Duncan research files of
1850 Liberty Co. TX Census (and from Lucille Mehrkam 1983)
Pg.350, #234, William COOPER 28 NY laborer
Mary 17 TN
no children, not mar/in/year
(MAD: 1860 Chambers Co. TX; Bible in Chambers Co. TX records)
Pg.374, #287, Edward J. GILLARD 42 LA planter $4000
Eliz. 40 LA
Petronille 66 LA
Celena DeBLANC (f) 17, Simon 13 LA
Wm. B. DUNCAN 32 LA clerk
Eliza C. 17 LA
Emma 1 TX
Jedizue (f) 26, Marselle (f) 20 LA MULATTOES
Cecilsa (f) 10 LA MULATTO
Antonia 5, Angelina 2 TX MULATTOES
Wm. 2 TX MULATTO
1860 Liberty Co. TX Census
Pg.314, #318-314, E.J. GILLARD (m) 51 LA farmer $20000-$20000
Elizabeth 50 LA
Patronel (f) 72 LA
Salima (f) 22 LA
Wm. B. DUNCAN 38 LA farmer
Salima (f) 26 LA
Emma 11, Salima (f) 5 TX
Edward J. 1 TX
1870 Liberty Co. TX Census
Precincts 1 & 5, Liberty P.O.
Pg.104, #300-291, GILLARD, Edward 62 LA farmer $5000-$500
Elizabeth 62 LA keeping house
DUNCAN, Selima 37 LA at home
Kate S?. 15? TX
Cheslie (f) 8 TX
Julia (f) 6 TX
Henry 5 TX (not Emory, but faint writing)
William 3 TX
Pg.115, #490-498, DUNCAN, Samuel 50? (51?) VA BLACK farmer $0-$125
Margaret 30 AL BLACK keeping house
Jacob 23 AL BLACK farm laborer
Melissa 16 AL BLACK
Arthur 10 AL BLACK
Eliza 9 AL BLACK
James? E. 1 AL BLACK
Frances (f) 21 AL BLACK farm laborer
DURHAM?, Hamilton 21 AL BLACK farm laborer
Precinct 3, Tarkington Prairie P.O.
Pg.137, #170-167, REFAN?, John J. 41 IRE ret. merchant $4000-$3000, parents of foreign birth
DUNCAN, Christopher 19 MO farm laborer, parents of foreign birth
EDWARDS, Lem.? (m) 23 AL farm laborer
1900 Liberty Co. TX Census
2nd Wd. Liberty, Series T623, Roll 1655, S.D. 8, E.D. 35, Sheet 5A
Pg.5A, #63-64, DUNCAN, William, head w/m May 1869 age 31 mar.7 years, TX LA LA Deputy Sheriff
Ella, wife w/f Dec.1872 age 28y, mar. 7y, 4 ch, 3 living, MS MS MS
Will, son w/m Apr.1893 age 6, TX TX MS
Chessie, dau. w/f Sept.1895 age 4, TX TX MS
John, son w/m Aug.1897 age 2 TX TX MS
Liberty, Precinct #1, Series T623 Roll 1655, S.D.8, E.D.35, Sheet 20A
pg.20B, #364-369, DUNCAN, Jellima, head w/f July 1832 age 67 widowed 6 ch, 3 living, LA LA LA farmer
Emory, son w/m June 1865 age 34 single TX LA LA
1910 Liberty Co. TX Census (partial?)
Liberty Town, S.D.7 ED.81 Sheet 3B, Series T624 Roll 1563
Pg.16, #67-68, DUNCAN, Mrs. Ella, head, f/w 37 w[idowe]d 4ch 4 living, MS VA MS none (occupation)
W.E., son m/w 15 TX TX MS laborer odd jobs
Chessie, dau f/w 13 TX TX MS
Jack, son m/w 11 TX TX MS
Edna D., dau. f/w 8 TX TX MS
Justice Precinct 4, S.D. 7, E.D. 84, Sheet 3B
Pg.64B, #41-41, DUNCAN, Henry W., head, M/W 45 single TX AL AL English farmer (alone)
(MAD: not identified in 1900 census; 1880 Fayette Co. TX census)
Liberty Co. TX Index to Deeds (Grantors A-K, pgs.654-656, FHL film 1,009,010; Grantees A-K, pg.612-615, FHL film 1,009,013)
Only copied below the deeds indexed before 1900 with a few exceptions
Deed book vol-page, grantor, grantees, kind of instrument, date of instrument, date of filing, description of property etc.
H-239: Duncan, B. to Duncan George K., deed, dated 5/9/1887, rec. 5/9/1887, D. Minchey 402.5 ac.
