Duncans in Hartford Co. CT


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

Last revised July 30, 2008

Formed 1666, Original County
Windham formed 1726 from Hartford, New London
Litchfield formed 1751 from Hartford, Fairfield
Middlesex formed 1785 from Hartford, New London, New Haven


1790-1830 Hartford Co. CT Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Hartford Co. CT Census
E. Hartford
Pg.10  Abigail Duncan      0000,1  -  0000,001

1850 Hartford Co. CT Census
Pg.22, #264-346, John GRAHAM 30 SCT & others
                  Edward A. DUNCAN 20 NH machinest
                  (MAD: ? Edward A. in 1860 Dubuque Co. IA)
Pg.28, #318-440, Joseph DUNCAN 25 SCT painter
                  Ann 19 SCT
Simsbury Town
Pg.188, #36-37, William DUNCAN 34 SCT carpet mender?
                  Elizabeth 36 SCT
                  Margaret 9, Robert T. 7 SCT
                  William H. 6 SCT
                  George 3, Elizabeth 7/12 CT
New Britain Town
Pg.31, #186-243, William ROCKFORD 34 IRE jappaning?
                  Mary 30 IRE
                  John DUNCAN 20 IRE locksmith & others
Pg.378, #933-1033, Jonathon C. BROWN 41 CT & fam.
                  Ellen DUNCAN 20 IRE

1860 Hartford Co. CT Census
Pg.561, #275-277, William DUNCAN 45 SCT carpt. mill $0-$25
                  Elisabeth 42 Isle of Man housekeep
                  Margrett 19 CT carpet mill
                  Robert 17 CT carpet mill
                  George 13 CT, Mary 9 CT
                  Elisabeth 6 NY
                  Sarah 4 CT
                  Mary 16 SCT carpet mill
Hartford City, 1st Dist.
Pg.961, #1127-1318, Hotel
                  Coin DUNCAN (m) 40 SCT servant $0-$0

1870 Hartford Co. CT Census
1st District Hartford
Pg.322, #80-84, BECKWITH, Henry C. 35 RI (blank) $0-$100,000
                  Clara M. 34 RI
                  UTLEY, Cipha? (f) 72 CT (white) domestic servt.
                  WILLIAMS, Geo. S. 38 SCT domestic servt., parents of foreign birth
                  Elizabeth 26 IRE domestic servt., parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Kearns (m) 35 IRE domestic servt, parents of foreign birth
                  Anna 36 IRE domestic servt, parents of foreign birth
2nd Ward Hartford
Pg.476, #697-688, DAY, John C. 34 CT atty. at law $25,000-$30,000
                  Alice 22 CT keeping house
                  Alice 1/12 CT b.May
                  DUNAKIN, Ellen 28 MA nurse (white)
                  THOMPSON, Eliza 19 NJ BLACk servant
                  WINFIELD, Sarah 26 VA BLACK cook
3rd Ward Hartford
Pg.542, #271-446, THORNTON, Joseph 23 VA BLACK laborer $0-$0
                  Fanny 25 VA MULATTO keep house
                  DUNCAN, Armanda (f) 27 MA MULATTO
4th Ward Hartford
Pg.571, #117-116, DUNKIN, Matthew 48 IRE laborer $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Ellen 40 IRE keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary Jane 14, Martha E. 14 CT parents of foreign birth
Town of Enfield
Pg.258, #93-140, DUNCAN, William 51 SCT works in carpet mill $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Elizabeth 55 Isle of Mann keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Ella 16 CT works in C. Fctry, parents of foreign birth
                  Robert 25 CT salon keeper $0-$200, parents of foreign birth
                  Francine (f) 13 CT works in hockner? Fact., parents of foreign birth
                  Georgia (f) 9 CT, parents of foreign birth
                  McINTOSH, Lida (f) 18 CT, parents of foreign birth
Pg.299, #,- DUNNICAN, not Duncan, not copied; indexed Frank Dunnican 17 CT; indexed Mary DUNNICAN 47 IRE
Pg.270, #355-412, DUNCAN, John 35 IRE mouldor $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Catherine 38 IRE keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  James 14 CT moulder, p.f.b
                  Thomas 10, Mary 7 CT, parents of foreign birth
                  William 5, Catherine 4 CT, parents of foreign birth
                  John 2 CT, parents of foreign birth
Town of Windsor
Pg.455, #522-564, DUNCAN, Thomas 37 SCT baker? manufacturer $0-$4000, parents of foreign birth
                  Janet 42 SCT keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Thomas Jr. 14 CT works in Bpss? mill, parents of foreign birth
                  Elisabeth G. 13 CT attends school, parents of foreign birth
                  John 11 CT attends school, parents of foreign birth
                  Agness M. 8 CT attends school, parents of foreign birth
                  Grace L. 6 CT attends school, parents of foreign birth
                  GILLIES, Catharine 50 SCT house work, parents of foreign birth


