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Duncans in Sullivan Co. NY


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

Last revised May 9, 2004

Formed 1809 from Ulster


1810-1840 Sullivan Co. NY Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Sullivan Co. NY Census
Pg.45, #620, John DUNCAN 32 SCT carpenter
                  Cynthia 26 NY
                  Mary 3, Malvina 1 NY
                  Harriet LOSING 23 NY
                  Robt. Le COMPT 23 MD carpenter
Pg.49, #692, Thos. ALLEN 34 SCT lashmaker $600
                  John DUNCAN 62 SCT gardner
                  John ALLEN 10, Wm. 8 NY
                  Achibald 6 NY
Pg.51, #715, Stewart DUNCAN 35 IRE laborer $600
                  Catharine 30 IRE
                  John 7, Caroline 4 NY
Pg.177, #60, James DUNCAN 36 IRE mason $3000
                  Margaret 37 IRE
                  Catharine 14, Louisa 8 NY
                  Lydia 6, Margaret 4 NY
                  Isabella 2, Mary 1 NY

1860 Sullivan Co. NY Census
Pg.58, #500-500, Steward DUNKIN (m) 42 IRE mason $300-$60
                  Catharine 44 IRE
                  John J?. 17 NY
                  Caroline 12, Maria 9 NY
                  Daniel 7, Steward H. (m) 4 NY
                  (MAD: 1870 Todd Co. MN census)

Pg.80, #666-666, John DUNCAN 41 SCT carpenter $1000-$150
                  Scyntha (f) 31 NY
                  Mary 13, Malvina (f) 11 NY
                  Franklin 8, Irena 6 NY
                  Thornton (m) 6/12 NY
Pg.597, #73-61, James DUNCAN 45 IRE mason $0-$200
                  Margaret 45 IRE
                  Louisa 18, Lydia 16 NY
                  Margaret J. 14, Isabel 12 NY
                  Mary 10, George W. 9 NY

1870 Sullivan Co. NY Census
Pg.710-711, #27-33, DUNCAN, John 52 SCT carpenter $1800-$500, parents of foreign birth
                  Cintha 47 NY, parents of foreign birth
                  Alrina? (f) 22 NY, father of foreign birth
                  Frank 18 NY, father of foreign birth
                  Irene 15 NY, father of foreign birth
                  Thornton 10 NY, father of foreign birth
                  Annie 8 NY, father of foreign birth
                  Georgeana (f) 2 NY, father of foreign birth
Pg.711, #28-34, PATTERSEN?, John 52 SCT cooper $600-$300, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 51 SCT keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Margaret 19 SCT dressmaker, parents of foreign birth
                  John 17 NY cooper, parents of foreign birth
                  Thomas 12 NY, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, John 81 SCT, parents of foreign birth

HISTORIES before 1923

1881 "History of the Upper Mississippi Valley [MN]" by Newton Horace Winchell (FHL book 977.6 H2w; also extracted by Pat Downs 1/1997)
      Pg.419, Grove Twp., Stearns Co. MN, Biographical: James Duncan, one of the oldest settlers, and the first Town Clerk of Grove Township, is a native of Scotland, born on 17 March 1816. His father was a merchant, and pursued his calling in different portions of Great Britain, until his death which occurred in Ireland when James was but an infant. He learned the shoemaker's trade in the old country while yet a boy. In 1833, he came to New York City where he served an apprenticeship to the trade of plasterer and stone and brick mason, and in 1837 began business as a contractor and builder. Meeting with reverses, in 1841 he went to Sullivan Co. NY, where he arrived with less than $10 in his pocket. In 1849 had accumulated sufficient means to purchase a mill and some land; resided there until 1862 when he came to Hastings [Dakota Co.], MN, and thence, in 1864 to his present residence. He was married to Miss M. Hamilton, in New York City. Mrs. Duncan is also of Scotch parentage.
      G.W. Duncan, son of James Duncan, was born at Forestburg, Sullivan Co. NY, on 18 Feb. 1851; he came with the family to Grove twp. in 1864 and still resides on the old homestead, having charge of his father's farm. In 1872, he was elected Town Clerk, which position he held for four years and is now Justice of the Peace. Mr. Duncan mar. Miss Fannie E. Getty, dau. of J.J. Getty, one of the first settlers in this portion of the county, on 31 Oct. 1877. They have two children: Jennie Permelia and James Jerome.
      Pat Downs comments 7/2001: Children born in Sullivan County NY, to the Duncans were: Louise (Graham) Lydia (Carlton) Margaret Jane (Eames/Corbett) Kate (Dobbs) Bell (Kells) Mary, George Washington (Getty); some marriages were in MN.
      Information from Bill Dobbs 6/2002: The Family Bible of John Coleman Dobbs and Kate Duncan listed their marriage as 27 Aug. 1857 in Forestburgh, NY.


Bible of John Coleman Dobbs - Kate Duncan (transcription from Bill Dobbs 10/2002; text in [brackets] added by Bill Dobbs; Sullivan Co. NY)
      John C[oleman]. Dobbs. & Kate Duncan, Married, Aug. the 27, A.D. 1857 at Forestburgh, Sull[ivan] Co. N.Y.
      It is our desire that this Family Record be left in the care of Wm. E. Dobbs our son and desire that each of the within-named children to have full access and pliveliges to same forever.
      Signed sealed and dellivered in the presence of James D[uncan]. Dobbs & Mary Louisa Dobbs. J.C. Dobbs {seal}, Kate Dobbs {seal}
      E. Eugene Dobbs, born Sept. the 12th A.D. 1858 at Mongaup Valley, Sull[ivan], N.Y.
      Mary Louisa Dobbs born Oct. the 13th A.D. 1860 at Sparrowbush, Orange Co., N.Y.
      James [Duncan] Dobbs, born Aug. the 23rd A.D. 1862 at Sparrowbush, Orange Co., N.Y.
      Kate Dobbs, born April the 20th A.D. 1864 at Sparrowbush, Orange Co., N.Y.
      John Archibald Dobbs, born Aug. the 31st, A.D. 1865 at Silver Creek, Stearns Co., Minn.
      Francis Minnesota Dobbs, Born Jan. 18th A.D. 1867 at Silver Creek, Sterns Co., Min.
      George Irvin Dobbs. born Sept. 8th A.D. 1869 at Silver Creek, Stearns Co., Minn.
      Wm. Emmet Dobbs, born August 5th A.D. 1871 at Silver Creek, Stearns Co., Minn.
      Ralph Hamilton Dobbs, born Aug. 21st 1873, A.D. at Silver Creek, Town of West -- Todd Co., Minn.
      Lydia Ethel Dobbs, born Nov. 20th A.D. 1875, Silver Creek, Todd Co., Minn.
      Harry & Hiram Dobbs, born Aug. 28 A.D. 1878 at Silver Creek, Todd Co., Minn
      Chester Coleman Dobbs, Born A.D. 1879 Augt 19th at Silver Creek, Todd Co., Minn.
      Hiram Dobbs, died at Silver Creek, Aug. 30th A.D., 1878 aged 2 days
      Harry Dobbs, died at Silver Creek, Sept.19th A.D., 1878 aged 23 days
      Lydia Ethel Dobbs, died at Silver Creek, March 20th A.D. 1879, aged 3 years, 4 months
      [Francis] Minnesota Dobbs Cleary, Died at Sauk Centre, Minn. Dec 22, 1899, aged 32 years 11 months 15 days
      Wm. E. Dobbs July 19, 1913 at Minneapolis


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