F-121: Duncan, C.J. to De Blanc Simeon, deed, 1/6/1882, 1/6/1882, 63.5 ac
P-12: Duncan, C.J. to Duncan W.B., deed, 5/25/1895, 5/25/1895, M.G. White 201 ac
10-284: Duncan, C.J. to Weder Julia et al, Welder Julia et al, Brown Katie et al, Brown James et al, Dugat Emma et al, Duncan William B. et al, Dugat Wilbur et al, Duncan E.L. et al, deed, ?/?/1887, 4/16/1904, W. Duncan 1107 ac (on separate lines)
A-90: Duncan, Celima to Winfree Z.T., deed, 11/4/1874, 3/15/1875, H. Griffitts 868 ac
H-303: Duncan, Celima to Welder R. et al, Brown Katie et al, Brown James et al, Welder Julia et al, Dugat Wilber et al, Dugat Emma et al, Duncan William B. et al, Duncan E.L. et al, deed, ?/?/1887, 6/23/1887, William Duncan 1476 ac
O-160: Duncan, Celima J. to Duncan E.L., deed, 5/25/1895, 5/25/1895, M.G. White 100 ac
18-137: Duncan, Celima J. to Affidavit, affidavit, 7/11/1906, 7/11/1906
129-597: Duncan, Celima (and) Kate et al, to et al unk. hrs, Gilliard E.E. Est., decree, 10/5/1925, 12/10/1925
S-414: Duncan, et al, Charles, and Duncan et al, Mollie to Briggs R.C., deed, 11/25/1897, 3/11/1898, James Darwin 3321 ac
A-601: Duncan et al, D.C.; and Duncan et al, Harriet to Harris M.A., deed, 5/24/1872, 12/18/1875, B Franks 1680 ac
E-84: Duncan et al, D.C.; and Duncan et al, Harriet to Seneschal E., deed, 5/24/1872, 11/10/1879, William Swail 1476 ac
K-395: Duncan et al, Ella to Ager H.O., deed, 12/19/1894, 12/19/1894, Liberty Lot 1-2-3-4 Blk 99
P-240: Duncan et al, Ella, and Duncan et al, William B. to Baker La Perl, deed, 3/12/1896, 3/14/1896, Liberty Lot 1 Blk 40
E-469: Duncan, Harriet to Sandow F.C., deed, 8/30/1880, 9/9/1880
E-363: Duncan, Harriet to Ferguson J.T., P/A, 6/21/1880, 6/30/1880
A-94: Duncan, Kate to Fisher J.C., Bill Sale, 3/15/1875, 3/15/1875
H-551: Duncan, Meredith to Morgan James, deed, 11/20/1845, 8/21/1888
S-460: Duncan, Mollie to affidavit, Affidavit, ?/?/?, 6/16/1898
A-1: Duncan, Samuel to Lacour J.A., mortgage, 12/30/1874, 1/25/1875, Joseph Dunman
7-340: Duncan, William to map, Map, ?/?/?, 10/26/1903, William Duncan
A-289: Duncan, William B. to Duncan Leticia, deed, 12/30/1848, 6/30/1875, William Duncan (MAD: Grantee index shows A-298)
E-44: Duncan, William B. to Cannon William P., deed, 2/2/1856, 10/21/1879, Liberty Lot 3 Blk 34
E-25: Duncan, William B. to Hardin A.B., deed, 10/1/1853, 10/13/1879
H-183: Duncan (admr), William B. to Duncan Celima, deed, 2/26/1870, 3/12/1887, William Duncan 3090 ac
K-582: Duncan, William B. to Welder Julia, deed, ?/?/1893, 5/25/1893, William Duncan 591 ac
L-225: Duncan, William B. to Long L., release, 3/11/1851, 5/5/1893, William Duncan 1476 ac
K-588: Duncan, William B. to Cleveland W.D. Co., deed, 5/31/1893, 5/31/1893, Liberty 82 ac
N-395: Duncan et al, William B. to Ager H.O., deed, 12/19/1894, 12/19/1894, Liberty Lot 1-2-3-4 Blk 99
W-607: Duncan et al, William B. to Welder Julia D, deed, 1/25/1901, 4/12/1901, M.G. White 151 ac
6-92: Duncan, William B. to Welder Julia D., deed, ?/?/1893, 7/24/1903, William Duncan 572.4 ac
U-254: Dunkin, M.C. to Trahan Octave, deed, 11/2/1899, 11/4/1899, P.P. Devers 28 ac
F-122: Duncan, Celima from Dugat, Emma C. et al, and Dugat W.M. et al, deed, 9/24/1881, 1/6/1882, 200 ac
A-465: Duncan, Celima J. from Gillard E.J. et al, and Gillard Elizabeth et al, deed, 4/30/1870, 9/11/1875, 150 ac
C-66: Duncan, Celima J. from Gillard E.J. et al, and Gillard Elizabeth et al, deed, 4/30/1870, 2/16/1877, 151 ac
E-116: Duncan, Celima J. from Brown James et al, deed, 1/6/1880, 1/6/1880, M.G. White 300 ac
E-118: Duncan, Celima J. from Brown, J. Ross, deed, 1/6/1880, 1/6/1880, M.G. White 50 ac
C-330: Duncan, Celima K. from Gillard Celizabeth (sic), deed, 6/7/1877, 8/18/1877, M.G. White 200 ac
H-391: Duncan et al, E.L., and Duncan et al, W.B. from De Blanc Sim, deed, 1/2/1888, 1/2/1888, 63.5 ac
K-580: Duncan et al, E.L., and Duncan et al, W.B. from Welder Julia et al, Welder R. et al, Dugat E.C. et al, Dugat W.M. et al, Brown James R. et al, Brown Kate D. et al, 3/14/1887, 5/25/1893, Wm. Duncan 886 ac
Q-378: Duncan et al, Jake from Hunter W.H., and Hunter Annie, Judgment, 2/23/1897, 2/23/1897, J.E. Self 1904 ac
S-237: Duncan, Jake from Trueheart, H.M. & Co., lease, 11/30/1897, 2/4/1898, J.E. Sself 1600 ac
A-298: Duncan, Leticia from Duncan, William B., and Dugat Joseph L. et al, and Dugat Sidney P. et al, deed, 12/30/1848, 6/30/1875, Wm. Duncan (MAD: Grantor index shows A-289)
A-589: Duncan, M. from Newman Thomas, deed, 6/23/1836, ?/?/1875, T. Newman 1107 ac
42-523: Duncan, M. from State of TX and Coahuila, patent, 7/17/1835, 7/14/1913, M. Duncan 4428 ac
A-302: Duncan, Meredith from Blanchett, Pierre, deed, 12/8/1840, 6/30/1875, P. BLanchett 3421 ac
12-329: Duncan, Meredith from Blanchett Pierre, deed, 12/8/1840, 7/18/1900, A. Cherry 3421 ac
95-427: Duncan, Samuel from Lacour J.A., deed, 1/6/1872, 5/22/1920, J. Duncan 56.16 ac
E-116: Duncan, Seilima from Brown Kate D. et al, and Brown Ross et al, deed, 1/6/1880, 1/6/1880, M.G. White 300 ac
D-143: Duncan, W.B. from Townsend Barkley, deed, 1/7/1847, 6/29/1878, C. Beach 2214 ac
M-265: Duncan, W.B. from Middlebrook R.O., deed, 10/3/1893, 1/24/1894, Liberty Lot 1-2-3-4 Blk 99
P-210: Duncan, W.B. from Bingle W.L., deed, 9/9/1894, 3/5/1894, Liberty Lots 1-2-3&4 Blk 40
Q-634: Duncan, W.B. from Bingle W.L. Rel V/L, 4/16/1897, 4/21/1897, Liberty 48 ac Lots 1-2-3-4 Blk 40
A-93: Duncan, William from Griffith Henry, deed, ?/?/?, 3/15/1875, H Griffiths 100 ac
A-91: Duncan, William from Griffith Henry, deed, 6/4/1833, 3/15/1875, H. Griffiths
