Duncans in Juniata Co. PA


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

Last revised August 30, 2014

Formed 1831 from Mifflin


1840 Juniata Co. PA Census
Walker Twp.
Pg.204  William Duncan       1000,01     - 1000,01
Tuscarora Twp.
   254  William Duncan       0111,001    - 0000,1001
        John Duncan          0010,01     - 1100,01
        James R. Duncan      1000,001    - 1020,1

1850 Juniata Co. PA Census
Pg.188, #309, W. DUNCAN (m) 45 PA laborer
                  M. (f) 64 PA
                  J. (m) 25, Jno. 23 PA
                  E. (m) 20 PA
Pg.188, #310, Jno. DUNCAN 47 PA laborer
                  E. (f) 44 PA
                  W.W. (m) 12, G. (m) 7 PA
                  Robt. 3 PA
Pg.189, #335, J. BONER (m) 28 PA farmer
                  M.A. (f) 27 PA & children ages 3 to 1
                  A. DUNCAN (f) 28 PA pauper
Pg.214, #654, Tho. MARIS (m) 40 IRE
                  K. (f) 31 IRE & children ages 9 to 3 PA
                  J. DUNCAN (f) 13 PA
                  (MAD: indexed A. Duncan)
Pg.275, #1567, David BROUGHT 50 PA farmer $800
                  Jane 50 PA & children ages 19 to 5
                  Danl. DUNCAN 19 PA laborer

1860 Juniata Co. PA Census
Jack Twp.
Pg.655, #1172-1176, John DUNCAN 31 PA farmer $400-$225
                  Mary 31 PA
                  Ephriam W. 2 PA
                  (MAD: 1870 Saunders Co. NE census by way of IN)
Tuscarora Twp.
Pg.835, #399-401, William DUNCAN 60 PA laborer $0-$100
                  Mary 74 PA
                  Ephriam 30 PA carpenter
Pg.840, #444-446, John DUNCAN 38 PA laborer $0-$0
                  Mary 33 PA
                  John 8, Molley 6 PA
                  (none younger)
Pg.850, #509-511, James DUNCAN 37 PA farmer $400-$500
                  Eliza 25 PA
                  Alexander 1 PA

1870 Juniata Co. PA Census
Lack Twp.
Pg.403, #233-225, PECK, Morrison 38 PA carpenter $330-$150
                  Jane 20 IL keeping house
                  Jesse (m) 4 PA at home
                  Jane 2 PA
Pg.403, (#234-226), DUNCAN, John 43 PA farm laborer
                  Maria 37 PA keeping house
                  Jacob 13 PA at home
(next household #235-227)
Pg.404, #243-235, KRUX?, Kate 35 PA keeping house $450-$130
                  KIRK, Stuart 27 PA farm hand
                  DUNCA, Anna 45 PA idiot
                  (MAD: indexed Anna Duncan)
Tuscarora Twp.
Pg.488, #71-72, DUNCAN, James 46 PA farmer $300-$100
                  Eliza 35 PA
                  Alexander 11, Henry 9 PA
Pg.488, #72-73, DUNCAN, Ephraim 69 PA at home $0-$0, father of foreign birth
                  Mary 84 PA
                  Ephraim 39 PA carpenter $80-$0


Juniata Co. PA Misc. Index, Grantors (FHL film 941,752; SLC 7/23/2014)
      D-529: Agreement, Duncan, Wm., John & Richard to Hannah Speelman, 1844
      Quit 1860
      Others were releases, bonds, powers of attorney, etc.
Juniata Co. PA Misc. Index, Grantees (FHL film 941,753; SLC 7/23/2014)
      D-529: Duncan, John et al from Hannah Speelman, 1844

Juniata Co. PA Deed Indexes, 1833+; copied to 1860 (SLC 7/25/2014)
   Grantors (FHL film 941,736)
      J-566: Duncan, Benjamin S. & wife to William McKinsick, 1861
      J-296: Duncan, James & wife to Andrew J. Ferguson, 1861
      H-594: Duncan, Thomas to Benjamin S. Duncan, 1858
      E-562: Duncan, William A. & wife to Penna Rail Road Co., 1848
      F-695: Duncan, William A. & wife to David B. Cox, 1852
      J-210: Duncan, William & wife to Ephram Duncan, 1861
      AC-169: Duncan, William H. & wife to Ephraim Duncan, 1891
   Grantees (FHL film 941,740)
      Did not copy Duncan from Duncan, above
      K-208: Duncan, Eliza from Jesse McClure & wife, 1865
      D-530: Duncan, John from Elizabeth Harrel, 1844
      B-172: Duncan, William A. from Alexander S. Hayes & wife, 1836

