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Duncans in Buchanan Co. MO


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

Last revised October 28, 2014

Formed 1838 from Platte Purchase


1840 Buchanan Co. MO Census
Marion Twp.
Pg.143  Charles Duncan      1000,01     - 2000,1
          (MAD: son of Joel Duncan from McDonough Co. IL;
            1850 Henderson Co. IL census)
Nodaway Twp.
Pg.144  John? Duncan        0210,1001   - 1001,001
Crawford Twp.
Pg.158  Robert Duncan       0000,01     - 0000,1

1850 Buchanan Co MO Census
Washington Twp.
Pg.15, #179-179, Nimrod DUNCAN 51 KY farmer $3000
                  Nancy 54 VA
                  Benjamin 20, Daniel 18 MO
                  Lucinda 17, Nimrod 14 MO
                  Matilda 18 KY
                  Elisabeth 12 MO
                  Daniel 6/12 MO
                  John 24 MO farmer $5000
                  (MAD: Nimrod Duncan mar. Nancy Parker 9/1/1820 Franklin Co. KY; 1830 Howard Co. MO census; 1840 Ray Co. MO census)
Pg.21, #267-267, Robert DUNCAN 45 TN farmer $8000
                  Mary 35 TN
                  Joseph 8, Marcus 7, Wm. 1 MO
                  (MAD: son of Joseph Duncan of Blount Co. TN, son of Rice Duncan, son of Marshall Duncan Elder)
Centre Twp.
Pg.72, #1004-1006, Bartlett DUNCAN 45 TN farmer $4000
                  Amanda 36 TN
                  Rachael 11, John 9 AL
                  Sarah 7, Mary 5 AL
                  Ellen 3, Robert 1 MO
                  (MAD: son of Joseph Duncan of Blount Co. TN, son of Rice Duncan, son of Marshall Duncan Elder; mar. 1st Rachel Thompson 9/27/1827 Blount Co. TN, mar. 2nd Manda Lawrence 9/26/1833 St.Clair Co. AL; 1836 in Cherokee Co. AL)
Pg.72, #1005-1007, Lafayette DUNCAN 20 TN (blank) $0 (mar/in/year)
                  Rhoda 19 VA (mar/in/year)

1860 Buchanan Co. MO Census
Rush Twp.
Pg.28, #211-211, Samuel W. DUNCAN 51 KY day laborer $3500-$120
                  Olivet (f) 48 KY
                  Jesse 18, Ann Jane 16 KY
                  Susan 11 KY
                  (MAD: 1850 Larue Co. KY census; ? Samuel & Jesse in 1870 Vernon Co. MO census)
Bloomington Twp.
Pg.73, #505-505, Jared DUNKIN 43 KY farmer $0-$5000
                  Sarah 41 KY
                  Grace 18, Seymour (m) 13 KY
                  Listitia (f) 6 MO
                  James 3, Susan F. 1 MO
                  (MAD: 1850 Platte Co. MO census)
Center Twp.
Pg.168, #1123-1123, Bartley DUNCAN 52 TN farmer $8000-$1625
                  Amanda M. 45 TN
                  John 19 AL farm hand
                  Sarah 17 AL
                  Mary J. 14, Helen A. 12 MO
                  Robert 10 MO
                  Amanda 8, Julia C. 6 MO
                  Frederick KINTZ 24 Germany farm hand
Center Twp., P.O. Sparta
Pg.174, #1172-1172, Peter WILLIAMSON 65 VA farmer $2,000-$472
                  Sarah 63 OH
                  Nicholas 16 (not 6) VA
                  James DUNKIN 9 MO
                  (MAD: James B. Duncan, son of Marquis De Lafayette Duncan and Rhoda Williamson)
Washington Twp., P.O. St. Joseph
Pg.332, #450-427, H.J. DUNKIN (m) 62 KY farm grower $3000-$500
                  J.C. (f) 49 OH
                  N. (m) 24 MO trader $0-$200
                  Wm. DELANDER? 9 IL
                  H?. RICHARDSON (f) 22 IN seamstress
                  (MAD: definitely "H.J." not "N.J."; should be Nimrod Duncan, 2nd wife Jane Richardson)
St. Joseph Ward 1
Pg.362, #663-618, Jno. H. BURK 39 KY (blank)
                  Hester H. 36 KY & children
                  many men, including
                  (blank) DUNKIN (m) 25 MO farmer
Pg.391, #877-813, Jno. B?. ALBRIGHT 36 GERM (blank) $6000-$1500
                  L. (f) 33 GERM
                  H. KATES? (m) 12 MO, Edward 10 MO
                  Chas. DUNKIN 22 Switz. servt.
St. Joseph Ward 3
Pg.497, #1639-1513, Dr. T.T. SIDINGS? (GIDINGS?) (m) 38 OH M.D. $2500-$400
                  Elizabeth 24 OH
                  Clara 1 OH
                  Rall (m) 35 OH
                  L. DUNAN (m) 36 OH farmer (MAD: not "Duncan")
                  Nely KING (f) 35 IRE servant
Pg.503, #1688-1561, M. DUNCAN (m) 40 IRE drayman $200-$150
                  B. (f) 25 IRE
                  J. (m) 1 MO
Pg.547, #1054-1900, J.W. WHITEHEAD (m) 48 VA farmer $30,000-$5000
                  M?. (f) 46 TN
                  J.B. DUNCAN (m) 18, M.A. (m) 16, L.J. (f) 8 MO
                  J.W. WHITEHEAD (m) 5, G.W. (f) 3, M.P?. (f) 1 MO
                  E. McCONNEL (f) 21 CANada

