Duncans in Macon Co. IL


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

Last revised August 19, 2007

Formed 1829 from Shelby
DeWitt formed 1839 from Macon, McLean
Platt formed 1841 from DeWitt, Macon
Moultrie formed 1843 from Shelby, Macon


1830-1860 Macon Co. IL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Macon Co. IL Census
Illini Twp. (faint)
Pg.481, #92-89, DIRSON?, Amos 54 NJ farmer $8000-$3000
                  Isabella 47 NJ keeping house
                  Stephen 25, Maria? S. 17, Ambrose M. 12 NJ at home
                  Elva? (m) 10? IL at home
                  Wilson E. (m) 5 IL
                  DUNCAN, William 30 CANada E., farmer $1500-$600
Maroa Twp. (MAD: pg.541R (twp.pg.32) should have come between pg.539R (twp.pg.28) and pg.540 (twp.pg.29) but the page is misnumbered and out of place)
Pg.539R, #228-214, KRAPS?, William 26 OH school teacher $0-$500
                  Jose? (f) 21 OH keeping house
                  Edward 24 OH farmer $0-$250
                  Joseph 24 OH school teacher
                  Nannie (f) 30 OH school teacher
                  (bottom of page)
Pg.541R, #229-215, GRASS?, Levi 22 & family (top of page)
Pg.541R, #234-220, DOZAR?, Charles 31 VA farmer $0-$1000
                  Maria? C. 21 ENG keeping house
                  Margaret E. 9/12 IL b.Aug.
                  DUNCAN, Marion (m) 20 IL work on farm
Pg.541R, #235-221, DUNCAN, Prisilla 53 NC keeping house $1000-$200
                  CROSS, John B. 26 IL farmer $0-$600
                  Euphemia? (f) 25 IL at home
                  Mary B. 2, Dulcinia (f) 3 IL
                  Martha F. 17 IL at home
                  (bottom of page)
Pg.540, (blank#), (top of page)
                  DUNCAN, Elizabeth 14 IL at home
                  (MAD: 1880 Cedar Co. MO)
Pg.540, #236-222, JONES, Aiken 41 OH farmer $1600-$2000 and family
Pg.541, #255-241, ERWIN, Joseph 46 OH farmer $0-$2000
                  Elizabeth 46 OH keeping house
                  William 23 OH works on farm
                  David 18 OH at home
                  Joseph 14, Marion (m) 11, McClellan (m) 8 IL
                  (bottom of page)
Pg.542, (blank#), (top of page)
                  ERWIN, James (m) 4 IL
                  Howard 2, Herman (m) 2 IL
                  (Next household #256-242)
                  (MAD: Jane Erwin (f) instead of James Erwin (m); from info of Loretta Hatfield)
Whitmore Twp. (faint)
Pg.637, #180-180, WISER?, Mary 70 PA farming $3600-$100
                  Levi 33 PA farming
                  Sarah 50 PA
                  DUNKIN, Lester (m) 10 PA working on farm


Macon Co. IL Probate Records
      Will Index A & B, 1847-1886 (FHL film 983,273)
            No Duncan
      Estate Index (FHL film 983,279)
            Case #422, Robert Duncan, Admin. A. Franklin

Macon Co. IL Estate (FHL film 984,073)
      Case #422, Box 16; Robert Duncan. Documents include:
            Doctor's bill from 1859 to April 9, 1861, by Dr. John W. Thayer, signed 19 May 1862, which also includes doctor for child, and doctor for children.
            Warrant to appraisers W.F. OBanion and Anderson Kemp and Robert J. Young 17 March 1862, returned 4 April 1862, to value estate; total (personal) $627.50. Land includes 80 acres of Prairie lands E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.19 T18 R2 purchased of "J. Crocker (title lost not recorded)" and 15 acres of timber land out of W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.21 T19N R2E purchased of Wm. Clifton, total $1,000.
            (Filled in form) Petition of Anderson Franklin for letters of administration on the estate of Robert Duncan, to the Judge of Macon Co., 17 March 1862, /s/ A. Franklin. That Robert Duncan late of Macon Co. died at his residence in Macon Co. on 19 Jan. 1862, leaving property and effects in the county and leaving no will, and the probable amount of his estate will be about $1,000 both real & personal. That he left surviving him Priscilla Duncan as his widow and John Duncan, Harrison Duncan, Amelia Duncan, Francis M. Duncan, Martha Duncan and Penelope Duncan as his children. Petitioner being a friend of the deceased, asks that letters be issued to himself on Robert Duncan's Estate.
            Other documents not copied.
            (MAD: Robert Duncan and Priscilla from 1850 Sangamon Co. IL census; he possibly the son of John Duncan from Adair Co. KY and grandson of Marshall Duncan the elder.)