A-295: Duncan, William from State of TX, patent, 4/25/1831, 6/29/1875, W. Duncan 4428 ac
7-409: Duncan, William from surveyor, map, 10/31/1903, 11/7/1903, W. Duncan
H-223: Duncan, William B. from Dugat, Joseph A., bill of sale, 4/30/1887, 5/2/1887
F-98: Dunken, Benjamin from Chambers William, deed, 4/28/1859, 10/19/1881, D. Minchey 420.5 ac
J-422: Dunken, M.C. from Sims Lou et al, and Sims J.F. et al, deed, 10/24/1891, 10/27/1891, J.P. Frugus, 547.5 ac
T-531: Dunkin, Jake from Hunter Annie, lease, 1/12/1899, 3/23/1899, J.E. Self 1600 ac
Liberty Co. TX Deed Book F (FHL film 1,009,017)
F-98: Liberty Co. TX, William Chambers for $1811.25 to Benj. Dunken, land on E.side Trinity River, being part of headright of David Wanchie decd, on corner of 93-3/10 acre survey for Jerome De Blanch, H. Clayton's survey & line, being a portion of the land purchased by me of E.W. Larue and F.M. Lacour admin. of estate of Mrs. E.W. Gillard decd, containing by field notes 420-1/2 acres, /s/ 28 April 1859. Wit. T.C. Turner, S.S. Rambert. In court 28 April 1859. Filed for record 28 April 1859, rec. 10 May 1859, in Book O on pages 176 & 177; recorded Jan. 3, 1882.
Liberty Co. TX Deed (from Mary Urban 10/2002)
H-239: Know all men by these presents that I, G.R. Morris, Sheriff of Liberty County, Texas, by virtue of an order of sale issued out of the District Court of said County and State and dated on the 7th day of April A.D. 1887 and issued on a certain order of sale rendered in said Court on the 19th day of February A.D. 1887 for the purpose of effecting a partition among the heirs of Benjamin Duncan dec'd of a certain tract of land lying and being situate in said County of Liberty on the East side of the Trinity River about five miles south of the Town of Liberty, the ownership of which was vested in the said Benjamin Duncan at his decease, the said order being granted in favor of Meatt Duncan et al against Thomas Duncan et al all the parties to the proceedings on both sides being heirs at law of the said Benjamin Duncan decd, directing the clerk of the said District Court to issue an order of sale to the Sheriff or any constable of said county ... to seize and sell the said lands and premises for the purpose of effecting the said partition among the said heirs and parties ... (MAD's extract) I did on the 12th April 1887 seize the lands, and after giving public notice by causing to be posted at three public places, one of which was the court house, ... and on the first Tuesday of May 1887 at the court house struck off to Doctor George K. Duncan of the City of Memphis [MAD: Shelby Co.] and State of Tennessee for the sum of $255 he being the highest bidder, now ... convey by these presents to the said George K. Duncan the following parcel of land to wit, ... 402 acres and a half, being a part of the Headright league grant of David Winchy (Minchy) of 4428 acres granted him by State of Texas, and being the same tract of land conveyed by William Chambers to Benjamin Duncan by deed bearing date 28th day of April 1859 and recorded in book of deeds F page 98 to 100, beg. at north corner of a 93-3/10 acre survey made for Jerome DeBlanc ... NE corner of H. Clayton's 100 acre survey, ... Jerome DeBlanc's corner, ... toward P. Ballin's survey ... 9 May 1887. /s/ G.R. Morris
Liberty Co. TX Deed (from Mary Urban 10/2002; MAD's extract)
Book 9, pages 430-431: We, George D. Bonner and Albert A. Bonner of Shelby Co. TN, for $1 paid us by A.B. Duncan, convey to the said A.B. Duncan, his heirs & assigns forever, our right, title and interest to land in Liberty Co. TX on East side of the Trinity River, being a portion of the headright league grant to David Minchy of 4428 acres of land granted him by State of TX, and being the same land conveyed to Geo. K. Duncan by G.R. Morris, Sheriff, as appears of record in Book H, pages 239-240 and 241 of the land records of County Clerk's Office of Liberty Co., TX ... beg. at north corner of 98-3/10 acre survey or tract of land made for Jerome DeBlanc, ... to N.E. corner H. Clayton's survey of 100 acres ... Clayton's N.W. corner ... Jerome DeBlanc's survey now S.P. Baillis' survey; containing by field notes 402-1/2 acres of land. 25 June 1900, /s/ Albert A. Bonner, George D. Bonner. Notarized in Shelby Co. TN, 25 June 1900.
Liberty Co. TX Will (from Mary Urban 10/2002; MAD's extract)
43-408 to 411: Last will and testament of Albert B. Duncan, Decd, filed June 18, 1913. Albert B. Duncan of Memphis, TN, revoking any and all wills hitherto made; debts be paid.
To my two daughters, Lucille Duncan Foster and Lottie Duncan Holliday, in equal shares, real estate: (1) my undivided 2/3 interest in land formerly owned by my father George K. Duncan located in Liberty Co. TX, described in deed recorded in Book H, pg.239, 240, 241, Liberty Co.; (2) my undivided 2/3 interest in all the lots in the town of Lucy, TN; (3) my undivided interest in the lands of my father, George K. Duncan, in Raleigh, Shelby Co. TN, in which my step-mother has a homestead right.
To my two sons, Albert B. Duncan Jr. and James Ford Duncan, real estate: (1) my undivided 2/3 interest in the land formerly owned by my father, George K. Duncan, in Shelby Co. TN near the town of Lucy, TN, containing 140 "acred" in which my step-mother has a dower; (2) My fishing and hunting outfit and my watch, to be divided between them in such manner as they may desire.
To my wife Ione Ford Duncan, the rest of my estate, real and personal.
