Duncans in Madison Co. AR


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

Last revised August 30, 2014

Formed 1836 from Washington
Boone formed 1869 from Carroll, Madison


1840-1850 Madison Co. AR Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Madison Co. AR Census (pg.303 from Kaye Eden 1/2003)
War Eagle Twp.
Pg.303, #160, Abraham CLEMENS 54 KY Farmer $250
                  Mary 46 SC
                  Andrew J. 18 MO laborer
                  John 15 MO laborer
                  Elizabeth 13 MO
                  William 12 MO
                  Abraham 9 AR
                  Sultany (f) 7 AR
                  Malinda 6 AR
                  Lydia 2 AR
                  (Kaye Eden: 1840 Conway Co. AR; Abraham died Sep. 1859 per 1860 Newton Co. MO mortality schedule and Mary Clement is in 1860 Newton Co. MO census; MAD: Polly M. Clement named as the dau. in will of John Duncan died 1850 Pulaski Co. MO)

1860 Madison Co. AR Census (also from Denzil Mauldin 1/1987 and Steven D. Fiser 12/1992)
Prairie Twp., P.O. Little Spring
Pg.377, #244-244, Wm. WHITEMORE 30 TN farmer $250-$375
                  Mary 25 TN
                  Sarah 10, James 5 TN
                  John 4, William 6/12 AR
                  (MAD: Wm. Whitamore mar. Mary Ann Duncan 1/10/1851 Cannon Co. TN)
Pg.409, #449-449, L.J. DUNCAN 55 SC farmer $800-$650
                  Sarah 45 NC
                  William 21 TN farmer
                  James 18, Jackson 15 TN
                  Jasper 13, Calvin 8, Benj. 5 TN
                  Albert 5/12 AR
                  Ritty HARPER (f) 36 AL
                  (MAD: Lemuel James Duncan in 1840-1850 Cannon Co. TN census)
War Eagle Twp., P.O. Huntsville
Pg.521, #1195-1195, T.B. WILLIAMS 45 TN farmer $440-$250
                  Jane 46 TN
                  Margaret 12 TN
                  Sarah A. 10, A.H. (m) 8 AR
                  Margaret BROWN 14 TN
                  Green DUNCAN (m) 14 AR
Pg.522, #1201-1201, Ransom TODD 30 TN farmer $500-$470
                  Malissa 25 TN
                  Roxanah 7 TN, Benj. 4, Wm. D. 2 AR
                  Linda MITCHELL 14 AR
                  (MAD: Ransom Todd mar. Matisa Duncan 11/21/1852 Cannon Co. TN)

1870 Madison Co. AR Census (pages also from Steven D. Fiser 12/1992)
Prairie Twp, P.O. Huntsville
Pg.414, #90-90, HENSAN, Newton 20 AR farm hand $0-$0
                  Cunnie (f) 20 AR keeping house
                  (MAD: Household #89-89 was also HENSAN)
Pg.422, #193-193, DUNCAN, A.J. (m) 26 TN farmer $1900-$150
                  Lucinda 21 AR keeping house
                  Sarah F. 2, Alfred 1 AR
Richland Twp, P.O. Drakes Creek
Pg.428, #68-68, DUNCAN, Sarah 54 TN keeping house $600-$400
                  Calvin L. 17 TN farm laborer
                  Cary B. (m) 15 TN
                  Joseph A. 11 AR
Pg.431, #114-114, DUNCAN, Jasper 21 TN farm laborer 0-$200
                  Jane 21 AR keeping house
                  James A. 2 AR
War Eagle Twp, P.O. Huntsville
Pg.468, #233-237, DUNCAN, F.H. (m) 64 VA farmer $100-$200
                  Mary 62 VA keeping house
                  Susan 25 MO at home
                  Robert 21, James 18 MO at school