Macon Co. IL Deeds (1830-1865 index on FHL film 985,765)
      H-7: 1 March 1838, William Linn and wife Polly Ann of City of Vandalia, IL, to Joseph Duncan of Morgan Co. IL, for $1, land bought of ... James M. Duncan, Joseph Duncan, & others (not copied), land in counties of Clark, Morgan, Coles, Macon, McLean, Shelby, Fayette, Effingham, and Clay; mortgage. (more not copied) (FHL film 985,773)
      H-38: 14 Dec. 1838, John E. McClun of McLean Co. IL, admin. of David Duncan decd. late of said Co., per circuit court 4th Monday Sept. 1838, petitioned to sell land to pay debts (suit vs. John Chanery); notice of public sale in "Bloomington Observer" to sell land to pay debts of $2,429: SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 28 T20N R1E, and SW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.28 T20N R1E; and W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.3 T19N R1E; and SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.28 T20N R1E, all in Macon Co.; ordered sold at public sale; sold 4 Dec. 1838 to John Humphreys of Macon Co. IL, $488.00. (FHL film 985,773)
      H-82: 11 Jan. 1839, James Miller and wife Isabella of McLean Co. IL to Samuel Duncan (Dunsan?) of Macon Co. IL, $154, 23 acres beg. SW corner of SE 1/4 Sec.20 R2 (indexed pt. SE Sec. 20 T7 R2W and R2E, 23a), adj. Clifton's line. (FHL film 985,773)
      H-84: 9 Feb. 1839, Rodney E. Hickman and wife Elizabeth Ann to Samuel Duncan, both Macon Co. IL, $250, E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.29 T20N R2E, 80 acres. (FHL film 985,773) (MAD: 1840 DeWitt Co. IL census)
      J-398, 400, 402, 404: 15 Nov. 1843, Joseph Duncan from Knowles, Taylor, et al "see record" (MAD: not copied; Gov. Joseph Duncan)
      #2-440: 8 May 1858, Robert (X) Duncan (no locality) to John H. Crocker of State of MO, mortgage, $236 due by note, NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.5 T18N R2E, 40 acres. Wit. John Crocker JP. (FHL film 985,782)
      #4-20: 21 Dec. 1858, Robert Duncan and wife Priscilla of Macon Co. IL to George W. Drury & Wm. T. Obanion of same, $107, mortgage, personal property: Two iron grey mares valued $200, two bay mares valued $50, five milok? cows valued $60, five young cattle valued $25, single buggy & two horse wagon $30, Duncans owe G.J. Schinck $107.83 due 1 April 1859; both signed. (FHL film 985,783)
      Quit on grantors; more Robert Duncans not copied
      #11-21: 10 May 1862, John Crocker and wife Mary Neal Crocker to Priscilla Duncan, both Macon Co. IL, $1, quit claim to 40 acres, NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.19 T18N R2E. (FHL film 985,787)
      Quit on grantees

HISTORIES before 1923

"Past and present of the city of Decatur and Macon County, Illinois" by John G. Keller, Enoch A. Gastman; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1903, 885 pgs. (LH5457, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.154-155: Graduates of the Decatur High School by Classes. ... Class of 1885 ... Maye M. Gannon (Duncan)

1880 "History of Macon County, Illinois : and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers" pub. by Brink, McDonough & Co. (FHL book 977.358 H2h and film 897,417 item 2; from Pat Johnson 3/1989)
      Pg.217: John N. Demsey was born in Fayette Co. OH in the year of 1813. About the year 1832 he was married at Chillicothe [Ross Co.], OH, to Tabitha Duncan, a native of Jackson Co. OH, and a daughter of General John Duncan. General John Duncan was born in TN and was connected with a family of that name who settled in middle [Hardeman Co.] TN, where a considerable number of the descendants still reside. During the Indian troubles, connected with the War of 1812, he raised a regiment in TN with which to fight the Indians, and after having served in OH, he settled at Salt Springs in Jackson Co. of that state, where he lived for many years.


"The Daily Review" Decatur, Illinois, Saturday morning, October 22, 1892 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 6/2004; MAD: Decatur, Macon Co. IL)
      Miss Jennie Duncan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Duncan, died at the home of her parents in this city on Friday evening last, at 7 o'clock. The funeral services were held from the family residence Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Rev. J. W. Taylor, pastor of the Baptist church, preached the funeral. The burial was at the I.O.O.F. cemetery west.

"The Herald Despatch" Decatur, Illinois, Wednesday, March 17, 1897 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 6/2004; MAD: Decatur, Macon Co. IL)
      Chancery. Barbara E. Duncan, vs. Jeremiah Duncan; divorce. Order to modify so that alimony be paid to order of guardian of A.C. Duncan.


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