Duncans in Mecosta Co. MI


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

Last revised August 2, 2008

Formed 1840 from Kent, Newaygo
Clare formed 1840 from Isabella, Midland, Mecosta
Osceola formed 1840 from Mason, Newaygo, Mecosta


1850 Mecosta Co. MI Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Mecosta Co. MI Census
Green Town
Pg.114, #102-97, Cyrus M. DUNCAN 29 NY farm laborer $0-$0
                  Sarah J. 24 NY
                  Frank 8 NY
                  Nellie (f) 1 MI
                  Ermaline? STEWART (m) 37 NY farm laborer
                  (MAD: 1850 Genesee Co. NY)
Pg.114, #107-102, Tyler DUNCAN 65 VT farmer $500-$200
                  Mary 63 NY
                  Prudence 36 NY school teacher
                  (MAD: 1850 Genesee Co. NY)
Pg.114, #108-103, Alvin B. DUNCAN 38 NY farm laborer $0-$35
                  Fidelia M. 30 NY
                  Aida? C. (f) 7, George A. 5 NY
                  William H. 2 MI
                  (MAD: Alvin B. ? same as ? Orson R. in 1850 Genesee Co. NY)

1870 Mecosta Co. MI Census
Town of Etna
Pg.3, #36-38, DUNCAN, William 23 OH common laborer $0-$0
                  Susan 22 OH keeping house
                  SUMMERVILLE, James 19 CANada common laborer, parents of foreign birth
Big Rapids, Ward 1 (very faint pages)
Pg.21R-22, #43-43, HOLMES, Ebbin E. 32 ENG baker $0-$600, parents of foreign birth
                  Maria NY 35 keeping house
                  GUNTER?, Emily C. 22 NY teaching school
                  Laviny 12? (11?) MI at home
                  Emma? 7 MI attending school
                  (GUNTER?) ROBERTS?, N.A.? (m) 4 MI attendence?
                  DUNCAN, William W. 29? (23?) ENG (blank?) $700-$?, parents of foreign birth
                  WILSEY??, Frecam? (m) 23 PA hunter?
                  (MAD: William indexed age 29)
Town of Green
Pg.60, #59-61, DUNCAN, C. Mandel (m) 39 NY farmer $2000-$215
                  Sarah J. 34 NY keeping house
                  Frank D. 14 NY work on farm
                  Nellie J. 11 MI attending school
Pg.62, #86-91, DUBOIS, Jacob M. 45 NY farmer $2000-$450
                  Providence 43 NY keeping house
                  DUNCAN, William N. 12 MI attending school
                  SCOTT, William A. 21 NY work on farm


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, Cyrus M., widow Duncan, Sarah J.; I 11 Mich. Cav., F 2 Mich. Cav.; 1889 July 18, Invalid Appl. #717088, Cert. #517345, Oregon; 1907 Jan. 21, Widow Appl. #755241, Cert. #532332, Oregon. (MAD: 1850 Genesee Co. NY census; 1860 Mecosta Co. MI census; 1900 Lane Co. OR)

HISTORIES before 1923

"Portrait and biographical album, Mecosta 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., 1883, 652 pgs. (LH4989; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL film 1,015,812 item 1)
      Pg.466-467: JACOB M. DUBOIS, farmer, sec.8, Green Twp., was born in Tyre, Seneca Co., N.Y., Oct. 18, 1826. He is a son of Conrad M. and Susanna (Spear) Dubois, the former a native of Dutchess Co. N.Y.; the latter was born in New Jersey. The father came to Lodi, Washtenaw Co., Mich., in 1831, where he was a farmer. He went thence to Ionia County, and afterwards to Clinton County, where he died in 1873. The mother died in Mecosta County, Oct. 12, 1874. Mr. Dubois ... in the fall of 1855 he came to Mecosta County (MAD: Civil War record not copied here) ... was married June 28, 1865, to Prudence A., daughter of Tyler and Mary A. (Bentley) Duncan, who was born at Oswego, N.Y., Oct. 31, 1823. Her parents were natives of Fulton Co., N.Y., and in 1856 located in Mecosta County, where they resided during the remainder of their life. The mother died Dec. 28, 1863, and the father March 8, 1867. Politically Mr. Dubois is a Republican. He is one of the pioneers of the county, and is considered one of its most reliable (blank line).


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