Duncans in Monongalia Co. WV


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

Last revised July 30, 2008

Formed 1776 from District of West Augusta
Harrison formed 1784 from Monongalia
Preston formed 1818 from Monongalia


1840 Monongalia Co. VA Census
Pg.40  Ramsey Duncan      0000,1        - 0000,0001
       No Johnson
   78  Joshua Duncan?     3000,1000,1   - 0000,1

1850 Monongalia Co. VA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Monongalia Co. VA Census
Morgantown P.O.
Pg.12, #1745-1694, Daniel H. STINE 30 Hesse-Dainstall merchant $0-$300
                  Sisson H. (f) 24 VA
                  George M.H. 4, Jacob W.H. 2 VA
                  William H.H. 1 VA
                  Rose DUNCAN (f) 12 VA
                  Ellen PORTER 20 VA
Pg.77, #1834-1783, Alexr. J. DUNCAN 45 VA day laborer $0-$50
                  Nancy 42 VA
                  Marshall 14, Washington 9 VA
                  Nancy 70 MD

1870 Monongalia Co. WV Census
Clinton Twp.
Pg.328, #198-195, DUNCAN, Chas. H. 36 WV farmer $300-300
                  Hannah G. 23 WV
                  James R. 1 WV
Morgan Twp. (faint page)
Pg.379, #158-158, TROTZNAR?, Marion? (m) 25 WV farmer $1000-$550
                  Mary J. 28 WV keeping house
                  Francis M. (m) 1 WV
                  DUNCAN, Geo. W. 17 WV farm hand
Pg.386, #252-248, DUNCAN, Isaiah 70 PA laborer $0-$0
                  Nancy? 62 WV keeping house
                  Marshall? (m) 24 WV laborer
                  Rosa? 31 WV domestic
Morgan Town
Pg.392, #34-35, DREBELL, Amanda (f) 45 WV keeps house $3000-$500
                  Anna 18 WV teacher
                  John 17 WV college student
                  Robert 14, Adda (f) 11 WV
                  Meigs (m) 9, Harry (m) 6 WV
                  BULLOCK, Edward 18 WV college student
                  DUNKIN, James 21 WV college student
                  MORAN, Elza (m) 21 WV college student
                  BROWN, Wm. G. 14 WV college student
Pg.399, #129-133, HAGANS, Geo. M. 51 WV dry goods mercht. $22500-$24000
                  Jane 56 WV keeps house
                  Harriet J. 24, Virginia 22, Clara 19 WV
                  Harry 16, Wm. L. 14 WV
                  SPINDLER, Mary 20 WV domestic
                  WOOD, Joseph 18 PA saddler
                  DUNCAN, Rosa 21 WV domestic


Monongalia Co. (W) VA Marriage Bonds 1796-1850 (FHL film 464,964; SLC 8/24/1988)
      No index

Monongalia Co. WV Marriages (FHL film 174,741)
      Duncan, Alexander to Reed, Nancy, A-92, 27 July 1848
      Duncan, Charles H. to Smith, Hannah C., B-21, 19 Jan. 1868
      Next 1891, quit

Monongalia Co. WV Deaths 1874 & later; typed (FHL film 250,081)
      Duncan, J. Ross, 5/31/1898, age 29, p. C.H. & Hannah C. Duncan, person making report: C.H. Duncan, father.
      Duncan, Louisa, 9/18/1874, age 4, b. Monongalia Co., p. M.& C. Duncan, person making report: Marshall Duncan, father.


