Duncans in Pulaski Co. MO


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

Last revised October 28, 2014

Formed 1818 from Franklin, discontinued
Formed 1833 from Crawford
Camden formed 1841 from Benton, Pulaski
Wright formed 1841 from Pulaski
Laclede formed 1849 from Camden, Pulaski, Wright
Maries formed 1855 from Osage, Pulaski
Phelps formed 1857 from Crawford, Pulaski, Maries


1830 Pulaski Co. MO Census
        No Duncans indexed

1840 Pulaski Co. MO Census
Pg.204  John B. Duncan      0200,2        - 3000,1000,1
          (MAD: John B. Duncan mar. Polly Bates 10/8/1829
            Crawford Co. MO)
        John Duncan Senr    3110,0001     - 0010,01
          (MAD: 1830 Crawford Co. MO census as
            John Duncan Esqr.)
   211  Daniel Cobb         2120,001      - 1001,001
        James Bean          0000,1        - 0000,1
        Hamilton Duncan     1001          - 0200,1
   217  William L. Duncan   2101,01       - 1000,1
          (MAD: William L. Duncan mar. 1st [Hannah] Emaly
            Duncan 8/16/1832 Crawford Co. MO)
   218  John Duncan         1100,01       - 1110,01
          (MAD: John Duncan mar. Nancy Bradford 9/25/1828
            Gasconade Co. MO; 1830 Crawford Co. MO census
            as John Duncan Junr.)
   227  William Duncan      0001,0001     - 2200,1
          (MAD: 1830 Morgan Co. IN census; 1850 Wright Co.
            MO census)

1850 Pulaski Co. MO Census
Pg.71, #5, Gilson JACKSON 30 GA farmer $0
                  Burnetta L. 24 MO
                  John W. 8, Susan 4 MO
                  Bardrey M. DUNCAN 8 MO (f)
                  George W. JACKSON 11/12, Andrew M. 11/12 MO
                  (MAD: one Lovisa B. Duncan, dau. of John d.1850, mar. a Jackson; perhaps Lovisa Burnetta Duncan; one Bardrey M. Duncan was dau. of John d.1850)
Pg.73, #44, Willis O. BRYANT 50 VA farmer $2000
                  Bardny? (f) 47 KY
                  Rody B. 16, Jasper A. 13 MO
                  Squire B. 11 MO
                  Thomas B. DUNCAN 11 MO
                  Richard K. BALEY 8 MO
                  Kansady BRYANT (f) 13 MO
                  (MAD: Thomas Benton Duncan, son of John d.1850)
Pg.74, #55, John B. DUNCAN 40 SC farmer $500
                  Polly M. 33 KY
                  Wm. P. 18, James R. 17 MO
                  Mary M. 14, Bardny M. (f) 11 MO
                  Emanda F. 9, Susan P. 7 MO
                  Safronia L. 5, George W. 2 MO
                  Judiath BATES 76 VA
                  Jackson D. DUNCAN 12 MO
                  (MAD: John B. Duncan mar. Polly Bates 10/8/1829 Crawford Co. MO; John Burrell Duncan and Jackson D. Duncan were sons of John d.1850; 1860 Phelps Co. MO census; William P. Duncan in 1860 Maries Co. MO census)
Pg.75, #63, William H. DUNCAN 29 MO farmer $0
                  Polly 33 TN
                  Bardny E. BATES (f) 18 MO
                  Sally Ann 15 MO
                  Hanah E. DUNCAN 6 MO
                  William R. 4, James L. 11/12 MO
                  (MAD: William Hamilton Duncan, son of John d.1850)
Pg.85, #198, Washing L. DUNCAN 21 MO farmer $200 mar/in/year
                  Mary D. 16 MO; mar/in/year
                  Nathaniel C. 14 MO
                  (MAD: Washington Larkin Duncan and Nathaniel Clark Duncan, sons of John d.1850)
Pg.85, #199, William L. DUNCAN 41 SC farmer $3000
                  Nancy 31 KY
                  John A. 17, James W. 12 MO
                  Robert B. 10, Elizabeth 7 MO
                  Rody Ann 2, Isaac N.B. 3/12 MO
                  (MAD: William L. Duncan mar. first Emaly Duncan 8/16/1832 Crawford Co. MO, she the dau. of John Duncan d.1850; Nancy was William L.'s 2nd wife; he the brother of Robert decd. by 1842, see Crawford Co. MO, and brother of John b.1807 SC d.1853; Robert B. age 10 perhaps the Robert Duncan son of Robert Duncan & Susan Dodd who mar. Lucy Routt Bradford in 1864 Phelps Co. MO)
Pg.85, #200, Yion? R. HAWKINS 29 MO farmer $300
                  Elizabeth 25 MO
                  John 5, Elizabeth 1 MO
                  Myre J. NOBLETT 16 TN
                  Marian DUNCAN (m) 18 MO
                  (MAD: George Marion Duncan son of John d.1850)
Pg.85, #201, John DUNCAN 43 SC farmer $1000
                  Nancy 40 KY
                  William 19, Sarah 16 MO
                  Harvey J. 14, Margaret A. 11 MO
                  Martha 9, John 6 MO
                  Willis B. 3, Nancy J. 6/12 MO
                  (MAD: wife Nancy Bradford; John age 43 d.1853; widow Nancy & some children in 1860 Phelps Co. MO census)

