Duncans in Taylor Co. IA


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

Last revised August 29, 2009

Formed 1847 from Page
Ringgold formed 1847 from Taylor
Adams formed 1851 from Taylor


1850 Taylor Co. IA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Taylor Co. IA Census
Pg.46, #325-325, Alexander DONKIN 35 MO farmer $1000-$500
                  Mary 28 MO
                  Amanda 11, Elizabeth 9 IA
                  Merth (f) 7, John H. 4, Nancy 2 IA
                  (MAD: 1850 Page Co. IA)
Pg.63, #441-437, Ruben DANKIN 29 IN farmer $1000-$300
                  Susan 24 KY
                  John H. 5 IN
                  Benj. F. 2 IA

1870 Taylor Co. IA Census
Dallas Twp.
Pg.28, #82-82, DUNCAN, A. (m) 44 MO farmer $2400-$980
                  Mary 38 MO keeping house
                  Amanda 20, Elisabeth 18, Martha 16 IA at home
                  John H. 14, Emeline 11, Laura 8 IA at home
                  William 6, Potterfield (m) 4, Mary 2 IA at home
                  (MAD: Alexander Duncan, 1850 Page Co. IA census)
Holt Twp.
Pg.38, #4-4, DUNCAN, B.F. (m) 28 IN plasterer $480-$290
                  Jemimie (f) 20 IA keeping house
                  Agnes M. 5/12 IA b.Feb. at home
Pg.38, #5-5, DUNCAN, R.H. (m) 38 IN farmer $8000-$2308
                  Susan M. 35 KY keeping house
                  John H. 15 IN at home
                  Benjamin 12, Abram L. 8 IA at home
                  Ulisus G. (m) 5 IA at home
                  (MAD: Reuben H. Duncan)
Polk Twp.
Pg.80, #45-45, DUNCAN, Henry 25 MO farmer $0-$500
                  Mariah 20 IN keeping house
                  Elisabeth 2 IA at home
                  Mary 2/12 IA b.May at home
                  (MAD: 1850-1860 Page Co. IA census with John W. Duncan)

1880 Census, Dallas Township, Taylor County, Iowa (from Kathy Cawley 3/2007)
S.D.# 3, E.D.# 214, Page# 43B, Image# 2 of 21
age 53, Head, m'd., farmer,
Mary J., age 49, Wife, m'd., housekeeper,
Betta, age 26, Daughter, single, at home, IA./MO./MO.
Emma, age 22, Daughter, single, at home, IA./MO./MO.
Louisa, age 20, Daughter, single, at home, attended school, IA./MO./MO.
Grant, age 17, Son, farmer, attended school, IA./MO./MO.
Porterfield, age 14, Son, farmer, attended school, IA./MO./MO.
May, age 12, Daughter, attended school, IA./MO./MO.
Cora, age 8, Daughter, attended school, IA./MO./MO.
Maud A., age 6, Daughter, attended school, IA./MO./MO.

1885 State Census, Holt, Taylor County, Iowa (from Kathy D. Cawley 6/2008)
Abraham L.,
age 21, farmer, born in Taylor Co.
Lyda J., age 22, born in Illinois
Sherman, age 0, born in Taylor Co.
Ruben H.,
age 55, farmer, born in Indiana
Armanda, age 46, born in Ohio
Mattie (female), age 14, born in Taylor Co.
Lorenzo D., age 13, born in Taylor Co.
Ruffus, age 12, born in Taylor Co.
Charles, age 10, born in Taylor Co.
Nettie J., age 7, born in Taylor Co.
Frederick R., age 4, born in Taylor Co.
Mary E. Crain, age 15, born in Illinois

1900 Taylor Co. IA Soundex (partial; from Ruth Burns 8/1983; she sent complete for Louisa, Taylor and Ringgold Cos., but following is the only household in Taylor Co. with a Duncan born before 1850, page number not given)
Platt Twp., Lenox
DUNCAN, Andrew B., Jul 1865, 34, Iowa, head
            Mary E., Sep 1865, 34, Iowa, wife
            & ch.
            Mary E., Mar 1837, 63, Iowa, mother
            & SHAWS, listed as sister & nephew

1900 Census, Dallas Township, Taylor County, Iowa (from Kathy Cawley 3/2007)
S.D.# 8, E.D.# 117, Page# 50B, Image# 12 of 35
Head, July 182--(blotted), age 74, m'd 51 yrs., MO./KY./IRE., farmer
Mary J., Wife, Jan 1831, age 69, 11 chi. born, 11 lving, MO./VA./MO.
Elizabeth J., Daughter, Oct 1851, age 48, single, IA./MO./MO.
Porter S., Son, June 1866, age 33, single, IA./MO./MO., farm laborer
May A., Daughter, May 1868, age 32, single, IA./MO./MO.
Cora A., Daughter, Mar 1872, age 28, single, IA./MO./MO.

