Duncans in Dutchess Co. NY


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

Last revised July 15, 2012

Formed 1683; original county
Putnam formed 1812 from Dutchess


1790 Dutchess Co. NY Census
Beekman Town
Pg. 74  William Duncan        336xx
Fishkill Town
Pg. 80  Freeman Duncan        112x1
Pawling Town
Pg. 88  David Duncan          206xx
Washington Town
Pg. 94  Thomas Duncan         308xx

1800 Dutchess Co. NY Census
Pg.  5  Freebun Duncan        40130        - 21020
     8  William Duncan        11210        - 00101
        Benjamin Duncan       20110        - 11100
Pg. 47  Mary Duncan           11200        - 11110
    59  George Duncan         30010        - 10010
Pg.125  Thomas Duncan Jr.     20110        - 20100
   127  Solomon Duncan        10010        - 41010
        Thomas Duncan         30111        - 11111

1810 Dutchess Co. NY Census
Pg. 72  Benjamin Duncan       20010        - 21110
        William Duncan        00001        - 00001
        Ephraim Duncan        00100        - 00100
        William Duncan Jr.    31010        - 20010
          (next to each other)
    76  John Duncan           20010        - 10010
Pg.146  William Duncan        00201        - 22301
Pg.168  Robert Duncan         10210        - 10100
Pg.185  Mary Duncan           01100        - 00101
Pg.259  Solomon Duncan        11010        - 21110
          one name
        Thos. Duncan          01111        - 12102

1820 Dutchess Co. NY Census
Pg. 12  Benjamin Dunkin       010101       - 21201
    13  Zilpha Duncan         210000       - 11110
          (two names)
        William Duncan        120210       - 11111
          (one name)
        Ephraim Dunkin        010010       - 00010
          (several names)
        John G. Dunkin        101110       - 11010
Pg. 42  Joshua Duncan         100110       - 11100
Pg. 51  Jacob Dunkin          101210       - 00100

1830 Dutchess Co. NY Census
Pg.311  Joshua Duncan         1110,001     - 0210,01
           (one name)
        Reuben Duncan         1000,01      - 0110,01
Pg.417  Solomon Dunkin        1000,1       - 0101,1
Union Vale
Pg.422  Benjamin Dunkin       1100,0000,1  - 0002,1101
        Jacob Dunkin          1102,01      - 1100,01
        Emanuel D. Dunkin     1000,01      - 1000,1
        Mary Duncan           1101,1       - 0110,1001
        Zilpha Duncan         0011,1       - 0101,001
          (2 names)
   423  Mary E. Duncan        1            - 2200,1
   431  John G. Dunkin        0111,11      - 1010,11

1840 Dutchess Co. NY Census
Pleasant Valley
Pg. 25  Joshua Duncan         0010,101     - 0102,01
    27  Reuben Duncan         1000,001     - 1200,01
Pg.169  David Duncan          1010,01      - 1000,01
   171  Hubbard Duncan        1100,1       - 1000,1
Pg.183  John Duncan           Free colored
Union Vale
Pg.303  Smith Duncan          1000,1       - 0000,1
   305  John G. Dunkin        0001,101     - 0120,201
   315  Telpha Duncan         0011,3       - 0001,0100,1
        Jacob Duncan          0012,1001    - 0011,001
        Phebe Duncan          0000,1       - 0010,1000,1

