Duncans in Scott Co. AR


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

Last revised December 23, 2003

Formed 1833 from Pulaski, Crawford, Pope
Yell formed 1840 from Pope, Scott
Sebastian formed 1851 from Scott, Polk, Crawford
Logan formed 1871 from Pope, Franklin, Johnson, Scott, Yell


1840 Scott Co. AR Census
Pg.178  Robert R. Duncan      0000,01  -  3100,1

1850 Scott Co. AR Census
Park Twp
Pg.137, #151, Cornelius BROWN 41 TN farmer $0
                  Jane 39 TN
                  Elizabeth 20, Robert 18 TN
                  Martha 17, Jesse 16, Richey 13 TN
                  Nancy J. 9, Sarah 8, Margarett 6 TN
                  William DUNCAN 2 AR

1860 Scott Co. AR Census (and from Denzil Mauldin 1/1987)
Revalee Twp.
Pg.759, #421-414, Henry PRIEST 38 AL farmer $0-$160
                  Jane 27 TN
                  James E. 10, Susan 7 MS
                  Wm. M. 4, Sarah? 11/12? AR
Pg.759, #421-415, George W. DUNCAN 31 IN schoolteacher $0-$25 (not b. Tenn)

1870 Scott Co. AR Census
Hickman Twp.
Pg.594, #103-103, DUNCAN, Samuel K. 49 KY mechanic $500-$500
                  Isabell 32 AR keeping house
                  Robert T. 16 TN attending school
                  James M. 12 AR attending school
                  Thomas M. 6, Gerany D. (m) 3 AR
                  Samuel 2/12 AR b.March
                  (MAD: 1860 Sebastian Co. AR census)
Pg.600, #180-180, DUNCAN, Joseph C. 55 TN farmer $200-$500
                  Parthenia 36 TN keeping house
                  Samuel 20 TN farming
                  Edward F. 14 TX at home
                  William R. 13, Nancy E. 12, Laura P. 10 TX
                  (MAD: 1850 Maury Co. TN census; 1851-1859 Rusk Co. TX deeds)
Pg.600, #182-182, DUNCAN, Jeremiah M. 52 TN farmer $0-$170
                  Samuel A. 14 TX farming
                  (MAD: 1850 Maury Co. TN census, 1860 Rusk Co. TX census)
Lafayette Twp.
Pg.613, #18-18, STEPHENS, William 33 IL dry goods mer. ret. $160-$1500, mar. in Oct.
                  Frances (f) 17 AR keeping house, mar. in Oct.
                  DUNN, Sarah 30 VA BLACK domestic servant
                  HORNBACK, Franklin 52 TN BLACK farmer
                  Elizabeth 23 TN MULATTO
                  Julia 18 TN BLACK
                  Anthony (m) 15 TN BLACK domestic servant
                  Samuel H. 11 TX BLACK
                  DUNCAN, James 14 TN MULATTO domestic servant
                  Robin (m) 7 AR MULATTO
Tumbleston Twp.
Pg.650, #76-76, R.L. DUNCAN (m) 47 KY farmer $1000-$300
                  Mary 47 VA
                  William 19, David 17 TN
                  Mary 14, James 11 MO
                  Jane 6 AR
                  (MAD: Robert L. Duncan; 1850 Platte Co. MO census; 1860 Bates Co. MO census; Mary Duncan and children in 1880 Erath Co. TX census)

1900 Scott Co. AR Census (from Denzil Mauldin 11/1992)
#1-1, Belva Twp
DUNCAN, Robt. L, b. Apr. 1824, mar. 16 years, KY VA VA
            Charlotta T., wife, b. Nov. 1831, m.16 yrs, 2 ch., 2 living, TN TN TN
            (MAD: Robert L. Duncan mar. Mary Ann Wyatt in 1/23/1851 Rutherford Co. TN; Robert Lewis Duncan, b. 4/14/1824, son of Marshall Duncan & Mary Ann Garner, in 1850 Platte Co. MO census; 1860 Bates Co. MO census)
#292-295, Barker Twp
DUNCAN, Frederick R., b. March 1876, single (physician) AR TN AR
            Boarder in household of John H. Williams
            (MAD: son of Samuel Duncan & wife Isabella, on 1880 census)


