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Duncans in the Revolution - NC


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

Last revised September 5, 2003

Duncans in the Revolution - North Carolina

"Loyalists in Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War" by Murtie June Clark, ca 1981 (from Louis Boone 2/18/1984)
      MAD: These books contain information on the Duncans who were Loyalists in North Carolina.

Also see the published abstracts and indexes to military records by Virgil D. White and others for Duncans who served in the various wars.

ARCHIBALD DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application W-8679 (FHL film 970,863)
      Applied 19 Sept. 1832 in Harrison Co. KY; died 13 Nov. 1839 Harrison Co. KY; enlisted for 3 years in Oct. or Nov. 1779 in Fauquier Co. VA under Capt. Mark Thomas, Col. Slaughter, Genl. Clarke; born 22 May 1763 in Bute Co. NC; record of age copied from record made by his father; lived in Fauquier Co. VA when enlisted; since the Rev. War lived in Culpeper Co. VA then Fauquier Co., then in 1800 to KY, Bourbon and Harrison Co.; known to Capt. John Whitehead and Robt. Garner and John Trumble.
      Application of Hannah Duncan, age 63, on 4 March 1840, in Harrison Co. KY; m. Archibald Duncan in August 1792; husband died 13 Nov. 1839; known by Wiseman Hitch of Harrison Co. KY, age 63 on 8 Nov. 1839, in Fauquier Co. VA about 5 years after their marriage and has lived as near neighbor for about 40 years; known by Nancy Hitch of Harrison Co. KY, age 58 on 18 Jan. 1840, who was at wedding; letter from Thos. Parker of Versailles, KY, 18 March 1840, whose Aunt was Hannah Duncan.
      Application of Hannah Duncan, age 67, on 3 Feb. 1843, in Harrison Co. KY; Hannah Williams m. Archibald Duncan 22 Aug. 1792 in Fauquier Co. VA, bond by Archibald Duncan and Joseph Parker, wit. G. Gwathmey.
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BENJAMIN DUNCAN, Widow Mary, Rev. Pension Application W-7052 (FHL film 970,863; extract from Alice Duncan ca 1978)
      Born ca 1755 VA, died Jan. 1803 Anderson Co. TN. He was a pvt in Co. commanded by Capt. Cowan in NC Militia for 6 mo's. Married Dec. 1776 in Wilkes Co. NC to Mary Davis, sister of Thomas Davis, age ca 82 on 12 June 1841 of Anderson Co. TN, who testified in Benjamin's behalf. Mary Davis, born 1756 (85 yrs of age on 12 June 1841 in Anderson Co. TN. She died after June 1842. Pension certificate issued to Widow, 18 June 1842, Robertsville, Anderson Co. TN. After Benj. Duncan was discharged Nov. 1781, the couple continued to reside in Wilkes Co. NC. Date not given when both removed to Anderson Co. TN. Mary said they had 12 children "the oldest will be 65 yrs of age next January", statement made 13 Sept. 1841 - children not named. Witness Elizabeth Brown, age 66 on 12 April 1842, who knew Benjamin and Mary in Wilkes Co. NC in 1778.
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EDWARD DUNKAN, Rev. Pension Application S-7384 (S-17268), MD, NC, IN (FHL film 970,867; National Archives Roll 867)
      Applied 23 Oct. 1832, age 73, in Decatur Co. IN; b. 1759 in Frederick Co. MD; drafted for 3 months in spring 1778 in Rowan Co. NC under Capt. Joseph Craig, Col. Francis Lock/Lick, Gen. Rutherford; drafted for 3 months in spring 1781 in Rowan Co. near Salisbury where he then lived under Capt. Thorp, Gen. Davison; witnesses James Loyed, Jesse McPherson and Hardin Loyd of Decatur Co. IN.
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ELIJAH DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-3309 (FHL film 970,863; from National Archives; extract from Alice Duncan ca 1978)
      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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GEORGE DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-41513, NC (from Alice Duncan 1978-79 and FHL film 970,863, National Archives Roll 863)
      Applied 13 Sept. 1819, age 61, in Person Co. NC; enlisted spring 1776 for 2-1/2 years, in Capt. William Glover's Co. of Continental Line, 6th NC Battalion under Alexander Lillington; transferred to 3rd NC Reg. under Col. Hogan, Capt. Hogg; poor, wife & three of his own ch. & 4 grandch. to support, small tract poor land; supporting statements 9/7/1819 by John Washington in Granville Co. NC court re War service, 9/13/1819 by Jsh. Edwards a near neighbor that George was poor and honest, 9/13/1819 by J?.M. Glover that George is poor. Statement 9/7?/1820 Person Co. P&Q Court, George Duncan age ca 63 years, res. of county, served at Wilmington [New Hanover Co.] NC 1776 under Capt. Glover, Reg. under Col. Taylor, then under Col Hogan; schedule of property incl. 125a valued at $125, farm animals, all conveyed by trust deed to William Williams to secure debt due from George Duncan; George has Alfred Duncan age ca 33, Benjamin Duncan age ca 15 and orphaned grandch. without parents Lorenzo Duncan ca 14, Sally Duncan ca 12, Saml. Dixon ca 7, Washington Dixon ca 5. Statement 9/25/1821 Person Co. P&Q, George Duncan, age 64 years, (service & schedule of property 9/7/1820), living with him (Alfred Duncan crossed out), Benjamin Duncan ca 16, & grandch. orphans Lorenzo Duncan ca 15, Sally Duncan ca 12, Samuel Duncan ca 7, Washington (blank) ca 5. Letter 2/12/1824 mentions his children all free, has one dau. with 2 grandch. to maintain; if Isham Edwards should sell the property under deed of trust ... Letters and statements 1825-1829 that pension papers were misdirected to [the wrong] George Duncan in Halifax Co. NC who obtained payments 9/13/1819 to 3/4/1820, and returns 4/30/1823.
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JAMES DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-37901, PA, NC, GA (MS) (FHL film 970,863; National Archives Roll 863)
      Applied 19 Nov. 1827, age 74-5? in Feb. 1827, in Baldwin Co. GA; enlisted in 1776 for 2 years at Pittsburg (PA) under Capt. Andrew Waggoner, Col. James Wood; witnesses Benjamin Gilbert of Putnam Co. GA who served with James, Wm. Y?. Hansell of GA.
      Statement of James Duncan, son of James, 22 Jan. 1850; that James Sr. lived in Baldwin Co. GA 4-5 years before his death, before that he lived in NC; James Sr. d. 17 Feb. 1834 in Baldwin Co. GA, leaving no widow and only 4 children heard of in 4-5 years: James, John, Jane Harris, Edy Neely. Eady Nealy of Jasper Co. MS on 16 June 1851; John Duncan and Jane Harris of Pontotoc Co. MS on 26 July 1852; James Duncan Jr. still living 26 July 1852.
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JESSE DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-16774 (FHL film 970,863; from National Archives; extract from Alice Duncan ca 1978)
      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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ROBERT DUNCAN, Revolutionary War Pension Application S-21167; S-29612 (FHL film 970,864; and from Lenox Baker 12/1980)
