Duncans in Olmsted Co. MN


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

Last revised August 22, 2007

Formed 1855 from unorganized territory
Dodge formed 1855 from Olmsted


1860 Olmsted Co. MN Census
Pleasant Grove
Pg.729/107, #826-812, Susan CHANDLER 35 "Mis" (blank occup.) $1000-$500
                  Chas. 18, Frank 10 Mis. (not "Min" or "Wis")
                  Ada 4 WI ("Wis")
                  Allice DUNCAN 17 OH
Pg.733/111, #853-838, Samuel DUNCAN 28 OH farmer $500-$0
                  Julia 21 NY
                  Sarah 4 IA ("Iowa")
                  Edwin 2 MN ("Minn")
                  Francis STUCKERS? (m) 24 OH
                  (MAD: 1870 Fillmore Co. MN census)
Pg.734/112, #866-851, Geo. W. GREEN 31 NY physician $1500-$800
                  Charlotte 30 NY
                  Hannritt (f) 7 PA
                  Geo. 3, Willard 1 MN ("Minn")
                  Amanda DUNCAN 15 OH domestic
Pg.737/115, #885-870, Alex DUNCAN 55 PA farmer $2500-$150
                  Sarah 51 OH
                  Mary 20, Mathew 18 OH
                  Allice 16, John 14 OH
                  Amanda 12, Clora 10 OH
                  Jacob 9, Mary E. 7 OH
                  (MAD: 1850 Knox Co. OH census)
Pg.738/116, #891-876, Samuel FITSGERAL 35 IN farmer $0-$0
                  Melvina 30 OH
                  Samuel DUCAN 11, Mary 10 OH
                  Isaac FITSGERAL 5 OH
                  Thomas 2 MN

1870 Olmsted Co. MN Census
Town of High Forest, P.O. Stewartville, Twp.pg.14 (also indexed pg.402)
Pg.170, #86-92, DUNCAN, Benjamin 59 CANada farmer $3000-$1000, father of foreign birth
                  Clara 53 CAN keeps house, (not par. of for. birth)
                  Mary 15 CAN, parents of foreign birth
                  Charles 10 MN, parents of foreign birth
                  Joseph 9 MN, parents of foreign birth
                  Leander 25 CAN farm laborer (not parents of for. birth)
Town of Pleasant Grove, P.O. Pleasant Grove, Twp.pg.2 & ? (also indexed pgs.470, 483)
Pg.304, #9-9, DUNCAN, Sarah 62 OH keeps house $0-$0
                  SHINE, Ellen 17 OH domestic servant
Pg.304, #10-10, DUNCAN, James 32 OH farmer $2000-$300
                  Laura 17 IA ("Iowa") keeps house
Pg.330, #175-183, DUNCAN, Jack 29 OH farmer $0-$0
                  Sarah 24 NY keeping house


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, Mathew J.; H 6 Minn. Inf., K 23 V.R.C.; 1879 May 15, Invalid Appl. #286299, Cert. #1137321; remarks C2481969. (MAD: ? 1860 Olmsted Co. MN census)
      Duncan, Samuel; L 2 Minn. Cav.; 1881 March 30, Invalid Appl. #418749, Cert. #315402, Minn. (MAD: ? 1860 Olmsted Co. MN census)

HISTORIES before 1923

"History of Winona and Olmsted Counties [Minnesota] : together with biographical matter, statistics, etc., gathered from matter furnished by interviews with old settlers, county, township and other records, and extracts from files of papers, pamphlets, and such other sources as have been available." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: H.H. Hill and Co., 1883, 1093 pgs. (LH8994, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 1,000,269 item 1)
      Pg.664: Olmsted county heroes [Civil War] as given in the adjutant-general's report at St.Paul. ...
            Pleasant Grove: Duncan, Mathew; Duncan, Sam.
            (Pg.65) Rochester: Duncan, John
      Pg.700: It is said that Alexander Duncan taught a private school in his own house, near J.L. Parks', northeast of Pleasant Grove, during the winter of 1854-5; and it is quite probable that others taught in the large settlements of the county the same winter. (MAD: Olmsted Co. MN)

"History of Olmsted County, Minnesota" by Joseph A. Leonard; pub. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1910, 697 pgs. (LH12891, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,000,261 item 3)
      Pg.76: Roll of Honor of volunteers from Olmsted county in the War of the Rebellion as given in the report of the State Adjutant General ...
      Pg.76: Pleasant Grove: Duncan, Mathew; Duncan, Samuel.
      Pg.78: Rochester: Duncan, John

"Geographical and statistical history of the county of Olmsted : together with a general view of the state of Minnesota from its earliest settlement to the present time" by W.H. Mitchell; pub. Rochester, Minn.: Shaver & Eaton, printers, 1866, 123 pgs. (LH12422, HeritageQuest images 5/2007)
      Pg.64: Military Record: Pleasant Grove - Duncan, Mathew J.
      Pg.66: Rochester - Duncan, John

"History of Fillmore County, Minnesota" by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge; pub. Chicago: H.C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., 1912, 1398 pgs. (LH12889, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,000,256 items 2-3)
      Vol.2, Pg.975: WILSON H. CULBERTSON brought his family from Pennsylvania in 1849, and settled in Scott county, Iowa, where he was employed seven years as a farmer. In June, 1856, he moved the family to Minnesota, and took a claim near St. Charles in Olmsted county. He traded this claim for fourteen yoke of oxen, which he disposed of, and then went to work for the Transit Railroad Company. Subsequently, he purchased 160 acres in Winona county, where he farmed the remainder of his life, dying December 16, 1878, at the age of fifty-four. His wife, who before her marriage was Mary Ann Duncan, died March 25, 1877.
      Vol.2, pg.976-979: ALBERT CULBERTSON, mayor of Whalan, was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1847, son of Wilson H. and Mary Ann (Duncan) Culbertson. He spent his youth in Iowa and Minnesota, and in the spring of 1878 moved to Mower county and purchased a quarter section on which he started farming. Owing to the failure of crops, he left this farm and went to Winona county. December 31, 1878, he came to Whalan, where he has since resided. ... May 8, 1872, he married Jennie Canfield, a native of Jackson county, Iowa. She died July 8, 1912. An adopted son, R.W., lives with his father and attends the Toland Business College at LaCrosse, Wisconsin.


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