Duncans in Mobile Co. AL


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

Last revised July 25, 2013

Formed 1812 from West Florida


1830 Mobile Co. AL Census
Pg.7  John Duncan      2000,01  -  0000,01
            (MAD: one John Duncan mar. Juliett Cowan 1827; ? b. 1795 PA, 1850 Matagorda Co. TX census; ?? see Samuel Duncan d. 1826 Fayette Co. KY)

1840 Mobile Co. AL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Mobile Co. AL Census
Pg.408, City of Mobile, Catholic Female Orphan Asylum
                  B. DUNKIN (f) 10 AL
Pg.446, #97, Matthew MAGUIN 30 IRE laborer, other single men
                  Brian DUNCAN 25 Ireland laborer

1855 Mobile Co. AL Census (in AL Dept. of Archives & History)
(FHL film 1,533,834 item 12)
       White males 0-21, white males over 21;
       white females 0-21, white females over 21;
       total whites, slaves, total;
       white children 8-16
Pg.32  Duncan, Ed.      0-3;  0-2;  5, 0, 0;  0
       Duncan, J.W.     1-1;  1-1;  4, 0, 4;  1 female

1860 Mobile Co. AL Census
Mobile City, 3rd Ward
Pg.339, #316-315, Vincent DUNCAN 25 MD deck hand
                  with many men, deck hands etc.
Mobile City, 5th Ward
Pg.411, #64-65, James DUNCAN 23 IRE laborer
                  with "land lady"
Pg.436, #265-279, George DUNCAN 31 IRE steamboatman $0-$0
                  Margaret 24 KY
                  (no children, not mar. in year)
Pg.457, #459-459, George DUNCAN 31 IRE laborer $0-$0
                  Martha 25 KY
                  Patrick BRANSLEY 27 IRE laborer
Mobile City, 6th Ward
Pg.539 #712-733, Daniel McDEVITT 30 IRE laborer $0-$0
                  Ann 28 IRE
                  William 2, Mary 2/12 AL
                  (MAD: Ann Duncan mar. Daniel McDevitt 11/28/1855, not identified 1850 census)
Pg.730, #512-466, Robt. M. DUNCAN 37 TN "Tenn" brick layer
                  Margaret 35 IRE
                  Peter Kain DUNCAN 23 PA "Penn" brick layer
                  (MAD: Robert M. Duncan mar. Sarah S. Broaduax 1/10/1854; Robert M. Duncan mar. Mrs. Margaret W. Curley 6/19/1858)

