Duncans in Clay Co. IL


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

Last revised August 9, 2008

Formed 1824 from Wayne, Lawrence, Fayette
Jasper formed 1831 from Clay, Crawford
Richland formed 1841 from Clay, Lawrence


1830-1840 Clay Co. IL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Clay Co. IL Census
Wayne Richland
Pg.306, #375, Greenberry DUNCAN 36? (76?) TN farmer $300
                  Rhody 32 KY
                  Ruderford O. 5, Mary S. 3 IL
                  Robert 17 IL farmer
                  (MAD: Greenbury Duncan mar. Rhoda Overby 3/12/1835 Marion Co. IL; 1840 Marion Co. IL census; 1860 Wise Co. TX census; age ??36, but looks more like 76)
Pg.307, #400, Harden DUNCAN 28 TN "none" $0
                  Sarah 30 TN
                  Gillum (m) 7, Greenberry 5, Wm. J. 4 IL
                  Nancy M. 2, Francis M. 1 IL
                  (MAD: Hayden Duncan said to have mar. Sarah Luttrell 2/19/1841 Marion Co. IL, to Miller Co. MO; 1860 Camden Co. MO census)

1860 Clay Co. IL Census
Louisville Town
Pg.393, #19-19, Francis APPERSON (m) 60 VA merchant $4000-$3000
                  Sarah 48 AL
                  Chas. W. 19 IL farming
                  May E. BOGARD 11 IL
                  Rachael DUNCAN 23 IL
                  Thos. O.A. 1 IL
Twp.4N Range 5E, P.O. Louisville
Pg.558-9, #1193-1164, Jacob DUNCAN 38 OH blacksmith $500-$200
                  Providence 30 OH
                  William 13 OH
                  Ann E. 11 OH, Jacob 9 IN
                  William GANBY 6 IN
                  Albert H. EDWARDS 21 OH farm laborer $0-$200
                  (MAD: 1850 Bartholomew Co. IN census; 1870 Brown Co. MN census; one Jacob Duncan mar. Elizabeth Ann Coy 1/18/1844 Muskingum Co. OH; Jacob Duncan mar. Providence Edwards 10/21/1848 Muskingum Co. OH)

1870 Clay Co. IL Census
Bible Grove Twp
Pg.2, #21-21, DUNCAN, W.W. 40 KY physician $1600-$460
                  Mary E. 28 IL keeps house
                  Wm. C. 7 IL
                  Anna J. 2 IL
                  MAGGIE?, Siler? 16 IN (white) housekeeper
                  (MAD: 1860 Effingham Co. IL census)


Clay Co. IL Probate Record Books (SLC 6/19/2008)
      Book A 1837-1841? no index; Book A2 1842-1844 no Duncan; Book C3 1844-1848 no Duncan; Book D 1848-1852 no Duncan; Book E 1853-1856 no Duncan. (FHL film 1,008,904)
      Book 1 or A, 1837-1846 no Duncan; 1846-1853 no Duncan, Vol.G 1854-1859 no Duncan. (FHL film 1,008,905)
      Book B 1850-1873 no Duncan (FHL film 1,008,906)


Clay Co. IL Deeds 1826-1878; grantor index (FHL film 1,008,797; SLC 6/19/2008)
      Vol.A, 1825-1862
      K-177: Duncan, Greenbury to John N. Newport, Jan. 6, 1857, 57.90? off N. end E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.3 Range 8, July 15, 1857.
      Vol.B, 1862-1870
      S-41: Duncan, Greenbury to Martin Krutsinger, deed, Jan. 6, 1859, 40 acres off S end E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.18 Twp.3 Range 5E, Dec. 28, 1863.

