Duncans in Seneca Co. OH


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

Last revised May 25, 2012

Formed 1820 from Huron


1830-1840 Seneca Co. OH Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Seneca Co. OH Census
(handwritten page numbers without parentheses; stamped page numbers within parentheses)
Tiffin City
Pg.881 (441), #788, Josiah DUNCAN 26 OH marble dealer $250
                  Julia 24 OH
                  Alia A. (f) 2 OH
                  (MAD: Josiah Duncan mar. Julia Osborn 28 Oct. "1837" Trumbull Co. OH; 1860 Monroe Co. IA census)

1860-1870 Seneca Co. OH Census
      No Duncan indexed


Seneca Co. OH Deed Indexes
   Deed index, vol.1 (grantors) 1821-1849 (FHL film 1,303,088 item 2)
      No Duncan
   General index to deeds (grantees), vol.1 1822-1849 (FHL film 1,303,089 item 1)
      No Duncan (to Vol.20)
   General index to deeds (grantors), vol.2 1847-1861, deed books 21-35 (FHL film 1,303,089 item 2)
      23-690: Duncan, J. by Sheriff to Xavier Werley, $160, inlot 272 New Fort Ball, Kind of instrument: "S" (Sale?), 22 day 8 month 1851 year
   General index to deeds (grantees), vol.2 1834-1861, deed books 21 to 35, to 1861 (FHL film 1,303,090 item 1)
      21-94: Duncan, Josiah from Josiah Hedges, $300, inlot 272 New Ft. Ball, Warranty, 1 day 12 month 1849 year
      22-277: Duncan, J. from Samuel Pew, $150, inlot 272 New Ft. Ball, Q.C., 7 day 2 month 1850 year
   General index to deeds (grantors), vol.3 1854 -1870, deed books 38 to 52, 1863-1870 (FHL film 1,303,090 item 2)
      No Duncan

Seneca Co. OH Deeds
      21-94: 1 Dec. 1849, Josiah Hedges of Seneca Co. OH, for $300 paid, sell to Josiah Duncan and Samuel Pew, premises in Seneca Co. OH, InLot 272 in town of New Fort Ball in Seneca Co. OH, warrant title. /s/ Josiah Hedges. Wit. C.K. Johnson, N. Redd. Josiah Hedges appeared 1 Dec. 1849 before Nathaniel Redd, J.P. Recorded Dec. 5, 1849. (FHL film 382,643)
      22-277: 7 Feb. 1850, Samuel Pew and wife Sarah Pew of Seneca Co. OH for $150 paid, sell to Josiah Duncan of afsd, our interest to parcel of land, InLot No.272 in Town of New Fort Ball in Seneca Co. OH, with appurtenances. /s/ Samuel Pew, Sarah Pew. Wit. N. Redd, Rachel Gaver. 7 Feb. 1850, Samuel Pew and Sarah Pew appeared before N. Redd, J.P. Recorded Jan. 24, 1851. (FHL film 382,644)
      23-690/691: That at 8 April 1851 session of Court of Common Pleas for Seneca Co. OH, by virtue of proceedings as a Court of Chancery in a suit, Robert Jewell complainant and Josiah Duncan respondent, decree rendered against respondent for $167.14 with costs, Stephen M. Ogden Sheriff of Seneca Co. appointed Commissioner, to sell InLot 272 in town of New Fort Ball, now the Second Ward of City of Tiffin, the respondent failed to make payment ... Sheriff on 16 June 1851 sold to Xavier Werley for $160, the highest bid and more than 2/3 the appraised value, THEREFORE Stephen M. Ogden, Sheriff, sell to said Xavier Wherle the afsd lot, 25 Aug. 1851. /s/ S.M. Ogden, Sheriff. Wit. N. Redd, Asa Way?. Stephen M. Ogden appeared 22 Aug. 1851 before Nathaniel Redd, J.P. Recorded May 17, 1852. (FHL film 382,644)

HISTORIES before 1923

"History of Seneca County : from the close of the Revolutionary War to July, 1880 : embracing many personal sketches of pioneers, anecdotes, and faithful descriptions of events pertaining to the organization of the county and its progress" by W. Lang; pub. Springfield, Ohio: Transcript Print. Co., 1880, 717 pgs. (LH8186, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,000,340 item 2)
      Pg.535-536: Eden Township. JOHN SEARLES was born in Anne Arundel county, Maryland, February 20, 1775, on a farm where he was raised. He was drafted to the army in 1812, after he was married and had settled near the town of New Lancaster, Ohio. He moved from there in the fall of 1820, with his wife and seven children, to this county and occupied for a while one of the block houses of the old Fort Ball, where he lived in one room with his whole family. ... In the spring of 1821, Mr. Searles helped to open a road from Tiffin to Rocky creek, where the church now stands, and where he had bought 167 acres of land. Here he built a cabin in the woods, and in 1825 he built a frame barn which was probably the first one in the county. ... Mrs. Searles' maiden name was Duncan. They were the parents of nine children, five boys and four girls, of whom four sons and two daughters are still living. The foregoing was gathered from what Mr. Hezekiah Searles related, and he goes on to say: ... "Father died May 14, 1844 and mother October 30, 1871." (MAD: 1860 Seneca Co. OH census index, Jane Searles age 80 b.PA, children up to age 49 b.OH)