"Reports of cases at law and equity argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Arkansas; part of January term and all of July term 1848, January term and part of July term 1849, Vol.IV" ("Arkansas Reports" Vol.9) by E.H. English, pgs.46 to 55 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 12/2003)
      GAINES, as Adr., v. BRIGGS et al; Supreme Court of Arkansas; 9 Ark. 46; January, 1848, Decided.
      Writ of Error to the Yell Circuit Court. This was an action of trover brought by James F. Gaines, as administrator of Gazway Haynes, deceased, against Malissa Haynes, James Briggs and James Gault, and determined in the Yell circuit court, at the September term, 1847, before the Hon. Wm. W. Floyd, judge.
      The declaration alleged that on the 20th February, 1846, Gazway Haynes was possessed of three slaves, Rose, and her two children, Franklin and Sinda, as of his own property, in Scott county, and that on that day he died so possessed of said slaves. That after his death, the said slaves came to the possession of defendants by finding; and afterwards plaintiff was duly appointed administrator of deceased by the probate court of Scott county, and as such became entitled to the slaves, but though he had demanded them of defendants they had refused to surrender them, &c.
      The action was discontinued as to Malissa Haynes, at the return term, for want of service of process.
      The other defendants pleaded not guilty, the cause was submitted to a jury, and they returned a verdict for defendants. Pending the trial, the plaintiff took a bill of exceptions, from which it appears:
      To maintain the action, plaintiff read to the jury his letters of administration upon the estate of Gazway Haynes, granted by the probate court of Scott county, 4th March, 1846, in due form of law. Also, an order of the probate court of Scott county, reciting that Gaines had made it appear to the court that the personal property of his intestate was insufficient to pay his debts; that he died possessed of certain slaves, (the slaves mentioned in the declaration) which had been run out of the county, and probably out of the State, and authorizing Gaines to take the necessary steps to get possession of said slaves, and hold them subject to the further order of the court. This order was made 14th April, 1846, (before the institution of this suit.)
      Plaintiff proved by Thos. L. George, that prior to the year 1843, Gazway Haynes intermarried with Malissa George, in the State of South Carolina, who was in possession of the slave, Rose, mentioned in the declaration. That about the year 1843, they moved to Arkansas, bringing Rose with them. That the children of Rose, Franklin and Sinda, were born after they moved to this State, and Gazway Haynes continued in possession of Rose and her said children until he died, in January, 1846, in Scott county. That a short time after the death of Gazway Haynes, John Briggs, a minor son of the defendant, James Briggs, brought the wagon and team of his father to Scott county, and moved the said Malissa Haynes, widow of deceased, together with said negroes to Yell county, taking some other personal property and household effects belonging to the estate with them.
      Said John Briggs testified that, at the request of Mrs. Haynes, his father sent him with the wagon and team to move her from Scott to Yell county, and that he moved her, with the negroes, &c., as stated by the last witness. They stayed at his father's house one night on the route, and next morning proceeded to Danville, Yell county, where witness left them. Witness recollected no direction given him by his father, but to move Mrs. Haynes as above stated. Witness thought the negroes belonged to her.
      William Porter, testified that a short time after Mrs. Haynes arrived at Danville, he saw said slaves at the residence of defendant, James Gault, where they remained for a month or two, and that afterwards Gault told him he had taken the negroes out of the State and sold them.
      Defendants admitted to the jury, that Gault had so taken the slaves off, and sold them.
      Arnold testified that, after the negroes were removed to Yell county, Plaintiff, Gaines, asked Gault to surrender them, and he promised to keep them until Gaines should come or send for them.
      Duncan testified that, when young Briggs moved Mrs. Haynes and negroes to Danville, he left them at Gault's house.
      (MAD: see Yell Co. AR for more)


Logan Co. AR Probate Records, Southern District, Will Book A (FHL film 1,027,157 item 3)
      A-11: Belva, Ark., Dec. 5, 1896; will of R.L. Duncan of Scott Co. AR; my present wife Chartle T. Duncan to be sole exec.; to my former wife Mary Ann "(if now alive)" said to be living in the State of Texas and to my dau. Mary Jane Duncan (formerly, whatever it may be now, she --?? married in Texas) each $5, and to each of my sons David Hamilton Duncan and James Franklin Duncan $5; to my executrix the residue both personal and real for her life or at her death as she may choose to do; my executrix not required to give bond; wit. J.A. Kelly, J.A. Seurel, J.T. Walker; proved Logan Co. AR 26 Sept. 1904.
      (MAD: Logan Co. AR cemetery records: Robert L. Duncan, April 10, 1823 - Sept. 11, 1904; Chollollet, wife, Nov. 23, 1831 - Oct. 13, 1905)

