Duncans in Cheshire Co. NH


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

Last revised September 3, 2009

Formed 1769; original county
Sullivan formed 1827 from Cheshire


1790 Cheshire Co. NH Census
Pg. 11  Isaac Duncan            204xx    Ackworth Town
        John Duncan             153xx    "
    14  John Duncan             114xx    Claremont Town
    20  John Dunkin             112x1    New Grantham Town
        Samuel Dunkin           504xx    "

1800 Cheshire Co. NH Census; semi-alphabetic
Pg.  1  Duncan, Robert          21011      - 11210       New Grantham
    29  Duncan, John            41411      - 01110       Acworth
        Duncan, Isaac           00101      - 10010

1810 Cheshire Co. NH Census (from Roy Hall 12/1986)
Pg.  5  Isaac Duncan            00001      - 01001       Acworth
        George & John Duncan    31411      - 10510
    13  Charles Duncan          00010      - 10200       Alstead
   122  John Duncan             00001      - 02110       Winchester
   196  Hannah Duncan           02000      - 11201       Newgrantham
   200  Lucy Duncan             00000      - 00101

1820 Cheshire Co. NH Census (from Roy Hall 12/1986)
Pg.  7  Isaac Duncan            000001     - 00001       Acworth
        John Duncan             100201     - 21201
    98  Samuel Duncan           010100     - 00120       Grantham
   216  Isaac Duncan            000120     - 00100       Stoddard

1830 Cheshire Co. NH Census
Pg.176  Isaac Duncan            0010,21    - 1200,02     Stoddard

1840 Cheshire Co. NH Census (from Roy Hall 12/1986)
Pg. 35  Hiram Duncan            0000,21    - 0100,11     Jaffrey
   177  Isaac Duncan            0002,0011  - 1012,001    Stoddard

1850 Cheshire Co. NH Census
Stoddard Twp., searched page by page
      No Duncan
Pg.28, #94-110, Reuben H. COMBS & family & laborers
                  Daniel Duncan 30 VT laborer

1860 Cheshire Co. NH Census
Pg.232, #299-999, Peter RIPTON 43 MA bank cashier $7000-$8000
                  Sarah M. 26 NH
                  Mary A. 3, Hinton D. (m) 1 NH
                  Emiline C. DUNCAN (f) 53 NH
Pg.235, #919-1019, Thomas W. DUNCAN 69 NH Orthodox? Cong. Clergyman $1000-$200
                  Lucy 69 CT
                  (MAD: 1850 Caledonia Co. VT census)
Pg.400, #395-398, Isaac DUNCAN 68 NH farmer $2500-$3000
                  Rebecca 61 NH house keeper
Pg.400, #396-399, Nathan GOULD 67 NH carpenter $2000-$1500
                  Zilpha 62 NH house keeper
Pg.400, #397-400, Samuel STACEY 69 MA farmer $1000-$190
                  Mary H. 67 NH house keeper
Pg.400-1, #397-401, James DUNCAN 39 NH book keeping $1300-$1000
                  Sophia C. 33 VT housekeeper
                  James L. 9 NH
                  Alice S. 8 MA
                  Charles I?. 4 MA

1870 Cheshire Co. NH Census
Pg.568, #244-228, DUNCAN, Emeline 63 NH keeping house $1,000-$10,000
                  HODGE, Harland (m) 20 NH
                  LACY, Betsey 71 NH no occupation $2,000-$2,500
Pg.592, #254-275, DUNCAN, Annie (f) 52 NH keeping house $2500-$2500
                  Clara E. 19 NH
                  Isaac W. (m) 16 NH
                  Arther H. (m) 13, Albert N. 13 "twins" NH
                  BRACKETT, Annie L. 3 NH
Pg.629, #865-974, HALE, Saml. W. 48 MA speculator $68,500-$125,000
                  Emelia H. (f) 37 NH keeping house
                  Willis S. 16, Mary L. 14 NH
                  KIRTNEY??, Emelia 19 NH
                  WATSON, Annie M. 22 IRE domestic, parents of foreign birth
                  SAUNDERS, Julie 30 IRE domestic, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, George 22 NH D. laborer
Town of Nelson
Pg.682R-683, #155-158, HOSES??, Jewett (m) 55 NY teamster? $2000-$400
                  Susan W. 47 CT keeping house
                  Olive R. (f) 18 VT domestic servant
                  Ida 14 VT at home
                  CHAPMAN, Susan A. 6 VT
                  DUNCAN, Thomas W. 79 NH clergyman


