Duncans in Erie Co. OH


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

Last revised July 29, 2008

Formed 1838 from Huron, Sandusky
Ottawa formed 1840 from Erie, Sandusky, Lucas


1840 Erie Co. OH Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Erie Co. OH Census
Oxford Twp.
Pg.384, #18, John DUNKIN 23 England butcher
                  Mary 22 CT
                  Mary A. 2 OH
Portland Twp.
Pg.45, #729, Wm. DUNBIN 37 PA civil engineer $3000

1860 Erie Co. OH Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Erie Co. OH Census
Oxford Twp.
Pg.141-142, #170-160, ADAMS, George 40 ENG farmer $4,000-$250, parents of foreign birth
                  Hannah 38 ENG, parents of foreign birth
                  Charles 4, Mary 3 OH, parents of foreign birth
                  ADAMS, John 3/12 OH, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Aleck 16 OH farm hand
Perkins Twp.
Pg.148, #9-9, GALLOWAY, Simeon 53 PA farmer $1000-$300
                  Amelia 48 OH keeping house
                  Polly 17, Emma 9 OH
                  DUNCAN, Lidelia (f) 27 OH keeping house


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, Harmon, widow Duncan, Eleanor F.; D 7 & A 128 Ohio Inf., A Hoffman's Battln. Ohio Inf.; 1886 March 17, Invalid Appl. #566406, Cert. #488700; 1907 March 22, Widow Appl. #866132, Cert. #636118, Ohio. (MAD: ? 1880 Erie Co. OH)

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.1782-1783: PHILIP S. COWELL - an early settler of Erie county, the late Philip S. Cowell, of Margaretta township, ... son of Christopher and Rachel (Colbaugh) Cowell, natives of Pennsylvania, he was born in 1800 in Bradford county, PA, ... came in 1818 to Erie county, Ohio, locating at Castalia, while it was yet known as Margaretta township ... died April 3, 1869. In 1826 Philip S. Cowell married Mrs. Anna M. (Duncan) Snow, who was born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1796, and died February 12, 1890. Left an orphan in childhood, she came when quite young with an uncle to Bloomfield, Ohio, and was there during the exciting time of the terrible Indian massacre, when Mrs. Snow and her child were killed ... She subsequently married Erastus Snow, who died a few years later, leaving her with one child. Of her union with Mr. Cowell eight children were born, six sons and two daughters, of whom both daughters and the youngest child, Alvin T. Cowell, are now living. ... In December, 1871, Alvin T. Cowell married Catherine Cooper ... (MAD: Burlington, Chittenden Co. VT; Bloomfield, Knox Co. OH)

"A standard history of Erie County, Ohio : an authentic narrative of the past, with particular attention to the modern era in the commercial, industrial, civic, and social development : a chronicle of the people, with family lineage and memoirs" by Hewson L. Peeke; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1916, 1378 pgs. (LH8975, HeritageQuest images 5/2007 & 7/2007; FHL film 934,894 items 3-4)
      Pg.711-712: ALVIN T. COWELL, ... lived in the Castalia community, veteran of the Civil war, and now that he has passed the age of three score and ten ... He was born at Castalia, Ohio, March 21, 1844, a son of Philip S. and Annie M. (Duncan) Cowell. His father was a native of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and his mother of Burlington, Vermont. ... Annie Duncan Cowell was about six years of age when she came to Ohio with the family of Burdette Wood, who subsequently became a banker at Bellevue, Ohio, where he died. She grew to womanhood in the home of an uncle at Bloomingville in Erie County, and ... When she was about seventeen years of age she married Derastus P. Snow, who had lost his wife and child as a result of Indian attack at Castalia. After the death of Mr. Snow she was married in 1826 to Philip S. Cowell, who died in 1869. After that she lived in widowhood until her death in 1890, when in her ninety-fifth year. At that time she was probably the oldest of the pioneer women of Erie County, and was the last survivor of that group of early settlers who had to experience all the dangers and difficulties of the frontier. Philip S. Cowell, who was born in 1800, came from Pennsylvania to Castalia in 1818, when little more than a boy, ... farmer. Alvin T. Cowell ... Civil War, married Dec. 26, 1871, to Catherine Cooper, who was born in Mount Vernon, OH, a daughter of Cyrus and Sarah (Mitchell) Cooper; her father for many years a resident of Knox Co. Oh, ... On February 28, 1910, Mr. Cowell was called upon to mourn the loss of his faithful companion who had shared ... for nearly forty years. ... (MAD: children not copied) (MAD: Burlington, Chittenden Co. VT)


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