Duncans in Grenada Co. MS


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

Last revised December 5, 2002

Formed 1870 from Carroll, Yalobusha, Choctaw, Tallahatchie
Leflore formed 1871 from Carroll, Sunflower, Tallahatchie


1870 Grenada Co. MS Census
Twp.22, Grenada P.O.
Pg.157, #68-71, DUNCAN, James M. 56 TN (white) farmer $10,000-$6,000
                  Susan A. 37 MS keeping house
                  Sue H. (f) 16, Robert D. 13? MS at school
                  James M. 10 MS at school
                  Anna E. 8, Charles 6 MS
                  Catherine 4/12 MS b.Feb.
                  GERELT?, Susan 60 MS
                  LEWIS, Ann B. 29 MS (white)
                  (MAD: 1850-1860 Tallahatchie Co. MS census; Robert D. should be age 15 per Bible record; James N. Duncan Jr. mar. Annie M. Wright 11/21/1888 Warren Co. MS; James M. Duncan Sr. d. 12/12/1902 age 89y, bur. Oddfellows Cemetery, Grenada Co. MS, with other members of his family, from pg.70-71, Vol.1, "Cemeteries of Grenada Co. MS & Surrounding areas" by Frances G. Martin, FHL book 976.2635 V3m and fiche 6,100,914)
East Ward, Town of Grenada
Pg.208, #90-107, ANGEVINE, Saxton S. (m) 29 MS (white), ret. dry goods merchant $3600-$1000
                  Missourie (f) 29 SC keeping house
                  Mary L. 10, Hallie J. (f) 7 MS
                  Lena C. (f) 3, Allen J. 4/12 b.Feb. MS
                  DUNCAN, Hallie 14 MS BLACK domestic servant
                  MAYHEW, James 28 MS (white) R.R. conductor
                  (MAD: corrections from Ray Isbell 11/2002 who said that Saxton S. Angevine was actually born in New York)
West Ward, Town of Grenada
Pg.217, #9-12, PARK, Isaac S. 46 VT (white) druggist $7000-$5000
                  Cornelia D. 40 SC keeping house
                  Isaac S. 11 MS at school
                  Eulolia (f) 6, Douns? (m) 4 MS
                  Addied (f) 2, William O. 6/12 b.Dec. MS
                  DUNCAN, Margaret 46 MS BLACK domestic servant
                  Helen 12 MS BLACK domestic servant
                  KASPER??, Jane C. 50 PA (white) at home
                  DENMAN?, James C. 19 MS (white) clerks in store
Pg.218, #27-30, DUNCAN, George 47 VA (white) tailor $5000-$300
                  Catherine 45 MA ("Massachusetts") keeping house
                  Pearl (f) 9 MS
                  (MAD: 1850-1860 Yalobusha Co. MS census)
Twp.23, P.O. Grenada
Pg.259, #513-524, DUNCAN, Wash 30 GA BLACK farm laborer
                  Letty 28 MS BLACK keeping house
                  Robert 5 MS BLACK
                  (MAD: Wash. indexed as age 50, but looks more like 30)