1860 Pulaski Co. MO Census (pg.265 also from Helen Duncan 10/1985)
P.O. Waynesville, Twp.34 R12
Pg.258, #117, "Elark" DUNCAN (m) 24 MO farmer $1000-$500
                  Kilsa (f) 24 IL
                  John P. 2/12 MO
                  Jackson DUNCAN 21 MO laborer $0-$100
                  Pruda (f) 21 MO
                  (MAD: Cath. Duncan, widow of Clark, in 1870 Phelps Co. MO census; Jackson Duncan's wife was Prudence Quarry or Query, from Family Group Sheet of Mrs. Genevieve Danielson to Yates Publishing)
P.O. DeBruin, Twp.35 R13
Pg.265, #164, Benton DUNCAN 20 MO day laborer $0-$200
                  Jemima 18 TN (mar/in/year)
P.O. Spring Creek, Twp.35 R10
Pg.285, #330, Clarissa DUNCAN 40 OH laborer $0-$100
                  Isaac SHELTON 19 MO
                  John 17, Domida (f) 11 MO
                  Wm. D. 10, Jacob 6 MO
                  Benj. DUNCAN 2 MO
P.O. Waynesvile, Twp.36 R10
Pg.292, #--, Wm. DUNCAN 40 Hannover (blank) 0-0
                  in boarding house with many single men
                  born Ireland, Mecklenburg, Prussia, etc.
Twp.37 R11
Pg.303, #412, Wm. H. DUNCAN 39 MO laborer $0-$500
                  Polly 45 TN
                  Hannah 17, Wm. R. 14 MO
                  James L. 11 MO
                  John THOMPSON 26 TN laborer $0-$100
                  Sally A. 24 TN
                  Wm. A. 1 MO
P.O. Humboldt, Twp.38 R11
Pg.336, #623, James A. DUNCAN 25 (35?) MO farmer $0-$800
                  Araminta 25 MO
                  Wm. B. 4, John M. 1 MO
                  (MAD: 1870 Phelps Co. MO census as Jas. R. Duncan, wife Martha C.)

1870 Pulaski Co. MO Census
Big Piney Twp.
Pg.166, #66-66, DUNCAN, Martin 52 MO farmer $1000-$250?
                  Rhoda 45 MO keeping house
                  Elizabeth 17 MO at home
                  Samuel 12 MO school
                  L. Nancy 10 MO
                  John 23 MO farm laborer
                  Edie (f) 20 MO house keeper
                  L. Mary 1 MO
                  Sarah 1/12 MO b.May
                  (MAD: 1850 Franklin Co. MO census; 1857 Gasconade Co. MO deed)
Tavern Twp.
Pg.210, #114-114, DUNCAN, Green (m) 25 IL farmer $400-$100
                  Elizabeth 25 MO keeping house
                  Joseph 3 MO
                  John 4/12 MO b.April
                  (MAD: 1860 Miller Co. MO census)
Pg.210, #116-116, Hayden DUNCAN 40 TN farmer $400-$150
                  Sarah 50 TN keeping house
                  A. Rhoda 18 IL at home
                  W. George 15 IL at school
                  M. Marshall (m) 13 IL at school
                  J. Thomas 10 IL at school
                  (MAD: Hayden Duncan as written, other families had last name first; 1860 Camden Co. MO, 1850 Clay Co. IL)
Union Twp. (initials written before names in many households, ? perhaps names written as last name, middle initial, first name)
Pg.218, #82-82, DUNCAN, R. Wm. 24 MO farm laborer $0-$200
                  A. Narcissa 24 TN keeping house
                  E. Ruth 1 MO
                  (MAD: 1860 census has Wm. R. Duncan 14 MO with Wm. H. Duncan pg.303; 1880 Pulaski Co. MO index shows Wm. A. Duncan 35 MO, Adaline 36 TN, ch. 7 & 3, in Union Twp. on pg.423A; 1900 Greene Co. MO soundex as Wm. R. Duncan 54 MO, Narcis A. 55 TN, she the dau. of John Hilton)
Union Twp. (page very faint with blotted ink)
Pg.221, #130-130, DUNCAN, Hamilton 40 MO farmer $500-$250
                  Polly 50 TN keeping house
                  Hannah 22 MO at home
                  George 5 MO
Pg.221, #131-131, SMITH, George 27 AR farm laborer $0-$0
                  William? (m) 14 AR
                  Mary 5 MO
                  DUNCAN, James 18? (13?) MO farm laborer
                  (MAD: indexed as John 18 MO)


