Duncans in McLean Co. IL


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

Last revised February 5, 2014

Formed 1830 from Tazewell, Unorganized Territory
Livingston formed 1837 from LaSalle, McLean
DeWitt formed 1839 from Macon, McLean
Woodford formed 1841 from Tazewell, McLean


1830-1850 McLean Co. Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 McLean Co. IL Census
Mesquite Grove
Pg.32, #229-223, Richard HARLOW 38 OH farmer $10,000-$1,100
                  Launa (f) 30 KY
                  Leslie (m) 9, John 7 IL
                  Belle (f) 5, Ellen 2 IL
                  James DUNCAN "4" OH "f. laborer"

1870 McLean Co. IL Census
Bloomington Twp. East I.C.R.R.
Pg.57, #35-35, ORENDORFF, Oliver K.P. 48 IL farmer $46000-$6170
                  Sarah L.S. 39 IL keeping house
                  George P. 16 IL attending school
                  DUNCAN, Hiram J. 34 MD (white) laborer
                  CHEW, John 25 OH laborer
                  KING, Amanda J. 24 PA domestic sevt.
                  EDENS, John 52 ENG laborer parents of foreign birth
                  (MAD: ? H.J. Duncan in 1860 Franklin Co. OH census)
Pg.201, #1975-2034, DUNCAN, Welty H. (f) 38 VA (white) keeping house, $6000-$300 (alone)
Blue Mound Twp.
Pg.254, #118-118, DUNCAN, Benj. 58 OH farmer $0-$375
                  Margret 51 PA housekeeper
                  Ellen 15, Robert 13, Edward 7 PA at home
                  (MAD: ? 1860 Mercer Co. PA census)
Cheney's Grove Twp.
Pg.270, #122-122, BURROUGHS, John E. 23 OH laborer $0-$375, mar. in Oct.
                  Catherine 23 OH keeping house, mar. in Oct.
                  NELLA?, Augustus (m) 18 PA laborer
                  DUNCAN, Augusta (f) 3 IL
                  HAYWARD Martin C. 40 NY laborer $0-$200
                  Josephine 33 OH living in family
                  SACKETT, Lydia J. 20 OH living in family
                  HAYWARD, Charles 7, Katy 4 IL
Pg.270, #123-123, WILLS, William 27 OH farmer $0-$700
                  Sarah 27 OH keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Malinda 5 IL
                  WILLS, Eva 1/12, Sarah 1/12 IL b. April
Bloomington (town)
Pg.290, #1824-1878, HAMPTON, George 53 VA keeps boarders $0-$500
                  & family, & others, including
                  DUNCAN, William 21 OH clerk in store
Normal Twp.
Pg.557, #89-92, BERRY, Partia (f) 38 VA keeping house $5200-$1000
                  & family
                  and students, including
                  DUNCAN, Nannie (f) 16 IL student
Pg.561-562, #154-157, DUNCAN, William 35 VT machinist $800-$500
                  Florence 25 IA keeping house
                  Sidney (m) 2 IL
                  William 7/12 IL b.Jan.
                  (MAD: 1860 Grafton Co. NH census)
Towanda Twp.
Pg.660, #188-192, DUNCAN, Wm. R. 51 KY farmer & stock breeder, $25,000-$39,000
                  Sarah 35 KY K. House
                  Minnie (f) 16, James C. 12, Lizzie 10 KY
                  William B. 4, Asa B. 2 IL
                  & herdsmen, etc., b. England & Sweden, not copied
                  (MAD: 1860 Clark Co. KY census)


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, John, widow Wills, Sarah; I 3 Ill. Cav.; 1920 July 28, Widow Appl. #1162670, no cert., Iowa. (MAD: resided in Bloomington, McLean Co. IL; John Duncan mar. Sarah E. Sackett 1864 in McLean Co. IL; ?? 1870 Wayne Co. IL)
      Duncan, William H., widow Duncan, Florence; D 24 Wis. Inf.; 1887 April 12, Widow Appl. #353416, no cert., Ill. (MAD: ?? 1870 McLean Co. IL, he b.1835 VT, she in 1880 McLean Co. IL)


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)

Macon Co. IL Deeds (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.
      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.
      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. (MAD: 1840 DeWitt Co. IL census)

Sangamon Co. IL Deeds
      I-435: 4 March 1836, Henry Arthion and Eleanor Arthion to David Duncan, all of McLean Co. IL, for $500 paid, sell tract of land in Sangamon Co. IL, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.11 Twp.15N Range 7W, containing 80 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Henry Arthion, Eleanor (X) Arthion. Wit. Nathaniel (X) Ruth, John J. McGraw. Ack. 4 March 1836 before John J. McGraw, J.P., McLean Co. IL. Recorded March 31?, 1836. (FHL film 1,310,366; SLC 12/13/2013)
      J-173: 18 May 1836, David Duncan and wife Henrietta L. Duncan of McLean Co. IL to Caleb Stone of Madison Co. IL, for $500, land in Sangamon Co. IL, E 1/2 of SW 1/4 Sec.11 T15N R7W, containing 80 acres. Wit. Joseph Slatten. (Joseph Slating JP), Jacob Chrisman. Recorded July 8, 1836. (FHL film 1,310,366; SLC 9/10/2010)

Shelby Co. IL Deed (FHL film 1,009,150)
      7-190: 25 March 1846, Thomas Duncan of Shelby Co. IL to Joseph C. Duncan of McLean Co. IL, $363, mortgage, undivided half of SW 1/4 and whole of SE 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec.36 T11 R3E; Thomas to pay $363 to said Joseph C. Duncan by 23 March 1848. Recorded 24 March 1846.