1870 Mobile Co. AL Census (pg.23 also from Kathy Cawley 2/2002)
Mobile Ward 1
Pg.23, #273-290, MUDGE, Mary E. 55 NY (white) Keeping House $2000-$0
                  Abert. (m) 20 AL Grocery Clk
                  McCALL, D.W. (f) 22 AL at home
                  McCALL, Forrest (m) 5 AL, father of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Jno. 33 AL (white) at home, father of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, M. (f) 26 AL at home
                  DUNCAN, Mary K. 3 AL at home
                  DUNCAN, Martha R. 2 AL at home
                  DUNCAN, Ella 8/12 AL b.Oct. at home
                  DUNCAN, Hester (f) 12 AL MULATTO do. servant
                  BELL, Mary 23 MS BLACK Do. Servant
Pg.38, #485-508, CHINGE, John 37 ENG clerk &c $4000-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Hannah 30 IRE keeps house, parents of foreign birth
                  William 3, John Jr. 1 AL, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Bridget 23 NY (white) do. servant (not foreign birth)
Mobile Ward 5
Pg.111, #167-216, SMITH, Eliza Jane 45 MA (white) keeping house $5000-$500
Pg.112, #167-217, WILLIAMS, Mary E. 40 AL (white) keeping house & ?farmeress?, $0-$0
                  Mary 16 AL at school
                  Julia 13 AL at school
                  Zetta (f) 2 AL
                  DUNCAN, Laura 25 NY (white) sewing machine operator
                  RAYNOLDS, Daniel 45 NY (white) works in wood yard
Pg.117, #240-305, DUNCAN, Chas. 41 PRU laborer $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Bridget (f) 36 IRE keeping boarders? & shop? $0-$500, parents of foreign birth
                  Sarah (f) 11 LA at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Charles W. 7 LA, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 4 AL, parents of foreign birth
                  Michael 4/12 AL b.Feb., parents of foreign birth
Mobile Ward 6
Pg.180, #664-793, MITCHELL, North (m) 35 TN BLACK drives express wagen $0-$0
                  Eliza 35 KY BLACK keeps house
                  Pleasant (f) 16 AL BLACK at school
                  Kate (f) 12, Jacob 12 (sic) AL BLACKS at school
                  North (m) 10 AL BLACK at school
                  DUNKIN, Maria 12 KY MULATTO laundress
                  BRISCOLL, Maria 55 KY BLACK laundress
Pg.181, #676-810, SNOW, Robert H. 38 ME ("Maine") BLACK steamboat engineer, $0-$300
                  Mary A. 30 MD (white) keeps house, father of foreign birth
                  Thomas A. 9, Richard A. 7 AL at school
                  Virginia (f) 4, Catherine 1 AL
                  McNALT, Linda 18 AL BLACK dom. servt.
                  BAIRD, John 42 AL white clk in clothing s.
                  DUNKIN, Joseph L. 23 MD (white) brick mason, father of foreign birth
Mobile Ward 7
Pg.293, #1225-1221, DUNCAN, Margrt (sic) 45 IRE keeps house $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Robert 50 TN brick mason (white)
                  SAWYER, Eugenie (f) 22 AL (white) Pilot cub $500-$0
Pg.310, #1452-1545, DUNCAN, Martha 37 AL MULATTO laundress $600-$0
                  ROBERSON, Mary 17 AL MULATTO at home
                  Fannie 12 AL MULATTO
Pg.316, #1528-1625, DUNCAN, Ellen 40 UNK BLACK laundress $0-$0
                  RICHERSON, Wm. 38 AL BLACK cook $400-$0
                  Elvira (f) 40 GA BLACK keepg.house
Beat 5
Pg.381, #503-503, THOMAS, W. John 28 GA (white) stock drover $500-$0
                  Rachel 20 MS house wife
                  DUNCAN, John 15 KY (white) at home
                  Albert 13 KY at home
Pg.389, #647-647, DUNKIN, Jane 52 AL BLACK house keeper $0-$0
                  Wash. (m) 16 AL BLACK at home
                  John 14 AL BLACK at home
                  Enock (m) 12 AL BLACK at home
                  Amanda 10 AL BLACK at home
                  Clarrissa (f) 19 (sic) AL BLACK at home
                  Boyd (m) 7 AL BLACK at home
                  Sarah 23 AL BLACK at home
                  Lucy 20 AL BLACK at home
                  Jane 18 AL BLACK at home


Mobile Co. AL Deeds & Mortgages; Index to Translated records, Vol.1 to ca 1834 (FHL film 1,550,474)
      Index Vol.2 - not looked at
      E-456 to 458: Largent, Bodwell to Duncan, John
      E-458 to 461: Duncan, John to Largent, Bodwell
      E-461 to 462: Largent, Bodwell to Duncan, John
      E-464 to 467: Duncan, John to Largent, Bodwell
      G-23 and 30: Thaxter, Martin to Duncan, John
      G-28: Armstrong, Francis Y. to Duncan, John
      G-37 and 38: Kennedy, Joshua to Duncan, Jno.
      G-111 and 112: Ludy, William to Duncan, John
      G-347 and 348: Duncan, John to Bickley, Halen C.
      G-366 and 367: Duncan, "George" to Emanuel & Meeker
      G-432: Rofa (Rossa?), Jack F. & wife to Duncan, John
      H-23: Duncan, John to Mumise, Hugh
      H-74: Duncan, John to Emanuel, Jonathan
      H-98: Major & Alderman to Duncan, John
      H-160: Duncan, John and wife to Wade, James
      H-292: Kennedy, Joshua to Duncan, John
      H-304: Duncan, John & wife to Hitchcock, Henry
      H-419 and 450 (??): Duncan, John to Labowick, David
      H-652: Toulmin, Thos. L. to Duncan, Jno.
      L-70 and 71: Duncan to Stickney
      Deed Book A, 1813-1817 - no index (FHL film 1,294,500)
      Deed Book B, 1817 - no index
      Deed Book C, 1818 - no index (FHL film 1,294,500)
      Quit on checking all deed books

