Duncans in Champaign Co. IL


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

Last revised October 18, 2013

Formed 1833 from Vermilion


1840-1850 Champaign Co. IL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Champaign Co. IL Census
Twp.20N Range 8E, P.O. Champaign City
Pg.388, #763-735, Paterick DUNCAN 29 IRE farmer $0-$300
                  Hanven (f) 26 IRE
                  Margaret J. 4 NY
                  John 1 IL
Twp.18N Range 10E, P.O. Sidney
Pg.487-8, #1491-1458, Lenard DUNCAN 60 NY farmer $0-$1000
                  Henrietta 42 NY
                  Francis (m) 21 OH farm laborer
                  Mary 19, Sarah 17 OH
                  Alfred (m) 14, Stephen 12 IN
                  Samuel 16, Sanford 10 IN
                  George NEFF 22 IN farm laborer
                  (MAD: Samuel's & Sanford's ages written over; 1840 Fayette Co. OH census; 1850 Kosciusko Co. IN census; Sanford Duncan in 1870 Jasper Co. MO census)

1870 Champaign Co. IL Census
Champaign Twp
Pg.9, #16-18, LAMPKIN, John 28 NY farmer $300-$515
                  Pauline 27 IL keeping house
                  Julia 3, Charles 1 IL
                  Laura 1/12 IL b.Apr.
                  DUNCAN, Kate 20 IL at home
                  CUMMINGS, Wm. 29? IN farm laborer
Pg.28-29, #143-141, BUCKLEY, Micheal 60 IRE Rail Reading $1000-$200, parents of foreign birth
                  Kate 50 IRE keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  James 22 IRE rail reading, parents of foreign birth
                  Ann 21 IRE at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Kitty 5 IRE at home, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNKIN, Marry (f) 13 IL at home, parents of foreign birth
                  DALEY, Micheal (m) 25 IRE day laborer, parents of foreign birth
                  BUCKLEY, Elizabeth 20 IRE at home, parents of foreign birth
                  (MAD: Marry indexed age 29, but age 13 plainly written; indexed as pg.30)
Pg.74, #829-813, SCOTT, Amos S. 45 VT house carpenter $0-$2000
                  Rebecca A. 39 VT keeping house
                  Charles T/F. 21 VT dentist
                  MURRAY, Mary 21 NY domestic servant, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNKEN, Eliza 25 OH (ditto?)
                  HELMER, Matilda 17 SWEden (ditto?) parents of foreign birth
Rantoul Twp.
Pg.239, #161-156, McGROSTY, Winn? (m) 19 IRE RR.Employee $0-$200, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, James 20 IRE RR. employee $0-$100, parents of foreign birth
                  MOORE, Andrew 30 IRE RR employee $0-$100, parents of foreign birth
                  BLAIN, James 40 IRE RR employee $0-$100, parents of foreign birth
Raymond Twp.
Pg.251, #29-29, DUNCAN, Thomas 27 IRE farmer $400-$100, parents of foreign birth
                  Elizabeth 27 IRE keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Rachael 2 IL parents of foreign birth
                  (MAD: Thomas indexed age 29; slashes through ages make it difficult to read but not age 24 or 29)
Sidney Twp.
Pg.287, #40-41, DUNCAN, Henrietta 57 NY keeping house $32000-$300
                  Stephen 22 IN farmer $0-$200
                  Samuel 5 IN at home
                  Eviline (f) 9 IL (blank)
Somers Twp.
Pg.314, #110-110, DUNCAN, Ira 30 IL laborer $0-$50
                  Martha 17 KY house keeper
                  (MAD: not marked married in year)
Stanton Twp.
Pg.342, #40-38, DUNKIN, Calvin 34 IL farmer $0-$0
                  Emaline 22 OH keeping house
Tolono Twp.
Pg.384, #72-72, HARRING, Isabell 30 OH keeping h. $2000-$700
                  John 11 IL, parents of foreign birth
                  Cora B. 6 IL, parents of foreign birth
                  Charles? (m) 2 IL, father of foreign birth
                  EVANS, Rebecca 60 OH at home
                  DUNCAN, Jane 45 OH at home


Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970, Champaign County, Wills v.2 1851-1864, 382 images, from www.FamilySearch.org images (FamilySearch.org webpage, 1/14/2011 to 1/19/2011)
      Index: George W. Bloxom, Admr., Duncan, Leonard, pg.258 (image 6)
      2-258: Administrator's Bond. George W. Bloxom, Joseph W. Sim Jr., Wm. H. Sourers, of Champaign Co. IL, bond for $4,000, 3 March 1864; George W. Bloxom Administrator of estate of Leonard Duncan decd, ... /s/ G.W. Bloxom, Joseph W. Sim Jr., Wm. H. Sourers. Oath of G.W. Bloxom to administer estate of Leonard Duncan, 3 March 1864, before S.J. Foy, Clerk of Court. (image 161)


Champaign Co. IL Deed Indexes, copied to 1860 (copied by CVD in SLC 5/2/2013)
   Grantor index, D, 1833-1927 (FHL Film 1,026,932)
      D-112: Duncan, James [and?] Matilday to Samuel Holmes, W.D., 8/14/1851, filed 9/6/1851, $450, D-112, W 1/2 SW Sec.24 Twp.21 Range 7, and N 1/2 NE Sec.21 Twp.21 Range 7
   Grantee index, D-F 1833-1927 (FHL Film 1,026,946)
      D-21: Duncan, James from Samuel Houston, W.D., 9/21/1849, filed 10/7/1850, $138, D-21, W 1/2 SW Sec.24 Twp.21 Range 7, and N 1/2 NE Sec.24 Twp.21 Range 7

Champaign Co. IL Deeds (SLC 9/11/2013)
      D-21: 21 Sept. 1849, Samuel Houston of Rush Co. IN to James Duncan of Rush Co. IN, for $138 paid, sell real estate in Champaign Co. IL, being W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.24 Range 7E Twp.21, also N 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.21 Range 7E Twp.21 of land sold at Danville Land Office, IL, supposed to contain 160 acres more or less, warrant title. /s/ Samuel Houston. Wit. Jacob Hite. Samuel Houston ack. 21 Sept. 1849 before Jacob Hite, J.P., Rush Co. IL. Cert. 3 Oct. 1850 by Pleasant A. Hackleman, Clk of Rush Circuit Court, for Jacob Hite. Filed for record Oct. 7, 1850, recorded April 20, 1851. (FHL film 1,026,955)
      D-112/113: 14 Aug. 1851, James Duncan and Matilda Duncan his wife of Rush Co. IN to Samuel Holmes of Franklin Co. IN, for $450 paid, sell parcel of land in Champaign Co. IL, the W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.24 Range 7E Twp.21, and also N 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.21 Range 7E Twp.21, supposed to contain 160 acres more or less, warrant title. /s/ James Duncan, Matilday Duncan. Wit. Jacob Hite. They ack. deed 14 Aug. 1851 before Jacob Hite, J.P., Rush Co. IN. Cert. 20 Aug. 1851 by Pleasant A. Hackleman, Clk of Rush Circuit Court, for Jacob Hite. Filed for record Sept. 6, 1851, recorded Jan. 28, 1852. (FHL film 1,026,955)


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, Alfred; I 10 Ill. Cav.; 1889 March 18, Invalid Appl. #694506, Cert. #652840, ILL. (MAD: 1860 Champaign Co. IL census)
      Duncan, Calvin E., widow Duncan, Mary D.; A & F 20 Ill. Inf.; 1886 April 3, Invalid Appl. #568626, Cert. #768159; 1895 July 29, Widow Appl. #618430, Cert. #474518, IL. (MAD: Champaign Co. IL per IL Civil War database)
      Duncan, Francis, mother Duncan, Henrietta; I 10 Ill. Cav., F 71 Ill. Inf.; 1883 June 12, Mother Appl. #305453, Cert. #215784, Ill. (MAD: 1860 Champaign Co. IL census)
      Duncan, Obediah W.; B 76 Ill. Inf.; 1874 Jan. 31, Invalid Appl. #189614, Cert. #132402. (MAD: 1850 Edgar Co. IL census; Champaign Co. IL per IL Civil War database)
      Duncan, William S., widow Duncan, Bettie F.; Asst. Surgn 10 Ill. Cav., I 10 Ill. Cav., Mex. War; 1870 June 24, Invalid Appl. #158027, Cert. #165360; 1905 Aug. 17, Widow Appl. #833512, Cert. #613891, Ill; remarks Mex. War Sur. Ctf 16125. (MAD: Champaign Co. IL per IL Civil War database)
      Duncan, William T.; A 135 Ill. Inf.; 1890 Oct. 31, Invalid Appl. #949971, Cert. #687257, MO. (MAD: Champaign Co. IL per IL Civil War database)

