Duncans in Mecklenburg Co. VA

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

Last revised November 22, 2012

MECKLENBURG CO. VA
Formed 1764-5 from Lunenburg
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1830 Mecklenburg Co. VA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Mecklenburg Co. VA Census (alphabetic)
Pg.366  Duncan, David      2100,001 - 0010,01

1850 Mecklenburg Co. VA Census
Pg.105, #154, Jessee ADKINSON 33 VA merchant $2500
                  Martha 31 VA
                  James 9, Duncan (m) 7 VA
                  Betty 5, George 3 VA
                  Mary 1 VA
                  Elizabeth LADD 13 VA
                  Patty COFFER 10 VA
                  Eliza DUNCAN 30 VA
                  (MAD: see Bedford Co. VA)
Pg.127, #475, David DUNCAN 55 IRE professor R.M. College
                  Alice 40 VA
                  David 14, Thomas 7 VA
                  William 11, DeArey (m) 5 VA
                  Virginia H. PIEMONT? (f) 20 VA
                  (MAD: see Spartanburg Co. SC; William Wallace Duncan in 1870 Norfolk Co. VA census)
22nd Regt.
Pg.136, #606, James GRIFFIN 75 VA farmer $60
                  Sally 30, Eliza 28 VA
                  Emily 20 VA
                  Richard DUNKHAM 28 VA
                  Panthier (f) 18 VA
                  (MAD: see also 1850 Halifax Co. VA for same couple)

1860 Mecklenburg Co. VA census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Mecklenburg Co. VA Census
Boydton Twp.
Pg.229, #79-66, DUNCAN, Thomas 44 VA BLACK (line through occupation) $0-$0
                  Esther 42 VA BLACK keeps house
Clarksville Twp.
Pg.381, #798-798, DUNKAM, Eliza 30 VA (white) keeps house $0-$0
                  Susan J. 9 VA at home
Pg.381, #801-801, YANCEY, Mary 92 VA (white) keeps house $1350-$315
                  HICKS, J.M. (m) 55 NC (white) farmer
                  DUNCAN, Panther? (Parether?) (f) 38 VA (white) at home
                  HICKS, Mary E. 39 VA (white) keeps house
                  (MAD: ? Rich. Duncan & wife Panthea in 1860 Halifax Co. VA census)
Palmers Spring Twp.
Pg.427, #166-155, DUNCAN, Gordan C. 35 NC (white) overseer on farm $0-$0, mar. Aug.
                  Mary 17 NC keeps house, mar. Aug.
                  (MAD: 1850 Warren Co. NC census)
 

ESTATE RECORDS

WILL OF WILLIAM DUNCAN, Mecklenburg Co. VA, ? Aug. 1795; prob. 11 April 1796 (copy from will book from Charles O. Duncan 1985 with permission to share with others; MAD's extract)
      William Duncan of Mecklenburg County, being in a low State of health but in my perfect senses ... in the first place I give unto my sister, Elizabeth Robinson eight pounds fifteen Shillings the money that Benjamin Robinson is owing me. In the next place I give unto my brother, John Duncan, one tract of land laying in Granville Co. NC with all the rest of my estate ... this the sth [sic] day of August, 1795. Teste: Thomas Cardwell, William Pound, Matthew x Caviness. Court held 11 April 1796, will proved by oaths of William Pound and Matthew Caviness witnesses ... on motion of John Duncan who made oath thereto and together with William Hencrick [sic] his security ... [granted certificate for obtaining letters of administration].