Juniata Co. PA Deeds (SLC 7/26/2014)
   Deed Book B-C, 1835-1840 (FHL film 941,745)
      B-172/173: 24 Oct. 1835, Alexander L. Hayes Esq. of City of Lancaster, PA, and Isabella his wife, to William A. Duncan of East Donegal Twp, Dauphin Co. PA to Benjamin S. Duncan of afsd, for $600 paid, sell tract of land in Delaware Twp, Juniata Co. PA, being the same tract of land conveyed by James Burns and Caites Burns, his wife, to party of first part by deed 7 March 1857, containing 99 acres and 75 perches and allowances, with improvements, ... and appurtenances, forever, warrant title. /s/ Thomas Duncan. Wit. Thomas H. Ruethee?, John L. Frois?. Received from Benjamin S. Duncan $600 in full, /s/ Thomas Duncan. Ack. July 17, 1858, before John Roth, J.P., Dauphin Co. Recorded 16 Nov. 1858. (FHL film 941,749)
   Deed Book J, 1860-1864 (FHL film 941,750)
      J-210/211: Deed, William Duncan & wife to Ephraim Duncan. William Duncan of Tuscarora Twp, Juniata Co. PA, and Mary his wife, for $50 paid by Ephrem Duncan of same place, have sold to said Ephraim Duncan all their estate, right, title, ... whatsoever to a trace or parcel of land in Tuscarora Twp upon said adj. lands of James Duncan, Jesse McCline and others, beg. at a post, then south ... along Jesse McClure's land, then ... to the beginning, containing 8 acres and 68 perches with allowance of 6% for roads &c, being a parcel of ground for which there is no office right but which said William Duncan and Mary his wife holds by a peaceable possession and improvement of over 30 years, together with the rights, members? and appurtenances belonging, ... subject to the payment of the arrearages due the Commonwealth for patenting the same, and William Duncan granted premises the said Ephraim Duncan against him the said William Duncan against all and every other person whomsoever claiming, and will warrant and forever defend by these presents. 4 Feb. 1860. /s/ Wm. Duncan, Mary (X) Duncan. Wit. John Sarvis, Francis Bartley. Received the day of the above deed poll $50, being the consideration money mentioned in full, /s/ Wm. Duncan, wit. John Sarvis. Ack. 4 Feb. 1860 before Francis Bartly, Esq, J.P. of Juniata Co. Recorded 5 Feb. 1861. (FHL film 941,750)
      J-296/297: Deed, James Duncan & wife to Andrew J. Ferguson. 10 June 1861, James Duncan and Eliza his wife of Juniata Co. PA, to A.J. Furguson of afsd, for $55 paid, sell two lots of land in Tuscarora Twp, county & state afsd, Lot No.1 bounded by lands of Thomas & Paul Laughlin & James Duncan, having erected a log dwelling house and log stable, for further description see draft made by D. Coyle, surveyed April 7, 1856, containing 1 acre; Lot No.2 lays and bounded by lands E.L. Anderson on North East, Thos. & Paul Laughlin the South East, and Jesse McClure on North West, see draft made by G.W. Jacobs, Jan. 30, 1855, being land taken up by warrant by James Duncan in 1855, all in county & state afsd, containing 16 acres and 13 perches, together with improvements, ... and appurtenances, and all the interest ... whatsoever of said James Duncan and Eliza his wife, and said James Duncan & Eliza his wife (warrant title). /s/ James (X) Duncan, Eliza (X) Duncan. Wit. Mathew Clark, Joseph Lavsey. Received the date of the within indenture of the within named A.J. Ferguson the sum of $55 in full, /s/ James (X) Duncan. Ack. 10 June 1861 before Mathew Clark, J.P. for Juniata Co. Recorded 12 June 1861. (FHL film 941,750)
      J-566/567: Deed, B.S. Duncan to William McKissick. 15? (13?) Jan. 1861, Benjamin S. Dunkin and Priscilla his wife of Dauphin Co. PA to William McKissick of afsd, for $200 paid, have sold all the right, title and interest to tract of land, situated in Delaware Twp, Juniata Co. PA, bounded, ... adj. lands of John Lukins in right of David Griffith, thence south ... adj. lands ---, then ... to stones on formerly? land supposed vacant, then north ... adj. land of Thompson in right of Woods and Thompson in right of Nathan Griffith to the beginning, containing 99 acres and 75 perches, surveyed 21 March 1860 per warrant granted to Joseph McNaughtin dated 12 June 1849 and being same tract of land which was conveyed to Benjamin S. Duncan by Thomas Dunkin by deed 1858, with improvements, etc. /s/ Benjamin Duncan, Prisillia M. Duncan. Wit. Gormer Garrison? (faint). Recd. the above date of William McKinsick $300. /s/ Benj. S. Duncan, Priscillia M. Duncan. Ack. 12 Jan. 1861 before John C. Westfall, J.P., Dauphine Co. PA. Recorded March 20, 1863. (FHL film 941,750)
   Deed Book K, 1864-1866 (FHL film 941,751)
      K-208/209: 6 May 1864, Jesse McClure of Waterford, Juniata Co. PA, and Elizabeth his wife, to Eliza Duncan of afsd, for $150 paid, sell messuage or tenament and tract of land in Tuscarora Twp, adj. lands of Thomas & Paul Laughlin, James Mains? and others, ... containing 43 acres and 54 perches more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Jesse McClure, Elizabeth McClure. Wit. Thomas Marrow, Francis Bantley. Received May 26, 1864, of Eliza Duncan $350 in full, /s/ Jesse McClure, wit. Thomas Marrow. Ack. by Jesse McClure and Elizabeth his wife before Francis Baittey, J.P., Juniata Co. PA. Recorded Feb. 7, 1865. (FHL film 941,751)

