Duncans in Clinton Co. IA


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

Last revised June 30, 2015

Formed 1837 from Dubuque


1840-1850 Clinton Co. IA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Clinton Co. IA Census
Welton Twp.
Pg.197, #1108-1104, O.Q?. VANHORN (m) 25 OH farmer $0-$300
                  Amanda 22 PA
                  Orvin (f) 21 IA ("Iowa")
                  William DUNCAN 20 NJ farmer $500-$75
Orange Twp.
Pg.226, #1311-1307, Richard F. DUNCAN Sr. 64 CT farmer $2000-$1000
                  Emmily 66 NY
Pg.226, #1312-1308, Richard F. DUNCAN Jr. 33 NY farmer $4000-$1000
                  Esther F. 20 MI
                  Elroy (m) 4 IA
Elk River Twp.
Pg.236, #50-50, Abram? (Andrew?) N. McFARLAN 30 NY farmer $3000-$1000
                  Lota A. (f) 21 CT
                  Alfons ?. (m) 4 IA
                  Nathan R. 2 IA
                  Myran? L. (m) 6/12 IA
                  Francis DUNCAN? (m) 18 GERM farm laborer
Brookfield Twp.
Pg.480, #511-511, Oliver P. DUNCAN 33 OH farmer $1000-$300
                  Mary J. 30 NJ
                  Frederick A. 4 IA
                  Frank L. 10/12 IA
                  Irene 45 OH
                  (MAD: Perry Duncan in 1850 Clayton Co. IA census; Irene the daughter of Joshua Duncan of 1850 Jackson Co. IA census)

1870 Clinton Co. IA Census
Brookfield Twp., P.O. Grand Mineral
Pg.35, #107-107, DUNCAN, Perry (m) 44 OH farmer $400-$1500
                  Mary Jane 40 OH keeping house
                  Fredck. (m) 14 IA farmer
                  Frank L. 10 IA farm laborer
                  Sarah S. 8, William 4 IA at home
                  Irene 62 OH keeping house
Clinton, 1st Ward
Pg.122, #348-349, Hotel, including among others & other hotel girls
                  DUNCAN, Phoebe 26 ME ("Maine") hotel girl
Lyons City, 5th Ward
Pg.329-330, #16-16, SCHNEIDER, Adam 31 Hesse Daunstadt, manuf. cigars $400-$2500, of foreign birth
                  Catharine 31 (ditto) keeps house
                  Catharine 9, Adam (m) 7, Albert 4 IL
                  Aruiel (m) 4/12 IA Feb.
                  McINTYRE, Frank R. 21 VT cigar maker
                  REEDER, Louis B. 24 PA cigar maker
                  DRUMM, Charles 31 Bavaria cigar maker
                  (MAD: indexed Charles Duncan?)
Welton Twp., P.O. Grand Mound
Pg.452, #91-93, DUNKAN, John 35 MD farmer $5000-$1500, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary Ann 30 PA keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Margaret 9, Sarah 7, John 5 PA at school
                  Mary 3, Hannah 1 IA at home
                  KINENER, James 17 NY farm laborer


Clinton Co. IA General Index to deeds 1844-1855 (FHL film 1,005,141; copied by CVD 6/6/2015)
   Vol.1, 1844-1851 - no Duncan grantor or grantee
   Vol.2, 1852-1854 - no Duncan grantor or grantee
   Vol.3, 1854-1855 - no Duncan grantor or grantee
   Vol.4, 1855
      Ward, Andrew A. & wife to Duncan, O.P., filed Feb. 11, 1856, dated May 19, 1855, Deed Book J-16,17; W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.2 Twp.83 Range 2, 80 acres