1870 Buchanan Co. MO Census (pg.502 also from Cheri Mello 1998; pgs.317, 434 and 453 also from Kathy Cawley 2/2002)
Crawford Twp.
Pg.317, #65-72, DUNCAN, Bartly (m) 63 TN farmer $4000-$500
                  Amanda 54 TN keeping house
                  John H. 25 AL farm laborer
                  Helen 23 MO
                  Amanda 18, Julia 16 MO
                  CARSON, Robert 3 MO
                  (MAD: B.M. Duncan 1806-1885 and wife and family are buried in the Sparta or Old Sparta Cemeteries)
Pg.328, #213-231, DUNCAN, William 35 IN miller $0-$1000
                  Jane 27 MO keeping house
                  Alice 11, Estella 9 MO
                  Lodemia (f) 5, Hevira? (f) 3, Oscar (m) 1 MO
                  (MAD: 1880 census has "Annie" 13)
St.Joseph Ward 1
Pg.434, #447-447, FAGAN, Patrick 27 IRE ret. grocer $1400-$300, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, John 9 MO at home
St.Joseph Ward 2
Pg.444, #117-117, DUNCAN, Christopher S. 27 MO bar tender $0-$0
                  Lucy 26 VA keeping house
                  Hugh W. 4/12 MO b.Feb. "milker"
                  JOHNSON, Braxton 21 A works in flour mill
                  Mary A. 54 PA at home
                  BEAUMONT, Kate D. 9 MO at home
Pg.445, #130-130, WHITEHEAD, Jas. W. 58 VA ret. farmer $10,000-$1,000
                  Mary 56 TN keeping house
                  James W. 14, Geo. W. 12 MO at home
                  Mary 10 MO at home
                  DUNCAN, Louisa 18 IL at home
Pg.453, #262-262, OWENS, Ann E.W. 40 MD keeping house $0-$0
                  Phillip B. 18 MD fireman on locomo.
                  Martha 15 MO at home
                  Ella E. 11 MO at home, attended school
                  DUNCAN, John 23 PA clerks in store
                  Charles 28 PA clerks in store
                  FAWCETT, Harmon (m) 34 MI clerks in store
                  Addie (f) 32 NY at home
                  Charles 8 IN at home, attended school
St.Joseph Ward 3 (first name first)
Pg.482, #13-15, Walter DUNCAN 40 MO (white) laborer $0-$0
                  Luellen (f) 36 MO (blank)
                  James 16, John W. 14, Thos. B. 10 MO
                  Lucinda 8, Henry 5, Laura 1 MO
                  (MAD: 1860 Andrew Co. MO census)
Pg.497, #205-241, Hotel, including many "attache"
                  Carter DUNCAN (m) 18 MO hotel attache
St.Joseph, South Half 3rd Ward
Pg.502, #16-16, DUNCAN, Thos. 31 MO saloon keeper $0-$300
                  LANGFORD, H. (m) 36 KY saloon keeper $0-$300
                  and bartender and servants
Pg.506, #93-93, DORWAY, W.H. (m) 27 OH clerk wh. $0-$0
                  DEDRICK, C. (m) 17 PA clerk wh.
                  WISE, R.C. (m) 18 IL clerk wh.
                  CARROLL, H.T. (m) 23 OH clerk wh.
                  DUNCAN, I.A. (m) 21 DE clerk wh.
Pg.506, #94-94, DUNCAN, C. (m) 29 DE clerk wh. $0-$0 (alone)
St.Joseph, North Half 4th Ward
Pg.557, #214-217, Holt Boarding House & Hotel, including
                  DUNCAN, Albert 25 VA (white) shoemaker $0-$0
                  (MAD: ? 1860 Chariton Co. MO census)
Pg.558, #228-231, POULSON, Andrew 34 DE railroad agent $0-$0
                  Nannie 24 MO keeps house
                  DUNCAN, Mollie 27 MO at home
                  POULSON, Minnie L. 3/12 MO b.March at home
Pg.558, #229-232, DUNCAN, Ella M. 22 MO at home $0-$0
                  Nettie 17 MO at home
                  Cassey? (f) 12 MO at home
                  George W. 10 MO at home
                  HOUSER, Jennie 29 IL (white) domestic
                  WHITE, May 23 MO BLACK domestic
Pg.561, #275-278, Boarding house, including
                  DUNCAN, J.W. (m) 23 KY paper hanger $0-$0
Pg.574, #463-466, WINTER, David H. 45 PA railroad agent $5000-$2000
                  Lucretia 40 PA keeps house
                  Charles M. 13 IL at home
                  Ballard (m) 11 IL at home
                  MILLIE, Angeline 16 GERM domestic
                  DUNCAN, Edward (m) 19 GA BLACK domestic
Pg.575, #475-478, DUNCAN, Patsy 28 MO BLACK keeps house $0-$0
                  Alice 10 MO BLACK at home
Tremont Twp.
Pg.685, #267-270, BIGHAM, William 36 MO farmer $1500-$450
                  Ellen F. 25 VA keeping house
                  John 5, Hattie B. 2 MO
                  James I. 3/12 MO b.Feb.
                  DUNKIN, James 66 SCT carpenter $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  FIN, Eli 20 KY works on farm
Washington Twp.
Pg.699, #183-189, DUNKIN, John S. 50 KY farmer $7500-$0
                  Mary 49 KY keeping house
                  James 21 KY farmer
                  Martha 18, Cathrine 15 MO
                  Joshua 13, Jefferson (m) 11 MO
                  (MAD: 1860 Gentry Co. MO census)
Pg.709, #334-340, DUNKIN, Nimrod 33 KY farmer $2000-$0
                  Martha 32 IN (blank)
                  Sarah 9, James 6, Minnie 3 MO
                  (MAD: see Mono Co. CA deeds)
Pg.709, #335-blank, Nimrod 74 KY (blank)
                  Sarah 60 IN
                  Willie (m) 14 MO
Pg.709, #336-341, LEWIS family, not copied

