Duncans in New Hampshire


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

Last revised April 19, 2009


"Reports of Cases in the Superior Court of Judicature in New Hampshire" Vol.XVII, Second Series Vol.V; ("New Hampshire Reports") Vol.17, pgs.441 to 442; (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 1/2004) (MAD: no locality given)
      DUNCAN, Apt., v. EATON; Supreme Court of New Hampshire, 17 N.H. 441; December, 1845.
      Appeal from the decree of the judge of probate, allowing the appellee $2,000 out of the estate of her late husband, Joel W. Eaton, for her present support. It appeared in evidence that the whole estate of the deceased amounted to about $11,000. The claims presented amount to $11,180, and others, ascertained to be justly due, to $7,000. The estate is very considerably insolvent -- the value of the real estate in which the widow is entitled to dower being about $2,000.
      (opinion) The statute authorizing the judge of probate to make an allowance to the widow, for her present support, expresses very distinctly the purposes and object of the provision. It was not intended that he should make her an heir of an insolvent estate, to the prejudice of the creditors. The law anciently allowed the widow her quarantine of forty days in the principal mansion. Formerly, in the administration of the probate law in this State, the widow and children were allowed to be maintained out of the provisions on hand, until the next harvest. The statute has provided that she may have a reasonable allowance out of the personal estate, for her present support. This was designed to provide a supply for her immediate wants, extending perhaps to the time when she can derive something from her interest in the estate. We have held that if she neglects to claim an allowance until the lapse of two or three years, having in the mean time contracted another marriage, she has waived the right. The amount to be allowed must depend on the circumstances of each case. In this case the widow's dower in the real estate will furnish her a home; how much more than that may depend upon contingencies. We have hesitated between $200 and $300, but have concluded to allow the latter sum. Decree reversed and allowance accordingly.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During War of 1812; National Archives Roll 62, Microcopy 602 (FHL film 882,580, Dun to Duq; copied all Duncan and variant spellings)
      All last names are Duncan unless otherwise noted (MAD: have interfiled by first name); all entered service as privates and were discharged as privates unless otherwise listed. Vols = Volunteers; Mil = Militia
      Duncan, John; Furber's Batt. NH Mil; servant - servant
      Duncan, Samuel; Furber's Battn. NH Mil
      Duncan, Samuel; Long's Command NH Mil