HISTORIES before 1923

1891 "Biographical and historical memoirs of Mississippi : embracing an authentic and comprehensive account of the chief events in the history of the state, and a record of the lives of many of the most worthy and illustrious families and individuals" 2 vol. pub. in 2 parts each; pub. by Goodspeed Pub. Co. (FHL book 976.2 D3b and films 845,437 item 2, and 845,438 items 1-2, and 845,439 item 1)
      Vol.1, pt.2, Pg.671-3: JAMES M. DUNCAN, ... was born in Greene Co. TN on the 28th of October, 1813, and inherits Scotch blood from his paternal grandfather, who was a native of Scotland. The latter and a brother came to the United States prior to the Revolution, and the brother was killed by the British near Norfolk, VA. The grandfather settled in Botetourt Co. VA, and there reared his family, consisting of George, Jerry, Amos, Benjamin, David and two daughters. The fourth child in order of birth, Benjamin, grew to manhood in Virginia, and when a young man went to East TN, where he was married in 1812 to Miss Nancy Ross, also a native of the Old Dominion, and a daughter of William Ross, who served in the Revolutionary war, and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. Mr. Ross has several sons, who served in the Creek Indian wars. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan continued to reside in Greene Co. TN until November, 1822, when they moved to Limestone Co. AL, and from there to Shelby Co. TN, in 1834. The father followed merchandising from the close of the Indian wars, in which he served as a lieutenant in Capt. Waterhouse's company, until about 1850, when he carried on planting .... He was a stanch whig, ... a Mason of rank, ... of Shelby county. He died June 1, 1860, ... his wife died in the same county in 1836, leaving six children -- three sons and three daughters, two of whom are yet living: James M. Duncan, the subject of this sketch, and the eldest child; and Mrs. Ann Reembert, of Shelby Co. TN. After his wife's death Mr. Duncan was married the second time and became the father of two children by this union, a son and daughter, both now deceased. James M. Duncan passed his boyhood and youth in Limestone Co. AL, and their received his education. In 1836 he started out in life for himself as a merchant at Mooresville, Ala., Limestone county, and there continued until the spring of 1840. He first came to MS in 1838, to administer upon the estate of George Dillard, and ... moved there in the fall of 1840. .... He was first married while living in AL to Miss Mary H. Gamble, who was born and reared in that state. She died on the 21st of June, 1840, leaving two children: Benjamin G. and Mary, both of whom are deceased. The former served as a soldier in the Civil war, and was a member of Captain Stanford's battery, ... His death occurred on the 6th of April, 1880, in Grenada. The other child died in Alabama when young.
            Mr. Duncan's second marriage was to Mrs. Susan Augusta (Girault) Sykes, widow of Dr. J.B. Sykes, whom she had married in 1847. Her parents, James A. and Susan (Dunbar) Girault, were early settlers of Mississippi. James A. Girault was born near Natchez, MS, in 1793, and died at Jackson, MS, March 24, 1851. (more on Girault genealogy) Mrs. Duncan ... the fourth child in order of birth. She was born at Bellevue, near Natchez, on the 19th of October, 1832 ... (more on Girault genealogy). To Mr. and Mrs. Duncan were born 9 children, five of whom are now living: Robert D., engaged in merchandising at Greenwood, Miss.; James M., resides at Vicksburg and is teller in the Delta bank; Annie E., married R.S. Turnage and lives in Memphis, TN; Blanton C. is a merchant of Grenada, Miss.; and Katie A., who is a single and a highly accomplished lady. Those deceased are: Mary, died in 1852; Nancy Ross, died in 1859; John G., died in 1866; and Susan H., who was the wife of Thomas P. Lampkin, died in 1883, leaving two beautiful young daughters, Helen and Elouise. Mrs. Duncan is a member of the Methodist church. Mr. Duncan is a democrat in politics and is the only one of the older members of the family who voted with that party, they being whigs.
            (MAD: James N. Duncan Jr. mar. Annie M. Wright 11/21/1888 Warren Co. MS; 1850-1860 Tallahatchie Co. MS census)

1921 "History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography" 4 Vols. by Thomas M. Owen, Vol.III, pgs.516-519 (FHL fiche 6,048,243 to 6,048,246; also from Donna Little 8/1982)
      DUNCAN, L. ALEXANDER, publisher, civil postmaster, city treasurer & city clerk of Meridian [Lauderdale Co.] MS, was born February 16, 1829, in New York City; son of William and Louise Augusta (Gardner) Duncan, the former a native of Glasgow, Scotland, who removed to Canada and later located in New York City, removed to Courtland [Lawrence Co. AL] in 1830, where he taught schools; took charge of Athens female academy, 1836-38, and opened a school for girls in Grenada, Miss.; became a merchant in 1840; grandson of Alexander and Mary (McFarlan) Duncan, of Scotland, who migrated to New York City about 1808, and of Hiram Gardner, a native of Carlisle, PA, who located in New York City, .... Mr. Duncan received his elementary education in Courtland and Athens, AL, and in Grenada, MS, and attended the Collegiate school in NY City which he left in 1846, a few months before graduation. He was a clerk in his father's store in Grenada, 1846-47, and during the latter year entered book & printing business in New Orleans, LA, where he was a joint publisher with his brother, Rev. Dr. Cecil Duncan, of the "Southern Baptist Chronicle" until 1850; he was a publisher in that city of the "New Orleans Baptist Chronicle" 1852-55, also issued a number of pamphlets; civil postmaster of Meridian, MS, 1863-64; city treasurer 1868, and city clerk from 1871 to present; Democrat, Mason and Baptist. married Jan. 21, 1856, in New Orleans, to Annie Battalie, dau. of Edward Conyers and Martha Turbeville (Battaile) Payne, who lived in Hayfield, VA, and later in Winchester, KY, granddau. of Hay Battalie of Hayfield, VA; res. Meridian, MS.