1905 "The Duncan and Gibson Families" by Hugh Welch Duncan (FHL book 929.273 D912d and film 1,303,260 item 14)
      The book contains information on JAMES DUNCAN who lived at Chestnut Level, York Co. PA, died prior to 1770, wife Elizabeth; children: Robert lived in Lower Chanceford, York Co. PA; John settled in Fairfield Co. OH; James settled in Beaver Co. PA; ANDREW DUNCAN Sr. of York Co. PA; Mary married Joseph Reed of Lower Chanceford, York Co. PA; and Elizabeth married Mr. Yocum and lived near Slate Ridge, MD. The book also gives much information about the children and grandchildren. One son of Andrew Duncan Sr. by his second wife was
      Washington Duncan, born on the old York Co. farm March 28, 1810, d. at Bucyrus, [Crawford Co.] Ohio, June 7, 1888, buried in Oakwood cem. in that town, mar. Eliza, youngest daughter of John and Jannette Coe Gibson, at her parent's home in Seneca Co. OH, December 22, 1836, Rev. Dunton performed the ceremony. Eliza Gibson was b. in Jefferson Co. OH, near Steubenville, March 11, 1810, d. in Bucyrus, January 27, 1890, bd. in Oakwood cem. ... On the death of his father, the care of the farm and family devolved upon Washington. .... Washington and a friend, Anderson, in the Fall of 1831 "footed it over the mountains" into Ohio, returning in June 1832. In May 1833 the family "went West" by wagon ... in November purchased land in Texas Twp., Crawford Co. ... in 1877 the family moved to Bloomville, Seneca Co., and in June 1886 to Bucyrus.

"Historical & Biographical Sketch, One Branch of the Williamson Family, 1745-1906" by Rev. Robert Duncan Williamson (Library of Congress book CS71.W729 1906)
      Pg.14+: Chapter III. Mother's Ancestry and a Part of Her History. Catherine Duncan Williamson, our mother, was the youngest daughter but one of Andrew Duncan and Anne Smith. She was born in York Co. PA, July 11, 1788, about two miles from Cross Roads and three miles from the old Round Hill Presbyterian Church.
      Her grandfather and grandmother, James and Elizabeth Duncan, were natives of Ireland, of Scotch-Irish birth, and came to this country from the North of Ireland about the year 1748 or 1750, locating in the eastern part of PA in what was then known as Lancaster Co. They had four sons and two daughters, James, Robert, John and Andrew, and Mary and Elizabeth. (Smith parents not copied here.)
      Andrew Duncan, mother's father was born in York Co. PA March 10, 1750. He was the youngest son of James and Elizabeth Duncan of Chestnut Level, Lancaster Co. PA, near Piquea. James Duncan was no doubt the son of Andrew or William Duncan, who came into the country from Perthshire, Scotland, about 1722 or 1730. Andrew, William and Thomas were sons of William Duncan, and Margaret McMurdo of Dumfries, Scotland. William was a son of Rev. William of Perthshire, a martyr of 1690. The above seems to be our ancestry on mother's side of the house, and until disproved we accept it, and it is an ancestry of which we may well feel proud. Ann Smith, his wife, mother's mother, was born June 7, 1755, and died October 15, 1805, aged 50 years, 4 months and 8 days.
      Andrew Duncan and Anne Smith were married June 18, 1772. The first wife died October 15, 1805, when he was married the 2nd time to Elizabeth Andrews, June 27, 1809.
      The children of Andrew Duncan and Anne Smith ...
      Children of Elizabeth Andrews, 2nd wife of Andrew Duncan:
      11. Washington, b. March 28, 1810, married Dec. 22, 1836, to Eliza Gibson; shortly after father's death, Washington & sister Anne Eliza and mother moved to Seneca Co. OH ... Children: Sarah Jane Myers, Anne Elizabeth Feighner, Celia Emeline Canary, Polly Ellen Smith, Arthur M., Hugh Welsh now an attorney in Los Angeles CA, 7 & 8 are dead.
      12. Second child was a dau. who died before she was christened.
      13. Sampson, born Feb. 13, 1814, died Jan. 12, 1820.
      14. Anne Elizabeth or Eliza, born June 26, 1817, m. Feb. 22, 1838 to Arthur Andrews, and after living a while in Seneca Co., returned to Bucyrus where at last accounts she was still living. She had no children.

1880 "History of Clear Creek and Boulder Valleys, Colorado" by O.L. Baskin (from Kathy Cawley 4/2004 by email; MAD: 1860 Crawford Co. OH census)
      Pg.506: DR. ARTHUR M. DUNCAN. Although Dr. Duncan may be termed a "newcomer" at Georgetown, yet he has become a permanent citizen of the place, is prominently identified with the medical profession, and we are glad to notice him in this work. The Doctor is by birth an Ohian. He was born Jan. 18, 1850, near Tifflin, in Seneca Co., Ohio. He was raised on a farm and received a practical education. He taught school for some time previous to entering his profession. In the fall of 1872, he started on an extensive trip, which he protracted a considerable time, through the West. After spending some months in Missouri and Kansas and "roughing" for a time in Colorado, he went to California, where he remained for nearly a year, and during the time taught a five-months' term of school. He was for a short time Deputy County Superintendent of Schools at Modesto, Cal. About the middle of June, 1874, he took a steamer and returned by way of the Isthmus of Panama to New York. The Doctor relates many interesting reminiscences of his travels through the West -- his experiences with the Indians, Mexicans, etc. After retuning to the East, he attended college one year, and then began the study of medicine. He took two courses of lectures at Columbus, Ohio, and subsequently went to New York and attended the Bellevue Hospital Medical College, where he graduated in 1878. He remained in New York some time afterward for the purpose of receiving instruction in special departments. In July, 1878, Dr. Duncan went to Albion, Mich., and continued successfully until the spring of 1880. In May following, he came to Colorado and located in Georgetown, and immediately began the practice of his profession. The Doctor has made many stanch (sp) friends at Georgetown, and is rapidly establishing a reputation, which will insure him an extensive and lucrative practice.


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