Duncan, W - Revolutionary War Pensions
Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug
Last revised September 23, 2000
Revolutionary War Pensions, Bounty Land Warrant Application Files; National Archives Microfilm Publication, Microcopy 804, Roll 863 and 864 and 867
Duncan, Alexander to Duncan, Jesse (FHL film 970,863; National Archives Roll 863)
Duncan, John to Dungan, Thomas (FHL film 970,864; National Archives Roll 864)
Dunikin to Dunlap (FHL film 970,867; National Archives Roll 867)
Did not copy envelopes or most requests for copies of documents.
WILLIAM DUNCAN, widow Sarah, W-21015, NC, SC: (FHL film 970,864; National Archives Roll 864; part of this file was shared with me by Alice (Young) Duncan)
19.306: William Duncan, of Greenville Dist. SC, who was a private in the company commanded by Capt. Hogg of the regiment commanded by Col. Wm. Taylor in NC Line, for term of 2 years & 6 mos. from 1776; Inscribed on Roll of SC at rate of $8 per month to commence 26 June 1824; Cert. of pension issued 30 July 1824 and sent to Wm. Choice, Esqr., Greenville C.House; Acts 18 March 1818 and 1 May 1820 and 1 March 1824. Arrears to 4th of Sept. 1824, 2 mos. 9/20, $18.40. (from Alice)
2028. South Carolina, Sarah Duncan, widow of William Duncan N.C. who served in the Revolutionary war, as a Private, Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of 80 Dollars -- Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March 1848. Certificate of Pension Issued the 13 day of Sept. 1848, and sent to G.F. Townes, Greenville C.H., S.C. Recorded on Roll of Pensioners ... February 2, 1848, Page 309, Vol. 2. (from Alice)
South Carolina District, to wit, on the 22nd day of June in 1824, personally appeared in open court, being a court of record of Chancery and Equity Jurisdiction, for the District of Greenville, William Duncan, aged about 75 years and a resident in the aforesaid District of Greenville in the State of South Carolina, who ... doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the Acts of Congress of the 18th March 1818, and the first of May 1820, that he the said William Duncan enlisted, for the term of two years and six months in the winter or spring of 1776, in Granville County in the State of North Carolina in the company commanded by Captain William Glover, in the 6th Regiment commanded by Colonel William Taylor, in the line of the State of North Carolina on the continental establishment; that he continued to serve ... until the year 1778 when he was discharged ... at West Point in the State of New York by Colonel Hogan; that he again enlisted for the term of 18 months (officer not recollected). That he was in the Battle at Stono (?) in the State of South Carolina and several skermishes elsewhere. And he herewith presents the affidavits of John Lock marked "A", of George Duncan marked "B", and of John Washington marked "C" as further evidence of his said enlistment and services; that he has no other evidence now in his power of his services except what is herewith presented. ... that I was a resident citizen of the US on the 18th day of March 1818; and that I have not, since that time, by gift, sale or in any manner, disposed of my property, or any part thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress ...; and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me, any property or securities contracts, or debts due to me, nor have I any income other than what is contained in the Schedule hereto annexed, and by me subscribed.
Schedule: No Real Estate
One Axe $1.50
Two bed steads $3.00
Two Sitting Chairs $3.00
One hog $5.00
One set knives & forks $1.00
One table .50 Total $14.00
(Bed & wearing clothes excepted)
Debts that I owe:
Due: Capt. Isaac Green $2.
Maj. Jno. Brown 1.
Dr. Richd. Harrison 8. Total $11
Balance of $3.
/s/ William (X) Duncan
Also a wife about 50 years of age and five children alive, all of whom have left me, but one daughter named Sarah 23 years of age, my other children Mary 33 years of age, Thomas 22, Turner 21, and Elizabeth 18 years of age have all married and left me. And I the said William Duncan do further solemnly swear that I am so infirm from age, lameness and debility that I am utterly unable to support myself by manual labour, farming being my only occupation, and that I have barely supported myself with the assistance of my friends, and that I am in such indigent circumstances that I am unable to support myself without the assistance of my country. ... 22 June 1824, William (X) Duncan. Before me, William Choice, Commr. & Registrar in Equity for Greenville District.
(Alice: Affidavits of John Lock, Geo. Duncan, John Wilmington not included for some reason; MAD: Affidavit of George Duncan marked "B" referred to in declaration of William Duncan 1824 not in file; did not check for affidavits of John Lock marked "A" and John Washington marked "C".)
