Duncan research files of
1860-1870 Lampasas Co. TX 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, Dick, alias Duncan, William M., widow Duncan, Jennie; Texas Firont?. Gla?, (stamped: Indian Wars); 1934 Jan. 13, Widow Appl. #1737142, Tex., no cert.; remarks died Feb. 14, 1923, at Woodsboro, TX. [MAD: Refugio Co.] (MAD: mar. 1870 Lampasas Co. TX)
Duncan, William M., alias Duncan, Dick, widow Duncan, Jennie; Indian Wars, Texas Front Gds; 1934 Jan. 10?, Widow Appl. #1737142, no cert., Texas; remarks XC2658537, died Feb. 14, 1923 at Woodsboro, Texas.
Widow's Application for a Pension; Mrs. Jennie Duncan, Reagan Co., TX, filed July 5, 1934; rejected, not a Confederate Soldier. From holdings of TX State Archives. (copy from Karen S. Collins 11/1994, MAD's extract)
Application in Reagan Co. TX, Mrs. Jennie Duncan, widow of William Moses (Dick) Duncan, decd, who died 16 Feb. 1922 in Refugio Co. TX; I have not remarried; we were married 8 June 1870 in Lampassas Co. TX; he was honorably discharged Nov. 15, 1872; I have been a resident of this State since 14 Nov. 1851, age 83, born Nov. 14, 1851; lived at present residence 6 months, P.O. Best, TX; P.O. of husband at time of enlistment was Llano, TX, served 60 days, enlisted Sept. 13, 1872, discharged Nov. 15, 1872; in Co. N, Minute Men, San Saba Co., Capt. William H. Ledbetter Commanding, served during year 1872 - Cavalry, Frontier Guards; race White. /s/ Jennie Duncan, 23 June 1934. Witnesses A.W. Billingsly and F.M. Pistole who knew the applicant; and E.L. Moore who knew that Dick Duncan fought Indians and served as a Ranger in the protection of the Texas Frontier during the year 1872 and lived as a neighbor to him in Llano Co. and knew him long before his fighting the Indians and afterwards.
Application rejected because not Confederate Service; application was made thinking that she was entitled to a pension since her husband fought Indians; 7/3/1934, Mrs. Duncan is very old and feeble and without funds.
Some early Duncans in Lampasas Co. TX:
Jonas Duncan, 22 Dec. 1836, received bounty warrant #175 for 640 acres from George W. Poe for service from 15 March to 15 Sept. 1836; 640 acres in Lampasas Co. were surveyed but not patented; received bounty warrant #353 for 320 acres on 17 Aug. 1861 as special act of Legislature. ("Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas 1835-1888" by Thomas Lloyd Miller, 1967, for service between 1835 and 1846, from records of the TX General Land Office; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984).
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