Duncans in Suffolk Co. MA

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

Last revised November 20, 2008

BOSTON (town) Formed 1630
SUFFOLK CO. MA
Formed 1643; original county
Worcester formed 1731 from Suffolk, Middlesex
Norfolk formed 1793 from Suffolk
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1790 Suffolk Co. MA Census
Pg.193  Robt. Duncan         133xx    Boston

1800 Suffolk Co. MA Census
        No Duncan indexed

1810 Suffolk Co. MA Census
Boston Ward 5, Union Street
Pg.179  Simeon Duncan        10200       - 20101

1820 Suffolk Co. MA Census
Pg.209  Simeon Duncan Jr.    210080      - 32010          Boston W-8
   217  Jason Duncan         000010      - 10010          Boston W-9

1830 Suffolk Co. MA Census
Pg. 12  Dunken, Edward       Free colored                 Boston W-1
   166  Duncan, Simeon Jr.   0003,111    - 0220,201       Boston W-5
   346  Duncan, Jason        1100,01     - 0010,01        Boston W-10

1840 Suffolk Co. MA Census
Pg. 31  Mr. Duncan           0011,21     - 0101,1         Boston W-9
   316  Charles N. Duncan    0100,01     - 2200,1         Boston W-5
   322  Simeon Duncan        0000,4001   - 0021,0001      Boston W-5
   362  John Duncan          0000,21     - 0000,11        Boston W-4
   452  Fredk. Duncan        0000,01     - 1100,0100,01   Boston W-2

1850 Suffolk Co. MA Census
Boston Ward 1
Pg.11, #110-156, John DAVIS 46 NH & family
                  Rebecca DUNCAN 23 NH
Pg.36, #417-591, Henry DUNCAN 25 SCT baker
                  Ann 25 SCT
                  Jane 1 SCT
Boston Ward 2
Pg.164, #333-681, Mary DUNCAN 49 IRE
                  Marg. 20 IRE
Boston East
Pg.62, #598-995, John DUNCAN 37 SCT tailor
                  Mary 44 Wales
                  John M. 11, Anne J. 10 MA
                  Mariette 5, William H. 2 MA
                  Mary JONES 75 Wales
Boston Ward 4
Pg.155, #307-322, J.F.W. SARGENT (m?) 37 MA
                  Harriet 38 MA
                  Lucinda DUNKAM 49 MA domestic & other domestics
Pg.165, #391-407, James DUNCAN 30 NH clerk; in boarding house
Pg.189, #611-656, J.W. DUNCAN (m) 13 NY; in farm school
Pg.196, #628, W.T. Cutter "Hamilton" (boat)
                  John DUNCAN 40 ENG seaman (& other seamen)
Boston Ward 5
Pg.288, #873-1449, Wm. HOWELL 44 MA Bapt. clergyman & fam.
                  Matilda A. DUNKIN 22 NJ MULATTO
Boston Ward 7
Pg.45, #408-517, Susan LAURENCE 60 MA
                  Fanny 22 MA
                  & others including
                  Lucinda DUNCAN 27 NH
Pg.63, #---, Broomfield House (hotel?)
                  N. DUNCAN (m) 21 VT porter
Boston Ward 9
Pg.177, #22-37, Thos. MALONEY 34 IRE
                  Hannah 30 IRE
                  John DUNCAN 32 IRE trader
                  Margt. HIGGINS 26 IRE
Pg.210, #287, E.M.P. WELLS (m) 57 CT Epis. clergyman
                  & fam & others
                  Marcella DUNCAN 17 IRE
Boston Ward 10
Pg.312, #62-92, John DUNKEN 30 UNK carpenter & others
Pg.383, #753-1169, Ann DUNCAN 25 IRE w/others
Pg.450, #1511-2369, Jason DUNCAN 53 MA cooper
                  Nancy 54 MA
                  Mary 31 MA
                  Andrew 28, Emma 24 MA
                  Emma 2, Andrew 1 MA
                  Charles 24 MA tailor
                  2 other tailors
                  (MAD: Andrew J. & family in 1860 Worcester Co. MA census)
Boston Ward 11
Pg.84, #93-1332, Margaret DUNKEN 42 NH
                  Sophia BARNS 21, Delia 19 MA
                  Geo. DUNKEN 7 MA
Pg.117, #1152-37, Archibald DUNCAN 55 SCT slater? $3000
                  Margaret 49 SCT
                  Margaret 18, Agnes 13 SCT
                  Jonette (f) 10 SCT
Pg.117, #1152-38, Humphrey DUNCAN 29 SCT
                  Ester 29 SCT
                  Margaret 3 MA
                  James 25 SCT
Pg.219, #56, Geo. SNOW 37 ME grocer
                  Hannah 34 MA
                  Elisa 9, Ellen 7 MA
                  Eugene 4, Geo. 2 MA
                  Margaret DUNKIN 13 MA
                  Jane RIPLEY 19 NH
Pg.229, #61-13, John BARTLETT 47 MA & family
                  Fanny DUNKAN 20 IRE
 