"Family of Duncan. Document #5 Loaned to C.V. Mann, Rolla, MO, May 26, 1950, by Mrs. Jack (Annie) Freeman, Relfe"; from Western Historical Manuscript Collection, G-3 Library, University of MO - Rolla, 1870 Miner Circle, Rolla, MO 65409; from Folder 114 from R647; Bradford family papers (copy of typed pages from Mark C. Stauter at UM-Rolla to Sue Hoerner to MAD 1/2002; permission to share 6/2002; MAD's extract)
      The Last Will of John Duncan (1783-1850) Pioneer Settler of Phelps Co., MO.
      In the Name of God Amen. I, John Duncan, of the County of Pulaski and State of Missouri, being of sound and disposing mind, do hereby make, constitute, and subscribe this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills made by me.
      First: I commend my spirit to God who gave it, and my body to be decently entered (interred - CVM)
      Second: I bequeath to my three daughters - Sultana C. Bell, Polly M. Clement, and Lovisa B. Jackson - and my six sons Henry O. Duncan, John B. Duncan (i.e., "Burl" - C.V.M.), James M. Duncan, Robert R. Duncan, Perry A. Duncan, and William H. Duncan - and my grandson, John A. Duncan, son of my daughter Hannah E. Duncan - each the sum of One Dollar.
      Thirdly: I bequeath to my daughter, Bardney M. Duncan, a horse, saddle, and bridle worth fifty dollars, and one good bed and bedding and two good Cows and Calves.
      Fourthly: I will and bequeath to Mary Rice one Cow and Calf and one Bed and Bedding.
      Fifthly: I give and bequeath to my five sons - Washington L. Duncan, George M. Duncan, Nathaniel C. Duncan, Jackson D. Duncan, and Thomas B. Duncan all my other property - real, personal, and mixed - consisting of the plantation upon which I now reside (being all the land which I own in Pulaski County, Missouri) - all my household and kitchen furniture, all my stock of horses, mules, cattle, hogs, sheep, farming utensils, and every thing else not before disposed of - to be equally divided between the last mentioned five sons at the time they shall severally arrive at the age of twenty-one years. It is my wish, however, that my executor hereinafter to be named shall apply as much of said property (bequeathed to my last mentioned five sons) as shall be necessary for the purpose of sending them to school and giving them a reasonably good education.
      Lastly: I hereby constitute and appoint my son John B. Duncan to be executor of this my only last will and testament. In testimony of which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-fifth day of January, A.D. One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty-Eight.
      (MAD's extract) /s/ John Duncan, seal. Witnesses: Tom C. Harrison, John Case. Proved and filed for record 9 Feb. 1850, recorded 28 Feb. 1850.
      (typed page 2, MAD's extract) Personally appeared before Wm. B. Cowan, Judge of the Probate Court of Pulaski Co., John B. Duncan, executor of John Duncan decd, presented the will, and together with Tom C. Harrison and John Case, witnesses to the execution of the will, swore that John Duncan was of good sound mind ... 9 Feb. 1850.
      Document No. 6 loaned CV Mann, May 26, 1950, by Mrs. Jack (Annie) Freeman, Relfe.
      Inventory. An inventory of the estate of John Duncan, deceased. (MAD's extract of following)
      Item #1. Land Patent from General (U.S.) Government for SW fractional quarter (west of Gasconade River) of Sec.30 Twp.38N Range 9W, containing 68 and 28/100 acres, dated 11 Feb. 1832.
      Item #2. Land Patent from General Government for SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.25 and NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.36 in Twp.38N Range 10W, containing 78 and 17/100 acres, dated 1 Oct. 1840.
      Item #3. Land Patent ... for E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.25 Twp.38N Range 10W, containing 80 acres, dated 11 Feb. 1832.
      Item #4. Land Right from Robert R. Duncan and Elizabeth Duncan his wife, for SE fractional 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.38 Range 10W, containing 38 and 9/100 acres, dated 23 Sept. 1848.
      Item #5. Inventory of the Books, Papers, and Evidences of Debt Due and Becoming Due. Note of hand against Zion Hawkins dated Sept. 6, 1849 due Sept. 7th, 1849, $31.00 and interest 48-1/2 cents. Order given by Thomas Malone to Samuel Massey, dated June 15, 1841, for $3.75. Amount against John B. Duncan, $1.25. Total $36.98-1/2.
      Item #6. Inventory of the Goods and Chattles. (MAD: farm animals, tools, etc.)
      (next page) ... includes household items, writing desk, medical books, history and law book, and Family Bible. /s/ John B. Duncan, Administrator, who made oath about the inventory on 7 March 1850 before William Matthews, JP; added note, copied May 29, 1950, Clair V. Mann.

