Duncans in Cumberland Co. TN


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

Last revised August 10, 2003

Formed 1856 from Bledsoe, Morgan, Roane


1860-1870 Cumberland Co. TN Census
      No Duncan indexed


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, Henry C.; C 1 Tenn "(?)"; 1910 May 3, Invalid Appl. #1390280, no cert., Tenn. (MAD: Cumberland Co. TN 1890 census)

HISTORIES before 1923

1898 "Memorial & Biographical Record, Compendium of Biography, ... Cumberland Region of TN" by George A. Ogle & Co. (FHL book 976.87 D3me; also TN Gen. Society Library #3520 from Evelyn Sigler 8/1983)
      Pg.257-8: James Moses Proctor, one of Cumberland county's ... citizens, and the present postmaster at Crossville, was born near Knoxville, at the Crosby house, which was a fort in the early history of Tennessee and was used by Crosby as a dwelling house at the time he assisted Sevier in making his escape from imprisonment in NC. Mr. Proctor is a son of Hiram and Martha Ellen (Fryar) Proctor, natives of Buncombe Co. NC, and Knox Co. TN, respectively, and are now living five miles north of Crossville. The father, Hiram Proctor, went to Tennessee when but a boy of eighteen, and was married in Knox county. Soon after the birth of our subject, they removed to the state of Illinois and lived one year near Carbondale, and during the latter part of the war they moved to Boyle Co. KY, and lived there about two years, and moved to Cumberland county in 1868, where he and his wife are still living, at the age of about seventy, and will soon celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. ... James Fryar, our subject's grandfather, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and located in Knox Co. TN, in an early day. James Proctor, the subject of this sketch, is the oldest of a family of five children, two sons and three daughters. His brothers and sisters were as follows: William N., who died in boyhood; Elizabeth, wife of Henry Duncan, a farmer and carpenter of Cumberland county; Martha J., wife of Elijah Dickenson, a farmer of Cumberland county; Della, wife of William Tabor, also a farmer of Cumberland county. ... In 1877 he (James Proctor) moved to Gallatin Co. IL, ... during one summer, and then returned to Tennessee. In January, 1878, Mr. Proctor was united in marriage to Miss Mary Francis, a daughter of Ben Tanner, of South Carolina. Mrs. Proctor was born in Cumberland county, near Crab Orchard. ...
      Pg.466-7: James Mason Cotnam, M.D., is engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in South Pittsburg, Marion Co. TN, ... The Doctor was born in Grundy Co. TN, February 6, 1847, and is a son of Dr. Thomas T. and Elizabeth (Doran) Cotnam, ... The father was born in Limestone Co. AL, in 1822, and died in December, 1884, while the mother was born in Franklin Co. TN, probably in 1822, and died July 14, 1895. (Thomas Cotnam) was graduated in 1846. Opening an office at Hawkersville, Grundy Co. TN, he engaged in practice at that place for a few years, and then removed to Stephenson, Jackson Co. AL (where he died). In their family (Thomas T. & Elizabeth Cotnam) were ten children, five sons and five daughters, of whom seven are still living, namely: Tennessee E., wife of Jones C. Beene, of South Pittsburg, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work; James M., of this review; W.W., a resident of Indian Territory; Ida, widow of R.P. Beene, and a resident of South Pittsburg; Maggie, wife of John Duncan, of southern [Jackson Co.] AL; Narcissa, wife of W.E. Carter, ... at South Pittsburg. Those deceased are Louise, who died in childhood; Gilbert C., a ranchman of Texas, who died at the age of 42 years; and A.B., a physician of South Pittsburg, who died at the age of 35. ... The subject of this sketch was attending the Military Academy at La Grange, Ala., when the Civil war broke out, and in 1862 he ran away from school ....


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