Go to the 1860 and 1870 Suffolk Co. MA Census
 

VITAL RECORDS

"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; from Nancy Bobal 11/1993)
      Nathan Dunkin - Hannah Wyer, Dec. 15, 1686, Charlestown, Suffolk Co.
 

ESTATE RECORDS

County Court Files, Suffolk Co. MA (FHL film 911,825; and from Louis Boone 5/1984)
      Vol.91, pgs.102 (4 pages), File 9323: 16 Nov. 1713, will of Allexander Duncan late of Boston, Suffolk Co. MA, proved, approved and allowed for probate; Capt. Thomas Steel, John Maxwell and James Smith execs named, are to administer his estate and make an inventory before 16 Feb. next coming.
      Will of Allexander Duncan, of Boston, Suffolk Co. of Massachusetts Bay in New England, mariner, ... to my honoured mother Margaret Sands 45 and if my mother dye before receipt of this legacy, then the same to my loving sister Anna Duncan living in South Querry Terry? in North Britain; to my loving brother William Duncan of South Querry Terry? afsd 40; to my afsd sister Anna Duncan 20; 10 to the First Church of Christ in Boston; to my loving wife Eliz. one third part of the remainder of my estate both real and personal and to her heirs forever; the other two thirds by my executors be put to interest and that my wife Elizabeth shall receive it during her widowhood and at her intermarrying or death, the two thirds to my brother Willm. Duncan and his heirs forever; appoint my good friends Messrs. Capt. Thomas Steel, John Maxwell and James Smith to be the execs.; dated 21 January 1712; wit. Edwd. Goddard, John Nicols, Jas. Hanna. (MAD: Louis Boone suggested "Queensberry" instead of "Querry Terry")
 

COURT RECORDS

Suffolk Co. MA Court Records 1629-1795 (index on FHL film 909,870 from Louis Boone 10/1988)
      These are often single pieces of paper, evidently filed with a court at some time or other and assigned a case #. Case #, year, names
      162,546: 1700-06, Duncan vs. Baker
      164,734: 1729-30, bill of costs, Doncan vs. Spear, Inferior Court, Barnstable, MA, July 1729. John Doncan vs. Saml. Spear (not copied). Charges included one witness, subpoena, sheriff, etc. (FHL film 945,676)
      166,654: 1735-36, Duncan et ux adm. vs. Bacon et al, April 1737, receipts; recd. from Nathaniel & John Bacon. Not signed by Duncan. (Bacon seems to be an official, possibly a court-appointed admin.) (FHL film 945,659)
      166,995: 1737, judgement, Inferior Court, Suffolk, July 1737, George Lewis of Boston, fisherman, vs. John Duncan of Boston, physitian (sic); Duncan signed note (bond) 14 Jan. 1735 for 80 current money of New England to be paid Lewis on demand; it was not paid; Duncan did not appear in court; default judgement for Lewis. (FHL film 945,661)
      167,328: 1738-39, Duncan, George, J.P; deposition before
      167,380: 1738-39, Donkin, John, in letter from Sanders to Webb
      169,708: 1745-46, Account for charges for carting timber; Mr. William Russell to Samuel Duncan, July 25, 1746. (Samuel Duncan owed William Russell) (FHL film 946,665)
      175,369: undated and 1667-1774, Duncan, Robert, mentioned
 

"Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, containing cases for the year 1817" by Dudley Atkins Tyng, Esq., counsellor at law; ("Massachusetts Reports") Vol.14, pgs.49 to 56 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 12/2003; published book has sketch of premises on pg.51; MAD: see also Middlesex Co. MA)
      PETER GAYETTY versus GEORGE BETHUNE; Supreme Court of Massachusetts, Suffolk; 14 Mass. 49; 14 Tyng 49; March, 1817, Decided.
      This was an action of the case, for disturbing the plaintiff in the enjoyment of a way; and it was referred to the determination of the Court upon the following facts, stated and agreed by the parties: --
      In the year 1723, Catharine Winthrop was seised in fee of a certain messuage in Boston, bounded easterly on Cornhill Square, there measuring forty-six feet, and extending westerly to land belonging to the county; and in that year she conveyed the same, with the appurtenances, to one Henry Deering, who owned the adjoining tenement. The whole front line of the land so conveyed was then covered by a brick dwelling-house now standing, through the southerly end of which is a four feet passage leading from Cornhill Square into the yard of said messuage, said passage having a gate or door at each end.
      In the year 1765, said Deering sold and conveyed to one Charles W. Apthorp the messuage and land aforesaid, and by the same deed also conveyed said other tenement adjoining that before described southerly, and bounded on Cornhill Square easterly thirty-nine feet. This latter tenement consisted of a dwelling-house erected on the north line of the lot, and extending in depth one hundred and fifty feet, leaving a yard on the south side of the dwelling-house, twenty feet in width, and extending from Cornhill Square to the county land, which dwelling-house is now standing.
      In the year 1767, both the aforesaid messuages were sold and conveyed by said Apthorp to G. Bethune, Esq., father of the defendant, who died, seised of both the said tenements, in the year 1785, and partition of whose estate was made among his heirs in 1801, by commissioners, under an order of court, pursuant to statute.
      From the time of said Bethune's death until the said partition, Thomas English, as agent for the heirs of Bethune, leased both tenements from year to year, and in the leases of the said northern tenement, specially granted permission to carry wood and hay, and to pass with carriages, over said southern tenement, through a gate in the fence, which separates the two tenements; and made a corresponding reservation in the leases of the southern tenement.
      In the partition aforesaid, the said southern tenement was set off to said English and his wife, in her right, with all the privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging; and the same has been conveyed by said English and his wife to the defendant. In the same partition, the said northern tenement was set off to the heirs of Edmund Dunkin, and about six years ago was conveyed to the plaintiff.
      For more than thirty years preceding the 9th of February, 1816. the successive tenants of the tenement now owned by the plaintiff have passed and repassed continually, with carriages and carts, whenever it suited their convenience, from Cornhill Square to and from the message now owned by the plaintiff, through the yard of the messuage now owned by the defendant; and there is an ancient gate, in the partition fence between the two estates, the fastenings to which are on his side of the fence.
      There was an ancient building on the plaintiff's estate, formerly occupied as a barn, but probably not originally constructed for a barn, which fell down from age and decay about sixteen years before the commencement of this action.
      The plaintiff, before he purchased his said estate, had a lease thereof, for three years from the 6th of June, 1808, from Edmund Dunkin, in which lease were the words, "with the privilege of a passage way through the yard of the house adjoining south of said premises, for wood, hay, and wheel-carriages, to pass to and from said house and yard."
      The plaintiff purchased his said estate, at auction, of the heirs of Edmund Dunkin; and at the sale the auctioneer stated to the persons present, that the estate would be sold with the privilege of a cart or carriage-way through the yard of the south estate; but the defendant was not present at the sale, nor did he know of the sale.
      None of the ancient deeds mentioned the right of passage, nor does the deed given to the plaintiff; but they all contain the usual expression of all privileges and appurtenances; and in those of Deering to Apthorp, and of Apthorp to Bethune, there is granted the following privilege -- "also the free and uninterrupted liberty. use, and privilege, of the well and pump standing in the passageway, that is, between the hereby granted premises and the brick church." (MAD: published book has sketch of the premises)
      In the partition aforesaid, no mention is made of such right of way over said southern tenement, though a similar one is expressly granted to one of the heirs over land in Cambridge, assigned to another of them.
      There is no carriage-way into the yard of the plaintiff, but through the defendant's yard. On the 9th of February, 1816, the defendant shut up the way through his yard, and forbade the plaintiff to use it any longer.
      If, upon these facts, the Court should be of opinion that the plaintiff had the right of way which he claimed, the defendant was to be defaulted; otherwise the plaintiff was to become nonsuit.
      (MAD: headnotes and arguments of counsel omitted here; case citations also omitted)
      Parker, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court. The plaintiff in this action demands damages against the defendant, for an alleged wrong in interrupting him in the use of a way or passage from land in the rear of a certain tenement, of which he is seised in fee, over land adjoining, which belongs to the defendant, into the square sometimes called Church Square, and sometimes Cornhill Square, which is in the rear of the block of buildings standing upon the former site of the old brick meeting-house.
      His counsel would derive his right to the easement claimed, by showing from the facts agreed, that he acquired it by prescription, or by so long a use as raises a presumption of a grant, or by operation of law, as a way of necessity; and he expects to prevail upon one or other of these grounds.
      With respect to a prescriptive right, as those terms are commonly used, that is, an adverse claim and exercise of the right for sixty years, there can be no pretence of succeeding upon this ground. For the plaintiff's title to the estate, to which the easement is supposed to be appurtenant, did not commence until about six years before the commencement of the action; and before that period he had held the same estate under a lease from year to year, for three years, which was the first connection he ever had with the estate. Nor can he avail himself of any antecedent use of the easement by his grantor, sufficient to support a prescriptive title; for he did not become proprietor until the year 1801, less than twenty years ago. Previously to that period, as far back as the year 1723, both the estates were owned by one and the same person, Deering being the proprietor in that year, Apthorp from the year 1765 to the year 1767, and from that time Bethune, until his death in the year 1785. During all this time, no such right, as is contended for, could have existed. For it is impossible for a man to have an easement or right of way in his own estate. A passage de facto may have been used by the occupants of the northern house, over the land belonging to the southern tenement; but this must always necessarily have been by permission of the proprietor of both estates; and no one, who afterwards became proprietor of the estate, to which the passage is supposed to be appurtenant, could set up a right growing out of such permission.