1900 Census, Marion Township, Easton Pct., Buchanan County, Missouri (from Kathy D. Cawley 4/2007)
   S.D.# 4, E.D.# 36, Page# 90A & 90B, Image# 5 & 6 of 16
Head, w/m, May 1844, age 56, m'd 27 yrs., KY./KY./KY., farmer
Elizabeth, Wife, w/f, May 1855, age 45, 11 chi. born, 10 living, KY./KY./KY.
James, Son, w/m, Nov 1880, age 20, single, MO./KY./KY., R.R. laborer
Woodson, Son, w/m, Oct 1881, age 18, single, MO./KY./KY., farm laborer
William, Son, w/m, Jan 1888, age 12, MO./KY./KY., at school
David, Son, w/m, Feb 1890, age 10, MO./KY./KY., at school
Cora, Daughter, w/f, June 1891, age 8, MO./KY./KY.
Taylor, Son, w/m, Feb 1894, age 6, MO./KY./KY.
Grover, Son, w/m, Sept 1895, age 4, MO./KY./KY.
Dilbert, Son, w/m, Oct 1897, age 2, MO./KY./KY.
      KDC: *numbers are obscuring the last part of Jack's name, if there is a last part
~next door~
Head, w/m, May 1877, age 23, m'd 1 yr., MO./KY./KY., [no occupation stated]
Amie, Wife, w/f, Mar 1885, age 15, 0 chi., MO./IL./IL.

1900 Census, Tremont Township, Buchanan County, Missouri (from Kathy D. Cawley 4/2007)
   S.D.# 4, E.D.# 39, Page# 123B, Image# 2 of 23
Head, w/m, Sept 1874, age 25, m'd 5 yrs., MO./KY./KY., farmer
Louisa, Wife, w/f, Oct 1872, age 27, 3 chi. born, 2 living, MO./N.C./GA.
Walter E., Son, w/m, Nov 1896, age 3, MO./MO./MO.
Jessie W., Son, w/m, Dec1898, age 1, MO./MO./MO.
      (KDC: 1910 Andrew Co. MO; Robert L. Duncan, son of Zachary)

1910 Census, Marion Township, Buchanan County, Missouri (from Kathy D. Cawley 4/2007)
   S.D.# 4, E.D.# 37, Page# 75, Image# 6 of 21
Head, m/w, age 30, M1X, 8 yrs., MO./MO./MO., farmer/gen'l farm
Lottie, Wife, f/w, age 25, M1X, 3 chi. born, 3 living, MO./MO./MO.
Pearl, Daughter, age 5, MO./MO./MO.
Rena, Daughter, age 2, MO./MO./MO.
Edward, Son, m/w, age 8/12?, MO./MO./MO.
      (KDC: James Duncan, son of Zachary Duncan)
   S.D.# 4, E.D.# 37, Page# 77, Image# 10 of 21
Head, m/w, age 28, M1X, 5 yrs., MO./KY./KY., farm laborer/working out
Lenora, Wife, f/w, age 25, M1X, 4 chi. born, 4 living, MO./IN.MO.
Irene, Daughter, f/w, age 7, AR./MO./MO.
Lillian, Daughter, f/w, age 3, MO./MO./MO.
Vernon, Son, m/w, age 2, MO./MO./MO.
Clyde, Son, m/w, age 9/12, MO./MO./MO.
      (KDC: *who is Irene. She was born before they were married and states in "Arkansas". Could she be Woodson's?)
      (KDC: Woodson, son of Zachary Duncan; 1920 Clinton Co. MO census)

1910 Census, Washington Township, St. Joseph City, Buchanan County, Missouri (from Kathy D. Cawley 4/2007)
   S.D.# 4, E.D.# 92, Page# 133B, Image# 28 of 39
2614 Atchison Street
Head, m/w, age 23, M1X, 6 yrs., MO./MO./MO., teamster/self
Hettie, Wife, f/w, age 23, M1X, 2 chi. born, 2 living, MO./MO./MO.
Charles W., Son, m/w, age 4, MO./MO./MO.
George J., Son, m/w, age 2, MO./MO./MO.
      (KDC: William Duncan, son of Zachary Duncan; 1920 Andrew Co. MO census)
      KDC: Name: Hettie Duncan; SSN: 489-36-2393; Last Residence: 64505 Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States of America; Born: 5 Jul 1886; Died: Jun 1976; State (Year) SSN issued: Missouri (1951)
      (KDC: no SSDI on William Duncan so he must have died before SS was implemented)

1910 Census, Washington Township, St. Joseph City, Buchanan County, Missouri (from Kathy D. Cawley 4/2007)
   S.D.# 4, E.D.# 87, Page# 264B, Image# 10 of 27
1026 Doniphan Avenue
Head, m/w, age 31, M1X, 10 yrs., MO./KY./KY., teamster/contractor
Anie, Wife, f/w, age 25, M1X, 5 chi. born, 5 living, MO./U.S./IL.
Ernest E., Son, m/w, age 8, MO./MO./MO., attends school
Grace M., Daughter, f/w, age 6, MO./MO./MO., attends school
Shelby E.? C.?, Son, m/w, age 4, MO./MO./MO.
Emma M., Daughter, f/w, age 2, MO./MO./MO.
Nevada F., Daughter, f/w, age 5/12, MO./MO./MO.
      (KDC: 1920 Andrew Co. MO census)