JOHN DUNCAN, widow Betsy, H-1841, NH, MA (FHL film 970,864; National Archives Roll 864)
      Applied 13 May 1833, age 81, at Acworth, Sullivan Co. NH; lived in Londonderry [Rockingham Co.], NH when enlisted 19 April 1775; b. 29 March 1752 at Londonderry according to bible record; moved to Acworth, Cheshire now Sullivan Co. NH; enlisted with David McCrory, Robert Boyde? and David Brurtes?, was Sergeant; witnesses Robert McClure age 78 of Ackworth who lived in Londonderry in 1775, and Lassell Filsby age 78 who served with John Duncan, and Jeremiah Willard age 85 who served with John 1777.
      Declaration by Betsey Duncan, age 74, on 28 Oct. 1848, res. of Acworth, Sullivan Co. NH; she m. John Duncan as his second wife on 15 May 1794 in adj. town of Lempster by Rev. Mr. Fisher; John d. at Acworth on 14 June 1834; witness Thomas Hickey, age 47 of Acworth, one of executors of John's will proved in Sullivan Co. NH Probate Court 19 June 1834.
      Acworth NH town clerk: John Duncan's wife was Betsey Prouty of Spencer, MA; children of John and first wife Margaret: William b. 14 Oct. 1778, John b. 1 March 1780, Adam b. 21 Jan. 1782, George b. 26 Dec. 1783, Jane b. 17 Oct. 1785, Rachel b. 23 Nov. 1787, Isaac b. 12 July 1789, James b. 1 July 1791. Children of John and Betsey: Daniel b. 13 Dec. 1794, Hiram b. 30 June 1796, Horace b. 10 Jan. 1799, Fanny b. 4 March 1801, Cyrus b. 6 May 1803, Harvey b. 3 Oct. 1805, Milton b. 18 April 1808, Solon b. 5 Sept. 1810, Betsey b. 26 April 1813, Therone b. 1 Dec. 1815, Mary b. 5 March 1820.
      Statement by Betsey Duncan 1 Nov. 1851 in Charlestown, Middlesex Co. MA where she moved; statement on 28 March 1855, age 80, in Acworth, Sullivan Co. NH to obtain bounty land, where she lived with her son; statement on 19 Aug. 1868, age 93, in Acworth, Sullivan Co. NH.
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HISTORIES before 1923

"Gazetteer of Cheshire County, N.H., 1736-1885" by Hamilton Child; pub. Syracuse, N.Y.: H. Child, 1885, 882 pgs. (LH9284, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 974.29 E5c and film 1,000,200 item 1)
      Pg.215-218: Town of Jaffrey. Peter Upton, son of Jonathan and Nancy (Whittemore) Upton, was born in Tyngsborough, Mass., October 1, 1816. He came to Jaffrey in October, 1837, and entered the store of Hiram Duncan as clerk. Two years later he was admitted to an equal partnership in the new firm of Duncan & Upton. Upon the death of Mr. Duncan, in 1840, the business was continued by Mr. Upton, to whom was also committed the settlement of the estate of his late partner, and the completion of many important trusts which Mr. Duncan had in charge. He continued actively engaged in trade until 1851, ... Mrs. Upton is a daughter of Hiram Duncan, his first business partner, and Emeline (Cutter) Duncan, who was a daughter of the late John Cutter, or "Tanner John," as he was commonly known nearly a century ago. They have three children: Mary Adelaid, born November 4, 1856, ...; Hiram Duncan, born May 5, 1859, ...; and Alice Whittemore, born July 5, 1863, ... (MAD: more on business and family, not copied)
      Vol.II, pg.61. Town of Jaffrey: DUNCAN, GEORGE C., (E. Jaffrey) dentist, prop. of People's Drug Store, dealer in New Home and White sewing machines, leases store of Mrs. E.B. Greisinger.

