Duncans in NJ


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

Last revised June 23, 2010



1872 "Official register of the officers and men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War" compiled by William S. Stryker under orders of Theodore F. Randolph, Governor (FHL book 974.9 M23n and film 908,526 item 1 and fiche 6,046,724; from Neva Fisk 4/1985)
      Official Roster of Continental Troops (Privates): (pg.186)
      Duncan, Alexander, "Spencers' Regiment" Continental Army
      Duncan, Joseph, 3rd Battalion, 1st Establishment; Capt. Gifford's Co., 3rd Bat., 2nd Est.
      Duncan, William, 1st Bat., 2nd Est., 1st Regiment.

"Records of officers and men of New Jersey in wars, 1791-1815" by George Washington; Edm. Randolph, Anth. White; pub. Trenton, N.J.: New Jersey Legislature?, 1909, 403 pgs. (HeritageQuest book LH1254; 4/16/2010; part also from Neva Fisk 4/1985)
   Expedition against the Indians in 1791.
      Pg.8: Captain Jonathan Ruccastle's Company, Major Thomas Paterson's Battalion Levies - Second Regiment Infantry, United States Army: Duncan, Joseph, Private, Apr. 19, '91, 6 mos., Nov. 19, '91 (NF comment: The above battle took place with the Indians near Port Recovery, OH, on November 4, 1791.)
   War With Great Britain, 1812-1815
      Pg.93: Captain James Cook's Company of Light Dragoons, attached to Third Regiment, New Jersey Detailed Militia. Middlesex County. No.6, Duncan, Peter, Private, Enrolled Sept. 8, '14, for the war, discharg'd Nov. 14, '14.
      Pg.97: Captain Robert Conover's Company of Infantry. Third Regiment New Jersey Detailed Militia. Monmouth County. 16. Duncan, George, Private, enrolled Sept. 20, '14, for the war, discharg'd. Dec. 9, '14.
      Pg.147: Teamsters. ... While these men were not mustered into the service as Militia, they were employed under Government contractors. The majority of these men served from the date of their contract to the close of the war, February 17, 1815. (alphabetic list)
         No.55. Duncan, Peter, teamster, From spring of '13 to close of the war.
         No.56. Duncan, Stephen, teamster, From spring of '13 to close of the war.
      Pg.190: Fifteenth Regiment, Infantry, United States Army. Duncan, Coleman - Private, Capt. Joseph L. Barton's Company; enlisted at Trenton, N.J., Aug. 3, '14, for five years; Sergt., April 30, '15; transferred to Capt. Armstrong Irvine's Company H, Light Artillery, Oct. 1, '15; Corp., Feb. 21, '16; Sergt., July 27, '16; Matross, Jan. 30, '17; Corp., June 1, '18; Matross, Dec. 30, '18; discharged at Fort Warren, Boston, Mass., Aug. 3, '19, expiration of service. (MAD: Trenton, Mercer Co. NJ)
      Pg.235: Officers, United States Navy, from New Jersey. Duncan, Silas - Midshipman, November 15, 1809; ordered to and served on Frigate "President," Flagship of Captain John Rodgers, North Atlantic and West India Squadron, November 12, 1810, to February, 1814; took part in engagement with British Frigate "Belvidera" off Nantucket Shoals, Atlantic Ocean, June 223, 1812; ordered to duty on Lake Champlain, April 18, 1814, and assigned as Acting Lieutenant on Flagship "Saratoga," Captain Thomas Macdonough commanding squadron; on September 11, 1814, while in command of one of the galleys, detached from the squadron to arrest the progress of the British Fleet against Plattsburg, N.Y., was sounded by a cannon ball in right shoulder, permanently disabling his right arm; received the thanks of and a sword of honor by a Resolution of Congress approved October 20, 1814, for gallant service in this action; Lieutenant, December 9, 1814. (For subsequent and continued record see War with Algiers.) (MAD: Morris Co. NJ)
   War With Algiers, Africa, 1815. Officers, United States Navy, from New Jersey.
      Pg.5-6: DUNCAN, Silas (For previous record see War with Great Britain) - Lieutenant; ordered to Schooner "Torch," Lieutenant Wolcott Chauncey, at New York, N.Y., March 17, 1815; on sick leave, April 21, 1815; on Frigate "Guerriere," Master Commandant William Lewis, Mediterranean Squadron, Flagship of Captain Stephen Decatur, May 20, 1815; engaged in the capture of the Algerian Ship "Mashouda," off Cape De Gatt, Spain, June 17, 1815, and the Algerian Brig "Estedio," off Cape Palos, Spain, June 19, 1815; on Ship-of-the-Line "Independence," Captain John Downes, January 1, 1817, to 1819; on duty at New York, N.Y., January 1, 1820, to 1822; on Sloop-of-War "Cyane," Captain Robert Trail Spence, West India Squadron, January 1, 1823; in command of Schooner "Ferret," West India Squadron, Captain David Porter, January 1, 1824; on leave, January 1, 1825; on waiting orders, January 1, 1826, to 1829; Master Commandant, March 1, 1829; in command of Receiving Ship "Congress," at Norfolk, Va., January 1, 1830, and 1831; in command of Sloop-of-War "Lexington," Brazilian Station, South Atlantic Squadron, Captain George W. Rodgers, July 3, 1831; on leave, January 1, 1833; died September 14, 1834.

