Duncans in Vermilion Co. IL


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

Last revised October 18, 2013

Formed 1826 from Edgar, Unorganized Territory
LaSalle formed 1831 from Putnam, Vermilion
Champaign, Iroquois formed 1833 from Vermilion


1830 Vermilion Co. IL Census
Pg.117  James Duncan          0012,0001    - 0010,0001
          (MAD: mar. Polly Wells 11/7/1798 Bourbon Co. KY;
            1810 Harrison Co. KY census pg.310; 1820
            Gallatin Co. KY census; one Permelia Duncan
            dau. of James, mar. Ezekiel Knox 11/16/1828)
        Asa Duncan            1000,1       - 0000,1
          (MAD: mar. Christeen Newell 10/1/1826 Harrison Co. KY)

1840 Vermilion Co. IL Census
Pg. 84  Alpha Duncan          1000,1       - 0000,1
    85  Darius Duncan         0001,1       - 1000,1
    86  James H. Duncan       0000,1       - 0000,1
        James Duncan          2100,0000,1  - 0100,01
          (MAD: mar. 2nd Nancy Taylor 6/28/1832 Warren Co.
            IN; his widow Nancy in 1850 Warren Co. IN census;
            one Jane Welch mar. William Smart 9/19/1843 with
            permission by James Duncan)
        Asa Duncan            1200,11      - 2001,01
          (MAD: one Nancy Duncan, sister of Asa, mar.
            John Lundsey or Lindsey 10/19/1836)

1850 Vermilion Co. IL Census
Taken 12/9/1850
Pg.239, #10, Marshall DUNCAN 25 IN farmer
                  Margaret 20 IL
                  Mary 1 IL
                  (MAD: mar. Margaret Dixen 5/8/1849 Effingham Co. IL)
Taken 12/11/1850
Pg.243, #78, Darius DUNCAN (Dancan?) (m) 37 KY farmer $3000
                  Mary A. 24 OH
                  Francis A. (f) 12, Samuel 10 IN ("Ia")
                  Manerva 8 IN ("Ia")
                  John W. 5, James J. 1 IN ("Ia")
                  Calvin D. 14 IN ("Ia")
                  (MAD: Derius Duncan mar. Margaret Newell 4/2/1837, mar. Mary Ann Coissairt 12/14/1848; one Mary Ann Caldwell mar. Jeremiah Cossairt 10/25/1846 with permission of James H. Duncan)
Pg.244, #80, Asahel DUNCAN (Dancan?) 47 KY farmer $5000
                  Nancy 29 OH
                  Newel (m) 21, Edward 19, Benj. F. 15 IL
                  Elicia 13, Elizath 11 IL
                  Mary 9, James 7, Eliza J. 6 IL
                  (MAD: one Asa Duncan mar. Rebecca Canaday 9/14/1847)
Pg.244, #81, Alpha DUNCAN 38 KY farmer $1500
                  Polly A. 32 KY
                  Henry E. 13, Mary E. 12, John K. 10 IL
                  Emeline 6, William C. 1, James J. 1 IL
                  (MAD: see pg. 315 #34; Alpha Duncan mar. Polly Ann Chandler 7/26/1836)
Taken 12/23/1850
Pg.299, #669, Jas. H. DUNCAN 33 KY farmer $850
                  Elizth. 32 OH
                  Sarah 10, May 9, Wm. 7 IL
                  Asa 5, Margt. 3 IL
                  (MAD: James H. Duncan mar. Elizabeth Crable 4/4/1839)
Pg.315, #34, A. DUNCAN (m) 38 KY farmer $1500
                  Mary A. 33 KY
                  Henry E. 12, Mary E. 10, John R. 7 IL
                  Emeline 5, William C. 1 IL
                  (MAD: see pg.244 #81)