Mecklenburg Co. VA Wills
      2-227: Will of George Duncan of Mecklenburg Co., 9 June 1787, low state of health; to my two sons William and John each of them one feather bed and furniture and each of them a cow and calf whenever they chose to take them; my wife Mary Duncan shall have all the rest of my estate during her life both real and personal, and at her death to my son John Duncan the tract of land I now live on, likewise 5 pounds from my estate; the rest of my estate besides the land be equally divided between my 3 children William, John and Elisabeth. Appoint wife Mary Duncan and son William Duncan executors. Wit. Thomas Cardwell, David Adkins, Thomas (+) Fleman. Proved 10 April 1788 on oaths of Thomas Cardwell and Thomas Fleman; executors Mary Duncan and William Duncan who gave bond together with George Tarry/Tamy?. (FHL film 32,518)
      2-235: Inventory and appraisement of George Dunkin's estate; taken 10 May 1788. 3 feather beds & furniture, ... taken by William Peony?/Peavy?, Thomas Carter, Thomas (+) Fleman. Filed 9 June 1788. (FHL film 32,518)
      3-338: Will of William Duncan, 4? August 1795, of Mecklenburg Co., low state of health; to my sister Elizabeth Robinson 8 lbs 15 shillings, it being the money that Benjamin Robinson is owing me; to my brother John Duncan one tract of land laying in Granville Co. NC with all the rest of my estate. Wit. Thomas Cardwell, William Pound?, Matthew (+) Caviness? (no signature shown) Proved 11 April 1796 on oath of William Pound and Matthew Caviness; John Duncan appointed executor, posted bond with William Hendrick security. (FHL film 32,518)
      3-373: Appraisal of estate of William Duncan ... by William Taylor Junr, Anderson Taylor, John Clardy; John Duncan executor; July 22, 1796. Returned 12 Sept. 1796 and ordered recorded. (FHL film 32,518)
      5-306: Will of Lucy (+) Duncan, 29 Aug. 1805, of Mecklenburg Co. VA, unsound health. My estate kept together for benefit of having my children kept together; crop growing on my plantation; appoint William Taylor my executor without security. Wit. Carter (+) Hood, Mary Collins. Proved 9 Dec. 1805. (FHL film 32,519)
      5-313: Inventory of estate of John Duncan: Hogs and pigs, waggons, kitchen furniture, 3 beds, 4 chairs, 4 negroes; filed by Lucy Duncan, admr. Property alloted to widow Lucy Duncan as her dower. Appraisal by Frs. Jones, John Taylor, James Lewis. Inventory returned 9 Dec. 1805. (FHL film 32,519)
      5-314: Sales of estate of John Duncan mostly to Lucy Duncan. (FHL film 32,519)
      5-420: Jan. 1806, appraisement of estate of Lucy Duncan by James B. Jones and John Taylor, retd. 10 March 1807. (FHL film 32,519)
      5-421: Payments from estate of John Duncan; account Nov. 10, 1804; included "callico for one of children"; "schooling 2 of the children"; paid taxes in "N. Carolina"; paid 1802 blacksmith's account. Many other items. (FHL film 32,519)
            6-80: Sales 28 Jan. 1807. (FHL film 32,519)
            6-83: 26 March 1808 account included schooling two of the children, William and Nancy, paid Jan. 1806. (Lucy or John Duncan account) (FHL film 32,519)
      8-477: Will of John Clardy, 28 July 1818, of Mecklenburg Co. VA; wife Elizabeth Clardy land during life/widowhood, whereon I now live, on long branch on the line between Samuel Tarry and myself, to Mrs. Tarry's line, to the old field where Benjamin Robertson formerly lived at a branch, to the creek, up the creek to the 1st branch on the south side, up that branch to the path crossing to Majr. Taylor, up that path ... corner between Samuel Tarry and myself. Also to my wife Elizabeth Clardy during life (slaves, oxen, kitchen furniture); to my daughter Mary Collins; to my son Benjamin Clardy; to my daughter Martha Day, $100; to my daughter Milly Johnson a negro boy named Bob and a girl named Lucy which negroes she now has in her possession. I give and bequeath to my son John Clardy a negro girl named Cate, her and her increase forever. I give and bequeath to my son James Clardy that part of my tract of land which I have not lent to my wife Elizabeth Clardy, also the following negroes, to wit Davy, ...; to my daughter Sarah Pool; to my son James Clardy (the rest of the land after death of wife). The money which I now have and proceeds of sale of perishable property not disposed of be equally divided between my sons Benjamin Clardy and James Clardy and my dau. Sarah Pool. To my grandsons Buck Duncan and James Hood and my grand daughters Nancy Duncan and Ritta Duncan I give 5 pounds in money all that I intend to give them. Appoint son James Clardy and son-in-law Bingis? Pool executors. Wit. Edward Tarey, Ransom Cunningham, Samuel Tarey. Presented in court 19 Oct. 1818 on oath of wits. Burgis Pool and James Clardy executors, security William Daniel, Armisted? Burwell, Richard H. Walker, bond of $50,000. (FHL film 32,520)
      19-325: 28 Feb. 1857, will of Eliza J. (+) Duncan. Loan to my sister Martha A. Adkisson, wife of Jesse Adkisson, all during her life and then to her daus. equally. Appoint Dabney Cosby of Halifax Co. VA executor. Wit. J.R. Leigh, W.H. Morton Jr. Codicil 8 April 1858; if either niece dies without child or children living, then to my nephews, sons of sister Martha A. Adkisson. Wit. J.G. Boyde, W.H. Morton Jr. Proved 17 May 1858; proved again 16 Aug. 1858; letters of administration issued to Jno. Weinbeck with security J.G. Sneed. (FHL film 32,520) (MAD: See Bedford Co. VA)

Mecklenburg Co. VA Fiduciary Book 1765-1850 (FHL film 32,567)
      Contains bonds for administration of John Duncan's estate, but nothing gives the names of the children.

Mecklenburg Co. VA Guardian Accounts 1766-1793; 1802-1812; 1812-1825 (FHL film 32,565; did not copy early 1812-25 entries)
   1802-1812
      Pg.138: Lucy Duncan guardian of William, Nancy and Ritter Duncan, orphans of John Duncan; account Dec. 5, 1805.
      Pg.169: William Taylor, guardian of Nancy Duncan, orphan of John Duncan decd; lists 1/3 part of bonds, etc., 1804. Filed 11 April 1808.
      Pg.170, 171: same for Ritter Duncan, William Duncan.
      Pg.279: same for William Duncan; mentions notes; mentions John Clardy Sr.; account filed 14 April 1812.
      Pg.283, 288: same for Ritter and Nancy Duncan.
   1812-1825
      Pg.224: William Duncan account; May 1817 included receipt from land rented by William Collier 1817 to 1 Jan. 1818; account to Feb. 1818.
      Pg.226, 228: same for Miss Nancy Duncan, Miss Ritter Duncan.
      Pg.270: Jan. 1819, Nancy Duncan account included payment for surveying and dividing the land belonging to John Duncan's heirs; contra: legacy devised to her by Jno. Clardy; contra: William Duncan for his over proportion of negroes; contra: John F. Marshall for do.
      Pg.271: Same for William Duncan.
      (no 1819 account found for Ritter Duncan)
 