1880 Madison Co. AR Census (part also from Denzil Mauldin 2/1986, Steven Fiser 12/1992, and Geraldine Whitter 8/2000)
Boston Twp., SD 2, ED 101, pg.37
Pg.505A, #307-313, W.B. DUNCAN 57 MO NC NC farmer
                  M.J. (f) 53 WV blank WV wife keeping house
                  Alice P. 19, Margaret J. 17 KS MO WV daus.
                  Daniel H. 15 KS MO WV son
                  Ida B. 12 MO MO WV dau.
                  Jas. E. 10 MO MO WV son
                  (MAD: 1850 Holt Co. MO census; 1860 Brown Co. KS census; 1870 Jackson Co. MO census as Wm. B. Duncan; William Duncan mar. Margaret Jones 4/23/1848 Franklin Co. MO)
War Eagle Twp., SD 2, ED 102, pg.9 (511)
Pg.511A, #71-71, James L. DUNCAN 28 MO VA VA farmer
                  Sarah J. 28 MO AL VA wife keeping house
                  George W. 5 AR MO MO son
                  Mary E. 3, Nancy J. 1, AR MO MO daus.
                  (MAD: James Lewis Duncan mar. Sarah Jane Cannaday 12/3/1872)
Pg.524D, #305-314, Robert DUNCAN 31 MO VA VA farmer
                  Catherine E. 31 MO AL VA wife
                  Edward F. 5 son, Sarah A. 2 dau, AR MO MO
                  (MAD: Robert age 31 written over age 30)
Pg.524D, #306-315, Fleming H. DUNCAN 74 VA VA VA farmer
                  Polly 66 VA VA VA wife
                  Mary 35 MO VA VA dau
Lamar Twp., SD 2, ED 105, page 6 & 7 (564), 18 & 19 (569-570)
Pg.564B, #54-54, Sarah M. DUNCAN 64 NC VA NotKnown
                  Kerry B. 22 TN GA NC son farmer
                  Joseph A. 19 AR GA NC son farmer
                  Rosanna 9 AR TN NotKnown granddau.
Pg.564C, #67-67, Calvin L. Duncan 28 TN NotKnown NotKnown farmer
                  Julia J. 20 AR AR TN wife
                  Adia R. 2, Caty E. 7/12 (b.Oct.) AR TN AR daus.
Pg.569B, #171-171, Jeptha DUNCAN 52 KY KY KY
                  Sarah A. 32 MO KY MO wife
                  Jeannette 13, Harriett 11 MO KY MO daus.
                  Millie 8 MO KY MO dau.
                  Scarlette 3 AR KY MO dau.
                  Elizabeth 3/12 (b.March) AR KY MO dau.
                  (MAD: 1850 Nelson Co. KY census with Thomas Duncan; Jephthah Duncan, widow Sarah A., applied for pension for service in Mexican War, WC-15716, 14 July 1911, KS and SC-14210 in AR, service in Co.C 4th KY Inf. as a Private; from "Index to Mexican War Pension Files" by Virgil D. White)
Pg.570A, #178-178, Jas. M. DUNCAN 38 TN TN TN farmer
                  Nancy A. 37 AR TN TN wife
                  Therasa J.R. 15 AR TN AR dau.
                  Wm. M. 13, Jas. P. 7, Handy B. 5 AR TN AR sons
                  Ella M. 3 AR TN AR dau.
                  Edward J. 3/12 (b.March) AR TN AR son
Pg.570A, #179-179, Rachel JOHNSON 69 TN VA NC mother-in-law widow
                  Nancy DUNCAN 1 AR TN AR dau.
                  Jas. Thomas BOYD 27 AR TN AR
                  Martha E. 29 KY KY KY wife
                  Wm. Warden 6 AR AR KY son
                  Eliza A. 2 AR AR KY dau.
                  (MAD: #179-179 should probably have been for the Boyd household)
Prairie Twp, Vol.8, ED 106, Sheet 15, line 30
Pg.584C, #142-146, Jackson DUNCAN 35 TN TN TN
                  Lucinda 30 AR TN TN wife
                  Sarah F. 12 AR TN AR dau.
                  Alfred M. 10 AR TN AR son
                  Anna B. 9 AR TN AR dau.
                  John C. 7 AR TN AR son
                  Lucy 5 AR TN AR dau.
                  Jasper 1 AR TN AR son
                  Mary 3/12 AR TN AR dau. b.March
                  (MAD: looking for wife Lucinda who could be the widow remarried in 1887 in Washington Co. AR)


Madison Co. AR Land Grants; Book not given (copies from Steven D. Fiser 12/1992)
      Pg.93: 1 Feb. 1860, Cert. 9888, to Lemuel J. Duncan of Madison Co. AR, per cert. of Fayetteville Land Office; grant N 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec. 35, Twp 17N Range 27W, 80 acres.
      Pg.199: 1 Oct. 1860, Cert. No. 12037, to Lemuel J. Duncan of Madison Co. AR, per cert. of Fayetteville Land Office; grant SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec. 20 Twp 16N Range 27W, 40 acres.