Mobile Co. AL Deeds
      G-366: 24 May 1826, John Duncan of City of Mobile, Mobile Co. AL, to Jonathan Emanuel and Isaac Meeker of same, $2,765.37, lot on Water Street and on the River, mortgage; if John Duncan pays $1,382.68-1/2 due by note then this deed void; wit. Geo. N. Lyles, Hugh H. Rolston. (FHL film 1,299,005) (MAD: indexed "George" Duncan, deed actually from John Duncan)
      H-160: 16 Nov. 1827, John Duncan of City and Co. of Mobile, AL, to James Wade of Monroe Co. AL, $600, lot adj. S by St.Michael Street, W by Conception Street, etc.; also signed by Juliet Duncan; wit. Mary D. Fowler, Hugh H. Rolston. (FHL film 1,299,006)
      H-304 (2nd): 9 May 1828, John Duncan of City of Mobile, AL, to Henry Hitchcock of same, $25,000, lot in Mobile on E.side Water Street at NW corner of lot, etc; also lot adj. above; /s/ John Duncan, Juliet Duncan, Henry Hitchcock; wit. H. Chamberlain, Mary A. Fowler, Hugh H. Rolston. (FHL film 1,299,006)
      L-70: 25 Feb. 1832, Mortgage, John Duncan and wife Juliet Duncan of City of Mobile, AL, to Henry Stickney of same, $5,840, lot in Mobile adj. E. by Water Street, etc.; mortgage cancelled 3 May 1834. (FHL film 1,299,009)


Mobile Co. AL Probate Court Minutes
      Vol.1 1814-1837 - no index (FHL film 1,550,401)
      Vol.2 1837-1842 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,550,401)
      Vol.3 1842-1845 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,550,402)
      Vol.4 1846-1848 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,550,402)
      Vol.5 1849-1850 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,550,403)
      Vol.6 1850-1852 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,550,403)
      Vol.7 1852-1855 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,550,404)
      Vol.8 1855-1856 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,550,404)

Mobile Co. AL Wills
      Vol.1 1813-1837 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,294,445)
      Vol.2 1837-1857 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,294,446)


Go to the Mobile Co. AL Court Records


"AL State Militia 1820-1865" alphabetical card file in AL State Archives, Clyde - D (FHL film 1,462,799; mostly in alphabetic order, Dunkin cards found later in file)
      Duncan, M.H., 2nd Lieutenant, 4th Div. 9th Brig. 48th Regt.; Com. March 14, 1840. Authority: Military State Register 1832-1844.
      Duncan, M.H., AL State Militia 1820-60, 2nd Lieutenant, Beat No. 10, 48th Regt.; issued March 14, 1840, Mobile Co. Letter requesting commissions, Mobile, Feb. 29, 1840, John Pollard, Colonel. (MAD: card out of order, found between the cards for Duncan, John C.)

"James Duncan Papers" (Mexican War) File 85947 (O?.B. 502.1 A3, 1834/49; copy of all 38 pages from Dept. of Army, US Army Military Hist. Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013-5008, to Laura Jones, 3/7/1984; from Laura 5/1984)
      Special Order No. 4; May 25, 1835; Headquarters 2nd Reg. Artillery, Augusta Arsenal, Geo. Agreeable to the division made at the Adjutant General's Office on the proposed exchange of companies between Lieutenants Henderson and Duncan, Lieutenant Duncan will immediately report to Fort Brooke, Tampa Bay, Florida, and join his company "H" in which he was promoted, as announced in Regimental Order No. 33 of the present (?).
      MAD: This may be the James Duncan born Orange Co. NY on Sept. 29, 1811, son of Robert and Judith (Faurot) Duncan; graduated from US Military Academy in 1834; died Mobile, AL, July 3, 1849; never married. (from pg.319, "National Cyclopedia of American Biography" Vol.11, 1901)