      Age 73 on 13 Oct. 1834; lived Randolph Co. NC, when entered the service; drafted 3 mos about 2 mos before battle of Guilford in 1782(?); guarded corn in Randolph Co. After discharge, enlisted 2 mos to count as 3 mos. Then moved into Washington Co. TN, on Wattauga River. In the Fall, draft of men against the Cherokee Indians. This was in the Fall of 1780(?). "He entered the service this time as a substitute for his cousin Charles Duncan who had been drafted for three months." Served not less than two months. Depositions of Elias Allread, Sr. of Hall Co. GA on 11 June 1834; and John Duncan of Hall Co. GA on 14 July 1834. Robert born Randolph Co. NC on 14 June 1762; record of age in family bible. Lived SC since 2 years after end of Revolution where he now lives; known to Earle Hunt and Jno. Young Esq. who live in the neighborhood and can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief in his service as a soldier of the revolution. Depositions by William King clergyman and Jno. Young of Greenville SC. Paid to 4 ---- 1842.
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WILLIAM DUNCAN, widow Sarah, W-21015, NC, SC (from Alice Duncan 11/1983 and from FHL film 970,864, National Archives Roll 864)
      Applied 22 June 1824, age ca 76, in Greenville Dist. SC; enlisted winter or spring 1776 in Granville Co. NC for 2-1/2 years, in Capt. William Glover's Co. of Continental Line, 6th NC Reg. under Col. William Taylor, until 1778 discharged at West Point NY by Col. Hogan; again enlisted for 18 months; supporting statements of John Lock, George Duncan, John Washington (not in file); schedule of property incl. no land, 2 beds, etc., and debts due Capt. Isaac Green, Maj. Jno. Brown, Dr. Richd. Harrison; has wife age ca 50 and 5 ch. living, dau. Sarah age 23 living with him, others Mary 33, Thomas 22, Turner 21, Elizabeth 18 all married and not living with him.
      Appl. 8/19/1841 of Sarah Duncan in Greenville Dist. SC, age ca 75, the widow of William Duncan who was citizen of Granville Co. NC when he enlisted bef. 1780 under John Hart and served 4 years down to 80 or 81 in company under Capt. William Glover at least part of the time; after his 1st term and their marriage, he was drafted & served 8 months till peace made, under Capt. Charles Yancey, in SC; they married 8/23 1780 or 81 in Granville Co. NC, after he left service the first time but before the 2nd term when he was drafted; William died 10/2/1835.
      Statement 8/28/1841 of Sion Turner of Greenville Dist. SC, acquainted with William & Sarah Duncan over 60 years, was present at their marriage in 1780 or 81, remembers William's service, Sarah Duncan his sister now age 75 years and in 76th, his elder by about 18 months. Statement 8/28/1841 by Mary Turner (wife of Sion Turner) of Greenville Dist. SC, dau. of John Hart who was 1st Lt., remembers William's service, was at the marriage of William Duncan to Sarah Turner; after mar. William was drafted and served tour in SC, they moved to SC ca 35 years ago, he died ca 6 years ago of Greenville Co. SC. Statement 8/30/1841 by John J. Ligon, acquainted with Sarah Duncan, widow of William, for over 30 years, and with Sion Turner & his wife Mary Turner. Statement 10/15/1841 by Sarah Duncan of Greenville Dist. SC, age 75 years ... William Duncan d. 10/2/1835. Statement 10/15/1841 by Stephen Neal of Greenville Dist., knew Sarah Duncan widow of William for over 25 years. Declaration by Sarah Duncan 4/19/1845 aged 76 years, that she had obtained a 5-year pension, and is still a widow; declaration 6/16/1848, age 79 years, still a widow. Letters in file that there were two applications for a widow's pension, one for 5 years and one for life.
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"Battle of King's Mountain" by Lyman C. Draper, 1881 (Sacramento FHC)
            King's Mountain and Its Heroes, pg.437-441
      Early in 1781, when General Greene was manoeuvering on the upper border of North Carolina, Colonel Cleveland raised about a hundred riflemen, went to his assitance, serving awhile in the advance parties of light infantry, but returned home from their tour of duty a little before the conflict at Guilford.
      To Colonel Cleveland, whose career was replete with perilous adventures, an occurrence now transpired, which at one time threatened the most tragic termination; and which, for its hair-breadth escapes, may be regarded as the most notable event of his life. Some thirty-five miles from his home at the Round-About on the Yadkin, and some twenty north-west of Wilkesboro, and in the southeastern portion of the present County of Ashe, was a well-known locality, mostly on the northern bank of the South Fork of New river, called "the Old Fields" - which at some previous period, was probably the quiet home of a wandering band of Cherokees. These Old Fields belonged to Colonel Cleveland, and served, in peaceful times, as a grazing region for his stock.
      Having occasion to visit his New River plantation, Colonel Cleveland rode there, accompanied only by a negro servant, arriving at Jesse Duncan's, his tenant, at the lower end of the Old Fields, on Saturday, the fourteenth of April, 1781. Unfortunately for the Colonel, Captain William Riddle, a noted Tory leader, son of the Loyalist Colonel James Riddle, of Surry County, was approaching from the Virginia border with Captain Ross, a Whig captive, whom he had taken, together with his servant, and now en route for Ninety Six, where a British reward appears to have been paid for prisoners. Riddle, with his party of six or eight men, reaching Benjamin Cutbirth's, some four miles above the Old Fields, a fine old Whig, and an old associate of Daniel Boone, who had only partially recovered from a severe spell of fever. The Tory Captain, probably from Cutbirth's reticence regarding solicited information, shamefully abused him, and placed him under guard.
      Descending the river to the upper end of the Old Fields, where Joseph and Timothy Perkins resided - about a mile above Duncan's - both of whom were absent in Tory service, Riddle learned from their women, that Cleveland was but a short distance away, at Duncan's, with only his servant, Duncan, and one or two of the Callaway family there. Every Tory in the country knew full well of Cleveland's inveterate hatred of their race; how prominently he had figured at King's Mountain, and had given his influence for the Tory executions at Bickerstaff's, and caused the summary hanging of Coyle and Brown at Wilkesboro. Riddle well judged that such a prisoner would be a prize to take along to Ninety Six, or it would prove no small honor to any Loyalist to rid the Rebel cause of so untiring and distinguished a leader in the Southern country.
