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Duncans in Etowah Co. AL

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

Last revised August 17, 2007

ETOWAH CO. AL
Formed 1868 from Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall, St.Clair
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1870 Etowah Co. AL Census
Twp.12 R6E, Gadsden P.O.
Pg.267, #37-42, DEVOIS, W.A. (m) 50 GA house carpenter $0-$0
                  N.E. (f) 25 GA keeping house
                  Francis (f) 4 GA
                  DUNCAN, Soloman 27 GA carpenter
Pg.268, #39-44, DUNCAN, Elizabeth 48 SC keeping house $600-$250
                  John C. 19 GA on RR
                  Oliver L. 16 GA on RR
                  Mary F. 13, Sarah 11 AL at home
                  (MAD: 1860 Cherokee Co. AL census, widow of Simeon Duncan of 1850 Newton Co. GA census)
42nd Subdivision, P.O. Attalla
Pg.322, #377-404, DUNCAN, G.W. (m) 32 GA farm lab. $0-$400
                  Emily 23 AL keeping house
                  Victoria (f) 8, Saml. 6, Chas. 3, Mary F. 1 AL
                  (MAD: ? 1860 Cherokee Co. AL census)

1880 Etowah Co. AL Census (from Bill Brown 1/1984)
Beat #17, Village of Attalla, 6/2/1880
Pg.350A, #34-42, DUNCAN, Rob't D. 72 TN VA VA merchant
                  Nancy K. 60 TN VA TN (wife)
                  Rob't H. 29 TN TN TN merchant (son)
                  Matilda 20 TN TN TN at home (dau.)
                  BEESON, Bell 32 (f) TN TN TN (dau.)
                  Eula L. 10 AL AL TN (granddau.)
                  McGILL, Alexander R. 18 TN TN TN clerk in store (grandson)
                  (WB & MAD: 1860 Roane Co. TN census, 1870 Dekalb Co. AL census)
Pg.350A, #35-43, DUNCAN, John W. 36 TN TN TN merchant
                  Nancy F. 28 AL SC SC (wife)
                  Eula M. 9 AL TN AL (dau)
                  Oscar 6 AL TN AL (son)
                  Charles 2 AL TN AL (son)
                  JONES, Loona (f) 3 AL AL AL (dependent)
                  WILKE, Luther L. 22 GA SC GA clerk in store (boarder)

1900 Etowah Co. AL Census (from Bill Brown 1/1984 and Augusta D. Waters 1980)
Twp Gadsden, Part of Center of 6th St., Sub. Dist. 7, line 181, pg.147, 6/11/1900
#167, DUNCAN, John W., 56, Aug. 1843, 30 yrs mar., TN TN TN, preacher
            Mary, 49, Jan. 1854, 30 yrs mar., 6 ch, 5 living, AL SC SC (wife)
            Nell, 9, Jun. 1890, AL TN AL (dau.)
            Ruth, 7, Apr. 1893, AL TN AL (dau.)
            MORAGNE, Sarah, 70, Aug. 1829, widow, 9 ch, 8 living, SC VA SC (mother-in-law)
 

MILITARY RECORDS

Alphabetical list of persons involved in Creek Indian uprising [AL], includes many Indian names, 1836, A-L (FHL film 1,462,787 item 2)
      Duncan, Colonel, letter to Gov. C.C. Clay from - Garrett Jr., dated Turkeytown [now Etowah Co.], Jan. 25, 1836.

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, Soloman, Private, age 23, Co.F, 19th AL Inf. Reg. Willsvalley, AL, Aug. 13, 1861. Authority: Muster in roll dated at Huntsville, AL, Aug. 17, 1861.
      Duncan, Solomon, Private, Deshazo's Co., 19th AL Inf. Regt. M. Duncan, widow, Gadsden [Etowah Co.], AL. No des. list. Claim filed July 2, '63. Authority: List, condition of claims, 2nd Aud., C.S. Treas.

