Duncans in Independence Co. AR


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

Last revised September 3, 2009

Formed 1820 from Lawrence, Arkansas
Izard formed 1825 from Independence, Fulton
Van Buren formed 1833 from Independence, Conway, Izard
Stone formed 1873 from Izard, Independence, Searcy, Van Buren
Cleburne formed 1883 from White, Van Buren, Independence


1830-1840 Independence Co. AR Census
      No Duncan indexed
      (MAD: Benjamin Dunkin in 1824 tax list, Jeptha Duncan in 1825 tax list, J. Duncan and Jephthah Duncan in 1829 tax lists)

1850 Independence Co. AR Census
Round Pond
Pg.360, #681, Enel (Euel?) HARDEN (m) 40 NC "none" $0
                  Elen 36 SC
                  Marsell DUNCAN (m) 10 AR
                  Thomas J. 7, Elvira E. 6, Martha A. 3 AR
                  (MAD: Ellen Duncan age 34 mar. E.L. Hardin age 38 2/6/1849)
Pg.375, #889, Moses DUNCAN 36 NC brick mason $300
                  Jane 37 TN
                  Louisa 15, John 13 MO
                  Green 9, Margaret 7, Marie A. 4, William 1 AR
                  (MAD: Jane was the widow of John G. Douglas; see 1862 Henderson Co. TN County Court record; Moses Duncan was made guardian in 1838 of John & Thomas Bearce; from "Genealogical Records of Independence Co. AR 1838-1845" by James Logan Morgan, FHL booklet 976.7 A1 #1; 1870 Cape Girardeau Co. MO census b.MO)
Pg.377, #908, Green DUNCAN 24 MO farmer
                  Elizabeth 19 TN
                  (MAD: Abner Green Duncan mar. Elizabeth Man 5/11/1846)

1860 Independence Co. AR Census
Ruddell Twp.
Pg.28, #185-177, Moses F. DUNCAN 45 NC mason $0-$300
                  Jane 47 TN
                  Louisa 25 AR
                  John P. 23 MO
                  Columbus G. 20 AR
                  Margaret J. 17, Amanda 14 AR
                  Wm. P. 10, Fannie E. (f) 4 AR
                  (MAD: John P. Duncan age 25 mar. Mary J. Barnes age 25 6/7/1863)
Pg.173, #1143-1132, A.G. DUNCAN (m) 37 MO farmer $1000-$2000
                  Rebecca C. 30 TN
                  Charles B. 9, James N. 6, William 5 AR
                  Moses 2, Sarah J. 3/12 AR
                  (MAD: A.G. Dunkin age 30 mar. Caroline Henderson age 24 on 6/20/1854; Absalom on 1870 Lamar Co. TX census)
Black River
Pg.203, #1367, Braxton DUNCAN 60 TN farmer $0-$250
                  Susanah 51 TN
                  H. KING (m) 10 AR
                  Nancey BROWN 33 AR
                  Mary 3 AR
                  (MAD: ?? 1850 Mercer Co. IL census; definitely Braxton, definitely age 60 b. TN, family white)
Pg.219, #1484-1473, Preston DUNCAN 37 TN farmer $0-$300
                  Susan 26 TN
                  George W. 9, Julia 7 AR
                  Elizabeth 6, Nancy J. 5 AR
                  (MAD: Preston Dunkean age 22 mar. Susan Wring age 17 11/8/1849 Lawrence Co. AR, d. Sharp Co. AR ca 1871, admin. W.C. Kent, guardian of minor heirs; heirs George W. Duncan, Dewit C. Ring, T.T. Kent, Nancy J. Duncan, Saphrona Duncan)
Round Pond
Pg.268, #1832-1821, Ellen DUNCAN 42 SC (blank) $0-$100
                  Marshal 20 AR farmer
                  Elvina J. 17, Martha H. 13, James F. 8 AR
                  (MAD: Marshall Duncan in 1870 Johnson Co. IL census)

1870 Independence Co. AR Census (also from Denzil Mauldin 1/1987)
Franklin Twp.
Pg.78, #34-39, DUNCAN, Daniel 45 TN farmer $0-$200
                  Mary A.M. 32 AR keeping house
                  Jefferson C. 13 AR working on farm
                  Amanda E. 8, Mary E. 7 AR
                  Babe (m) 2/12 AR b.Apr.
                  (MAD: ? 1850 Cannon Co. TN census; 1860 Lawrence Co. AR census)