Appoint my wife Ione Ford Duncan executrix; appoint my wife Ione Ford Duncan guardian of persons and estate of my said two sons, Albert B. Duncan Jr. and James Ford Duncan, and expressly exempt her from giving bond as such. 23 April 1913, /s/ Albert B. Duncan.
Witness Percy Finlay, Israel H. Peres. Admitted to probate and ordered recorded June 18, 1913. Shelby Co. TN, that on 18 June 1913, the following appears of record ... in re will No. 16674 R.20, Albert B. Duncan decd, ... will produced by Ione Ford Duncan, the person named as executrix, ... testimony of witnesses ... Albert B. Duncan lately died in Shelby Co. TN, and his place of residence was in said County at time of his death, Judge ordered will admitted to probate, letters testamentary be issued Ione Ford Duncan without bond. ... statement by Clerk of the Shelby Co. Court to certify the will, of record in will book 25, page 626, and order probating will of record in Minute Book 100 page 626 now on file, dated 27 June 1913. Certificates for Clerk of Court and Judge of Court.
Liberty Co. TX Civil Minutes, District Court, Vol.C, 1885-1895 (FHL film 1,009,027)
C-130: 17 Feb. 1887, Matt Duncan et al vs. Thomas Duncan et al, No.1563. Ordered that C.F. Stevens Esq. be and is appointed guardian at litum for minor defendants, vis, Irby Lewis, Mael Lewis, Wilkes Boothe Lewis, Duncan Lewis, Effie Thomas, Susie Gregg and Susan A. Lewis.
J.F. Lanier Esq. be appointed attorney to represent defendants Thomas Duncan, Ross Duncan Jr., Mary Duncan, Stonewall Duncan, John B. Duncan, Mary E. McGee and her husband T.H. McGee, Blanche Lewis, and Alice Rembert and her husband Henry Rembert, who were summoned; cause was heard; plaintiffs, viz. Matt Duncan, Ann R. Rembert and her husband S.S. Rembert, Catharine Fuller a feme sole and George K. Duncan appearing by their attorney, and the defendants above named being represented by their attorney; it is ordered that each of the said parties are the owner of and entitled to respective interest and share of the real estate described in plaintiff's petition of 402-1/2 acres in Liberty Co. TX East of Trinity River, being all that portion of David Minchy's headright of 4428 acres, at NW corner of 93-3/10 acre survey for Jerome De Blanc, corner H. Clayton's survey of 100 acres, Nancy Clayton's NW corner, Jerome De Blanc's survey now S.P. Bailles's;
to Matt Duncan, 1/7
A.R. Rembert 1/7
G.K. Duncan 1/7
Thomas Duncan 1/28
Mary Duncan 1/28
Ross Duncan Jr. 1/28
Stonewall Duncan 1/28
Susan A. Duncan 1/21
John B. Duncan 1/21
Susie Gregg 1/21
Mary E. McGee 1/35
Alice Rembert 1/35
Blanche Lewis 1/35
Effie Thomas 1/35
Duncan Lewis "one one hundred and forteenth" (1/114) (MAD: following should be one hundred and fortieth, 1/140)
Wilkes Boothe Lewis 1/114
Mall Lewis 1/114
Irby Lewis 1/114
That partition and division be made. J.G. Minter, J.P. Leun? (Luen?), and W.J. Swilly? be appointed commissioners to partition and divide the property, returnable 19 Feb. 1887; that C.F. Stevens guardian ad litum for minors have $20, and J.F. Lanier attorney for absent defendants have $20.
Pg.135: 19 Feb. 1887, Matt Duncan et al vs. Thomas Duncan et al, #1563; report of J.G. Minter and W.J. Sweeny? and J.D. Luin?, that the real estate cannot be divided equitably; ordered the 402-1/2 acres be sold on the first Tuesday in April next. (MAD: bought by George K. Duncan of Shelby Co. TN)
AL Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865, cards in AL State Archives; Driver to Elich (FHL film 1,462,918)
MAD: most items were small typed cards, 3x5; some items were very blurred in the filming and were double images and hard to read. Cards had name and rank in upper left corner, service unit usually in upper right corner, notation if Home Guard, details from source were given in center of card, and the "Authority" as the last line on the card. The service record from the Historical Record Roll frequently listed several engagements he served in, dates wounded, absent, present, etc., and I usually did not copy all the details.
Duncan, George Clinton, 1st Sergt, Capt. Ashley W. Spaights Co., Likin's Balt., Texas Vols. C.S.A. Enlisted March 26, 1862, at Liberty Co. TX. The Company subsequently became Co.F, 11th Batt. TX Vols. and he was appt. 2nd Lieut. of this company Aug. 8, 1862. Batt. broke up Nov. 20, 1864, when the above Company was assigned to the 21st Regt. (also known as Spaight's) TX Inf. Died of disease March 19, 1863, place not stated.
"Descriptive Roll, Co. F" booklet cataloged as Descriptive Roll Book, Company F, Spaight's Battln., in Julia Duncan Wilder Collection at Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Liberty, TX (from Mary Urban 9/2002)
Top of double-page: Descriptive Roll of Commissioned Officers, Company (F) Spaights Battalion of Texas Mounted Volunteers C.S. Army
Rank; Name; Date of Election or Appointment; Date of Promotion; Age; Occupation; Description: Height Feet/Inches, Complexion, Eyes, Hair, Where born: Town or County/State; Remarks
Captain, A.W. Spaight, Apr. 17 /62, blank, blank, age 40, blanks, born St.Martinsville, La. (written in different ink and handwriting), Remarks: enrolled Mch. 26 /62 Liberty Co., elected Lieut. Colonel July 17 /62
1st Lieutenant, Duncan, W.B., May 20th /62, promoted Aug 6th /62, Rank of Promotion: Captain, age 44, farmer, 5 foot 11 inches, dark complexion, dark eyes, black hair, born Vermillion (line through Vermillion in same ink as place of birth for A.W. Spaight above), Louisiana
2d Lieutenant, Shelton? (Shetton?, Shetlon?), A.C., May 20th /62 (ditto marks), promoted Aug 6th /62 (ditto marks), Rank of Promotion: 1st Lieutenant, age 37, carpenter, 5 foot 10-1/4 inches, florid complexion, blue eyes, sandy hair, born Murry, Tennessee
2d jr. Lieutenant, Brown, B.W., May 20th /62 (ditto marks), promoted Aug 6th /62 (ditto marks), Rank of Promotion: 2d Lieutenant, age (blank), (blanks); Remarks: detailed to Batt. H?d, Cert. as A.A.Q.M. July 15 /62
2d jr. Lieutenant, Duncan, G.C., Aug 8 /62, promoted Aug 20th /63, Rank of Promotion: 2d Lieutenant, age 31, farmer, 6 foot 1/2 inch, complexion fair, eyes grey, hair dark, born Buckingham, Virginia; Remarks: appointed A.A.Q.M. Apr 9 /64. (MAD: ? 1860 DeWitt Co. TX; 1850 Buckingham Co. VA pg.395 with George 50 b.Prince Edward Co. VA)
2nd jr. Lieutenant, Dever, H.H., Aug 27 /63, (blank promotion date), Rank of Promotion: 2d Jr. Lieutenant, age 29, farmer (ditto marks), 5 foot 8 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Liberty, Texas.