1910 Census, Washington Township, St. Joseph City, Buchanan County, Missouri (from Kathy D. Cawley 6/2008)
S.D.# 4, E.D.# 47, Page# 23, Image# 11 of 35
Fred R.,
Head, m/w, age 28, M1X, 7 yrs., IA./IL./IN.. motorman/street railway
Glenn D., Wife, f/w, age 27, M1X, 7 yrs., 2 chi, born, 1 living, IA./IL./IL.
Kinard K?., Son, m/w, age 2, IA./IA./IA.
      (KDC: 1900 and 1920 Taylor Co. IA census)


Buchanan Co. MO marriage Indexes (courthouse index; from Helen Henson 12/1990)
      Marriage Books, Male Index 1839-1905
Duncan, John W., 1844, Peggy Miller, A-89
Duncan, Perry, 1847, Sally Arnold, B-21
Duncan, John, 1849, Melinda Lewis, B-72
Duncan, Lafayette, 1850, Rodah Williamson, B-92
Duncan, Walter, 1852, Lucella DSpain, B-168
Duncan, Nimrod, 1856, Jane Richardson, B-262
Duncan, Edward D., 1860, Melvina R. Connell, B-365
Duncan, Nimrod, 1860, Martha Richardson, B-372
Duncan, William, 1860, Anna J. Silvers, B-275
Duncan, Benjamin, 1860, Charlotte C. Jones, B-386
Duncan, Joseph B., 1871, Sarah J. Murphy, C-354
Duncan, Albert, 1872, Bettie Moore, C-412
Duncan, James, 1873, Annie E. Ashford, C-431
Duncan, Christopher, 1874, Lucy V. Beanman, C-274
Duncan, John H., 13 Jan 1875, Z. Kukman (Kirkman), D-7
Duncan, John A., 1876, Josephine A. Smith, D-91
Duncan, John H., 24 Apr 1877, Margaret Young, D-143
Duncan, Charles, 1877, Ella Porter, D-162
Duncan, Thomas, 1878, Ellen Ramsey, D-228
Duncan, Alexander, 1879, Mary Ellen Northrup, D-249
Duncan, W.A., 1880, Eliz Warburton, D-360
Duncan, Thomas J., 1882, Mary R. Muse, E-235
Duncan, John, 1883, Miss Alice Robinson, E-589
Duncan, Alenander (? x), 1889, Etter Moseley, H-225
Duncan, James, 1890, Jennie Powell, H-587
Duncan, S.W., 1890, Minnie M. Mc Intire, I-141
Duncan, C.H., 1891, Etta M. Bolton, I-385
Duncan, Alexander, 1893, Viola Kager, J-451
Duncan, Hugh S., 1893, Bertha S. Newlon, K-97
Duncan, Robert, 1894, Lou Russell, K-464
Duncan, Charles H., 1894, Nellie Striblin, L-44
Duncan, Robert, 1896, Ella V. Millikin, M-152
Duncan, William A., 1896, Pearl W. Elliott, M-328
Duncan, John, 1897, Dora Ochs, N-13
Duncan, R.E., 1897, Nannie Lott, N-198
Duncan, Boss W., 1898, Turah Peters, N-246
Duncan, W.E., 1898, Lucile Hunt, N-351
Duncan, John A., 1899, Annie E. Kerns, O-180
      Female Index 1839-1905
Duncan, Mary M., 1854, James M. Whitehead, B-204
Duncan, Ann, 1856, Robert Carson, B-263
Duncan, Mary, 1859, Lewis Linn, B-333
Duncan, Latitia, 1860, William Davis, C-13
Duncan, Sarah E., 1863, John H. Utz, C-20
Duncan, Melvina, 1866, Francis Kickerson, A-146
Duncan, Sarah, 1867, William R. Mc Gee, C-218
Duncan, Nancy J., 1869, Andrew Poulson, C-305
Duncan, Charlotte, 1870, Charles Mc Finnus, C-338
Duncan, Sarah Frances, 1871, John W. Cline, C-373
Duncan, Georgia A., 1872, Matthew M. Allen, C-410
Duncan, Lizzie, 1873, Thomas Mills, C-439
Duncan, Amanda R., 1874, Cornelius C. Davidson, C-503
Duncan, Julia C., 1875, Richard M. Birch, D-42
Duncan, Mary C., 22 Mar 1877, George Vandervender, D-143
Duncan, Alice, 1877, James Meadows, D-181
Duncan, Amedia H., 1877, Hiram M. Rogers, D-115
Duncan, Eliza, 1878, Joseph Strather, D-215
Duncan, Mary Ann, 1879, John Morgan, D-280
Duncan, Aphia A., 1880, Sharron B. Platte, D-346
Duncan, Lodena, 1882, Oscar D. Welch, E-320
Duncan, Bettie, 1884, George W. Littrell, F-215
Duncan, Frances, 1886, William Jackson, G-92
Duncan, Annie, 1886, John H. Smith, G-115
Duncan, Annie E., 1887, W.E. Marshall, G-310
Duncan, Mollie, 1888, George Newman, H-38
Duncan, Mary E., 1889, Allen T. Richardson, H-277
Duncan, Prossie, 1889, Henry Clay Bowen, H-358
Duncan, Arieta, 1890, C.A. Carson, I-200
Duncan, Florence, 1891, James A. Clouser, J-20
Duncan, Ida, 1891, John King, J-50
Duncan, Nettie, 1893, Rosco Foush, K-26
Duncan, Allie, 1893, Henry Hitzelberger, K-197
Duncan, Tinie, 1894, Henry Crooms, K-406
Duncan, Jennie M., 1896, Major G. Nease, M-57
Duncan, Mary, 1897, William D. Simmons, M-409
Duncan, Bertha, 1897, Joseph E. Pullen, M-432
Duncan, Clenna, 1899, Van Tindle, O-192
Duncan, Ella, 1899, Frederick L. Robbins, O-323
Duncan, Minnie M., 1900, R. L. Sherman, P-178
Duncan, Ella, 1901, Jackson Donald, Q-97
Duncan, Lina, 1901, Andrew Davis, Q-143
Duncan, Amanda D., 1901, Harry D. Maupin, Q-195
Duncan, Ethel E., 1902, James W. Watson, R-270
Duncan, Minnie M., 1902, Robert L. Sherman, R-357
Duncan, Marie E., 1903, David H. Williams, S-173
Duncan, Bertha E., 1904, John F. Ford, T-183
Duncan, Nannie E., 1905, William R. Clelland, U-136
Duncan, Nannie M., 1905, John A. Horn, U-452