COURT RECORDS

Mecklenburg Co. VA Court document (typed copy of page from Mary Louise Craven 1985 with permission to share with others; MAD's extract)
      19 Jan. 1839, In Chancery, Nov. Court 1837, Ambrose Baber & c against William Baber's admir. et al.
      Complainants Ambrose Baber, Edward Baber, Wm. Oglesby & Nancy P. his wife formerly Baber, Jesse Leay and Sarah P. his wife formerly Baber, J. Atkinson & Matilda his wife formerly Matilda Baber (children of Thos. Baber deceased) and Thos., Wm., & Washington Baber (children of Ambrose Baber deceased) and Isham Scruggs & Nancy his wife formerly Nancy Baber daughter of Edw. Baber & Sally Finch formerly Baber also a daughter of Edw. Baber deceased. Molly Scruggs, Keziah Scruggs, Allen Scruggs, Martha Scruggs and Joseph Gray and Matilda his wife, formerly Matilda Scruggs, Field A. Duncan & Jane his wife formerly Jane Scruggs, and Fleming W. Duncan, George A. Duncan, Wm. S. Duncan, Marshall B. Duncan, Edwin M. Duncan, Henry A. Duncan, John Berryman and Sophia his wife formerly Sophia Duncan, Curtis & Harriett, his wife (MAD: sic), Thos. Scruggs & Nancy his wife formerly Nancy Duncan and Wm. Carter and Mary his wife formerly Mary Duncan, represent
            that Wm. Baber the half brother of some of your complainants & the uncle of others of them, lately departed this life in this county intestate & without having a wife or children. He died owning real estate and slaves which passed into the hands of George Rogers, the administrator.
            The complainants are the heirs at law of Wm. Baber and entitled to distribution of his estate; the administrator informed them all debts were paid; the land is poor and will sell for very little much less than $300 to the share of each distributee; slaves cannot be divided in kind as there are fewer slaves than distributees.
            They ask that George Rogers be made a defendant in the suit, and answer the allegations; that the slaves be sold and proceeds divided; that George Rogers be required to render an account of the administration; that any balance be distributed.

Mecklenburg Co. VA County Court Order Books 1833-1843 (FHL film 32,563)
      Book 1A, 1833-36; Book 2A, 1836-1840: Court Jan. 1839 "see papers Feb. Court 1839" re case of Baber v. Baber; original papers not filed; wanted full name of "Curtis & Harriett, his wife" as heir of Duncan or Scruggs; see document from Louise Craven.
      Original documents not found on film; decree not written out in minute book.

Mecklenburg Co. VA Superior Court (FHL film 32,527)
      1810-1822, will book, etc. - poor index; no Duncan
      Circuit Court Book 1, wills 1831-1892 - no Duncan
       Jan.-Feb. 1839: no Baber vs Baber judgement
 

