Duncans in Fauquier Co. VA Histories


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

Last revised August 22, 2007

HISTORIES before 1923

1882 "A History of the Baptists in MO" by R.S. Duncan; Bear Creek Association, (FHL book 977.8 K2d; pgs. 576-579)
      LEWIS DUNCAN - In an early day, two brothers, named respectively John and George Duncan, emigrated from Scotland to the United States. John settled in the state of Virginia (then a Province), and George settled in Pennsylvania. From these two men it is believed that all by that name in the United States have descended. (MAD: Unproven)
      Lewis Duncan, the subject of this sketch, was a native of Virginia, and was born in Culpepper (sic) County, the first day of March, 1806. The old homestead was about eighteen miles northwest of Culpepper court house, and six miles from Gaines' Cross Roads.
      His father was James Duncan, a native of Fauquier Co. VA, and his mother's maiden name was Dorcas Butler, a daughter of Spencer Butler, of Culpepper Co. VA.
      He was the middle son of seven children - six sons and one daughter - none of whom are now living except it be Dr. William Duncan, of Texas, who is now quite elderly, if living.
      Lewis Duncan was married September 11, 1827, to Harriet Kinnaird, youngest daughter of David Kinnaird, of Culpepper County, Virginia. She was to him a help-meet indeed, for twenty-five years; and of her was born to him eleven children - eight sons and three daughters - all of whom lived to manhood and womanhood. He professed conversion and was baptized in the spring of 1828.
      On the 16th of the following October, he, with his family - my mother and oldest brother, who was but an infant - started for Missouri, where he landed about the middle of the following December. He settled, lived and died in Lincoln County. (MAD: see Lincoln Co. MO for more)

"Portrait and biographical record of St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren Counties, Missouri : containing portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the counties, together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1895, 574 pgs. (LH10578, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,000,301 item 2)
      Pg.491: JOHN F. McCORMICK, deceased, formerly a resident of township 50 range 2, came to Lincoln County in 1840, whither his brother William had preceded him. ... In 1887 he retired from business and his death occurred a few years later, May 22, 1882. The birth of J.F. McCormick occurred in Warrenton, Fauquier County, VA, March 17, 1822. His father, William, who was a farmer and mechanic, probably a native of Ireland but was reared in the Old Dominion, where he died about the year 1847, aged eighty years. ... William McCormick and his brother Stephen ... William McCormick first married Lucy Stallard, and to them were born five children: Isabella, who married John Mays; Elizabeth, who became the wife of William Kinzie; Mary, Mrs. John Duncan; Sallie, Mrs. John Rice; and William, Jr., who came to Missouri in the latter part of the '30s. All the members of this family have been called to their final rest. After the death of his first wife Mr. McCormick married Miss Mary Roe, also a Virginian. Of their three children, Julia Ann married a Mr. McCarthy in Virginia; John F. is the second; and Caroline V. married a Mr. Smoot, and died in Colorado Springs, where she had gone for her health. John F. McCormick lived until his eighteenth year in his native state ... two years after his arrival in this state he married Eveline Jamison, who was born in this county September 27, 1825, ...

1883 "History of Henry & St. Clair Cos. MO" pub. by National Hist. Co. (FHL book 977.84 H2hh)
      Pg.776-7: Leesville Twp: CHARLES P. DUNCAN, farmer and stock raiser, was born June 30, 1840, in Newton Co. MO, being the son of Frederick M. Duncan, a native of Virginia and of Scotch descent. His father Charles Duncan and a brother emigrated to the United States just previous to the war of 1812, and both served through that war, after which they returned to Virginia, where Charles Duncan lived until his death in 1856. F.M. Duncan grew up in Fauquier County and came from there to Missouri in 1834, first locating in Cooper County. ... he was married in that county to Martha E. Parks of Kentucky. After living in Cooper County four years he removed to Newton County, where he ... lived until his death in 1855. Charles P. Duncan was the oldest of a family of two sons and four daughters. After the death of his father he came to Henry County with his guardian. (MAD: See Henry Co. MO for more.)

