Duncans in Chittenden Co. VT


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

Last revised August 25, 2007

Formed 1787; original county
Franklin formed 1792 from Chittenden
Lamoille formed 1835 from Chittenden, Orleans, Franklin


1810 Chittenden Co. VT Census
Pg.195  John Dunkin        01101     - 00000

1820 Chittenden Co. VT Census
Pg.127  Olive Duncan       300000    - 00010
   128  Lydia Duncan       000100    - 00001

1830 Chittenden Co. VT Census
Pg.207  Joseph Duncan      2000,01   - 0000,0100,1

1840 Chittenden Co. VT Census
Pg. 74  James Duncan       0000,001  - 0000,0000,001
    81  John S. Duncan     0000,1    - 0000,1
Pg. 98  Albert R. Duncan   2002,1    - 0001,1

1850 Chittenden Co. VT Census
Pg.40, #329-331, George H. DUNCAN 25 VT teamster?
                  Augertine (f) 25 VT
                  Charles 1, Ava 4/12 VT
Pg.150, #465-467, Thomas DUNCAN 32 SCT farmer
                  Sarah 27 C.E. (MAD: Canada East)
                  Elizabeth 7, Robart 5 C.E.
                  Margaret 3, Mary 1 C.E.
Pg.238, #57-58, Albert DUNCAN 37 VT blacksmith $4500
                  Mary 31 VT
                  Francis (m) 12, Henry 10 VT
                  Fanny 9, Harriet 6 VT
                  Albert 2 VT
                  & 2 others
Pg.241, #101-111, George M. DUNCAN 31 VT blacksmith $2500
                  Adeline M. 33 NH
                  George H. 9, Charles W. 7 VT
                  Wyllis Lyman 4, Abba M. (f) 5/12 VT
                  & others
Pg.242, #114-125, Rufus DUNCAN 74 MA tanner & currier
                  Lucy 67 NH

1860 Chittenden Co. VT Census
Pg.262-3, #1486-1486, G.M. DUNCAN (m) 40 VT master blacksmith $4000-$1000
                  Adaline 42 NH
                  Charles 17, Wyllis (m) 14 VT
                  Maria 10, Alice 3 VT
Pg.270, #1543-1542, Albert DUNCAN 45 VT master blacksmith $3000-$1000
                  Mary 38 VT
                  Frank 23 VT laborer
                  Henry 20 VT Jnor? blacksmith
                  Fanny (f) 19 VT fact. laborer
                  Hattie 16 VT teacher
                  Albert 12, Ellen 8 VT
                  Kate 3 VT
                  Rufus DUNCAN (m) 84 MA
                  Mary AKIN 18 CANada servant
Pg.553, #61-60, Elijah DUNCAN 49 NY farmer $4000-$1000
                  Mary 41 VT
                  Ann 20 VT
                  George 18, Charles 16 VT farm laborers
                  Martha 13, Lydia 11 VT
                  William 7 VT
                  James BIGSDY 19 VT farm laborer

1870 Chittenden Co. VT Census
Burlington (very faint page)
Pg.419, #1558-1758, DUNCAN?, Burns 42 SCT in woollen mill $0-$4000, parents of foreign birth
                  Catharine 40 SCT keeps house, parents of foreign birth
                  Scott (m) 17 SCT in woollen mill, parents of foreign birth
                  Bains? (m) 15 SCT in woollen mill, parents of foreign birth
                  Catherine 11 SCT at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Ellen (f) 9 CANada at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Elizabeth 7 NY at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 5 NH at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Ann 2 VT at home, parents of foreign birth
Town of Colchester
Pg.539, #558-618, DUNCAN, Albert R. 57 VT blacksmith $4000-$1500
                  Mary 51 VT keeping house
                  Ella 19, Hattie (f) 13 VT at home
                  MIDLEBROOK, James 4 VT
Pg.545, #642-718, DUNCAN, George M. 51 VT blacksmith $4000-$2000
                  Adeline M?. 53 NH keeping house
                  Willis E. (m) 24 VT works on rail road
                  Alice A. 13 VT at home
                  STEVENS, William C. 25 VT farmer
                  Abbie M. (f) 28 VT at home
                  Agnes G. 1/12 VT b.May


