Duncans in Lee Co. IA


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

Last revised September 30, 2009

Formed 1836 from Des Moines


1840 Lee Co. IA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Lee Co. IA Census
(looking for McDonough Co. IL families)
Fort Madison
Pg.293, #?, Joseph HAWKE, age 1, at top of page, in household of
                  Joseph HOWAHS?, age 76, b. Germ.
Pg.294, #217, Joseph HAWK 35 PA & family
28th Division
Pg.324, #588, Robert HAWK 45 & wife b. England
Pg.346, #875, James HARRIS 40 VT
                  Catharine 30 IA, ch. b. IA
Pg.349, #911-911, James A. DUNCAN 33 OH farmer $1200
                  Nancy 28 OH
                  Mary 9, Sarah Jane 5, Hannah 3 OH
Pg.349, #912-912, Mary DUNCAN 70 NC (blank) $0
                  Amanda 38
                  Louisa 14 OH
                  John PEARSON 23 NJ farmer $0
City of Keokuk
Pg.425, #566, (Rapids Hotel)
                  James G. HARRIS 43 TN hotel keeper
                  Dolly Ann 35 KY
                  Virginia E. 14, America A.E. 13 IL
                  Madison C. 10, Russell D. 5 IL
                  (lots of other names)
Pg.457, #1055-1061, Thomas DUNGAN 50 MD farmer $800
                  Lucy C. 49 VA
                  Jesse Henry 26 KY farmer
                  John C. 24, Garland A. 21 KY farmers
                  Thomas 19, Flemming 17 IL farmers
                  Robert M. 14, Susan Frances 9 IL
                  Mary SHORT 18 KY
Pg.481, #1418, Jacob HARRIS 35 OH & family

1860 Lee Co. IA Census
Keokuk City, Ward 1
Pg.38, #136-136, Thomas J. WORSTER 28 IN bookkeeper $200-$1000
                  Sarah B. 20 IL
                  Charles W. 9/12 IA
                  Edward A. "7/12" IA
                  Martha DUNKIN 18 IL
                  (MAD: ?? 1850 Appanoose Co. IA census)
Keokuk City, Ward 3
Pg.100, #668-633, John DUNCAN 31 KY furniture store $1500-$1500
                  Sophia 26 ME ("Maine")
                  Ella 5 OH
                  Ida 2, Henry 4/12 IA
                  (MAD: one Jno. A. Duncan married Sophia D. Cook 4/2/1854 in Warren Co. OH)
Keokuk City, Ward 4
Pg.191, #1486-1352, Norman SESTEVELL? 29 IN cooper $0-$225
                  Mary Jane 24 IN
                  Ellen W. 4 MN ("Minn")
                  Daniel E. 9/12 IA
                  Daniel ROTHFALL 20 OH cooper
                  Joseph HUTCHINS 20 IN cooper
                  Richard DUNCAN 30 MO cooper
Jackson Twp., handwritten pg.236
Pg.385, #2014-1784, Edward Van KEUREN 35 NY carpenter $0-$150
                  Susan M. 32 OH
                  William J. 9, James E. 5 OH
                  Nancy K. 2, Charles 3/12 IA
                  David M. DUNCAN 24 OH printer
                  (MAD: Susan W. Duncan mar. Edward Van Dusen 6/10/1849 Hamilton Co. OH; 1850 Hamilton Co. OH census Cin. W-8, pg.664, James Duncan & wife Nancy, and David W. Duncan; names as written; 1870 Marion Co. IN census)
Fort Madison
Pg.601, #552-555, John STILLWELL 38 IN laborer $0-$80
                  Minerva 38 VA
                  William F. DUNCAN 5 IA
Greenbay Twp.
Pg.614, #627-631, E.W. GREEN (m) 33 "ACd." farmer $0-$345
                  ("Ind." overwritten to become "Al" or "Ala"?)
                  Harriett 27 ENG
                  Amanda DUNCAN 6 IA
                  Thomas MORGAN 16 IA farmer
West Point Twp.
Pg.681, #199-182, David STEWART 26 NY day laborer $0-$0
                  Elisabeth 25 OH
                  George 6 IL
                  Francis (m) 4 IN
                  "Elviet" (f) 2, Andrew 3/12 IN
                  John DUNCAN 21 OH day laborer