(Mary Urban note: William B. Duncan speaks of Lt. Duncan several times in his diary. They shared quarters during their enlistment. Not kin, that they knew. George Duncan died at Houston, TX, according to the diary.)
Talladega Co. AL Probate Court Minutes vol.G, 1863-1865 (FHL film 1,639,531 item 2)
G-371: 17 Dec. 1864, Petition by Alpheus Wilmer Duncan, that Marcus M. Duncan died on 27 Nov. 1864, a resident of Talladega Co. AL, leaving a widow Mrs. Harriet K. Duncan who died on 3 Dec. inst., and following children: (1) George Clinton Duncan of lawful age living in Liberty Co. TX; (2) W.W. Duncan (MAD: sic) your petitioner also of lawful age living in Talladega Co., (3) Benj. J. Duncan of lawful age living in Selma, Dallas Co. AL, (4) Phillip N. Duncan of lawful age & a resident of Talladega Co. AL, (5) Mary Allen Duncan age 16 years who resides in this county and is now absent in the military service of the Confederate States, (6) Marcus M. Duncan age 14 years and is a resident of this county and lives with petitioner; the said Marcus M. left no will but a large real and personal estate; petitioner prays that letters of administration may be granted him, /s/ Alpheus Wilmer Duncan. Court ... that said Alpheus W. Duncan is an heir of said estate residing in this county of full age, and a proper person to administer the estate, and has filed bond of $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) with approved securities; appraisers to be Levi W. Lawles, Wm. A. Mornss (Mornf?) and Thomas J. Farnss (Farnf?).
Montgomery Co. TX Deed (FHL film 1,006,027)
F-443: 19 May 1842, Nancy (X) Duncan, wife of James H. Duncan of Montgomery Co. TX, formerly wife of David Beers late of Liberty Co. TX, for $5000, to Josiah J. Crosby of Washington Co. TX, 1/2 a league, being 1/2 the league granted to said David Beers as a colonist by the Gov. of Cohuila and Texas on 2 May 1835, which by the last will of my husband David Beers was bequeathed to me, the will now on file in Liberty Co. TX (indexed 2214 acres). Wit. J.G. Miner, E. Bailey. Statement 19 May 1842 by James H. Duncan, husband of Nancy, that he consents; wit. J.G. Miner, E. Bailey. Recorded 4 July 1842 on oath of wit. (MAD: Liberty Co. TX records start 1875 after a fire)
Polk Co. TX Deeds
C-576: 10 March 1845, Montgomery Co. TX; Nancy Duncan, late wife of Dash? (Davaid?) Brond? (Board?), decd, and executor of his last will, and lately admin. of said D. Bears? decd, to Thomas Paines, $300, 60 acres on divisional line that divides David Bears league of land #1590 from its E. boundary line. Wit. William Palmer, Danby? P. Tyner. William Palmer appeared in Walker Co. TX to swear he saw Nancy Duncan sign. (FHL film 1,006,890)
E-516: 31 March 1855, Nancy Daminy formerly Nancy Duncan, to Isham F. Patrick of Polk Co. TX, $1000, land in Liberty Co., headright league granted Gregory Garcies forming a league, 1280 acres. Wit. Madison Ross, Emily Ross. Release by Willis Daminey, husband. Wit. W.F. Gee, Absalom Foster. (FHL film 1,006,881)
1850 Anderson Co. TX Census
Pg.52, #541-541, Robt. B. LEWIS 43 VA farmer $600
Wm. D. 15 AL
Mary E. 13 TN, Robert M. 11 TN
Ann B. 8, Martha F. 6, Alice A. 5, Houston Co.
James B. 2 Houston Co.
(MAD: looking for Robt. B. Lewis family, children Mary, Alice, Blanche, Effie, and son who had children; Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis the heir of Benjamin Duncan died 1846 Shelby Co. TN, in Liberty Co. TX records)
William Duncan family documents; originals in the Julia Duncan Welder collection at the Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center, Liberty, TX (from Mary Margaret Urban 11/1999)
Note. Recd. May 14, 1821 of the within note twenty five Dollars, /s/ Wm. Duncan. Wiley Espey 120$ Note. Forty days after date I promise to pay William Duncan or bearer the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars for value recd this 2nd January 1821. /s/ Wiley Espey.
Deed, 20 July 1823, H. Dunham No- in and for Parish of ...es and State of Louisiana between Rezin P. Bowie seller of the first part and William Duncan par... of the other part, ... in consideration of ... hundred dollars cash, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the said Bowie has bargained and sold ... to said ... Duncan all his right, title ... ... parcel of land in the present State of Texas to be located on any unappro... said province or ... dated at St. Fernando on 13th May 1823. Witness J.H. Buchanan, William (X) H. Lirvis (Luves?). (MAD: part of document has large blurred or faded areas; this is apparently a sale of a certificate for land, not an existing parcel of land)
Old "pocket book" of Wm. Duncan, most dates are from early 1820's. ... David Weeks, Nov. 29, 1823 (MMU: was the owner of a large plantation at New Iberia, LA) ... (last page) Wm. E. Hawkins, Franklin City, Newport Missoury. (MAD: this seems to be accounts owed by or to Wm. Duncan.) (MAD: Franklin town in Howard Co. MO, Newport town in Barton Co. MO)
Receipt. St.Martins, Dec. 24th 1824. Recd. from Mr. Wm. Duncan by the hands of F.L. Ferguson, David Weekss draft on Lausant(MAD:?) & Milladon N.Orleans for ... hundred dollars which I promise to accounpt for. /s/ (??) I do hereby deduse? that the above mentioned draft has sinse paid to me by the said Millodon. St.Martinsville 28th July 1825. /s/ P. Briant. (MAD: another receipt, 12 Sept. 1820.)
