Duncans in GA


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

Last revised August 17, 2007



"The Colonial Records of State of GA, 1732-1784" by Allen Candler, 28 vols. (FHL book 975.8 N2g)
      Vol.10 from Manuscripts in British Public Record Office, London, except minutes from Feb. 7, 1769, to July 4, 1769, which are from State Archives.
      Vol.10, Proceedings and Minutes of the Governor and Council Jan. 6, 1767 to Dec. 5, 1769, pg.696-8: At a Council held in the Council Chamber at Savannah on Monday 20 Feb. 1769, ... on reading a petition of (5 men, Esq.) appointed to execute an act of the last General Assembly for settling a Township on the branches of Great Ogechee River upon lands some time since reserved for that purpose, it is ORDERED that the following tracts, out of the said reserve, be surveyed and laid out to the several persons hereunder mentioned, and that the Surveyer General issue his Precept for that purposes, and that Grants do pass to them for their tracts ... To ... Robert Dunkan, 100 acres ...
            (MAD: from other sources, Robert Duncan arrived Queensboro, GA, on the Ship Hopewell, Dec. 1768, received a warrant for 100 acres.)

Colonial Records of GA, Marks & Brands, Vol. K, 1755-1793 (1755-1775, 1776-1778, 1785-1793) (FHL film 158,972)
      No Duncan
      Pg.23: William Dunham of Newport [Fannin? Co. formed 1854 from Gilmer, Union], entered ear mark of crop & slit in left ear and upper half penny on upper end of right ear and brand as afsd? margin. Savannah, GA, 7 June 1757.
            John Dunham, son of William Dunham, entered ear mark ...
      Pg.24: William Dunham Junr, son of William Dunham, entered ear mark ...
            Charles Dunham, son of William Dunham, entered ear mark ...


GA Military Commissions in the State Militia, 1798-1860, by the GA Executive Department
      MAD: by year, includes index, frequently two items on a page; these are apparently orders that these men be commissioned a certain rank in a particular company. The early ones gave a county, the later ones only a militia district. I have added localities from 1830 census index when possible.
      1798-1800 - no Duncan indexed (FHL film 158,997)
      1800-1806 (FHL film 158,997):
            Pg.71: 9 March 1801, William Duncan, Gent., Lieutenant of Company in Battalion of Elbert Co. Regiment of Militia.
            Pg.72: 9 March 1801, Aaron Duncan, Gent?., Ensign of Company in Battalion of Elbert Co. GA Regiment of Militia.
            Pg.224: 14 Nov. 1801, Mathew Duncan, Gent., Lieutenant of Company in Battalion of Greene Co. Regiment of Militia.
      1806-1809 (FHL film 158,998):
            Pg.374: 20 Feb. 1808, Aaron Duncan, Gent., Lieutenant of 201st District Company of Militia. (MAD: see Elbert Co.)
      1809-1812 - no Duncan indexed (FHL film 158,999)
      1812-1815 (FHL film 159,000):
            Pg.351: 21 April 1813, Dennis Duncan, Gent., Lieutenant of 209th District Company of Militia. (MAD: see Franklin Co.)
      1815-1818 (FHL film 159,001):
            Pg.493: 18 Feb. 1817, John Duncan, Gent., Lieutenant of 209th District Company of Militia. (MAD: see Franklin Co.)
            Pg.676: 16 July 1817, Daniel Duncan, Gent., Lieutenant of 282nd District Company of Militia. (MAD: see Morgan or Henry Co.)
      1818-1820 (FHL film 159,002):
            Pg.371: 5 April 1819, Wm. Duncan, Gent., Second Lieutenant of 359th District Company of Militia. (pg.359, 5 April 1819, Harrel Flowers to be Ensign of 359th District Co. of Militia) (MAD: see Jones Co.)
      1820-1822 (FHL film 159,003):
            Pg.869: 15 April 1822, Absalom Duncan, Gent., Second Lieutenant of 478th District Company of Militia. (MAD: see ? Gwinnett Co.)
            Pg.885: 15 April 1822, Nathaniel Duncan, Second Lieutenant of 194th District Company of Militia. (MAD: see Elbert Co.)
      1822-1824 (FHL film 159,004 item 1)
            Pg.141: 23 July 1822, Lee Duncan, Esq., Captain of 359th District Company of Militia. (MAD: Jones Co. GA)
            Pg.292: 16 Jan. 1823, John C. Duncan, Gent., 2nd Lieutenant of 359th District Company of Militia. (MAD: Jones Co. GA)
            Pg.359: 17 March 1823, James Duncan, Gent., Ensign of 106th District Company of Militia.
            Pg.809: 20 Oct. 1823, Absalom Duncan, Gent., 2nd Lieutenant of 444th District Company of Militia. (MAD: Gwinnett Co. GA)
      1824-1825 - no Duncan (FHL film 159,004 item 2)
      1825 (FHL film 159,005 item 1)
            Pg.506: 21 Nov. 1825, Dennis Duncan, Gent., Captain of 465th District Company of Militia. (MAD: Jackson Co. GA)
      1825-1827 (FHL film 159,005 item 2)
            Pg.5: 28 Nov. 1825, Lee Duncan, Gent., Captain of 302nd District Company of Militia. (MAD: Jones Co. GA)
            Pg.331: 12 June 1826, James E. Duncan, Captain of 619th District Company of Militia. (MAD: Houston Co. GA)
      1827-1829 (FHL film 159,006 item 1)
            Pg.97: 17 May 1827, William Duncan, Captain of 145th District Company of Militia.
            Pg.292: 26 Jan. 1828, Jesse Duncan, Gent., Ensign of Upson Volunteer Infantry attached to 57th Regiment Militia.
            Pg.533: 11 July 1828, John Duncan, 1st Lieutenant, 708th District Company of Militia (Captain Edmund Dillard).
            Pg.753: 23 Jan. 1829, Jesse Duncan, 1st Lieutenant of Upson Volunteer Infantry attached to 57th Regiment Militia.
      1829-1830 (FHL film 159,006 item 2)
            Pg.103: 11 May 1829, Charles Duncan, Captain of 262nd District Company of Militia.
            Pg.250: 14 Aug. 1829, Charles R. Duncan, 2nd Lieutenant, Gwinnett Independent Greens attached to 45th Regiment Company of Militia.
            Pg.503: 13 April 1830, Stephen Duncan, Captain of 756th District Company of Militia. (MAD: Coweta Co. GA)
            Pg.504: 13 April 1830, Peter Duncan, 2nd Lieutenant of 756th District Company of Militia. (MAD: Coweta Co. GA)