1850 Dutchess Co. NY Census
Union Vale
Pg.204, #58, Danil DUNCAN 40 VT farmer $9300
                  Elisa 29 VT
                  Austin B. 7, Alaxander 4 NY
                  Theodore 1 NY
                  Joseph 66 VT
                  Abigail 62 VT
Pg.204, #65, Jerome WILLIAMS 26 MA farmer
                  Catharine 26 NY
                  George H. 5, Amelia 11 NY
                  Jarvis 2 NY
                  Sally DUNCAN 16 NY BLACK
                  Henry DATZ 16 NY laborer
Pg.205, #70, Henry WHITE 34 NY farmer $1100
                  Catharine A. 20 NY
                  Sarah 54 NY
                  Charles H. 16 NY
                  Abraham DUNCAN 24 NY laborer
Pg.205, #71, Danil BOWERS 39 NY laborer
                  Phebe Ann 36 NY
                  Mary A. 25 NY; children 11 - 2 b. NY
                  Mercy DOTTY 63 NY
Pg.205, #72, Henry DUNCAN 56 NY laborer
                  Martha 27 NY
                  George THARE 11 NY
Pg.205, #80, John DUNKIN 29 NY laborer
                  Anna 35 NY
                  Amanda 10, William H. 9 NY
                  Israel (m) 8, Anna M. 8/12 NY
                  (MAD: ages plain, wife definitely "Anna")
Pg.205, #83, Jacob DUNKIN 59 NY farmer $1200
                  George 34, Gearman (m) 26 NY
                  Mary Ann 21 NY
                  Isaac VINCENT 17 NY laborer
                  Phebe DUNKIN 76 NY
Pg.207, #103, Ovid DUNKIN 30 NY merchant
                  Ann A. 24 NY
                  Caroline 4, Anna V. 2 NY
                  John 1/12 NY
                  Anny LAGUIRE 26 IRE
Pg.207, #104, John G. DUNKIN 58 NY farmer $19,500
                  Mary 57 NY
                  George 24, Catharine 22 NY
                  Matilda 19, Frances (f) 16 NY
                  Mary SLOCUM (f) 19 NY laborer
                  Mary KELLY 25 IRE
Pg.210, #159, Israel F. DUNKIN 23 NY hotel landlord
                  Jane 19 NY
                  & others
Pleasant Valley
Pg.2, #23-29, Jno. B. DUNCAN 30 NY merchant
                  Jane 28 NY
Pg.2, #23-30, Joshua DUNCAN 58 NY manufacturer $6000
                  Mary 38 NY
                  Margaret 24, Henry 22 NY
                  Rachael 19 NY
Pg.4, #50-61, Geo. B. CRAMER 34 NY carpenter $1200
                  Mary A. 32 NY
                  children 8 to 1
                  Henry DUNCAN 24 NY carpenter
Pg.85, #818, John DUNCAN 22 IRE laborer
                  Ellen 26 IRE
Pg.93, #728-969, Smith DUNCAN 35 NY laborer
                  Phebe 30 NY
                  Joseph 11 NY
                  Charity ACKERMAN 65 NY
Pg.327, #275, William? McCOY 43 NY shoemaker
                  & family & others
                  William DUNCAN 40 NY shoemaker
Pg.333, #335-354, John DUNCAN 60 NY BLACK labourer $500
                  Julia 45 NY BLACK
                  George 21, Smith 18 NY BLACK
                  Sally A. 16, Juman (m) 13 NY BLACK
                  Almira 10, Joseph 8, Ruth 5 NY BLACK
Pg.334, #343-362, Smith DUNCAN 27 NY laborer
                  Emely 18 NY, m/in year
Pg.334, #343-363, Clark DUNCAN 34 NY laborer
                  Mary 32 NY
                  Leonard 9, Louisa 8 NY
                  Robert 6, George F. 4 NY
Pg.334, #349-371, Joseph BUTLER 58 NY farmer $10000
                  Aner (f) 58 NY
                  Jane DUNCAN 25 NY & others
Pg.335, #357-379, Samuel BISHOP 69 NY shoemaker
                  Phebe 44 NY
                  Isaac DUNCAN 24 NY laborer, John 18 NY
                  BISHOP childen 10 - 2 b. NY
Pg.369, #802-844, Abby DUNCAN (f) 43 NY (blank) $4000
                  James ANSON 34 NY farmer
                  Harriett DUNCAN 16, Cyrus (m) 12 NY
                  Dewite (m) 9 NY
La Grange
Pg.260, #325, Hubbard DUNKIN 36 NY farmer $6500
                  Margaret 17, James E. 19 NY
                  John H. 11, Mary J. 8 NY
                  Philip 6, George 4 NY
                  Charles 2, Manley 4 NY
                  Emaline HARRINGTON 27 NY