1860 Vermilion Co. IL Census
Middle Fork
Pg.949, #2729-2750, Newell DUNCAN 30 IL farmer $0-$150
                  Mary 28 IN
                  James 7 IL
                  Christian (f) 4, Alva 2 IN
                  Robt. McFARLIN 28 OH laborer
                  Joseph McGEE 18 MO laborer
                  (MAD: Newell Duncan mar. Mary Jane Starry 12/9/1852 Warren Co. IN; 1870 Iroquois Co. IL census)
Pg.1030, #3295-3316, Alpha DUNCAN 49 KY farmer $7320-$1000
                  P.A. (f) 42 KY
                  J.R. (m) 17, Emiline 14, W.C. (m) 10 IL
                  J.E. (m) 7, N.L. (f) 6, L.B. (f) 1 IL
                  Peter GRINER 22 OH farmer
Pg.1032, #3310-3331, J.W. RYON (m) 28 KY carpenter $300-$200
                  M.E. (f) 19 IL
                  H.E. DUNCAN (m) 22 IL carpenter $0-$80
Pg.1034, #3323-3344, Edward DUNCAN 27 IL farmer $0-$500
                  Esther 22 OH
                  Frank E. 3 IL
Pg.1035, #3329-3350, Darius DUNCAN 46 KY farmer $26,730-$7,100
                  Mary A. 33 OH
                  Frances (f) 23 IL
                  Samuel 20 IL farm hand
                  Menerva (f) 18, John W. 15 IL
                  James J. 10, Charles 7 IL
                  Henry BURKS 24 IN farm hand
                  Chas. B. MURPHY 22 OH farm hand
                  Julia A. SONGER 21 OH
Pg.1042, #3378-3400, Asa DUNCAN 56 KY farmer $12,250-$4,900
                  Nancy 59 OH
                  Emiline 23, James 16 IL
                  Sidney A. (f) 8, Hugh A. 6 IL
                  Eliza J. CLARK 15 IL
                  Henry VOLKELL 23 GERM farmer $0-$500
                  (MAD: 1870 Warren Co. IN census)
Pg.1044, #3391-3413, Richard C. BRIAN 28 IRE R.R.hand $400-$100
                  Mary 27 IRE
                  Edward 4 IN
                  Daniel W. 2 IL
                  James E. DUNCAN 21 IL (blank)