"American State Papers, Public Lands" Vol.5, Series 32, pg.397 (from index cards of Kit Smith 8/1983)
      People entitled to Reservations under treaty with Cherokees 27 Feb. 1819, claims for survey and laying to War Dept. for life and some for fee simple.:
      #106, John Duncan, within limits of GA, fee simple.
      #107, Dascob Duncan, within limits of GA, fee simple.
      (MAD: see Forsyth, Cherokee & Lumpkin Co. GA)

"The Cherokee Wars" by Tony Hays, 1987 (FHL book 973 M22h)
      This book is an index to service records of volunteers who served in the Cherokee disturbances & removal of the late 1830s from states of GA, AL, NC & TN; the service records are not on microfilm; the list of men includes
      Duncan, Alvin, TN, Private
      Duncan, Edward Y., GA, Private
      Duncan, Isaac, TN, Private
      Duncan, James, NC, 1st Corp.
      Duncan, John, AL, Private
      Duncan, Joseph, GA, Private
      Duncan, L.J.C., GA, Private
      Duncan, Pearson, GA, Private
      Duncan, Robert, AL, Private
      Duncan, Wm. M., GA, Private
      Dunkin, Marvel, GA, Private
      Dunkin, William, GA, Private

National Archives Indian War Pension Application (extract from Edgar C. Smith 7/1995 from his trip to the National Archives)
      JOHN DUNCAN, Indian War Pension File # W7498 filed by widow, Nancy, on 24 May 1898 from Clay Co. AL. He married Nancy P. Harris as his second wife in 1853 in Cathama[?] Co. AL. (MAD: ?? Calhoun? Co.) His first wife had died about 1853, but nothing more about her was stated. He enlisted 1 May 1836 and was discharged 15 July 1836 in Columbia, GA (MAD: ? Columbus, Muscogee Co. GA). He stated that he served in the Creek War under Capt. Edward M. Storey of the GA Volunteers under Col. Augustus Stokes. However, papers in the file state that he did not appear on that unit's muster rolls. His occupation was as a school teacher. He died in 1880, place not stated.