Buchanan Co. MO Marriages (FHL film 1,004,802)
      Duncan, John W., 3 Feb. 1844, Peggy Miller, A-89 (or 2/13/1844) (MAD: 1850-1860 Page Co. IA census)
      Duncan, Melvina, 14 Jan. 1866, Francis Kickerson, A-146
      Duncan, Perry A., 1 April 1847, Sally Arnold, B-21 (MAD: 1850 Platte Co. MO census)
      Duncan, John, 21 June 1849, Melinda Lewis, B-72 (MAD: ? 1850 Jackson Co. MO census)
      Duncan, Lafayette, 1 Jan. 1850, Rodah Williamson, B-92
      Duncan, Walter, 25 Nov. 1852, Lucella DSpain, B-168 (MAD: 1850-1860 Andrew Co. MO census)
      Duncan, Mary M., 8 March 1854, James M. Whitehead, B-204
      Duncan, Nimrod, 15 Oct. 1856, Jane Richardson, B-262
      Duncan, Ann, 2? Aug. 1856, Robert Carson, B-263


Buchanan Co. MO Will Book E, 1879-1892 (FHL film 988,987; SLC 6/14/2008)
      E-428: 13 Feb. 1883, will of John S. Duncan of Buchanan Co. MO; to my son Thomas J. Duncan of afsd for love and affection and that he provide a home and comfortable support for me and my wife Mary Duncan for our lives, land beg. NW corner SW 1/4 Sec.33 Twp.57 Range 35, then E. ... containing 40 acres, and 10 acres in SE corner of NE 1/4 Sec.5 Twp.56 Range 35. To my son Daniel L. Duncan (MAD: faint writing above "Daniel" is "Samuel") $1 having already provided for him. To my son James J. Duncan, $1 having already provided for him. To the children of my dau. Martha Parnell now decd, $1, having already provided in her lifetime. To my dau. Katie Van Devender, $1, having already provided for her. Request that at my decease my son Thomas J. Duncan pay my son Joshua G. Duncan $600. Wit. Jhno. (sic) Williams, Simon Stern. Proved 28 Feb. 1887.


Buchanan Co. MO Deed Indexes 1839-1873 (grantee on FHL film 1,004,796; grantor on FHL film 1,004,798)
      A-369: Duncan, Robt., from John Green, 1844
      B-75: Duncan, Robt. from Wm. B. Almond & wf, 1844
      B-76: Duncan, Robt. from Wm. B. Almond & wf, 1844
      B-77: Duncan, Thos. & wf. to Wm. B. Almond, 1844
      B-374: Duncan, Jas. from Joseph Robidson & wf, 1844
      B-377: Duncan, J. to Robt. M. Stewart, 1844
      C-165: Duncan, Robt. & wf. to Buchanan Co., 1846
      C-180? Duncan, Robt. to Buchanan Co., 1846
      E-35: Duncan, Robt. from Abner Copeland, 1848
      E-112: Duncan, Robt. from Jas. A. Anthony & wf, 1848
      E-116: Duncan, Robt. from Jas. A. Anthony & wf, 1848
      E-134: Duncan, Robt. from Loyd Beall, mort., 1848
      E-600: Duncan, Edw. F/P. from John Cesine & wf, mort., 1848
      E-602: Duncan, Robt. from Ira Livingston & wf, E-602, 1848
      F-488: Duncan, Robt. from Ira Livingston & wf, 1849
      G-133: Duncan, Bartley M. to Buchanan Co., mortgage, 1850
      G-187: Duncan, Robt. & wf. to Saml. McCawley, 1850
      G-399: Duncan, Robt. to Hugh Smith, bond, 1850
      H-67: Duncan, Bartley M. to Buchanan Co., mortgage, 1851
      I-234: Duncan, J.L. to Milton H. Wash, mortgage, 1852
      I-331: Duncan, Bartlett from Leander T. Ellis & wf, mort., 1852
      J-123: Duncan, Robt. from Robt. McDow, bond, 1853
      J-538: Duncan, Edw. P. & wf. to Thos. Phelps, 1853
      K-14: Duncan, John & wf. to J.R. Whitehead, 1854
      K-162: Duncan, Wm. to Hugh Garnett, mortgage, 1854
      K-416: Duncan, Bartley M. to Geo. W. Rector, mortgage, 1854
      K-425: Duncan, Robt. to Hugh Smith, 1854
      K-585: Duncan, Joseph B., Marcus A. and Louisa J. from Robt. McDow & wf., 1854
      L-362: Duncan, John from Duncan, Jas., 1854
      L-383: Duncan, John from Jas. Cameron, 1854
      M-281: Dunavan, Chasteen to Solomon N. Sheridan, 1855 (not Duncan)
      M-382: Duncan, Bartlett M. to Buchanan Co., 1855
      M-488: Duncan, Walter B. & wf. to Jane Despain, 1855