Clay Co. IL Deeds 1826-1878; grantee index (FHL film 1,008,799; SLC 6/19/2008)
      Vol.A, 1825-1862
      B-103: Duncan, Jos. from Wm. Linn, March 1, 1838, pt. N 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.20 and W 1/4? NE 1/4 and NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.19 Twp.3 Range 8, Dec. 1, 1838.
      Vol.B, 1862-1870
      S-41: Duncan, Greenberry from Martin Krutsinger, deed, June 6, 1857, 40 acres off S end E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.18 Twp.3N Range 5E, Dec. 28, 1863.
      S-299: Duncan, Francis from R.P. Ruark, deed, March 3, 1864, see record "(W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.23 & NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.34 T5N R7E)" Oct. 19, 1864.
      V-611: Duncan, Jacob from W.S. Gillman, deed, April 25, 1865, $320, lot 1 NW 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.4N Range 6E, Aug. 2, 1865.
      V-613: Duncan, Jacob from W.S. Gillman, deed, March 9, 1865, $350, NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.4N Range 6E, Aug. 2, 1865.
      X-345: Duncan, W.W. from Harriett McKnight, deed, March 13, 1866, $445, see record "(corn at NE corner lot 61 Georgetown 1c)" May 29, 1866.
      2-186: Duncan, W.W. from Thos. Starkey, deed, May 2, 1868, $300, NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.13 Twp.5N Range 6E, June 5, 1868. (MAD: did not look at deed)

Clay Co. IL Deeds 1826-1878 (from grantor index on FHL film 1,008,797; grantee index on FHL film 1,008,799; SLC 6/19/2008)
      B-103: Mortgage, 1 March 1838, William Linn & wife Polly Ann Linn of town of Vandalia, IL, to Joseph Duncan of Morgan Co. IL, land (many tracts, not copied) in Counties of McLean, Shelby, Fayette, Effingham and Clay; Joseph Duncan is security for Wm. Linn as receiver of public moneys. Wit. J.M. Duncan. /s/ William Linn, Polly Ann Duncan Linn. Acknowledged as Mary Ann Duncan Linn. (FHL film 1,008,801)
      K-177: 6 June 1857, Greenberry (X) Duncan and wife Rhody (X) to John N. Newport, $620, 57 acres and 90 hundreths off N end of E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.18 Twp.3N Range 5E. Wit. Joseph B. Turner JP. (FHL film 1,008,805)
      S-41: 6 June 1857, Greenberry (X) Duncan and wife Rhoda (X) to Martin Krutsinger, $260, 40 acres off S end E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.18 Twp.3N Range 5E. Wit. Joseph B. Turner JP. (FHL film 1,008,809)
      S-299: 3 March 1864, Reason P. Ruark and wife Margaret to Francis (his) Duncan, $700, W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.23 and NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.34 Twp.5N Range 7E, containing 120 acres. Wit. Israel? Wiggins, John Berry. (FHL film 1,008,809)
      V-611: 24 April 1865, Sarah J. Hale, Jane Mills Hale and W.W. Hale of Rush Twp., Center Co. PA, execs. of will of Reuben C. Hale late of Lewistown, Miflin Co. PA, to Jacob Duncan of (blank) Co. and State of IL, in place of a deed given by above Reuben C. Hale to said Jacob Duncan for the tract of land hereinafter described alleged to be lost (lossed?), conveyed land in Clay Co. IL of 40 acres, by will 11 March 1863 appointing Sarah J. Hale, Jno. Wells Hale and W. Hale execs; now this deed from them for $320 to Jacob Duncan, N 1/2 lot 1, NW fract. 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.4N Range 6E. They appeared in Centre Co. PA. (FHL film 1,008,810)
      V-613: 9 March 1865, Winthrop S. Gilman and Aba S. his wife (/s/ A.S. Gilman) all City of New York, for $360 to Jacob Duncan of Clay Co. IL, NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.4N Range 6E, 40 acres. Wit. Thos. L. Thornell NP. Appeared in City of New York. (FHL film 1,008,810)
      X-345: 13 March 1866, Harriet McKnight and her husband Asbury McKnight to William Duncan, $445, "Georgetown (part)" of Clay Co. IL, lot in NE corner lot 61 in Georgetown and NE corner lot 60, in little Muddy Creek, corner of tract purchased by S. Gibson of Moses H. Monical 21 Dec. 1864, and lots 60 and 61 in Georgetown. Also land in NW corner lot 60 in Georgetown. Wit. Fielding G. Barnes JP, W.W. Long. (FHL film 1,008,811)

