Duncans in Ashtabula Co. OH


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

Last revised July 15, 2012

Formed 1808 from Trumble, Geauga


1840 Ashtabula Co. OH Census
Gen. Twp.
Pg.276  Elijah Duncan      0000,0000,01  -  0100,0000,1

1850-1860 Ashtabula Co. OH Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Ashtabula Co. OH Census
Pg.147, #79-82, DUNCAN, Saml. 66 NY farmer $6000-$800, insane
                  Betsey 60 NY keeping house
                  (MAD: 1860 Lake Co. OH census)
Pg.147, #79-83, DUNCAN, John H. 23 OH farm laborer
                  Mary 26 MA ("Mass.")
                  Kalista (f) 5/12 MA


Ashtabula Co. OH Probate Records
      Vol. A, 1811-25 - no Duncan indexed (FHL film 890,157)
      Vol. B, 1826-33 - no Duncan indexed
      Vol. C, 1831-40 - no Duncan indexed (FHL film 890,158)
      Vol. D, 1836-44 - no Duncan indexed
      Vol. E, 1844-48 - no Duncan indexed (FHL film 890,159)
      Vol. F, 1845-51 - no Duncan indexed


Ashtabula Co. OH Deed index 1798-1887, Geneva Twp (index by twp only) (FHL film 965,554)
      No Duncan to 1861
      U-88: 9 Feb. 1836, Hiram Wiard and wife Lucy of Geneva Twp., Ashtabula Co. OH, to Elijah Dunton of same, 25 acres in great lot 2 (not copied further). (FHL film 965,574)
      30-10: 10 June 1844, Elijah Dunton and wife Lurviah Dunton of Geneva Twp., to S.P. Holden, same land. Both signed. (FHL film 969,451)


Lake Co. OH Execution Docket, Vol.F (FHL film 887,538; SLC 2/2009)
      F-177: Benj. Bissel Executor of Hezekiah King vs. William L. Duncan and Samuel Duncan. Fifa for costs Dec. 15, 1863, directed to Sheriff of Ashtabula Co., ... May 12, 1864.

HISTORIES before 1923

"History of the Western Reserve" by Harriet Taylor Upton; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1910, 2184 pgs. (LH7269, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 977.13 H2u v.1-3 and films 934,867 item 2 and 934,868 items 1-2)
      Pg.1416-1417: JOHN H. BRITTON, born January 24, 1832, in Van Buren township, Onondaga county, New York. John Britton with his wife and eight children, removed to Ashtabula county, Ohio, in 1835, ... John H. Britton married, in 1861, Margaret McClellan, then of Madison Co., one son, John Fremont Britton, resides formerly at Atlanta and now at New Orleans, married at Atlanta, Ida Duncan, and they have one daughter, Helen. (MAD: Atlanta, Fulton Co. GA)
      Pg.1504: TRUMAN HUNTLEY, farmer of Hartsgrove township, born in township of Donwich, Canada, April 2, 1848, son of Truman Frederick and Mary (Roach) Huntley. ... In 1879 Mr. Huntley married Elizabeth Hunt. Her grandfather William Hunt, a native of Connecticut, came from Pennsylvania to Mahoning county, Ohio, and later settled in Hartsgrove township, Ashtabula County, in 1836, ... Her parents were William B. and Hannah (Duncan) Hunt, the former, born in Pennsylvnia in 1804, died December 20, 1890, and the latter, born in 1807, died December 30, 1885. Mr. Huntley and his wife have no offspring.

"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.

"History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania : including its early settlement and progress to the present time, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its cities, towns and villages, religious, educational, social and military history, mining, manufacturing and commercial interests, improvements, resources, statistics, etc. : also portraits of some of its prominent men, and biographies of many of its representative citizens." (anonymous); pub. Chicago, Ill.: A. Warner & Co., 1889, 1546 pgs. (LH7643, HeritageQuest images 4/2007 & 6/2007; FHL book 974.885 H2a pt.1-2 and film 844,898 item 1 and 845,436 item 2 and 1,000,539 item 1 and fiche 6,088,079 to 6,088,080)
      Vol.III, part II, [Vol.II] pg.361: DANIEL S. DUNCAN, superintendent of Sharpsburg water-works, was born in Ashtabula county, Ohio, in 1861, a son of Warren Duncan, a prominent contract carpenter of Cleveland, Ohio. Daniel was educated in the public schools of Painesville, Ohio, and followed the machinist's trade several years (MAD: sic), in which he was successful, having had charge of several places. In 1886 he came to Pennsylvania, and followed a commercial life. In 1887 he took charge of Sharpsburg water-works, which he has done successfully. In 1888 he married Miss Swindells, a teacher in the public school, and a daughter of William Swindells, an old resident of Sharpsburg. Mr. Duncan, in all his undertakings in life, has met with success.


