Duncans in Sullivan Co. TN


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

Last revised November 25, 2000


Service Records 1784-1811 (copy from National Archives from Stuart Duncan 11/1988)
      #147 Duncan, Robert (Sullivan County)
      Gregg's Co., Christian's Regiment of Militia, Territory South of the Ohio. 1793. Private. (Card numbers 43202463, 43202520.)
      Muster Roll of a company of infantry commaned by James Gregg, in the Regiment of Sullivan County Militia, Territory South of the Ohio, commanded by Gilbert Christian, Esq. for Sept. 1 to Dec 3, 1793. Roll dated Knoxville Dec 4, 1793. At what time engaged: Sept. 1, 1793; at what time discharged: Dec 3, 1793; Present or absent: present.
      Pay Roll of a company of infantry commanded by James Gregg, of the Regiment of Sullivan County Militia, Territory South of the Ohio. for Sept. 1 to Dec 3, 1793. Roll dated Knoxville, Aug. 3, 1793; Commencement of service: Sept. 1, 1793; Expiration of service: Dec. 3, 1793; Term of service charged: 3 months, 3 days; Pay per month: 3 dollars; Amount of pay: 9 dollars, 30 cents.
      (MAD: not the Robert decd. by 1782 whose orphaned son Charles was granted land; possibly ?? son of Rice who m. ---- Evans? or of Marshall Elder or Marshall Sr.?)

Index to Mexican War Pension Applications (FHL film 537,009)
      John D. Poore, in Co. K, 5th TN Vols., Appl. #5227 filed 1 Feb. 1887, Cert. #4841, under act of Jan. 29, 1887, TN.
      (MAD: Wanted date of pension appl. and service unit; info of Mrs. Shelby I. Edwards said that his application included a statement by Enoch Duncan, his father-in-law, on his behalf; see Carter Co. TN 1825-1840, Sullivan Co. TN 1860; both Enoch Duncan age 45 and James J. Duncan, son of Enoch, in same unit of Mexican War; James J. Duncan applied for pension, SC-18572, 12 Sept. 1889, Old War IF-353 and WF-29763.)

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, mother Duncan, Elizabeth; B 4 Tenn. Cav.; 1874 Aug. 14, Mother Appl. #216692, Cert. #193425. (MAD: Greene & Sullivan Co. TN)
      Duncan, Solomon; B 4 Tenn. Cav.; 1871 Sept. 20, Invalid Appl. #169251, Cert. #269873. (MAD: Greene & Sullivan Co. TN)

TN Confederate Pension Applications from index
      Indexed: 6733 Duncan, J.G., Washington, 60th Inf.
      #6733, J.G. Duncan, filed March 15, 1905, accepted, died February 6, 1936; applicant J.G. Duncan, b. TN, res. Limestone, Washington Co. TN, member Co.G, 60th Reg. TN Vol. Inf. Mounted; disabled, spinal column badly strained while on duty at Gillems stampede at Bulls Gap in 1864; b. Sullivan Co. TN 1844; enlisted fall 1862, Col. Crawford's Regt., Capt. Joseph Crawford, Bijah Buckalew 1st Lieut., Benjamin Keys 2nd Lieut.; took oath of allegiance at Nashville TN by orders of the dominant authority; family consists of me and my wife, she age 60, 5 boys and 3 girls, own 12 acres poor land value $200; lived in TN all my life; /s/ 14 Feb. 1904; wit. J. Fain Anderson, W.G. (X) Greenway; W.G. Greenway and J. Fain Anderson have lived near neighbors since the war. (FHL film 969,784)
      Indexed: 7202 Duncan, George R., Washington, 63rd Inf.
      #7202, George R. Duncan, filed July 12, 1905, accepted; applicant Geo. R. Duncan, native of TN, res. Fall Branch, Washington Co. TN; in Co.I, 63rd TN Inf.; wounded at Battle of Chickamanga, GA, and Beans Station, TN; born Sullivan Co. TN, Feby. 9, 1848; enlisted Aug. 1862 at Jonesboro, TN, in Capt. James Gillispie's Co. and Col. Fains Regt., 63rd TN Inf.; wounded in right hip and leg; took oath of allegiance, was taken to Nashville some time in June 1865; have been married, living with 5 children, ages 31, 25, 23, 20 and 10; 4 are girls, the youngest a boy age 10; own 15 acres, about 4 of which can be cultivated, worth 7 or 8 hundred dollars, about 50 acres on which house is, and 10 or 12 acres of Knob land; lived TN all my life; /s/ 3 July 1905; wit. Joseph P. Lyle, A.H. Bullock. Letter Aug. 11, 1915, to Dr. Orgie Duncan, already recd. the sad news of your father's death. Affidavit by Jno. A. Gammon? ... Geo. Rice Duncan. Letter July 30, 1915, from J.E. Nelms, Dr. Geo. R. Duncan of this place (Fall Branch) committed suicide July 28, '15; his wife is dead; his dau. "(Miss Tom Duncan)" kept house and took care of him. Letter, my old comrad George Rice Duncan, at the time of his parole he had just past seventeen years, having been veteran soldier for more than 3 years. (FHL film 969,787)

Copy of Confederate Pension Application WO #1,013,900 of John M. Duncan (from Joyce Colliflower 2/1989; see complete in Hawkins Co. TN)
      17 Nov.? 1879, Declaration for Original Invalid Pension, Washington Co. TN, John M. Duncan, aged 38 years, resident of Hawkins Co. TN; he entered service under the name of John M. Duncan on 5 February 1863 as private in Co. B, 4th Regiment, TN Cav. Vols. commanded by Capt. Thos. H. Easley; discharged at Nashville, TN on 12 July 1865 by reason of SO No. 69 DPCS authority for TN troops; personal description: age 38; 5 ft 10"; complexion fair; hair dark; eyes blue. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and the line of duty at Coldwater, MS on or about 11 Feby 1864 received injury to spine by being thrown from his horse. That he was not treated in hospital; was treated by Dr. Elijah Hale Asst. Regimental surgeon in camp for said injury. Since leaving service has resided in the counties of Sullivan, Hawkins & Green in the state of TN except one year in the state of Illinois ... Occupation has been farmer. P.O. Address Falls Branch, Washington Co. TN. ...
      10 May 1913, Declaration for Pension, Act of May 11, 1912. Sullivan Co. TN, John M. Duncan, 71 years of age, resident of Fall Branch rural service, Washington Co. TN; identical person who was enrolled at Glassgo KY or near this place, under name of John M. Duncan, on 5 February, 1863 as a Private, in Co. B 4th Regiment, TN Cavalry Volunteers, in the service of the US in the Civil War, and was honorably discharged at Nashville, TN on 12 July 1865. He is 5' 10" tall, complexion dark, eyes gray; hair dark; occupation was farmer; born near Jonesboro, Washington Co. TN 1841. That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: TN & Colorado & IL. In Colorado 1907 to 1911, IL 1911 to 1912, TN before (next line hidden in fold of paper); that he is a pensioner under certificate 350,246, that he has now applied for pension under original no. 350246. His P.O. address is Fall Branch, Washington Co. TN. /s/ John (x) M. Duncan. Wit. Charlie Dolen, Herman Dolen. Thomas J. Duncan, Notary Public.

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