      The prospect of making Cleveland his prisoner was too tempting for Riddle to neglect. His force was too small to run any great risk, and so he concluded to resort to strategem. He resolved, therefore, to steal Cleveland's horses in the quiet of the night, judging that the Colonel would follow their trail the next morning, supposing they had strayed off, when he would ambuscade him at some suitable place, and thus take "Old Round-About" as he was called, unawares, and at a disadvantage. The horses were accordingly taken that night; and a laurel thicket selected, just above the Perkins' house, as a fitting place to waylay their expected pursuers. During Saturday, Richard Callaway and his brother-in-law, John Shirley, went down from the neighboring residence of Thomas Callaway to Duncan's, to see Colonel Cleveland, and appear to have remained there over night.
      Discovering that the horses were missing on Saturday morning, immediate pursuit was made. Having a pair of pistols, Colonel Cleveland retained one of them, handing the other to Duncan, while Callaway and Shirley were unarmed. Reaching the Perkins' place, one of the Perkins women knowing of the ambuscade, secretly desired to save the Colonel from his impending fate, so she detained him, as long as she could, by conversation, evidently fearing personal consequences should she divulge the scheme of his enemies to entrap him. His three associates kept on, with Cleveland some little distance behind, Mrs. Perkins still following, and retarding him by her inquiries; and as those in advance crossed the fence which adjoined the thicket, the Tories fired from their places of concealment, one aiming at Cleveland, who though some little distance in the rear, was yet within range of their guns. But they generally shot wild - only one shot, that of Zachariah Wells, who aimed at Callaway, proving effectual, breaking his thigh, when he fell helpless by the fence, and was left for dead.* Duncan and Shirley escaped. Cleveland from his great weight - fully three hundred pounds - knew he could not run any great distance, and would only be too prominent a mark for Tory bullets, dodged into the house with several Tories at his heels. Now, flourishing his pistol rapidly from one to another, they pledged to spare his life and accord him good treatment, if he would quietly surrender, which he did.
      *(footnote) Richard Callaway had been grieviously wounded on the head, arms, shoulder, and hand by Tarleton's cavalry, at Sumter's surprise, Aug. eighteenth, 1780, and left for dead; yet recovered, though he had a crippled hand for life. In due time his broken limb, so badly disabled by Wells' unerring shot, healed up, and he lived many years. He aided in running the boundary line from the White Top Mountains to the Mississippi, and died in Tennessee in 1822.
      Wells by this time having re-loaded his rifle, made his appearance on the scene, swearing that he would kill Cleveland; and aiming his gun, the Colonel instantly seized Abigail Walters who was present, and by dint of his great strength, and under a high state of excitement, dextrously handled her as a puppet, keeping her between him and his would-be assassin. Wells seemed vexed at this turn in the affair, and hurled his imprecations on the poor woman, threatening if she did not get out of the way, that he would blow her through as well, not appearing to realize that she had as little power as a mouse in the clutches of a ferocious cat. Cleveland getting his eyes on Captain Riddle, whom he knew, or judged by his appearance, to be the leader, appealed to him if such treatment was not contrary to the stipulations of his surrender. Riddle promptly replied that it was, and ordered Wells to desist from his murderous intent, saying that they would take Cleveland to Ninety Six, and make money out of his capture. The terrified woman who had been made an unwilling battery, was now released from Cleveland's grasp as from a vise; and the whole party with their prisoner and his servant were speedily mounted, and hurried up New river. This stream, so near its source, was quite shallow, and the Tories traveled mostly in its bed to avoid being tracked, in case of pursuit.
      Soon after the Tory party had called at Cutbirth's, on their way down the river, young Daniel Cutbirth and a youth named Walters, who were absent at the time, returned; and encouraged by Mrs. Cutbirth, though only fourteen or fifteen years of age, they resolved that they would take their guns, select a good spot, and ambuscade Riddle on his return, and perhaps rescue whatever prisoners he might have. But on the return of the Tory party the next day, they made so much noise, and gaave so many military commands, that led the youthful ambuscaders to conclude that they had received a re-inforcement, and that it would be rashness for two single-handed youths to undertake to cope with numbers so unequal. So Riddle and his party reached Cutbirth's undisturbed, and ordered dinner for himself, men, and prisoners. One of the Cutbirth girls, not engaging willingly in this service, received abuse, and even kicks, from the Tory leader. Their hunder appeased, they proceeded up New river, mostly along its bed, till they reached Elk Creek, up which they made their way in the same manner. Colonel Cleveland, meanwhile, managed unperceived, to break off overhanging twigs, dropping them into the stream to float down as a guide to his friends, who he knew would make an early pursuit. From the head of the south fork of Elk, they ascended up the mountains to what has since been known as Riddle's Knob, in what is now Watauga County, and some fourteen miles from the place of Cleveland's captivity, where they camped for the night.
      Early on that Sabbath morning, Joseph Callaway and his brother-in-law, Berry Toney, wishing to see Colonel Cleveland on business matters, called at Duncan's, and learned about the missing horses, and the pursuit; and at that moment they heard the report of the firing at the upper end of the plantation, and hastened in that direction, soon meeting Duncan and Shirley in rapid flight, who could only tell that Richard Callaway had fallen, and Colonel Cleveland was either killed or taken. It was promptly agreed, that Duncan, Shirley, and Toney should notify the people of the scattered settlements to meet that afternoon at the Old Fields, while Joseph Callaway should go to his father's, close by, mount his horse and hasten to Captain Robert Cleveland's, on Lewis' Fork of the Yadkin, a dozen miles distant. (Footnote: Joseph Callaway was a member from Ashe County, in the House of Commons, in 1804 and 1806.) His brother, William Callaway, started forthwith up the river, and soon came across Samuel McQueen and Benjamin Greer, who readily joined him; and all being good woodsmen, followed the Tory trail as best they could, till night overtook them when some distance above the mouth of Elk Creek, and about ten miles from the Old Fields. ... (quit)

