Duncans in Benton Co. IA


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

Last revised March 28, 2002

Formed 1837 from Indian Land Purchase
Tama formed 1843 from Boone, Benton


1840-1850 Benton Co. IA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Benton Co. IA Census
Taylor Twp, P.O. Vinton
Pg.863, #894-804, Aeram CHRISTOPHER (m) 24 PA engineer $0-$200
                  Ellen 23 IN
                  Estella 2, Evert Keenan (m) 6/12 IA
                  John DUNKIN (rest of line blank)
Pg.863, #895-805, Mary DUNKIN 46 PA (blank) $0-$100
                  John 18, Jane 19, Amanda 12 PA
                  (MAD: Mary Purkey, widow of Charles Duncan, 1850 York Co. PA census, Chanceford Twp, per "Duncan-Gibson" gen.)
Pg.863, #896-806, Andrew DUNKIN 22 PA laborer $0-$0
                  Mary A. 23 OH
                  "Fraklin" (m) 2, Melissa J. 7/12 IA

1870 Benton Co. IA Census
Taylor Twp., City of Vinton
Pg.260, #75-75, REYNOLDS, Wright 30? (50? written over) NY, dealing in agricultural supplies $8000-$8000
                  Lemira 30 NH keeping house $0-$600
                  Frank 5, Wilbur 1 IA
                  McGLAUGHLIN, Adda (f) 16 NH at school
                  DUNCAN, John 21 NY farming $0-$100, parents of foreign birth
Pg.273, #285-275, THOMAS, John 27 OH harness maker $0-$0
                  Molly 27 PA keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Mary 55 PA keeping house $800-$200
                  John 28 PA harness maker
                  BAILEY, George 31 IL butcher $4000-$1000
Pg.285, #470-470, MARTIN, J.G. (m) 85 PA farming $2000-$100
                  Margaret 76 MD keeping house
                  MYERS, A.J. (m) 32 PA laborer $0-$100
                  Sarah 32 OH keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Jennie (f) 11 IA school
                  Ira (m) 6 IA ("Do")
Pg.286, #476-476, DUNCAN, Andrew 32 PA harness? maker $0-$0
                  Mary 34 OH keeping house
                  Franklin 13 IA in mill
                  SULLIVAN, Elizth. (f) 9 IA at school
                  DUNCAN, Johnny (m) 5 IA at school
                  Letty C. (f) 1 IA


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, Andrew, widow Duncan, Mary; I 45 Iowa Inf.; 1865 Jan. 28, Invalid Appl. #60165, Cert. #46866; 1918 Sept. 4, Widow Appl. #1127110, Cert. #872553, Kans.; remarks XC2839780. (MAD: ? 1860 Benton Co. IA census)

HISTORIES before 1923

1883 "History of Tama County, Iowa : together with sketches of their towns, villages, and townships, educational , civil, military and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens" pub. by Union Pub. Co. (FHL book 977.756 H2h and FHL films 924,573 and 1,000,021 item 1)
      Pg.670-1: CHARLES F. DUNCAN is also engaged in the harness making trade. He is a native of Benton Co, Iowa, where he was born, November 3, 1857. He is a son of William Duncan, a pioneer of that county. Charles received a common school education, and afterwards learned the trade of harness making at Vinton. During 1878, he settled in Dysart, and in July, of the same year, opened the shop where he is at present. He was united in marriage, in 1880, with Miss Effie E. Sutton, a native of this State.


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