Duncans in Clay Co. AL


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

Last revised May 14, 2002

Formed 1866 from Randolph, Talladega


1870 Clay Co. AL Census
Twp.21 Range 7
Pg.213, #305-297, DUNCAN, Sarah 34 GA keeps house $35-$100
                  Thomas M. 12 GA
                  Martha J. 10, Sarah Ann 9 AL
                  (MAD: widow of A.J. Duncan per pension; 1860 Talladega Co. AL census)
Twp.21 Range 8
Pg.247, #222-215, DUNCAN, Susan 29 GA keeps house $300-$0
                  Thos. 14, Nancy 10 AL
Twp.21 Range 9, Miller Valley P.O.
Pg.281, #72-72, DANKINS, T.J. (m) 51 GA farmer $2000-$400
                  Nancy 41 GA keeps house
                  C.J. (m) 20, James 18, R.C. (m) 17 GA works on farm
                  Martha 12, Thomas 9, Benjamin 8 GA
                  M.E. (f) 7, Nancy 5, Cintha (f) 2 AL

1880 Clay Co. AL Census (writing thick & small, pages dark)
Pg.89, Pg.1, SD.2, ED.37, Beat 4
#10-10, Nancy Ann DUNCAN 51 GA GA GA widow farming WHITE
            Thomas 24 AL GA GA son single blacksmith
            Malinda 18 AL GA GA dau. single at home
Pg.115, Pg.34, SD.2, ED.38, Beat 10&11
#295-297, William A? DECKALL?? 50 SC (blank) (blank) married farming WHITE
            Lurania C. 32? GA (blank) (blank) wife married housekeeping
            Estellia E. 10 dau., Martin T. 8 son AL SC GA
            Sarah E.S. 2 dau, Milly ?. J. 5/12? dau. AL SC GA
            Martha J. DURKIN 70? AL GA GA widow
#298-300, Sarah A. DUNKIN 45 GA GA GA married housekeeping WHITE
            Mattie? 12? AL (blank) GA dau.
            William J. 8 AL (blank) GA step? son
            Rufus 5 AL (blank) GA son
Pg.116, Pg.3?, SD.2, ED.3
#303-305, Thomas M. DUNKIN 21 GA (blank) (blank) married farming WHITE
            (MAD: birth years for person above were GA GA AL)
            Sarah A. 23 AL GA AL wife married
            Ruby? A?. 1 AL GA AL dau.


Clay Co. AL Deed Records
      Vol.F (old) 1861-1879 - no index (FHL film 1,853,474 item 3 & 1,853,475 item 1)
      Vol.E (old) 1877-1878 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,853,474 item 1)
      Vol.G (old) 1879-1890 - no index (FHL film 1,853,475 item 2)
      Vol.D (old) 1873-1875 - not looked at (FHL film 1,853,476 item 3 & 1,853,477 item 1)
      Vol.F (new) "1849"(1899)-1904 - no index (FHL film 1,853,474 item 2)


Clay Co. AL Will Records Vol.A-C 1867-1944 (FHL film 1,853,477 item 2-4)
      Vol.A, 1867-1900 - no Duncan indexed

Clay Co. AL Inventories & Appraisals, Vol.A 1879-1895 (FHL film 1,853,692 item 2)
      No index

Clay Co. AL Probate Court Minutes 1876-1899 (FHL film 1,853,692 item 4-5)
      No index 1865-1875 (item 3)
      Minutes 1876-1898 - no index (item 4)


National Archives Indian War Pension Application (extract from Edgar C. Smith 7/1995 from visit to Archives)
      JOHN DUNCAN, Indian War Pension File # W7498 filed by widow, Nancy, on 24 May 1898 from Clay Co. AL. He married Nancy P. Harris as his second wife in 1853 in Cathama[?] Co. AL. (MAD: ?? Calhoun? Co.) His first wife had died about 1853, but nothing more about her was stated. He enlisted 1 May 1836 and was discharged 15 July 1836 in Columbia, GA (MAD: ? Columbus, Muscogee Co. GA). He stated that he served in the Creek War under Capt. Edward M. Storey of the GA Volunteers under Col. Augustus Stokes. However, papers in the file state that he did not appear on that unit's muster rolls. His occupation was as a school teacher. He died in 1880, place not stated.