Buchanan Co. MO Deeds
      A-369: 16 April 1844, John Ghun (sic) to Robert Duncan, $400, SE 1/4 Sec 22, Twp.56, R35. No wit. (FHL film 1,004,391)
      B-77: 21 Oct. 1844, Robert Duncan and wife Mary Ann to William B. Almona, both Buchanan Co. MO, $400, SE 1/4 Sec.22, Twp.56, R35, 160 acres. Wit. James B. Gardenhire?, James A. Anthony. (FHL film 1,004,391)
            (MAD: There was a James B. Gardenhire who was a lawyer and politician in Buchanan Co. MO at this time; information from Robert R. Curlee 2/2004 from the 1850 Buchanan Co. MO census, pg.5A(9), Household #45, and from the 1904 "History of Buchanan County and the City of St.Joseph and Representative Citizens, 1826 to 1904" by Chris. L. Rutt, on the website of Danielle Thompson Robert Curlee has more information on Gardenhire families.)
      B-374: 11 June 1845, Joseph Robison of Buchanan Co. MO and Angelique Robison his wife of St. Louis Co. MO, to James Duncan of Buchanan Co. MO, $85, Lot #10 in Block 7 in town of St. Joseph. Wit. S.D. Barton?. (FHL film 1,004,391)
      B-377: 25 Sept. 1845, James Duncan (no wife) to Robert M. Stewart, both Buchanan Co. MO, $85, lot #10 in Block 7 in town of St. Joseph. No wit. (FHL film 1,004,391)
      C-165: 22 July 1846, Robert Duncan and wife Mary Ann for $239 quit claim and convey to the County of Buchanan all our right etc. to Lot #1 in Block 18 in Town of Sparta. Wit. Jno. A. Fowler. (FHL film 1,004,392)
      E-600: 25 Oct. 1849, John Cozine and wife Sarah J. to Edward P. (E.P.) Duncan, trust deed; marked "satisfied" in margin, 1855. (FHL film 1,004,393)
      G-133: 15 Oct. 1850, Bartley M. Duncan of Buchanan Co. to County of Buchanan for $113, 40 acres, SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.23, Twp.56, R35; security for bond; Duncan as principal, E.A. Beauchamp and George Wilson as securities.(FHL film 1,004,394)
      I-234: 15 Oct. 1852, James L. Duncan to Milton H. Wash., mortgage 2-horse wagon. No wit. (FHL film 1,104,395)
      J-538: 26 April 1850, Edward P. Duncan and wife Frances (X) of Platte Co. MO, to Thomas Phelps of same, $600, 160 acres in Buchanan Co., SW 1/4 Sec.28 Twp.55, R34. No wit. (FHL film 1,004,395)
      K-14: 20 Feb. 1854, John Duncan and wife Matilda to James R. Whitehead, both Buchanan Co., $600, 180 acres, SW 1/4 Sec.34 Twp.58 R36. (FHL film 1,004,396)
      K-162: 9 March 1854, William Duncan (no wife) of Bloomington Twp, Buchanan Co., to Hugh Garnett of same, mortgage personal property; wagon, 2 yoke of oxen purchased of Hanson Martin of town of DeKalb of Bloomington Twp; security for $60 due on the oxen. No wit. (FHL film 1,004,396)
      K-585: 8 July 1854, Robert McDow and wife Julia of Buchanan Co. to Joseph B. Duncan, Marcus A. Duncan and Louisa J?. Duncan, heirs of Robert Duncan decd. of same county; McDow gave bond 2 May 1850 to make deed to Robert Duncan, $468.08, paid by Mary Duncan the widow and admx. of Robert Duncan decd; now make deed to W 1/2 NW 1/4 and W 1/2 SW 1/4 of Sec.26, Twp.56, R35. (FHL film 1,004,396)
      L-362: 16 June 1852, James Duncan and wife Martha R. of Lafayette Co. MO to John Duncan, $500, E 1/2 Lots 2 & 3 of frac. Sec.11, Twp.57, R36, 50 acres; that the same be divided into two equal parts by a line running through each from north to south, that 1/2 this tract be conveyed by this deed. (FHL film 1,004,397)
      L-363: 25 June 1849, James Cameron and wife Mary to John Duncan, both Buchanan Co., $500, 108+ acres, SW 1/2 (??) Sec.35, Twp.58, R36. No wit. (FHL film 1,004,397)
      M-281: Dunavan, Chasteen to Solomon N. Sheridan, 1855; not Duncan.
      M-382: 3 March 1856, Bartlett M. Duncan of Buchanan Co. to County of Buchanan, mortgage, $115, SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.23, Twp.56, R35; securities Robert C. Mosely and William N. Thompson. Wit. Milton H. Wash. Mortgage satisfied. (FHL film 1,004,397)
      M-488: 7 April 1856, Walter B. Duncan and wife Luellen of Buchanan Co. MO to Jane Despain of same, $250, S 1/2 NE 1/4 NW 1/4, 20 acres; and SE 1/4 NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.31, Twp.58, R35, in all 30 acres. No wit. (FHL film 1,004,397) (MAD: son of John & Esther of 1850 Andrew Co. MO census)


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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, Christopher S., widow Duncan, Belle; Band & E. 33 MO Inf.; 1893 Feb. 24, Invalid Appl. #1146669, Cert. #932498, Colo; 1898 Aug. 18, Widow Appl. #681101, Cert. #479475, Colo.; remarks XC2670236. (MAD: ?? 1860 St.Louis Co. MO; 1870 Buchanan Co. MO; 1880 Lake Co. CO; 1882 Lake Co. CO directory)