1910 Independence Co. AR Census (from Jo Pectol Mills by email 2/2001; page numbers not given)
Ashley Township, Sheet 8
#?-#?, Jefferson DUNCAN (Head) 52, married 32 years, AR TN
            Julia U (Wife) 49, married 32 years, AR, 3/3
            Maud or Myra (Dau) 24, single, AR
            (JPM: Jefferson Duncan was son of Daniel D. Duncan and Mary Adeline Madeline Ring, wife was Julia Ann Lassiter)
Next door:
#?-?, Arthur C. DUNCAN (Head) 31, married 8 years, AR AR AR
            Ellen (Wife) 32, married 8 years, AR AR AR, 4/4 living
            William J. (Son) 7, single, AR AR AR
            Edgar H. (Son) 5, single, AR AR AR
            May Oma (Dau) 3, single, AR AR AR
            Julia U (Dau) 1, single, AR AR AR
            (JPM: Arthur C. Duncan was son of Jefferson C. Duncan and Julia Ann Lassiter; Arthur's wife was Lydia Ellen Perrin, dau. of William Perrin and Lydia Kennedy)


Index of MO and AR and Partial IL (C-D) Land Patentees, War of 1812; Warrants (Index on FHL film 983,163)
      Sec. 2, AR Patentees, from G.L.O. (General Land Office) Patent Book; with added date and Tract Book page; added county from Rand McNally Commercial Atlas (tract books on FHL film 1,302,833)
      Volume, page, name, warrant #, quarter (unless noted otherwise), section, township, range; date from tract book pages by Twp & Range; present county.
      Vol.2 pg.270: Duncan, Jeptha, #24,332; NE 1/4, (Sec.) 25, (Twp) 10N, (Range) 7W; 5/7/1821, p.49; present northern White Co. next to Cleburne and Independence Cos. (Independence Co. AR in 1830)
      Vol.8 pg.427: Duncan, alias Dunkin, Anderson, #25,043; SE 11 14N 4W; 3/12/1822, p.23; NE area Independence Co. (MAD: see ?? 1840 Stewart Co. TN census, 1860 Oregon Co. MO census b.1792 SC; one Anderson Duncan was in War of 1812 from KY; one Anderson Duncan mar. Sally Horn or Ham 12/23/1802 Madison Co. KY, there in 1820 census, son of Gabriel Duncan; one Anderson Duncan in Shelby Co. KY mar. Elizabeth Radford 1824, there in 1830-1840 census)
      Vol.13 pg.6: Duncan, Daniel, #354; S 1/2 35 10N 4W; 9/25/1837, p.19; West side Jackson Co. between Independence & White Cos. (could have been Independence Co. in 1837)

Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Automated Records Project. Arkansas Land Office, Act/Treaty of May 6, 1812, Entry Classification: Scrip-Warrant Act of 1812
      Name, Acres, Date land document signed
      Dunkin, Anderson, 160 acres, Mar 12 1822
      Duncan, Daniel, 320 acres, Sep 25 1837
      Duncan, Jeptha, 160 acres, May 07 1821
      Duncan, John, 160 acres, Dec 09 1824
      Duncan, Thomas, 160 acres, Feb 21 1837

Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Automated Records Project. Batesville [Independence Co.], AR, Land Office, Act/Treaty of April 24, 1820, Entry Classification: Sale - Cash Entries
      Name, Acres, Date land document signed
      Duncan, Calvin A, 240 acres, May 01 1860
      Duncan, Chittenden L, 80 acres, Jul 01 1859 (MAD: see Searcy & Van Buren Co)
      Duncan, Chittenden L, 80 acres, Oct 30 1857
      Duncan, Daniel, 40 acres, Oct 30 1857 (MAD: see Lawrence & Sharp Co. AR)
      Duncan, Elizabeth, 40 acres, May 01 1860 (MAD: see Lawrence & Sharp Co. AR)
      Duncan, Harbard B, 40 acres, Jul 01 1859 (MAD: see Searcy & Van Buren Co.)
      Duncan, James, 320 acres, Aug 16 1838
      Duncan, John A, 160 acres, Oct 01 1860
      Duncan, John P, 40 acres, Jul 01 1850
      Duncan, John H, 40 acres, May 01 1861
      Duncan, Stephen, 640 acres, Oct 01 1839 (MAD: Pulaski Co. AR & Adams Co. MS)
      Duncan, Stephen, 640 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 320 acres, Sep 05 1842
      Duncan, Stephen, 640 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 320 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 320 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 320 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 320 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 320 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 640 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 320 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 640 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 640 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, Stephen, 162.37 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 631.08 acres, Oct 01 1839 (MAD: Monroe Co. AR)
      Duncan, William B, 640 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 629.52 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 629.03 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 40 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 640 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 641.05+ acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 80 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 160 acres, Nov 17 1842
      Duncan, William B, 80 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 80 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 80 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 331 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 320 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 320 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 320 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 160 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 318.68 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 163.82 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 160 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 160 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 320 acres, Aug 16 1838
      Duncan, William B, 146.55 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 160 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 160 acres, Oct 01 1839
      Duncan, William B, 317.84 acres, Oct 01 1839

Arkansas Land Grant (pdf image, AR2990_427, from Mary Lou Cole 4/7/2009)
      Pg.427, Land Grant, pursuant to Act of 6 May 1812, to Anderson Dunkin alias Duncan, having deposited in the General Land-Office a warrant in his favor, numbered 25043, granted to said Anderson Dunkin alias Duncan late a private in Capt. Whitten? Company of the 3d Regiment of Infantry, tract of land of 160 acres, being SE 1/4 Sec.11 Twp.14 North in Range 4 West in Military tract in Arkansas. Letters patent issued 12 March 1822. (MAD: see Independence Co. AR, and Madison Co. KY)

Independence Co. AR Deed Records (index 1821-1868; grantors on FHL film 1,288,763 item 3, grantees on FHL film 1,288,764 item 3)
      B-456: Agreement, 15 Feb. 1827, John Redmon, special guardian for Cynthiann Duncan, to John Dearman, that at Nov. term of the Circuit Court, Redmon was appointed guardian of Duncan so she could be bound out, about 7 years of age, until she age 18; Dearman to teach her to read and write. (MAD: John Redmon was also special guardian of three or four other children, similar action; he was also the clerk and ex-officio recorder and Justice of Peace.) (FHL film 1,288,935)
      B-522: 14 Sept. 1827, George Ruddell to John L. Daniel, both Independence Co. AR, power of attorney to ask, receive, etc. from James Browning, admr. of Benjamin Duncan decd, or any other persons who may have rents etc. of my lands in Cos. of Fayette, Scott and Bourbon, KY; John L. Daniel to sell land on North Elkhorn, original patent to Isaac Ruddell, conveyed by Bourbon Co. KY deed to me. (FHL film 1,288,935)
      H-255: A.G. Duncan from Auditor of State, 11/9/1849, rec. 2/4/1851, SW 1/4 Sec. 36 T13 R5, 160 acres (from index only).
      I-281: A.G. Dunkin to Jas. Cook, 12/31/1852, rec. 1/10/1853, N 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec. 36 T12 R5, 80 acres (from index only).
      I-518: Green Dunkin to Mayness & Rutherford, 7/4/1853, rec. 7/15/1853, personal property (from index only).
      Later deeds to/from A.G. or Green Duncan not copied.
      K-162: 23 March 1855, Schedule of property now held by Mrs. Jane (X) Duncan, wife of Moses S. Duncan, (both signed), as her own and separate property under Chapter 104, Statutes of this State digested by English and published in 1848, 7th Section. List incl. slave Belenva age 22 and her child Louza age 18 months; Jane obtained by heirship by death of her son William A. Douglas, son by her first husband John G. Douglass. Testimony by Benjamin Dickinson who knows the above facts; property to be held under married woman's law of this state. (FHL film 1,288,939) (MAD: see 1862 Henderson Co. TN County Court Minutes Book 1860-1866, pgs.193 and 196, 3/2/1862 and 3/3/1862, James T. Douglas, guardian for all the children of Moses and Jane Duncan decd.)
      Did not copy any later deeds.


