Duncans in Madison Co. IA


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

Last revised May 24, 2012

Formed 1846 from Polk


1850 Madison Co. IA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Madison Co. IA Census
Center Twp.
Pg.690, #316, Samuel DUNCAN 44 NY farmer $1500-$500
                  Elizabeth 36 OH
                  Patsy 18, Emily 13, Mary J. 10 IN
                  John C. 10/12 IA
Pg.713, #462, Henry MERCER 73 VA farmer $6500-$300
                  Lawson DUNCAN (m) 19 IN
                  Clinton MERCER 17 IN
Pg.713, #463, William DUNCAN 57 PA farmer $1600-$450
                  Mary 47 IN
                  Charlotte 21, Lawson Ann (f) 18 IN
                  Martha 15, Mary 13 IN
                  Lydia 10, Louisa 7 IN
                  Florence 2 IA
                  (MAD: 1850 White Co. IN census; William Duncan and wife Mary Mercer, per Dorothy Asmus 1986)
Pg.714, #470, John DUNCAN 26 OH farmer $1600-$300
                  Mary J. 22 IN
                  Clara 6/12 IA
                  (MAD: J.M. Duncan mar. Mary Jane Johnson 12/29/1857)

1870 Madison Co. IA Census
Lincoln Twp.
Pg.59, #90-89, DUNCAN, William 67 PA farmer $0-$120
                  Mary 57 OH keeping house
                  Louisa 17 IN no occupation
                  Florence (f) 12 IA no occupation
                  TEMPLEMAN, Edward 30 OH farm laborer $0-$290
                  Tomson (f) 29 IN domestic servant
                  Edward 1 MO at home
Pg.61, #132-131, DUNCAN, Samuel 54 NY farmer $4800-$867
                  Elizabeth 46 OH keeping house
                  Emily 23, Mary 19 IN no occupations
                  Charles 10 IA works on farm
                  Elizabeth 8 IA at school
Pg.64, #173-172, DUNCAN, John 36 OH farmer $9000-$1140
                  Mary 32 IN keeping house
                  Clara 10 IA no occupation
                  Alice 8 IA at home
                  Flora 3, Charles 2 IA at home
                  John 4/12 IA at home b.March
                  FINK, Canad? (m) 68 KY horticulturist $0-$1250
Monroe Twp.
Pg.84, #76-75, WEEKS, William 33 IL farmer $1365-1365
                  Mary 27 MO keeping house
                  Alva (m) 7, Mary 5 IA at school
                  William 3 IA at home
                  DUNKIN, Malinda 52 KY no occupation
                  Annie 22 MO no occupation
                  Luther (m) 19 MO works on farm
                  (MAD: 1850 Monroe Co. MO census; Mrs. Malinda Williams Davis mar. Martin Luther Dunkin 8/26/1847 Monroe Co. MO, full names from Judi Sutton)
Penn Twp.
Pg.96, #24-24, DUNCAN, Robert 34 PA nurseryman $1800-$450
                  Mary 20 IL keeping house
                  Joseph 5/12 IA b.Jan. at home
                  (MAD: ? R.L. Duncan mar. Alice M. Delzell 11/19/1868 in Warren Co. IL; could this be Alice Mary Delzell?; see 1880 Warren Co. IL census, Alice "N." Duncan with son Joseph J. Duncan 10 IA & younger, 1900 Fremont Co. CO census)


Madison Co. IA Deed Index (FHL film 1,028,239; from Georgia Helderlein 8/1991)
      (filing date, then instrument date, Section, Twp, Range, acres)
      A-133: H. William to Saml. Duncan, 6/20/53, 6/16/53, Sec.16 T75 R28, 40a
      A-134: Richd. P. Bruce to Saml. Duncan, 6/30/53, 6/16/53, Sec.3 T75 R28, 80a W 1/2 NW 1/4 ? W 1/4 NW 1/4
      H-619: Wm. Duncan to John M. Duncan, 1/04/59, 1/04/59
      S-187x2: Wm. Duncan to Jno. M. Duncan, 8/28/66, 8/25/66, Sec.12 T75 R28, 10a
      T-377: Mar. A. Duncan to Gilbert D. Wood, 5/11/67, 3/30/67, Sec.13 T76 R29 W pt 1/2 SW 1/4; and Sec.18 T76 R28 S 1/2 NW 1/4
      ?? Saml. Duncan to Wm. Harman (book T to V)
      ?? Saml. Duncan from Richd. P. Bruce "
      A-274: 8 April 1854, Gilbert D. Wood, Guardian of Martha Ann Wood, minor heir of John Moon, decd, surrender interest as Martha Ann Moon, to lands ... SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.11 and SW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.13 and E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.14, T77N R29W, being land located by John Moon with Military Land Warrant No. 44154 for 160 acres issued to Samuel T. Harvey; and also land, N 1/2 NE 1/4 and E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.13 T77N R29W, being land located by John Moon, assignee of William Finan?? with Military Land Warrant No. 50,998 for 160 acres. (FHL film 1,028,216) (Deeds D-279 & F-30 & F-220 all name her as Martha Ann Moon)
      T-377: 30 March 1867, Martha A. Duncan (formerly Moon) and her husband Francis M. Duncan of Cass Co. MO to Gilbert D. Wood, $900, W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.18 T76N R28W and S 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.13, T76N R29W. Wit. A.E. Cameron. Deed notarized in Cass Co. MO. (FHL film 1,028,224)