"A history of the town of Sullivan, New Hampshire, 1777-1917" (Cheshire Co.) by Josiah Lafayette Seward; pub. S.l: unknown, c1921, 1710 pgs. (LH9441, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 974.29/S2 H2s v.1&2 and film 1,697,298 item 4 and 564,398 item 1 and 1,004,509 item 1)
      Pg.1169-1170: ANN ELIZABETH MORSE, dau. of Dea. Jewett. d. in Henniker, Dec. 11, 1893. She m. March 1, 1865, Elisha Rice of Henniker, b. in Sutton (not in Henniker, as the history of that town has it), Feb. 1, 1832; son of Daniel and Jane (Duncan) Rice. They had eight ch., all b. in Henniker: 1. Almeda Jane, b. Apr. 25, 1866, d. in Henniker, July 4, 1868. 2. Minnie b. Dec. 22, 1868; it was she who built the house at 1, on the Jenkins farm; she is unm. 3. Peter, b. Oct. 4, 1870, d. in Henniker, Mar. 2, 1871. 4. Edwin, b. Apr. 10, 1872; d. in Henniker, Sept. 2, 1872. 5. Erving, b. Nov. 21, 1873; d. in Henniker, June 25, 1874. 6. Anne Mabel, b. Dec. 30, 1877, m. Arthur P. Morse. 7. Bertha, b. March 17, 1880, m. Allan M. Nims. 8. Bert Elisha, twin, b. March 17, 1880. (MAD: more on Morse family not copied)

"The history of Dublin, N.H. : containing the address by Charles Mason, and the proceedings at the centennial celebration, June 17, 1852, with a register of families" (Cheshire Co.) by L.W. Leonard; pub. Dublin, N.H.: The town, 1920, 1122 pgs. (LH8958, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 974.29/D1 H2Lh and 974.29/D1 H2L pt.1&2 and film 1,425,501 item 2)
      Pg.706: APPLETON. ... Isaac Appleton, son of Dea. Isaac and Mary (Adams) Appleton, was b. in New Ipswich, June 6, 1762; d. in D. [MAD: Dublin], Aug. 10, 1853. He settled in D., 1785; m. Dec. 9, 1788, Sarah Twitchell, b. in D., Jan. 9, 1768, d. there March 28, 1838, dau. of Ebenezer and Waitstill (Greenwood) Twitchell. ... He had eight ch.: (I) Sarah, b. in D., March 5, 1790; m. in 1816 James B. Todd, b. in Peterborough, Nov. 25, 1787; d. May 29, 1863; son of John and Rachel (Duncan) Todd of P. They res. in Byron, N.Y.; had ch., names unknown. (MAD: Peterborough, Hillsborough Co. NH)

1886 "History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire" ed. by D. Hamilton Hurd; pub. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1073 pgs.; Cheshire Co. and Sullivan Co. have separate paging (LH8004, HeritageQuest image 2/2007 and 10/2007, also from Kathy Cawley 10/2007; FHL book 974.2 H2h and films 962,933 and 1,000,200 item 2)
      Cheshire Co. NH
      Pg.304, 304a [photo], 305, 306: [KDC: the following text is part of Colonel William Henry Greenwood sketch (4 pages)]
      Pg.304-306: Cheshire Co. Chapter IX. Marlborough. William Henry Greenwood, the youngest son of Asa and Lucy Greenwood, was born in Dublin N.H., March 27, 1832, but his parents removing to Marlborough when he was but a few years old ... childhood ... entered the Norwich University, Vermont, graduating in 1852 ... went to Illinois, and was employed in the construction of the Central Military Tract Railroad, now the Burlington and Quincy ... Civil War broke out. He enlisted in the fifty-first regiment Illinois Volunteers January 17, 1862, and was commissioned first lieutenant of Company H from enlistment, and captain of the same company and regiment from May 9, 1863. (KDC: more service record not copied) In May, 1878, he took charge of the construction of the Pueblo and Arkansas Valley Railroad, for the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe Company, and in March, 1879, took charge of the Marion and McPherson Railroad. ... the International and Interoceanic Railroads from the City of Mexico to the Pacific coast, Colonel Greenwood was called as the most reliable man to locate the great work. It was while engaged in his work in Mexico that he was murdered near the public highway, at Rio Hondo, Mexico, on Sunday, August 29, 1880. ....
      Col. Greenwood was member of the American Society of Engineers, and had surveyed and superintended the construction of over 3,000 miles of railroad. This was a great work for one man to do, only forty-eight years and a few month old at the time of his death. ....
      But there is something to be said concerning Colonel Greenwood's domestic life, which was especially felicitous. May 19th, 1857, he married Evaline, daughter of Joel Knight, Jr., and Fanny DUNCAN (daughter of Dr. Abel DUNCAN, of Dummerston, Vermont) [KDC: Dummerston, Windham County], the families of Knight and DUNCAN being among the most prominent and respected families in the town. Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood had no children, but adopted a beautiful little girl, who died some years ago. Her death was a great grief to them. In 1873 he purchased the farm which has been the property of the Knight family for several generations, and it is now the home of Mrs. Greenwood.
      Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood found in each other congeniality, sympathy and help. In war and in peace, wherever it was possible for her to reach him, by sea or by land, she was always near to cheer and encourage him with the love and devotion of the true wife.
      Pg.571-572: Cheshire Co. Winchester. 1804, John Duncan and other inhabitants of town of Winchester signed petition.