HISTORIES before 1923

1905 "Historical encyclopedia of Illinois; and History of Champaign Co. IL" ed. by Newton Bateman and Paul Selby; Champaign Co. ed. by Joseph O. Cunningham; pub. by Munsell Publ. Co.; Vol.2 (FHL book 977.366 H2 and fiche 6,093,444; from Sue Monaghan 5/1980)
      Pg.920-1: ISAAC EVERETT DUNCAN, general tinner, residing at North Race Street, Urbana, was born in Champaign Co. IL, August 2, 1875, the son of Ira M. and Martha G. (Clements) Duncan, the former born in IL, August 25, 1840, and the latter in KY, January 29, 1850. In 1861 the father enlisted for one year, and was honorably discharged at the expiration of his term. He re-enlisted for three years in 1862 in the 25th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He participated in 22 battles as well as many skirmishes, was seriously wounded a number of times. He was in the hospital for three months with typhoid fever, having recovered from which he re-entered the service and was discharged in August, 1865, having served four years, six months, and nineteen days. After the close of the war he engaged in farming, and later took up contracting and building, which he followed until his death, March 18, 1896. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and his wife, who survives him, is a highly esteemed resident of Urbana. Her parents, Isaac and Sarah Clements, who died at the ages of 35 and 68 years, respectively, are survived by six of the eight children that were born to them.
      Isaac Everett Duncan, the subject of this sketch, ... In May, 1904, he started in business for himself ... He and his wife are members of the Christian Church. On April 26, 1898, he was married to Anna E. Feely, a native of Champaign County, and daughter of James and Mary (White) Feely, who are highly respected residents of St. Joseph, Champaign County. To Mr. and Mrs. Duncan two children have been born, namely: Harry Leonard and Mary Alice. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are members of the Christian Church.

1901 "Medicine in Champaign County [Illinois] : a historical sketch" by Charles Beneulyn Johnson; pub. Champaign, Ill.: Times Print (LH10289, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.27: Dr. W.S. Duncan was practicing medicine at the beginning of the war and entered the 10th Illinois Cavalry as an assistant surgeon. He served to the close of the war and like many others came home to find the conditions changed, and he soon decided to change his location. He moved to Vigo County, Indiana, where he remained for several years; then he went to southern Illinois, practicing with varying success, until 1889 he again decided to locate in the town of his first love, and moved back to Sidney. He remained two years and then went to Hutton, Coles County, and later to Casey, Ill. He recently retired from practice at the age of 84 years. The doctor was a faithful member of the Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges and of the Grand Army of the Republic. In religious views he was a Seventh Day Adventist. (MAD: sketches do not give wives or children)