Pulaski Co. MO Will (FHL film 944,683; very poor handwriting)
      A-46: 18 Aug. 1847, will of John Ducin (sic); to wife Nancy Duncan all my estate both real & personal consisting of the plantation upon which I now reside, all my horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, living utensils, household and kitchen furniture, together with all money ... for life; then equally to my eight children named as follows: Frances Ann & Willian Sarah & Harvy J. & Mary M. & Martha & John? (Jeb?) & W. Barkly & last I do ordain ... brother W.L. Duncan exec. Wit. John Duncan, A. Duncan, Willis (X) Bryant. Proved 16 March 1853. (MAD: no comma or "&" between Willian and Sarah)


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, Clark N., widow Duncan, Catherine; B Phelps MO Inf.; 1863 Aug. 24, Widow Appl. #31017, Cert. #99750. (MAD: she on 1883 list of military pensioners in Pulaski Co. MO, from pg.96, Vol.23, 6/1974 "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)
      Duncan, Jackson D., widow Duncan, Prudie; B Phelps Regt. MO Inf.; 1890 Aug. 21, Invalid Appl. #832545, Cert. #822586, MO; 1900 Aug. 8, Widow Appl. #725158, Cert. #519834, MO. (MAD: 1850 Pulaski Co. MO census)
      Duncan, Thomas B., widow Duncan, Clardy; B Phelps Regt. MO Inf.; 1891 March 2, Invalid Appl. #1002693, Cert. #822378, Ind.T.; 1907 July 18, Widow Appl. #873225, Cert. #639508, Okla. (MAD: 1850 Pulaski Co. MO census; died Custer Co. OK)
      Duncan, William P., widow Duncan, Arvilla; Osage & Maries Co. Company MO Mil. (Dennis), B 5 MO S.M. Cav.; 1892 April 2, Invalid Appl. #1102405, no cert., MO; 1895 Jan. 19, Widow Appl. #607752, Cert. #475917 cancelled, MO. (MAD: 1850 Pulaski Co. MO census; William Pettis Duncan b.1831 named as grandfather of Gertrude Groff and son of John Burrell Duncan)

