Duncans in Clarke Co. IA


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

Last revised June 28, 2015

Formed 1846 from Lucas
Union formed 1851 from Clarke


1850 Clarke Co. IA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Clarke Co. IA Census
Doyle Twp.
Pg.431, #633-619, Wm. M. DUNCAN 31 KY teacher of Com. school $1480-$165
                  M.J. (f) 27 PA
                  M.E. (f) 9, J.M. (m) 7 IN

1870 Clarke Co. IA Census
Knox Twp.
Pg.50, #31-33, DUNCAN, Wm. M?. 42 KY farmer $6000-$770
                  Mary J. 23 PA keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary E. 18 IN (not par. of foreign birth)
                  James M. 16 IN works on farm
                  MORGAN, Alexander 24 IN farm laborer


Clarke Co. IA Deed Indexes (FHL film 1,009,802; SLC 7/26/2014)
      D-30: Duncan, William M. from Riley Sanders et ux, dated July 12, 1856, deed, D-30, SE SE of NE Sec.14 Twp.7 Rg.27, 10 acres
      G-39: Duncan, William et ux to Candace E. Westcoat, filed Oct. 30, 1865, dated Oct. 3, 1865, G-39, E 1/2 Lot 8 B9 Osceola
      J-96: Duncan?, Elijah to Joseph Binegar, Jan. 18, 1866, Aug. 2, 1865, J-96, NW SW & pt SW of N, Sec.1 Twp.72 Rg.24, 70 acres
      H-141: Duncan, W.M. from Candis Wescoat, Oct. 30, 1865, Oct. 30, 1865, H-141, NE SE 14 1/2 SE SW 1/2 SWSE 11-71-26
   Next 1867-1871, not copied

Clarke Co. IA Deeds (SLC 6/5/2015; have jpg images)
      D-30: Riley Sanders & wife to William M. Duncan. Riley Sanders and Sousanah his wife of Clark Co. IA for $75 paid by William M. Duncan of Clark Co. IA, sell to William M. Duncan the SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Sec.14 Twp.71N Range 27W containing 10 acres more or less, and warrant title of the same. 12 July 1856. /s/ Riley Sanders, Susannah Sanders. Ack. 12 July 1856 before John Cheneworth J.P. of Clark Co. IA by Riley Sanders and Susannah his wife. Robert Beckett, Recorder, Clark Co. IA. (FHL film 1,009,807)
      G-39: William M. Duncan et ux to Candace E. Wescoat. We, William M. Duncan and Mary J. Duncan of Clark Co. IA for $500 paid by Candace E. Wescoat of Clark Co. IA, sell to said Candace E. Wescoat premises in Clark Co. IA, the E 1/2 of Lot 8 in Block 9 in Town of Osceola, and covenant that we hold title in fee simple, ... warrant title, and said William Duncan hereby relinquishes his dower to the premises. 30 Oct. 1865. /s/ Mary Jane Duncan, William M. Duncan. Ack. 30 Oct. 1865 before H.H. Hefs?, Notary Public, Clark Co. IA. Filed Oct. 30, 1865. (FHL film 1,009,809)
      H-141: Candace E. Wescoat of Clark Co. IA for $500 paid by William M. Duncan of Clark Co. IA, sell to said William M. Duncan, the premises in Clark Co. IA, the NE 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.14 Twp.71N Range 26W and also the undivided 1/2 of SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 Sec.11 and also the undivided 1/2 of SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.11, all in Twp.71 Range 26W, warrant title. 30 Oct. 1865. /s/ Candis E. Wescoat. 30 Oct. 1865 appeared Candace Wescoat before H.H. Hess, Notary Public. Filed Oct. 30, 1865. (MAD: filled-in form) (FHL film 1,009,810)
      J-96/97: (Heading: Elijah Duncan to Joseph Binegar) For the sum of $350, Elija Duncan and Mary Duncan of Lucas Co. IA sell to Joseph Brinegar of Lucas Co. IA, the tract of land, the NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 Sec.1 Twp.72 Range 24 containing 40 acres more or less, and also 30 acres off the west side of the SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec.1 Twp.72 of Range 24 containing 30 acres more or less in Clark Co. IA, and warrant title. 2 Aug. 1865. /s/ Elijah Duncan, Mary Duncan. Ack. 2 Aug. 1865 before E.C. Rankin, J.P. Filed Jany. 18, 1866. H.H. Hess, recorder. (FHL film 1,009,810)


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, William M., widow Duncan, Mary J.; B 18 Iowa Inf.; 1878 Nov. 4, Invalid Appl. #262483, Cert. #367460; 1887 July 26, Widow Appl. #358396, Cert. #249090, IA. (MAD: enlisted 26 July 1862, Capt, age 34, Union; Resided in Osceola; 1860 Clarke Co. IA)