HISTORIES before 1923

1884 "History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois : Illustrated" pub. by Globe Publ. Co. (FHL book 977.379 H2 and film 824,412 item 2 and film 473,969 and 1,000,520 item 6; from index in "Saga of Southern IL" V.2 from Evelyn Sigler 3/1985)
      Pg.216-7: Clay Co. IL, Bible Grove Township. W.W. DUNCAN, physician, Bible Grove. Among the men who owe their success in life to their own energy and ability stands him whose name appears at the head of this sketch. He was born, December 10, 1829, in Nelson Co. KY. He is a son of James Duncan, a native of SC, and a farmer by occupation. The grandfather of our subject was William Duncan. He was a native of VA, of Scotch descent. The mother of our subject was Editha (McKay) Duncan, a native of Nelson Co. KY. Dr. Duncan was married, November 28, 1860, in Mason, Effingham Co. IL, to Miss Mary Ella White, born March 18, 1841, in Bond Co. IL. She is a daughter of William and Agnes (Johnson) White. He is a native of NC and she of TN. Four children are the result of this happy union, viz, William C., born January 31, 1863; Anna J., August 2, 1868; Mary Edith, February 19, 1871; and Charles Ed, June 23, 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Duncan are religiously connected with the Baptist Church. The Doctor received his medical education in Louisville, KY, but is mainly self-educated. On October 30, 1861, Dr. Duncan settled in Georgetown, where he follows his noble profession, he having practiced over two years in KY and three years near Mason, Effingham Co. IL, previous to his coming here. He does not shun his work, and is one of that kind of physicians who ride themselves into a lucrative practice. (MAD: 1860 Effingham Co. IL census)

"The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families" by Edmund James Cleveland and Horace Gillette Cleveland, 1896 (FHL films 1,015,854 and 1,015,855, 3 vols.)
      Pg.727: #5222, Mary Cleveland (dau. of Ebenezer Cleveland #1679 who d. Lawrence Co. IN Oct. 27, 1853, age 71) b. June 30, 1808, Wythe Co. VA, d. Clay Co. IL, mar. James Duncan, he d. Clay Co.; dwelt Clay Co. Children: Sarah Duncan, d. unm, killed by falling tree; Marshal M. Duncan; Martha Duncan. (MAD: James Dunkin mar. Mary Cleavland 12/22/1824 Orange Co. IN; Marshall M. Duncan in Monroe Co. IN per CFI)

"History of the Minnesota Valley, including the Explorers and pioneers of Minnesota" by Edward D. Neill, Charles S. Bryant; pub. Minneapolis: North Star Pub. Co., 1882, 1021 pgs. (LH9118, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,000,253 item 2)
      Pg.738: Brown County. William Duncan was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, January 21, 1846. When five years of age accompanied his parents to Bartholemew (MAD: sic) county, Indiana, and twelve years later went to Clay county, Illinois. In 1866 came to Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, and engaged in farming until 1870 since which time has been in the machine trade. Married in 1876, Miss Cornelia Hatch, a native of Vermont, who bore him four children; three are living. Mrs. Duncan died in 1876.
      Pg.748: Brown County. [town of] Stark. Jacob Duncan, Jr., was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana, in 1850. At the age of seven years he accompanied his parents to Clay county, Illinois. On coming to Brown county with his father in 1866 he made a claim of eighty acres on section 27 of Stark, where his son Jacob still lives. Married in 1875 Mary C. Somerville, of Indiana, who has borne him three children.


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