National Archives, Soldier's Original, No.189350, Martin A. Duncan, Pvt., Co.F, 26 Miss. (Missouri) Vols. (Civil War) (from Geraldine Whitter 8/1999)
      Adjutant General's Office, Wash. D.C., March 10, 1874, ack. receipt of Pension Application 189350. It appears that Martin A. Duncan was enrolled on 20 Sept. 1861 at Union [MAD: Franklin Co.] in Co.F, 26 Regiment Missouri Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war, and mustered into service as a Private on 17 Dec. 1861 at Pacific, MO, in Co.F, 26 Regiment Missouri Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co.F of that Regiment for months of March and April 1862, reported absent. May & June 1862 same report. July & August 1862, absent sick in St.Louis Hospt. since April 24, 1862. September and October 1862 absent without leave. He was discharged on Surgeon's Certificate of disability Sept. 17, 1862. Return for April 1862 reports him absent without leave. Return for May 1862 not on file. Subsequent returns to October 1862 report him absent without leave.
      Certificate of Disability for Discharge, Army of the United States. Private Martin A. Duncan of Captain Deu??'s Company (F) of 26th Regiment of Missouri Inf. Vols., enlisted by B.D. Dean? of 26th Regiment of MO Inf. Vols. at Union, MO, on 20 Sept. 1861 to serve 3 years; he was born in (blank) in the State of Kentucky, is 45 years of age, five feet nine inches high, light complexion, gray? eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer. 12 July 1862. ... unfit for duty because of stiffness of the middle finger of the right hand, caused by a gunshot wound, received on picket duty near New Madrid on 27 March. The straight position of the finger prevents him from handling a musket. ... Discharged this 17 Sept. 1862 at St.Louis.
      General Affidavit: Pulaski Co. MO, in the matter of claim of Martin A. Duncan, late of Co. F 26th Regt. MO Vols. of Waynesville, Pulaski Co. MO, for invalid pension, came Martin A. Duncan of Waynesville, Pulaski Co. MO, that he is the claimant in the above case ... that he cannot furnish the testimony of a commissioned officer as to receipt of wound and origin of disease of lungs and liver for the reason that Capt. Anderson does not remember the facts, Capt. Wheeler has removed from Union, MO, to parts unknown and he does not know the whereabouts of any officer who has any knowledge of the facts. Wit. R.H. Hendricks. (no date)
      Neighbors' Affidavit of James M. Ritchey of Dyke, Texas Co. MO, age 71, has known soldier since 1840, that at his discharge at Caswilla? MO on 17 Sept. 1862 he was in poor health and was suffering with disease of lungs and liver and was unable to perform manual labor (& more; no date). Cornelius (X) Henson of Tribune, Pulaski Co. MO, age 45, known soldier since 1855 (similar). Samuel M. (X) Pollard of Waynesville, Pulaski Co. MO, age 41 years, known soldier since 1857 ... James A. (X) King of Waynesville, Pulaski Co. MO, age 39 years, known soldier since 1855.
      Letter, Rolla, MO, Febry. 4, 1885, to Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, DC, ... returning the papers in original claim No. 189350 of Martin A. Duncan, late Priv. Co. F 26th Regt. MO Inftry. Vols. Clts. [claimant's] last Post Office address was Dundas, Pulaski Co. MO. On my arrival in the county to serve the usual notice I learned that Clt. was dead. Clt. left no widow nor child under 16 years old surviving him. He died in the last week in February 1884, in this county, of pneumonia. Everyone interviewed on the subject stated that he died of pneumonia. The physician who attended him in his last illness lives about 17 miles from the county seat, the roads are very rough, the streams many of them past fording and as I had positive testimony as to his death & there was such unanimity in the report of his disease I did not deem it expedient to attempt to procure the doctor's deposition. I examined the records carefully and no letters of administration have been taken out and there is no inventory of his estate on file. Deeming it needless to encumber the record, I took but two depositions, of which the following is the summary.
            Depn. "A" Pages 5&6: Tillman C. Halteman testifies. His age is 26 years, P.O. Crocker, Pulaski Co. MO. Clt. died in the last week in Feb. 1884 of pneumonia or pneumonia fever they all called it. Saw the funeral procession both going to and returning from the grave. It is said Clt. had a divorce from his wife. He left two sons & a daughter, one son is a poor man, the other "pretty stiff. Rep. Good. No bias. (MAD: quote marks his)
            Depn. "B" Pages 7&8: John J. Clark testifies, his age is 42 years, Post Office Waynesville, Pulaski Co. MO. Am Clerk of the Circuit Court of Pulaski Co. MO. After Martin Duncan commenced trying to get a pension I became very intimately acquainted with him. I am the Clerk before whom so many of his papers were executed. He died in the early part of 1884. He got a divorce from his wife & never remarried. I will attach certified copies of the Divorce Decrees. He left three children, viz, John Duncan now about 35 years old, Mrs. Edwin Harris about 30, & Samuel Duncan about 27 years old. Samuel Duncan is well to do, the others are in poor circumstances. Martin Duncan certainly left enough property to defray his funeral expenses. Rep. Excellent, No bias.
            Exbt. "C", page 9: Interlocutory Decree entered Sept. 4, 1879, by the Circuit Court of Pulaski Co. MO at the Sept. term thereof in the case of Martin A. Duncan vs. Emily A. Duncan.
            Exbt. "D", page 10: Final Decree entered 2 March 1880 by Circuit Court of Pulaski Co. MO at March term thereof in the case of Martin A. Duncan vs. Emily A. Duncan, granting an absolute divorce to the plaintiff from the defendant.
            All of which is respectfully submitted with the recommendation that the claim be rejected. /s/ D.S.M. Sutyn?, special examiner.
      (Affidavit) State of Missouri, County of Pulaski; personally appeared Martin A. Duncan, was while in the US Service and while in the line of duty at New Madrid in State of MO, he received an accidental gun shot wound in the right hand in this wise he was placed on Picket at night (on or about 20 Jan. 1862) and while walking his beat late in the night and while it was very dark their being an old well at the end of his beat the curbing of which was very slick and steping up on the curbing his feet sliped up and he full (MAD: sic) his gun falling from his hand fired and shot him in the right hand. There was no one present at the time the accident happened. /s/ Martin A. Duncan. Sworn to Nov. 15, 1880, /s/ J.J. Clark, Clerk, County Court.
      Approved, A.R. Banks, Supg?. Exr., St.Louis Dist. The examiner has made a very incomplete examination but as there is no one who would have title on account of soldiers death and it appears probable that no claim can be made for expenses of last sickness, I have not deemed it expedient to return the case for further evidence. The summary contains a correct synopsis of the testimony embraced in this report.
      Newburgh?, Phelps Co., January 7, 1885, to Mr. Dudley, Commissioner of Pensions, ... I wright this to enquire of you concerning the pension of M.A. Duncan wich was put in the hands of A.W?. Maupin and Mr. Maupin says there can not be enny more of it collected than wold cover the expenses of his last sickness and funeral and I ask here of you for correct conformation concearning the matter. Yours Respectfully (signature line not on page).