Go to the 1860 and 1870 Dutchess Co. NY Census


"New York Calendar of Wills" 1861, Vol.80 (from Judith Michael-Mable 2/1991)
      1761: Aug. 8, Octobr. 16. Vaughan, David of Beeksman Prect. DU. [Dutchess] Co.; wife Dinah, sons Benjamin, John, David, James, Henry, Daniel, Obediah, and Anthony, daughters Sarah Willber, Elizabeth Wood, Mary Vaughan, Abigail Dunkin, and Dinah Vaughan. Land in said precinct and in New England, personal property. Executors the wife and bro.-in-law Benjamin Northrop of New England, "formally a Dweller in Exeter". Witnesses Emanuel Woolly, Thomas Dunkin, both of said prect., yeoman and Thomas O'Bryan.

"NY Calendar of Wills" (from Connie Butterfield 6/1989 with permission to share)
      28 April 1785, John Dunkin of Goshen, Dutchess Co., renunciation dated Greenforrest, 28 April 1785 of Abigail Dunkin, widow of deceased, in favor of her son Freeborn Dunkin, wit. Luther Steward; Administration 3 May 1785 Freeborn Dunkin, son of deceased; Bond, Freeborn Dunkin, Elisha Eldred (Eldridge) and Joshua Howell all of Goshen, wit. James Everett. (CB: John & Abigail may be the parents of John Dunkin who came to Owen Co. IN)


JARED DUNCAN, widow Dolly, Rev. Pension Application R-3122, NY, CT [Rejected] (FHL film 970,863)
      Application 29 Jan. 1820, of Hillsdale, Columbia Co. NY; on pension list Dec. 1809 as invalid; almost total deafness and wounds in Rev. War; in fall of 1814 he was travelling in the night over Hearlem Hights near NY, he was knocked down by two men and robbed of his pocket book containing his pension money and original Pension Certificate; needs a new pension certificate so he can claim his pension money.
      Petition 3 Nov. 1841, by Dolly Duncan, of Redding, Fairfield Co. CT, age 82 years, widow of Jared Duncan, formerly of Weston, Fairfield Co., soldier in Continental Army, wounded by enemy at battle of White Plains; served in the coast guards; she married Jared 13 Aug. 1780; he died 1 Feb. 1823; statement 3 Nov. 1841 by Thornton Lee, age 53; statement 26 Oct. 1841, by Pastor of Congregational Church of Parrish of Norfield, Weston, Fairfield Co. CT about marriage of Jared Duncan to Dolly Osborn on August 30, 1780; declaration 17 May 1841 by Jonathan Godfry of Weston, Fairfield Co. CT, age 87; neighbor of Jared Duncan.
      Declaration 31 Jan. 1852 by Mrs. Polly O. Lee of Redding, Fairfield Co. CT: that she age 54; Mrs. Sarah Meeker age 70 of Redding; Joseph Duncan age 68 of Unionville, Duchess Co. NY; William Duncan age 65 of Camden [Oneida Co.], NY; and Dosher Whitlock of Luzerne Co. PA; are only surviving children of Jared and Dolly Duncan, deceased; that father Jared died on 1 Feb. 1823; that mother Dolly applied for pension 1841 but did not receive it; petition for back payments due Dolly to the date of her death on 19 March 1847.
      Statement 22 Jan. 1852 by John Griffin, aged 83, of Redding, that Jared served under Capt. Daniel Duncan & Col. St. John in the coast guards; declaration 22 Jan. 1852 by Mrs. Polly Bennett, age 73, acquainted with Jared about 70? years, that Dolly died 19 March 1847, she attended her funeral, she is acquainted with Sarah Meeker, Joseph & William Duncan, Dosher Whitlock and Mrs. Polly O. Lee who are only surviving children of Jared and Dolly Duncan; declaration 22 Jan. 1852 by Elias Bennett, aged 73, similar statement to Mrs. Polly Bennett; statement 9 July 1852 by Daniel Dikeman, age 90, of Westport, Fairfield Co. CT, a pensioner; acquainted with Jared during Rev.; Jared was private for 2 years, entered service in vicinity of Westport now called Weston ...
      Click here for more from the pension application file.