      Prescription, in the ancient sense of the word, is founded upon the supposition of a grant; and therefore it is, that the use or possession, on which it is founded, must be adverse, or of a nature to indicate that it is claimed as a right, and not the effect of indulgence, or of any compact, short of a grant. The death of George Bethune, the elder, having happened but thirty-two years since, the title by prescription must wholly fail.
      Then it is said, that the easement was created by grant, and that the assignment by the commissioners under the statute must be considered as a grant to Dunkin and his wife, who was the daughter and one of the heirs of Bethune.
      This cannot be inferred from the words of the assignment. The northerly tenement is set off, by metes and bounds, to Dunkin's wife; and no easement is given, unless by the general terms "all the privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging." Nor is there any exception or reservation in the assignment of the southerly tenement to English and his wife, another daughter of Bethune, to whom that estate was set off without any encumbrance whatever. Admitting that the words "privileges and appurtenances" are sufficient to pass a right of way in actual existence, which the authorities seem to indicate, yet such words will not create a new easement; and it has been observed, that none such existed at the time these estates were divided. Nor is it necessary to give these words so extensive a meaning, in order that they may have some operation; for the privilege of using a pump or well was appertaining to both these estates when created, and it was proper, if not necessary, for the commissioners, by some general words, to secure the continued use of it to each, after the division should take place.
      If the words had been with all ways therewith used, or heretofore used, the evidence of the actual use of this way, before or at the time of making the partition, would have been material, and perhaps decisive, to show that the way now contended for ought to pass appurtenant to Dunkin's estate.
      The fact that English, when agent of both estates, in leasing the northern house, gave this right, and reserved it in the lease of the southern house, proves only that he chose to accommodate his tenants, but created no right adverse to the owners of the southern house; and the fact, that Dunkin made the same provision, has no greater bearing upon the question. But the necessity of providing for it by lease, and the omission of granting it by the deed, when Dunkin conveyed to the plaintiff, is very strong proof that the easement was not supposed to exist by law, in the proprietor or tenant of the northern house.
      But it has been argued, that the possession and use of this privilege has been such as to furnish presumption of a grant. If this were so, that presumption must be judged of by the jury, and not by the Court. We apprehend, however, if the cause were before a jury, there is not evidence in the case from which a grant could be presumed. No time, before the division of the estate among the heirs, could be taken into view for the purpose; because, as has been before observed, there could not have been, before that time, any adverse possession, the whole being in Bethune, or his grantors. And it is adverse possession only, upon which a presumption of a grant can arise, or a possession claimed or used as a rightful possession. Since that period, sufficient time has not elapsed to justify the presumption of a grant from English and his wife. No period short of twenty years has been allowed sufficient for this purpose in this country; nor has it been definitely settled, that any shorter period will suffice in England. Perhaps, by analogy to the time when the right of entry is taken away from one having a right of possession, the term of twenty years has been established as the proper period, to found a presumption of this kind upon. There seems, at least, to be no good reason for diminishing the time; and to admit of it in all cases, when only a few years' use of another's land has been enjoyed, would be likely to defeat the provisions of the statute, which requires that all rights and interests in lands and tenements shall pass only by deed or writing.
      The third point insisted on for the plaintiff is, that a way exists of necessity over the ground of the defendant, from the rear of the premises belonging to the plaintiff.
      But this is by no means tenable. This right depending upon necessity, exists only where the person claiming it has no other means of passing from his estate into the public street or road. In the case before us, there is an avenue, and one which was provided when the house was built, leading from the street to the land in the rear of the house; besides which, the house abuts on the street or square; so that the plaintiff may open a passage, if he has not one already. A right like this is to be construed strictly. In the case of Pernam vs. Weed, the plaintiff had no other way to get from his land to the public street; and the front land had been taken from him invito by his creditor. In other cases, when a man has granted land surrounded by land of his own, which he retains, he is supposed tacitly to have granted a right of way, upon the well-known principle, that when a man grants any thing, he is held to have granted every thing necessary to the use and enjoyment of the thing granted. It may well be doubted whether, if a man voluntarily take a conveyance of land, which is surrounded on all sides by land of his grantor and others, he can enforce this right of way, under a plea of necessity, against any one but him who conveyed to him. Now, in the case at bar, the plaintiff must be held to have voluntarily purchased, knowing the situation of the estate; and if he had no access to the back part of it. but over the land of another, it was his own folly; and he should not burden another with a way over his land, for his convenience.
      The idea of necessity in this case seems to be referred altogether to the ancient barn, which formerly stood upon the land, now owned by the plaintiff, in the rear of the house. But that barn has not been standing for sixteen years, and there is no reason to suppose that it had been used as such within the last thirty years. Now, if it could be maintained that a barn was necessary within a town or city, still the plaintiff cannot be supposed to have purchased with a view to the enjoyment of one which had disappeared long before he purchased; and he cannot now found a claim upon a necessity, which arises from a desire to erect a new barn upon the same site.
      We think the plaintiff not entitled to recover upon either of the grounds, upon which his counsel has endeavored to support his action. According to his agreement, therefore, he must be called.
      Plaintiff nonsuit.
 