LAND RECORDS

Mecklenburg Co. VA Deeds (indexes on FHL film 32,528 Grantors; FHL film 32,530 Grantees; next deeds 1870)
      1-60: 8 May 1765, George White of St. James Parish, Mecklenburg Co., to George Duncan of same, for 30 lbs, 100 acres in St. James Parish where said Duncan now lives, Edmund Taylor's corner in county line on his Mill Creek, across a ridge, mouth of Busby's mill branch. /s/ George White, Susana (X) White. Wit. Edmund Taylor, Ann Taylor, Dorcas Suit?. (FHL film 32,532)
      1-531: 12 Aug. 1767, mortgage, Thomas Erskine of Mecklenburg Co. to Charles Duncan of Prince Georges Co., merchant, for 1350 lbs, 213 acres in Edwd. Goodes line and 600 acres on branches of Bluestone Creek on Roanoke River, part of a larger tract granted to John Cox 5 Aug. 1764, by Cox to Erskine 13 Sept. 1764. Wit. Dune Rose, Andw. Johnston Junr, Abraham Mauzy. (FHL film 32,532)
      6-81: 2 Sept. 1776, David Dortch of Mecklenburg Co. to Charles Duncan of Chesterfield Co. and Robert Turnbull of Dinwiddie Co., for 246 lbs, 82 acres on Dockry's (?Dockny's) Creek, Insels corner, granted to David Dortch by patent 10 Nov. 1757, reserving to David Dortch 5 acres which was leased to Messers Dinwiddie Crawford & Co. for 21 yrs. Wit. William Turnbull, Alexander Schw.. (?Schvir?), John Cook, John Cook (twice), Noah Dortch, David Dorlelys?. (FHL film 32,534)
      7-153: (no date) Alexander Boyd of Mecklenburg Co. appoint my sister Mary Wood otherwise called Mary Boyd of Town of Irvine in Kingdom of Scotland, together with my friends James King the Elder merchant of Port Glasgow and Charles Duncan merchant of Glasgow in the same Kingdom, money due me in Great Brittan, sell land in .... (not copied later). Rec. Sept., 1787. (FHL film 32,535)
      8-82: 15 March 1791, John (X) Dunkin of Mecklenburg Co. to John Armistead, for 55 lbs, a negro. Wit. James Adams, Samuel Allgood. (FHL film 32,535)
      8-153: 24 April 1792, John Phelps of Charlotte Co. and John (+) Duncan of Mecklenburg Co. to Johnny Morgan of Mecklenburg Co., for 110 lbs 10 shillings, 221 acres on fork of Shuffel Branch. Wit. John Keeton, David Hudson, Thomas (X) Robertson. Relinquishment by Elizabeth Duncan 9 July 1792. (FHL film 32,535)
      8-237: 13 June 1792?, Charles Duncan of Chesterfield Co. and Robert Turnbull of Prince George Co. to Joseph Speed? of Mecklenburg Co., refer deed from David Dortch, 5 acres, lease, for 400 lbs, the whole of the tract, 82 acres by estimation, including the 5 acres leased to William Park, Lucases corner, Insels corner, Dockins? Creek. Wit. Jono. Speer, William Smith, Edward Bignale, William Cole, Saml. Holmes Junr., Jas. Byene? Jr. (FHL film 32,535)
      8-291: 8 April 1793, William Farling, Sheriff, to John Duncan, 19 acres of land formerly Thomas Chamberlains; tax not paid, land corner Philliphes? and Robertsons, corner Cosimon, 19 shillings. (FHL film 32,535)
      9-5: 5 Oct. 1795, Thomas Griffin Peachy, Charles Duncan, and David Buchannan, all of the state of Virginia, to Richard Hanson of Prince George Co., attorney for Bonson Framon of Illington, Co. of Middlesex, Kingdom of Great Brittain, and John Barry of Lunenburg, VA, of the 3rd part; Roger Atkinson the elder of Manfield, Dinwiddie Co., VA, owed Benson Farnan 1370 lbs, 8 sh., by deed conveyed to said Thomas Griffin, Peach Hill, Buckhannon, Charles Duncan and David Buckhannan, land in Mecklenburg Co., by survey made 1783, 906 acres, land Roger Atkinson purchased of Thomas Pleasants on south side of South Maherier? River; by deed of trust Roger Atkinson authorized Thomas Griffin Peachy, Neil Bucchanan, Charles Duncan, and David Bucchanan or any two of them to sell the 906 acres; deed of trust recorded in the General Court of VA 11 Nov. 1791; land sold at public auction for 221 lbs to John Berry. /s/ T.G. Peachy, Charles Duncan, Benson Feamon by atty Richard Hanson. Wit. William Brown, Frederick Andrews, Leonard Barry. (FHL film 32,536)
      9-53: 3 June 1795, similar to above, trustees to William Colget. (FHL film 32,536)
      9-123: 11 Feb. 1796, John (X) Duncan to Turner Sharp, for 100 lbs, 100 acres by estimation, Shufflers Branch (later called Shuffels branch). Wit. Charles Bristow, James Boyd, Richard Boyd, Alexr. Boyd Jur. Acknowledged; Betsy Duncan wife personally appeared and was examined. (FHL film 32,536)
      9-124: (no day) Aug. 1796, John (X) Duncan to James McCarter, for 13 lbs, 37 acres on south side of Thuffel's? Branch, on Allen's line. No Wit. Betsy Duncan examined. (FHL film 32,536)