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

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
      George Duncan; 3 Regt. (Frelinghuysen's) NJ Mil
      Peter Duncan; 3 Regt. (Frelinghuysen's) NJ Mil

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, Alfred L., widow Duncan, Melissa C.; H 9 NJ Inf.; 1883 April 26, Invalid Appl. #481631, Cert. #655880, NJ; 1904 Feb. 18, Widow Appl. #800284, Cert. #581064, NY. (MAD: 1900 index, Brooklyn Wd.9, Kings Co. NY; 1880 pg.497D Meriden, New Haven Co. CT; 1870 pg.531, Wd.16 13th E.D. New York, NY; ? 1860 pg.296, Wd.1 Div.2, New York, NY)
      Duncan, Daniel L., widow Duncan, Harriet F.; H 9 NJ Inf.; 1890 Nov. 4, Widow Appl. #487340, Cert. #361576, NY. (MAD: 1850-1860 Warren Co. NJ)
      Duncan, Edward A., widow Duncan, Alice B.; C 21 & Asst. Surg. 38 Iowa Inf., Cont. Surg. Med Dept. US Vols., Hosp. Std. 21 Iowa Inf.; 1885 Sept. 3, Invalid Appl. #548702, Cert. #408325; 1915 Feb. 19, Widow Appl. 1041930, Cert. #788341, D.C. (MAD: ? 1850 Hartford Co. CT or ??? Gloucester Co. NJ; 1860 Dubuque Co. IA; MAD: Edwin A. Duncan enlisted 20 August 1862, Fifer, age 32, Union; Resided in Dubuque; C Co. 21st Inf Reg. IA and S Co. 38th Inf Reg. IA; Transferred on 09 September 1862 from Company C to Company S)
      Duncan, Francis H. alias Franks, Henry; F 7 Maine Inf., F 1 Maine Vet. Inf.; 1882 Oct. 11, Invalid Appl. #462204, Cert. #414572, NJ. (MAD: 1880 Mercer Co. NJ, 48 VT; ?? 1870 Cumberland Co. NJ)
      Dunkins, Frank, widow Dunkins, Josephine; E 24 US C. Inf.; 1899 Nov. 13, Invalid Appl. #1239171, Cert. #1010393, NJ; 1921 Feb. 3, Widow Appl. #1169471, no cert., NJ; remarks C2557492? (?C2557792?)
      Duncan, George J.; F 37 US Vol. Inf.; 1901 March 6, Invalid(S) Appl. #1263362, no cert., NJ.
      Duncan, George S., widow Duncan, Mary E.; A 21 NJ Inf.; 1911 Apr. 3, Widow Appl. #962166, Cert. #725595, NY. (MAD: 1880 pg.192D 12th Wd Dist.10, New York, NY, 39 NJ; 1870 pg.80 W.12 ED 2, New York, NY, 28 NJ)
      Duncan, George S., minor Duncan, Horace M. et al; C 91 PA Inf.; 1870 Aug. 11, Invalid Appl. #159470, no cert.; 1889 Dec. 7, Minor Appl. #410097, no cert., NJ.
      Duncan, Harry P.; I 104 PA Inf., F 1 D.C. Inf., F 2 D.C. Inf.; 1896 May 19, Invalid Appl. #1177692, Cert. #981138, NJ.
      Duncan, Henry E., widow Duncan, Elinor; B 22 NY Mil. Inf., A 37 NJ Inf.; 1889 Feb. 11, Widow Appl. #388691, Cert. #358452, NJ. (MAD: ? 1860 Dutchess Co. NY census)
      Duncan, James; F 38 PA Mil. Inf.; 1898 Dec. 30, Invalid Appl. #1215465, no cert., NJ.
      Duncan, James, alias Durkin, James, widow Durkin, M.J.; H 50 PA Inf.; 1879 Nov. 17, Invalid Appl. #321594, Cert. #221737; 1884 May 3, Widow Appl. #315333, Cert. #228084, NJ.
      Duncan, James H., mother Duncan, Clarissa; I 1 NJ Inf.; 1879 Nov. 11, Mother Appl. #254162, Cert. #253443.
      Duncan, John, widow Duncan, Mary; B 4 NJ Inf.; 1865 Aug. 8, Widow Appl. #105091, Cert. #77182.
      Duncan, Joseph; F 1 NJ Cav.; 1898 Dec. 8, Invalid Appl. #1213929, Cert. #988935, Ind.
      Duncan, Joseph, widow Duncan, Annie, C 3 PA H.A.; 1891 Jan. 27, Invalid Appl. #996745, Cert. #891729, PA; 1926 April 20, Widow Appl. #1244640, Cert. #A-6-29-26, NJ. (MAD: ?? 1880 Pg.501A, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co. PA, 36 ENG, wife Annie 30 PA; 1900 index Phila. Wd.39, Philadelphia Co. PA b.ca 1844 ENG, wife Annie b.ca 1848 PA)
