Duncans in IA


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

Last revised July 13, 2001


Added information: There was an 1836 IA Territorial Census. The Iowa Genealogical Society has published marriages in several counties. There was a WPA project recording graves in Iowa, available by county on film from the FHL.

Also see the published abstracts and indexes to military records by Virgil D. White for Duncans who served in the various wars.
      Among others, the "Index to Mexican War Pension Files" (FHL book 973 M22mw) includes an index to the pension application WA-19633, 9 Sept. 1910, by Elizabeth Nazworthy of IA, widow of DUNCAN, William, who served in Co H 2nd OH Vols Inf as a Pvt.

"Territorial Papers, Wisconsin Territory, 1836-1848, 1836-1839" Vol.XXVII (CA State University, Sacramento, librry)
      Pg.791: Letter from Walter Lowrie, Cor. Sec. of the Society, Philadelphia, to Secretary of War, 20 May 1837: The Western Foreign Missionary Society have for some years had a mission station among the Ioway Indians. If the Department intends sending a farmer & teacher to them under the late treaty, I would recommend ... If a farmer or teacher be wanted for the Wea Indians, among whom also we have a mission station, I can recommend ... & Mr. James Duncan now there as a teacher. These men are well qualified for the situations named. Should they not be appointed by the Government, they will remain among the Indians, supported by the Missionary Society.
      Pg.802-4: Letter from Colonel S.W. Kearny, Head Quarters 1st Regt. Dragoons, Fort Leavenworth, June 3, 1837, to General Atkinson (forwarded to the Commanding General 20 June 1837): ... A Mr. Duncan Farmer for the Ioways reports to me on the 29th ult. from their new location near Wolfe river that a War party of 13 of them, had just returned with a Maha (Omaha) Scalp, that a part of the Nation justify the act and say that 6 more are due unless the Americans will see them righted. (footnote reference to letter 12 May 1837 reporting that Andrew S. Hughes had completed removal of the Iowa Indians from the vicinity of the white settlements to their lands on the Grand Nemaha River.)

1885 "History of McDonough County, Illinois : together with sketches of the towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent individuals, and biographies of the representative citizens; and History of Illinois ..." pub. by Continental Historical Co. (FHL film 1,000,503 Item 2)
      Pg.89: The same spring of 1830, William Duncan came to the above township (Blandinsville) and made a settlement, but the following winter drove him away. He afterward removed to Iowa where he died.


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