      9-186: 16 May 1787, William Duncan of City of Dolbin?, Kingdom of Scotland, merchant and at present in City of Glasgow on Co. of Lauerk?, North Britain, appoint Thomas Vaughan of Mecklenburg, as attorney general. Wit. in Glasgow. (FHL film 32,536)
      12-334: 9 Sept. 1805, Thomas Griffin Peachy of City of Williamsburg and Charles Duncan of County of Chesterfield, to William Coleman of Co. of Mecklenburg, similar to earlier; land; at court in town of Petersburg, 16 Sept. 1805, acknowledged by Charles Duncan. (FHL film 32,537)
      13-8: 1 April 1806, trust deed, Bozeman Mayes of Mecklenburg, to William Birchell and Robert Birchell of same, merchants, and George Duncan of 3rd part, Mayes indebted to Buchell, land in trust to George Duncan. /s/ Boz. Mayes, Wm. Buchell & Co., George Duncan. Wit. Allen Phillips, Daniel Durham, William J. Royster, Hardy Stone. (FHL film 32,538)
      13-184: 13 Jan. 1807, George Duncan to Bozeman Mayes, ref. to deed of trust. No Wit. (FHL film 32,538)
      13-486: 13 Jan. 1808, Charles Duncan of Roslin, in Chesterfield Co., partner and attorney to Dinwiddie Crawford & Co. and Charles Duncan & Co., merchants in Great Brittain, power of attorney, appoint Richard Apperson of Mecklenburg Co. as attorney. (FHL film 32,538)
      14-274: 31 Dec. 1809, Nicholas Jeter trust deed to George Duncan; Jeter owes William Birchell and Robert Birchell, merchants; 100 acres bounded by Frederick Jucy?, Harrod Rudd, Elizabeth Hayes, etc. Wit. James Yancey, Cleyton (x) Jones, Daniel Shelton. (FHL film 32,538)
      18-76: 14 Aug. 1819, John F. Marshall and wife Ritter/Rieter of Warren Co. NC to William Taylor of Mecklenburg Co. VA, for $480, 40 acres on Mill Creek, bounded by lands of said William Taylor and ... 40 acres of land in east part of mansion land that John Duncan died possessed of & allotted to said John F. Marshall and Ritter? his wife by commissioners appointed to divide estate of John Duncan among his heirs. (FHL film 32,540; deed almost too dark to read) (MAD: Henrietta Duncan mar. John F. Marshall 1818 in Granville Co. NC)
      18-116: 11 Aug. 1819, William Duncan (no wife mentioned) to William Taylor, for $960, 80 acres on waters of Mill Creek, bounded by lands of said William Taylor, Samuel Taylor and the State line between North Carolina and Virginia which ... is the west part of the mansion house tract of land that John Duncan died possessed of and allotted to the said William Duncan by commissioners to divide the estate of the said John Duncan. Wit. Jno. Taylor, Wm. Marshall, John F. Marshall, Ransome Cunningham. (FHL film 32,540)
      27-61: 18 Oct. 1836, Jane (x) Duncan of Lauderdale Co. AL appoint Silas Shelbourn of Lunenburg Co. VA, attorney to ask for ... my part of the estate of my brother William Beaber of Mecklenburg Co. VA. Rec. Lauderdale Co. AL. (FHL film 32,544) (MAD: ?? Jane Scruggs, b. 1771, d. 1851 Austin Co. TX; m. bef. 1797 Field Allen Duncan; in Williamson Co. TN 1814)
      31-377: (blank) March 1845, David Duncan formerly of Norfolk ... now of Randolph Waren College in County of Mecklenburg, VA, guardian of my infant children Mary Elizabeth, James Armstrong, David Robinson, William Wallace, Thomas Cary Duncan who with William Wallace and Amanda Churchill Duncan now deceased are devisees of Ann D. Shirley late of borough of Norfolk VA as the heir remaining? of her father Christopher Tompkins and Robert Tompkins her grandfather, and in my own right as the heir at law of the said William Wallace and Amanda Churchill Duncan, appoint Mr. Markland of Roanoak in the State of Kentucky as attorney to dispose of land in KY. Recorded 17 March 1845. (FHL film 32,546)
      33-141: (rec. 25 Sept. 1849) no day, month, 1849, David Duncan "formerly of the Borough (now City) of Norfolk in the state of Virginia but now residing in the County of Mecklenburg in the state aforesaid and Guardian to my children Mary Elizabeth Duncan (now Mary Elizabeth Lomax) William Wallace now deceased, James Armstrong and Amanda Churchill Duncan now deceased, who are devisees of Ann D. Shirley deceased" late of Norfolk, "and in my own right, as the heir at law of the said William Wallace, and Amanda Churchill, and as the father of David Robinson, William Wallace, Thomas Casy and D'Arcy Paul Duncan, infants born since the death of the said Testatrix Ann D. Shirley," appoint Lucien Lomax Esquire attorney at law of Abbeville in the District of Abbeville SC and husband of my daughter Mary Elizabeth to sell real estate ... in the state of KY of which Ann D. Shirley as the heir or devisee of Christopher Tompkins and Robert Tompkins, was seized ... which she devised by her last will and testament to my children aforesaid .... No Wit. (FHL film 32,547)
 