Monongalia Co. WV Wills (FHL film 250,081)
      In order by date; no Duncan to 1881; quit


(W)VA State Land Grants (index on FHL film 29,313)
      7-29: 20 Oct. 1786, to Jones Dunkin for 10 sh., in consideration of certificate in right of settlement given by Comrs. for adjusting the title to unpatented lands in Dist. of Monongalia, Yohogania and Ohio, grant to Jones Dunkin, assignee of Thomas Lewellin, 83 acres surveyed 1 Oct. 1784 in Monongalia Co. on waters of Monongalia River adj. Jacob Jones. (FHL film 29,391)

Monongalia Co. WV Deeds (FHL film 840,747 grantor index; FHL film 840,751 grantee index)
      1-20: 26 Sept. 1795, Jonas Dunkin and wife Dorothy (+) of Fayette Co. PA to Philip Horner of Monongalia Co. VA, 50 lbs, 83 acres corner Jacob Jones. Wit. Francis Warman?, Wm. Norriss, Josiah (X) Jankins. (FHL film 840,572)
      6-393: 21? Nov. 1814, Samuel Canby of Campbell Co. KY, to Benjamin Hough, John Hough, Joseph Hough, Sarah Dunkin late Sarah Hough, Elizabeth Gregg late Hough, Ann Jackson late Hough, Mary Jackson late Hough, Ruth Ross late Hough, and Susan Kimber late Hough, sons and daughters and heirs at law of Amos Hough, late of Washington Co. PA, decd and devisees of John Hough late of Loudon Co. VA, decd; for $200, land in Monogalia Co. VA (desc. not copied), 100 acres. Wit. Richd. Northgate, Rt. A. Marten?, Wm. Chesterfield?. Rec. in Campbell Co. KY 26 Dec. 1814; rec. Monongalia Co. VA 27 Nov. 1815. (FHL film 840,574)
      No grantor deed found from heirs of Amos Hough, from Hough males, (Sarah) Dunkin, (Elizabeth) Gregg, (Mary and Ann) Jackson, (Ruth) Ross, (Susan) Kimber, after 1814, which included Sarah Dunkin late Hough (see deed 6-393, 11/21/1814, Samuel Canby to the heirs)
      7-533: 10 June 1816, Joseph Hough and wife Jane and William Grunlle (sic) and wife Mary, of Butler Co. OH, heirs of Amos Hough, to Samuel Jackson of Fayette Co. PA ... (not copied further, no Duncan listed) (FHL film 840,575)
      10-471: 12 Nov. 1828, Edwin L. Duncan & wife Prudence of Harrison Co. VA to Lunceford Jones, $100, lot of land in the swamps formerly owned by John and David Newlon & surrendered by them in their schedule on taking the oath of insolvency and purchased by the said Edwin L. Duncan. Rec. Harrison Co. VA 1 April 1830. (FHL film 840,576)
      16-554: 20 Sept. 1841, Jesse Evans of Fayette Co. PA (no wife) to John K. Duncan of same, $10, land called the Evans tract, about 1000 acres, conveyed to Jesse Evans by David Evans 24 Oct. 1805; and the Stealy tract, about 620 acres, conveyed to Jesse Evans from John Stealy 7 Sept. 1813; and the Davis tract, about 130 acres, from Philip Davis 22 May 1832. Wit. James Lindsay, Clement Wood (JP's); reg. Fayette Co. PA. Rec. 28 Sept. 1841. (FHL film 840,713)
      19-364: 27 July 1849, John Kennedy Duncan & wife Anna W. of Springhill Twp, Fayette Co. PA, to Isaac Blaney of Monongalia Co. VA, $685, land on head of Morgans Run, a drain of the Cheat River, 137 acres; land conveyed by Philip Davis, exor of Owen Davis decd, to Jesse Evans 22 May 1832 and by Evans to said J. Kennedy Duncan. Wit. James Mustard, Jonathan Monroe (JP's of Fayette Co. PA). Rec. 4 Aug. 1849 (FHL film 840,715; typed)
      20-533: 13 Oct. 1853, James Robinson of George Twp. and Alfred Patterson of Uniontown, Fayette Co. PA, assignees of J. Kennedy Duncan of Springhill Furnace, Co. & State aforesaid, to F. Hughes Oliphant of George Twp aforesaid and Edgar C. Wilson of Morgantown, Monongalia Co. VA, $20,570, land in Springhill Twp probably a part in George, county & state aforesaid, and part in Monongalia Co. VA, part of which is known as Springhill Furnace property adj. or near the VA line, lands now or late of John William, Daniel Stantz, Filemon W. Morgan, Hiram Hunter & others, in the aggregate about 4,973-3/4 acres (more desc. not copied), 1,956-3/4 acres of which Jesse Evans, Samuel Evans & Eliza Willson by deeds 20 Sept. 1841 rec. Fayette Co. PA Y-415, 416, 417, to said J. Kennedy Duncan, which he and wife Ann W. by deed 2 Aug. 1849 rec. Fayette Co. PA Z-346, 7, 8, in trust for benefit of creditors ... Rec. 13 Feb. 1854. (FHL film 840,715; typed)
      Next grantor 1897; next grantee Hannah C. Duncan in 1873


