarah (Gates), an early settler of Dummerston [Windham Co.], Vt., memb. of Leg., J.P., Judge, etc., gr.gr.s. of Simeon and w. Bridget (Richardson); and gr.gr.gr.s. of John, of Edinburgh, Scotland, who mar. Sarah Dutton, and resided and d. in Worcester, Mass. Rev. Abel G. mar. Sept. 23, 1828, Lucia A. Harlow of Harvard, Mass., who d. Oct. 12, 1851. He d. Apr. 23, 1870. Pastor of 1st Congregational Church many years. Mr. Duncan married three times -- the last wife surviving him. Children:
      i. Laura J., July 9, 1829; mar. Aug. 1853, Nahum D. King, son of William King. She d. Oct. 22, 1859. Children: (i) Lucia E., May 17, 1854; mar. James W. Richmond. (ii) William A., June 8, 1855.
      ii. William P., Apr. 1, 1831; mar. Oct. 28, 1860, Abbie F. Crane, dau. of John Crane of Berkley. He d. July 31, 1903. (MAD: this source gives his children)
      iii. Lucia A., Dec. 20, 1832; mar. Nov. 27, 1859, Henry Dean, s. of Paddock Dean. She d. Apr. 1881. Ch: Joseph and Edward.

"A gazetteer of the state of Massachusetts : with numerous illustrations on wood and steel" by Elias Nason; pub. Boston: B.B. Russell, 1874, c1873, 579 pgs. (LH11448; HeritageQuest 5/2007)
      Pg.126: Bridgewater, western part of Plymouth County, ... six churches, with the following pastors, -- the Revs. ... A.G. Duncan, C.T., Scotland; ...

"History of the early settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts : including an extensive family register" by Nahum Mitchell; pub. Boston : Printed for the author by Kidder & Wright,: unknown, 1840, 399 pgs. (LH5824; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL film 910,359 item 1 and 599,265 item 4)
      Pg.335: WHITMAN. - John Whitman was one of the first settlers at Weymouth ... 4. Nicholas (s. of Thomas 1.) m. Sarah Vining of Weymouth 1700, and had Thomas 1702, John 1704, Josiah 1706*, David 1709, Jonathan 1710, Seth 1713. His w. d., and he m. Mary, D. of Francis Cary 1715, and had ....
      Pg.337: 13. Josiah (s. of Nicholas 4.) m. Elizabeth, D. of Ezekiel Smith of Hingham, 1747 : her mother was Dinah May of Rosbury, whose mother was Mary Duncan from Scotland : he had his father's dwelling-house, and part of the homestead, and had Levi 1748, Lemuel 1750, Abigail 1751, Josiah 1753; he d. 1754, ae. 29; she 1778, ae.53. ...

"The Bridgewater book" (Plymouth Co. MA) by Francis E. Howard; pub. Boston: G.H. Ellis, printer, 1899, 65 pgs. (LH5075; HeritageQuest 5/2007)
      Pg.40: Scotland Trinitarian Congregational [church]. A.G. Duncan, 1867-73.


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