HISTORIES before 1923

1904 "Portrait & Biographical Record of Western OR" pub. by Chapman Pub. Co. (from C.T. Duncan 7/2006 from IN State Library)
      Pg.920-921: Henry C. Duncan. In tracing the ancestry of the Duncan family, we find the grandfather, William A. Duncan, to have been a native of Scotland and prior to that time the family name was CORNFORD. During the Revolutionary war, on account of a difference of opinion in sympathy with the British cause, the grandfather changed his name to DUNCAN, his mother's maiden name. He was a sea-faring man and finally died at sea, leaving an only son, William A. Jr., the father of Henry C. Born in 1802 near Philadelphia, PA, he early learned the blacksmith's trade and many useful years of his life were spent in the pursuits of that occupation, but his later years were passed in that peaceful and independent calling, farming. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Liechty, of German descent, born in Lancaster Co. PA about 1810. She bore her husband the following six children: Alexander, deceased; Henry C.; Matilda, deceased; Sarah, the widow of the late William Himilwright, of Shelby Co. OH; William A. who died at Camp Nelson during the Civil war while serving as a private in the Fourth Indiana Volunteer Cavalry; and Eliza, also deceased. Removing to Ohio about 1850, the parents of these children located in Independence, Defiance Co., and soon after their removal to that section both passed to their eternal rest, the year 1850 marking the date of their demise.
      Near the city of Mexico, in Juniata Co., PA, May 16, 1836, Henry C. Duncan first saw the light of day, and his boyhood days were spent in attending school in this vicinity and later in Ohio, after the removal of the family to that state. Deprived of both parents early in life, he started out to make his way in the world at the early age of fifteen years, being scantily fitted for the battle of life. His first manual labor was performed in the capacity of laborer on the Wabash and Miami canal, and for six years he was employed in canal work. Thirsting for adventure, in the spring of 1858 he joined a military company in Ohio and started for Utah to engage in an active campaign against the Mormons but before reaching their destination the order was revoked and Mr. Duncan proceeded on to Kansas and for a brief time thereafter he followed teaming in the government service, driving a six-mule team in the transfer of government supplies to Camp Floyd, Utah. In the fall of the same year he determined to proceed to California and while upon the Sierra Nevada mountains he was caught in a snow storm and was obliged to leave everything, being thankful to escape with his life, and finally succeeded in reaching Marysville, where he spent the winter.
      As the mining camps appeared to offer great inducements to the fortune seeker, in the spring of 1859 he went into Shasta county, and followed mining in that section but was not successful. Removing in 1860 to Jackson county, Ore., he persevered in his efforts and continued to work in the mines near Jacksonville, with little or no success until 1871, and realizing that he could not make a fortune in that way he discontinued that line of work and turned his attention to other things.
      Mr. Duncan first became identified with Klamath county in 1871, by taking up a pre-emption claim in Langells valley and for two years thereafter he followed stock-raising there, but on account of the Modoc war was forced to leave his place and seek safety in Klamath Falls during the winter of 1873. He subsequently established what is known as Parker's station and remained there until 1877. The two years following were spent at Ashland and he then returned to Langells valley with a herd of cattle which he had bought, but the severe winter which followed caused him to lose everything, and once more he found himself at the bottom of the ladder. Undaunted, he returned to Ashland and secured employment in various capacities and by industry and thrift accumulated his small savings and in 1881 went to Montana, once more investing his money in stock. For several years thereafter he followed farm pursuits and stock-raising in that section, but in 1884 he disposed of his interest there and again took up his residence in Oregon. Purchasing a farm in Klamath county three miles north of Langells Valley post-office, he has continued to follow the stock business there ever since. His farm of eighty acres is finely improved and he gives especial attention to the raising of cattle, horses and mules, having about one hundred and eighty head of cattle.
      The marriage of Mr. Duncan, June 25, 1866 in Jackson county, united him with Mary A. Kilgore, a daughter of James Kilgore; Mrs. Duncan was born July 20, 1847, and she and her husband now have three sons, William A., Alfred C. and Henry E., all at home. Politically Mr. Duncan is allied with the Republican party in national issues, but believes in voting for the best man in local affairs. He can not be termed an active politician, having devoted his energies to his business interest, which has also caused him to refrain from joining many fraternal orders. He is a member of but one secret society, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having passed all the chairs of Jacksonville Lodge No. 10. Through his whole life he has been a hard worker and to this fact, and to his honesty, he attributes his success. He stands well in his community.


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