CHURCH RECORDS

Records of Christ Church of Boston, MA, 1723-1851 (FHL film 856,697; from Louis Boone 1989)
      John, s/o John and Kesia Duncan, buried 30 May 1735
      (LB: Note name Kesiah; Blanchflower Duncan named a Kesiah in Warren Co. NC early)
      Alexander Duncan admitted 28 July 1706
      John Coffee and Jane his wife admitted 24 April 1708
      Elizabeth Duncan admitted 25 July 1708
      Martha, d/o our sister Mrs. Duncan baptised, 29?-12-1657
      Nathaniel, s/o our sister Mrs. Duncan, bp. 4-5-1658

Church records, baptisms, marriages, administrations, 1699-1804 Brattle Street Church (Boston, Massachusetts) (FHL film 837,129 Item 3, from Louis Boone 5/1989)
      Sarah Duncan, no age, d/o Robert Duncan, baptised 8 June 1718.
 

MILITARY RECORDS

"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)
      Vol.II, pg.987: Veteran Reserve Corps:
         Duncan, Elijah, age 24, $325.00, Boston, June 20, '64, Nov. 14, 1865, order War Dept. (MAD: Suffolk Co.)
 

HISTORIES before 1923

1892 "Boston of to-day : a glance at its history and characteristics : with biographical sketches and portraits of many of its professional and business men" (Suffolk Co. MA) by Richard Herndon; pub. Boston: Post Pub. Co. (LH8861; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL book 974.461 H2be and film 1,425,546 item 3)
      Pg.452: WILSON, WILLIAM POWER, son of James Hamilton and Margaret McKim (Marriott) Wilson, was born in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 15, 1852. His paternal great-grandfather ... The maternal grandfather of William Power was William H. Marriott, a lawyer by profession, speaker of the Maryland house of delegates 1824-5, ... And Mrs. Margaret Duncan, who built the "Vow" church in Philadelphia, was Mr. Wilson's great-great-great-grandmother through his maternal grandmother. ...
 