      Duncan, Joseph P.; D 14 NJ Inf.; 1880 March 22, Invalid Appl. #353422, Cert. #749002, NJ. (MAD: ?? 1860-1870 Monmouth Co. NJ, 1880 Ocean Co. NJ)
      Duncan, Matthew; naval service, plumber & fitter, enlisted 1900, discharged 1904, Vermont, elena, Costine, Kentucky, Island Cuba, Buffalo, Manila, Rainbow, Wisconsin, Hancreton?; 1925? Dec. 10, Invalid Appl. #1528553, Cert. #A6-15-26, NJ; remarks C233081.
      Duncan, Robert E., widow Duncan, Mary E.; Corpl. D 14 NJ Inf.; 1879 Nov. 24, Invalid Appl. #331883, Cert. #253471; 1904 Sept. 26, Widow Appl. #814125, Cert. #587878, NJ. (MAD: 1860-1900 Monmouth Co. NJ)
      Duncan, Samuel, widow Duncan, Mary; F 52 PA Inf.; 1889 May 21, Invalid Appl. #706087, no cert., NJ; 1899 Oct. 28, Widow Appl. #707697, no cert., NJ. (MAD: ?? 1880 Gloucester Co. NJ)
      Duncan, Sebastian, widow Duncan, Annie C.; E 13 NJ Inf.; 1905 July 15, Invalid Appl. #1338112, Cert. #1112438, NY; 1915 Oct. 5, Widow Appl. #1053840, Cert. #800096?, NY. (MAD: 1850-1860 Essex Co. NJ; 1880 pg.165A, 1st Ward, Brooklyn, Kings Co. NY)
      Duncan, Thomas, alias Nealley, Thomas, widow Duncan, Mary; C 1 NJ Cav.; 1900 May 31, Widow Appl. #720304, Cert. #531197, PA.
      Duncan, Thomas, widow Duncan, Elizabeth S.; I 11 NJ Inf., D 20 V.R.C., 26 Co. 2nd Battln. V.R.C.; 1883 Feb. 23, Invalid Appl. #473443, Cert. #484265, NJ; 1902 June 19, Widow Appl. #765065, no cert., NJ.
      Duncan, Thomas; B 22 US C. Inf.; 1890 Aug. 29, Invalid Appl. #918161, Cert. #1026727, NJ; remarks C2550309.
      Duncan, Truman J.; widow Duncan, Olive H.; E 50 NY Engrs; 1889 Nov. 26, Invalid Appl. #740535, Cert. #560696, NY; 1900 May 22, Widow Appl. #719841, Cert. #497936, NY. (MAD: per query, b. Schoharie Co. NY, mar. Olive Howard 1865 Broome Co. NY, had 2nd fam. in Camden Co. NJ area)
      Duncan, William; K 35 NJ Inf.; 1880 June 25, Invalid Appl. #387692, no cert.
      Duncan, William, widow Duncan, Ella; F 9 NY Inf.; 1890 Sept. 22, Invalid Appl. #1005189, Cert. #734916, NY; 1896 July 22, Widow Appl. #637747, Cert. #442794, NJ. (MAD: 1880 3rd Ward, Dist. 2, Hoboken, Hudson Co. NJ, age 37 NY)
      Duncan, William, widow Duncan, Nancy; I 14 R.I. H.A., I 11 US C. H.A.; 1868 Oct. 30, Invalid Appl. #136616, Cert. #361409; 1898 Sept. 15, Widow Appl. #682957, no cert., NJ. (MAD: ?? 1870 Providence Co. RI, age 40 IRE, she age 26 IRE)
      Duncan, William H., widow Duncan, Lettia M., minor Laird, J.N., Gdn.; Corp. A 28 NJ Inf.; 1864 Oct. 26, Widow Appl. #70063, Cert. #51997; 1870 Sept. 9, Minor Appl. #189964, Cert. #144961. (MAD: ? 1850 Monmouth Co. NJ, 1860 Essex Co. NJ)

HISTORIES before 1923

1878 "The history of Will County, Illinois : containing a directory of its real estate owners, map of Will County, history of Illinois, history of the Northwest" pub. by Wm. LeBaron Jr. (FHL book 977.325 H2h and FHL film 1,000,522 item 4)
      Pg.881: Peotone Twp. David Morrison, born County Monaghan, Ireland, April 15, 1831, where lived until 20, then to America, landing New York May 12, 1851, then New Jersey, then IL in April 1857 to Carroll Co., then May 1863 to Peotone Twp, Will Co. He married March 30, 1857, Matilda Duncan; she born Antrim Co. Ireland on Feb. 6, 1835, and emigrated to this country in 1847. Four children: William A., George A., David H. and Mary E.


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