"The Colonial and State Records of NC" pub. 1886 by William L. Saunders, Secretary of State, index by Stephen B. Weeks (FHL books 975.6 N2n from index from Evelyn Sigler 1/1984; some from Evelyn Sigler; some from SUTRO book F251 N6, CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Volumes 1-10 are titled "The Colonial Records of North Carolina, 1662-1776" and volumes 11-26 are titled "The State Records of North Carolina, 1776-1790" (Vol.1-25 on FHL fiche 6,078,231; Vol.27 index, vol.28-30 FHL book 975.6 N2n; Vol.17 missing in microfiche set)
      Vol.15, pg.730: Roll of Capt. James Read's Co. of 1st NC Battalion com. by Col. Thomas Clark, Sept. 8, 1778, Book of Army Returns, #27, p. 27: #40, Jesse Duncan, enlisted May 20th '76, 2-1/2 years.
      Vol.16, pg.1041: Robert Duncan, 4th Reg., Pmr, 1777-1778; 4th Reg. also included Wm. Mahaney and John O'Given & many others, no familiar names (FHL film 874,168) (MAD: hoped for NC County of men in this regiment, cannot identify)
      16:1048: 1783, Roster of the Continental Line from NC:
            16:1039: Jesse Duncan, 1st Reg., Pvt. Reid's Co., May 76, 2-1/2 yrs, discharged 28 May '79.
            16:1041: Robert Duncan, 4th Reg., PMr, 10 Feb 1777 - Jan. 1778.
            16:1045: William Duncan, 10 Reg., Hogg's Co., 20 Apr. 76, 2-1/2 yrs, dis. 19 Oct. 1781.
            16:1045: George Duncan, pvt., Hogg's Co., 20 Apr. 76, 2-1/2 yrs.
            16:1047: George Duncan, 10th Reg., Bailey Co., 2 May '81, 12 mos.
            16:1047: Peter Duncan, 10th Reg., Sgt. Sharp's Co., 30 May 1781. (MAD: Chatham Co. NC)
      16:1048: 1783, Roster of the Continental Line from NC:
            16:1048: Elijah Duncan, 10th Reg., Taylor's Co., Pvt.
      17:204: Abstracts of the army accounts of the NC Line:
            17:204: William Duncan, 49.5.3, received by H. Montfort.
            17:204: George Duncan, 48.1.9, received by Thomas Person.
            17:204: Jesse Duncan, 41.15.1, received by Chas. Dixon.
            17:205: Jeremiah Duncan, 186.12.8, received by Wm. Faircloth.
            17:206: Elijah Duncan, 165.8.2, received by Tho. Donoho.
      22:62: NC Revolutionary Pensioners under the acts of 1818 and 1832, as reported by Secretary of State to Congress in 1835: Duncan, George, Private.
      22:348: 1755, Pasquotank Co., Muster roll of Col. Robert Murden: David Dunken, John Thackney, Wm. Darnal.
      22:370: 8 Oct. 1754, Muster roll of Reg. Granville Co. under Col. Wm. Eaton: John Duncan, Capt. Jefferys Company. (indexed Jno.)
      22:372/8: John Duncan, Capt. Simms Company. (indexed Jno.)
      22:452: A payroll of Capt. Lawrence Thompson's Co. enlisted 1 May 1771, dis. 29 June the following: Insign Joseph Duncan.