1847 "Historical Sketches of KY" by Lewis Collins (CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Pg.276-7, Fayette Co.: John Bradford b. Fauquier Co. VA 1749, married Eliza James, dau. of Capt. Benjamin James of said county in 1761 and had five sons & four daughters; served for a short time in the revolutionary army and came to KY for first time in fall of 1779. He was in battle with Indians at Chillicothe. In 1785 he removed his family to KY and settled about 4 miles north of Lexington on Cane run. In 1787, in conjunction with his brother Fielding Bradford (a venerable man who now lives about two miles nearly north from Georgetown), he established the "Kentucke Gazette", the first number of which was published in Lexington on 11 Aug. that year, under which title continued until 14 March 1789 when it changed to "Kentucky Gazette," in consequence of the legislature of VA requiring certain advertisements to be inserted in "Kentucky Gazette." Fielding Bradford remained a partner until 31 May 1788 when he withdrew, then it was continued by John Bradford until 1 April 1802, when he conveyed establishment to his son Daniel Bradford, who continued for many years, and is still residing in Lexington, an acting magistrate. (MAD: spelling as given)

1886 "KY, a History of the State" 3rd Edition, by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, (FHL book 976.9 D3wt)
      Warren Co. JOSEPH D. DUNCAN, Warren Co., was born in VA in 1814 and is of Scotch descent. He is a son of Edmond and Harriet (Dulaney) Duncan, and the eldest son of a family of ten children. His father immigrated to this State in 1817, when it was still in many places a "cane-brake" .... Joseph D. was brought up on the farm and received his education in the country schools and in Bowling Green. He married, in June, 1841, Jane Covington. They have had six children, five of whom are still living. Their names are as follows: Drucilla, Eliza C., Euclid M., Henry F., Woodford D. and Simon B. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are members of the Baptist Church ... Masonic order for 35 years ... Whig, Democrat.
      Warren Co. WOODFORD DUNCAN, was born in this (Warren) county, March 21, 1825, and is a son of Edmond and Harriet (Dulaney) Duncan, of Scotch-Irish descent. Charles Duncan and Joseph Dulaney, his grandfathers, lived in Fauquier Co. VA, and his father emigrated from Fauquier Co. VA about 1817-18 and settled in this county. Subject's early life was spent on the farm, ... He remained with his father for several years after arriving at manhood, and in April, 1853, married Hettie Johnson, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Boyce) Johnson. After marriage he moved to his present place where he has ever since resided, except about 8 years spent in Bowling Green in the mercantile business. He owns a farm of 200 acres ... Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have six children, Presley E., Harriet, Joseph F., Katie, Henrietta M. and Nannie S., all of whom are living. Democrat, Masonic, he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

1891 "Portrait & Biographical Album of Macoupin Co. IL" by Biographical Publishing Co. (FHL book 977.383 D3p, and from Sue Monaghan 1987 with permission to share with others)
      Pg.493: Prof. Thomas E. Moore, Co. Superintendent of Schools ... native this county, b. Honey Point Twp, Sept. 16, 1847, son of Thomas D. Moore, native of Danville [Boyle Co.], KY, early pioneer of this section of IL. The paternal grandfather of our subject, William Moore, was born in VA and was a son of an immigrant from North of Ireland descended from Scotch ancestry and who came to this country in Colonial times; he first settled in VA, then KY, early pioneer of Danville where he died. He married in KY to Ellen Duncan, a native of Fauquier Co. VA and dau. of William Duncan, also a VA'n by birth. Grandfather Moore was a farmer, and after his removal to Danville, KY, devoted himself to his calling in that place the remainder of his life. Thomas D. Moore resided in native State until 1834, then age 20 started out ... to IL, to Carlinville, unmarried, his mother kept house for him. After a year, he returned to KY to marry Julia Dickerson, native of Jessamine Co., b. 1813. ... (MAD: William Moore m. 1813 Ellen Duncan in Lincoln Co. KY; she listed as daughter of Howson Duncan in his will; mother listed as Ellen Duncan in marriages by Anne Burns)

"Americans of Gentle Birth and their Ancestors: a genealogical encyclopedia embracing many authenticated lineages and biographical sketches of the founders of the colonies and their descendants found in all parts of the United States" Vol.II by Hannah D. Pittman, 1907 (Memphis Public Library book 929.12 P689, from Evelyn Sigler 1982 with permission to share with others)
      Pg.175: John Hartwell Battle b. 1805 Nash Co. NC, m. Polly Bailey of Warren Co. GA. dau. of Pierce Bailey Sr. and Nancy Duncan. John H. Battle and wife lived in Muskogee Co. GA at the time of his death. After his death his wife returned to Warren Co. GA and later lived in Taliaferro Co. GA.
      Pg.178: Pierce Bailey Sr. m. Milly Duncan descended from Andrew Duncan of Edinburgh. One child named Pierce b. Dec. 25, 1797. (MAD: Fauquier Co. VA)