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, George F.; L 20 US Inf.; 1924 Sept. 2, Invalid(S) Appl. #1506535, Cert. #1277997, NY; remarks C2371441. (MAD: ? 1850 Dutchess Co. NY census)
      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)

"New York in the Revolution as colony and state" by Pierre Van Cortlandt; pub. Albany, N.Y.: unknown, 1904, 902 pgs. (PS272, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL title: New York in the revolution as colony and state, v.II : a compilation of documents and records from the office of the state comptroller" by NY Comptroller's Office; FHL book 974.7 M28n 1904 and film 1,035,618 item 14)
      Vol.I, pg.145: The Militia - Dutchess County, Sixth Regiment: Duncan, John
      Vol.I, pg.241: Dutchess County Militia (Land Bounty Rights) - Third Regiment. Enlisted men: Dunkin, David


Craven Co. NC Deed (FHL film 18,644)
      9&10-222: 11 Nov. 1755, James Duncan of City of New York, Merchant, appoint friend Rip Van Dorn of same, merchant, attorney to recover money due me by Joseph Harris formerly of Duchess Co., Province of NY, Deputy Sheriff, but at present of NC; wit. Benjamin Heline?, Thomas Ludlow, Daniel Bates.
            10 May 1745, Ack. by Joseph Harris of Duchess Co. NY that he owes James Duncan £9.13 due 1 Aug. next, bond for £19.4.2.; wit. Bartholomew Cadwell?, Joseph Harris.

HISTORIES before 1923

"History of Duchess [sic] County, New York : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers" by James H. Smith; pub. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1882, 680 pgs. (LH6946, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL book 974.733 H2sm 1980 and fiche 6,048,325 and film 824,215 item 1)
      Pg.66: 1761, Nov. 21, James Duncan, Justice.
      Pg.119: First court house ... erected 1746, Justice of Peace ... James Duncan.
      Pg.293-294: Town of Stanford. Stanfordville, ... Stanford Lodge, No.150, K.P., was organized December 20, 1870. The charter members were: M.S. Duncan, ...
      Pg.314: Town of Pleasant Valley ... May 13, 1873, John B. Duncan (& others) were elected trustees, with John B. Duncan as president ...
      Pg.319: The supervisors and town clerks of Pleasant Valley, since the year 1824, have been as follows: 1844 - Oliver Devine, John B. Dinekin. 1867, Dewitt Webb, John B. Duncan.
      Pg.330: Washington (town) in the Rebellion. ... 128th Reg., Co.D. Dewitt Duncan (7th Corporal), ...
      Pg.491: Dover (town) in the War of the Rebellion. 150th Regiment - Co.E. Henry Duncan (discharged), William Duncan, ...
      Pg.517: Fishkill. Trinity Church (Episcopal), Fishkill. ... an instrument bearing date of Sept. 30, 1767, by which Matthew Brett conveyed to James Duncan and Richard Southard two roods and thirty-one perches of land, in trust, in consideration of L2, "for the use of the inhabitants of Rombout Precinct ... who are members in communion of the Church of England ..."

1882 "History of Duchess [sic] County, New York : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers" by James H. Smith, pub. by D. Mason & Co.; Part 2 (FHL book 974.733 H2sm and film 824,215 item 1; from Judith Michael-Mable 2/1991 and Alice Zetterstrom 7/2001)
      pp. xxvii or xxviii: Personal Statistics
      Union Vale: Dunkin, Isaac H., p.o. Chestnut Ridge, retired, owns 240 acres, born in this town in 1826; grandfather of Scotch origin and settled in this country at an early day.
      Washington: Duncan, Cyrus, p.o. Wassaic, farmer, 110 acres, born in Washington in 1838, has been inspector of election; wife Ellen Northrup, of this county, married in 1865; children two -Cora B. born 1867; Jane T. in 1872.
         David Duncan, born this county in 1801, died 1848, carpenter and farmer.

1897 "Commemorative biographical record of Dutchess County, New York : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families" pub. by J.H. Beers; FHL book 974.733 D3 and film 1,000,239 item 5; from Judith Michael-Mable 2/1991)
      Pg.296. John G. Duncan, b. Unionvale, Dutchess Co. NY, 1793, d. 19 Dec 1857; from Scotland to Canada to Boston to Dutchess Co.; son William Duncan mar. Mary Wooley, son George Duncan m. Lucy Reynold, son John G. m. Mary Vail.
      Pg.612. Charles H. Dunkin mar. 12 June 1889 to L. Ida Pray.

