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Duncans in Vernon Co. MO


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

Last revised August 20, 2010

Formed 1851 from Bates


1860 Vernon Co. MO Census
Henry Twp.
Pg.119, #850-822, Peter DUNKIN 46 KY farmer $11020-$1886
                  M.A. (f) 35 KY
                  N.J. (f) 14, S.A. (f) 12 MO
                  M.E. (f) 10, M.R. (f) 7 MO
                  A.R?. (m) 4, E.J. (f) 1 MO
                  (MAD: 1850 Bates Co. MO census)

1870 Vernon Co. MO Census
Bacon Twp.
Pg.506, #87-83, DUNCAN, John 30 MO laborer $0-$200
                  Barbary 23 MO keeping house
                  Martha 10/12 b.Oct. MO
Center Twp.
Pg.512, #5-5, CROCKETT, Saml. R. 30 KY lawyer $1000-$200
                  Hattie M. 26 KY keeps house
                  Lucy F. 7, Georgie (f) 5 MO
                  Wm. S. 3, Olive (f) 1 MO
                  Hattie M. 2/12 Apr. MO
                  Jim B. (m) 23 KY clerk $0-$0
                  Bell (f) 24 KY (not m/in/year)
                  DUNCAN, Mary 65 KY
Pg.537, #404-378, PITTS, Saml. 54 KY farmer $1000-$400
                  Elisabeth 33 KY keeping house
                  Martha 15 (15 written over 13) MO
                  James 15 MO
                  John H. 12, Olivea A. (f) 11 MO
                  Sterling (m) 9, Susan 6 MO
                  Jessee 4, Sarah 1 MO
                  DUNCAN, Saml. 60 KY
                  (MAD: ? 1860 Buchanan Co. MO census)
Pg.538, #414-385, DUNCAN, Jesse (m) 26 KY farmer $1000-$650
                  Sarah 26 IL keeping house
                  Wm. 5 IL
                  Charles 4 KS "Kans"
                  Jessie (m) 2 MO
                  Arthar (m) 4/12 Feb. MO
                  STROUP, Columbus 24 IL laborer $0-0
                  (MAD: ? 1860 Buchanan Co. MO census)
Henry Twp.
Pg.575, #56-57, DUNCAN, Peter 57 KY farmer $20,000-$2000
                  Melissa A. 47 TN keeping house
                  Mary E. 20, Margret 17 MO
                  Elexander P. (m) 14, Ellen (f) 12 MO
                  Ennallis (m) 9 MO
                  (MAD: Peter Duncan, 5/9/1813 - 4/18/1887, Malissa A. Duncan, 4/17/1824 - 6/19/1909, bur. Underwood Cemetery; from "Vernon Co. MO Cemeteries" by Charles L. Bernard, from June Davis 6/1995)
Montevalls Twp.
Pg.582, #6-6, DUNCAN, Linn (m) 21 MO farmer $0-$500
                  Mary J. 21 OH keeping house
                  Alice M. 3/12 May MO
                  (MAD: 1860 Jasper Co. MO census; Linius C. Duncan of Round Prairie, Jasper Co. MO, mar. Mary J. Chambers 11/5/1868 Lawrence Co. MO)
Pg.594, #203-171, PRIM, Green 26 MO farm hand $0-$500
                  Nancy 35 MO keeping house
                  DUNCAN, James 14, Lucinda 12 MO
                  Wm. H. 10, John A. 9, Square M. (m) 4 MO
                  PRIM, Laura 4, Martha 2 MO
                  Ella C. 3/12 May MO
                  (MAD: Nancy the widow of James M. Duncan, 1860 Cole Co. MO census)


Vernon Co. MO Probate Records, Index (FHL film 960,818)
      No Wm. Barnes early
      Duncan, Thos. H. minor?, bond/admr. David Claypool; bond C-331 filed; record A-192; letters etc. A-14, 24, C-331; notices A-201; settlement E-411, 451, C-77