Madison Co. IA Probate Records Index (FHL film 1,028,120; from Georgia Helderlein 9/1989)
      J.T. Duncan, #7,000, 10-27-67, docket P-111, file #8

Madison Co. IA Probate Records Index Part III (FHL film 1,028,202; from Georgia Helderlein 9/1989)
      John M. Duncan, Plt vs W.G. Reynolds & S.L. Holiday, Book C, pg. 69

Madison Co. IA Probate Records Index B (FHL film 1,028,128; from Georgia Helderlein 9/1989)
      Pg.364/5: Feby 29, 1860, the Said R.P. Bruce, Samuel Hamilton and Samuel Duncan, make the following Report to wit: "We the undersigned, R.P. Bruce, Samuel Hamilton, and Samuel Duncan, commissioners appointed by Madison Co. IA to apprise interest? Real Estate owned by A.G. Gordon, Deceased, hereinafter described and also to apprise and set off the dower of E. Gordon, the widow of A.G. Gordon, deceased, out of said Real Estate hereinafter described. We therefore apprise the SW (1/4) and the NE (1/4) of the SW? (1/4) and the SE (1/4) of the NW (1/4) of section five? (25), Town (75), Range (29) at Four Hundred Dollars and the South half of the North? East (1/4) of Section (9)? Town (75) Range ???, we apprise as Four Hundred dollars, and the W. half of the S.W. of the S.W. (1/4) of the ?? (1/4) of the N. E. (1/4) of Sec. (19) Town (76) Range ?? five acres at ??Fifht?? dollars, and the East ?? of the S.E. (1/4) of Section No. (25) Town (76), Range (27??), excepting four acres of the said tract and three acres in a ???? commencing Nine Rods E. of the N. E. Corner of said land and ??? running South & west of said commencing point, we apprise at one hundred and thirty dollars and Section No's three and four in Block No. Nine in Scotts ghridge? and Ceassuches?? addition to the Town of Winterset at Ten Dollars each and also the N.E. Quarter of the S.W. (15) of S. No. (28), Town No. (76), Range (27) at Six Hundred Dollars and the South East 1/4) of the N. W. (1/4) of the same Sections, Town and Range, at Two Hundred and forty dollars and the N. W. (1/4) of the N.E. (1/4) of Sec. No. Twenty Eight, Town (76) Range (27) at Three Hundred & Twenty dollars, and the whole amount of the apprised value being Twenty one Hundred and Sixty dollars, it being the value subject to the widowe's dower and whereas we the undersigned commissioners finding the value of the widow's dower on all the above described Real Estate to be Seven Hundred & Twenty dollars. We therefore have set apart and laid off as her dower in all of said real estate, the following described real Estate, to wit: The N.E. (1/4) of the S. W. (1/4) and Fifteen acres off of the East side of the N. W. (1/4) of the N. E. (1/4) of Section No. (28) Township No. (76) Range (27) apprised and valued at Seven Hundred and Twenty Dollars, all of which we submit to the Judge of said County as our doings and report in these premises. Given under our hands this 29th day of February, A.D., 1860. /s/ R.P. Bruce, Samuel Hamilton, Samuel Duncan. Apprisers Fees. R.P. Bruce $6.00; Samuel Hamilton $6.00; Samuel Duncan $6.00. Terms of Sale of the above described land and order to Admr for same are ?? 8th, 1860.
      Pg.264: Sale Bill of personal property belonging to Estate of Thomas Ansley, Jr., dec'd, filed herein June 18th, 1863.
            Sold to Isaac Crable, Garden Hoe, $, .30
            Sold to John Brewer, Pitch Fork, .75
            Sold to John N. Moor, Pitch Fork, l.00
            Sold to John N. Moor, Two Chains, 1.50
            Sold to Henry Surber, Two Chains, 1.50
            Sold to John Moor, Two Chains, 1.55
            Sold to John Moor, Bedsted, 1.00
            Sold to Wm. Duncan, Scythe & Srath??/Smith, .75
            Sold to John Brewer, One Pick, 1.00
            Sold to John Brewer, Two Iron Wedges, .80
            Sold to John N. Moor, Two Maul Rings, .30
            Sold to H. Bond, One Hone Hammer, .20
            Sold to Elias Stafford?, Singletree, .75
            Sold to John Hiffler, Tea ban??, .10
            Sold to John Hiffler, Sled, .80
            Sold to J. S. Goshorn, Shovel Plow, 3.05
            Sold to J. N. Gordon, Stirring Plow, 7.50
            Sold to Lucinda Ansley, Wheat Fan, 1.65
            Sold to J. N. Moor, Measure, .40
            Sold to A. D. Kellison, Wagon, 30.25
            Sold to H. Surber, Neck Yoke/Doubletree, 1.25
            Sold to J. Masson, Cow, 9.25
            Sold to P. N. Gordon, Heiffer, 8.00
            Sold to Isaac Crable, Shock of Oats, 4.25
            Sold to John Stiffler, Shock of Oats, 15.00
            Sold to John N. Moor, Rifle Gun, 6.50
            Sold to Isaac Crable, Ten bushels Wheat, 5.00
            Sold to Wm. Duncan, Log Chain, 2.00
            Sold to John Stiffler, Grindstone, 1.00
            Sold to John Stiffler, Calf, 3.50
            Sold to John Stiffler, Ten bushels Wheat, 4.00
            Total $115.90