Greenville Dist. SC Court of Ordinary; 19 August 1841, personally appeared Sarah Duncan, resident in the said District of Greenville, aged 75 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the pension made by Act of Congress passed July 7, 1838, entitled "An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows"; that she is the widow of William Duncan who was a private in the army of the Rev., that the said William Duncan was a citizen of Granville Co. NC when he entered the service, that he enlisted some years prior to the year 1780 under John Hart as this deponent has been informed by him and that he served as well as she remembers four years down to the year 80, 81 or to the latter part of said year. This deponent was informed that the said William Duncan was attached to the Company of Captain William Glover at least during a great part of the time he was in the service. After the expiration of his first term of service and after his marriage with the deponent, the said William Duncan was drafted and served till peace was made under Captain Charles Yancey a tour of 8 months in SC.
This deponent does not know or pretend to give an account of all the service rendered by the said William Duncan but she refers to the evidence and the fact that he was allowed a pension about 18 or 20 years ago which he received up to the time of his death of $96 per year.
She further declares that she was married to the said William Duncan on the 23 day of August 1780 or 1781 in the county of Granville North Carolina, no record of the marriage has been presened but ... accompanying affidavit as to the fact of her marriage in one or other of the years mentioned (1780 or 81) that she was not married to him prior to his leaving his first term of service, but prior to the last term of service in which he was drafted but the marriage took place previous to the first of January 1794, viz, at the time above stated.
As to the Revolutionary service and marriage of the said William Duncan with this deponent and the fact of pension being allowed him to the time of his death ... The said William Duncan died on the 2nd day of October 1835 and the deponent has remained a widow ever since. Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written. /s/ Sarah (X) Duncan, before Jno. Watson, judge of the Court of ordinary for said district.
28 Aug. 1841: State of South Carolina, Greenville District. Personally appeared ... Sion Turner, resident of the district and state aforesaid, ... says that he is well acquainted with Sarah Duncan widow of William Duncan who was a pensioner previous to his death which took place about six years ago and ... acquainted with said William Duncan and his widow Sarah Duncan for upwards of 60 years. The said Sion Turner was present at the marriage of Sarah Duncan with the said William Duncan which took place in Granville County NC some time in the year of 1780 or (81?). This deponent can remember the said William Duncan had served in the War of the Revolution for several years previous to his marriage with Sarah Duncan and a short time after the marriage was drafted and served a tour in South Carolina and was in several engagements, not now remembered, after his marriage with the said Sarah Duncan. The said Sarah Duncan is the sister of this deponent and upon the best information always regarded as correct by this deponent. She is now aged 75 years and in the 76th being always said to be the elder of this deponent by about 18 months. The said Sarah Duncan is now and ... continued a widow and unmarried since the death of her late husband the said William Duncan. Deponent knows the fact that the said William Duncan received his pension for Revolutionary Service up to the time of his death at the rate of eight dollars per month or ninety six dollars a year. August 28, 1841, /s/ Sion (X) Turner. (from Alice)
28 Aug. 1841: Greenville Dist. SC, ... Mary Turner, a resident ..., she is the daughter of John Hart, ... an officer, 1st Lieutenant in the Revolution and she is now the wife of Sion Turner ... This deponent lived in Granville Co. NC in time of the Revolution and remembers that William Duncan deceased who was a citizen of that county enlisted under her father John Hart and served several years in the war previous to his marriage with Sarah Duncan whose maiden name was Sarah Turner. This deponent was present at the marriage and waited on the bride. The marriage of the said Sarah Duncan with her late husband William Duncan took place during the war of the Revolution as near as this deponent can remember in the year 1780 or 1781, she thinks previous to the Surrender of Lord Cornwallis at York Town. After the marriage William Duncan was drafted and served a tour of many months in South Carolina. The said William Duncan and his wife moved to South Carolina about 35 years ago, and he died about 6 years ago, having been at the time of his death and previously a resident of Greenville District. He received a pension .... August 28, 1841, /s/ Mary (X) Turner. (from Alice)
Deposition of John J. Ligon, 30 Aug. 1841, before Greenville Dist. SC Magistrate; he has been acquainted with Sarah Duncan widow of late William Duncan for upwards of 30 years; that she is now a widow and has remained so ever since the death of William Duncan; William Duncan was a Rev. pensioner at the time of his death and received $96 per year; this deponent is well acquainted with Deponent Sion Turner and his wife Mary Turner, they are very honest and respectable persons and entitled to fullest credit.
Declaration of Sarah (X) Duncan, 15 Oct. 1841, before Judge of Court of Ordinary for Greenville Dist. SC; resident of said District aged 75 years; in order to obtain benefit of Act 4 July 1836 and 3 March 1837; she was married to William Duncan who was a private soldier in the army of the Rev.; that William Duncan was a citizen of Granville Co. NC when he enlisted some years prior to 1780 under John Hart as this deponent was informed, and that he served as the deponent believes down to the year 1780 81 in all not less than 2 nor more than 4 years; and during his service was attached to a company commanded by Capt. William Glover; after the expiration of his first term of service and after his marriage with this deponent, William Duncan was drafted and served until peace was made a tour of 8 months under Captain Charles Yancey in SC; William Duncan received a pension for his services commencing about 18 or 20 years ago down to the period of his death 2nd Oct. 1835 at the rate of $96 per year; this deponent prays a reference to the certi..? furnished by him now to be found on the records of the pension department ...; she further declares that she was married to William Duncan on 23 Aug. 1780 1781 in Granville Co. NC; and that she has no private record of the marriage but has directed application to be made to the public records in said county for a certificate of the marriage bond if existing which this deponent believes to be the case unless destroyed, and she will refer to the same and the accompanying affidavits for additional proof of her marriage and of the time and place. William Duncan died 2 Oct. 1835, this deponent was a widow on 4 July 1836 and still remains a widow as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.