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, Frank, Private, "Gulf City Guards" Co.B, 3rd AL Regt. Inf., Capt. Wm. Hartwell. Enlisted Mobile, AL. Authority: Compiled Roll.
      Duncan, R., Private, Co.A, Engineer Employees Battallion, Mobile Co. Militia Home Guard. Mobile, AL, Sept. 16, 1864. Authority: Muster roll dated Sept. 30th, 1964. (MAD: sic)
      Duncan, William, Private, Co.D, 9th VA Inf. Enlisted Sept. 1862 at Mobile, AL, continued until close of war. Was paroled in May or June 1865. Authority: Personal statement Census Tax Assessor, Walker Co. 1907.
      Duncan, William, Private, Co.D, 9th AL Inf. Regt. 27 May 1861 at Oakland [Lauderdale Co.]. Born in AL, farmer, res. Oakland, AL, age 17, single. Captured 27 Oct. 1864. (MAD: battles etc. not copied). Authority: Historical Record Roll dated near Petersburg, VA, Jan. 1, 1865.


Clarke Co. AL Probate Records, Vol.N, 1867-1870 (FHL film 1,290,247)
      Pg.255-6: BENJAMIN DUNCAN, decd, estate of. Petition 22 Oct. 1867 by Mary Duncan (/s/ Mary Duncan by Willis Duncan), that Benjamin Duncan died about 22 Sept. 1867 in Clarke Co. leaving a will, witnessed by Peter Grin? who lives in the county, T.J. Lee who since moved to LA and reported now dead, and James W. Noble who has since died, in which petitioner is named executrix and Thomas J. Nichols executor, request for probate; petitioner is widow of decd and lives in the county, and the next of kin are his children Benjamin A. Duncan, Willis F. Duncan, Mary J. Walker wife of William W. Walker, George W. Duncan, all over 21 and live in this county, Sarah E. Johnson who mar. Alfred Johnson who is now dead who resides in Mobile and is over 21, Jeremiah H. Duncan who lived in CA and is supposed to be dead, the children of Frances M. Daffin decd. who was a dau. of the testator, namely Edmond J. Daffin over 21 living in Pickens Co. AL, Benjamin Daffin, Caladonia Daffin and Jackson Daffin, minors over age 14 who live in this county, Tinfeatrick? (Patrick?) Daffin a minor under age 14 who resides with Jackson Daffin in this county, and Jefferson Daffin under age 14 who resides with petitioner, all of sound mind except said George W. Duncan; request for probate.

Dallas Co. AL Deeds (FHL film 1,532,897 item 3)
      C-32: 19 March 1832, mortgage, John Duncan and wife Julit "Dunkin" of city of Mobile, AL, to Zachariah Lamar of Milledgeville, GA, for $4726.40: fractional Sec.25 and frac. Sec.26, both east of Alabama River in Twp.14 R9 in Cahaba Dist., 448 acres and 308 acres; Duncan to pay Lamar $2363.20 and interest by 19 March 1833 and same by 1834; wit. Edw. R. Byrd, Jno. F. Everett.
      C-33: 19 March 1832, Zachariah Lamar of Milledgeville, GA, by attorney Uriah G. Mitchell of Cahaba, AL, to John Duncan of city of Mobile, AL, for $4726.40, fractional Sec.25 and frac. Sec.26, both east of Alabama River in Twp.15 R9, 756 acres; wit. A.J. King, James D. Cray.
      C-92: 19 March 1832, John Duncan and wife Juliet of city of Mobile, AL, to John J. Crockeron of town of Cahaba, AL, $1, land in SE corner fractional Sec.25 east of Alabama River, Twp.14 R9, 40 acres, encumbered with remainder of fractional section by mortgage, $202 to be paid, reserve right of road along section line leading to river from John Howard's land to Tarver's Ferry, and from Tarver's Ferry Road across said land leading to Portland (more not copied); wit. Edwd. R. Byrd, Jno. F. Everett.

