Duncan research files of
Florida CSA Pension Application Files Index; Record Group 137, Series 587 (Internet address as of 6/25/2000)
... The first Confederate pensions in Florida were authorized in 1885 ... The pension application files include both veterans' and widows' applications interfiled, although approved and denied claims are filed separately. ... Confederate pensions were awarded to residents of Florida regardless of the state in which their service was rendered. The index is arranged by application file number and includes the veteran's name, his unit of service, state of service (if other than Florida), widow's first and maiden name, county from which the application was filed, and the earliest year of application.
The pension applications themselves are online as of 2/18/2003: http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/barm/Pensionfiles.html
A08031, DUNCAN, Nelson, Kentucky, Escambia Co, 1910, 17 pgs (MAD: ? Jefferson Co. KY)
A12548, DUNCAN, Peter, 15th Conf Cav, Margaret M. (--), Escambia Co, 1905, 06 pgs (MAD: 1860 Santa Rosa Co. FL census)
A12791, DUNCAN, Thomas S., Georgia, Sarah (--), Hamilton Co, 1896, 15 pgs (MAD: ? Wilkinson Co. GA)
A11591, CARROLL, Noah Marshall, Alabama, Nancy (Duncan), Holmes Co, 1902, 12 pgs
A02619, DUNCAN, William A., Home Guard, Nancy (Beckton), Holmes Co, 1908, 23 pgs; A08194, DUNCAN, William A., (See A02619)
A00650, AUSTIN, W.J., lst Regt Inf Resv, Elizabeth (Duncan), Jackson Co, 1902, 16 pgs
A11661, DUNCAN, Elias G., Alabama, Martha (--), Jackson Co, 1899, 04 pgs (MAD: enlisted Lee Co. AL)
A00215, DUNCAN, James, 5th Regt Inf, Catherine (Proctor), Jefferson Co, 1903, 08 pgs
A04601, DUNCAN, Henry H., Alabama, Marian (Peet), Lake Co, 1907, 13 pgs (MAD: Henry H. Duncan mar. Maria Evans Pect 3/24/1880 in Sumter Co. FL)
A00417, DUNCAN, William, 3rd Regt Inf, Sarah (Clayton), Leon Co, 1902, 14 pgs (MAD: William Duncan mar. Sarah Clayton 5/25/1876 Jefferson Co. FL)
A01840, DUNCAN, Joshua, 3rd Regt Inf, Elizabeth (Holtzclaw), Leon Co, 1886, 20 pgs; also A05505, DUNCAN, Joshua, (See A01840)
D21661, DUNCAN, James C., Alabama, Walton Co, 1920, 09 pgs (MAD: prefix D means Claim Denied)
A02264, MARTIN, John R., 6th Regt Inf, Ellen (Duncan), Washington Co, 1901, 16 pgs
Alabama 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, Peter, Private, Co.E, 15th Confed. Cav. Authority: Fla. Pension compiled list.
Dunkins, W.H., Private, Co.A, 15th Confed. Cav., Magnolia Dragoons. Mustered in April 30, '62. Authority: Statement furnished by Fla. pension Com.
Georgia Confederate Soldiers Pensions; Index - Dobson, W.P. to Ellington, Allen J. (FHL film 1,493,057)
MAD: The Pension records themselves are alphabetic within the county. The index is small 3x5 cards preprinted with "Name:" and "Service:" and "Res.:" and "Remarks"; also looked at any Dunan and Dunk.. names listed; cards include witnesses for other confederate soldiers.
Information in FHL Catalog: Confederate soldiers received pensions for military service beginning in 1879; law changed 1891 to include widows; cards in this record for the witnesses of these soldiers & widows attesting to service of each soldier; alphabetical by name of pensioner, included on card are notations concerning county of residence, unit designation, and husband's name in the case of widow cards.
John W. Duncan, Co.F, 11th FL, application in Decatur Co. GA
J.W. Duncan, Co.F, 11th FL, application in Grady Co. GA
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, Alexander, widow Duncan, Margaret; C 45 PA Inf.; filed 1895 Feb. 23, Invalid Appl. #1164483, Cert. #906109, F?la; filed 1919 April 8, Widow Appl. #1139073, Cert. #879308, Cal. (MAD: Alexander b.1847 d.1918 Los Angeles Co. CA)
Duncan, Benjamin F., widow Duncan, Charity A.; B 2 Fla. Cav.; 1869 July 3, Widow Appl. #178484, Cert. #139485. (MAD: see 1870 Manatee Co. FL census)
Duncan, Bryant, mother Duncan, Lucy; A & B 2 Fla. Cav.; 1867 March 11, Mother Appl. #143640, no cert. (MAD: 1850 Marion Co. FL census)
Duncan, Wesley; H 24 US Inf., H 38 US Inf.; 1900 June 7, Invalid Appl. #1250230, no cert., Fla.
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