HISTORIES before 1923

1889 "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Cos. MO" by Goodspeed (FHL film 599,833 item 1 & 2; also from David Neal Duncan 1997 and 1998)
      Pg.102+: In 1828, when Pulaski was a part of Gasconade Co., William Coppidge, the assessor of that county, certified on August 4 to a "residents' tax list," which was received by David Waldo, the county clerk. This was a large county, as the name of certain settlers will indicate. ... The names of the list are given complete, with the assessor's spelling retained: (MAD: following were familiar names) Adam Bradford, Isaac Bradford, Matthew Bates, William Bowles, William Bell, Alexander Coppedge, George Coppedge, George Cole, Daniel Crider Sr., Joseph Crider, Daniel Crider Jr., Lindsey Coppedge, William Coppedge, Henry Duncan, John Duncan Sr., John Duncan Jr., Bowls Duncan, Samuel Duncan, John Duncan Esq., James Harrison Esq., William E. Hawkins, (no Solomon Hawkins), ... (many others)
      Pg.770-1: Pulaski Co. William L. Bradford, ex-collector of Pulaski Co. MO, resides about two miles southwest of Waynesville, and was born in 1839 in Pulaski Co. (now Phelps) and is one of five children born to the marriage of Isaac Neeley Bradford and Martha Duncan, both of whom were natives of KY, the former born in 1804. In 1822 he came to what is now Phelps Co. MO with his father, Adam Bradford, and located on the farm now owned by R.B. Duncan. They were among the first whites to settle in that region, and there Adam Bradford died in 1850. Isaac N. married and settled in Spring Creek Twp, where he passed the remainder of his life, his death occurring in 1882. After his wife's death, in 1839, he married Frances Mary Vance, who bore him six children and yet survives him. William L. Bradford was reared to manhood on his father's farm ...
            James A. Bradford, prosperous farmer of Piney Twp, is a Phelps Co. MO'an, b. 1848, son of Isaac and Frances M. (Vance) Bradford. The father was born in KY in 1805 and in 1825 immigrated to what is now Phelps Co. MO, where he was engaged in farming. He was married the same year to Martha Duncan, but she died Nov. 30, 1839, and Nov. 19 of the following year he wedded Miss Vance. The latter lady bore him six children, four of whom are living. James A. Bradford, their fourth child, ...

1889 "History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and private records, besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc., etc" by Goodspeed (FHL film 1,033,621 items 1-2 and 1,000,287 item 2; from Evelyn Sigler 11/1983)
      Pg.1108, Maries Co.: Benjamin F. Branson, b. 1859, m. 1883 Parrie, dau. of James R. and Sally Duncan.
      Pg.1110-1, Maries Co.: J. Russell Duncan, a farmer and stock-raiser of Miller Township, Maries County, was born in Gerrard Co. KY, in 1839, and is a son of Alvis and Ann (Palmer) Duncan, the former born in Washington Co. East TN, and the latter in Garrard Co. KY. The parents were married in Kentucky, where they lived until J. Russell was about five years of age, and then removed to Miller Co. MO, where they settled on a farm, upon which the father died in 1883; his wife is still living at the age of eighty years; both were members of the Baptist Church. J. Russell Duncan was the eldest of a family of six, and was reared in Miller County, his educational advantages being limited. In 1863-64 he served in two different companies in the Enrolled Missouri Militia. In 1864 he married Sarah E., daughter of William H. and Mary C. Scott, the former of whom was born in Kentucky in 1817, (MAD: more on Scott family) .... Mrs. Duncan was born in Laclede Co. MO, and is the mother of twelve children, viz.: Parrie, wife of B.F. Branson; Elben, formerly a teacher, now a farmer; Milford, also a farmer; Alice, who married Thomas Branson; Lillie and Lawrence (twins), Lida, Ella, Ivan, Alvis, Dora (deceased) and Dellard (deceased). Since his marriage Mr. Duncan, has lived on his present farm, which contains 280 acres of the old home place. He owns in all 800 acres, 360 in Miller County and 160 in Pulaski County, besides his farm in Miller Township, Maries County, and 120 acres left him by his father. ... Mason, belongs to Agricultural Whell. Mrs. Duncan is a member of the Baptist Church.