Clinton Co. IA General Index to deeds 1855+ (FHL film 1,005,142; copied by CVD 6/6/2015)
   Vol.5, 1856-1857 - no Duncan grantor or grantee
   Vol.6, 1857 - no Duncan grantor or grantee
   Vol.7, 1858
      Duncan, Oliver P. & wife to Alfred Wright, filed Feb. 26, 1858, dated Dec. 23, 1856, deed of trust, F-142, W 1/2 NE 1/4
      Dunkin, O.P. to Joshua Dunkin, Mar. 16, 1858, Mar. 1, 1858, Bill of sale, C-417-418, chattels
      Dunkin, Joshua from Oliver P. Dunkin & wife, Mar. 16, 1858, Mar. 1, 1858, deed, P-330, W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.20 Twp.83 R2, 80 acres
      Dunkin, Joshua from Oliver P. Dunkin, Mar. 16, 1858, Mar. 1, 1858, bill of sale, C-417-418, chattels
   Vol.8, 1859 - no Duncan


A transcript of the will of Joshua Dunkin dated March 22, 1858, recorded 1 June 1859 has been posted on the Clinton Co. IA GenWeb site:


Elwood Cemetery, Clinton Co. IA (information from Bill Dunkin 2001 with permission to share)
      Joshua Dunkin died Jan. 7, 1859
            BD: I did find Joshua's tombstone, but there was no birth date on the weathered limestone? marker; the only other inscription at the bottom was I believe his age at death. I could not make out for sure what was inscribed but there appears to be the number 7.
      Irene Dunkin, daughter of Joshua and Sarah Dunkin, born July 20, 1810 died June ? 1901. I have seen info from Sac County showing her death month as July.
            BD: I do have some letters from the Boone Marble Works dated 1901 and 1902 written to William and Frank Dunkin concerning placing the marker in the spring of 1902. ... [O]ld receipts from the farm ... I found the order form from the monument company for her marker. It reads: dob July 20 1810, dod Feb 16 1901.

HISTORIES before 1923

"The Biographical record of Clinton County, Iowa" (anonymous); pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1901, 521 pgs. (LH11537, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 934,935 item 5)
      Pg.319: Clarence Thomas ... citizen of Clinton ... born in Gloucester, MA, February 12, 1862, a son of John and Susan Jeral Thomas, the former a native of Gloucester, the latter also of Gloucester. The father, who was a sea captain, died at Gloucester in 1867, but the mother is still living at the age of 65 years, and is now the wife of William H. Knight, aged 85. They now reside at 329 First avenue, Clinton. Mr. Knight was one of the early settlers of Fulton, Illinois. Our subject is the youngest of a family of 3 children, the others being Mabel, wife of L. Duncan, of Kansas; and F.N., a railroad man of Clinton. By the mother's second marriage she has one son, E.E. Knight, who is employed in a sawmill at Clinton. ....

1893 "Biographical History of Crawford, Ida and Sac Cos. IA : containing portraits of all the presidents of the United States, with accompanying biographies, a condensed history of Iowa, with biographies of the governors, engravings of prominent citizens of the counties, with personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families" pub. Chicago by Lewis Pub. Co. 1893 (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.7 B615)
      Pg.291: OLIVER PERRY DUNKIN, one of the leading citizens and pioneer farmers of Clinton township, Sac Co. IA, was born January 21, 1826. His father, Joshua Dunkin, was a native of Virginia and a soldier in the war of 1812. His grandfather, John Dunkin, was a descendant of Scotch ancestry. The maiden name of our subject's mother was Sarah Richardson. She was born in Ohio, a descendant of German ancestry, and was first married to a Mr. Riley, by whom she had four children. She married Mr. Dunkin in Brown Co. OH, and her death occurred in Fulton Co. IL, at the age of sixty. After her death the father came to Clinton Co. IA, where he died at the age of seventy. He voted for Fremont in 1856, but was a Democrat all his life. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and for many years was a Class Leader.
      Oliver P. was a lad of fourteen or fifteen years when the family moved to Fulton Co. IL, and on his father's farm in that county he was reared. He then moved to Jackson Co. IA, and some years later went to Clinton Co. and settled near Elwood. From Clinton Co. in 1875, he came to Sac Co. bought 320 acres of land, and on it has since resided. ... Mr. Dunkin was married in Clinton Co. IA, November 12, 1854, to Mary Jane Clark, a native of New Jersey. ...
      (MAD: Joshua Duncan mar. Sally Riley 8/31/1809 Adams Co. OH; see 1850 Jackson and Clayton Co. IA censuses)


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