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, Edward A., widow Duncan, Alice B.; C 21 & Asst. Surg. 38 Iowa Inf., Cont. Surg. Med Dept. US Vols., Hosp. Std. 21 Iowa Inf.; 1885 Sept. 3, Invalid Appl. #548702, Cert. #408325; 1915 Feb. 19, Widow Appl. 1041930, Cert. #788341, D.C. (MAD: ? 1850 Hartford Co. CT or ??? Gloucester Co. NJ; 1860 Dubuque Co. IA; MAD: Edwin A. Duncan enlisted 20 August 1862, Fifer, age 32, Union; Resided in Dubuque; C Co. 21st Inf Reg. IA and S Co. 38th Inf Reg. IA; Transferred on 09 September 1862 from Company C to Company S)
      Duncan, Robert T.; C 1 Conn. Inf., E 25 Conn. Inf.; 1902 May 31, Invalid Appl. #1286137, Cert. #1051959, Conn.; remarks C2533988. (MAD: ? 1850 Hartford Co. CT census)

"Record of service of Connecticut men in the army and navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion" by George S. Burnham; pub. Hartford, Conn.: Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1889, 1084 pgs. (LH11493; HeritageQuest 4/7/2007; FHL fiche 6,082,893)
      Pg.10: 1st Regiment Infantry, Company C. Duncan, Robert [private], residence Simsbury, enlisted Apr.20, '61, mustered in Apr.22, '61, M.o. July 31, '61. (MAD: Simsbury, Hartford Co. CT)
      Pg.798: 25th Regiment Infantry, Company E. 1st Lieutenant Robert T. Duncan, Simsbury, Aug.22,'62, Nov.11,'62 (See Priv. Co.C, 1st C.V.) Must. 1st Sergt. Pro. 2d Lt. (not must.); 1st Lt. July 8, '63. M.o. Aug. 26, '63. (MAD: Simsbury, Hartford Co. CT)

1921 "Gold star honor roll : a record of Indiana men and women who died in the service of the United States and the allied nations in the World War, 1914-1918" by Indiana Historical Commission (Indianapolis); Microfilm of original published: Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Commission, (FHL film 1,673,274 item 3; IN State Library book 940.3772 I385w, from C.T. Duncan 12/2007)
      Contains a photograph and brief biographical sketch of each person, giving name of parents, birthplace, occupation, and service record.
      Pg.387: Marion County. Duncan, Joseph Gray, Jr. Captain. Son of Joseph Gray and Mary Canfield Duncan; born February 20, 1885, Hartford, Conn. Moved to Indianapolis in 1887. Graduate of Purdue University. Merchant. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in August, 1917. Commissioned Captain at Ft. Niagara, N.Y.; assigned to 315th Infantry, 79th Division. Sailed July 7, 1918. Killed in action September 20, 1918, near Montfaucon. Buried near Montfaucon, France. Cited for bravery in action. Survived by widow, Elizabeth L. Duncan, and two children Joseph Gray, and Mary Levering, Cynwyd, Pa.

HISTORIES before 1923

"Roll of state officers and members of General Assembly of Connecticut from 1776 to 1881 : with an appendix giving the congressional delegates, judges of the Supreme and Superior Courts, and the date of incorporation of the cities, boroughs, and towns." (anonymous); pub. Hartford, Conn.: Published by order of the General Assembly, 1881, 474 pgs. (LH4145, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.431: House of Representatives, 1875. Hartford Co.: Thomas Duncan, Windsor. (pg.435) ... 1876. (MAD: Windsor, Hartford Co. CT)

"Bristol, Connecticut : 'in the olden time New Cambridge', which includes Forestville." (Hartford Co.) by Milo Leon Norton; pub. Hartford, Conn.: E.N. Smith, G.B. Smith, and A.J. Dates, 1907, 713 pgs. (LH3824, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 974.62/B1 H2b)
      Pg.346: "The Press" was published for 17 years. In August, 1888, Mr. Riggs the founder of the paper, disposed of the business to Messrs. Haviland & Duncan, of Southington. Mr. Thomas H. Duncan became editor and manager and remained as such until December, 1891, when the Bristol Press Publishing Co., with a capital stock of $10,000, purchased the business.