1920 "History of SC" by Yates Snowden, Vol.V, pub. Chicago, Lewis Pub. Co., 1920 (FHL book 975.7 H2s)
      Pg.10-11: Col. William Handsford Duncan. Barnwell Co. has had the good fortune and distinction of claiming the citizenship of a William Handsford Duncan in each of three successive generations. The first of them was the late Col. William Handsford Duncan, an able soldier, successful business man and public spirited citizen, whose life was a constant influence affecting the advancement and welfare of his community and his state. His death in 1889 removed from SC a substantial and highly esteemed citizen and the many tributes at that time to his high standing in the world of affairs and as a man and citizen attested to the abiding place he had in the hearts and affections of those who knew him and of his work and accomplishment. His career was not a path of roses, but he fought against and conquered adverse conditions that would have utterly discouraged one of less sterling mettle. His military record was marked by courage and ability of a high order, his business record showed that he possessed industry, energy and integrity to a pronounced degree, while his interest in public affairs was of that practical kind that is of real permanent value to the community and state.
      He was born in Barnwell Co. SC, Aug. 22, 1835, and died Dec. 14, 1889. He was of old Scotch stock and displayed those solid elements of character typical of that race. His father Willis Jennings Duncan was born and reared in Fauquier Co. VA, and came to SC with his father Joseph Duncan who was a soldier of the War of the Revolution. (MAD: see Barnwell Co. SC for more)

"1792 to 1892, the Illustrated Centennial Record of State of KY, containing complete list of Executive, Judicial and Legislative Departments of State ... since 1792" by Sam Carpenter Elliott, 1892 (FHL film 156,890 item 8)
      Pg.8: Simon Kenton, pioneer of KY, b. April 13, 1755 in Fauquier Co. VA, father was native of Ireland, mother of Scotch descent, at age 16 he left home on account of difficulty with a neighbor, William Veatch, whom he thought he had killed; to KY, assumed name of Simon Butler which enabled him to escape. Later found he had not killed Veatch. Captured many times by Indians and escaped. Planted first corn raised in Mason Co. KY or north of the KY river. Died at his home in Logan Co. OH 4/29/1836. (MAD: copied because we keep seeing the Simon Kenton name in early KY & OH records)

1916 "History of TX and Texans" by Frank W. Johnson, Vol.1-5 (SUTRO film 69 reel 2 & 3; CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      V.4 p.1705: JOHN A. DUNCAN, in service of Southern Pacific Railway, foreman of the roundhouse at Glidden [Colorado Co.]; had his home in TX almost 40 years. Of old VA family & ancestry, John A. Duncan was born in Montgomery, AL, December 29, 1858, son of George W. and Mary (Caldwell) Duncan who had moved to AL only a short time previously. His father, who was born at town of Fluvanna, Faquier (sic) Co. VA, self-educated, son of a slave-holding farmer. The old planter and the grandfather was James Duncan who married a Miss Sneed, representing another old family of VA; among the children of this old couple were: George W.; Robert who died in TN; Howell, the oldest son who spent his life in Roanoke, VA; Valentine whose life was passed in Faquier Co.; Mrs. Mary Waldrip of Hanover; Nannie who married a planter named Pettit and lived near Fluvanna; Lucinda who was married and spent her life in her native country, and German, of Fluvanna. After his marriage, George W. Duncan spent several years on farm of his mother and about 1855 left VA, to Montgomery, AL where engaged in planting, enrolled for service in Confederate Army, was captured at Agar's Station, MS, paroled two weeks later, returned home a year before close of war; an agent for General Allen, and later for Charles Moulton an extensive farmer near Montgomery, AL, in whose service he died March 3, 1868. George W. Duncan was married in Campbell Co. VA on November 15, 1853, to Mary A. Caldwell, born November 16, 1844, dau. of Watson and Mary (Winfrey) Caldwell; they belonged to old VA families and Mr. Caldwell was extensive tobacco grower with slave labor; lost his money because of Civil War; (more on Caldwell family not copied here). Children of George W. and Mary Duncan were: Alice who married Whitaker (no second name) and died at Spout Springs, VA; John Archer; Charles of Denta, VA; George Freney, who died in childhood; and Kate who died unmarried. John A. Duncan grew up in old VA, his mother having returned there after the death of the father, and in 1878 came direct from Lynchburg, VA, to LaGrange, TX, by railroad ... The first time Mr. Duncan revisited his old home in VA was after an absence of 14 years and soon after his own marriage. He was married at Halletsville, TX on November 26, 1884, to Mrs. Lydia Overbay, whose father, Charles Keykendall, was an early settler in Lavaca Co. The children of Mr. & Mrs. Duncan are: John C., an employee of the Southern Pacific at Glidden; Miss Ethel; Leslie, freight clerk at Glidden; and Miss Kyle, attending school at Columbus. (MAD: Denta, VA, as given in history; Dante, VA, as given by Terry Duncan, a descendant, 12/2001)

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