Duncans in Christian Co. IL


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

Last revised February 5, 2014

Formed 1839 from Sangamon, Shelby


1840 Christian Co. IL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Christian Co. IL Census
Pg.128, #90-93, Elijah DUNCAN 51 NC farmer $1500
                  Temperance 39 KY
                  Lander J. (m) 18, Martin V. 11 IL
                  Marcane P. (f) 7 IL
                  George D. 3, Martha 6/12 IL
                  (MAD: Elijah Duncan mar. Temperance McKinney 3/12/1835 Sangamon Co. IL; perhaps the same Elijah Duncan who had mar. Ruthy Goffa 12/29/1820 in Rockingham Co. NC)
Pg.129, #107-110, N.H. DUNCAN (m) 37 NC farmer $200
                  Rebecca 32 OH
                  Wm. R. 7, George E. 2 IL
                  William C. 23 NC farmer
                  (MAD: Nathaniel Duncan, 1840 Sangamon Co. IL census; Nathaniel H. Duncan mar. Rebecca Britton 1/1/1840 Sangamon Co. IL)

1860 Christian Co. IL Census
P.O. Taylorville
Pg.758, #756-677, Elijah DUNCAN 62 NC farmer $6000-$300
                  Temperance 41 NC domestic
                  Martin 21, Marliana P. (f) 17 IL
                  Martha A. 10, Amanda E. 8 IL
                  Temperance E. 4, Lucinda 2 IL
Pg.758, #759-680, Rebecca DUNCAN 41 OH farmer $4000-$1500
                  George E. (m) 11 IL "domestic"
                  Joseph W. 5 IL
                  John COOPER 25 GERMany farmer
                  Amanda DUNCAN 12 IL
Pg.772, #875-782, L.J. DUNCAN (m) 28 IL farmer $0-$250
                  Rodisa (f) 29 IL domestic
                  Ruth J. 5 IL
                  James A. 1 IL
                  Joseph WESTBROOKS 23 IL (blank) $0-$50
                  (MAD: Leander Jackson Duncan mar. Rodisa Westbrook 8/21/1853; one Leander J. Duncan mar. Mrs. Sarah E. Watts 8/25/1870)
Pg.788, #998-916, Jerome DUNCAN 30 IL farmer $1000-$500
                  Nancy E. 21 IL domestic
                  Mary M. 7, Francis E. (m) 1 IL
                  (MAD: Jerome Duncan mar. Nancy E. Southwick 2/7/1852 Sangamon Co. IL; 1850 Jersey Co. IL census)