REFERENCES FROM OTHER LOCALITIES

1820 Warren Co. NC census (see Mecklenburg Co. VA deed 18-76)
      Pg.800:   John F. Marshall      100010 - 01110

Cumberland Co. VA Will Books With Inventories and Accounts (FHL film 30,738)
      Will Book 1, 1749-1769 - no Duncan
      Will Book 2, 1769-1792, Restored by DAR 1937 - no Duncan, no Phelps indexed; pgs.482-483 are very faint in areas, spelling is eratic.
            Book 2, Pg.482: Will of Samuel Phelps of Cumberland Co., dated 5 Aug. 1790; to my grandson William Jones? Watkins (Wm. James? Watkins), my Baker barrell gun; to my dau. Pegge Wattkins (Peggeth? Watkins), 50 acres of land where she now lives to be laid of jyning Witbons & Henry Perkins line, and lend her one Negro girl Leucy, after her deceast the sd. gall & her increase to be equally devided amon her livin chirdren begot of her body; to my dau. Elizabeth dunkin 84 acres of land to be laid of jineing Charles Conners? (Consars?) (Cannons?) land, and I lend her one Negro garl naimed Judah in trust not to be sod nor hired, and after the deceast of Elibeth dunkin to her liveing children begot of her body; to my dau. Sarah Conor 50 acres in Macklinburgh Co. to be laid of jineing John Chamberlains land & the Sottre? lands and lend her one Negro boy named David ... then to her children; lend my dau. Patty Phelps one Negro boy named Isaac ... then to her children; lend Nancy Phelps (no relationship given) one Negro garl named Dilcey then to her children; lend Polly Phelps (no relationship given) one Negro girl Agga then to her living children; lend my granddau. Masey Burros one Negro boy Jefrey and if she dies without living children, then to her mother Elizabeth dunkin; lend my wife Elizabeth (blotted) of the land and plantation, stocks, cattle, (etc.) and lend her 5 Negroes named Lonon?, old hannar, young Hannar, Fanney, Napper, ... after her decease the land and plantation equally divided among my three daus. Patty Phelps, Nancy Phelps, and Polly Phelps, and I lend Patty Phelps, Polly Phelps and Nancy Phelps four negros named Loun?, old hanar, young hannar and Napper and their increase (and farm tools, etc.); and to my dau. Maryann Peck 50 acres in Macklenburgh Co. that her grandmother Mary Chamberlin lives on after her death; after my wife Elizabeth Phelps decease I lend her one negro named Nancy?? (faint) then to her children (faint) in Mechlinburgh Co. [land over that given is to be sold and money used to pay accounts]. (faint) Appoint John Phelps of Charles Co. and ??? execs. (MAD: second executor said to be Elizabeth Phelps by another source). Wit. John Raine Junr (Reynolds: Rains), Francis Hurt, Richard Dagnell (Reynolds: Dagnall). Proved 26 Oct. 1870. Bondsmen Samuel Williams, Jehill?? Conan?? (faint), Milles Woodson.

Barren Co. KY Deeds
      S-526/527: (blank) day of Feb. 1850, David Duncan, formerly of Borough "(now city)" of Norfolk in State of Virginia, but now residing in County of Mecklenburg State afsd and guardian to my children Mary Elizabeth Duncan now Mary Elizabeth Lomax, William Wallace Duncan now deceased, James Armstrong Duncan and Amanda Churchill Duncan now deceased, who were devisees of Ann D. Shirley decd, late of the Borough (now City) of Norfolk aforesaid, and in my own right as the heir at law of the said William Wallace Duncan and Amanda Churchill Duncan, and as the father of David Robinson Duncan, William Wallace Duncan, Thomas Carey Duncan and D'Arcy Paul Duncan, infants born since the death of the said testatrix, Ann D. Shirley: Have constituted and appointed Lucien H. Lomax Esquire Attorney at Law of Abbeville, in the district of Abbeville in SC and husband of my daughter Mary Elizabeth Duncan now Lomax, my attorney to sell or otherwise dispose of all the real estate ... in State of KY of which Ann D. Shirley as heir or devisee of Christopher Tompkins and Robert Tompkins, was entitled to and which she devised by her will to my children afsd and also institute suits or take other legal means for the recovery of any lands or debts which may be due or owing to the devisees of said Ann D. Shirley, ... /s/ David Duncan. He appeared before Abram Keen, presiding J.P. for Mecklenburg Co. VA County Court, 11 Feb. 1850. Certification by Richard B. Baptist, Clerk of Mecklenburg Co. VA County Court, for Abram Keen, the only presiding Magistrate for said County Court, 11 Feb. 1850. Certification by Abram Keen, the only presiding Justice of the County Court of Mecklenburg Co. VA, for Richard B. Baptist, 11 Feb. 1850. (FHL film 209,728; SLC 9/20/2012)
      U-8: 30 Dec. 1851, Lucian H. Lomax and wife Mary Elizabeth late Duncan, James Armstrong Duncan, David Roberson Duncan, Dearcey Paul Duncan and Wm. Wallace Duncan, devisees of Ann D. Shirley, by William E. Mumford as comr., to Asa Young; that March term Barren Circuit Court 1850, decree upon a petition in chancery filed by said Lucian H. Lomax and wife Mary Elizabeth and John G?. Rogers guardian of said James, David, Thomas, Dearcy and William Duncan, praying for sale of 900? acres on Peters Creek patented to heirs of Robert Lumpkins on 14 March 1806? and devised by said Ann D. Shirley to the children of David Duncan; directing land be sold; Asa Young became purchaser to Lot #6 of 186 acres and Lot #7 of 176 acres, for aggregate $181; deed to Asa Young. (FHL film 209,729; SLC 1/9/1988) (MAD: see Mecklenburg Co. VA and Spartanburg Co. SC)
 