"Illustrated popular biography of Connecticut" by J.A. Spalding; pub. Hartford, Conn.: J. A. Spalding, 1891, 374 pgs. (LH4164, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 974.6 D3s v.1&2 and film 1,000,147 item 5 for v.1)
      Pg.116-117: THOMAS DUNCAN, Poquonock (Windsor); Paper Manufacturer. Thomas Duncan was born in Scotland, August 13, 1832, and was educated in the Scottish parochial schools. He remained in Scotland until he was twenty years of age, when he removed to this country, where he has since resided. He spent nine months in New Jersey after his arrival from Scotland. For 38 years he has been a resident of Connecticut and has been prominently associated with business, political, and religious interests during that time. He has been twice a member of the legislature from Windsor, serving on the republican side of the house. He is identified with the Congregational church ... connected with the Hartford Paper Company, the Globe Sulphite Boiler Company, and is treasurer and general manager of the Hudson River Water Power and Paper Company at Mechanicsville, N.Y. ... Mr. Duncan has been married twice. His first wife, who died in 1867, was Miss Grace Yule prior to her marriage. The second wife, who is still living, was Janet Gillies. There were five children by his first marriage, four of whom are living. Mr. Duncan is one of the leading manufacturers in Hartford county, and is widely known as a business manager. .... Mr. Duncan's home is at Poquonock. (MAD: Hartford Co. CT)
      Pg.142: JERE D. EGGLESTON, Meriden; physician and surgeon. Dr. Eggleston was born in Long Meadow, Mass., October 28, 1853 .... His father was Jere D. Eggleston, who died when the subject of this sketch was in infancy. The death of Dr. Eggleston's mother followed while he was still a youth, leaving him dependent upon himself. He is a son-in-law of the Hon. Thomas Duncan of Windsor. He married the oldest daughter of that gentleman, Miss Libbie Duncan, in 1881. There have been four children as the result of the union, three of whom are now living. ... (MAD: Meriden, New Haven Co. CT; Windsor, Hartford Co. CT)

"An historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut, and men who have made it : from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation : a century of Meriden, "the silver city," issued as the official souvenir history by authority of the general committee at the centennial celebration, June 10 to 16, 1906" (New Haven Co.) by C. Bancroft Gillespie; pub. Meriden, Conn.: Journal Pub. Co., 1906, 1236 pgs. (LH3735, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 974.67/M1 H2g and film 1,425,594 item 3)
      Pg.244-246: JERE DEWEY EGGLESTON ... physician ... born in Longmeadow, Mass., October 28, 1853, his parents being Jere D. and Louisa (Carew) Eggleston ... May 18, 1881, Dr. Eggleston was married to Elizabeth C. Duncan, of Poquonnock, Windsor, Conn., a native of Poquonnock and the daughter of one of its former prominent citizens and manufacturers, Thomas Duncan, who was a native of Scotland, where he came from distinguished Scotch ancestry. The following children have been born to them: Robert D., born March 7, 1882; Ralph B., born November, 1884, and died March 19, 1886; Jeannette L., born April 18, 1887; Arthur J., born November 19, 1890 and Jere Dudley, born May 29, 1894. .... (MAD: Windsor, Hartford Co. CT)

1890 "Biographical and historical memoirs of Adams, Clay, Hall and Hamilton counties, Nebraska : comprising of a condensed history of the state, a number of biographies of distinguished citizens of the same, a brief descriptive history of each of the counties mentioned, and numerous biographical sketches of the citizens of such counties ..." by Goodspeed (from Kathy Cawley 6/2004 and FHL film 1,000,183 item 2 (book 19))
      Chapter XVIII, Adams Co.
      Pg.240: JOHN P. DUNCAN is a prosperous grain, stock and coal merchant of Roseland [Adams Co.], Neb., and in partnership with his brother. He was born in Elgin, [Kane Co.] Ill., September 14, 1845, being a son of P.W. Duncan, a native of Ireland, who came to the United States in 1841 and settled in Illinois, having previously married in Hartford, Conn., Miss Bridget Kingsley, who died when John P. was an infant. The latter grew to manhood in his native State, and after reaching his tenth year was a resident of Savannah, and is pricipally self educated, the most of his knowledge of books being acquired since reaching years of maturity. He learned the stone mason trade of his father, and after starting out in life for himself worked at this trade in Illinois up to 1870, coming to Nebraska in May of that year, and settling in Adams County, where he took up homestead in the southern part of the county, on the Little Blue River, which place he still owns. Many fine improvements were made on this farm, which continued to be his home until 1887, since which time he has been a resident of Roseland, being one of the first business men of the place. He has always held to the principles and supported the men and measures of the Democratic party, and for a number of years has held the position of supervisor of Silver Lake Township, and in 1888 was elected in Roseland Township for the same position. He was married in Iowa in 1878, and wedded his second wife in Illinois in 1883, her maiden name being Bridget Loughran. A daughter blessed his first marriage, named Frances, and his second union has resulted in the birth of four children: Stephen P., Mary E., Anna and John William. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are members of the Roman Catholic Church.