"A manual of the Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley, N.Y. : prefaced by an historical sermon" (Dutchess Co.) preached by Frank W. Townsend, Sabbath, October eighth, 1905; pub. Pleasant Valley, N.Y.?: unknown, 1905, 45 pgs. (LH5610, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL fiche 6,081,305)
      Pg.40-41: List of members: Duncan, Grace; Duncan, Charles H.; Duncan, Ethel Pray; Duncan, Ida Pray (Charles H.); Duncan, Martha Lavinia; Duncan, Fannie McLaury (widow of Marsden F.); Duncan, Helen Jane.

"Historical notes of Saint James Parish : Hyde Park-on-Hudson, New York : in commemoration of the belated centenary anniversary of the consecration of the first parish church, October 10, 1811." (Dutchess Co.) by Edward P. Newton; pub. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: A.V. Haight Co., 1913, 149 pgs. (LH5608, HeritageQuest images 6/2007)
      Pg.14: The rectors of this flourishing daughter of Saint James have been ... The Rev. Charles Henry Duncan, 1902, and still incumbent.

"Landmarks of Wayne County, New York" by George Washington Cowles; pub. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason, 1895, 859 pgs. (LH2751, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL film 808,347 item 1 and 934,854 item 4)
      Part III, Pg.234: Biographies, Walworth. MAIN, MARQUIS S., was born in North Stonington, New London county, Conn., September 15, 1834, son of Avery and Laura Baldwin, he a native of Stonington, Conn., born in 1806, and she a native of Fenner, Madison county, born in 1816. He and wife came to West Walworth in 1863, where he died April 17, 1892, and his wife resides with her children. He was a mason by trade and a farmer. Subject ... married, September 22, 1858, Mary J. Ten Eyck, a native of Chenango county, and daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Duncan) Ten Eyck, natives of Dutchess county, who settled in Chenango county, and he died in Madison county in 1882, and she in 1885. Subject and wife had seven children: Florence, Luella, Edith who died aged 18; Jennie, Marcus A., Willis J. and Edward E. ....

1880 "History of Wyoming County, N.Y. : with illustrations, biographical sketches and portraits of some pioneers and prominent residents" pub. by F.W. Beers; cover title "Illustrated History of Wyoming County, New York, 1841-1880" (FHL book 974.793 H2h and film 871,566 item 1 and 934,857 item 2; from Judith Michael-Mable 2/1991)
      Pg.227, The Town of Orangeville
      The first individual titles to lands lying in the present town of Orangeville were granted by the Holland Land Company in 1803....
      The following record of early deeds of land in this town is from the books of the Holland Land Company: John Sayer, 1806, part of lot 14, ... Joseph Duncan, 1819 part of lot 7.
      John Duncan and James Sayer, relatives by marriage were pioneer settlers of the town. Duncan came with his family from Orange county, N.Y, and located on the south part of lot 13 in the winter or spring of 1805, cutting his way through to his land as best he could; a few years later he removed from the town.
      James Sayer was born in the town of Warwick, Orange county N.Y. November 26th, 1768 .... and continued to reside here until his death, January 29th 1843. His first wife was Abigail Duncan, of Dutchess county, to whom he was married several years previous to locating in Orangeville. She died in 1807. For his second wife he married Mrs. Rebecca Adair.