HISTORIES before 1923

1900 "History of Spartanburg Co. SC: embracing an account of many important events and biographical sketches of statesmen, divines and other public men and the names of many others worthy of record in the history of their county" by John Belton O'Neall Landrum, pub. Atlanta by Franklin Print. c1900 (FHL book 975.729 H2L)
      Pg.350: PROFESSOR DAVID DUNCAN. This eminent educator was born in the county of Donegal, Ireland, in 1790, and was graduated from Glasgow University at eighteen years of age, after which he spent four years in the English navy. He was at St. Petersburg at the time Napoleon burned Moscow. He came to America in 1817 and landed in Norfolk, Va., and from that time until his death he devoted his attention to educational work. From 1817 to 1835, he was the principal of the Norfolk Academy, and from the latter date until 1854 he was professor of ancient languages in the Randolph-Macon College, and from 1854 to 1881, in which year he died, he was professor of ancient languages in the Wofford College at Spartanburg, being among the first of the faculty of that institution.
       He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Ann Shirley, who only lived one year after her marriage, leaving no children. His second marriage was to Miss Alice A. Peimont. She was reared in Norfolk, and was the daughter of Thomas and Alice (Robinson) Peimont. The latter .... By the marriage between Professor David Duncan and Alice A. Peimont seven children were born, viz.: Mary Elizabeth, who married Lucien H. Lomax; William Wallace, a sketch of whom we present in this volume; James Armstrong, Alice Amanda; David Robinson, who will receive further notice; Thomas C. and D'Arcy Paul. Only three of the above are living, viz.: David R., William W., and D'Arcy P.
       James Armstrong Duncan became a doctor of divinity, and was one of the most distinguished and eloquent Methodist divines in the country. At the time of his death he was president of Randolph-Macon College, Va. Thomas Carey Duncan was killed in battle, in the seven days fight in front of Richmond, a brave and gallant soldier, being a member of Co. K., Palmetto Sharpshooters. D'Arcy P. Duncan is a prominent citizen in the State, ...
      Pg.351: BISHOP WILLIAM WALLACE DUNCAN. This distinguished divine of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, now a resident of the city of Spartanburg, SC, is the son of Profesor David Duncan, a sketch of whom we present herein. He was born at Randolph-Macon College, Mecklenburg Co. VA, December 20th, 1839, his father ... in 1854 ... Spartanburg. The son, the subject of this sketch, came with him. ...
      Pg.389: MAJOR DAVID ROBINSON DUNCAN, son of Professor David Duncan, ... was born at Randolph-Macon College, Mecklenburg Co. VA, September 27, 1836. ... graduated in June, 1855. He at once came to Spartanburg, ....

1892 "Cyclopedia of Eminent & Representative Men of the Carolinas in the 19th Century" by Brant & Fuller, Vol.1, SC, intro by Gen. Edward McCrady, Jr. (FHL film 22,502)
      Pg.256-8: Major David R. Duncan - One of the leading members of the Spartanburg bar, born Randolph-Macon college, Mecklenburg Co. VA, Sept. 27, 1836. His father, Prof. David Duncan, was born in county Donigal, Ireland, in 1790. Prof. Duncan graduated from Glasgow university when 18, then spent four years in the English navy. He was at St. Petersburg at the time Napoleon burned Moscow. He came to America in 1817, and landed at Norfolk, VA, and from that time until his death, he devoted his attention to educational work. From 1817 to 1835, he was principal of the Norfolk academy. From the latter date until 1854, he was a professor of ancient languages in Randolph-Macon college, and from 1854 to 1881, in which year he died, he was professor of ancient languages in Wofford college at Spartanburg, SC. He was twice married, his first wife living only one year, and leaving no children. Both marriages took place in Norfolk. His first wife was Miss Ann Shirley, and his second, who was the mother of Maj. Duncan, was Alice A. Piedmont. She was reared in Norfolk, and was the daughter of Thomas and Alice (Robinson) Piedmont. The latter was a niece of John Robinson, who was a member of the Virginia house of burgesses, and its president at the time Patrick Henry made his celebrated speech. The Robinson family was of English descent, and the Piedmont of French. Maj. Duncan's descent is therefore from the English, Irish, Scotch and French. He was the fifth in the order of birth of a family of six sons and two daughters. Their respective names are as follows: Mary Elizabeth, William Wallace, James Armstrong, Alice Amanda, David Robinson and D'Arcy Paul. Only three of the above named are now living, namely, David R., the subject of this sketch, William W. and D'Arcy P. William Wallace Duncan is a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal persuasion, and is located at Spartanburg. D'Arcy is one of the railroad commissioners of SC. James Armstrong Duncan became a doctor of divinity, and was one of the most distinguished and eloquent Methodist divines in the country. At the time of his death he was president of Randolph-Macon college. Thomas Cary Duncan was killed in battle, in the seven days' fight in front of Richmond, being a member of the Palmetto sharpshooters. Maj. David Robinson Duncan received his early education at Randolph-Macon college, at which his father was a professor, and from which he, himself, graduated in June, 1855. He at once came to Spartanburg, whither his father had removed in 1854, and here, for one year, taught the Odd Fellows' high school, as its first teacher. .... Maj. Duncan was married July 9, 1856, to Miss Virginia, dau. of William and Martha Nelson, formerly of Mecklenburg Co. VA. Mrs. Duncan is a descendant of Gov. Thomas Nelson of VA, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. (MAD: see Spartanburg Co. SC for more)