1916 "Past and Present of Adams County, Nebraska" by William R. Burton, pub. by S.J. Clarke, 2 vols. (FHL film 1,000,183 items 3-4, books 20-21)
      Vol.II, pgs.112-116. JOHN P. DUNCAN. John P. Duncan has resided in Roseland since 1887 and has had a part in the business development of the town. For a number of years he was engaged in the grain, coal and live-stock business but is now living retired. His birth occurred in Elgin [Kane Co.], Illinois, on the 14th of September, 1845, and his parents were Patrick William and Bridget (Kingsley) Duncan, the former born in County Monaghan, Ireland, and the latter in County Wexford. They were married, however, in the vicinity of Hartford, Connecticut, about 1843 and in the following year removed to Chicago [Cook Co.], whence they went to Elgin, Illinois. The father, who was a stonemason, worked on the construction of the Illinois Central Railroad and after leaving the employ of that corporation continued to follow his trade for some time. He also farmed near Elgin for a few years but later went to Savanna [Carroll Co.], Illinois, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits and also worked as a stonemason. In 1870 he decided to try his fortune still farther west and came to Adams county, Nebraska, homesteading on section 14, Silver Lake township. That place remained his home until 1879, when he took up his residence in Roseland, where he died about 1900 and where he is buried. He was a man of marked public spirit and held the esteem of his fellow citizens in full measure. He lost his first wife when their only child, our subject, was but six months old and subsequently he married Ellen McGrath, by whom he had the following children: William F., a resident of Roseland; James, of Thorp, Washington; Eugene, Julia, Mary and Kate, all of whom are deceased; Anna, the wife of Lee Arnold, of Roseland township; and Ella Bovard, who lives at Ayr, Nebraska.
      John P. Duncan was educated in the common schools of Illinois and through assisting his father gained much valuable knowledge of farming. In 1870, when about twenty-five years of age, he came to this county and took up a homestead on section 10, Silver Lake township. His first residence here was a shanty built of palings, and his farm equipment was very primitive. But he was determined to succeed and by dint of much hard work and careful planning he gained a start and from that time on his resources increased steadily. He engaged in farming until 1887 and during that time brought his place to a high state of development. In October of that year he built a residence in Roseland, the second house to be erected there, and he has since resided in the town. About 1888 he and his brother William built an elevator in Roseland and for a number of years he was one of the leading grain, coal and live-stock dealers of the locality. The enterprise and sound judgment which enabled him to succeed as a farmer were again demonstrated in the conduct of his business interests in Roseland and he gained a gratifying measure of prosperity. He is now living retired and is enjoying a leisure which his former labor has made possible.
      Mr. Duncan was married when twenty-eight years of age to Miss Anne Dempsey, who passed away leaving a daughter, Bridget Frances. In 1881 Mr. Duncan was again married, Miss Bridget Loughran becoming his wife. To them were born seven children, namely: Stephen P., a druggist of Blue Hill, Nebraska; Mary Ellen, the wife of Frank J. Roth, of Roseland; Annie F., who is a stenographer in the employ of the Peters Trust Company of Omaha; John W., a practicing physician of Omaha; Sarah, at home; James, attending the State University; and Kathleen, deceased.
      Mr. Duncan is a democrat in politics and served as supervisor for a number of years. He and his family are members of the Assumption Catholic church and observe its teachings in their lives. Fraternally he is associated with the Workmen lodge at Roseland. He is acquainted with practically the entire history of the county as it was but sparsely settled when he arrived here in 1870, and in the fall of 1871 he planted what was probably the first fall wheat sown in the county. While so occupied the Indians stole a horse and it was not until the following April that he recovered it. This incident is of interest as it indicates the annoyances to which the early settlers were subjected by the red men and there were also many other unpleasant features of pioneer life, but Mr. Duncan had faith in the future of the county and lived to see that faith amply justified.


"Hartford Daily Courant," Hartford, Connecticut, 23 May 1881 (from Kathy D. Cawley 10/2006)
      MARRIAGES. EGGLESTON-DUNCAN.- In Poquonock, May 18 [1881], DR. J.D. EGGLESTON of Meriden, and ELIZABETH DUNCAN.


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