"Herringshaw's city blue book of biography : Chicagoans of 1916 : ten thousand biographies" (Cook Co. IL) (anonymous); pub. Chicago: C.J. Herringshaw, c1916, 419 pgs. (LH10595, HeritageQuest images 4/4/2007) (MAD: not Herringshaw's 1915, cataloged as FHL book 977.311 D3h)
      Duncan, William Edward, Physician and Surgeon of 111 West Monroe Street, was born April 22, 1852, in North Clove, N.Y. Since 1882 he has been engaged in the practice of medicine in Chicago. (MAD: ? 1860 Dutchess Co. NY)

"Past and present of Montgomery County, Illinois" by Jacob L. Traylor; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1904, 768 pgs. (LH8173, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.457-458: ELIAS N. PRAY, ... farming, Audubon township, born on 25 Sept. 1857 in Uniondale, Dutchess Co. N.Y., son of George D. and Nancy (Baker) Pray, ... Elias N. ... to Montgomery Co. IL in 1880. George D. Pray had 3 sisters and 3 brothers but all are now deceased; he died when 45 years of age and his wife at the age of 43 years. In their family were two sons and two daughters who are yet living, and one son who is deceased, Elias N. being the eldest of the family. George died in Chicago in August, 1883. Ida is the wife of Charley Duncan, a resident of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York. Martha resides at Chestnutridge, in Dutchess county. Seward, the youngest, married Cassie Chase, of Rosemond, Illinois, ....

1889 "Biographical souvenir of the states of Georgia and Florida : containing biographical sketches of the representative public, and many early settled families in these states" pub. by F.A. Battey (Los Angeles Public Library book R975.8 B615; FHL book 975 D3bg and fiche 6,088,141)
      Pg.249-50, Georgia: J.T. DUNCAN. ... John T. Duncan, of Laurens County. ... He is not a native, however, of Laurens, but was born in Taliaferro County, where his father, a native of Dutchess Co. NY, settled when a young man. Judge Duncan's mother was a descendant of an old Taliaferro County family, her maiden name being Lancaster. The subject of this sketch is the third of six children. He was reared in Taliaferro County and educated at Mount Lion Academy, in Hancock County, ... He located in Dublin, then the county seat of Laurens County, at the age of twenty quitting school, and there began life and there has lived since. After a residence of three years he was elected sheriff of the county, which office he held six years by re-election. He was then elected ... for six years. Following his services in this capacity, he was elected judge of the county court and held this office till the court was abolished in 1868. ...

"History of the Western Reserve" Volume 2, by Harriet Taylor Upton, and Harry Gardner Cutler, ed. of Lewis Pub. Co.; pub. 1910 by Lewis Publishing Co. (image of page from Honey Lee Miller 4/22/2012; her file History of the Western Reserve Vol. II.pdf, (editions:aZJNEhIEJVoC))
      Pg.899-900: Samuel Duncan, of this memoir, was one of the early pioneer settlers of the Western Reserve, and was a man who made his life count for good in all its relations. For many years he was numbered among the representative farmers and citizens of Mentor township, Lake county, where he reclaimed his farm from the wild state, and both he and his wife passed the closing years of their lives in Ashtabula county, where he died at the age of sixty-eight years. His wife, whose maiden name was Betsy Lapham, was eighty-four years of age at the time of her death. Both were natives of the state of New York and members of families founded in New England in the colonial era of our national history. They came from Chemung county. New York, to Ohio, about 1820, making the trip from Buffalo on a sailing vessel and disembarking at what is now Fairport Harbor, Lake county. There Mr. Duncan remained four years, at the expiration of which he removed to Mentor township, where he purchased a tract of heavily timbered land, from which, in due course of time, he developed a productive farm, in the meanwhile living up to the full tension of the pioneer days. His wife's father, Thomas Lapham, had located in Lake county at an even earlier date, removing here from Canada, though his family was originally established in Dutchess county, New York. Late in life Samuel Duncan removed to Ashtabula county, where, as already stated, he passed the residue of his life. He was a man of superior mentality and of impregnable integrity, and his name merits an enduring place on the roster of the honored pioneers of the historic old Western Reserve. His son Frank now owns and resides upon their old homestead in Ashtabula county.
         Samuel and Betsy (Lapham) Duncan became the parents of thirteen children, of whom six are living at the time of this writing, in 1909. Jane, the eldest of the children, was born in Fairport township, Lake county, Ohio, on the opposite side of Grand river from the well known Skinner homestead, and the date of her nativity was Christmas day, 1827. She was reared to maturity in Lake county, where she had the advantages of the pioneer schools, and at the age of eighteen years she was united in marriage to Louis M. Wilson, who was a tailor by trade and vocation and who had come from the east and settled in Painesville. He and his wife finally removed to Unionville, Madison township, Lake county, where he died. His widow later became the wife of Miron Canfield, and she survives him also, having maintained her home in Unionville for nearly forty consecutive years, and being now one of the venerable pioneer women of that locality, where she is held in affectionate regard by all who know her. Of her nine children, seven were born of the first and two of the second marriage, and of the number four daughters are now living, namely: Mary, who is the wife of Frederick Holden, a passenger conductor on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad, residing in Collinwood, Ohio; Laura, who is the wife of Albert J. White, of whom individual mention is made on other pages of this publication; Anna, who is the wife of Charles Hancock, manager of the homestead farm of his mother-in-law, at Unionville; and Victoria A., who is the wife of Edward Green, of Clear Lake, a favored summer resort in Iowa, where he has a large boat livery. In the community which has so long represented her home Mrs. Jane Canfield has been popular in social activities, holding precedence at the present time as being one of the most venerable of the native daughters still resident in Lake county.