"A List of pensioners of the War of 1812" (Vermont) by T. Macdonough, Robert Henley, Stephen Cassin; ed. by Byron N. Clark; pub. Burlington Vt.: Research Pub. Co., 1904, 171 pgs. (LH3467, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 908,760 item 2)
      Pg.75: Officers of the United States Army Stationed at Burlington, Vt., May 20, 1814 ... William R. Duncan, lieutenant of Artillery and brigade major. (MAD: Burlington, Chittenden Co. VT)
      Pg.153: Payroll of the General Staff of the Northern Army, Commanded by Major-General George Izard, July 31, 1814 ... William R. Duncan, first lieutenant and brigade-major

Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, George H., mother Duncan, Adeline M.; L 1 VT Cav.; 1880 June 30, Mother Appl. #274250, Cert. #279894. (MAD: 1850 Chittenden Co. VT census)
      Duncan, George J., widow Duncan, Daisy A.; B & C 9 VT Inf.; 1891 Nov. 24, Invalid Appl. #1072809, Cert. #1103944, Calif.; 1909 Nov. 12, Widow Appl. #930505, Cert. #699201, Cal. (MAD: b.1840, d.1909 Alameda Co. CA; ??? George H. in 1850 Chittenden Co. VT census)
      Duncan, Henry A., father Duncan, Albert R.; 1 Indpt. Batty V. L.A.; 1883 June 8, Father Appl. #305275, Cert. #220858, VT. (MAD: 1850 Chittenden Co. VT census)

HISTORIES before 1923

"History of Chittenden County, Vermont : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers" (anonymous); pub. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1886, 909 pgs. (LH6479, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.332: Credits (for service) under call of October 17, 1863, ... and subsequent calls. ... George J. Duncan ... (pg.334) Colchester: George H. Duncan, Henry Duncan.

"Gazetteer and business directory of Chittenden County, Vermont for 1882-83" by Hamilton Child; pub. Syracuse, N.Y.: H. Child, 1882, 631 pgs. (LH6477, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 974.317 E4c and film 1,415,263 item 5)
      Pg.452: City of Burlington. Duncan, A.R. & G.W., (Winooski) manufrs. of carriages, wagons and sleighs, and general blacksmithing, 495 Colchester ave. (MAD: as given)
      Duncan, Albert R., (Winooski) (A.R. & G.M.) h Main st., Winooski
      Duncan, George M., (Winooski) (A.R. & G.M.) h East st., Winooski
      (MAD: also listed under blacksmiths & Horseshoers, pg.527; initials as given)

"The History of Jericho, Vermont" (Chittenden Co.) by C.H. Hayden, LaFayette Wilbur; pub. Burlington Vt.: Free Press Printing Co., 1916, 747 pgs. (LH6482, HeritageQuest images 5/2007)
      Pg.165: In 1845. George H. Duncan. (Subscribers to the Freeman's Oath)

"Portrait and biographical album of Polk County, Iowa : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the presidents of the United States and governors of the state." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Lake City Pub. Co., 1890, 848 pgs. (LH11540, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 934,959 item 3)
      Pg.786-787: THOMAS DUNCAN, who is living a retired life in Mitchellville, has been a resident of Polk County for the long period of thirty-five years. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, April 28, 1817, and is a son of William and Margaret (Smith) Duncan, who were also natives of the same country. His father was a representative business man of Glasgow, and in that city engaged in the wholesale grocery trade until 1820, when he bade good-by to his native land and with his family sailed for America. He located near Granby, Shefford County, in the Province of Quebec, where he purchased land and engaged in farming until advanced age forced him to lay aside all business cares, when he removed to Granby and there lived a retired life until his death, which occurred several years ago. His wife, the mother of our subject, died some twenty years previous, after which he was a second time married. By the first union nine children were born, six of whom are living at this writing in 1890 - Margaret, widow of John Parker, resides in Granby, Canada; Thomas is the next younger; John also makes his home in Granby; William is a citizen of Atlantic, Iowa; Janet is the wife of W. Hale of Granby; and James is also living in Atlantic. Our subject spent but three years of his life in his native city when he was brought by his parents to the province of Quebec, then Lower Canada. During his youth he received a common-school education and at the age of 20 years left home ... making his way to Vermont he secured a position as a farm hand, ... continuing to reside a greater part of the time in that State until 1855, he then followed the course of emigration westward and became a resident of Polk County, Iowa. ... He purchased 52 acres of wild land on section 22, Beaver Township, and after erecting a log cabin began the work of developing and improving a farm. After a number of years he sold and purchased a 160 acre tract in the same township, on which he resided until March, 1890, when he leased his land and removing to Mitchelville, retired to private life. In a pleasant home, furnished with the comforts and many of the luxuries of life, he and his wife expect to spend the remainder of their days. The 2nd of May, 1842, witnessed the celebration of the marriage of Thomas Duncan and Sarah Todd, who have now traveled life's journey together for more than 48 years. Mrs. Duncan is the daughter of Simon and Anna (Wood) Todd, the former a native of New York, and the latter of Canada, both of English parentage. By occupation her father was a farmer and followed that business in Shefford County, Canada, until his death. Mrs. Todd survived her husband a number of years, passing to her final rest about 1868. In their family were twelve children, eight of whom are now living - James, Caroline, Peter, Lydia, Sophia, Esther, Robert L. and Sarah.
      Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are the parents of eight children - Elizabeth, wife of Alexander C. Tigner, a farmer of Howard County, Neb.; Robert, a farmer of Sac County, Iowa; Margaret, wife of J.C. Garret, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Camp Township, this county; Mary, deceased; Thomas H. who makes his home in Sac County; Sarah A., at home; William C. a resident of Calhoun County, Iowa; and one child who died in infancy. Mr. Duncan ... owner of a highly improved and valuable farm in Beaver Township besides some property in Mitchellville. Republican, member of the Old Settlers Association of Polk County. His wife holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church and to its support Mr. Duncan contributes liberally, although he himself is not a member. (MAD: Atlantic, Cass Co. IA; 1850 Chittenden Co. VT)