Tax record (no date). Paid H. Lynch by Brady - 10. Jas. Green - 15. By com. - 18.75. N. Newman - 12. Meredeth Duncan - 10. (Total) $65.75.
Letter. November 22, 1835. Auborne, Trinity River, Texas. Mr. Henry Moss. Dear Sir, permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Wm. B. Duncan my son, who comes wishing an opportunity to go to school. If you can afford him such situation or direct him where he can go to a good teacher or afford him other assistance, in case he be in want of any thing necessary, your servises will be esteemed a particular favour for which you shall be amply compensated. from your friend, W. Duncan.
Discharge of Wm. Dunkan (originals in TX State Archives).
This is to certify that Wm. Dunkan ... term of three months /s/ Jas. Cheshler Capt., May 7, 1835. (part blotted.)
This certifies that William B. Duncan entered into the service of Texas on the 7th day of July last for three months has faithfully performed all the duties of a soldier and his term of service having expired is this day honorably discharged. Liberty Oct. 7th 1836. /s/ Franklin Hardin, Capt.
Republic of Texas, County of Liberty. This day came Wm. B. Duncan and says the annexed discharge is just true & original and that he owes this government nothing on his own account, or on the account of any other person, nor has he retained sold or embezzled any arms munitions of war or any kind of property whatever belonging to the republick aforesaid, or caused the same to have been done. Sworn and subscribed to by Wm. B. Duncan before me in the Town of Liberty the 17th day of May 1837, /s/ Henry Wise Farley, Justice of the Peace for the County of Liberty. (Reverse) ... appoint Wm. M. Logan my agent & attorney to present the anexed discharge ... Liberty, May 17th, 1837, Wm. B. Duncan; witness Thos. Dyrom, Luke Bryan.
Entries from W.B. Duncan Diaries:
March 31, 1865: This morning beautiful. Read tactics a little Got horse & rode round to the Old Place, where I was raised from a little boy. I scarcely recognize anything. All so changed. The spring and Pecan tree by it, were the same. But the tree was dead from old age. I have known it 40 years. Nothing ma[r]ks the place where the house stood, except the brick bats of the chimney, & three wall(sic)nut trees which I planted. The beautiful old oaks are all gone. Not a stump left. The yard and where the house stood has all been in cultivation. It made me feel quite Sad while standing on the spot where I had spent my early childhood, to think on the past. I went hunting in the eve. Killed nothing. Stayed at Dugats. Alex Jackson also.
April 3, 1865: This morning beautiful. After breakfast went to work: issued clothing. Recd orders 57, Releasing me from arrest. Drew up application to the Col. asking for a Board of investigation into my conduct. This day 29 years ago my father died. I never fail to think of it every 3 of Apl. Genl. Magruder takes command to day. Genl. Walker relieved. Expect to be ordered a way soon. Pd. Hart what I owed $1.75 bought 2 qrs. paper 30 -- 60 -- coffee.
Bible of Wm. B. Duncan; on the first page is written: Wm. B. Duncan, Liberty, July 25, 1845. (MAD: typed copy)
Wm. B. Duncan and Eliza C. Gillard were married on the 9th day of August A.D. 1848.
Emma C. Duncan was born on the 10th day of July, A.D. 1849
William Duncan was born the 14th of October A.D. 1853
William Duncan died the 29th of August 1854
Celima C. Duncan was born on the 26th of June 1855
Eliza C. Duncan died Nov. 11, A.D. 1856 - born Nov. 10, 1832
William B. Duncan and Celima J. DeBlanc were marries on the 13th day of May A.D. 1858
Edward Joseph Duncan was born on the 26th of March A.D. 1859
Edward Joseph Duncan died on the 9th day of Jan. 1861
Chessie Duncan was born on the 31st of Oct. A.D. 1861
Julie Duncan was born on the 30th of Jan. A.D. 1863
Emery Lee Duncan was born on the 30th of June A.D. 1865
William B. Duncan died August 19, 1867 - was born March 2, 1818
William B. Duncan born 22nd Feb. 1867
Chessie Duncan died on the 18 day of July A.D. 1878
(typed comments): This record was among photostats of correspondence between Betty Gay Bennett and Mrs. Futch of Baton Rouge, LA. Copied from the photostats by Boonie McCoy Dugat
(Mary Margaret Urban note: Emory Lee Duncan was said to be named after a "cousin" Emory Rains according to a family tradition going back to Celima (DeBlanc) Duncan.)
Diary and Letters of William B. Duncan (extracts from Mary Urban 10/2002; see Liberty Co. TX)
Wm. B. Duncan (my gr.grandfather) mentions G.C. Duncan frequently in both his letters to his wife, Celima, and in his daily journal. They both joined the company raised by A.W. Spaight to offer their services to the Confederacy. Especially for the defence of the coast of Texas. Most members of this company were from southern Liberty County and Chambers County Texas. Many of the men were from the Moss Bluff area of Liberty County.
Sabine Pass, May 26, 1862; Letter to Celima: ... I am very well _ and getting along firstrate - We have a very agreeable time - The Captain - Geo. Duncan & myself occupy one tent, which gives us plenty of room - and the captain has one of the best negro men in the world for a servant, who does our cooking & house work.
Journal, Aug. 1, 1862: ... Mrs. Duncan came to camp.
Journal - 1863 Thursday Jan 1st: This morning I was woke by Lt. Shelton before light, telling me of heavy firing in the direction of Galveston.