Vernon Co. MO Deed Indexes
   Index 1845-1872 (FHL film 960,772 part 2)
      M-214: James Barnes & wife to Frederick Barnes, ca 1852
      M-240, 241, 246 same
      M-349 & 350: Peter Duncan & wife to Richard Meeks, 4/9/1853 (copied 1989)
      Q-339: Peter Duncan & wife to Neal Bohannan, 8/30/1870
   Index 1866-1869, Book A, B, K, C (FHL film 960,772 part 1)
      (Vol.A, 1855-1858; no Vol.B; Vol.C 1858-1860; Vol.D-E 1860-1867)
      Peter Duncan to Vernon Co., pg. 208 & 209 (Book number not given, not found Vol.A)
      A-30: Frederick & Delilah Barnes to Sarah Ann Bergen, pg. 30 to 31
      A-270: Benj. Duncan to John Wagnon, pg. 270, P/A
      A-432: Peter Duncan and wife to James Lawrence, pg. 432
      B-115 & 116: Benj. Duncan and wife to John Taylor
      A-161 & 162: Peter Duncan from Joseph P. Avery & wife
      B-427 & 428: D. Duncan from John Gilchrist
      C-139: J.R. Duncan to E.R. McNeil (not found Vol.C)
      H-312, 315: Peter Duncan & wife (not looked for)

Vernon Co. MO Deeds
      M-349: 16 Jan. 1855, Peter Duncan and wife Melisa A. to Richard Meeks, both Bates Co. MO, $115, NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 21 T37 R33, 40 acres. (FHL film 960,781)
      M-350: 16 Jan. 1855, Peter Duncan and wife Melisa A. to Richard Meeks, both Bates Co. MO, $1200, W 1/2 SE 1/4 and E 1/2 SW 1/4 and SE 1/4 NE 1/4, all Sec. 17, T37, R33, in all 200 acres. No wit. Rec. 4/9/1855. (FHL film 960,781)
      A-161: 28 July 1856, Joseph P. Avery and wife Elizabeth of Vernon Co. MO to Peter Duncan of same, $187, ? of Sec.18 T57? R33 and ? of NE 1/4 Sec.18 T37 R33, in all 120 acres; no wit. (FHL film 960,775; difficult to read)
      A-270: 11 March 1857, Benjamin (X) Duncan and wife Mary Ann of Vernon Co. MO appoint John Wagnon of Vernon Co. MO our attorney regarding estate of Sealy Summers decd and estate of Hugh Summers decd and estate of Harris Summers decd and Moses Summers decd, in which Leonard Dodge is admin. of all, which we the said Benjamin Duncan and Mary Ann Duncan is heirs at law; wit. James Conner, John R. Wagnon. (FHL film 960,775; difficult to read) (MAD: 1850 Bates Co. MO census; 1860 Calaveras Co. CA census)
      A-432: 27 Oct. 1857, Peter Duncan and wife Malissa Ann Duncan of Vernon Co. MO to James Lawrence of same, $3,000, the E 1/2 SW 1/4 and W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.5 T37 R33, and SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.5 T37 R33, and NE 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.5 T37 R33, and W 1/2 SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.9 T37 R33, containing in all 260 acres; no wit. (FHL film 960,775; difficult to read)

HISTORIES before 1923

1888 "History of Nevada, Vernon Co. MO" Brown & Co. (from MO files of Kay D. Hampton bef. 1970, loaned through Lu Durham 5/1988, now at Platte Co. MO Historical Society)
      Pg.409: Peter Duncan in Butler, Bates Co. MO, settled on Duncans Creek in Henry Township in 1839. His step-father William Barnes also came. Peter Duncan was the 1st settler in 1839, 2 miles north of Osage River on East side of Duncan Creek. Mr. Duncan is yet living in Bates Co.
      (MAD: one Margaret Duncan mar. William Barnes 4/25/1819 in Howard Co. MO; is this the one?)

