Duncans in Black Hawk Co. IA


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

Last revised August 25, 2014

Formed 1843 from Delaware
Audubon formed 1851 from Cass, Black Hawk
Butler formed 1851 from Buchanan, Black Hawk
Grundy, Hardin formed 1851 from Black Hawk


1850 Black Hawk Co. IA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Black Hawk Co. IA Census
Cedar Falls Twp.
Pg.63, #31-32, Albert ALLEN 32 NY merchant $0-$2000
                  Kate D. 30 NH
                  George D. 7 NY
                  Isabel H. DUNCAN 69 NH
                  (MAD: 1850 Hillsboro Co. NH census)
Barclay Twp.
Pg.149, #17-15, Robert DUNCAN 36 SCT farmer $1000-$250
                  Margaret 36 SCT
                  Jeannette 9, Alice 7, John 5 IL
                  Wm. 2, Robert 2, Mary A. 5/12 IA
                  (MAD: 1870 Chickasaw Co. IA census)

1870 Black Hawk Co. IA Census
Big Creek Twp., P.O. Webster?
Pg.322, #70-80, DUNCAN, O.P. (m) 56 PA book store dealer? $500-$1200
                  Laura J. 42 NY keeping house
                  Belle 7 IL at home
                  DAVIS, Casper (m) 19 going to school
                  (MAD: 1840 Centre Co. PA census; 1860 Stephenson Co. IL census, wife Louisa)


Black Hawk Co. IA Deed Index, 1853-1865 (FHL film 1,034,545; SLC 4/7/2014, copied by CVD)
   Index Vol.A, 1853-1855 - no Duncan grantor or grantee
   Index Vol.B, 1855-1857 - no Duncan grantor
   Deed Book B-C, 1853-1856 (FHL film 1,034,549)
      B-652: Duncan, Robert from E.L. Dow & wife, filed Dec. 13, 1855, dated Sept. 11, 1855, Book B pg.652, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.25, T.89, and 3/8 of SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.25 R11
   Index Vol.C, 1857-1860
   Deed Books E (from p.775)-G, 1851-1859 (FHL film 1,034,551)
      F-208: Duncan & Walker from E.L. Dow & wife, filed Feb. 2, 1858, dated June 7, 1856, Book F pg.208, SW Sec.25 & SW NE Sec.26 T.89 R11 and E 3/4 SW SE Sec.25 T.90 R11

Black Hawk Co. IA Deeds (SLC 7/23/2014)
      B-652/653: Ebenezer L. Dow and Catherine E. Dow of Black Hawk Co. IA for $275 paid by Robert Duncan of McHenry Co. IL, sell to said Robert Duncan, the E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.25 Twp.89 and 3/8 of SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.25, bounded on the East by William Walker and on the west by Abram Long in Twp.90, both pieces in Range 11W in the Dubuque Land District, and warrant title, and Catherine E. Dow relinquishes her right of dower. 21 Sept. 1855. /s/ Ebenezer L. Dow, Catharine E. Dow. Wit. Phillip A. Merrill, James Barklay. Ack. 21 Sept. 1855 by Thomas Smith attorney of the grantors before James Barklay, J.P. (FHL film 1,034,549)
      F-208/209: Ebeneizer L. Dow and Catherine E. Dow of Dubuque Co. IA for $650 paid by William Walker and Robert Duncan of McHenry Co. IL, sell to said William Walker and Robert Duncan, the SW 1/4 Sec.25 and SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.26 Twp.89 Range 11W and the East 3/4 of SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.25 Twp.90 Range 11W of 5th P.Md. in Dubuque Land District, warrant title, Catherine E. Dow relinquishes her right of dower. 7 June 1856. /s/ Ebeneizer L. Dow, Catherine E. Dow. Wit. W.S. Hall, W.C. Taylor. Ack. 17 June 1856 before W.S. Hall, Notary Public, Dubuque Co. IA. (FHL film 1,034,551)


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, Oliver P., widow Duncan, Laura J.; B 46 Ill. Inf.; 1890 July 28, Invalid Appl. #841673, Cert. #643093, Nebr.; 1897 April 13, Widow Appl. #652815, no cert., Ark. (MAD: 1860 Stephenson Co. IL; 1870 Black Hawk Co. IA, wife Laura J.; 1880 Hamilton Co. NE)

HISTORIES before 1923

1919 "History of Chickasaw and Howard Cos. IA" by Robert Herd Fairbairn, pub. by S.J. Clarke (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.71 C533Ht v.2; FHL book 977.73 H2f and film 982,015 items 1-2)
      Vol.II, pg.23: ROBERT A. DUNCAN. ... Chickasaw County ... He was born in Blackhawk Co. IA, August 27, 1857, and is a son of Robert and Margaret (Walker) Duncan, who were natives of Scotland, the former born June 1, 1821, and the latter on the 11th of May of the same year. They were reared in the land of hills and heather and were there married in 1846, after which they came immediately to the United States. They first settled near St. Charles, IL, where they resided for only a brief period and in the spring of 1850 came to Iowa, taking up their home in Blackhawk county. In 1864 they removed to Chickasaw county, ... On the 1st of January, 1895, Mr. Duncan was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Newbury, a daughter of George Newbury, who was one of the early settlers of Floyd Co. IA, and is now living retired at Osage, Iowa. ...
      Pg.158: WILLIAM W. DUNCAN ... is now living retired in Colwell, Floyd county, but for many years was actively identified with farming in Deerfield township and was classed among the representatives and influential residents of Chickasaw county. He was born in Blackhawk Co. IA, August 27, 1857, a son of Robert and Margaret (Walker) Duncan, who are mentioned elsewhere in this volume in connection with the sketch of their son, Robert A. Duncan. ... In 1880 Mr. Duncan was married to Miss Nettie Clark, of Floyd Co. IA, ....


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