AL Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865, cards in AL State Archives; Driver to Elich (FHL film 1,462,918)
      MAD: most items were small typed cards, 3x5; some items were very blurred in the filming and were double images and hard to read. Cards had name and rank in upper left corner, service unit usually in upper right corner, notation if Home Guard, details from source were given in center of card, and the "Authority" as the last line on the card. The service record from the Historical Record Roll frequently listed several engagements he served in, dates wounded, absent, present, etc., and I usually did not copy all the details.
      Duncan, A.J., Pension 21061? (blurred), H/M?...? County, Pensioner Mrs. J.M. Duncan, widow of A.J. Duncan, (regt. & Co. too blurred, wit. too blurred). (MAD: see Randolph, Clay & Chilton Cos.)

AL Confederate Pension Applications, in AL State Archives, Duke - Dunn (FHL film 1,502,781)
      MAD: Did not extract all pension applications for the same person if they gave no other genealogy information. Documents were extracted in order on film. Did not usually copy reason for pension request, which was frequently old age or rheumatism or feebleness; did not always copy witnesses names, which sometimes only said they knew the applicant was of good character and in need of the pension. "Cavalry" was frequently abbreviated "Calv" and spelled "Calvary." Did not usually copy the schedule of property unless it listed land. The complete pension papers should be rechecked individually, following is very brief extract of contents.
      DUNCAN, A.J., pensioner Mrs. S.A. Duncan, Randolph, Clay and Chilton Cos. AL, Private, Co.A, 31st AL. Application, 3 May 1899, Mrs. S.A. Duncan, Randolph Co., widow of A.J. Duncan, Private, Co.A, 31st Reg. AL Vols., her husband died Oct. 1863; witnesses J.T. Baird, A.J. Barnett. Appl. 16 Jan. 1918, Mrs. S.A. Duncan (X) resident of Clay Co., widow of Andrew Jackson Duncan, private in 31st Reg.; she b. near Peonelvert?, Elbert Co. GA, on 26 July 1835, being 83 years of age, now on Pension roll of Randolph Co. under #38128, transferred to Clay Co. AL. Examination 13 June 1899, she living around with her children who are all renters, is rheumatic and has defective vision. Appl. 4 May 1915, Mrs. S.A. (X) Duncan, Clay Co., widow of A.J. Duncan, private soldier, she b. Elbert Co. GA 6 July 1835, age 79, now on Randolph Co. pension rolls #21064. Other applications not copied. 25 July 1887, Mrs. Sarah (X) Duncan, widow of A.J. Duncan, Private in Co.G, 31st Reg., AL Volunteers. Appl. 19 May 1894, Mrs. Sarah A. Duncan (X) of Chilton Co., widow of Andrew J. Duncan. (MAD: see also pension application under DUNKIN, A.J., Randolph Co. AL)
      DUNCAN, James, widow Mrs. N.A. Duncan, Clay Co., Private Co.G, 31st AL Inf. Widow's application 6 July 1889 by Mrs. N.A. Duncan, Clay Co., widow of James Duncan, Pvt. in Co. G, 31st Reg. AL Inf., who died during the War or within 5 years thereafter.
      DUNCAN, James, widow Susan Duncan, Clay Co. AL, Co.G, 31st AL. Transmittal letter 9/7/1909, affidavit of Mrs. Susan Duncan, on pension roll Clay Co. Letter of Susan (X) Duncan, 2 July 1909, over age 80. Application 29 April 1899 by Susan Duncan, widow of Jas. Duncan, Private in Co.G, 31st AL, her husband died Oct. 1864; she has 80 acres Clay Co.; witnesses J.D. Baker and John (X) McCain. Appl. 27 March 1891, Clay Co., Susan (X) Duncan, her husband was James Duncan, Private in Co.G, 31st Reg. AL Inf. Appl. 16 April 1898, Clay Co., Susan (X) Duncan, P.O. Greshamton, AL. Appl. 29 March 1892, 6 May 1896, 4 May 1897, 17 April 1893, 24 April 1894, 25 June 1887.

Clay Co. AL Pension Roll, applications for relief 1893-1898, widows (FHL film 1,853,693 item 2)
      No Nancy Harris (widow of schoolteacher John Duncan in Creek War 1836, m. 1853, John d.1880)
      Susan Duncan, widow of James Duncan, Private in Co.G, 31st Inf., applied 16 April 1898, owns 80 acres and 1 mule.


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