Duncans in Caswell Co. NC


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

Last revised December 31, 2014

Formed 1777 from Orange
Person formed 1791 from eastern half of Caswell


1790 Caswell Co. NC Census
Pg. 83  Duncan, Mary            tax list
          (MAD: died Person Co. NC)

1800-1810 Caswell Co. NC Census
        No Duncan indexed

1820 Caswell Co. NC Census
Pg. 53  Duncan, Elijah          300010        - 10100
        Duncan, James           211110        - 01201
    54  Duncan, James           211110        - 10101
    56  Duncan, Nathan          100100        - 00100

1830 Caswell Co. NC Census
Pg.290  John Duncan             0000,1        - 0001
   291  Elijah Duncan           0030,01       - 1120,01
   295  William Duncan          0000,1        - 0000,01
   309  Wiley Duncan            0000,3001     - 0001,0001
   315  Nathan Duncan Jr.       1010,01       - 1200,2
        Nathan Duncan Sr.       0000,1000,1   - 1000,2000,1
          (MAD: to Henderson Co. KY)

1840-1870 Caswell Co. NC Census
        No Duncan indexed


Land records, North Carolina and Tennessee; indexes, 1600-1959; by NC Secretary of State, Land Grant Office (Placerville FHC on loan 1/4-5/2012)
      Land warrants are documents issued at local land offices to purchasers of public lands. When these warrants are surrendered, the buyers are issued conveyances (deeds). The land warrants (and other miscellaneous records) are organized by file numbers in alphabetical sequences of counties. Some of the counties are now Tennessee counties. These records are in packets. On each packet cover are spaces for the following information: file number, county, purchaser's name(s), number of acres, grant number, date issued, entry number, date entered, book number, page number & location. ... The key to finding the related packets are the file numbers.
      Land grant index cards, 1693-1959, George Dail (Burke) - Robert Deveney (Rutherford) (FHL Film 1,942,615)
            Duncan, Daniel, File No.744, Caswell Co., 35 acres, Grant 742 issued 10 Nov. 1784, Entry No.828 entered 28 July 1779, Book No.56, page no.74, Location: On the waters of N. Hyco
            Duncan, Daniel, File No.734, Caswell Co., 196 acres, Grant No.732, 10 Nov. 1784, Entry No.827 entered 28 July 1779, Book No.56, page no.71, Location: On the waters of N. Hyco

Copies of Index cards from NC Land Grant Office (from Charles Duncan 4/1985)
      Daniel Duncan, #744, 35 acres Caswell Co., Grant #742 issued 10 Nov. 1784, Entry #828 entered 28 July 1779, Book 56, page 74, on the waters of Hyco.
      Daniel Duncan, #734, (blank) acres in Caswell Co., Grant #732 issued 10 Nov. 1784, Entry #827 entered 28 July 1779, Book 56, pg.71, on the waters of N. Hyco.