"Dutchess County, New York cemeteries" by William Applebie Eardeley; pub. Brooklyn, N.Y.,: unknown, 1916-1917, 364 pgs. (LH7660, HeritageQuest images 6/2007)
      Pg.6: #249. Fishkill, Dutchess Co. NY, Episcopal Church Cemetery, 1770-1899. #35. Duncan, Elizabeth : died 4 July 1770 : aged in her 63 rd. year.
      Pg.17: #249, Fishkill, Dutchess Co. NY, Episcopal Church Cemetery: 1770-1899. The oldest stone is #35. Elizabeth Duncan, 4 July 1770.

1902 "Thomas Stevenson of London, England, and His Descendants" or ?? "Thomas Stevenson of London, England, and His Descendants in America" by John R. Stevenson (FHL book 929.273 St477s; FHL film 2,055,164 item 34, and/or 1,414,782 and 928,251 item 6)
      Pgs.97-98: Anthony Bartow, born January 8, 1717, of Westchester County, New York, was a farmer, and served for a time as Alderman of Westchester. His will is dated February 25, 1789, and he died in December of the following year, 1790. Charity Bartow died July 13, 1791. Their children were: ...
      I. Clarina Bartow, born 1763, married in 1786, her cousin, Capt. Augustus Bartow, and died June 30, 1839. Capt. Augustus Bartow ... was born at Westchester, in 1762. He ... first lived at Westchester [Westchester Co.], New York ... He removed to Fishkill [Dutchess Co.] in 1806, in which place he died January 18, 1810, and is buried in Trinity church-yard. Had issue: ... Jane Bartow, born October 12, 1789, married Ralph Duncan. ...
      K. Robert Stevenson Bartow, born 1767, married Susan, daughter of David Duncan, of Edinburgh, Scotland, and New York, died July 20, 1843, and had issue: John Russell Robert Bartow, born November 17, 1793, died August 3, 1795; ... Susan Duncan Bartow, born April 3, 1798; ....

"Dunkin-Cummings Genealogy 1770-1968," one page, typed, filmed 1980, no author or title page (FHL film 1,036,488)
      John Dunkin, 1772-, m. Jemina Thomas 1770-
      I. Ruben 1796-, m. Elizabeth Arbuckle
      II. Benjamin '97, m. A. Neal
      III. Freborn, '02, m. Charity Jones
      IV. Agibail, '04, m. Lloyd Cummings (ch. b. 1824 on, not copied here)
      V. Martha, m. Nathan Sackett
      VI. John m. Lucinda Combes
      VII. David '12, m. Nancy Warner
      VIII. (blank)
      (MAD: see also Genesee Co. NY; see Owen Co. IN)

"Duncan-Cummings family history" by Edna (Hartcock) Sinclair, 1931 (FHL film 1,313,121 pt. 14 & 16; filmed at Spencer IN Public Library, 929.2 Duncan; original copy of small printed 19-page booklet on file in the Gen. Dept. of the IN State Library, Indianapolis, IN)
      This film also includes additional correspondence as late as 1977; This is a genealogy giving the early generations of the family of John Duncan and wife Jemima Thomas and their children and grandchildren.


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