"GA Pensioners" by Dorothy E. Payne, Vol.1 and 2 (FHL book 975.8 M2p) and "Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926" by Virgil D. White, 2 vols (FHL book 973 M22whi)
      These books list Indian Wars pension applications for Dennis Duncan (alias Reuben Warren; widow Eliza A. Duncan, #4381; see Franklin Co. GA), John Duncan (widow Nancy P. Duncan, #7498), Samuel W. Duncan (widow Nancy C. Duncan, #7126; see Coweta Co. GA), and William M. Duncan (#2103; see ? Union Co. GA)
      Robert T. Duncan applied for pension #SA-1707 on 19 Oct. 1887 in CA for service in Nelson's Co. of GA Volunteers in the Mexican War (index by Virgil D. White)


Pontotoc Co. MS records (from Evelyn Sigler 4/1981)
      Jeremiah W.H. Duncan, b. 19 Nov 1817, d. 17 Oct 1857
      Amanda, wife of J.W. Duncan, b. 4 June 1828, d. 13 Aug. 1851
      William N. Duncan, b. in Georgia 10 Mar. 1816, d. 17 Feb. 1858
      Sarah Duncan, wife of William, b. in GA 8 June 1788, d. 28 April 1855
      Thomas Duncan, b. 24 Aug. 1813, d. 11 July 1841
      James W., b. in GA 28 Mar. 1809, d. 21 July 1859
      Eliza Duncan, wife of James W., b. in GA 19 June 1822, d. 27 June 1853
      Andrew J., b. in Ala. 30 Dec. 1821, d. 4 July 1865

Union Co. SC Probate Records 1777-1961 (FHL film 255,040)
      Box 37, pkg. 14: Court of Ordinary, petition of Martha Duncan widow of Jesse Duncan, departed this life intestate on or about the 30th day of January A.D. 1853, leaving your petitioner his widow, Amos Duncan residing in the State of Georgia, Absolum Duncan residing in the State of Mississippi, Emaline Williams formerly Emaline Duncan, John Duncan and Caroline Duncan, heirs at law him surviving ... 21 Feb. 1853. (have copy of petition)
      Bond of Martha Duncan and William L. Howell, Union Dist., 14 March 1853.
      (MAD: ?? see Sumter Co. GA)

HISTORIES before 1923

1881 "History of the Baptist Denomination in GA" compiled for Christian index; J.P. Harrison & Co. (FHL film 896,565 item 1)
      No Duncan biographical sketch; minor references on pg.326, 443, not copied.
      Pg.461: Marion W. Sams, born 10 Feb. 1822 Beaufort, SC, married Mary Lucia Duncan, youngest dau. of Rev. Hansford D. Duncan, near Barnwell Courthouse, SC, 2 Dec. 1847, 7 children. Was ordained at Smyrna by Revs. H.D. Duncan, Isaac Nichols, Joseph A. Lawton and H.A. Duncan.

"The history of the state of Georgia from 1850 to 1881 : embracing the three important epochs, the decade before the War of 1861-5, the war, the period of Reconstruction : with portraits of the leading public men of this era: by I.W. Avery; pub. New York: Brown & Derby, c1881, 765 pgs. (LH10506, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 547,589 item 1)
      Pg.33: Democratic Convention of 1857 ... Among the delegates were ... John W. Duncan of Fulton, .... A smart little gentleman was John W. Duncan, whose regret was that he was foreign born, thus excluding him from being President. (MAD: Fulton Co. GA)
      Pg.73: Southern Commercial Convention, assembled on the second Monday in May [1858?] - Fourth District -- J.W. Duncan
      Pg.160: The convention of March, 1860 ... delegates ... J.W. Duncan.
      Pg.373: Democrats called a state convention to meet at Macon, on the 5th day of December, 1867, to consult ... Delegates ... C.C. Duncan.
      Pg.395: Legislature of 1868 ... In the House were some marked men: ... C.C. Duncan ...
      (MAD: ? perhaps Clinton C. Duncan of Houston Co. GA)

1880 "The History of Miami County, Ohio : containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest Territory; history of Ohio: pub. by W.H. Beers (FHL book 977.148 H2h and films 924,425 item 1 and 962,534 item 1 and 1,000,331 item 4)
      Pg.818: Union Twp.: William Duncan, ... born 1826; his father, Isaac Duncan, born SC in 1795; his early life was spent in TN, and he removed with his parents to OH when only 9 years of age; his father, Samuel Duncan, was born in Georgia in 1751, and upon his arrival in Miami Co. in 1804, entered 160a of land, where his grandson, our subject, now lives; on this land he reared his family and resided till his death, which occurred in 1832; on this land his sons Isaac and Jesse lived and reared their families; Isaac departed this life in 1847, aged 52 years, Jesse still later .... (MAD: See Newberry & Edgefield Co. SC; see Wilkes Co. GA)


"An Index to GA Tax Digests 1789-1799; 1800-1802; 1804-1806; 1809-1811; 1814-1817" by R.J. Taylor Foundation; Vol.1 to 5 (FHL book 975.8 R42i)
      This book is an excellent source for early GA residents

"Some GA County Records" by Silas Emmett Lucas, Vol.1 to 7, continued by Ed Van Schaick, Vol.8 to 9 (FHL book 975.8 N2L)
      These volumes contain abstracts of many early records of various Georgia counties.


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