Caswell Co. NC Deeds from index (grantor on FHL film 18,428; grantee on FHL film 18,430)
      C-157: 4 Feb. 1785, William Stone to Mary Duncan, £80, 250 acres on Milstone Creek, corner Rosebrough and James Henley old line. Wit. Edw. Atkinson, Charles Trim, ?? Humphrey?. (FHL film 18,433)
      D-153: 10 Nov. 1784, NC Grant #742 to Daniel Duncan, 35 acres on waters of North Hico, corner John Moore, corner to said Duncan old line, corner to his new survey. (FHL film 18,433)
      D-154: 10 Nov. 1784, NC Grant #732 to Daniel Duncan, 195 acres on waters of North Hico the north side, corner Roger Atkinson. (FHL film 18,433)
      E-96: 10 Aug. 1786, Nathaniel Duncan to Fielding Lewis, £180, 188 acres both sides of Cobb Creek, Atkinson's line. /s/ Nathl. Duncan. Wit. H. Harolson, James Long. (FHL film 18,434)
      E-163: 28 Jan. 1787, Nathaniel (Nathl.) Duncan to Mary Duncan, £200, 217 acres on the north side of North ... (torn) on the west side by the old line that divided the lands from John Moore, grant from NC, line of James Rainey, Fealder Lewis decd, on south side by Hico Creek, where Mary now lives. Wit. William Rainey, ...ncy Merrit, ...se Duncan (Jesse?) (taped, could not read) (FHL film 18,434)
      E-274: 6 Nov. 1787, Nathaniel Duncan to William Rainey, $100, 56 acres south side of North Hico. Wit. John Burch, William (x) Stafford. (FHL film 18,434) (MAD: see Nathaniel Duncan died by 1812 in Greene Co. GA)
      M-159: 24 Jan. 1802, James (R facing down) Arnett to William Duncan, £40, 75 acres on Hozard? Creek, Farmers corner, Daniel Gapsayers. Wit. Wm. Dye, Jon. La-ann. (FHL film 18,436) (MAD: Hogan's Creek on line between Caswell and Rockingham Co.)
      N-128: 26 Nov. 1803, William (x) Duncan of Caswell Co. NC to Robert West, £55.10, 74 acres on Hogan's Creek (see M-159 above). Wit. Hepsmith?, Isaac West (dark). (FHL film 18,436)
      W-113: 17 Sept. 1822, per order of court to divide land of William Humphreys decd. among his heirs (viz) Nathan Duncan and his wife Elizabeth, John Humphreys, Jesse Humphres and Susan Humphreys, to Nathan Duncan, Lot #1, Dixons road, McCarneys, 42 acres. (FHL film 18,439)
      Z-329: 7 Oct. 1830, Nathan Duncan to Burwell Hagood, $157, 42 acres on Pumpkin Creek, John Humphries line. Wit. Thomas Hagood, John Hagood, John (X) Duncan. (FHL film 18,440)
      No Duncan deed indexed after 1830 until 1913 (Books 67 & 68)