Madison Co. AR Deed Indexes (copied by CVD in SLC 4/30/2013)
   Direct index no.1, 1845-1903 (FHL Film 1,035,193 Item 3)
      F-179: Dunkin, F.J. and Sarah to Coffer, Eph., filed Mar. 3, 1858, dated Jan. 11, 1858, Deed, Book F, missing "page" column on image, 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.35 T17 R27W
   Indexes (Direct & Indirect) nos. 1-2 1848-1919 (FHL Film 1,035,194 Items 7-8)
      G-86: Duncan, F.J. from Romans, Lem, filed 11/19/1859, dated 1/1/1859, Deed, Book G, pg.86

Madison Co. AR Deeds (copied SLC 7/22/2014)
      F-179: 11 Jan. 1858, F.J. Duncan and Sarah Duncan his wife of Madison Co. AR to Ephriam "Cofer" of afsd, for $60 paid by said Ephriam Coffer, the afsd F.J. Duncan and Sarah Duncan his wife sold tract of land, N 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.17N Range 27W containing 80 acres, warrant title. /s/ F.J. Duncan, Sarah (X) Duncan. Wit. Allen Myers, John Myers. Ack. 11 Jan. 1858 before Isaac Sims, J.P., Madison Co. AR. Recorded March 3, 1858. (FHL film 1,035,197)
      G-86/87: 1 Jan. 1859, Lemuel Romans and Ann Romans his wife of Madison Co. AR to F.J. Duncan of afsd, have sold a tract or parcel of land for $400 paid, described as N 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.20 Twp.16 Range 27 containing 80 acres, also SW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.20 Twp.16N Range 27 containing 40 acres, warrant title. /s/ Samuel Romans, Anna (X) Romans. Wit. E.K. Smith, Perry Myers. Ack. 10 Jan. 1859 before Samuel Burchett, J.P., Madison Co. AR. Filed for record Nov. 19, 1859, and recorded Nov. 23, 1859. (FHL film 1,035,197)


Warren Co. TN Deed Book 5, 1872-1874 (FHL film 571,584; SLC 9/6/2010)
      5-139/140: 18 Sept. 1872, Sarah (X) Duncan, for $300 paid, transfer to J.H. Roberson of Warren Co. TN all my right, title, interest and claim that I have to the estate of my father Martin Cox deceased, both real and personal, of which he my said father Martin Cox died siezed and possessed of in Warren Co. TN, and I hereby covenant with said Roberson that I have a perfect right to convey said undivided interest, and that the same is unencumbered. Warrant title of my said undivided interest; for the boundary and location of said real estate refference is here had to the title papers executed to my father Martin Cox deceased and which is duly of record in Warren Co. TN. /s/ Sarah (X) Duncan. Wit. F.M. Sams, Benj. Vaughan. Sarah Duncan appeared on 18 Sept. 1872 in Madison Co. AR before Allison Boyd, Clerk of the Circuit Court. /s/ George W. Vaughan, judge of the County Court of Madison Co. AR. Recorded 18 Oct. 1872 Warren Co. TN. (FHL film 571,584; SLC 9/6/2010)