Journal - Friday, Jan 2nd: ... One of the men and Lt. Duncan's father-in-law came, bringing paper with news of fighting at Galveston. We had gained a great victory.
Journal - Saturday, Jany 3rd: ... Started before day with Judge Cotton, Lt. Duncan's father-in-law. Weather threatning. Got to Beaumont to breakfast.
Mary Urban: There were many references to Lt. Duncan over the next couple of years. Mrs. Duncan visited Lt. Duncan at camp several times in the places the men were stationed. No mention of children.
Journal - March 15, 1865: (Capt. W.B. Duncan writing from Camp Lubbock-near Houston in Harris County, TX) ... Heard that Lt. Duncan is very sick.
Journal - Thursday, March 16, 1865: ... Stopped to see Lt. Duncan. Told no company allowed in room. ...
Journal - Saturday 18th: ... Stopped to see how Lt. Duncan was. Found him no better. ...
Journal - Sunday Mar. 19, 1865: Learned that Lt. Duncan had died at 4 o'clk, A.M., this morning After breakfast went down to see about the burial. Went to town. Saw the Col. Arranged for the funeral to take place at 4 P.M. with Military honors. ...
William B. Duncan items (from Mary Margaret Urban 11/1999)
"The Liberty Vindicator" newspaper article, Wednesday, March 19, 1997 (copy). Center Hosts Exhibit on Capt. Duncan. A special exhibit, "Captain William B. Duncan, His Life & Times, 1818-1867" will open on Saturday, March 22, 1997, at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, Texas. This opening was planned to compliment the dedication ceremony of Duncan's Confederate grave marker in the City of Liberty Cemetery to be held at 2:00 P.M. ...
William B. Duncan Marker Dedication, City of Liberty Cemetery, 3-22-1997. Remarks by Robert L. Schaadt, Director-Archivist, Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center ...
Booklet with brief biographical sketch of William B. Duncan, events at Marker Dedication Ceremony March 22, 1997, brief genealogy, History of Co. F, Spaight's Battalion, and "Captain William B. Duncan, His Life and Times, 1818-1867" by Mary Welder Urban, Dayton, TX "[Mary Urban is the great-granddaughter of William B. Duncan. As a volunteer, Mary worked for over five years at the Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center organizing the voluminous Julia Duncan Welder Collection that contains William B. Duncan's papers. The following biographical account is based upon these papers and other Texas History books located at the Center.]" (MAD: much more, not copied here.)
Deed, in Spanish, on paper headed Sello Tercero: Dos Reales, Habilitado por El Estado de Coahuila y Texas para el Bienio de 1828 Y 29. (copy from Mary Margaret Urban 11/1999) (MAD: Have translated as best I can, and extracted).
Pg.772 to 780. Nacogdoches 6 Feb. 1835. William Duncan, resident of the USA, ... in the year 1824 emigrated to this country with the intention of "nadicarmio" in it forever, "Soy uns de los individuos" included in the list of persons of the district of Atascosito ... "familia consiste de trece personas y he hecho varias majoras en el punto y ocupo" Nacogdoches, 5 Feb. 1830, /w/ Wm. Duncan. (MAD: more pages)
Some early Duncans in Liberty Co. TX:
Wm. Duncan, 18 Sept. 1826, inhabitant of Atascosita Dist., voted to be attached to Nacogdoches (Vol.21#1, "TX Footprints" from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984)
Meredith Duncan, 18 Sept. 1826, inhabitant of Atascosita Dist., voted to be attached to Nacogdoches (Vol.21#1, "TX Footprints" from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984)
Wm. Duncan, 1826, on Atascosito Census of 1826, married, male, 40y of age, born SC, from LA, 2 sons, 1 dau., farmer & Stockraiser; Jane Oden, mar., female, 28y, from LA, wife of Wm. Duncan ("The Atascosito (TX) Census of 1826" FHL booklet 976.4 A1 #149 and fiche 6089073; and from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984) (MAD: William Duncan mar. in St. Mary Parish LA to Jane Adam 7/24/1825, from "Hunting for Bears" or to Jane Odom 8/27/1825, from [St. Martin Par. LA] "Records of Attakapas Dist. LA" by Mary Elizabeth Sanders, FHL book 976.3 N2s and CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F377 A8 S253)
Meredith Duncan, 1826, on Atascosito Census of 1826, unmarried, male, age 21, born SC, from LA, blacksmith, son of Wm. Duncan ("The Atascosito (TX) Census of 1826" FHL booklet 976.4 A1 #149 and fiche 6089073; and from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984)
William B. Duncan, 1826, on Atascosito Census of 1826, unmarried, male, age 8y, born LA, from LA, son of Wm. Duncan ("The Atascosito (TX) Census of 1826" FHL booklet 976.4 A1 #149 and fiche 6089073; and from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984)
Sidney Duncan, 1826, on Atascosito Census of 1826, unmarried, female, age 6y, born LA, from LA, dau. of Wm. Duncan ("The Atascosito (TX) Census of 1826" FHL booklet 976.4 A1 #149 and fiche 6089073; and from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984)
Meredith Duncan, 2 May 1831, had title to land in Madero's Colony in Liberty Co. TX ("Index to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in TX" by Virginia H. Taylor, originally published as "Spanish Archives of the General Land Office of TX" (by Glass?), FHL book 976.4 R2tv; Houston, TX, library book 976.4G 549; from Lucille Mehrkam and from Jean Walker 1984).