Montgomery Co. AL Deeds (FHL film 1,753,610)
      B-93: 3 May 1823, Walter B. Lucas of Montgomery Co. AL to John Duncan Jr., E.H. Roberts and Henry Daggett of Mobile Co. AL, merchants under name of John Duncan Jr. and Co., mortgage for $14,500 ...; satisfied. ...
      B-98: 3 May 1823, Henry Lucas to same, not copied.

Fayette Co. KY County Court Deeds
      2-147: Power of attorney; 21 Oct. 1826, John Duncan of Mobile, Samuel Duncan now of Fayette Co. KY, and Benjamin (X) Cockrill in right of and for his wife Jane late Jane Duncan of MO, appoint Garland Gentry of Fayette Co. KY our attorney to settle all differences with our coheirs of Samuel Duncan decd, to give receipts and acquittances, to make deeds to land descended to us or which our father was bound to convey to John Muir, and to receive a deed or deeds from him to whomever our atty. may choose or to himself in fee simple & in general to do everything for us & iln our behalf as fully in reference to said Samuel Duncan's estate as if we were present and had done the same .... Acknowledged in court 21 Oct. 1826. (FHL film 8,696) (MAD: one John Duncan b. 1796 PA in Matagorda Co. TX w/ch. may be the John Duncan in 1830 Mobile Co. AL census; see also comments under deed 32-553)
      32-553: 12 Aug. 1856, James Duncan, Martha Jane Duncan and William Barnett and wife Sarah, children of Jane Duncan decd, formerly Jane McIsaac, of Dewitt Co. IL, to Littleton Stewart of Fayette Co. KY, $268.50, our undivided interest to land owned by James McIsaac at time of his death and upon which he resided at that time, which was willed to us by said James McIsaac in his last will now of record in Fayette Co. Wit. John J. McGraw, clerk of DeWitt Co. IL court. Rec. Fayette Co. KY 10 Nov. 1856. (FHL film 8,706) (MAD: see also comments under deed 2-147; Samuel Duncan in 1840 & 1850 DeWitt Co. IL b. 1801 KY; mar. 2nd Susan Frances Hickman ca 1846)

Roane Co. TN Deed (FHL film 560,111; SLC 5/7/2013)
      M-224: State of Alabama, City and County of Moline? [MAD: Mobile?]. I, Robert M. Duncan of afsd appoint my uncle, Robert D. Duncan of Kingston, Roane Co., East Tennesse, my attorney to collect from the Clerk of the Chancery Court or such other persons, the sum of $70.40, being the amount of money to which I am entitled from the estate of my late mother Rebecca Duncan and the said Robert D. Duncan is authorized to make to such persons as may pay over to him said sum of money, a full and ample acquaentance for me. Witness my hand and seal this 21 July 1854, /s/ Robert M. Duncan. State of Alabama, Morile? County, before Geo. Comrey, a Commissioner of deeds appointed by the Governor of the State of TN in and for the State of AL, appeared Robert M. Duncan who ack. the power of attorney to R.D. Duncan, 20 July 1854, George Comrey, Commissioner of Moline, AL. (seal, Commissioner, Conway Co.) Roane Co. TN, power of attorney with Commissioners certificate registered in Roane Co. 30 July 1854. (FHL film 560,111)