Platte Co. MO Marriage Records, County Recorder's Office, to 1870 (from Lu Durham 3/1987)
      Nancy B. Duncan to Wm. R. Foster of Buchanan Co., 8 Feb. 1868, B-260

Andrew Co. MO Administrators' Records Book B, 1869-1902 (FHL film 1,006,210 item 1)
      B-139: Application for letters of administration, in the matter of Elizabeth Duncan's estate, Newton Birde says that to the best of his knowledge and belief, the heirs of the said Elizabeth Duncan decd. and their places and residences, are: Nelson Duncan who resides in the Co. of Clinton, MO, Davis Duncan of Clinton Co. MO, Mary A. Osborn of Andrew Co. MO, Samuel Duncan of Andrew Co. MO, the heirs of Tilford Duncan of Will Co. IL, Williamson Duncan's heirs of Buchanan Co. MO, Adeline Sampson's heirs in the States of Iowa and MO, Susan Stevenson's heirs of Clinton Co. MO, and Martha Wisener's heirs of Clinton Co. MO; that Elizabeth Duncan died without a will; /s/ 8 Sept. 1875, Newton Birde. Bond by Newton Birde, security Samuel (X) Duncan, John W. Harris and Charles Glick, 16 Sept. 1875, for $2,500. Letters issued 17 Sept. 1875 to Newton Bird.

Andrew Co. MO Deeds
      3-283: 19 Aug. 1848 from Charles Duncan and wife Dorcas of Andrew Co. MO to Jacob Green of Buchanan Co. MO, $500, land in Andrew Co. MO, part of the NW and NE quarters of Section 4 and 5, Twp.58, Range 34, 78 acres and 100 rods. Personally appeared 19 Aug. 1848 before me, H.F. James, one of Justices of the peace in and for Rochester Twp in Andrew Co. MO Charles Duncan and Dorcas Duncan his wife .... (FHL film 1,006,150)
      5-380: 13 May 1848, Elizabeth Duncan to Samuel Duncan, for $300, N 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.59 Range 34, 76 acres & 52/100. Wit. Hiram Stephenson. (FHL film 1,006,152)
      5-605: 15 Jan. 1855, John (X) Duncan of Andrew Co. MO for $279.29 paid by John Duncan Jr. of Buchanan Co. MO, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.33 Twp.60 R36; mortgage, due 12 months. Wit. W.K. Roberts. Satisfied April 7, 1856. (FHL film 1,006,152)
      10-471: 22 Nov. 1860, Hamilton D. Kent and wife Elizabeth, Joseph (X) Kent and wife Emma, William Lewis and wife Elaner, and Nimrod Duncan Jr. and wife Martha, all of Doniphan Co. KS, to Elihu F. Wylie of Buchanan Co. MO, for $800, land in Andrew Co. MO, four undivided 7th parts of E 1/2 of SE 1/4 Sec.20 and SW fractional 1/4 Sec.21, all Twp.58 Range 34, being the separate interest the said parties have under the will of Enoch Richardson decd and as his children and heirs at law. Wit. E.M. Lee, D.C., Doniphan Co. KS; reg. Doniphan Co. KS 29 Nov. 1860; recorded 5 Dec. 1860. (FHL film 1,006,155) (MAD: 1850-1870 Buchanan Co. MO census)

Callaway Co. MO Deed (SLC 7/18/2014)
      K-55/56: 6 Nov. 1843, John Duncan Senior and Elizabeth his wife of Buchanan Co. MO to John Duncan Junior of Callaway Co. MO, for $475 paid, sell tract, piece or parcel of land in Callaway Co. MO, the W 1/2 of NE 1/4 Sec.12 Twp.47 Range 11 containing 73 acres and 3/4, more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John Duncan, Elizabeth (X) Duncan. Ack. 6 Nov. before William Fowler, Clerk of County Court of Buchanan Co. MO. Filed for record 17 May 1847. (FHL film 901,358)

Clay Co. MO Deed (SLC 7/19/2014; have JPG images)
      F-138/139: 1 Dec. 1839, James Duncan Jr. and Parmela his wife of Buckhannan Co. MO to Washington Scott of Clay Co. MO, for $600 paid, sell tracts or parcels of land in Clay Co. MO, E 1/2 of NE 1/4 Sec.15 Twp.52 Range 33 and NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.52 Range 33, the whole containing 120 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ James Duncan Jr., Permelia Duncan. Ack. 1 Dec. 1839 by James Duncan Jr. and Permelia his wife before Winslow Turner, J.P. Clay Co. MO. Recorded 1 Nov. 1839. (FHL film 955,265)

De Kalb Co. MO Deed (SLC 7/22/2014; have JPG images)
      E-82/83: Thomas Duncan and Mary S. Duncan authorize Bela H?. Hughes for us as our attorney to sell the lands in DeKalb Co. MO, the W 1/2 of NW 1/4 Sec.4 Twp.57 Range 32 to be sold together with E 1/2 of SW 1/4 Sec.34 Twp.58 Range 32 or N 1/2 of same, also SE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Sec.33 Twp.58 Range 32, also we empower our said agent to make any deed necessary to be made to the purchasers of said land and upon such time as may enable him to get the proceeds of sale to apply to certain notes due said Hughes from said Thomas Duncan, provided that said lands shall not be sold for less than $8 an acre, hereby authorizing our agent to execute deeds or bonds for title necessary to purchasers of said land and ack. the same for us and for said Mary S. Duncan to relinquish her dower, 7 Oct. 1856, /s/ Thomas Duncan, Mary S. Duncan. Ack. 9 Oct. 1856 by Thomas Duncan and Mary S. Duncan before John A. Dolman, Notary Public, Buchanan Co. MO. Filed for record Dec. 8, 1856. (FHL film 1,005,480)