1900-1903 "NC Historical and Genealogical Register" 3 vols, by James R.B. Hathaway (Vol.1 & 3, FHL book 975.6 D25n; Vol.2, FHL film 1,033,858)
   Vol.2 (FHL film 1,033,868)
      Soldiers of NC Continental Line, Rev. War: 1st Reg., Thos. Clark, Colonel: Duncan, Jesse, pt. Reid's Co., May '76, 2-1/2 yrs, Disc'd. May 28, '79. (p.583)
      Soldiers of NC Continental Line, Rev. War: 4th Reg., Thomas Polk Colonel: Duncan, Robt., P.Mr., '97 Omt'd Jan. 1778. (p.584)
   Vol.3 (FHL book 975.6 D25n)
      Soldiers of NC Continental Line, Rev. War: 10th Reg., Abraham Shepard Col. (p.97):
            Duncan, Wm., pt. Hogg's Co., Apl. 20, '76, 2-1/2 yrs, Dischgd. Oct. 19 '78.
            Duncan, Geoe (sic), pt. Hogg's Co., Apl. 20, '76, 2-1/2 yrs, Dischgd. Oct. 19 '78.
            Duncan, Peter, Sergt., Sharp's Co., May 30, '81, 12 mo., Omt'd in '81.
            Duncan, Geoe, pt. Bailey's Co., May 2, '81, 12 mo, left service May 29, '82.
            Duncan, Elijah, pt. Taylor's Co., Musd. Feby. '79, destd. Apl. '79.

