Duncans in Rhode Island


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

Last revised August 2, 2008


"Rhode Island in the colonial wars : a list of Rhode Island soldiers & sailors in King George's war, 1740-1748" by Howard M. Chapin; pub. Providence: Printed for the Society, 1920, 38 pgs. (LH4255, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 974.5 M2ch and film 1,425,647 item 11)
      Pg.14: DUNCAN, John, Served in Capt. Sayer's Co. in 1746.
             DUNKIN, John, Served in Capt. Rice's Co. in 1746.
                  Samuel, Served in Capt. Rice's Co. in 1746.

Also see the published abstracts and indexes to military records by Virgil D. White and others for Duncans who served in the various wars.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During War of 1812; National Archives Roll 62, Microcopy 602 (FHL film 882,580, Dun to Duq; copied all Duncan and variant spellings)
      All last names are Duncan unless otherwise noted (MAD: have interfiled by first name); all entered service as privates and were discharged as privates unless otherwise listed. Vols = Volunteers; Mil = Militia
      Duncan, John; Major Wood's State Corp., RI Mil

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, James; I 34 US Vol. Inf.(S); 1927 Sept. 13, Invalid(S) Appl. #1591564, Cert. #A-3-24-28, R.I.; remarks C2295176.
      Duncan, William, widow Duncan, Nancy; I 14 R.I. H.A., I 11 US C. H.A.; 1868 Oct. 30, Invalid Appl. #136616, Cert. #361409; 1898 Sept. 15, Widow Appl. #682957, no cert., NJ. (MAD: ?? 1870 Providence Co. RI, age 40 IRE, she age 26 IRE)
      Duncan, William Butler; Lieutenant, 1878-1884, 1898-1898, 1917-1919; 1926 Sept. 30, Invalid Appl. #1556472, Law M/26?, Cert. #A-3-25-27, NY; remarks died Mar. 30, 1932, New York, NY. (dark card) (MAD: 1850 Providence Co. RI census)
      Duncan, William H.; E 5 R.I. Inf.; 1863 March 14, Invalid Appl. #13573, no cert. (MAD: "Resided in Providence")


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