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.228: SAMUEL ELIOT, LL.D. ... Margaret Stevenson, wife of Alden Bradford and mother of Margaret B., was the daughter of Thomas Stevenson, merchant, of Boston and Cohasset, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and his wife, Isabella, b. in Boston in 1744, daughter of Robert Duncan, a native of Londonderry, Ireland, b. in 1702, who settled in Boston and m. Isabella Caldwell. (MAD: Boston, Suffolk Co. MA)
 

1859 "History of the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts" (Essex Co.) by Thomas Coombs; pub. Boston,: E. Clapp, Jr. (LH9969; HeritageQuest 5/2007)
      Pg.38: List of the First Settlers of the Town. ... Grantees of Dorchester lands, whose names appear in the Town Records previous to January, 1636, ... Nathaniel Duncan ...
      Pg.50: Nathaniel Duncan. Mr. Blake places Mr. Duncan's name among the first comers - he appears in the Town Records as grantee of land in 1633 and '37; Selectman of the town from 1635 to '45; one of the six who first signed the Church Covenant with Mr. Mather; charter member of Artillery Company in 1637; freeman 1635; was a successful merchant, and the superior advantages which the town of Boston offered, induced him to remove thither with many other persons in 1645. His name is on the records of the Old North Church in 1655. He was Vote Commissioner in Boston in 1646, and several times Deputy to the Court from Boston. Capt. Johnson describes him as learned in the Latin and French languages, also an accomplished accountant. (MAD: Boston, Suffolk Co. MA)
 

1891 "Notes and additions to the history of Gloucester." (Essex Co. MA) by John J. Babson; pub. Salem, Mass.: Salem Press Pub. and Print. Co. (LH5769; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL film 547,197 item 2 and 962,397 item 2)
      Pg.93: Early records. 1716. Peter Duncan, an early settler, died this year. Before he settled in Gloucester he had probably resided in Boston, where he had the following children baptized: Martha, Nov. 10, 1655; Elizabeth, Feb. 28, 1657; and Mary, Nov. 12, 1659. (MAD: Boston, Suffolk 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)
 

1893 "Sketches of the old inhabitants and other citizens of old Springfield [Massachusetts] of the present century : and its historic mansions of 'ye olden tyme' : with one hundred and twenty-four illustrations and sixty autographs" (Hampden Co. MA) by Charles Wells Chapin; pub. Springfield, Mass.: Press of Springfield Print. and Binding Co. (LH12832; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL book 974.426/S1 D3c and film 1,320,672 item 8)
      Pg.91-94: HON. JAMES BYERS was born at New York, in 1771. Early in his life he engaged in mercantile business, having a store on the "Hill," near the Armory grounds. In January, 1800, he was appointed postmaster of Springfield ... He was paymaster and military storekeeper at the U.S. Armory, from October 1, 1803, to November 2, 1811, ... In February, 1800, he married Sophia Dwight. She was born September 4, 1776, and died February 23, 1803, aged 27 years. He married for a second wife Widow Sarah Duncan, nee Brown (daughter of William Brown and Ann Boucher), previously wife of Robert Duncan, of Boston. An adopted daughter, Angelina Thayer, married Jotham W. Post, of New York. Mr. Byers died February 22, 1854, aged 83 years. His father, Captain James Byers, died November 2, 1811, aged 70 years. (MAD: Boston, Suffolk Co. MA)
 

1919 "Harvard alumni directory : a catalogue of former students now living, including graduates and non-graduates, and the holders of honorary degrees" (Boston, Suffolk Co. MA) (anonymous); pub. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Alumni Association (LH11503; HeritageQuest 4/2007; FHL film 2,055,248 item 5)
      Pg.205. Duncan, Charles [m 99-03, M.D. Med. S. Gov.] 43 S. Spring St., Concord, N.H.
      Duncan, David [c 13-17.] Port Washington, Long Island, N.Y.
      Duncan, Frederick Smyth [c 86-90, A.B. Law.] Englewood, N.J.
      Duncan, Henry Timberlake, Jr. [L.96-98, 99-00, LL.B.] Security Trust Co. Bldg., Lexington, Ky.
      Duncan, James Cameron [dv 85-86. Min.] 168 Walnut St., Clinton, Mass.
      Duncan, James Cameron, Jr. [c 14-17. Merc.] 168 Walnut St., Clinton, Mass.
      Duncan, James Thomas [c 99-00.] Palmyra, Ill.
      Duncan, Robert Fuller [c 08-12, A.B. Sec.] Crestwood, N.Y.
      Duncan, Samuel White [m 95-98; s 98-00. Ins.] 153 Milk St., Boston, Mass.
      Duncan, William Mason [L 06-07. Law.] 208 I.O.O.F. Bldg., Klamath Falls, Ore.
 