1870 Lee Co. IA Census
Fort Madison, 1st Ward
Pg.64, #86-99, STILLWELL, John 48 OH brick moulder $0-$100
                  Minerva 48 VA keeping house
                  DUNKIN, William F. 14 IA at home
Green Bay Twp.
Pg.137, #20-19, DUNKIN, John H. 26 OH farmer $0-$1,110
                  Mary 27 OH keeping house
                  John F. 1 IA
                  BROWNSSOUTH, William 19 GERmany farm laborer, parents of foreign birth
Pg.139, #56-50, DUNKIN, Henry 52 OH farmer $4175-2445
                  Virginia 50 VA keeping house, father of foreign birth
                  Joseph R. 29, George M. 18 OH farm laborers
                  Joshua H. 13 IA at home
                  Susanna E. 9 IA
                  SPURGEON, Sarah E. 14 OH at home
Jackson Twp.
Pg.159, #27-27, McKINLEY, A.P. (m) 33 OH farmer $0-$0
                  Matilda 32 OH keeps house
                  Geo. E. 4, E.C. (m) 2 IA home
                  FREEMAN, Matilda 14 SWEden dom. servt., parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Jerry (m) 33 IRE yardman R.R., parents of foreign birth
3rd Ward, City of Keokuk
Pg.272, #222-221, DUNCAN, J.A. (m) 41 KY ret. mercht. $5500-$5000
                  F.D. (f) 36 ME ("Maine") keeps house
                  Ella (f) 15 OH home
                  J.M. (f) 12, H.F. (m) 10 IA home
                  Harriet 7 IA home
                  C.M. (m) 4, E.A. (m) 2 IA home
                  (MAD: John A. Duncan 52 VA in 1880 census, wife Sofia D., ch. Ella S., Ida M., Henry C., Hattie, Charles M., Alvin E.)


Lee Co. IA Deed Index 1830-1856 (FHL film 955,323 grantees; FHL film 955,324 grantors)
      No Duncan

Lee Co. IA Probate Record
      Vol.3, 1841-1846 - no Duncan (FHL film 959,170)
      Vol.4, 1847-1852 - no Duncan (FHL film 959,170)
      Vol.5, 1852-1858 - no Duncan (FHL film 959,171)


"Territorial Papers, Wisconsin Territory, 1836-1848, 1836-1839" Vol.XXVII (CA State University, Sacramento, library)
      Pg.935-7: Petition to Congress by Citizens of Lee and Van Buren Counties, March 6, 1838: Petition to establish a mail route from Fort Madison in Lee Co. passing through West point in that county, to Bentons Port on the Desmoins (sic) River in Van Buren Co. (footnote that the route was established for Iowa Territory by act 7 July 1838). Signed by Wm. H. Duncan among others.

The Lee Co. IA GenWeb site has a lot of information, including cemetery information, marriages, etc.


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, David W.; E 7 Ia Inf.; 1890 June 26, Invalid Appl. #784376, Cert. #699763, Ind. (MAD: ?? 1860 Lee Co. IA census)

HISTORIES before 1923

1879 "The History of Lee County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, town, &c., a biographical directory of citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of the Northwest, history of Iowa, map of Lee County" pub. by Western Historical (FHL book 977.799 H2t and film 934,950 item 3)
      Pg.824, Cedar Township: DILL, John H., far., Sec. 27; P.O. Big Mound; owns 165 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; he was born Jan. 13, 1826, in Warren Co., Ohio; in the fall of 1850, emigrated to Lee Co., Iowa; the following spring, he purchased the farm upon which he now lives. He married Mary R. Bell March 26, 1862; she was born in 1842, and died Aug. 19, 1870, leaving three children - Wm. C., Linnie B., and Julia M. Members of the Presbyterian Church; Republican. (MAD: looking for Dill family from White Co. TN to McDonough Co. IL)


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