Obituary from the Ashtabula Sentinel, Ashtabula Co. OH, on December 10, 1885 (from Alan Adrianson 8/2003)
      RECENT DEATHS - Another Pioneer Gone.
      Died in Hartsgrove, on Monday morning about 8 o'clock, Nov. 30th. Hannah wife of Wm. B. Hunt, aged 78 years and 27 days. Her funeral was attended on Wednesday with Rev. A. T. Copeland to perform the religious services. She was born in Youngstown [MAD: then Trumbull Co., now Mahoning Co.], O. Nov. 3, 1807, and with her parents when quite young, moved to Northfield, Summit county, O. and was married to Wm. B. Hunt in Hudson, Portage county, O. April 8, 1833, and resided in Canfield about three years, and then with her husband and two small children came to Hartsgrove when it was a wilderness and when the wolves prowled through the forest and made the nights hideous with their howlings; and shared the hardships and privations incident to pioneer life. About seven years ago she had a shock of paralysis which caused her to become nearly helpless and had to be drawn about in her chair, and on the 16th of Oct. last she had another very hard shock which made her perfectly helpless and remained so while she lived. She was a member of the M. E. Church about 53 years and at the last she said her trust was in her Saviour. She leaves an aged companion and five children to mourn her departure.

Obituary from the Ashtabula Sentinel, Ashtabula Co. OH, on January 1, 1891 (from Alan Adrianson 8/2003)
      Wm. Bradshaw Hunt, was born in Dallas, Luzerne Co., Pa., March 21st, 1804, and died in Hartsgrove, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, Dec. 20th, 1890, after a very severe illness of but 22 hours, being taken suddenly on Friday a.m. in usual health. Everything was done that could be, to restore him, but of no avail, death released him of his sufferings.
      His parents were Wm. Hunt and Susanaah Lovel Hunt. He was the 5th of a family of 13 children, two dying young and 11 grown to man and womanhood, most of whom were heads of families. In the fall of 1829, he came with his father's family to Ohio, and settled in Canfield, then Trumbull Co. Here he had his only experience in district school teaching and "boarding 'round," of which he delighted to relate with mirthful glee. He married Miss Hannah Duncan, April 8th, 1833, in Hudson, Portage Co., O. They resided in Canfield about 3 years, when he moved his family, wife and two small boys to Hartsgrove, in the fall of 1836. His brother Seymour and family coming also, settling 3/4 mile north of the Center, when the township was a dense forest and wolves prowled around and made the nights hideous with howling. He shared the hardships incident to a pioneer life. He held many responsible township trusts all through his long and useful life. He acted as chorister of the M. E. Church. He raised a family of six children, three boys and three girls. His oldest son John D. Hunt, died April 19, 1881, and the youngest, Lincoln, Nov. 29th, 1890. All the rest survive him. Harvey B. Hunt of Ithica, Mich., and Mrs. Emily Pritchard, Ithica, Mich., and Mrs. R. A. Kemper, of Mansfield, Indiana, and Mrs. Elizabeth Huntley and husband, who so tenderly cared for him and mother and brother, in their long years of suffering and affliction. They, of all his family, will miss father most, when removed so sudden from the endearing ties of the old home. He has been a member of the M. E. Church from early life, and lived a faithful, consistent christian for over 60 years. His last words were, "Libbie, don't feel bad, but meet me in heaven, and tell all my children and friends to meet me there." Many years ago he selected for his funeral text, Hebrews 4th chapter, 6 to the 9th verse. "Father, thou hast gone to rest, and this shall be our prayer, that when we reach our journey's end, the glory we may share."

Some early Duncans in Ashtabula Co. OH:
      Hannah Duncan, ca 1830, wife of William Bradshaw Hunt who was born 21 March 1804 perhaps Luzerne Co. PA, died 20 Dec. 1890 in Hartsgrove, Ashtabula Co. OH, son of William Hunt who bought land in Canfield, Mahoning Co. OH in 1829, which he sold in June 1830 when he moved to Hartsgrove, Ashtabula Co. OH. (from pg.131, "The Early Hunt Families of Sharon, CT, and Surrounding Areas of Litchfield Co." by Mitchell J. Hunt, in Vol.31#3, Feb. 1989, "Connecticut Ancestry" by Stamford CT Gen. Society (from Dale O. Duncan 9/1989)


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