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)
 

"One thousand New Hampshire notables : brief biographical sketches of New Hampshire men and women, native or resident, prominent in public, professional, business, educational, fraternal or benevolent work" ed. & compiled by Henry Harrison Metcalf, assisted by Frances M. Abbott, pub. 1919 (FHL book 974.2 D3m)
      Pg.98: DUNCAN, CHARLES. Physician, bacteriologist; b., Chelsea, Mass., March 18, 1872; s. James and Margaret (Patterson) Duncan; ed. Chelsea high school, Dartmouth College, 1898, Harvard Medical School, 1903; appointed bacteriologist, N.H. State Board of Health in 1903 and has since continued; bacteriologist and pathologist, N.H. State Hospital, Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital and N.H. Memorial Hospital for Women and Children; Congregationalist; Republican; member, Concord board of education, 1915-; ward supervisor, 1917-; member, Center District and Merrimack County Medical Soc. (secretary, 1913-); N.H. Medical Soc., American Medical Ass'n; Theta Delta Chi and Casque and Gauntlet college societies; Wononlancet Club; m., June 28, 1905, Charlotte Ilsley, Chelsea (A.B. Radcliffe, 1900); children, Lawrence Ilsley, b. Oct. 5, 1906; Eleanor, b. Nov. 8, 1908; Margaret, b. Feb. 27, 1913. Residence, Concord, N.H. (MAD: Chelsea, Suffolk Co. MA; Concord, Merrimack Co. NH)
 

1910 "Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster & America" by Charles K. Bolton, pub. by Bacon and Brown (Placerville County Library book; also from Charles Gordon 8/1983; also FHL book 973 F2st and film 847,631)
      Pg.164. Scotch-Irish in Boston. Examples of marriages after July, 1718: James Duncan and Eliza. Bason, Dec. 16, 1718.
      Pg.263. Londonderry, Ireland; early settler (ca 1719), George Duncan.
      Pg.333. Members of Charitable Irish Society in Boston, 1737, included Robert Duncan.
      Home Towns of Ulster men who settled in Boston 1691-1718:
            William Duncan, ruling elder, 1710, Fintonia, Tyrone
            Anthony Duncan, commissioner, 1717, Antrim, Antrim
      Pg.326. Petition to Gov. Shute of New England, 1718, from inhabitants of North of Ireland to transport ourselves there upon obtaining suit. encourage.: William Dunkan, David Duncan
 

OTHER RECORDS

"New York Times" New York, New York, 30 Jul 1884 (from Kathy D. Cawley 10/2006)
      OBITUARY NOTES. The REV. JOHN DUNCAN, D.D., died at the residence of his son, in Boston, Monday. He was licensed to preach in 1838, and was ordained to the ministry at Cohoes, N.Y., in 1839. He has had successful pastorates with the South Baptist Church in Boston, also at Lowell, Fall River, Camden, N.J.; Brooklyn, N.Y., and Essex, Conn. His last pastorate was at Mansfield, Mass., which he resigned a year ago on account of illness. For a considerable time DR. DUNCAN was one of the associate editors of the Christian Era. He received his degree of D.D. from Georgetown College, Kentucky, about 20 years ago. (MAD: Boston, Suffolk Co. MA)
 

"Chicago Daily Tribune" Chicago, Illinois, 10 May 1891 (from Kathy D. Cawley 10/2006)
      DEATHS. DUNCAN.- May 6 [1891], suddenly, in this city, of pneumonia, W. HERBERT DUNCAN, son of JOHN DUNCAN, East Boston, Mass. Services there Monday. (MAD: Boston, Suffolk Co. MA; Chicago, Cook Co. IL)
 

"The Steubenville Herald--Star" [Jefferson Co. OH] Tuesday, November 1, 1898 (from Kathy D. Cawley 1/2006; Boston, Suffolk Co. MA)
      A Theologian's Death
      Boston. Nov. 1.---REV. SAMUEL WHITE DUNCAN has died from heart failure.
 