Mexican War Pension file, William B. Duncan (copy of documents from Geraldine L. Whitter, 5/1999)
      William B. Duncan, Enlisted 1846, discharged 1847. Soldier's certificate No. 795056, William B. Duncan, Pvt., Co. F, Kans. Vol. Pd., Can No. 16456. Sept. 27, 1883, War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington (477,310); returned to the Commissioner of Pension, William B. Duncan, a Private of Company F, 16th Regiment Kans. Cavy. Volunteers, was enrolled on 1 Jany. 1864 at Wyandotte, for 3 yrs, and is reported on the muster roll of said co. from enlistment to April 30 /64, present and reported to August 31 /64. Sept. & Oct. /64. Absent sick in Wyandotte Co. Kans. since Oct. 4 /64. ...
      Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension ... Madison Co. AR, 22 March 1883, appeared William B. Duncan age 59 who was enrolled on 1 Nov. 1863 in Co. F, 16 Reg. Kans. Cavl. commanded by Col. Davis and was discharged at Levenworth, Kans. 1 Dec. 1865; personal description age 59 years, height 6 feet no inches, complexion fair, hair dark, eyes blue; that in Wyandott, Kans, on or about 15 March 1865, then and there contracted kidney wound or injury; disease of kidney affected? rumatic bone scurvey?, treated at Julesburg, Col., and Leeavensworth, Kans.; since leaving service he has resided in Jackson and Leveler? in MO, here 12 years, occupation farmer .... /w/ William B. Duncan, Dutton PO, Madison Co. AR.
      Declaration of Survivor for Pension, Mexican War Pension, Act of Jan. 29, 1887: Madison Co. AR, on 11 March 1887, appeared William B. Duncan, resident of Dutton in Madison Co. AR, who served as Private under Capt. John G. Stevenson in Reg. of MO Cav. commanded by Col. John Donathan in War with Mexico; that I enlisted at Union, Franklin Co. MO, on or about June 1846 for one [year?] and was discharged at New Orleans, LA, on June 1847; service marched from Union, Franklin Co. MO, to and through Mexico War in the battles Braceto & Sacramento & marched back to New Orleans, La.; that I am 63 years of age, having been born at St. Charles Co. MO on 27 Aug. 1823; that I am married, the maiden name of my wife was Margaret J. Jones whom I married at Franklin Co. MO (blank day and month) 1828, that my wife is now living; service proved by: that on 29 Nov. 1847 I was allowed and received a Bounty Land Warrant or script, and affidavits of William A. Marrs and William Tweedy; since my discharge I have resided in the states of MO, KS and AR; /s/ William (X) B. Duncan; wit. W.C. Roberts, C.W. Kenerston.
      Affidavit of witness William A. Marrs, 11 March 1887, known William B. Duncan for 15 years, served in the company of Capt. John G. Stevenson in Reg. commanded by Col. John Donathan, knows William B. Duncan to have served in the war with Mexico from having heard others state and from his own statements that he served in the Mexican War and from having seen papers directed to him and in his possession sent him from J.L. Edwards Commissioner of Pensions dated Nov. 29th, 1847; that William B. Duncan was engaged in a battle in said war, in the battles of Bracita & Sacramento in 1846; that William B. Duncan is 62 years of age, having been born on or about 27 Aug. 1823 at St.Charles Co. MO. Affidvit of witness William Tweedy, 11 March 1887, known William B. Duncan 15 years, served in the company of capt. John G. Stevenson in Reg. commanded by Col. John Donathan, (same as statement by William A. Marrs).
      Declaration for Invalid Pension, Act of June 27, 1890, Madison Co. AR, 24 July 1890, appeared William B. Duncan, age 66 years, resident of Town of Dutton, Madison Co. AR, who was enrolled on 3 Jan. 1863 as Private Co. F, 16th Kansas Cav. Vol., discharged at Ft. Levensworth, KS, on 6 Dec. 1867, unable to earn a support by reason of disease of both feet?, back entirely disabled, gravul? & Kidney disease; that he is a pensioner under certificate No. 2552 (Mexican); /s/ William (X) B. Duncan, wit. M.U. Cowan, T.T. Cowan.
      Invalid Pension, June 23, 1892, questions: My wife is dead, name Margret J. Duncan, maiden name Margret J. Jones; married Frankling Co. MO April 23, 1848, recorded in the Clerks Office at Union, Frankling Co. MO; I have been married but once; I have 8 [children living], Joanna, born March 22nd /54, M.S. Aug. 4th /60, L.H.? Oct. 13th /64, U.S. born June 25th /56, A.P. May 3rd /62, J.B. Feb. 15th /68, C. Emma Jan. 5 /58, M.J. March 11th /63. Reply dated July 6th 1892, W.B. Duncan, P.O. Dutton, Madison Co. AR. (MAD: initials not easy to read).
      Pensioner dropped: Certificate No. 795056, William B. Duncan, ... Died 22 Jan. 1903. No other claims.