1870 Christian Co. IL Census
Ricks Twp.
Pg.70, #56-53, RANDALL, W.S. (m) 43 NC farmer $8,000-$1,000
                  Sarah 42 KY k.h.
                  Edward 17 IL farm L.
                  Rebecca 15, Julia 12 IL "w.ocp."
                  Charles 12, Belle (f) 9 IL
                  Martha 8, Eva 4 IL
                  DUNCAN, Wallace (m) 17 CAN farm L., parents of foreign birth
                  HARRISBARNES?, Hen. (m) 14 VA farm L.
                  COLSSWRIGHT? (COLPWRIGHT?), Ed 24 IL farm L.
Pg.112, #193-201, VANDARSES? (VANDEVERE?), Joel 78 NC retired farmer, $6,000-$1,000
                  Rebecca 82 OH keeping house $10,000-$0
                  DUNCAN, Douglas 14 OH at school
                  (MAD: one Joel Vandevere mar. Rebecca Duncan 10/19/1860, she perhaps the widow of Nathaniel Duncan)
Pg.114, #227-238, McDANIEL, C. (m) 38 VA working harness & horse? $0-$0
                  Telara (f) 26 OH keeping house
                  Charles 10, Estella 8 IL at school
                  DUNCAN, Amanda 19 IL domestic svt.
Taylorville PO, Twp.13N R1W
Pg.141, #54-54, DUNCAN, D.S. (m) 24 OH farmer $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  David 50 IRE farmer $8,000-$2,500, parents of foreign birth
                  Jane 44 IRE keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  MEHONY, William 35 IRE works on farm, parents of foreign birth
Taylorville PO, Twp.13N R2W
Pg.160, #197-197, DUNCAN, Tempy (f) 57 TN keeping house $2,000-$200
                  T.M?.V?. (m) 30 IL teamster $0-$500
                  M.T. (f) 27 IL
                  Amanda 18 IL
                  Lizzie 14, Lucy 12 IL attending school
                  Angeline 5 IL
Blueville PO, Twp.14N R3W
Pg.220, #3-3, SWAN??, Andrew 42 VT farmer $5,000-$1,300
                  Rachel 43 IL keeping house
                  CURTIS, William 14 IL f.h?.
                  DUNCAN, John 37 IL working on farm
Randallville PO, Twp.15N R1W
Pg.235, #45-45, DUNCAN, D. (m) 41 KY farmer $3,200-$700?
                  Ann 34 KY keeping house
                  William 15 KY works on farm
                  Lilian (f) 13 KY
                  (MAD: ? Daniel Duncan, ? 1860 Montgomery Co. KY census, wife Amelia)
Mt.Auburn PO, Twp.15N R1W
Pg.238, #80-80, DRENAN, John 43 KY farmer $8,400-$2,000
                  Henrietta 37 KY keeping house
                  Alferd 18, Franklin 17, John 15 KY
                  Delia (f) 14, E.A. (f) 12, Emma 10 KY
                  Henry 9, George 7 KY
                  Adelia 5, Corne? (f) 3, James 1 IL
                  E.W. (m) 27 KY works on farm
                  (MAD: indexed as John Duncan)


Christian Co. IL Deed index (grantors 1839-1857 on FHL film 989,022; grantees 1839-1856 on FHL film 989,024)
      2-472: 1847, Elijah Duncan from Charles Clark, goods & chattels
      2-490: 7/12/1848, Elijah Duncan mortgage to trustees of school part of Sec. 9, 15, 16, T13 R3W
      4-547: 1/1853, Elijah Duncan to John T. Jones
      5-538: 1/1854, Elijah Duncan to Elias Hughes
      5-587: 1854, Elijah Duncan from John C. Watson, 40a, N 1/2 lot 3, Sec. 31, T12 R2W
      6-521: 1854, Nathaniel H. Duncan from Saml. L. Ridgeway, 30a S end Sec. 15 T12 R3, and 10a on N end of E 1/2 SE 1/4, and N 1/2 & E 1/2 off W 1/2 of E ... Sec. 14 T12 R3.
      9-154: 11/1856, Elijah Duncan to J.M. & J.J. King

