Duncans in FL


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

Last revised June 16, 2001


US Land Patents in Florida and many other states are available on the Internet from the Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records (address as of 6/2001)

"Territorial Papers, Florida Territory, 1821-1824" Vol.XXII (CA State University, Sacramento, library)
      Pg.629-631: Settlement of Accounts of Territorial Officials, Feb. 25, 1823: That Fontaine Maury, agent of the Department of State in relation to the treaty with Spain 22 Feb. 1819, is entitled to credit by (for) the following payments made by him as agent ... To Samuel R. Overton, one of the commissioners to settle land claims in Florida, paid his draft in favor of William Duncan or Order, dated 25 Oct. 1822, on account of salary from 8 May 1822 at $2,000 per annum, No. 12, $500.00. (MAD: see Escambia Co. FL)
      Pg.775-6: Letter from John Rodgers, U.S. Schooner Shark, Thompsons Island, to Secretary of Navy, Oct. 25, 1823: ... "Neither of the Schooners which were at Washington when I left there have arrived; neither has the Ferret Lt. (Silas) Duncan yet made her appearance." ... (See New Jersey)

"National Cyclopedia of American Biography" Vol.11, 1901 (from Evelyn Sigler 11/1984)
      Pg.256: John Locke Doggett born Jacksonville, FL, 14 March 1868; maternal gr-gr-grandfather was Andrew Turnbull, a noted lawyer in England and the moving spirit in connection with Sir William Duncan in founding the Minocran Colony at New Smyrna, FL, in 1767. The object was to grow Indigo; after 9 years the colony was abandoned and moved to St. Augustine in 1776. (MAD: see Escambia Co. FL. One William Duncan had a grant of 50 acres on 12/15/1768 in West Florida, from pg.12 "English Land Grants in West FL; a register for states of AL, MS and parts of FL & LA, 1766-1776" by Winston DeVille, FHL booklet 975.9 A1 #139. One William Duncan was in the 1783 Spanish census of FL, native of Scotland, his will to avail himself of Spanish protection to retire to the British Dominion; he has a wife, mother, sister; his trade marine; he has a house, his property, without grounds which he inhabits, above the parsonage among the merchants of the house of Panton; from pg.179 of "GA Genealogical Magazine" 1971)

1889 "Biographical souvenir of the states of Georgia and Florida : containing biographical sketches of the representative public, and many early settled families in these states" pub. by F.A. Battey (Los Angeles Public Library book R975.8 B615; FHL book 975 D3bg and fiche 6,088,141)
      No Duncan biographical sketch in Florida

Vital records card file in Jacksonville Branch Gen. Library, Jacksonville, FL, contains birth, death and marriage records from newspapers & cemeteries, file for North Florida and South GA, 1895-1945; Davis to Fitzgerald (FHL film 1,204,582)
      All Duncan items took place after 1900, or were too blurred or too small to read; the items were newspaper clippings of obituaries, etc. Looked at all but did not copy any items.

"Florida & AL Church, Cemetery & Bible Records" by DAR; 1971 (FHL film 850,402)
      FL Bible and Family Records, 1939 - indexed, no Duncan (item 1)
      FL Bible and Family Records, 1941 - indexed, no Duncan (item 2)
      FL Bible and Family Records, 1945 - indexed (item 3)
            No Duncan indexed; Dunscombe b.1886 & later, not copied
      FL Bible and Family Records, 1946 - indexed, no Duncan (item 4)
      FL Bible and Family Records, 1947 - indexed, no Duncan (item 5)
      FL Bible and Family Records, 1948 - no Duncan Bible (item 6)
      FL Misc. Records, 1952 (item 1)
            Wills, deeds, etc. - no Duncan document
      FL Church, Cemetery & Bible Records, 1952 - indexed, no Duncan (item 8)
      FL Church, Cemetery & Bible Records, FL & AL, 1952 - indexed, no Duncan (item 9)

"Scots in Georgia and the Deep South, 1735-1845" by David Dobson (GR 929.3758D63) Copyright 2000 (Santa Clara, CA, City Library; from Thomas Weisbach 9/2000)
      This volume includes Alexander Duncan, Clerk of Common Pleas in West Florida in 1766, granted 20,000 acres in West Florida in 1767. The book includes sources for this information.


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