Duncans in Portage Co. OH


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

Last revised April 21, 2008

Formed 1808 from Trumbull
Medina formed 1812 from Portage
Huron formed 1815 from Portage, Cuyahoga
Summit formed 1840 from Portage, Medina, Stark


1820 Portage Co. OH Census
Nor. Twp.
Pg.45A  John Duncan          220010        - 22010

1830 Portage Co. OH Census
Nor. Twp.
Pg.178  John Duncan          1211,1001     - 0021,101
        Robert Duncan        0000,1        - 1000,1

1840 Portage Co. OH Census
Mantua Twp.
Pg.184  John N. Duncan       1000,1        - 0000,1

1850 Porgage Co. OH Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Portage Co. OH Census
Pg.49, #773-763, Royal B. CORK? (COIT?) 34 OH farmer $4640-$944
                  Julia A. 36 OH
                  Bessy TABOR 14 MI domestic
                  Alice DUNCAN 19 OH domestic
                  Stephen BEAL 35 ENG farmer $3100-$940

1870 Portage Co. OH Census
Shalersville Twp.
Pg.479, #93-92, COIT, Noble (m) 40 OH farmer $9600-$1450
                  Jane 35 OH keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Rosa 12, Jennie 8 OH attending school
                  Addie 4 OH
                  SMITH, Homer 18 OH farm laborer, father of foreign birth
                  DUNKIN, Elsie 25 OH domestic servant, parents of foreign birth
                  STERLING, Alexander 78 SCT without occupation, parents of foreign birth


Portage Co. OH Deeds (1795-1917 index C-E on FHL film 900,894)
      Duncan on pg. 257; Dungan on pg. 266, not copied
      15-534: 31 Dec. 1852, (indexed: John Duncan al by Shff to Wm. T. Mather, 50a Boston Twp lot 1); Court suit in Court of Common Pleas, on 24 Oct. 1831 Benjamin Dole recovered $153.18 against James Brown, John Duncan and John Gallaway, sheriff to seize land and sell it to highest bidder to pay judgement, he seized and sold part of lot 1. (FHL film 899,068)
      27-345: 15 June 1831, Mendwell P. Granger and Francis Granger of Canandaugua in Ontario Co. NY, trustees of will of Gideon Granger late of same, by Calvin Pease of Warren, Trumbull Co. OH, attorney, to John Duncan of Northfield, Portage Co. OH, for $347, land in T5? R11 in Connecticut Western Reserve in State of OH, North part of lot 58 (indexed: 100 acres Northfield lot 58). Wit. Joseph H. Larwill, Saml. Storkwether. (FHL film 899,073)
      27-346: 10 May 1832, Andrew J. Stanford and wife Rachel (X), both of Boston, Portage Co. OH, to John Duncan of Northfield Twp, Portage Co. OH, for $200, land in Twp. (not given), R11, lot 58 (indexed: 54 acres Northfield lot 58). Wit. Andrew Johnston, Wm. Clarke. (FHL film 899,073)
      28-269: 29 June 1836, William O. Taylor of Northfield Twp, Portage Co. OH, to Robert Duncan of same, for $835, lot #5 in R11 of Northfield Twp, and S. part of lot 68, being 83-1/2 acres. Wit. George Lillie, F. Lillie. (FHL film 899,074)
      56-734: 3 Nov. 1851, Gabriel Beebe to Mary Duncan, 5.54a Ravenna lot 2
      69-18: 1 May 1856, John G. Dungan to H.E. Norton
      90-339: 13 March 1866, John Duncan to Alex Sterling Jr., 21a Shalersville lot 75, heir of Chiles? Sterling
      (next deed 1886, Charles F. Duncan, not copied)


Portage Co. OH Probate Indexes (FHL film 891,354)
      Probate Docket v.1 1819-41 - no Duncan
      Probate Docket v.2 1834-53 - no Duncan
      Admin. Docket v.3 1848-57 - no Duncan

HISTORIES before 1923

1898 "A Portrait and biographical record of Portage and Summit Counties, Ohio : containing biographical sketches of many prominent and representative citizens, together with portraits and biographies of all the presidents of the United States, and biographies of the governors of Ohio" pub. by A.W. Bowen, also 1906 (FHL book 977.13 D3p and film 1,000,336 item 5; from Charles A. Duncan 5/1987)
      Pg.731: Charles Duncan, an ex-soldier of the Civil war, and now a respected citizen of Mantua Station, Portage Co. OH, was born in Red Creek, Wayne Co. NY, August 31, 1844, a son of James and Mahala Duncan.
      James Duncan, father of Charles, was born in Scotland in 1799, was taught blacksmithing under the good old thorough Scotch methods, and at the age of 27 years came to the U.S., located in Troy [Rensselaer Co.], NY, where he worked at his trade for many years in the Troy Mills, his specialty being ax-making, and later moved to Red Creek. He married a widow, Miss Mahala Withington, who bore the maiden name of Williams, and who was of Puritan stock, and whose father was a soldier in the war of 1812. The children born to this marriage were named Mahala, James, Phebe, Charles, Francis, Maryette and Henry. The father of this family was called to rest in Red Creek, at about the age of 77 years, dying in the faith of the Presbyterian church.
      Charles Duncan was taught blacksmithing by his father and worked at his trade until August 12, 1862, when he enlisted, at Red Creek, in Co. G, 138th NY Vol. Inf., but was soon afterward transferred to the 9th NY Heavy Art., 6th Army Corp, 3rd Div., 3rd Brigade, under Col. William A. Seward, in which he served until honorably discharged in July, 1865, at Syracuse NY, ...
      September 12, 1876, Mr. Duncan married, at Sterling [Cayuga Co.], NY, Miss Isabella Van Patten, dau. of Christian C. Van Patten, and in 1877 came to OH and settled at Mantua Station, Portage Co., where he has ever since successfully followed his trade. To the marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Duncan has been born one child, Ward C., now a youth of great promise. ...


Index to Summit Co. OH Deeds, Transcribed from Portage, Trumbull, Stark and Medina Cos. OH, 1795-1840 (FHL film 854,320)
      BB-626: 11 April 1834, James and E.F. Duncan to Jacob Rowe, Franklin Twp, Sec. 27, $800 (Portage Co. P-504)
      J-279: 31 Dec. 1832, John Duncan by Shrf et al to Wm. T. Mather, Boston Twp lot #1, 50 acres, $787 (Portage Co. 15-534)
      No grantee index


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 Portage Co. OH:
      Thomas Duncom, 24 March 1820, mar. Martha Cossard
      John Duncan, 1825, on tax list ("Index of the OH 1825 Tax Duplicate" by Gerald M. Petty, 1981, FHL book 977.1 R42p, from Deone Penquite 10/1991)
      Robert Duncan, 7 Jan. 1830, mar. Jane Mills
      Hannah Duncan, 8 April 1833, mar. Wm. B. Hunt
      John Duncan, 28 Jan. 1835, mar. Jennette Stirling or Sterling
      Lorenzo Duncan, 12 March 1835, mar. Amanda G. Wrenn
      Mary Duncan, 19 Nov. 1835, mar. Bazel Viers
      Elizabeth Duncan, 25 Nov. 1836, mar. Francis Welch

The Portage Co. OH USGenWeb website, on the webpage for the city of Windham, Northfield Twp., includes mention of Elizabeth (McLean), wife of John Duncan, an early settler in 1815, and mention of Jane (Mills) who married Robert Duncan in 1830. (website address from Alan Adrianson 7/2002)


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