Christian Co. IL Deeds (SLC 9/14/2013)
      2-472: 22 May 1848, Charles Clark of Christian Co. IL to Elijah Duncan of afsd, for $40 paid, sell personal property, one yoke of cattle about 7 years old each, known as those purchased at J.J. Allenders sale, and one light waggon, one gray mare about nine years old and 5 sows of different colors, upon the condition that if Charles Clark shall pay to said Elijah Duncan $40 according to the face of a certain promissory note of even date, together with interest, payable 12 months after date, interest at 6%, then this be void, the said property to remain in the possession of the said Charles Clark. /s/ Charles (X) Clark. Ack. 15 June 1848 before C. Goudy, JP. Recorded June 17, 1848. (FHL film 989,028)
      2-490/491: 10 July 1848, Elijah Dunkin and Temperance Dunkin of Christian Co. IL, transfer to Trustees of School of Twp.12N Range 3W of Christian Co. IL, ... real estate ... SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.9, also SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.16, also W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.15, except 14-1/2 acres taken off SW corner, also SW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.15 except 1/2 acre off N of said tract, also 30 acres off south part, leaving 10 acres to Thomas Anderson on the north parts, of the NE 1/4 Sec.16, also all NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.16 except 2 acres off SW corner south of a certain branch, all Twp.12N Range 3W of the 3rd principal meridian, supposed to contain 253 acres, which we declare to be in mortgage for the payment of $230 loaned to us by the Trustees of School, and all interest, ... /s/ Elijah Duncan, Temperance (X) Duncan. They ack. July 10, 1848, before P.B. Knight, Acting J.P., Christian Co. IL. Recorded July 12, 1848. Sideways: Mortgage is satisfied in full, 4 Jan. 1850? (FHL film 989,028)
      4-547/548: 15 July 1852, Elijah Duncan and Temperance Duncan his wife of Christian Co. IL to John T. Jones of Sangamon Co. IL, for $200 paid, sell tract of land in Christian Co. IL, E 1/2 SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.15 Twp.12N Range 3W of the third principal meridian, containing 20 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Elijah Duncan, Temperance (X) Duncan. Wit. Joseph Ledlie, J.B.K. Shurick? (Shinick?). Ack. 5 Jan. 1853 before James H. Hill, J.P., Christian Co. IL. Recorded 6 Jan. 1853. (FHL film 989,029)
      5-538/539: 26 Dec. 1853, Elijah Duncan and Temperance his wife of Christian Co. IL to Elias Hughes of Christian Co. IL, for $230 paid, sell parcel of land in Christian Co. IL, W 1/2 SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.15 Twp.12 Range 3W of third principal meridian, containing 20 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Elijah Duncan, Temperance (X) Duncan. Wit. J.A. Haily. They ack. deed 26 Dec. 1853 before William Logsdon, J.P., Christian Co. IL. Recorded Jan. 9, 1854. (FHL film 989,029)
      5-587: 25 Nov. 1852, John C. Watson and Nancy S. Watson of Christian Co. IL to Elijah Duncan of Christian Co. IL, for $110 paid, sell tract of land in Christian Co. IL, N 1/2 Lot No.2 Sec.31 Twp.12N Range 2W of third principal meridian, containing 40 acres, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ J.C. Watson, Nancy S. Watson. Wit. W.S. Moore. Ack. 25 Nov. 1853 before W.S. Moore, Clerk, Christian Co. IL. Recorded Feb. 10, 1854. (FHL film 989,029)
      6-521/522: 17 Dec. 1853, Samuel L. Ridgeway and Charlotte A. Ridgeway his wife of Sangamon Co. IL to Nathan H. Duncan of Christian Co. IL, for $230 paid, sell tract of land in Christian Co. IL, 30 acres on south end and 10 acres on north end of E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.15 Twp.12N Range 3W of third principal meridian, also N 1/2 and E 1/2 of N 1/2 of E 1/2 of SW 1/4 Sec.14 Twp. and Range afsd, containing in all 100 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ S.L. Ridgeway, Charlotte A. Ridgeway. Wit. Jo. Campbell. Ack. 17 Dec. 1853 before Jo. Campbell, J.P., Sangamon Co. IL. Recorded Nov. 11, 1854. (FHL film 989,030)
      9-154/155: 5? (15?) Nov. 1856, Elijah Duncan of Christian Co. IL to J..? J. King and John M. King of ??, for $200 paid, sell tract of land in Christian Co. IL, ?W 1/2 W 1/2 NE 1/4 SE? 1/4 Sec.16? Twp.12N Range 3?W containing 10 acres, warrant title. /s/ Elijah Duncan, Temperance (X) Duncan. Ack.25? Nov. ?? (FHL film 989,032, poor deed book, water stained? and very faded)


Christian Co. IL Probate Journal (FHL film 986,724)
      Vol. 1, 1839-1848 - no Duncan indexed
      Vol. 1-1/2, 1848-1855 - no Duncan indexed

Christian Co. IL Order Book 1839-1849, wills etc. (FHL film 986,730)
      no index