"One thousand New Hampshire notables : brief biographical sketches of New Hampshire men and women, native or resident, prominent in public, professional, business, educational, fraternal or benevolent work" ed. & compiled by Henry Harrison Metcalf, assisted by Frances M. Abbott, pub. 1919 (FHL book 974.2 D3m)
      Pg.435: DUNCAN, GEORGE HENRY. Druggist; manufacturer; b., Leominster, Mass., Dec. 23, 1876; s. George C. and Mary E. (Coolidge) Duncan; ed. Murdock School, Winchendon, Mass., Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., class of 1899, leaving at the middle of senior year on account of father's death, whose business as a druggist at East Jaffrey, N.H., he took up and continued; Democrat; selectman, Jaffrey, 1904; member school board, 1907-8, N.H. constitutional convention, 1912, 1918, house of representatives, 1915 (committee on revision of laws); post-master, East Jaffrey, 1915-17; treasurer Annett Box Co.; member Charity Lodge, A.F. & A.M., P. of H., Jaffrey Board of Trade (president three years); an earnest advocate of the Single Tax and the Initiative and Referendum and active in organizations promoting the same; m., Nov. 19, 1900, Helen Prescott; one son, George Prescott. Residence, East Jaffrey, N.H. (MAD: Leominster, Worcester Co. MA; Jaffrey, Cheshire Co. NH)

"The Native Ministry of New Hampshire : the harvesting of more than thirty years" by N.F. Carter, pub. 1906 by The Rumford Print Co. (FHL book 974.2 D3c)
      Pg.33-34: THOMAS WILSON DUNCAN, Congregationalist, son of Robert and Grizzell (Wilson) Duncan, was born March 3, 1791. Preparatory studies with Samuel Burnham of Londonderry, 1811-13. Graduated at Dartmouth College, 1817. Studied for the ministry with Rev. E.P. Bradford of New Boston, Rev. Moses Bradford of Francestown, and Rev. J.M. Whiton, D.D., of Antrim. Licensed to preach by the Londonderry Presbytery, April 29, 1819. Preaching here and there, 1819-21. Acting pastor, Exeter, N.Y., Jan. to June 1821; ordained there, June 13, 1821; dismissed, May 1, 1824. Acting pastor, Second Church, York, Me., June to Nov. 1825; installed there, Nov. 9, 1825; dismissed, April 28, 1830. Acting pastor, Post Mills and Fairlee, Vt., Sept. 1830-2. Itinerated, 1832-3. Acting pastor, Burke, Vt., Dec. 1834-7; installed there, Nov. 8, 1837; dismissed, Aug. 15, 1839, but continued acting pastor there till June 1841; supplying also part of the time, Kirby, Vt., 1834-5; and Granby, 1838-40. Acting pastor, Norway and Fairfield, N.Y., June 1841-2; Jasper, N.Y., Nov. 1842-6. Agent Steuben County Bible Society, N.Y., Sept. 1846-7. Without charge, Burke, Vt., Oct. 1847-51. Acting pastor, Pittsfield, Vt., Nov. 1851-2; Arlington, Vt., March 1853-4; Windsor, Mass., May 1854-5; Chilmark, Mass., Sept. 1855-8; Roxbury, Aug. 1858-61. Without charge, Nelson, 1861-76. Died there May 5, 1876. Married Lucy, daughter of Levi and Rachel (White) North of Berlin, Conn., at Fly Creek, N.Y., June 5, 1822. She died, Nelson, April 7, 1865. Publication.-- A Catechism, 1828. (MAD: 1850 Caledonia Co. VT census; 1860 Cheshire Co. NH census, b.NH; Hillsborough Co. NH)