1907 "Mississippi, Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons; Arranged in Cyclopedic Form" planned & edited by Dunbar Rowland, pub. by Southern Hist. Publ. Assn.; vol.1 A-K, vol.2 L-Z, vol.3 includes index & portraits, contemporary biography; vol.4 includes portrait, suppl. volume comprising sketches of representative MS'ans for whom special portraits have been executed on steel (FHL book 976.2 H2m and fiche 6,051,432 to 6,051,435)
      Vol.III, pg.218 and Vol.4, pg.91-92: L. Alexander Duncan, pioneer citizen of Meridian [Lauderdale Co. MS], native of New York City, born Feb. 16, 1829. Son of William and Louisa A. (Gardner) Duncan, the former born in the City of Glasgow, Scotland, the latter in the City of New York where their marriage was solemnized. The parents of William Duncan came to America when he was a boy, he was reared and educated in New York City where he lived until 1830, then to AL, in 1838 he took up his abode in Grenada, MS, taught in the female colleges in Courtland (Lawrence Co.) and Athens, AL, and also in Grenada, MS. Later he was in the general merchandise business, finally located in the City of New Orleans, where he conducted a book store for a number of years, and died in 1863 while on a business trip to New York. His wife died in 1847 in Grenada, MS, and he married again in 1848 to Mrs. Kate Easly of Middleton, MS, who died in 1892 at Meridian leaving no children. Of the children of his first marriage, only one, the subject of this review, is still living.
            L. Alexander Duncan completed his education in New York City, worked for his father in the New Orleans book store, then worked for a newspaper which ceased publication in 1850. In the Civil War, he was mustered into Confederate service in the regiment of Home Guards in New Orleans, and was discharged in the early part of 1862, then he came to Meridian, MS, in 1863, and in 1878 located in Memphis, TN, in 1879 returned to Meridian. On Jan. 21, 1856, he married Miss Annie B. Payne, daughter of Edward C. Payne of New Orleans, LA; she died 1893. (FHL fiche 6,051,434 and 6,051,435, MAD's extract; no reference to a Duncan in the sketch about the town of Meridian, county seat of Lauderdale Co., in Vol.II)


Family Bibles:
      The Girault Bible includes Susan Augusta Girault, dau. of James and Susan Girault, born at Bellevue near Natchez 19 Oct. 1832, mar. 1st Dr. J.B. Sykes of AL, mar. 2nd James M. Duncan on July 26, 1849; Susan died at her home, Wildwood Plantation, in Grenada Co. MS on 2 Dec. 1898, age 66 yrs. It was published on pg.14, Vol.5, "Mississippi cemetery and bible records" by Mississippi Genealogical Society (FHL book 976.2 V3m and Vol.1-19 on fiche 6,051,105, and films 496,623 to 496,626; and Memphis Pub. Library book 929.3 M66, from Evelyn Sigler 1983)
      The James Madison Duncan Bible includes James M. Duncan, born Oct. 28 (year not given), married Mary Hunt Gamble 21 July 1836, married Susan Augusta Sykes 26 July 1849, and gives their children, including Benjamin Gamble Duncan, Blanton Duncan and J.M. Duncan Jr. It was published on pgs.17-18, Vol.5, "Mississippi cemetery and bible records" by Mississippi Genealogical Society (FHL book 976.2 V3m and Vol.1-19 on fiche 6,051,105, and films 496,623 to 496,626; and Memphis Pub. Library book 929.3 M66, from Evelyn Sigler 1983)
      The Blanton C. Duncan Bible includes Blanton Charles Duncan, who married Lizzie G. Townes on 5 Sept. 1887, and their children, he the son of James M. Duncan and Susan Augusta Sykes who were married on Thursday July 26, 1849 at the residence of Edward Portevent, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. It was published on pgs.18-19, Vol.5, "Mississippi cemetery and bible records" by Mississippi Genealogical Society (FHL book 976.2 V3m and Vol.1-19 on fiche 6,051,105, and films 496,623 to 496,626; and Memphis Pub. Library book 929.3 M66, from Evelyn Sigler 1983). It was also published on pgs.21-22, Vol.XX, "Mississippi cemetery and bible records" by Mississippi Genealogical Society, 1986 (FHL book 976.2 V3m and Memphis Pub. Library book 929.3 M66, from Evelyn Sigler 1989)


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