White Co. IN Deed
      H-329: 9 April 1855, John M. Duncan of Madison Co. IA for $400 paid by Byron Cowdry? (Cawdry?) of White Co. IN, sell real estate in White Co. IN, SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.28 R4W, containing 40 acres, together with appurtenances, warrant title. John M. Duncan appeared 9 April 1855 before John H. Skinner, J.P. of White Co. IN. Recorded April 29, 1856. (FHL film 2,195,526)


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, Lawson A.; Adjt. 40 Iowa Inf.; 1892 May 13, Invalid Appl. #1112638, Cert. #884759, Mich. (MAD: ? 1860 Madison Co. IA census)
      Duncan, Robert L., widow Duncan, Alice M.; F 17 Ill. Inf.; 1883 Oct. 13, Invalid Appl. #497566, Cert. #554386, Neb.; 1906 June 13, Widow Appl. #850557, no cert., Colo. (MAD: R.L. Duncan m. Alice M. Delzell 1868 Warren Co. IL; ?? 1870 Madison Co. IA; ?? 1900 Fremont Co. CO)

HISTORIES before 1923

1879 "The History of Madison County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of Iowa" pub. by Union Historical Company (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, microfilm 63, reel 27; and FHL book 977.781 H2)
      Pg.617: Lincoln Twp: DUNCAN, SAMUEL, farmer, Sec. 3, P.O. Winterset; was born in New York in 1816; when he was two years of age his parents removed to Ohio, and in 1820 emigrated to Indiana and came to this county May 26, 1853; owns 140 acres of land; has held office of school director many years; he married Miss Elizabeth Hornback in 1843; she was born in OH; has five children, Patsy, Emily, Jennie C., Fremont and Etta. (MAD: See White Co. IN)
            Duncan, Wm., farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Winterset.
            Duncan, J.M., farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Winterset.

1915 "History of Madison Co. IA and Its People" by Herman A. Mueller, pub. by S.J. Clarke; Vol.I & II (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, microfilm 63, reel 27; bad scratch all the way through film making 4 to 6 lines illegible on each page; no Duncan biography Vol.II; FHL book 977.781 H2m and film 934,952 items 4-5)
      Vol.1, pg.297, History of Lincoln Twp. Samuel Duncan was a native of the State of NY, removing with his parents to Ohio, from there to Indiana, and from the Hoosier State to Iowa in 1853, when he became a citizen of Madison Co. He has held various Lincoln Twp. offices.


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