Deposition of Stephen Neal, citizen of Greenville Dist. SC, 15 Oct. 1841; he has been acquainted with Sarah Duncan widow of William Duncan for 25 years and upwards and has known her intimately down to the present time; that she has supported a good character and for truth unquestioned that she was the wife of William Duncan as always reputed and regarded where known and that she has remained a widow of William Duncan who was a rev. pensioner as stated by her in her declaration, ever since his, William Duncans, death which took place 2 Oct. 1835 as this deponent well remembers, being at that time intimate with the family.
Letter from G.F. Tounes?, 3 Feby. 1842, Greenville C.H. I have just returned home after an absence in AL of a months time and find your favor enclosing the ...? in relation to the claim of Mrs. Sarah Duncan. It seems that the proof is not sufficient according to the rules of the Department to establish the claim under the act of 1836, which grants a pension for life, but I infer that as the proof is in the language of the letter, "deemed satisfactory to prove that it the marriage of Mrs. Duncan, occurred before 1794" that the department is prepared to allow the claim for a five years pension under Act of 1838, and the application for a pension for life must therefore be withdrawn and the department discurtasified? from any further consideration of it. I am satisfied that no more satisfactory proof can be adduced than that already submitted in relation to the time of the marriage and as it is clear that the marriage took place long prior to the year 1794, it is sufficient so far as the five years pension is concerned and the application is now necessarily restricted to a five years pension. Will you be kind enough so to inform the department and with a view to enable the commissioner of pensions more readily to secure? to the state of the facts of Mrs. Sarah Duncans claim. I return his letter to you together with my own original letter. A reference to his own letter of the 16th ult. will I feel? that the proof to establish the claim to a five years pension under Act of 1838 ...
Deposition of George F. Tounes?, 23 Dec. 1842; that Sion Turner and Mary Turner his wife are persons of good and truthful characters, long known to this deponent; also acquainted with John T. Ligon, Stephen Neal and they are persons of honest uprite and entitled to credit, so also as to the deponent Jeremiah Cleveland. This deponent further swears that he has written for Mrs. Sarah Duncan to Granville Co. NC to procure written evidence as to her marriage but has not been provided with any answer or reply to his inquiries. This deponent has no doubt ... that Sarah Duncan was married as stated in her declaration and is now a widow.
Transmittal letter from G.F. Tounes, 23 Dec. 1842. I enclose to you to be presented to the pension department at Washington the application of Sarah Duncan, widow of William Duncan for a pension. This application has been once returned. The evidence at first? not being satisfactory to the department. You are personally acquainted with nearly all the deponents, particularly Jeremiah Cleveland?, John T? Ligon and myself, also with John Watson Esqr. the judge of the Court of Ordinary for Greenville Dist., ... There are two distinct applications enclosed, which the Department will observe both made by the same person, Mrs. Duncan. The first which is most clearly sustained by the evidence is for a 5 years pension; and the second, which is also sustained by the evidence for a pension for life. The latter depends upon the fact whether she was married prior to the last term of service of her husband the late Wm. Duncan, and this fact is positively stated by the applicant Sarah Duncan and by the two affidavits of Sion Turner and Mary Turner, who could not have been mistaken; and if to be allowed, of course a pension for life would be preferable, Mrs. Duncan being in very destitute circumstances. ....
Declaration of Sarah (X) Duncan, 19 April 1845, before judge of Court of Ordinary for Greenville Dist. SC; resident of Greenville Dist. SC, aged 76 years; in order to obtain benefits of Act 3 March 1843; she is widow of William Duncan ... that by her declaration and accompanying evidence in 1841 she obtained and afterwards received a 5 years pension under Act 7 July 1838 at rate of $88 per annum; she further declares that she is still a widow.
Certification by Judge; that Sarah Duncan is personally known to me.
Declaration of Sarah (X) Duncan, 16 June 1848, before judge of Court of Ordinary for Greenville Dist. SC; aged 79 years; to obtain benefits of Act of 2 Feb. 1848; that she is the widow of William Duncan ...; that she received a pension of $88 per annum under Act of 17 June 1844 and received same rate of pension under previous Act; Sarah Duncan is still a widow.
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