Duncans in Gratiot Co. MI


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

Last revised July 29, 2008

Formed 1831 from Saginaw, Clinton


1840-1860 Gratiot Co. MI Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Gratiot Co. MI Census
Washington Twp., P.O. Pompei
Pg.187, #610-610, David DUNTON 37 SCT farmer $600-$200
                  Christina (f) 32 SCT
                  David 15, Peter 13, Christina 11 SCT
                  Margarett 9, Elizabeth 3 CAN
                  (MAD: should be Duncan; see website of Scott Duncan, 1/2003)

1870 Gratiot Co. MI Census
Seville Twp.
Pg.134, #18-18, DUNCAN, Isaac 35 OH farmer $500-$125
                  Emma 22 OH keeping house
                  Marion (m) 5 OH
Washington Twp.
Pg.156, #56-56, DUNCAN, Christina (f) 49 SCT keeping house $1500-$245, parents of foreign birth
                  David 24 SCT farmer, parents of foreign birth
                  ENGLISH, Margaret 18 SCT domestic, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Elizabeth 13 CANada at home, parents of foreign birth
                  James 9 MI ("at home" crossed out), parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 9 MI ("at home" crossed out), parents of foreign birth


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, David, widow Duncan, Emma J.; A 23 Mich. Inf.; 1879 Sept. 23, Invalid Appl. #310755, Cert. #215141; 1918 March 18, Widow Appl. #1118734, Cert. #849155, Mich.; remarks XC2695762. (MAD: mar. Gratiot Co. MI)
      Duncan, Isaac, widow Duncan, Emma; F & A 67 Ohio Inf.; 1879 Dec. 24, Invalid Appl. #331908, Cert. #811276; 1894 Nov. 10, Widow Appl. #604114, Cert. #418062, Mich. (MAD: 1870 Gratiot Co. MI; 1880 Montcalm Co. MI)
      Duncan, Peter, widow Duncan, Jane, minor Bassett, Jay, Gdn.; F 23 Mich. Inf.; 1863 Oct. 2, Widow Appl. #34911, no cert.; 1879 Jan. 2, Minor Appl. #240928, Cert. #221574. (MAD: 1860 Huron Co. MI census; ? Gratiot Co. MI)

HISTORIES before 1923

1913 "Gratiot County, Michigan, Historical, Biographical, Statistical. Chronicling the events of the first Sixty Years of the County's Existence as the above of white men; with County, Township, City and Village matters fully detailed, and with Miscellaneous Events of importance duly and suitably treated; by one who has been a resident of the County nearly half a Century" by Willard D. Tucker (FHL film 1,000,086)
      Pg.1084-5: Cities and Villages: Ashley. David Duncan a well-known citizen of Gratiot County, especially in the southern part of the county, is now living a retired life in the Village of Ashley, having, on account of failing health, given up active business. He is the son of David Duncan and was born June 3, 1844, at the Mill of Clinter in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The father was the son of George Duncan and was one of a family of ten sons and two daughters. George Duncan was forester to the Mrs. Lomans who owned a large estate about two miles from Tendarne O'Neal. David Duncan, the father, left Scotland for Canada in the month of April, 1853, on a vessel named the Jane Boyd. One year later the mother, with David and three other children, left Scotland on the same ship - the Jane Boyd - for Quebec, Canada. The mother's name was Christina (Mortimore) Duncan. They arrived in Hamilton, Canada, about the 1st of June, 1854, and remained in Canada until the spring of 1858, when they removed to Detroit. At that time there were six children - David, Peter, Christina, Margaret, Elizabeth and George.
      The family moved to Washington Township, Gratiot County, in 1859, settling on the west half of the southwest quarter of section 17, the place now owned by Oliver McEnderfer. The father died October 11, 1860, when David Duncan, the subject of this sketch, was 16 years old. In April, 1861, two more children were born, twins - James and Mary Duncan. James Duncan married Lillie Gray and they are now living in California. Mary Duncan married George Miller and they, also, reside in California. Peter Duncan died in 1863. Christina Duncan married George English, of the Township of Washington. Margaret Duncan married Henry English who afterward was killed by his team running away in the Township of Elba. Margaret afterward married Burton Bradley. They now reside in Pasadena [Los Angeles Co.], California. Elizabeth Duncan married James Welch, now living in Detroit. George Duncan died in February, 1859.
      David Duncan, the subject of this sketch was married April 22, 1874, to Miss Emma J. Whitney, daughter of Joshua and Mabel Whitney. Five children have been born to David and Emma Duncan. George E. is married to Mina Church of Alma, and they are now residents of that city. Mary is married to Benjamin Zigler and lives in Washington Township. Carrie is the wife of Bert Palmer, residing in Owosso. Blanch is married to Simon S. Lindley and is living in Elba Township. Whitney M. is living in Detroit working at the barber's trade.
      David Duncan ... Washington Twp. township clerk, township drain commissioner, to Elba Township in 1890, postmaster at Ashley for 6 years, township clerk, etc. Member of Co.A, 23rd MI Infantry. ...

"Portrait and biographical album of Gratiot County, Mich. : containing portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Michigan and of the presidents of the United States : also containing a complete history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1884, 818 pgs. (LH4947; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL film 897,364 item 1 and 1,000,085 item 2)
      Pg.422: WILLIAM T. PITT, Supervisor of Seville Township, residing on section 22, is a son of George and Eliza (Duncan) Pitt, natives, the former of England, and the latter of Cayuga Co., N.Y. The mother died when William T. was ten years old. The father came to Gratiot County in 1868, and located on 40 acres in Pine River Township. He now owns 80 acres. The subject of this sketch was born May 13, 1841, in Oakland Co. Mich., and remained at home with his parents until 14 years of age, after which ... In 1869 he married Miss Betsy Lawson, ...


"Family Ancestors and Relatives of William E. Kelley" by William E. Kelley of Michigan, August, 1971 (FHL book 929.273 A1 #446)
      This book includes an account taken from the 1913 "Gratiot Co. MI Historical, Biographical, Statistical" by Willard D. Tucker, pg.571-572, including reference to George English who married November 9, 1861 to Christina Duncan in Gratiot Co., a daughter of David Duncan (died 11 Oct. 1860) and his wife Christina (died 10 March 1890) who were born in Scotland. This account names the brothers and sisters of Christina and gives their birthdates and more information about them.
      The book also includes an account from the same source, pg.1084, on the Duncan family, saying that David Duncan was one of a family of ten sons and two daughters of George Duncan of Scotland. David Duncan and his wife Christina Mortimore came to Canada in 1854, moved to Detroit [Wayne Co. MI] in 1858, and to Washington Township, Gratiot Co. in 1859. The account in the 1913 history and this book give more on the origin, the family and the descendants of this David Duncan.

The website of Scott Duncan includes a lot of source information on the family and descendants of David Duncan of Gratiot Co. MI:


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