Duncan research files of
1887 "History of TN; East TN" by Goodspeed (FHL book 976.8 H2ha Vol.2)
Pg.1168, Jefferson Co.: James Duncan, a farmer in the 10th Dist. of Jefferson Co. TN, was born in that county April 14, 1842, the son of Joel and Nancy Duncan. James Duncan was reared as a farmer. In 1861 he volunteered in Carter's regiment, Co. K, 1st TN Confederate Cavalry, and served as a private in said regiment until 1865. He was married, April 4, 1877, to Martha Jane Bettis, who was born Aug. 7, 1844, daughter of A.P.C. Bettis of Jefferson Co. They became the parents of 7 children, the eldest two deceased. The children living are Maggie E., born April 8, 1880; Joel C. born July 27, 1881; James W. born Oct. 16, 1882; Howell G. born Jan. 7, 1884, and Eva V., born June 8, 1886. James Duncan, since his marriage, has been a successful farmer. He owns 212 acres of land, of which 65 acres lie in Hamblen Co. and 147 acres in Jefferson Co.
1919 "Sketches of TN Pioneer Baptist Preachers" by J.J. Burnett (TN Gen. Society Library, from Evelyn Sigler 1/1985)
Pg.318: Tidence Lane, first minister to preach regularly to a TN congregation. Son of Richard and Sarah Lane, was born in MD near Baltimore, August 31, 1724. He was a gs of Dutton Lane and Pretitia Tidings, and a great-grandson of Major Samuel Lane, an officer in the King's service in the Province of Maryland, in 1680. He was an older brother of Dutton Lane, a pioneer preacher in VA. He was the father of Lt. Isaac Lane, who, under Col. Sevier, performed patriotic service at the battle of King's Mountain. Isaac Lane in 1802 gave the land on which was built the meeting house of the first Baptist church organized in Claiborne Co. TN, the church at Big Spring (now Springdale).
Tidence Lane pts moved to VA and thence to NC where Tidence grew to manhood, and where he married Esther Bibbin (or Bibber) May 9, 1743. Converted by Shubael Stearns. Served as pastor at Buffalo Ridge, Washington Co. TN, 1779. After 4 or 5 years in the "Holston country" Tidence Lane moved into what in now Hamblen [Grainger] Co. Tidence d. Jan 30, 1806.
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