"A volume of records relating to the early history of Boston" (Suffolk Co. MA) by A Oliver, James Bowdoin, Sam Hewes, J Osborne, et al; by Boston City Registrar; pub. Boston: Municipal Print. Office, 1900-1909, 3826 pgs. (PS342; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL books 974.461 H2b v.1-39 and films 897,126 to 897,135 & others)
      v.29. Miscellaneous papers.
      Vol.29, pg.169-170: City Document No. 100. ... The names of the male persons, living at Muddy River (within the Township of Boston) who have taken the oath of Allegiance ... Sam: Duncam
      Vol.29, pg.136: [pg.133, Lists of Freeman] May 6, 1635: ... Nathanaell Duncan. [C.R., Vol.I, p.153]
      Vol.29, pg.229: Vessells Entered in ye month of March 1715. Mar.2, James Duncan ye sloop Swan from Virginia. No passengers.
      Vol.29, pg.281: Aug.1, 1766, Timth. Parker Sloop three friends from Philadelpa.: Mr. Lodwick Sprodell, Mr. Robt. Gray, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Pelatiah Webster, Merchts.
      Vol.29, pg.313: Mar.16, 1769, Saml. Snow Sloop Salley from N.Carrolina; Mr. Robt. Duncan a Mercht; Capt. George Cornell.
      v.32. Aspinwall notarial records from 1644 to 1651
      Vol.32, index: Duncan, John, 239, 240, 241. Duncan, Nanthaniel, 26, 27, 30, 208, 336. MAD: looked at some, not copied - Notarial records, 1649.
      v.36. Vital records of the town of Dorchester from 1826 to 1849
      Vol.36, pg.24: Dorchester births: Duncan, ----, d. John L. and Sarah L., March 20, 1848.
      Vol.36, pg.108: Dorchester marriages: Cassell, Sarah J. and John Q. Duncan of Roxbury. Int. Jan. 9, 1848. (MAD: Roxbury, Norfolk Co. MA)
            Pg.123: Duncan, John Q. of Roxbury and Sarah J. Cassell. Int. Jan. 9, 1848.
 

"A volume relating to the early history of Boston : containing the Aspinwall notarial records from 1644 to 1651." by William Aspinwall; pub. Boston: Municipal Print. Office, 1903, 469 pgs. (LH10930; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL book 974.461 N3a and film 1,320,548 item 2)
      Pg.26: 1646, Sampson Lane appeared to protest against Mr. Nathaniel Duncan ...
      Pg.30: 1646, Ask leave to recover & receive of Nathaniell Duncan Junior of Boston, Mercht., a som of money ...
      Pg.239: 15 Sept. 1649, John Duncan witnessed a bill from Adam Mott of Manhatoes. (similar, pg.240, 24 July 1649) (mention of Manhatas in the new Netherlands) (similar, pg.241, 6 Sept. 1648? (1649))
      Pg.336: 4 Nov. 1650, mention of delivery of item in 1649 to Mr. Nathaniel Duncan, Auditor Generall ... wit. Nath: Duncan.
 

OTHER SOURCES

"American Biography, a New Cyclopedia" (spine title: "Encyclopedia of American Biography") Old Series, pub. by American Historical Society (FHL book 973 D36e; index on FHL film 1,425,550)
      Vol.25, 1926, p.137: (The Scott Line) contains information about the family of John Scott who mar. in Roxbury, Suffolk Co. MA, on 5/29/1672, to Hannah Duncan, dau. of Samuel and Mary Duncan.
      Vol.25, 1926, p.139: (The Duncan Line) contains information about the descendants of Samuel Duncan (Dunkin), of England, was in Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1638. He removed to Boston [Suffolk Co.] about 1650; his children, probable and partial list, include son Samuel who died Nov. 19, 1693, at Roxbury, wife Deliverance; son John who was granted land in Billerica 1670 and married in 1675 to Joanna Jefts; dau. Hannah born in Boston April 28, 1651, mar. John Scott; son Jabesh, born in Boston, February 24, 1654, and served in King Philip's War, April, 1676; and son Thomas, born in Boston, January 15, 1656.
 

"SC Historical Magazine" Vol.22, 1921 (from Evelyn Sigler 1983)
      Article about Alexander Duncan of MA. Alexander Duncan mar. Eliza Turner on 1 July 1698; her former husband Matthew Turner. Alexander Duncan's will dated 26 Jan. 1712 left estate to mother Margaret Sands and sister Anna and brother William, all of Great Britain.
 

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