HISTORIES before 1923

1866 "A Gazetteer of McLean Co. [IL] Containing historical and descriptive sketches of Bloomington, LeRoy, Lexington, Chenoa, Normal and the several townships of the county ..." by Bailey & Hair (SUTRO film 292 reel 58 book 226, CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      McLean City; Bloomington City Directory (pg.119)
            Duncan, E.H., wid. J.C., h 26 Center
            Duncan, John, porter, American House
      McLean County Directory
            Duncan, William R., farmer, Towanda

1874 "The Good Old Times in McLean Co. IL containing 261 sketches of old settlers" by E. Duis; alternate title "Old Settlers of McLean Co. IL" (SUTRO film 70 reel 44, and book F547 M16 D8 and films 283 and 292 reel 59 book 229, from CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL film 164,002, and index on FHL film 823,572 item 8)
      No Duncan biography indexed in major index
      Pg.324: In March, 1848, Mr. [William] Thomas took a drove of 54 horses to Chicago for J.C. Duncan & Co., merchants in Bloomington.
      Pg.341: John Edward McClun ... found business in Waynesville, McLean Co., where he entered the store of David Duncan as a clerk. This was during the last of June 1836.

1879 "The History of McLean County, Illinois : Containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., portraits of early settlers and prominent men, general statistics, map of McLean County, history of Illinois, illustrated, history of the Northwest, illustrated, constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters, &c., &c." pub. by W. LeBaron Jr. & Co. (LH4493, HeritageQuest 2/2007 & 4/2007; FHL book 977.359 H2h and film 982,177 item 1)
      Pg.225: At the December term, 1835, the [County] Court ... Mr. David Duncan and Mr. R. Post make application to vend goods, wares and merchandise in the town of Waynesville. ... (MAD: not in HeritageQuest index)
      Pg.253: McLean County Agricultural Society ... annual meeting March 5, 1866, held in Bloomington, ... a committee consisting of Cyrus Jones and W.R. Duncan was appointed to audit the books ... books reported correct ... W.R. Duncan and others on Advisory Committee for the current year ... (MAD: and later years)
      Pg.270: War with Mexico. June, 1846. William Duncan, Second Lieutenant. Fourth Regiment of IL Volunteers, Company B, from McLean Co.
      Pg.284: Company I, Third Illinois Cavalry ... First Lieutenant, John Duncan. Organized at Camp Butler in August, 1861 ...
      Pg.990. TOWANDA TOWNSHIP. FRANKLIN BARNES, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec.7; P.O. Towanda; one of the old settlers of McLean Co.; was born in the State of New York Sept. 26, 1839; he is the oldest son of Calvin Barnes, whose biography appears in this work. Franklin Barnes was brought up to farm labor, obtaining a good common-school Education. On the 24th of September, 1878, he was united in marriage with Nancy Duncan; she was born in Clark Co., Ky., and was a daughter of W.R. Duncan, who emigrated to this county from Kentucky in 1863, and located on Sec.7, Towanda Township, where his decease occurred in the fall of 1876. Mr. Barnes is engaged in farming 135 acres of land, and also raising blooded horses.

"History of Bloomington and Normal, in McLean County, Illinois" by J.H. Burnham; pub. Bloomington: J.H. Burnham, 1879, 147 pgs. (LH13103, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.92: California Emigrants. ... gold fever of 1849 and 1850 ... Bloomington sent a large company in the summer of 1849 ... among those who went, we have the names of ... Joseph Duncan, ... Out of this number ... Joseph Duncan [lives] in San Francisco. ...