Widows of Confederate soldiers 1862-1864, A-S, (FHL film 1,653,242 item 2)
      Duncan, M., widow of Solomon Duncan, private, Deshazo's Co., 19th AL Inf., Gadsden [Etowah Co.], AL; claim filed July 2, 1863. Authority: List, Claims, 2nd Aud., C.S. Treas. 1862-64. (MAD: see 1860 St.Clair Co. AL census)

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, H.W., Etowah Co. AL, Private, Co. A, 42nd TN. Schedule of property 8 July 1907, no land, for H.W. Duncan. Application 7 July 1905, H.W. Duncan, Etowah Co. AL, enlisted as Private in Co.A, 42nd TN Reg., Aug. 1862 at Genitersville?, discharged 2 April 1865, now 65 years old, P.O. Mountian bona; Witness S.P. Beard of Etowah Co. AL and R.W. Bolton of Marshall Co. AL. (MAD: Henry Duncan, per TN list; from Cheatham Co. TN per Linda Smith info)

AL Civil War Soldiers (from Linda Smith 6/1988)
      Henry Duncan, Co. H, 42nd TN Inf., Private. Co. H later became Co. G, 55th AL Regt. There are records of him in both. Enlisted Nov. 9, 1861, in Cheatham Co. TN under Col. Quarles; captured at Fort Donelson, TN, on Feb. 16, 1862. His tombstone in Noble Hill Cem. reads Henry Duncan, Co. H, 42nd TN Inf. Pension record: H.W. Duncan, Etowah Co. AL, Co. A, 42nd TN, stated he enlisted Aug. 1863 in Guntersville, AL; Post Office address at age 65 in pension was Mountainboro; also applied in Marshall Co. AL; received pension out of Etowah Co., granted Aug. 4, 1905. (MAD: see Morgan Co. AL)
 

REFERENCES FROM OTHER LOCALITIES

DeKalb Co. AL Will Records, 1839-1905 (FHL film 1,035,188 item 2-3)
      Vol.B, pg.63: Will of Nancy K. Duncan, (day and month blank) 1883, feeble health; my husband R.D. Duncan have use of all my property for his life if he outlives me, then to my two granddaus. Mary Lilly and Maggie Richards $5, my dau. Belle Buron? (?Burow) $5, my son John W. Duncan $5, my son Robert H. Duncan $5, my son F.P. Duncan $5, residue to my dau. Matilda Duncan for her attention to myself and husband, my son John W. her guardian and trustee, she not to sell property without his consent; appoint son John W. Duncan exec. without bond; wit. Henry W. Pickens, C.S. Hagler. Etowah Co. AL, appeared R.A.D. Dunlap, the above is a substantial copy of the will of Nancy K. Duncan decd, filed for probate 4 Nov. 1887; the day and month were originally given but not now remembered; sworn 2 Jan. 1888. Etowah Co. AL, appeared C.S. Hagler, witness who saw the will signed along with H.W. Pickens. Etowah Co. AL, the will was recorded 2 Jan. 1888 in Record of Wills Book A, pg.86. Recorded 16 Dec. 1889 (DeKalb Co. AL).
 