Independence Co. AR Chancery Court Records 1839-1879 (FHL film 1,288,951 item 2-3)
      1839-1853 - no Duncan
      1853-1879 - no Duncan

Independence Co. AR Circuit Court 1821-1844 (FHL film 1,288,946 item 2-4)
      1821-1827 - no index
            Pg. 189: Nov. 1826, 1st day of court; ordered that John Redmon be appointed special guardian for Cynthiann Duncan age about 7 years to bind her out to John Dearman to learn housekeeping and spinstress, Dearman giving bond. (MAD: 3 other children similar action, no reason given nor name of parents)
      1827-1839 - poor index, no Duncan
            Pg.22: Dec. 1839, Wm. B. Duncan and Nancy Ferobee, admr. of George W. Ferobee, decd, pltf, vs. James Boswell, admr. of Hartwell Boswell decd, deft. Plaintiffs recover for default, jury to determine damages.
            Pg.49: June 4, 1840, Jury in Wm. B. Duncan etc. said case should be dismissed, plaintiffs to pay costs.

Independence Co. AR County Court Records 1830-1849 (FHL film 1,288,752 item 2-3)
      1830-1838 - index blank
      1838-1849, Record A - no index


Independence Co. AR Tax lists 1840-1851 (FHL film 1,288,756 items 3-8)
      (MAD: wanted husband of Ellen Duncan who mar. 1849 E.L. Hardin; 1850 census w/husband; she had son Marshall b. 1840, and daus. Elvina J. 1843, Martha H. 1847; 1860 "Ellen Duncan" w/son James F. b. 1852 AR; also in 1850 & 1860 were Moses Duncan and (Abner) Green Duncan)
      1840: No Duncan
      1843: Duncan, Moses, 1wp, 2h, no land
      1844: Duncan, Moses, 1wp, 1h
                  Duncan, Thos., 1wp, 0h
      1848: Duncan, Mose, 1wp, 1h
      1849: Duncan, Moses, 1wp, 2h, 5 cattle
                  Duncan, Jno., 1wp, 0h
                  Duncan, A.G., 1wp, 1h, 1 cattle
                  Duncan, Jno. D., 40 acres SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 9 T13 R7
      1851: Duncan, Jno. D., 0wp, SW 1/4 NE 1/4 9-13-7 40 acres
                  Duncan, A.G., 1wp, SW 1/4 36-13-5, 160 acres, 1h, 1 cattle
                  Duncan, Moses, 1wp, 2h, 2 cattle
      (MAD: 1844 tax list was between 1849 and 1851)
      1848-1851 - no Eli Hardin


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, David; B 4 ARK Inf.; 1891 Sept. 24, Invalid Appl. #1061769, no cert. (MAD: ?? Daniel David Duncan, 1860 Lawrence Co. AR census; 1870 Independence Co. AR census; 1880 Sharp Co. AR census; from Cannon Co. TN)
      Duncan, John W., widow Duncan, Liddy; C 2 Ark. Cav., L 4 Ia. Cav.; 1890 July 31, Invalid Appl. #976729, Cert. #1054178, Ark.; 1903 Nov. 11, Widow Appl. #794528, Cert. #572909, Ark. (MAD: one John W. Duncan age 18 b.1846 Bedford Co. TN also served Co.D 4th IA Cavalry; one John W. Duncan age 29 b. Cannon Co. TN res. Washington Twp. Lawrence Co. AR enl. in Co.C 2nd AR Cav. on 1 April 1864 Batesville; ?? 1860 Lawrence Co. AR census)
      Duncan, William A., widow Duncan, Eliza A.; C 2 Ark. Cav., L 4 Iowa Cav.; 1879 July 30, Invalid Appl. #300810, Cert. #477419; 1916? Feb. 23, Widow Appl. #1061248, Cert. #807405, Okla. (MAD: b.1845 Cannon Co. TN, son of Elizabeth; enrolled Houston, MO; "Alex" 1860 Lawrence Co. AR census; William A. Duncan age 21 mar. Eliza Ann Miller age 18 on 10/28/1866 in Independence Co. AR)


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