Crawford Co. MO Probate (FHL film 914,158)
      A-156: 5 Dec. 1854, Tuesday; estate of the minor heirs of Wm. Duncan ... residing in this county and they have no natural guardian; entitled to estate of Wm. Duncan decd; out of estate of Mrs. (blank) Duncan decd. late of Pulaski Co.; appoint Wm. McCutchan guardian and curator of Roda and Louisa Duncan, minor heirs of Wm. Duncan decd under the age of 14 years; McCutchan to give bond for $4000.

Greene Co. MO Probate Court Minutes
      Minute Book A, pg.670. Sept. 1848, Eli Hopkins suggested to court that Robert Dunkin, minor heir of R.B. Dunkin, deceased, is without a legal guardian and is under age fourteen and has property coming to him from his deceased father. Eli Hopkins is hereby appointed guardian. (pg.48, "Greene Co. MO Probate Records: Wills, Minutes, Bonds, Letters of Administration, 1833-1871" by Marsha Hoffman Rising, from Dorothy Franks 3/1995) (MAD: see Pulaski and Phelps Co. MO, Robert Dunkin, son of Robert B. Dunkin and Susan Dodds; Susan married 2nd Eli Hopkins; 1860 Shawnee Co. KS census)

Phelps Co. MO Deed (SLC 7/17/2014; have JPG images)
      F-123/124: 9 Sept. 1853, George M. Duncan of Pulaski Co. MO to Thomas C. Harrison of same, for $200 paid, sell all that portion of the estate of John Duncan Senior late of Pulaski Co. MO decd. which is now due or may herefter become due to me as heir or devisee of said John Duncan Senior, being a distributive share of 1/5 of the proceeds of all personal property belonging to the said John Duncan decd. at the time of his death, and one undivided fifth of land on west side of Gasconade River in Pulaski Co. MO, the SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.25 and NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.36 in Twp.38 Range 10W containing 78 acres and 17/100 of an acre, also E 1/2 of SE 1/4 Sec.25 Twp.38 Range 10W containing 80 acres, also SW fractional 1/4 "(West of Gasconade River)" of Sec.30 Twp.38 Range 9W containing 60 acres and 28/100 of an acre, also SE fractional 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.38 Range 10 containing 38 acres and 9/100 of an acre. /s/ George (X) M. Duncan. Ack. 9 Sept. 1853 by George M. Duncan before Samuel Crain, J.P., Pulaski Co. MO. Filed March 30, 1869, recorded May 21, 1869. (FHL film 914,738)

Greenville Co. SC Equity Court Records (FHL film 292,493; handwriting was very difficult to read)
      1847, Roll 157, R.B. Duncan executor &c et al vs. Laurence Brock, George Brock, John Brock et al; bill for Partition and Sale of Real Estate; filed March 16, 1847, Answer filed June 22, 1847. ... will of Henry Brock ... heirs [include] ... Xury Duncan, Robert R. Duncan, Perry A. Duncan, W.H. Duncan, Jno. B. Duncan, Marshall Duncan, Mary M. Clement & Abraham Clement her husband, and Sultana C. Bell and William Bell her husband, children of Mary Duncan decd. who was a sister of the testator who reside in the State of MO ... (MAD: see will of John Duncan in 1850 Pulaski Co. MO; see 1840 Conway Co. AR census for Abram Clement)