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, Andrew J.; C 1 ARK Cav.; 1882 April 21, Invalid Appl. #447172, Cert. #299226, Ark. (MAD: 1860 Madison Co. AR census)
      Duncan, James M.; C 1 Ark. Cav.; 1888 May 7, Invalid Appl. #654774, Cert. #869339, Ark. (MAD: 1860 Madison Co. AR census)
      Duncan, William M., mother Duncan, Sarah M.; C 1 Ark. Cav.; 1882 March 8, Mother Appl. #290529, Cert. #230370. (MAD: b.1840, son of Lemuel on 1850 Cannon Co. TN census, enr. Madison Co. AR; 1860 Madison Co. AR census)

"Union Service Records, AR" 1st Cavalry (from index cards of Kit Smith 8/1983)
      Lemuel J. Duncan, b. ca 1804-17, Co. C., E-24 July 1862 Madison Co. AR, DA 27 Mar. 1863, age 58, b. Greenville Co. SC; age show as 45 & 50.
      William H. Duncan (Wm. M.), b. ca 1837-40, Co. C, E-24 July 1862 Madison Co. AR, age 22 or 25, d. 1 Jan. 1863 Fayetteville.


Huntsville, Madison Co. AR, Obit (card) File (hand-copied by Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Reeder, 2/1999)
      DUNCAN, GEORGE W., 60 years, son of James L. & Sarah Jane (Cannaday) Duncan. Hus. of Cleo A. (Smith) Duncan. Md. 3 Aug. 1899. (Cleo daugh. of Prof. H.A.G. & Martha (Monkers) Smith); Baptist; former J.P. of War Eagle Dist. (B) 12 Sept. 1875 in Smyrna, Madison Co. AR; (D) 28 Oct. 1935, Huntsville, Madison Co. AR; Obit 31 Oct. 1935. (Calvin Reeder note: Smyrna is a community, no post office, about 10 miles north of Huntsville)
      DUNCAN, PARALEE of Drakes Creek, AR; widow of James Albert Duncan, 1868-1911. 1900 Richland Twp. #177, Md. 1891; 1910 Richland Twp. #168. Nee Paralee Eubanks. Daugh. of ??. (B) Jan. 1874 in Madison Co. AR; (D) 10 Sept. 1939 at Drake Creek, Madison Co. AR. Obit 14 Sept. 1939, "Madison Co. Record," Bashears, Huntville, buried Drakes Creek Cemetery. (Calvin Reeder note: Drake's creek is about 10 miles south of Huntsville)
      JAMES ALBERT DUNCAN (Springdale News, AR), 19 May 1911. Copied from Huntsville Democrat. Son of Rev. J.A. Duncan of Drakes creek. Died Tues. of Bright's disease. Buried Wed. in Upper Drakes Creek Cemetery, by the IOOF Lodge, of that place, of which he was a member. A number of the IOOF of this place attended the funeral. (B) Feb. ? ARK, (D) May 1911. Son of Jasper Newton and Hannah Jane (Lewis) Duncan. 1870 Richland #115 and 1900 #176. Husband of Orlena Paralee (Eubanks) Duncan. Md. 1891. 1900 Richland #177 & 1910 #168. Both buried Drakes Creek Cemetery. (Calvin Reeder note: Middle letter and names on James Albert's father differ, and this gives Paralee as middle name and Orlena as first name; copied as written)
      MRS. DUNCAN, JAMES LEWIS, of Smyrna; mother of Geo. W. Duncan; widow of James Lewis Duncan, nee Sarah Jane Cannady, daugh. of Grave & Sarah (Hart) Cannady; (B) 28 July 1852 in Montgomery Co. TN, (D) 28 July 1926 in Smyrna, Madison Co. AR; Obit. "Mad. Co. Record"; buried in Fritts Cemetery (unmarked).

HISTORIES before 1923

1889 "Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Northwest Arkansas; Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin & Sebastian Cos." by Goodspeed (Los Angeles Public Library book 976.71 W317Go; from Evelyn Sigler 9/1983 and Bonnie Ward 3/1987)
      Pg.481: Madison Co. Hartford Church begun by Jasper Duncan and others in 1885.


"Madison Co. [AR] Musings" Vol.III #3, fall 1984, pub. by Madison Co. Gen. & Hist. Soc., P.O. Box 427, Huntsville, AR 72740 (copy from Steven D. Fiser 12/1992)
      Pg.153 contains the family record of J.A. Duncan 3/18/1888, found in an old Drakes Creek School record book by Ann Orr, where James Duncan was the teacher; it includes reference to Franky Duncan (died about 1853), wife of William Duncan (died about 1848); (their son) Lemuel J. Duncan (died 1865) and his wife Sarah M. Cox born 3/8/1815 whose father Martin Cox died 1865 in Cannon Co. TN. The record lists a little more on the Cox ancestry.


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