HISTORIES before 1923

1886 "Biographical and historical record of Clarke County, Iowa : containing engraving of prominent citizens in Clarke County, with personal histories of many of the leading families, and a concise history of Clarke County and its cities and villages" pub. by Lewis Publishing Co. (FHL book 977.7856 D3b)
      Pg.392-3: CAPTAIN WILLIAM M. DUNCAN, deceased, was a gallant and faithful soldier during the war of the Rebellion. He enlisted in the defense of his country July 26, 1862, and was unanimously elected Captain of Company C. ... He served his country 3 years .... The subject of this sketch was a native of Kent [Kenton] Co. KY, born August 14, 1828, a son of James and Margaret Duncan. When six years of age he was taken by his parents to Monroe Co. IN, where he was reared to manhood, his youth being spent on a farm. His education was received in the common schools, and after leaving school he taught several terms in Indiana. He was united in marriage to Mary J. Morgan, of Morgan Co. IN, April 10, 1851, and in 1855 he removed with his wife and two children to Iowa, locating in Warren County, where he was engaged in teaching school for 18 months. In 1857 he came to Clarke County, Iowa, where he followed the teacher's profession and worked at the carpenter's trade alternately. He was an earnest and consistent Christian, being a member of the Missionary Baptist Church till his death, which occurred May 3, 1879. He left a wife and two children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and affectionate father. His widow still resides with her family in Knox Township. (MAD: See 1830 Gallatin Co. KY census; 1840 Lawrence Co. IN census; 1850 Morgan Co. IN census; Warren Co. IA)


"Duncan Genealogy" 10 pages, typed, no author or title page, 8-leaf manuscript donated by Mrs. Earle E. Gehrke, filmed 1978 (FHL film 1,036,770)
      First Generation: James Duncan, b. Aug. 6, 1803 KY; d. Feb. 14, 1863 Hartford, [Warren Co.] Iowa; m. ca 1820 prob. KY to Margaret Elizabeth Knox, b. Aug. 14, 1801 KY; d. Apr. 28, 1884, Hartford, Iowa; children: Alexander Jerome, Sarah Elizabeth, William, Margaret Jane, Matthew, James Harve, Maximillie, Mary. (MAD: mar. Gallatin Co. KY; probably son of William b. 1775 VA on 1850 Morgan Co. IN census)
      Second Generation: Alexander Jerome Duncan, b. Aug. 18, 1821 Pulaski Co. KY; d. Dec. 12, 1898, Hartford, Iowa; m. Sept. 4, 1845, Morgan Co. IN to Louisa Jane Hendricks, b. March 3, 1825 KY; d. Mar. 19, 1899, Hartford, Iowa, bur. Hartford Cem.; children: Martha Isadora (Dora).
            Sarah Elizabeth Duncan, b. Nov. 4, 1828 Gallatin Co. KY; d. Nov. 20, 1894 Hartford, Iowa; m. 17 Feb. 1848 Morgan Co. IN to George William Pyle, b. Oct. 10, 1824 Buckingham, VA; d. Nov. 20, 1894 Hartford, Iowa; both bur. Hartford Cem.; children: Amanda Jane, Alexander Jerome, Sarah Ellen (Sade), William Edwin, Mary Lorinda (Molly), Alvatas Alonzo (Lon), Lena Leota (Tode), Gracie Arabelle (Belle), Cora Annie, Ida Mae (Ide), Frank.
            William M. Duncan (Capt.), b. IN, d. 1880's Iowa; resided in Clark Co. Iowa after War, Captain in Civil War; m. in IN Mary Jane ----; children: James Morgan b. 9 Jan. 1854 Morgan Co. IN, m. Winnie E.---, d. 10 June 1927. (MAD: mar. Morgan Co. IN)
            Margaret Jane Duncan, b. May 5, 1836 Owen Co. IN; d. Dec. 27, 1916 Hartford, Iowa; m. April 27, 1858, Baptist Ch., Hartford, Iowa, to James Arville Dunagan, b. July 1, 1824 Bardstop, Nelson Co. KY; d. 12 July 1916 Polk Co. IA, bur. Hartford, Iowa; children: Marshall, Paris, Magenta, Clarence, Delmar, Fred.
            Matthew Duncan, b. Owen Co. IN; resided Warren Co. IA.
            James Harve Duncan, b. Owen Co. IN; d. Warren Co. IA; Corporal Iowa 34th Infantry Co. B.
            Maximille Duncan, b. Owen Co. IN.
            Mary Duncan, b. Owen Co. IN
      Third Generation: Martha Isadora Duncan (dau. of Alexander Jerome & Louisa Jane (Hendricks) Duncan), b. Sept. 16, 1855, Warren Co. Iowa; d. April 12, 1935, Hartford, Iowa, bur. Hartford Cem.; m. Nov. 18, 1879, Baptist Church, Hartford, Iowa, Edward Rufus Guthrie ...
            James Morgan Duncan (son of William M. and Mary Jane ---- Duncan), b. Jan. 9, 1854, Morgan Co. IN, d. June 10, 1927, Iowa, resided Indiana and Clark Co. Iowa; m. Minnie E. ----; children (not copied)
      Fourth Generation: (not copied here)
      Fifth Generation: (not copied here)
            (MAD: See 1840 Lawrence Co. IN census; see 1850 Morgan Co. IN census)


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