Platte Co. MO Probate Records (from Lu Durham 3/1987 with permission to share)
      LD: When the estate of Mary Ann (Polly) Garner Duncan (widow of Marshall) was settled in Platte Co. in 1883, her children were scattered: Mildred Jane Duncan in Platte Co. MO; Wm. Arthur Duncan in Clinton Co.?; Robert Lewis Duncan in Scott Co. AR; James Marshall Duncan in San Francisco, CA; John Sanford Duncan in Platte Co. MO; Sarah Catherine deceased -- her daughters Medora Arnold in Whitman Co. WA Territory, Martha Arnold with her father James Madison Arnold in CA, Mary Catherine Arnold living with aunt (Mary Ann Duncan Browning) in Plattsburg, MO. Hiram Garner Duncan in Whitesboro, Mendocino Co. CA; Mary Ann Duncan mar. James M. Browning, lived in Plattsburg MO after 1881.

HISTORIES before 1923

1922 "Centennial History of AR" Vol.III, ed. by Dallas T. Herndon, pub. by S.J. Clark (TN Gen. Society Library #2592 from Evelyn Sigler 12/1983; CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F411 H57)
      Vol.III, pg. 505-6: Judge S.K. Duncan, actively engaged in the practice of law at Waldron [Scott Co.], was born in that town, April 7, 1870, his parents being Samuel K. and Isabelle (Gilbreath) Duncan. The father, who was born near Louisville [Jefferson Co.], KY, in 1833, was a son of Browning Duncan, who moved with the family in an early day to TN (MAD: Dyer Co.) and engaged in farming. The father was first married in TN to a Miss Leonard and there were two children of this marriage, namely: Robert Tison Duncan, late of Alvarado [Johnson Co.], TX; and Mrs. Lucy R. Dozler, late of Waldron, AR. Mrs. (Leonard) Duncan died and the father afterward married Mrs. Isabelle (Gilbreath) Hamilton, mother of James M. Hamilton, now a resident of Waldron. She was born in St. Louis, MO, in 1837, a daughter of Hugh Gilbreath, also a native of MO, whence he removed to AR at an early day, spending his last years near Clarksville in that state. Samuel K. Duncan, Sr., was a wagon-maker and followed his trade in Waldron for 40 years. During the Civil war he was in the employ of the government at Ft. Smith, AR. ... He died in 1906. His widow survived him until 1913, when she was called to the home beyond. They had a family of 5 sons, 4 of whom are living: Dr. L.D. Duncan now engaged in the medical practice at Waldron; S.K. of this review; William B., a merchant of Ada, OK, and Dr. F.R. Duncan who is a practicing physician of Waldron. Thomas M. Duncan who was circuit clerk of his county for a number of years, died in 1906. .... In 1891 Judge (S.K.) Duncan was married to Miss Beatrice E. Vise, a native of Scott Co. AR, ...

1891 "Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Western AR" by Goodspeed; Yell, Pope, Johnson, Logan, Scott, Polk, Montgomery & Conway Cos. (FHL book 976.7 H2bw)
      Pg.403: Scott Co. Thomas M. Duncan, circuit clerk of Scott Co., AR; born at Fort Smith, AR in 1864, eldest of 5 children of Samuel K. and Isabella (Gilbreath) Duncan, the former b. in KY and the latter in AR. During the Rebellion Samuel K. Duncan came to Fort Smith, AR, but after a very short residence there, came to Scott Co., resident of Waldron, engaged in wagonmaking. Thomas M. Duncan reared in this county, attended school to age 15; entered the office of the circuit court clerk, served as deputy until 1887 when appointed by Governor to fill the office left vacant by the death of Clerk J.C. Gilbreath. At the special election he was elected to the position, re-elected in the fall of 1888, and again in 1890. Democrat, Waldron Lodge No. 132 of the A.F. & A.M.


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