HISTORIES before 1923

1888 "Northern AL, Historical & Biographical" pub. by Smith & DeLand (from Bill Brown 9/1984 and Donna Little 8/1982; FHL film 934,818 item 2 and 1,026,490 item 3)
      Pg.366-7: JOHN W. DUNCAN was born at Kingston [Roane Co.], TN, August 22, 1843. His great-grandfather on his father's side, came from VA, and was killed by the Indians in 1780, in Washington Co. TN.
            His grandfather, Robert Duncan, moved from Washington Co. TN to Roane Co, that State, and died there in 1814. His father, Robert D. Duncan, was born in Roane Co. TN, February 15, 1808; and married Nancy K. Liggett at Kingston, TN, January 10, 1839. Eight children were born unto them, five of whom still survive. Robert D. Duncan was a merchant at Kingston, TN, for many years until the breaking out of the civil war; came South at its close and located near Fort Payne, AL, engaging in agricultural persuit until 1878, when he removed to Atalla, AL, and again entered and continued in the mercantile business until his death, which occurred in March, 1885. He was a consistent Christian 53 years, being a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. His mother, who was also a member of the same church, survived until October 8, 1887. His grandfather on his mother's side was Henry Liggett. He served in the War of 1812. He came from Wythe Co. VA in 1816 to Kingston, TN; married Elizabeth Center, of that place, and engaged in the hotel and mercantile business. He amassed a considerable fortune; was a prominent Mason, and held various offices of trust, among which that of County Judge. Died in 1861.
            The subject of this sketch entered the cavalry branch of the Confederate Army as private, at an early age, serving in TN and VA; with General Early in Maryland in 1884 (sic), and with Armstrong's Scouts, operating inside the Federal lines till the war closed; was paroled at Kingston, GA. At the close of the war, came to AL and had his first experience as a plow boy, making a crop. ... June 1, 1870, was married to Mary F., daughter of J.S. Morgan (sic; see Moragne) and Sarah J. Revel. Four children have been born to them as the result of this union. Eula M., Oscar D., and Charles O'Connor, still survive, while little Myrtle has gone to join the angels. In 1872, ... he again commenced business in Atalla ... (more on John S. Morgan) Subject of this sketch, ... in Atalla till 1882, moved to Gadsden and continued to carry it on until January 1, 1887, when he closed out ... Is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, as is also his wife.
      Pg.503-4: ROBERT HUSTON DUNCAN was born at Kingston, TN, October 19, 1853, and is a son of Robert and Nancy K. (Liggett) Duncan.
            Mr. Duncan spent the first thirteen years of his life at his native place, and came with his parents to DeKalb County in 1866. From there the family moved to Dade County, Ga., whence they returned to Alabama ten years later and located at Fort Payne. In 1870 young Duncan was employed as a clerk in a mercantile establishment, and later on he was with the Roane Iron Company, at Chattanooga, Tenn. He next returned to Fort Payne, and was engaged in the book business, which he pursued for some years, and which he continued afterward at Gadsden. He located at Gadsden in 1874, and was afterward on the road as a drummer for an Atlanta copying house.
            His father having died in 1885 he took charge of his business, which required his attention thereafter for some time. He was married December 7, 1885, to Miss Anna Vincent, of Etowah County.
            Mr. Duncan comes from one of the old and respected families of the South. As a citizen and a business man he has always held the esteem and confidence of the people.
 

1921 "History of AL and Dictionary of AL Biography" by Thomas M. Owen, Vol.III (pages 516-519 from Donna Little 8/1982; 4 vols. on FHL fiche 6,048,243 to 6,048,246)
      DUNCAN, JOHN W., merchant, was born August 22, 1843, at Kingston [Roane Co.], Tenn., and died at Gadsden; son of Robert D. and Nancy K. (Liggett) Duncan, the former a native of Tennessee, who removed to Ft. Payne, Ala., at the close of the War of Secession, and engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1878, when he removed to Attalia, and died there, 1885, a Presbyterian; grandson of Robert Duncan, of Tennessee, and of Henry and Elizabeth (Center) Liggett, natives of Virginia who emigrated to Tennessee where they engaged in the hotel business ...; great-grandson of ---- Duncan who went from Virginia to Washington County, Tenn., where he was killed by Indians in 1780. He was educated in Tennessee and enlisted at an early age in the cavalry branch of the C.S. Army, serving in Tennessee, Virginia, and Maryland, and was paroled at Kingston, Ga. Upon the cessation of hostilities he removed to Alabama .... He located in Attalia in 1872, and in 1882 removed to Gadsden .... In 1873, in connection with John S. Moragne he entered .... Married: June 1, 1870, to Mary F., daughter of J. S. and Sarah J. (Revel) Moragne. ....
 

"Memorial record of Alabama : a concise account of the state's political, military, professional and industrial progress, together with the personal memoirs of many of its people." by Hannis Taylor; pub. Madison, Wis.: Brant & Fuller, 1893, 2216 pgs. (LH10905, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 976.1 H2m & v.2 and film 934,817 items 1-2)
      Vol.I, pg.1017, Etowah Co.: JAMES M. MORAGNE, the present able probate judge of Etowah County, was born in Gadsden, Ala., October 18, 1843, the son of John S. and Mary E. (Whorton) Moragne. ... The grandsire of James M. Moragne came to Alabama about 1830 and settled near the present site of Gadsden on the Coosa river, where the father of James Moragne lived and married about 1834, and had five children, James M., however, being the only survivor. The first wife died about 1847, and the father was married a second time, Sarah J. Revels becoming his wife. To this union were born six children, all living in Etowah county, as follows: Mary E., wife of J.W. Duncan; John B.; Frank L.; Joseph H.; Walter E., and Samuel A. ...
 

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