"History of the Western Reserve" by Harriet Taylor Upton; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1910, 2184 pgs. (LH7269, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 977.13 H2u v.1-3 and films 934,867 item 2 and 934,868 items 1-2)
      Pg.1782-1783: PHILIP S. COWELL - an early settler of Erie county, the late Philip S. Cowell, of Margaretta township, ... son of Christopher and Rachel (Colbaugh) Cowell, natives of Pennsylvania, he was born in 1800 in Bradford county, PA, ... came in 1818 to Erie county, Ohio, locating at Castalia, while it was yet known as Margaretta township ... died April 3, 1869. In 1826 Philip S. Cowell married Mrs. Anna M. (Duncan) Snow, who was born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1796, and died February 12, 1890. Left an orphan in childhood, she came when quite young with an uncle to Bloomfield, Ohio, and was there during the exciting time of the terrible Indian massacre, when Mrs. Snow and her child were killed ... She subsequently married Erastus Snow, who died a few years later, leaving her with one child. Of her union with Mr. Cowell eight children were born, six sons and two daughters, of whom both daughters and the youngest child, Alvin T. Cowell, are now living. ... In December, 1871, Alvin T. Cowell married Catherine Cooper ... (MAD: Burlington, Chittenden Co. VT; Bloomfield, Knox Co. OH)

"A standard history of Erie County, Ohio : an authentic narrative of the past, with particular attention to the modern era in the commercial, industrial, civic, and social development : a chronicle of the people, with family lineage and memoirs" by Hewson L. Peeke; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1916, 1378 pgs. (LH8975, HeritageQuest images 5/2007 & 7/2007; FHL film 934,894 items 3-4)
      Pg.711-712: ALVIN T. COWELL, ... lived in the Castalia community, veteran of the Civil war, and now that he has passed the age of three score and ten ... He was born at Castalia, Ohio, March 21, 1844, a son of Philip S. and Annie M. (Duncan) Cowell. His father was a native of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and his mother of Burlington, Vermont. ... Annie Duncan Cowell was about six years of age when she came to Ohio with the family of Burdette Wood, who subsequently became a banker at Bellevue, Ohio, where he died. She grew to womanhood in the home of an uncle at Bloomingville in Erie County, and ... When she was about seventeen years of age she married Derastus P. Snow, who had lost his wife and child as a result of Indian attack at Castalia. After the death of Mr. Snow she was married in 1826 to Philip S. Cowell, who died in 1869. After that she lived in widowhood until her death in 1890, when in her ninety-fifth year. At that time she was probably the oldest of the pioneer women of Erie County, and was the last survivor of that group of early settlers who had to experience all the dangers and difficulties of the frontier. Philip S. Cowell, who was born in 1800, came from Pennsylvania to Castalia in 1818, when little more than a boy, ... farmer. Alvin T. Cowell ... Civil War, married Dec. 26, 1871, to Catherine Cooper, who was born in Mount Vernon, OH, a daughter of Cyrus and Sarah (Mitchell) Cooper; her father for many years a resident of Knox Co. Oh, ... On February 28, 1910, Mr. Cowell was called upon to mourn the loss of his faithful companion who had shared ... for nearly forty years. ... (MAD: children not copied) (MAD: Burlington, Chittenden Co. VT)


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