1887 "History of Vernon County, Missouri : including a history of its townships, towns and villages, together with a condensed history of Missouri ... biographical sketches ... statistics ..." pub. by Brown & Co. (FHL film 1,000,306 item 3)
1911 "History of Vernon County, Missouri, past and present, including an account of the cities, towns and villages of the county" ed. by J.B. Johnson, pub. by C.F. Cooper (FHL book 977.844 H2j, Vol.2)
      (text is almost identical)
      Henry Twp: Early Settlers. Peter Duncan was probably the first settler in what is now Henry township. In the year 1839 he located nearly 2 miles north of he Osage, on the east side of the creek which bears his name (SE quarter section 5), where was afterward Duncan Creek postoffice. Here he resided for many years, at last selling the land to James Lawrence. During the Civil War he was a confederate soldier, and at the battle of Prairie Grove, AR, was badly wounded by a saber stroke; from the effects of this wound he never entirely recovered. (pg.600, 1911 Hist.) ... Mr. Duncan is yet living, a resident of Bates Co. (pg.410, 1887 Hist.)
      William Barnes came from Jackson Co. in about 1839 and settled on Duncan's creek, in section 8, south of Peter Duncan's claim. Barnes was the contractor that constructed the US military road from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Scott. While executing his contact he visited this country on a hunting expedition and was so delighted with it that he determined to make it his home. He died in Kansas many years ago. (pg.600, 1911 Hist.; pg.410, 1887 Hist.)
      (MAD: Kay D. Hampton files quote pg.409, 1888 History of Nevada, Vernon Co. MO, pub. by Brown & Co., that William Barnes was step-father of Peter Duncan; this text is not in the 1887 History at the FHL)


Fauquier Co. VA Deeds (from Phyllis Duncan 3/1987)
      64-18: 17 Dec. 1870, A.H. Baughman and wife J.E. of Vernon Co. MO, E.J. Parks and wife Sarah E. of Henry Co. MO, Elzie B. Duncan of Henry Co. MO as attorney for Charles P. Duncan of Henry Co. MO and Rebecca E. Duncan of Henry Co. MO and Edwin C. Duncan of Pettis Co. MO, and said Elzie B. Duncan in his own right, heirs at law of Charles Duncan decd; to William H. Davis of Fauquier Co. VA, $100, all rights, title and interest in lot No. 26 in village of Salem containing 1/2 acre.
      64-471: 6 Nov. 1872, Elzie B. Duncan in his own right and as attorney in fact for Edwin C. Duncan of Pettis Co. MO and Charles P. Duncan and wife Mary J., F.J. Parks and wife Sarah E. of Henry Co. MO, and William B. Porter (signed W.B.) and wife Rebecca E. of Pettis Co. MO, A.H. Boughman (signed Alexander H.) and wife Juliette E. of Vernon Co. MO, and Harriet A. Duncan of Vernon Co. MO; to Harriet H. Duncan of Fauquier Co. VA; for $156, Lot No. 4, about 13 acres, it being all the interest of the parties of the first part to the tract belonging to the estate of Nancy Duncan decd, adj. Burr Van Horn, Elzie Duncan & others. Certification in Vernon Co. MO re H.A. Duncan (declared herself single & unmarried) and Alexander H. Boughman & wife Juliette E. Certification in Henry Co. MO re Charles P. Duncan and wife Mary J., and F.J. Parks and wife Sarah E. Certification in Pettis Co. MO re W.B. Porter and wife Rebecca E.


"Cemetery Directory of Vernon Co. MO" by Charles L. Bernard (FHL book 977.844 V3b; and from June Davis 6/1995)
      This volume contains listings for many Duncans buried in cemeteries in Vernon Co. MO.

Some Duncans in early Vernon Co. MO:
      Joseph Duncan, 4 July 1858, mar. Martha Thurman.
      Peter Duncan, after 19 Feb. 1858, granted Letters Testamentary for will of James Lawrence dated 19 Feb. 1858, recorded in Book A, pg.37 (Vernon Co. MO Abstracts of Wills A, and Admrs. A, 1855-1872, on pg.57, Vol.7, 3/1979, "MO Miscellany" FHL book 977.8 D2w, from Denzil Mauldin 12/1984)


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