1900 Census, Washington Township, Taylor County, Iowa (from Kathy D. Cawley 6/2008)
S.D.# 8, E.D.# 129, Page# 211B, Image# 22 of 31
Head, w/f, Dec 1839, age 60, W'd., 7 chi. born, 4 living, OH./PA./OH.
Fred, Son, w/m, Oct 1880, age 19, single, IA./IN./OH., livery stable keeper
Leona M., G-daughter, w/f, age 3, Nov 1896, IA./IA./IA.
      (KDC: 1910 Buchanan Co. MO census, 1920 Taylor Co. IA census)

1905 State Census, Holt, Taylor County, Iowa (from Kathy D. Cawley 6/2008)
F.R. Dunkin, Gravity, Iowa
Glenn Dunkin, Gravity, Iowa

1910 Census, Dallas Township, Taylor County, Iowa (from Kathy Cawley 3/2007)
S.D.# 8, E.D.# 130, Page# 51B, Image# 15 of 33
Head, age 83, M1X, 61 yrs., MO./KY./IRE., own income
Mary J., Wife, age 79, M1X, 11 chi. born, 11 living, MO./VA./TN.
Elizabeth J., Daughter, age 57, single, IA./MO./MO.
Porter S., Son, age 53, single, IA./MO./MO., laborer/farm
May A., Daughter, age 41, single, IA./MO./MO.

1910 Census, Marshall Twp., Taylor County, Iowa (from Kathy Cawley 7/2005)
S.D.# 8, E.D.# 137, Page # 138B, Image 23 of 23
DUNCAN, George W., Head, m/w, age 47, M1X 29 Yrs., IA./MO./MO., Farmer
  Abbie J., Wife, f/w, age 47, M1X, 11 Chi. Born, 9 Living, IA./OH./MO.
  Glen, Son, m/w, age 26, Single, IA./IA./IA., Farm Laborer
  Hobert, Son, m/w, age 13, IA./IA./IA.
  Herman, Son, m/w, age 10, IA./IA./IA.
  Neva, Daughter, f/w, age 9, IA./IA./IA.
  Elmer, Son, m/w, age 4, IA./IA./IA.
  Ellen, Sister, f/w, age 55, Single, IA./MO./MO. Own Income
      (Kathy Cawley: 1850-1870 Page Co. IA, 1900 Atchison Co. MO, 1920 Page Co. IA.)

1920 Census, Dallas Township, Taylor County, Iowa (from Kathy Cawley 3/2007)
S.D.# 8, E.D.# 140, Page# 167B, Image# 18 of 31
Head, owns/free, age 93, m'd., MO./UNK./IRE., farmer/retired
Mary Jane, Wife, age 88, m'd., MO./VA./TN.
Elizabeth, Daughter, age 68, single, IA./MO./MO.
Porterfield, Son, age 63, single, IA./MO./MO., farmer/general farm
Mae, Daughter, age 51, single, IA./MO./MO.

1920 Census, Holt, Taylor County, Iowa (from Kathy D. Cawley 6/2008)
S.D.# 8, E.D.# 144, Page# 205, Image# 11 of 13
Fred R.,
Head, owns/mort., m/w, age 39, m'd., IA./IN./OH., farmer/own farm
Glendora, Wife, f/w, age 37, m'd., IA./IL./IL.
Kennard, Son, m/w, age 12, attends school, IA./IA./IA.
Rowland, Son, m/w, age 8, attends school, MO.A./IA.
      (KDC: 1900 Taylor Co. IA census, 1910 Buchanan Co. MO census)