ELIJAH DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-3309 (FHL film 970,863, and extract from Alice Duncan 1978/79)
      Born April 1757 in Fairfax Co. VA; died 14 Dec. 1840 Smith Co. TN. Lived in Caswell Co. NC in 1777. He was a pvt in the Continental Army commanded by Capt. Wilson of 10th Regt., under Co. Lytle, NC. Enlisted in Caswell Co. NC for 3 yrs served 18 mo's himself and the balance of time served by a substitute. Heirs, living in 1840: no widow, Elijah Duncan, Jane Kimbil, Nancy Ban, Catherine Oweing, Abby Davis, Richard Duncan. John Davis of Virginia had the family Bible giving age of Elijah Duncan. Elijah "lived in Caswell Co. NC when he enlisted in 1777, lived in Rutherford Co. NC for some time, thence to Smith Co. TN for about 26 yrs" statement 15 Oct. 1833. Witnesses Jacob Fite, Augustine Robinson, Rev. John J. Bennett, Thomas Terry. Jonathan Fuson adm. of estate.
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JESSE DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-16774 (FHL film 970,863; from National Archives)
      Born 1754 (78 yrs old in 1832), died 9 Feb. 1848, Park Co. IN. Entered service 1778 in Caswell Co. NC, a pvt under Capt. Robt. Moore, Gen. Lincoln, and Maj. Donaho and Col. Lytle; wit. John Price Sr. of Green Co. TN. Muster rolls show Jesse a private in Capt. Reid's Co. 1st Reg, May 1776, discharged 28 May 1779. (MAD: Russell Co. VA County Court Law Order Book 6-31, 5 May 1818; wit. William Paskel, Jesse served ca 1778 under Col. James Sanders, Capt. Robert Moore, Gen. Ash.) Declaration 17/19 Feb. 1829 in Washington Co. VA, age 74; reference ca 1829 to Thomas Paskill of Pulaski Co. KY; declaration 2 Sept. 1832 in Rush Co. IN, age ca 78; declaration 2 May 1833 in Parke Co. IN where he had two children; declaration 29 Dec. 1835 in Russell Co. VA where he also had children, wit. James Lynch; declaration 13 April 1839 in Floyd Co. KY where he had grandchildren living, wit. Jesse Hall; declaration 15 Feb. 1840 in Parke Co. IN where he had daughter living, wit. Lewis Noel; administrator of estate Addison L. Roache, Jesse d. 9 Feb. 1848 in Parke Co. IN; no widow; children: Nancy Lark; Phoebe Lynch; Sally McCoy; Amy Collins; Hannah Green.
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THOMAS DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application W-1577 (FHL film 970,864; from National Archives)
      Applied 19 Sept. 1832 in Monroe Co. TN, age 68 lacking 1-2 months, where he had lived a little over a year. Born 1765 Pittsylvania Co. VA; volunteered 1781 age 17, under Capt. Wm. Dix for 3 months; witness Rev. John Selvidge of Roane Co. TN; and Charles Price, age 60, of Monroe Co. TN who knew Thomas in Caswell Co. NC and knew Wm. Dix. After war, at age 21 to Caswell Co. NC, 1803 (30 years bef. 3 June 1833) to Anderson Co. TN, then about 22 years ago to Roane Co. TN, then to Monroe Co. TN ca 1832.
      Declaration of Rhoda Duncan on 5 May 1849, age 78, in Monroe Co. TN; m. 23 July 1786 to Thomas Duncan in Pittsylvania Co. VA; statement by Beryman Duncan 5 May 1849 in Monroe Co. TN; Thomas d. 28 Dec. 1845 in Monroe Co.; declaration of Rhoda 8 March 1850, m. by Rev. Roberts, record of birth of first and only child Berriman Duncan, b. 24 Oct. 1787, made by her father George Whitten in a hymn book, Berriman's wife's age below it (illeg.); statement by Rhoda 24 Aug. 1850; Rhoda d. 31 March 1852.
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HISTORIES before 1923

1887 "History of Henderson Co. KY" by Edmund Lyne Starling (Los Angeles Public Library book 976.91 H497St)
      Pg.675-677: MARION DUNCAN -- The subject of this sketch was born in the Southern portion of Henderson County, near the Union County line, on the sixth day of December, 1838. He was next youngest of a family of six children, of whom there were four girls and two boys. His father was Nathan Benjamin Duncan, of Virginia; his mother, Martha Tyree, of Caswell Co. NC. They were married in North Carolina and came to Kentucky at an early day. Mrs. Duncan died in 1879, aged seventy years. Mr. Duncan's grandfather, Nathan Duncan, of Virginia, immigrated to Henderson County, and died near Corydon. When our subject was less than two years of age, his father died, leaving a widow and children in a badly embarassed financial condition. She had no means to educate her children, and there were no public schools at that time. Young Marion was hired at hard labor ... until he arrived at the age of twenty. His wages, amounting from two to thirteen dollars per month, were paid to his mother for her and his sisters' support. At the age of twenty, his sisters having all married and his mother giving up house-keeping, young Duncan started out into the world to seek his own fortune. .... On the nineteenth day of April, 1871, Mr. Duncan was married to Miss Julia Elizabeth Mullen, in Henderson, Rev. Dr. Talbird of the Baptist Church officiating. Mrs. Duncan was born on the twelfth day of December, 1846, and is a woman of many most excellent traits. ...


Early marriages, probate records, deeds, tax lists and other records for Caswell Co. NC have been published by Katharine Kendall

A transcription of the 1750 "List of Thythables on Dan River from ye Countrey Line Creek & upwards" is posted on the Caswell Co. NC webpages at Rootsweb.com (info from David Sengel 7/2005)
      The transcription was contributed by Cynthia Ann Wells.
      It includes Marshall Duncom and John in Thos. Lovelatty's district. (MAD: see also Granville Co. NC tax lists and Rowan records)


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