"Blue Rapids (Kansas) Times," Blue Rapids, Kansas, July 2, 1903 (newspaper clipping from Darrell Brooks 7/2002; MAD's extract)
      M.L. Duncan. County Commissioner Duncan died shortly after noon last Thursday. ... Funeral services Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F.W. Ewan, burial was in Prospect Hill cemetery. ... Obituary prepared by Mrs. W.H. Lea and read at the funeral. Following it is a tribute from his neighbor of pioneer days, Dr. Boyakin:
      Obituary. Marquis DeLafayette Duncan died at his home in this city, June 25, at 12:30 p.m. after a long and painful illness from a complication of diseases. Mr. Duncan was born Jan. 23, 1830, in Chattanooga, TN [MAD: see Blount Co. TN]; his mother dying in early infancy, he moved with his father and stepmother to AL, where his boyhood days were spent; he moved from that state to the vicinity of St.Joseph, MO [MAD: Buchanan Co. MO], in his early manhood, and was married there in 1851 to Miss Rhoda Williamson, who died a couple of years later leaving to his care an infant son, James B. Duncan, now of Nardin [Kay Co.], OK. About this time he joined the Baptist church ... Soon after the death of his wife he went to Sioux City, IA, and took up a claim, remaining there until his appointment by the government as assistant agent at the Otoe Indiana agency in what is now Marshall Co. KS. ... With two brothers, David and Frank Linn, the latter still a resident of Marysville, as his companions he spent the long, lonely winter of 1854 and 1855 among the Indians at the agency. The following year he returned to IA and, disposing of his property there he went to St. Joseph, MO, ... wagon master, until failing eyesight compelled him to resign when he returned to Marysville, KS, and established a trading post. ... Second sheriff of Marshall Co. In 1856 he sold out his business in Marysville and went to Denver CO until 1861 when he returned to Marysville ... June 1868 he married to Mrs. Sarah A. Miller and they lived on Elm Creek until removing to this city about 14 years ago. Three children: Mrs. Etta Adams of Kirksville, MO; John A. Duncan of this city; another son, Walter, died in infancy.
      (MAD: lengthy tribute published, not copied here, no added genealogical info.)

HISTORIES before 1923

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"Chillicothe Constitution" Chillicothe, Mo., Friday Evening, January 29, 1892 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 1/2004)
      WILLIAM DUNCAN, a wealthy millwright and one of the best known men in Buchanan County, met with a horrible death in the mill of the Boone & Yates Milling Co. at agency about 8 o'clock Thursday morning. Duncan has been employed in the mill for several months in the capacity of engineer and general superintendent. That morning he was engaged in working close to the belt that encircles the large drive wheel when, in some manner unknown, he was caught in the belt and whirled about the wheels with terrible velocity, crushing his body into almost unrecognizable mass of flesh and blood.


Buchanan Co. MO Probate and Estate records or an index to them are listed in the following:
      "Buchanan Co. MO Probate Records; Abstracts of Wills & Admin. from Books A & B, 1839-1857" by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff (FHL book 977.813 P2h)
            This book includes references to Robert Duncan in other estates, as well as references to his own estate in Book B, pgs.94 and 273, on 7 Aug. 1851 and 4 April 1854, which included the information that his widow Mary Duncan had married James W. Whitehead, and listed his heirs as Mary "White," late Mary Duncan, and Joseph B. Duncan, Marcus A. Duncan, and Louisa J. Duncan.
            The book also includes a brief mention of Bartley M. Duncan as security for Bryant Brinton on 15 Aug. 1851, admin. of the estate of Richard V. Brinton, recorded in Book B, pg.96.
      An index to wills 1838-1913, shows the will of John S. Duncan, will #22 (D-22 in new filming), E-428 (old book), which would probably have been Will & Bond Book E, 1879-1892; from pg.15, "Buchanan Co. MO Probate Index to Wills; A-I, 1838-1913" by Northwest Missouri Gen. Society (FHL book 977.813 P2h)
      The Guardian Records 1866-1868 show Nimrod Duncan as guardian for minors Daniel and William D. Duncan, in the estate of John Duncan decd, securities "Alien" Wallace and Wm. Lewis, on 2 Oct. 1866, from pg.63, "Northwest MO Gen. Society Journal" Vol.7 #1, 1987, FHL book 977.81 D25n.
      An index to cases in the Supreme Court of Missouri 1853-1854, includes File #14, Box 65, Jan. term 1854, Mary Duncan, admr. of Robert Duncan, vs. Marquis D. Lafayette Duncan, Buchanan Co., from pg.16, "MO State Gen. Association Journal" Winter, 1984 (FHL book 977.8 D25m, from Kit Smith 5/1985)

Many cemetery and other records for Buchanan Co. MO are on the Buchanan Co. MO website at:

1984 "Heritage of Buchanan Co. MO" by MO River Heritage Assn. (FHL book 977.8132 D2h)
      This book contains several references to early Duncans in Buchanan Co. MO.

"Biographical Sketches of the Bartlett Marshall Duncan and Henry Utz Families" by W.H. Utz, 1936 (FHL book 929.273 D912u)
      This book gives dates, brief background, and the wives and children of Bartlett Marshall Duncan, including information that his brother Robert Duncan wrote B.M. Duncan to move to Missouri from Alabama.


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