1930 Census, Holt Township, Taylor County, Iowa (from Kathy D. Cawley 6/2008)
E.D.# 87-11. S.D.# 13, Page# 75B., Image 8 of 12
Head, m/w, age 48, m'd at 22, IA./IL./IL., farmer/gen'l farm
Glendora, Wife, f/w, age 46, m'd at 20, IA./IN./OH.
Kinnard, Son, m/w, age 22, single, MO./IA./IA., laborer/gen'l farm
Rolland, Son, m/w, age 18, single, MO./IA./IA., laborer/gen'l farm
      KDC: 1. WWI Draft Registration states Frederick R. Dunkin lives in Gravity, Iowa. Glendora was his nearest relative. D.O.B. was October 2, 1880.
      KDC: 2. According to the 1925 State census for Gravity, Taylor County, Iowa, Glendora's parents were Charles Herriman, b. Indiana & Margarett Brown, b. Iowa. Fred's parents are stated as Reuben H. Dunkin, b. Indiana & Amanda Evertson, b. Indiana


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.
      Dunkin, Reuben H., widow Dunkin, Amanda; F 16 Iowa Inf.; 1879 Oct. 6, Invalid Appl. #312760, Cert. #444398; 1901 Sept. 5, Widow Appl. #748084, no cert., Iowa. (MAD: 1850 Putnam Co. IN census; d. Taylor Co. IA)

HISTORIES before 1923

1880 "History of Page County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, etc.; a biographical directory, war record, history of Iowa" pub. by Western Historical Co. (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.71 P13Hi)
      Pg.631: Duncan, Daniel, farmer, section 13, P.O. Siam, Taylor Co.; born October 10, 1828, in Missouri. Came to Page county in the spring of 1845. Was married in November, 1853, to Miss Margaret Dillon, of Page county. By this union they became the parents of seven children: John T., Nancy E., Wilburn P., William A., Washington, Charles H. and Ada E. This wife died in January, 1868. He was married in October, 1870, by which marriage he has two children: Orie E. and Omer. He is an early settler and was subjected to all the privations to which the pioneer ofttimes becomes a victim. A further account of his services to the country is given in the early history of the county. (no other mention found in scan of "early history") (MAD: Daniel Duncan mar. Margret Dillon 11/16/1851 Nodaway Co. MO)

1910 "History of Taylor County, Iowa : from the earliest historic times to 1910" by Frank E. Crosson; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1910 (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 8979; FHL book 977.779 H2c and film 928,357 item 2)
      No Duncan biography indexed
      Pg.163. Holt Township. ... First settlers, came in 1850. ... R.H. Dunkin [settled (on section 33?)] in 1859 ...
      Pg.162. Polk Township. Present well-known citizens of township now are: ... J.D. Duncan, ...
      Pg.174. Dallas Township. Alexander Duncan came to the township in 1849 and settled on section 30, where he still resides. He and his estimable wife not long since celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary at which time they were the recipients of congratulations of many friends throughout the township and county. Samuel Scarlett, Eli Pangburn, Daniel McAlpin and Mr. Pickett, settled in the township about the time Mr. Duncan did. ...
      Pg.176. Dallas Township. In 1858, William Coker and a sister of Alexander Duncan, were married. ...
       Amanda Duncan, daughter of Alexander Duncan, the first girl baby born in the township, was born May, 1850. Joseph Pointer, born 1852, was the first boy born in the township.
      Pg.177. Dallas Township ... As has been elsewhere stated, Alexander Duncan is still a resident of the township ...
      Pg.193. Town of Gravity. ... Frank Duncan was the first city marshall. (town was incorporated in 1883)
      Pg.215. Town of Lenox. Masonic lodge was organized in 1874, charter members were ... A.L. Duncan.

