Duncans in Bedford Co. VA


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

Last revised July 29, 2010

Formed 1753 from Albemarle, Lunenburg
Campbell formed 1781-2 from Bedford
Franklin formed 1785 from Bedford, Henry, Patrick


1820 Bedford Co. VA Census
Southern District, semi-alphabetic
Pg.68   Jonathan DUCON     010001 - 21010

1830 Bedford Co. VA Census Pg.139 John Duncan 1300,001 - 1100,011

1840-1850 Bedford Co. VA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Bedford Co. VA Census
Forest Depot P.O.
Pg.367, #483-482, Jas. McG. KENT 35 VA physician & farmer $60,000-$60,000
                  Lucy A. 25 VA
                  Joseph H. 5, Catharine 3 VA
                  Jas. DUNCAN 55 SCT gardiner $0-$0
                  Caswell BIGGS (m) 30 VA MULATTO farm laborer

1870 Bedford Co. VA Census
Liberty Twp., District 1
Pg.188, #311-313, DUNCAN, W.L. (m) 78 VA (white) farmer $4500-$250
                  R.W. (m) 35 VA (white) farmer
                  (MAD: Wesley Duncan on 1880 census; 1860 Amherst Co. VA census)


Bedford Co. VA Index to decedents wills 1754-1949 (FHL film 30,534) and cross-index (FHL film 30,536)
      None to 1885, then
      26-260: Duncan, Wesley L.; widow Susan; Charles B., Daniel, Wm. E., Robert

Amherst Co. VA Will (Index 1761-1920 on FHL film 30,274)
      22-216: Will of Wesley L. Duncan, written 27 Jan. 1886, proved 22 Feb. 1886 - abstracted on pg.114 in "The Wills of Amherst Co. VA 1761-1865" by Rev. Bailey Fulton Davis, as follows: "Book 22, page 216 - (This will was not indexed and clerk entered it.) January 27, 1886, written; February 22, 1886, probated. Bedford Co. VA; recorded Amherst Co. March 1, 1889. Wit. A.S. Thomason & W.J. Lankford and proved by them. Wm. E. Duncan qualified, but Danl. L. Duncan declined. Of Bedford; ux, Susan; sons Danl. and Robt. Duncan; Amherst Co. land in lieu of bond of Danl. Duncan of September 9, 1872. Sons Wm. E., Chas. B., and daughter Lucy A. Lowry; granddau. Sarah E. Holland (?). Exec. son Wm. E. for Amherst County lane and son Danl. for Bedford lane."


Bedford Co. VA Deeds (grantee index 1754-1930 on FHL film 30,551; grantor index on FHL film 30,548)
      27-198: 9 June 1838, George Duncan owes Wesley Phillips, trust deed to Samuel Hoffman, all Bedford Co. VA, for $100, milk cow, sorrel horse, farming utensils. No wife, no wit. (FHL film 30,564)
   Following from index, not looked at:
      38-450: Duncan, Daniel L. from William C. Loury, 3a on Oslin Creek & Public Road, 1856
      40-151: Duncan, Daniel L. to William C. Lowry, 1/2 int. in 3a on N. fork Big Otter River & Oslin Creek, 1858 (later not copied)
      William Butler Duncan deeds 1871, not copied
      46-307: Duncan, Daniel L. from Wesley L. Duncan, 145-3/4a bet. North & South forks of Big Otter, 1872
      60-447: Duncan, Charles B., Daniel L., Wm. E. exor, Robert, from Susan Duncan "lis pendens", 145-3/4 acres bought of Wesley L. Duncan, 1887


GABRIEL DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-10588 (FHL film 970,863)
      Applied 3 Aug. 1832, age 74, in Madison Co. KY; enlisted for 3 months in spring 1777? in Bedford Co. VA under Col. James Dixon; (immediately?) enlisted for 6 months under Capt. Isaac Shelby; then enlisted for 2 months in Prince Edward Co. VA ca 1780 under Capt. Allen, Gen. Lauson; witnesses (neighbors) Jacob Dooley and Richard Oldhouse of Madison Co. KY who knew Gabriel 30-40 years; Gabriel b. 24 Aug. 1758 in Bedford Co. VA; after Rev. lived in Prince Edward Co. VA until he moved to Madison Co. KY 30-40 years ago.
      (MAD: Campbell Co. VA 1785 tax list)
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Index to War of 1812 Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrant Applications; National Archives Film (FHL film 840,458)
      Duncan, Wesley L., widow Susan; SO 27619, SC 19768, WO 44174, WC 34547; BL 27593-40-50, 91148-40-50, 2149-80-55; Sgt. in Capt. Thomas A. Bibb's Co. VA Mil, pos. Capt. William Sale's Co. VA Mil, 2/1/1814 to 4/26/1814 and 4/28/1814 to 7/23/1814; Sol. res. 1850, 1853, 1855 Amherst Co. VA, 1872 Bedford Co. VA (PO Liberty); wid. res. 1886 Bedford Co. (PO Liberty) VA; maiden name of soldier's 1st wife Sally W. Camden, widow Susan Ramsey m. Sept. 13, 1872, Bedford Co. VA; sol. d. Jan. 30, 1886, Bedford Co. VA; wid. d. May 27, 1914, Lynchburg, VA; Remarks: survivors 19768 and widows pension certificates 34547 in brief. Soldier alleges he served as a substitute for Charles L. Davis.


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