Northumberland Co. PA Deed (FHL film 961,194)
      F-228: 24 Sept. 1790, David Duncan of Monongalia Co. VA appoint James Duncan attorney to sell my land in Penns Valley, 335 acres, patent in name of David Duncan and William McMurry; also to get money due from John Smith son to widow Smith, Ludwick Darr, Moses Hood, William McCanles, William Orr, Michl. Agey, David Allen, Jno. McIlwain & others. Wit. Frances Warman, Saml. Hanway.


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, Charles H.; E 2 Cal. Cav.; 1890 July 15, Invalid Appl. #824866, Cert. #597440, W.VA. (MAD: mar. 1868 Monongalia Co. WV; enlisted 20 September 1861, Private, San Francisco, CA)

HISTORIES before 1923

1895 "Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Monongalia, Marion and Taylor Cos. WV" by Rush, West & Co., (Los Angeles Public Library book R975.4 B615)
      Pg.138, Monongalia Co.: CHARLES H. DUNCAN, a veteran of the Civil War, and a prosperous and well-to-do farmer of Clinton district, this county, was born at West Liberty, Ohio Co. WV, September 6, 1831, a son of James and Nancy (Smith) Duncan.
      He is of Irish origin, his grandfather, Charles Duncan, having emigrated from the "Emerald Isle" at an early period, and located first in Meadville [Crawford Co.], PA, and later at Cannonsburg, Washington County, in the same state, where he died.
      James Duncan was born in Meadville in the year 1800, and grew to manhood in his native town and then went to Cannonsburg, where he learned the trade of wagonmaker, and soon afterwards settled at West Liberty, Ohio Co. WV, where he followed his trade until death ended his labors in 1887. ... He was twice married, first to a Miss Van Meter, and had two children; the first died in early life, and the second, Mary, was twice married, and is now also deceased. James Duncan married as his second wife, Nancy Smith, and they became the parents of nine children: John, deceased; Charles H., subject; Elizabeth, of Dunbar, PA, and James, Augustus, Theodore and James, all deceased; Ross, a mould sawyer of Allegheny City, PA, and Sallie, the wife of Charles Kimball of Dunbar, PA.
      Mr. Duncan was reared in Ohio county, and at the age of eighteen began coal-boating on the Ohio river from Pittsburg to New Orleans. He was thus engaged for six years, when in 1854 he went to California ... After the close of the (Civil) war he returned to Preston county, this state, ... On January 18, 1868, he married Cornelia, a daughter of Joseph Smith, of Clinton district, ...

1883 "History of Monongalia Co. WV from its first settlements to the present time with numerous biographical and family sketches" by Samuel T. Wiley (FHL film 1,000,650, item 1, book 16; no index of biographies)
      Pg.638-9, Clinton District: Charles M. Duncan, born Ohio Co. 1831; in 1854 he went to CA and spent several years there, mining & trading; was among the first on the Frazier River, in British America, when the gold excitement occurred there. He enlisted in Co. E, 2nd CA volunteer cavalry in 1861, and served three years; was employed as scout much of the time, by reason of his familiarity with the customs and language of the Indians. After being discharged, he returned to WV and in January 1868 married Hannah Cornelia Smith, of this district. They have three children -- James Ross, Sallie Kimball and Charles Smith. Mr. Duncan is postmaster at Halleck, and has been a school officer. He is an intelligent and public spirited gentleman.


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