William Duncan, 25 April 1831, had title to 1 league of land in Madero's District, Liberty Co. TX, and on 2 May 1831, had title to land in Madero's Colony in Liberty Co. TX ("Index to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in TX" by Virginia H. Taylor, originally published as "Spanish Archives of the General Land Office of TX" (by Glass?), FHL book 976.4 R2tv; Houston, TX, library book 976.4G 549; from Lucille Mehrkam and from Jean Walker 1984). William Duncan's title in Liberty Co. was listed on pg.946, "Abstract of Titled and Patented Lands Compiled From the Records of the General Land Office of the State of Texas" published in Austin in 1860 (indexed by Paul Campbell; published in Vol.3#2 "Texas Heritage Quarterly," from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984 and CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F385 T48)
Meredith Duncan, 25 July 1835, had title to 1 league of land in Vehlein's Colony, 2/3 in Harris Co. and 1/3 in Liberty Co. TX ("Index to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in TX" by Virginia H. Taylor, originally published as "Spanish Archives of the General Land Office of TX" (by Glass?), FHL book 976.4 R2tv; Houston, TX, library book 976.4G 549; from Lucille Mehrkam and from Jean Walker 1984). Meredith Duncan's title in Liberty Co. listed on pg.946, "Abstract of Titled and Patented Lands Compiled From the Records of the General Land Office of the State of Texas" published in Austin in 1860 (indexed by Paul Campbell; published in Vol.3#2 "Texas Heritage Quarterly," from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984 and CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F385 T48) (MAD: 1850 Walker Co. TX census; wife given as Lettitia Jackson, 1815-1881, who mar. second A.H. Long; from pg.169, "War of 1812, Veterans of TX" by Mary Fay Smith; Houston, TX, library book 976.4F282; from Lucille Mehrkam 4/1984)
James T. Duncan, 4 March 1836, lived in TX; had 1st class grant for land in Liberty Co. (listed on pg.950, "Abstract of Titled and Patented Lands Compiled From the Records of the General Land Office of the State of Texas" published in Austin in 1860, and indexed by Paul Campbell; published in Vol.3#2 "Texas Heritage Quarterly," from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984 and CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F385 T48)
Wm. B. Duncan, 4 March 1836, lived in TX; had 1st class grant for land in Liberty Co. (listed on pg.950, "Abstract of Titled and Patented Lands Compiled From the Records of the General Land Office of the State of Texas" published in Austin in 1860, and indexed by Paul Campbell; published in Vol.3#2 "Texas Heritage Quarterly," from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984 and CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F385 T48)
William Duncan, 1837-1838, died; testimony of Stephen Green, age 72y, born and always lived in Liberty Co. TX, knew Wm. Duncan who was granted one league of land in Liberty Co. on the W.side of the Trinity Triver and south of town of Liberty, who died in 1837-1838 Liberty Co. TX and left surviving him as his sole and only heirs three children: Meredith Duncan, William B. Duncan & Sidney P. Duncan (who married Joseph L. Dugat); from Deed Record (date not given, pg.56-57, "Old river country; a history of west Chambers County [TX]" by Flavia Fleischman, 1976; Houston, TX, Library book 976.42 F596 and 976.4143 F596 CHAMBE; from Lucille Mehrkam 3/1984)
William B. Duncan, 23 March 1838, received bounty warrant #3525 for 320 acres for service from 7/7/1836 to 10/7/1836; 320 acres in Chambers Co. were patented to him 10/17/1846, Patent #257 Vol.3 Abst. 85, GLO file Lib. Bty. 67 ("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). Listed as Wm. R. Duncan, Bounty grant, and William Duncan, 3rd class grant for immigration 10/1/1837 to 1/1/1840, in Chambers Co. TX (listed on pg.265, "Abstract of Titled and Patented Lands Compiled From the Records of the General Land Office of the State of Texas" published in Austin in 1860, and indexed by Paul Campbell; published in Vol.3#2 "Texas Heritage Quarterly," from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984 and CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F385 T48) (MAD: see Liberty Co. TX)
Meredith Duncan, 1840, on tax list, 1 white pole, title from patent to 1475 acres, survey based on grant to 2214 acres, 6 slaves, 200 cattle, 16 horses (pg.101, perhaps "1840 Citizens of TX; Tax Rolls" Vol.2, by Gifford White, FHL book 976.4 R2wge and fiche 6,100,365; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984)
M. Duncan, 1840, on tax list, administrator H. Jackson, 1476 acres, 190 cattle, 16 horses (pg.101, perhaps "1840 Citizens of TX; Tax Rolls" Vol.2, by Gifford White, FHL book 976.4 R2wge and fiche 6,100,365; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984)
Wm. B. Duncan, 1840, on tax list, 1 white pole, survey based on grant to 2372 acres, 125 cattle, 1 horse (pg.102, perhaps "1840 Citizens of TX; Tax Rolls" Vol.2, by Gifford White, FHL book 976.4 R2wge and fiche 6,100,365; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984)
Meredith Duncan, 1846, on tax list ("Republic of Texas: Poll Lists for 1846" by Marion Day Mullins, 1974; FHL book 976.4 R4m, from Lucille Mehrkam 1984 and Ruth Robertson 1983)
W. B. Duncan, 1846, on tax list ("Republic of Texas: Poll Lists for 1846" by Marion Day Mullins, 1974; FHL book 976.4 R4m, from Lucille Mehrkam 1984 and Ruth Robertson 1983)
David & Wm. Duncan, 1854, on scholastic list in Dist.12 as having Wm. Cooper as guardian (pg.172, "Texas Scholastics 1854-1855" by Gifford White, 1979, from Lucille Mehrkam 3/1984; FHL book 976.4 J2w)
Wm. B. Duncan, 19 Aug. 1867, died; Wm. B. Duncan, b. LA 3/6/1818, d. Liberty Co. TX 8/19/1867, bur. Old Cemetery, Liberty Co. TX; Celema De Blanc Duncan, 7/18/1833 - 5/8/1925, and children, and Eliza C. Duncan, wife of Wm. B., b. LA 11/10/1832, d. Liberty 11/11/1856, bur. Catholic Cemetery ("Liberty Co. TX Cemeteries" Pt.2, East of the Trinity River, by Mildred S. Wright; from Lucille Mehrkam 5/1984; FHL book 976.4155 V3w)
Kate Duncan, 29 Dec. 1877, mar. J. Ros Brown
"The Handbook of Texas" ed. by Walter Prescott Webb and others, 1952-1976 (from Lucille Mehrkam 10/1984; FHL book 976.4 A5ht; Internet reference from Barbara West 2/2001)
The articles in this book are available on the Internet at the following website:
The articles include William Duncan ... who came to Texas in 1825 with a letter of introduction to Stephen F. Austin and plans to bring a group of settlers from Missouri to Texas. Duncan settled on the Trinity River three miles from Liberty. ... he died in 1836. Sources include the William Berry Duncan Papers (MS, San Jacinto Museum of History).
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