Gonzales Co. TX Deeds (SLC 6/2009; not all copied or looked for)
      I-147: 18 May 1838, Charles S. Davenport for $2000 to John Duncan, undivided half league of land between the Navidad and LaBaca Creeks and west of the LaBahia Road and north of the road leading to Gonzales (meets and bounds not copied), League is numbered 8 and was granted to Jesse Richards as a colonist in October 1835 and by said Jesse Richards the said undivided half league conveyed to me Charles S. Davenport 22 Feb. 1836. Ack. in Brassaria Co. TX. Filed for record 19 Dec. 1848 in Lavaca Co. TX. Filed for record 23 Aug. 1852 Fayette Co. TX. (FHL film 1,310,604)
      I-148: 27 June 1848, John Duncan of Matagorda Co. TX for $1 to William J. Ledyard, quit claim above land. Wit. D. Farrbass, Coms. Heyer, Alex H. Ledyard. John Duncan appeared before Jno. McD. Ross, NP, Mobile Co. AL, 29 June 1848, witness Alexander H. Ledyard in Fayette Co. TX. Recorded Fayette Co. TX. (FHL film 1,310,604)

Matagorda Co. TX Deed
      E-65/66: #998. 16 May 1839, Agreement between John Duncan for himself and John T. Gray, D. Davis D. Baker and Isaac E. Robertson, all of Matagorda Co. TX, parties in interest in the League of Land #17 at the junction of the Bays of Matagorda and Trespalacios. The above parties have formed themselves into a company to be styled the Palacios Company and to hold shares as follows: John Duncan and John T. Gray to have 2/6 or two entire shares and 1/12 or 1/2 share of entire interest in the League. D. Davis D. Baker has 1/6 and 1/24 or 1 entire share and 1 quarter share. Isaac E. Robertson has 2/6 and 1/24 interest; or 2 and 1/4 shares of all interest in or growing out of said League 17. The notes in the hands of Mr. Brigham taken for lots sold in the Town of Palacios shall be taken into possession as soon as practicable ... survey of the Town shall be completed ... notice to John Duncan shall be considered notice to John T. Gray. Suit now pending in the District Court effecting the interest of the League 17 brot in the name of R.R. Royall and D. Davis D. Baker against John Duncan and I.E. Robertson shall be dismissed by the said Baker on his part, ... $1200 to be paid to Henry L. Bays in equal shares by said Duncan, Gray, Robertson and Baker. R.R. Royall gave a draft to S. Rhoads Fisher for $1,000 as payment for a supposed quarter interest in League 17, remains unpaid, if Royal can't pay, then Duncan, Gray, Robertson and Baker will pay in equal shares. (MAD: more not copied) John Duncan and John T. Gray are to pay D. Davis D. Baker $1500 when John Duncan returns from Mobile, and the further sum of $1500 in 12 months from this date. ... /s/ John Duncan, Isaac E. Robertson, D. Davis D. Baker; wit. L. Ramey, H.L. Bays. Recorded 27 March 1840. (FHL film 1,011,103; SLC 9/11/2010)

HISTORIES before 1923

1914 "History of TX and Texans" by Frank W. Johnson, Vol.1-5 (SUTRO book F386 J66 1914; CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Vol.3 p.1360: JOHN DUNCAN, now living in Columbus [Colorado Co.], TX; b. 28 Aug. 1838 in Matagorda Co. TX, son of Capt. John Duncan of KY and Julia (Coen) Duncan of CT. Both parents were brought to AL during childhood where they married; Capt. John Duncan operated boats on the Alabama River between Catawba, Mobile and Selma. Captain John Duncan came to Texas shortly before the TX Revolution, to the Caney Valley; he enlisted in Moseley Baker's Company, was in service until the end after the Battle at San Jacinto, then he returned to his lands in Alabama and returned to Texas with slaves. Capt. John Duncan & wife had five children, son John is now the only survivor. The others were Thomas (oldest), Samuel, Mrs. Dexter Walker, Mrs. John Reeves. John Duncan was in the Civil War, married 12 March 1885 Miss India Green of Gonzales Co., dau. of William Green who came from MS. John Duncan & wife had one child, John Green Duncan, who died in young manhood at the age of 24 (MAD: no wife mentioned for John Green Duncan). (MAD: ?? 1830 Mobile Co. AL census; ?? son of Samuel d. 1826 Fayette Co. KY; 1850 Matagorda Co. TX census shows John Duncan b. 1795 PA)


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