1887 "Portrait and Biographical Album of Coles Co. IL" pub. by Chapman Bros. (FHL film 825,562)
      Pg.221: DR. W.S. DUNCAN, of Hutton Twp., spent his childhood and youth in Greene Co. IN, where he was born Feb. 26, 1825; his grandfather having been Isaiah Duncan, an enterprising Southern farmer who was born, reared and spent his entire life in SC (MAD: Newberry Co. SC per Eli Duncan's 1850 Edgar Co. IL census); he married and became the father of a family, including five sons and two daughters. The sons were Isaiah, George, John, Eli and Joshua. Of these, the father of our subject was next to the youngest. He received a common school education and remained with his father on the farm until reaching manhood. He then migrated North and, locating in Greene Co. IN, was married to Miss Rebecca Stevens in the spring of 1822. Mrs. Duncan was born Feb. 28, 1801, in KY, and was the dau. of William Stevens, who emigrated from the Blue Grass regions to Harrison Co. IN. After marriage, Mr. Duncan rented a tract of land and farmed until the spring of 1835; he then came to Edgar Co., this State, secured possession of 40 acres of timber land, part of which he cleared and occupied until spring of 1853; he then removed with his family to Laclede Co. MO and died there in 1856, leaving a family of seven children. While a resident of IN he and his wife had become members of the Dunkard Church, but after coming to IL united with the Christian Church. The mother survived her husband about 23 years, making her home with her children, and died Dec. 10, 1881. The parental family included the following children: Isaiah who died in infancy; W.S. of our sketch; John who died in infancy; George now a minister of the Christian Church at AR; Joshua; Marion who died when 20 years of age; Obadiah a resident of Piatt Co. IL; Jane; Elizabeth a widow, now residing in Marion Co., and Polly A. who has carried on a millinery establishment in Bement [Piatt Co.], IL, for the last 20 years.
            Dr. Duncan was the 2nd child of his parents and received but a common-school education; when 18, he commenced working in a tanyard for 3 years, then enlisted in Co. H, 4th IL Vol. Inf., started on 16 June 1846 by wagon to Springfield, IL, bound for Mexico; after reaching the seat of war, he found that the precarious state of his health would prevent him from continuing in the ranks, and in Dec. received his discharge on account of disability, the result of measels contracted at Matamoras, Mex. Upon returning to Edgar Co., he began teaching school, ... worked on farm, ... in about 1853 began practicing (as doctor) in Coles Co. The marriage of Dr. Duncan and Miss Charlotte W. Elsbury was celebrated at the home of the bride, Dec. 3, 1847; Mrs. Duncan was born March 13, 1826, and is the dau. of John and Charlotte (Winters) Elsbury, natives of IN. Dr. Duncan continued teaching for about 3 years after his marriage, ... located at Strington, ... until 1860, that spring he took up residence at Sidney, Champaign Co. In Jan. 1864 during progress of Civil War, he enlisted in Co. I, 10th IL Vol. Cav., and was appointed Assistant Surgeon, receiving his commission 18 March ... until Oct. 13 following, when he resigned, returned to Sidney, continued practice until 1868. Health compelled him to leave prairie country so he moved to Farmersburg [Sullivan Co.], IN; until Aug. 1884, then returned to Sidney, then to Hutton Twp. in Oct. 1886, where still lives. Mrs. Charlotte Duncan died at Farmersburg, IN, in Oct. 1874; member of Christian Church; bore nine children, recorded as follows: Minerva P. born Oct. 3, 1848, is the wife of John W. Payne, of Evansville, IN; Melissa C. born June 11, 1850, is the wife of Alfred Duncan of Fulton Co. MO; Mary E. born Sept. 12, 1852, died 13 days later; Minnie C. born May 10, 1854, is the wife of Joab Patton of IN; Laura B. born Jan. 14, 1857, died when 18 months old; Josephine F.P. born May 15, 1860, is the wife of Dr. George H. Bogart, of IN; Rebecca D. born July 12, 1863, died Aug. 15 following; her twin brother, William M., died Aug. 5 following. Nora, born July 10, 1865, became the wife of Lester E. Foulke and is a resident of Champaign Co.
            The present wife of our subject, whom he married Jan. 5, 1875, was formerly Miss Elizabeth Johns, a native of Boone Co. IN, and born June 29, 1846; she is the dau. of Hardin W. and Charlotte T. Johns, natives of KY; two children: William O. born Sept. 25, 1875, died Sept. 15, 1878; and Blach G. (MAD: sic) born April 16, 1883; the Dr. and Mrs. Duncan members of 7th Day Adventist Church; while resident of IN, Dr. Duncan identified himself with the Sullivan Co. Medical Assn, ... Fairbanks IN Lodge A.F.&A.M., Terre Haute Chap.; Republican.