1907 "Men of Mark in SC: ideals of American life ; a collection of biographies of leading men of the state" by J.C. Hemphill, editor-in-chief, Vol.1; pub. Washington, D.C., Men of Mark Publishing Co., 1907 (FHL film 1,000,581 item 1-4)
      Pg.17: Col. D'Arcy Paul Duncan. A youthful soldier during the last year of the war between the states, for many years a successful planter, public official of Union Co., a former member of the State Railroad Commission, president of the SC State Fair, these and other positions and services have made Col. D'Arcy P. Duncan of Columbia one of the best known citizens of the state.
      He comes of a family in which high and scholarly achievement is a tradition. He is a brother of the late Bishop William W. Duncan of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Another brother was James Armstrong Duncan, also a Methodist minister but best known as president of Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. Another brother was the late Maj. D.R. Duncan of Spartanburg, an ex-Confederate officer, prominent as a lawyer and railway president.
      These sons were children of David and Alice Amanda (Piedmont) Duncan. David Duncan was born in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1790, of Scotch parents. He was a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He served years in the British Navy, and while on a British boat was with the fleet at St. Petersburg when Napoleon and his army read their fate in the flames of Moscow. David Duncan came to American in 1817, and for nearly twenty years was principal of the Norfolk Academy in Virginia, and from 1835 to 1854 was professor of Ancient Languages in Randolph-Macon College. From 1854 to 1881, the year of his death, he was professor of Ancient Languages in Wofford College at Spartanburg, going to that institution the year it was founded. He died at the age of ninety-one. His son William Wallace Duncan had attended the first class of Wofford in 1854, after his graduation filled many pulpits in the Methodist Church and in 1875 was elected to the Chair of Philosophy at Wofford and made financial agent for the college. in 1886, at the General Conference at Richmond, he was elected bishop, a high office he filed with distinction until his death on March 2, 1908. Bishop Duncan is remembered as one of the most gifted, brilliant and scholarly men of the South.
      Col. D'Arcy P. Duncan was born in Mecklenburg Co. VA, in 1846, and was eight years old when his parents moved to Spartanburg. In 1864 he was enrolled in the Citadel, the South Carolina Military Academy at Charleston, and with the Charleston Cadets of State Troops he entered the Confederate Army of defense, serving on James Island and vicinity. (see Union Co. SC for more)

1907 "Men of Mark in SC: ideals of American life ; a collection of biographies of leading men of the state" by J.C. Hemphill, editor-in-chief, Vol.1; pub. Washington, D.C., Men of Mark Publishing Co., 1907 (FHL film 1,000,581 item 1-4)
      Pg.97-8: William Wallace Duncan ... D.D., LL.D., clergyman and bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was born December 20, 1839, at Boydton, Meckenburg Co. VA; the son of David Duncan and Alice Amanda Needler (Piedmont) Duncan. His father was a teacher, devoted to this work, not merely as a duty, but as a delight, and with those characteristics of personal habit and punctuality which are essential in that calling; while the mother had no less influence on the intellectual as well as the moral and spiritual training of the boy. He was a genuine boy, healthy in body, fond of the outdoor life of his country and village homes, but also a great reader, especially interested in literature, history, biography, and poetry, as well as in books on religion and morals.
      Under such conditions it was inevitable that he should have an education; and fortunately the way to one was not as hard as it is with some. He studied at the preparatory school of Randolph-Macon college, and entering Wofford college at Spartanburg, SC, he was graduated in June, 1858, at the age of eighteen. A strong sense of duty made him choose the ministry as his profession; and the year after graduation he was admitted to the Virginia annual conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and was stationed at Elizabeth City, NC. (MAD: see Spartanburg Co. SC for more)

1891 "VA Genealogies: a genealogy of the Glasswell family of Scotland and Virginia, also of the families of Ball, Brown, Bryan, Conway, Daniel, Ewell, Holladay, Lewis, Littlepage, Moncure, Peyton, Robinson, Scott, Taylor, Wallace, and others, of VA and MD" by Horace Edwin Hayden (FHL book 975.5 D2hv)
      Pg.272-3: Conway Family. Major Joseph Blackwell was vestryman of Dittengen Parish, Prince William Co., 1773; ... Mrs. Blackwell, it is said, had one son, died young, by her first marriage, and nine by her second marriage, the names of the last two being unknown. Children (BLACKWELL): ... John, b. March 8, 1791, d. Feb. 1866, married 1st Feb. 9, 1819, Rebecca, dau. of John and Ellen H. Davenport, Frederick Co., died 1831; mar. 2nd Aug. 30, 1832, Frances Cordelia, dau. of Edward and Ann (Eustace) Digges, died s.p., March 1860; mar. 3rd Nov. 1862 to Catherine R. Digges. Children (BLACKWELL): ... Rev. John Davenport, b. June 17, 1822, d. June 27, 1887, mar. (1) Nov. 10, 1853, to Julia Anna, d. Aug. 18, 1866, dau. of Francis P. and Emma P. Butts, Southampton Co. VA ... Children, 1st mar., (1) Robert Emery [Blackwell], b. Nov. 14, 1854, mar. Aug. 28, 1877, Effie, dau. of Rev. Jas. A. Duncan; had Effie, b. Jan. 18, 1879. He is Prof. R.M. Coll., VA. ... (MAD: see Mecklenburg Co. VA; James Armstrong Duncan; 1850 Fairfax Co. VA)
 

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