Cass Co. IL Deeds (SLC 12/11/2013 and 12/14/2013)
      J-557/560: No.6066. 13 Oct. 1858, Benjamin Newman and Caroline his wife of Morgan Co. IL to Jesse L. Newman and John B. Duncan of same as trustees, for $1 paid, convey to Jesse S. Newman and John B. Duncan as joint trustees, real estate in Counties of Cass, Brown, Hancock and Christian, State of IL; NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.4, NE 1/4 Sec.5 and NW 1/4 Sec.5; SW 1/4 Sec.5; W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.5; NE 1/4 of SE 1/4 Sec.5; E 1/2 Sec.6; NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.10, all Twp.16N Range 12W in Morgan Co. IL; also SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.2, SW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.2, NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.2, NW 1/4 Sec.12, NE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.12, NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.12, SE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.12, NE 1/4 Sec.12, NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.12, one undivided fourth part of E 1/2 Sec.3 and one undivided fourth part of NW 1/4 Sec.2, all last mentioned lands being in 16N Range 13W in Morgan Co. IL, containing 689.05? more or less; also fractional W 1/2 SE 1/4 of Sec.26, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.26, SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.26, SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.27, fractional E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.14, SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.35 ... Twp.17N Cass Co. IL, also ... town of LaGrange, ... Brown Co. IL, also Hancock Co. IL, also Christian Co. IL, also lots in Jacksonville, Morgan Co. IL, other lots (not copied here) ... the trustees dispose of all or any part of the real estate, 1/4 purchase money to be paid in one year from date of sale, 1/4 in 2 years, 1/4 in 3 years, the remaining 1/4 in 4 years, ... for benefit of creditors of said Benjamin Newman ... shall require some sort of lien on the property ... and the following persons holding notes on Benjamin Newman ... Deed of trust. /s/ Benjamin Newman, Caroline Newman, J.T. Newman, J.B. Duncan. Wit. Gor? W. Strong. Ack. 13 Oct. 1858 before Mort Stacy, Clerk, Morgan Co. IL. Filed for Record Oct. 15, 1858. (FHL film 1,313,141)


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, Leander J., widow Duncan, Sarah E.; D 130 & E 77 Ill. Inf.; 1885 April 23, Invalid Appl. #538281, no cert.; 1888 Feb. 24, Widow Appl. #368188, Cert. #344897, Ill. (MAD: 1850 Christian Co. IL census)

HISTORIES before 1923

1904 "Past and Present of Christian County, Illinois" by Hon. J.C. McBride, pub. by S.J. Clarke (FHL film 934,973 item 1, book 68)
      Introduction refers to the author's use of "notes compiled by the late Dr. Calvin Goudy."
      First Settlement and Early Settlements:
      Pg.30: Elijah Duncan, a native of North Carolina, settled on the west side of Bear Creek in 1847; there was born to him sixteen children.
      MAD: No Duncan biography or other mention found.

1876 "History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois : centennial record" by John Carroll Power, pub. Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson & Co. (Los Angeles Public Library book; FHL book 977.356 D3p and film 1,000,513 item 4; also from Carolyn Jensen, Sue Monaghan, Donald Neal Duncan)
      SM: Note: Additional information is available for most of the families that married with the Duncans listed below.
      Pg.672: Nancy E. Southwick, was born 1 May 1833, daughter of William Southwick b. 1807 and Louvicy Proctor b. 1811 (and granddaughter of Jesse Southwick 1762-1826 and Nancy Moore 1770-1845). Nancy E. Southwick married 7 Feb. 1851 to Jerome Duncan and had three children: Mary, William D., and Charles and lived in Taylorville, Christian Co. IL.
      Pg.739: Aaron Vandever, b. 7 Feb. 1785 in VA, m. June 1805 in Henry Co. KY to Nancy French, b. 19 Nov 1789 in NC. Of their 11 children, Zipporah, born in May 1827, married 25 Mar 1847 to William T. Duncan. Mrs. Zipporah Duncan died 31 Dec 1849, leaving one daughter, Amanda Duncan, who lives in Montgomery Co. IL. (MAD: 1850 Mortality Schedule shows Zipporan Duncan (f) 22 IN died Dec. in Christian Co. IL)


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