Some early Duncans in Pulaski Co. MO:
      Hury (Xury) O. Duncan, 26 Dec. 1833, mar. Polly Blevans in Pulaski Co. MO; 1850 Platte Co. MO census, 1860 Lane Co. OR census (Claim #1343 in Vol.III, "Genealogical Material in Oregon Donation Land Claims" by Gen. Forum of Portland, OR, FHL book 979.5 R2g)
      John Duncan and Robert Duncan, 28 Aug. 1836, witnessed will of James Harrison of Crawford Co. naming wife Louisa and children; signature "of our brother" Robert Duncan decd. verified by John Duncan and William L. Duncan; recorded 3 Aug. 1842 in Pulaski Co. MO Will Book pg.20. Letters Testamentary granted James P. Harrison and John B. Harrison, sec. Louisa Harrison, Ben B. Harrison, John Duncan Senr., 23 Aug. 1842; Heirs renamed in same order 3 Nov. 1843. (pg.5, Vol.16, 9/1972 "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)
      James M. Duncan, 3 Jan. 1838, security with James Harrison for Cornelius P. Davidson to administer estate of John W. Davidson who died intestate; recorded in Pulaski Co. Admin. Bonds Book A pg.70. 22 Feb. 1838, Cornelius P. Davidson appointed Admin. de bonis non, securities James Harrison and Isaac Newman, recorded Bonds Book A, pg.72. (pg.2 and later, Vol.16, 9/1972 "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984, and David Neal Duncan 2/1998)
      Robert B. Duncan, 30 Nov. 1838, died intestate; admrs. Alfred Loftin and Susan Duncan; sec. Josiah Dodd and Andrew Dodd, recorded in Pulaski Co. Admin. Bonds Book A, pg.84. (pg.3, Vol.16, 9/1972 "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)
      John Duncan, 22 April 1846, security with Marshal Smith, Stephen Mason, and V.G. Latham for Mary Sullivan and William Henderson to administer estate of Mark Sullivan who died intestate, recorded in Pulaski Co. Admin. Bonds Book A, pg.239. ("MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from David Neal Duncan 2/1998)
      John Dunkin, 19 April 1847, security with W.A. Dodge for James A. Folley to administer estate of Barnett Foley who died intestate. (pg.4, Vol.16, 9/1972 "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)
      J.M. Duncan, 28 Jan. 1894, a prominent merchant of Hancock [Pulaski Co.] MO, killed by Jack Decker; from "Rolla Herald" [Phelps Co. MO] issues of 1 Feb. and 15 Feb. 1894 (Vol.9 #1, Winter 1989, "MO State Genealogical Assn. Journal" FHL book 977.8 D25m, from Dorothy Franks 4/1989)

"Our Ancestors in Pulaski Co. MO" by Thomas Turpin (FHL book 977.857 N2t) and "Genealogical Information for Pulaski Co. MO" by Thomas Turpin (FHL book 977.857 D2t) and "Supplement I: Our Ancestors in Pulaski Co. MO" by Thomas Turpin (FHL book 977.857 N2t)
      These books contain abstracts of probate records and US Land Sales in Pulaski Co. MO.

"Pioneer Families of Miller County, Missouri; Journey to the Past" by Peggy Smith Hake, no date (FHL book 977.856 D2h; from Donald G. Musick to Jeannine Wright to MAD 10/2001)
      Pgs.45-47 of this book contain information on the families of Greenberry and Gillam Duncan of Miller Co. MO, perhaps sons of Hayden Duncan born 1820 and his wife Sarah Duncan born 1817, of 1870 Pulaski Co. MO census.

"Moline [Rock Island Co.], IL, Records" by DAR, 1951 (FHL film 848,659 item 2)
      Pg.76 and 82 of this volume includes the William Wynn family records; one Bible contains the family of Richard Wynn and Harriet Hawkins married June 19, 1823, will of Richard Winn dated 9 Oct. 1852 proved 29 Nov. 1852 in Pulaski Co. MO, wit. Solomon Hawkins; Wm. Wynn born Sept. 30, 1833, married Barden M. Duncan Aug. 14, 1856, Bardenney M. Wynn DeaCest about Septem. 20 to 24th 1857, Born Aprile 13th 1837; Wm. Wynn was married to Obediance Tompson 8 Aug. 1858, Obediance ---- Wynn borne Nov. 4, 1830, Wm. Wynn died March 20, 1894. The Bible names children of Wm. Wynn.

"The Allens and the Harrisons of the Kingdom of Callaway [Co. MO]" 1981, by Crockett A. Harrison (some pages from Crockett A. Harrison to Duncan Surname Association 12/1990; FHL book 929.273 AL53hc and film 1,033,842 item 1)
      Pgs.72, 74, and 90-93, refer to the family of James Berry Harrison of Greenville Co. SC, mar. Lovisa Voss Duncan and moved to Gasconade Co. MO, later to Pulaski (later Phelps) Co. MO.


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