"Revised register of the soldiers and sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866" by Stephen G. Abbott; pub. Concord: I.C. Evans, public printer, 1895, 1355 pgs. (LH13757, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 974.2 M23nh pt.1&2 and film 1,697,872 items 1-2)
      Pg.47: Second Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry: Duncan, Peter. Co.D; b. England; age 21; cred. Milford; enl. Nov. 17, '63; must. in Nov. 17, '63, as Priv.; tr. to U.S. Navy Apr. 30, '64, as an Ord. Seaman; served on and des. from U.S.S. "Calypso," Mar. 8, '65. (MAD: Milford, Hillsborough Co. NH)
      Pg.116: Third Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry: Duncan, John B. Co.B; b. Acworth; age 18; cred. Acworth; enl. Aug. 29, '62; must. in Sept. 19, '62, as Priv.; wd. May 13, '64, Drewry's Bluff, Va.; Jan. 15, '65, Ft. Fisher, N.C. Died, wds. Jan. 28, '65, Ft. Monroe, Va. (MAD: Acworth, Sullivan Co. NH)
            Duncan, Theron. Co.B; b. Acworth; age 44; cred. Acworth; enl. Aug. 29, '62; must. in Sept. 22, '62, as Priv.; killed May 13, '64, Drewry's Bluff, Va.
      Pg.169: Fourth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry: Duncan, James. Co.C; substitute; b. Canada; age 19; res. Grafton; enl. Nov. 11, '64; must. in Nov. 11, '64, as Priv.; reported on m.o. roll as absent on detached service, Goldsborough, N.C. N.f.r. A.G.O.
      Pg.230: Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry: Duncan, Eugene. Unas'd; substitute; b. New York; age 21; cred. Sunapee; enl. Sept. 5, '64; must. in Sept. 5, '64, as Priv.; received Sept. 5, '64, at draft rendezvous, Concord; sent Sept. 12, '64, to regt. N.f.r. A.G.O. (MAD: Sunapee, Sullivan Co. NH)
      Pg.420: Eighth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry: Duncan, John. Co.C, Vet. Batt'l; b. Natchez, Miss.; age 23; cred. Natchez, Miss.; enl. Mar. 1, '65, for 1 yr.; must. in Mar. 1, '65, as colored under cook; disch. Oct. 28, '65, Vicksburg, Miss. (MAD: Natchez, Adams Co. MS)
      Duncan, Lewis G. Co.H. See George Dunham.
      Dunham, George. Co.H; substitute; b. England; age 32; res. Philadelphia, Pa., cred. Manchester; enl. Oct. 6,'63; must. in Oct. 6, '63, as Priv.; tr. to U.S. Navy June 17, '64, as a Seaman; served on U.S.S. "Choctaw"; app. Act. Master's Mate Apr. 13, '65, under name of Lewis G. Duncan, and served on U.S.S. "Choctaw" and "Marmora"; disch., services no longer required, Sept. 21, '65. (MAD: Manchester, Hillsborough Co. NH)
      Pg.474: Ninth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry: Duncan, Charles H. Co.E; b. Au Sable Forks, N.Y.; age 21; cred. Plainfield; enl. Aug. 20, '62; must. in Sept. 2, '62, as Priv. Died, dis. Feb. 6, '64, Camp Burnside, Ky. (MAD: Plainfield, Sullivan Co. NH)
      Pg.695: Fourteenth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. ... The Fourteenth had ... three majors, - Samuel A. Duncan, ... Maj. S.A. Duncan passed "No.1 in class 1," and got a colonelcy in the United States Colored Troops, coming out of the war brevet major-general of volunteers. (MAD: see Bergen Co. NJ)
      Pg.705: Fourteenth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry: Duncan, Samuel A. F. and S.; b. Plainfield; age 26; res. Plainfield, cred. Plainfield; app. May. Sept. 22, '62; must. in Sept. 23, '62; disch. to date Sept. 15, '63, to accept promotion. P.O. ad., Englewood, N.J. See U.S.C.T. (MAD: Plainfield, Sullivan Co. NH)
      Pg.1019: United States Colored Troops: Duncan, Samuel A. F. and S., 4 Inf.; b. Plainfield; age 27; res. Plainfield; app. Col.; must. in Sept. 16, '63; must. out May 4, '66. Bvt. Brig. Gen., U.S.V., to date Oct. 28, '64, for gallant and meritorious services in the attack upon the enemy's works at Spring Hill, Va.; Bvt. Maj. Gen., U.S.V., to date Mar. 13, '65, for gallant and meritorious services during the war. P.O. ad., Englewood, N.J. See 14 N.H.V. (MAD: Plainfield, Sullivan Co. NH)
            Duncon, James. Co.K, 127 Inf.; substitute; b. Mississippi; age 22; cred. Newport; enl. Aug. 9, '64; must. in Aug. 9, '64, as Priv.; killed in action Oct. 31, '64, Ft. Brady, Va. (MAD: Newport, Sullivan Co. NH)

Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, James G., widow Duncan, Mary F., now Blackmore, minor Duncan, Garnett G.; naval service, Chief Yeoman, enlisted 1892, discharged 1908, Minnesota, Richmond, Portsmouth, Vermont, Marblehed, Columbia, Raleigh, Olympia, Ohio, Hancock, Wabash, Chesapeake, Lancaster, Yankee, Independence; 1910 Aug. 10, Widow Appl. #29242, Cert. 717043, NY? (NH?); remarks Sailor died July 26, 1910, Washington, D.C.


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