1908 "Historical encyclopedia of Illinois [McLean Co. IL]" edited by Newton Bateman & Paul Selby; pub. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1908 (HeritageQuest image 3/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 4492; FHL book 977.359 H2m and films 908,777 item 1 and 908,778 item 1)
      No Duncan biography indexed
      Pg.886: The Associated Charities of Bloomington, Mrs. Nannie M. Dunkin, Superintendent, incurred a total of annual expenses during the last year of $1,646.71. It has proved a very successful attempt to administer charity in a scientific, helpful, Christian spirit.
      Pg.1004: JOHN W. DIESEL ... is very generally known among the trainmen of the Chicago & Alton Railroad in Bloomington, IL, the place of his residence ... born in St.Clair Co. Ill., March 1, 1865, and is a son of John W. and Henrietta (Stumpf) Diesel ... (more on Diesel lineage) He located in Bloomington in 1895 ... Mr. Diesel was married, March 4, 1891, to Florence L. Duncan, who was born in the vicinity of Wesson [MAD: Copiah Co.], Miss., December 27, 1868. Mrs. Diesel is a daughter of Edward W. and Sarah J. (Cook) Duncan. Her father was born in Ontario, Canada, and her mother, in Mississippi, where they were married, and where both passed away, Mr. Duncan dying in 1890, and Mrs. Duncan in 1891. Ten children were born to them, of whom three sons and two daughters are still living. Mr. Diesel and his wife have two children, namely: Elizabeth Sarah, born in 1892; and William Edward, born in February, 1893. ...
      Pg.1117-1118, W.C. JONES, who, after a long period of successful farming in Arrowsmith Township, McLean County, Ill., has withdrawn from active pursuits and now lives in comfortable retirement, is one of the most prominent men of his locality ... Mr. Jones was born in Preble Co. Ohio, November 5, 1844, and is a son of Newton and Mary A. (Brown) Jones. His paternal grandparents were Joseph and Abigail (Fowler) Brown. Newton and Ann (Mote) Jones, the paternal grandfather and grandmother, were natives of the State of Georgia, and moved to Ohio in 1805, crossing the Ohio River at Cincinnati and locating in Preble Co. where the father of W.C. Jones was born January 23, 1814. (more on the Jones ancestry.) ... Newton Jones in 1856 moved with his family from Ohio to Huntington Co. Ind., where they remained twelve years, and in 1869 came to Illinois ... Old Town Township where he lived 4 years. In 1873 he established his residence in Arrowsmith Township. In religious belief he is a Quaker, as was also his wife, who died June 2, 1899, when 81 years old. Two children were born to them: W.C. and Lerton D. The latter conducts a tea and coffee store at Lincoln, Ill. ... W.C. Jones ... accompanied his parents to Illinois and in 1874 purchased 45 acres adjoining his father's farm, and lived on this place until January 1, 1882 ... Mr. Jones has been twice married. On December 24, 1868, he was united in marriage with Emma Duncan, who died November 20, 1885. This union resulted in two children: Lillian Myrtella, who was married December 21, 1892, to W.L. Fawcett ...; and Lerta Blaine, who married December 24, 1902, to Emma Hatch ... Mr. Jones was again married March 14, 1888, wedding Martha Hoshaw, of Crown Point, Ind., a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Day) Hoshaw, both of whom are now deceased.


Bourbon Co. KY (from Kit Smith 8/1983)
      (Clark Co.): William R. Duncan, died near Towanda [McLean Co.], IL, 29 Sept. 1876 age about 58 years. He was a frequent visitor to his old home in Clark County [KY], and to his sister in North Middletown, Mrs. Asa Bean. He leaves a wife and several children. 11 Oct. 1876 "Paris True Kentuckian."

"Central IL Obituaries 1871-1880" Compiled from Old Newspapers; by Milo Custer, 1912 (FHL film 823,572 item 6; newspapers not named)
      Pg.6. Duncan, Wm. R., b. Clark Co. KY, Dec. 15, 1818, mar. 1st Nannie A. Readman, Sept. 10, 1833, 2nd Mary (Chorn) Quisenberry, 18..., 3rd Sarah A. Bean, Nov. 24, 1864, d. at the residence of his son-in-law Joseph Chorn, Normal [McLean Co.], IL, Sept. 29, 1876; left 7 children surviving. (MAD: elipses by the author) (MAD: William R. Duncan, son of John W. Duncan, mar. Nancy A. Redmon 9/8/1835 Clark Co. KY; mar. Mary Quisenberry 1/2/1849 Clark Co. KY; 1850 Clark Co. KY census)


"Cemetery and Bible Records of MS" Vol.3, by MS Gen. Society (Memphis Public Library book 929.3 M66)
      Pgs.166-167 of this book contain the Duncan Bible Record originally owned by David & Henrietta Liston Spence Duncan of Springfield, IL, who mar. 1 Sept. (no year) in Philadelphia; David Duncan died 12/5/1836, his widow Henrietta mar. 2nd 11/30/1838 in Springfield IL to Jas. McDowell, and 3rd 9/28/1844 at St.Louis, MO, to J.D.Smith. Their children included Jean Lawrie Duncan b. 4/11/1834 Sangamon Co. IL and Henrietta Spence Duncan b. 9/1/1836 McLean Co. IL. The 2nd marriage of Henrietta is also recorded as Henrietta L. Duncan to James W. Darrel or Dorrell 11/29/1838 in Sangamon Co. IL.
      MAD: David Duncan over age 29 applied for naturalization 3/13/1835 in Sangamon Co. IL, born 7/20/1805 in town of Liulithgow, County of West Lothian, Scotland, migrated from Port of Liverpool 8/9/1827, landed USA 9/12/1827. (from Naturalization paper in Circuit Court Case Files No.4/150/1 at IL Regional Archives, pub. in "The Circuit Rider" by Sangamon Co. Gen. Society, Vol.XXIII#3, 7/1991)


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