"History of Taylor County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc. : a biographical directory of many of its leading citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of Iowa and the Northwest, map of Taylor County, constitution of the United States, reminiscences, miscellaneous matters, etc." (anonymous), preface by "The Publishers", front matter has picture of Lyman Evans; pub. Des Moines: State Historical Co., 1881, 839 pgs. (LH11279, HeritageQuest images 4/2007 & 7/2007; FHL film 924,394 item 1 and 1,000,021 item 4; and FHL book 977.779 H2h 1975 and film 908,996 item 1)
      Pg.574: A settlement was begun in Dallas township, near Memory, in 1846. Just who was the first settler we have been unable to find out. Alex. Duncan came to the township in 1849, and settled on section thirty, where he now resides. ... The other settlers of the township then were ... Alex. Duncan, the southwest of thirty, ...
      Pg.579: Amanda Duncan, daughter of Alex. Duncan, was the first female birth in the township. This was May 20, 1850. Joseph Pointer was the first male child. He was born in 1852.
      Pg.677-678: Dallas Township. DUNCAN, A., farmer, section thirty, post-office Hawleyville; born in "Calvary" county, Missouri, July 5, 1825. His early life was spent on a farm and when seventeen he moved to Buchanan county, same State, where he lived until 1852. At that date he came to Taylor county and located on his present farm which was then a wild tract devoid of the first evidence of civilization. Subject enlisted August 15, 1862, in company F, Twenty-ninth Iowa cavalry, Col. Benton commanding. He took part in the battles of Helena and Sabine River, and was captured at the latter engagement and held a prisoner ten months, after which he was paroled and returned to his home where he remained about six weeks and was then ordered to report at Saint Louis, which he did and was sent from there to Davenport, at which place he was discharged and again returned to his home. March 15, 1822 (MAD: sic), he married Miss Mary Jane Dillon of Nodaway county, Missouri. They have eleven children: Amanda E. (the first white child born in Dallas township), Elizabeth Jane, Martha Ann, Jno. Harry, Nancy Emmeline, Laura Eldora, William Grant, Silas Porterfield, Arizona May, Cora Arminda and Maud Alice. Mr. Duncan is located on a farm of 122 acres, nicely situated, good house, barn and orchard. Excepting Mr. Crout, he is the oldest settler in the township. (MAD: Alexander Duncan, b. Callaway Co. MO, not Calvary)
      Pg.591: First settlers of Holt township came in 1850, 1851, and 1852 ... R.H. Dunkin, in 1859.
      Pg.710, Holt Twp. R.H. DUNKIN, farmer, stock-raiser and feeder, post-office Holt. Subject was born in Morgan Co. IN, February 17, 1831. His early days were spent on a farm, engaged with the plow and hoe. Was educated in the subscription schools of his native county. In the fall of 1856 he removed to Ringgold Co. this state, remained about 3 years, and came to Taylor Co. in 1859. Shortly after his arrival he purchased a tract of land, 30 acres of which had been broken and at once commenced improving it for his future home. Mr. D. has been twice married; first to Miss Susan McCartney, of Louisville, KY, in March, 1852. Of their children seven are living: John H., Benjamin F., Abram L., Ulysses S.G., Mattie Nora, Lorenzo Dow and Rufus. Seven are deceased. December 29, 1872, Mrs. Dunkin passed away to join her loved ones who had gone before. Subject was again married, this time to Amanda Everson, of Champaign Co. IL. They are the parents of five children; three, Charley, Mary and Freddy K., are living. ...
      Pg.717: C.N. SCOTT, farmer, section 35, post office Holt, born in Geneseo county, New York, April 13, 1818. Remained in his native State sixteen years, during which time he engaged in agricultural pursuits and attended the subscription schools of those days. In 1834 he emigrated with his father to Ohio where they resided about four years then moved to Putnam county, Indiana, thence to Clay county, same State, and in 1851 removed to Maryville, Nodaway county, Missouri, where he resided six months. He came to Taylor county in 1852 and settled on his present farm. There were only three families in Holt township at that time and the nearest store was at Maryville, Missouri. Was married in May, 1842, to Miss Jennie E. Dunkin, of Putnam county, Indiana. Of their children, Jane, Nelso and Almeda are living; Mary, Hulda, Julia, Sarah, John F. and Laura are deceased. He has a farm of 200 acres and is considered one of this county's most successful farmers. Mr. Scott's interests and the business interests of Taylor county have grown up together.


"Duncan-Cummings family history" by Edna (Hartcock) Sinclair, 1931 (FHL film 1,313,121 pt. 14 & 16; filmed at Spencer IN Public Library, 929.2 Duncan; original copy of small printed 19-page booklet on file in the Gen. Dept. of the IN State Library, Indianapolis, IN)
      This film also includes additional correspondence as late as 1977; This is a genealogy giving the early generations of the family of John Duncan and wife Jemima Thomas and their children and grandchildren, primarily of Owen and Putnam Co. IN. Some of the 1977 correspondence concerns Reuben H. Duncan of 1870 Taylor Co. IA.


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