"Historical collections relating to Gwynedd : a township of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, settled, 1698, by immigrants from Wales, with some data referring to the adjoining township of Montgomery, also settled by Welsh" by Howard Malcolm Jenkins; pub. Philadelphia: Jenkins, 1897, 473 pgs. (LH 843, HeritageQuest images 6/2007)
      Pg.271-272: Everard Foulke Jr., of Arthur Springs, Illinois, mar. 5th mo. 11, 1825, Frances W. Watson, ... they removed from Pennsylvania to Clark county, Ohio, in 1845, and in 1857 to Arthur Springs, four miles south of Sidney, Champaign county, Ill. ... Children: (6) Lester E., b.1837, m. Lenora M. Duncan

1883 "History of the State of Kansas : containing a full account of its growth from an uninhabited territory to a wealthy and important state; of its early settlements; a supplementary history and description of its counties, cities, towns and villages, their advantages, industries and commerce, to which are added biographical sketches and portraits of prominent men and early settlers" ed. by William G. Cutler, A.T. Andreas; pub. Chicago : A.T. Andreas (FHL book 978.1 H2hi 1976 & v.2; FHL film 982,248 items 1-2)
      Pg.1450: Butler Co., Prospect Twp. JOHN A. DUNCAN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 27, P.O. El Dorado, is a native of Ohio, born February 27, 1836. He was educated and reared in that State. In 1861 he enlisted in the Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving three years in the Department of the Cumberland. Was mustered out at expiration of three years and came to Illinois. For several years he was a resident of Champaign County, Ill. He was married to Miss Harriet K. Hammond, in Ill. They have eight children -- Zelia M., James E., Harry E., Lavina B., Charles S., Rose G., Grace A. and Mattie L., (infant). (MAD: married DeWitt Co. IL; 1870 Tazewell Co. IL census)


Shelby Co. KY Deeds
      L2-44 (1st): 3 Oct. 1845, Jefferson Huss and wife Jemimia and Lewis (Lucius?) Jones and wife Sarah, by Wm. H. Webber, of Champaign Co. IL, to Joseph Duncan of Shelby Co. KY, $72.75, their undivided interest to lands of Nimrod Duncan decd, their interest being in right of their mother Catherine Street the daughter of said Nimrod Duncan decd, and is 2/11ths of 1/6 part of 180 acres on Tick Creek. (FHL film 259,242)
      L2-44 (2nd): 26 Aug. 1845, Jefferson Huss and wife Jemima late Jemima Street, and Lewis Jones and wife Sarah late Sarah Street, of Champaign Co. IL; that Nimrod Duncan late of Shelby Co. KY died intestate, one of his heirs was Katherine Street late Katherine Duncan also decd who leaves among others the said Jemima Huss and Sarah Jones heirs, they appoint William H. Webber of Champaign Co. IL their attorney to receive from Joseph Duncan, admin. of said Nimrod Duncan, their share. Wit. John B. Thomas JP, William Peters JP. (FHL film 259,242)


Family Bibles published about Duncan families:
      The Bible of James Duncan, born 10/31/1815, married 4/5/1838 to Jane Wilson, listing their children's births and marriages, was published on pg.58 in the "Champaign Co. (IL) Genealogical Society Quarterly" Vol.8#2 Sept. 1986 (FHL book 977.3 D25c) (MAD: 1850 Allegheny Co. PA census; James Duncan was the son of James Duncan Sr. d. 1851, of West Deer Twp)
      The Bible of Green B. Duncan, b. 5/19/1842 Gibson Co. IN, married Tabitha L. Ewing 8/29/1866 Champaign Co. IL, giving their children who were born in 1867 in Otoe Co. NE and in 1875 in Atchison Co. MO, was published on pg.116-7 of "Bible and Family Records, Vol.43, by CA DAR, 1979-80 (SUTRO book E202.5 C15 V5 v.43, CA State Library, Sutro Branch) (MAD: 1850 Jefferson Co. IL census, son of James Floyd Duncan and Rosilia Lucas from Gibson Co. IN; 1860 Logan Co. IL census)


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