1867 "Sketches of the alumni of Dartmouth college: from the first graduation in 1771 to the present time, with a brief history of the institution" by George Thomas Chapman; pub. by Riverside press, 1867 (Google book, 8/25/2009)
      MAD: "Ms" is "Massachusetts" Dartmouth College, Hanover, Grafton Co. New Hampshire
      Alumni 1839. Pg.302: ELBRIDGE GERRY DUDLEY, the son of Moses and Nancy (Glidden) Dudley, was born at Raymond, Aug. 13, 1811. He read law with Charles Frederick Gove, D.C. 1817, of Nashua; opened an office at Boston, Ms, in 1842, and there continues. He married, 1. Christina D., dau. of Isaac Duncan of Stoddard, Oct. 6, 1846. 2. Sarah, dau. of Stephen Child. 3. Martha A. Child, sister of the above, Nov. 19, 1857. (MAD: Cheshire Co. NH)

1880 "History of Kalamazoo Co. MI" by S.W. Durant, pub. by Everts and Abbott (from Louis Boone 3/1985)
      Pg.452: William Duncan. The Duncan family, as the name indicates, was originally from Scotland, but some of its members settled in the north of Ireland, and from them are descended the Duncans of Kalamazoo Co. George Duncan, the father of William, emigrated from Londonderry, Ireland, to America in 1742, when his son William was twelve years of age, and settled in Londonderry [Rockingham Co.], NH, which place has been named in honor of the famous old Irish city.
            A second son, John Duncan, was born in Londonderry, NH, on 29 March 1752. John married Margaret Dickey, Feb. 5, 1778, and to them was born, at Acworth [then Cheshire Co.], NH, on 14 Oct. 1778, William Duncan, the subject of this memoir.
            William remained with his father until he was 26 years of age, when he married Ruth Coffran Gilmore, in Feb. 1805. To this couple were born the following children: Delamore, Nov. 24, 1805; John Gilmore, July 14, 1807; Corina Jane, April 5, 1811; Eliza Ann, Oct. 19, 1814; William Jr., June 3, 1818.
            In 1805 the family removed from Acworth to Lyman [Grafton Co.], NH, where Mr. Duncan became a prominent citizen. He was a justice of the peace for several years, and on 20 July 1810 was commissioned captain in the 10th company of the 32d Regiment, State militia, by Governor John Langdon. He soon after removed to Monroe, in the same State, where he ... until 1821, when the death of his wife broke up the family. In 1822, leaving his children with his father and brothers, he went into the lumbering business on the CT River, until 1824, when he removed to Syracuse, NY ... in April, 1825, in company with his son Delamore, who had joined him, he started for the Territory of Michigan ... to Dexter, in Washtenaw Co., on 3 May, ... until 3 Sept. following, when his son went to Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co. OH. In May, 1826, Mr. Duncan also proceeded to Brecksville ... In March, 1827, he went to Lyme, Huron Co. OH, where he purchased a farm ... On 1 Jan. 1828 he married Mrs. Lydia Wood, a widow, and on 1 April 1829 sold his farm and proceeded once more to Michigan. ... returned to OH; 5 Oct. 1829 left OH with his family, consisting of wife, two sons Delamore and William, daughter Eliza Ann, and stepdau. Lydia Wood, and returned to Prairie Ronde. .... In April, 1830, in Brady Twp, then part of St. Joseph Co., included present county of Kalamazoo, William Duncan ...


"Fletcher Family History" (from Marsha Lybbert 1/1984)
      Pgs.88-90, 102, and 105 contain information about Isaac Duncan, b.1792, of Stoddard, Cheshire Co. NH, who mar. in 1820 to Rebecca Bancroft Towne, and lists their children. There is also a reference to pg.105 in the 1881 "Descendants of Robert Fletcher of Concord Mass.," by Edward H. Fletcher.


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