Payment Vouchers (copy of original documents from Charles O. Duncan 3/1987)
      No.971. State of NC, June 10, 1783, Hillsborough Auditors Office. This is to certifie that William Duncan exibited his claim to us and was allowed four pounds six shllings specie. /s/ ??, John Nichols, Alexr. McCane?. (MAD: holes punched through center of stub)
      No.6954. 11 Oct. 1784, to George Duncan, 6 pounds specie, /s/ Alexr. Hubard, John Nichols.
      No.620. 10 June 1783, to Harrison Duncan, ?? pounds 2 shillings specie. /s/ John Nichols, John Taylor, Alexr. Melrose?

Documents in NC Secretary of State's Office (FHL film 18,083)
   List of Entries for Land Made by the Officers & Soldiers in NC Line 1783 (small booklet, about 8 or 10 names per double sideways page)
      No., Persons name & Rank, Acres entered, Time when Made, Location of the lands
      #171, Elijah Duncan, Pvt, 22 Oct., 274, 36, self, (blank)
      (MAD: do not understand the "36" other than several entries had this number, others had "84" and other various numbers. All entries had a number like this, in the lower right corner in the "Time when Made" column and row.)
      The first item in the book, and the first item on a few pages, in the "Location of the lands" column, had the notation "Within the limits of the land reserved by law for the officers and soldiers". Most entries were blank in that column.


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