1870 Vermilion Co. IL Census
Blount Twp.
Pg.10, #152-152, DUNCAN, Edward 36 IL farmer $1600-$1225
                  Ester 32 IL keeping house
                  Asa C. 9 OH
                  SAVISHES?, Milo (m) 21 IL
                  DUNCAN, Alvin G. 5 IL (on next page)
Pg.18, #278-278, DUNCAN, James 25 OH farmer $0-$225
                  Mary 57 OH keeping house
                  Albert 25 IN at home
                  Sarah 22 IN at home
                  Martha 19 IN
                  Henry 13 IN
                  (MAD: ages as given)
Danville Twp.
Pg.105, #82-82, RYON, James 36 KY carpenter $1500-$150
                  Mary 29 IL keeping house
                  Alva (m) 9 IL
                  DUNCAN, Wm. 19 IL (white) clerk in dry goods store
Pg.120, #357-342, DUNCAN, Henry 29 IL brick maker (white) $0-$0
                  Amanda 26 IL keeping house
                  Frances (m) 6 IL
                  TOBIN, Mary 12 IN domestic servant
Pg.126, #435-417, DUNCAN, Darius (m) 55 KY farmer $25000-$16425
                  Mary 44 OH keeping house
                  Jas. 20 IL clerk dry goods store
                  Charles 17 IL clerk in hat store
                  ALLISON, Sarah 16 MEXico domestic servt.
                  HENRY, Wm. 18 KY day laborer
Pg.139, #650-618, DUNCAN, James 23 IN R.R. laborer
                  Nancy 25 IN keeping house
                  William 3 IN
                  Jennie (f) 2 IL
                  Sarah 3/12 IL b.May (next page)
                  MUNDY, Fanny (f) 26 IN
                  Charles 2 IN
Pg.146, #764-731, BEARD, David 52 IRE labour $3500-$300, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 44 IRE keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  & family and single men, including
                  DUNCAN, Thos. 38 IRE coal digger, parents of foreign birth
Pg.151, #849-815, McCLURE, John 46 CAN wolen manufacturer $0-$2500, parents of foreign birth
                  Nancy 37 VA keeping house
                  DARN?, Fredrick 6 NY
                  DUNCAN, Herbert 16 NY (white) factory hand
                  TUCKER, Martha 27 IL factory weaver
Middlefork Twp.
Pg.251, #16-16, DUNCAN, James 52 KY farmer $12600-$5240
                  Elizabeth 50 OH keeping house
                  Asa 25 IL farmer $0-$390
                  John J. 19 IL farm laborer
                  Asbury (m) 15 IL farm laborer
                  Charles 12 IL
                  BLANKENSHIP, Ellen "(over)"? "(bout)"? 21 TX, domestic servt.
Pg.263, #186-183, DUNCAN, William 26 IL farmer $2820-$700
                  Nancy 26 IL keeping house
Newell Twp.
Pg.279, #167-166, DUNCAN, Alpha (m) 59 KY farmer $7320-$2271
                  Polly 55 KY keeping house
                  John 26 IL at home
                  Nancy 16 IL at home
                  Joseph 18 IL at home
                  Lucy 9 IL
                  NORTON, Jacob (m) 24 NY (white) domestic servant
Pg.282, #205-202, DUNCAN, John 25 IL farmer $6400-$1630
                  Nancy 21 IL keeping house
                  Walter 3, Samuel 2 IL
                  GRINES, Elizabeth 30 IN domestic servant
Pg.282, #206-203, DUNCAN, Samuel 30 IL farmer $6400-$1777
                  Dora 26 CT keeping house
                  Henry 3/12 IL b.March
                  CANNADY, Ellen 18 IN domestic servant
                  HART, Owen 21 IRE farm laborer, parents of foreign birth
Pg.290, #318-314, DUNCAN, John A. 63 PA port master $0-$350
                  Catharine 57 OH keeping house
                  Charles 16 IN at home
                  DEE, Mary 21 IN domestic servant
                  GUNDY, Francis M. (m) 26 IL merchant $10,000-$4,000
                  RUDY, Andrew 57 SWITZ. farmer $0-$2600, parents of foreign birth
                  QUIGLER, Francis (m) 36 CANada boot maker $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
Oakwood Twp. (images not at Ancestry.com)
Pg.313, #288-287, HARRIS, Stephan 44 KY farmer $2400-$600
                  Lydia 35 IN keeping house
                  Thomas 13 IN farm laborer
                  John 7 IN
                  Robbie (m) 4, Noah 1 IL
                  KELLY, Samuel 75 KY farm laborer
                  STAFFORD, Nimrod 35 TN farm laborer
                  DUNCAN, Sarah 30 IN (white?) domestic servant
Pg.318, #361-361, DUNCAN, James 66 PA farmer $0-$0
                  Sarah 58 IN keeping house
                  Isaiah E. (m) 15 IN (blank)
                  (MAD: 1860 Ripley Co. IN census)


Vermilion Co. IL Will Index 1829-1975 (FHL film 1,295,644)
      F-28: Duncan, James H., 1883
      F-279: Duncan, Alpha, 1890
      F-398: Duncan, J.I., 1892
      F-419: Duncan, Darius, 1893
      F-587: Duncan, Catherine, 1895

Vermilion Co. IL Wills, Book D (FHL film 1,295,645, from index on FHL film 1,295,644)
      D-92: 24 Oct. 1849, bond of Aaron G. Taylor, Joel R. Thurmon and John Lindsey; Taylor admin. of estate of James Duncan decd; notice that on or about the (blank) day of October 1849 (death of James Duncan).
      D-295: 5 Feb. 1852, bond of Darius Duncan and Asa Duncan of Vermilion Co. IL for use of Frances Ann Duncan, Samuel Duncan, Minerva Duncan, and John W. Duncan, minor heirs at law of Margaret Duncan late Margaret Newell, decd; Darius Duncan guardian of minor heirs.
      D-297: 5 Feb. 1852, bond of Darius Duncan and Asa Duncan of Vermilion Co. IL for use of Edward Duncan, Benjamin F. Duncan, Emeline Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan, Mary Duncan and James Duncan, minor heirs at law of Christian Duncan, late Christian Newell, decd; Asa Duncan guardian of minor heirs.

Vermilion Co. IL Wills (from Christina Fatten 5/2003; MAD's extracts)
      Book C, pg.210; 1842. Will of James Caldwell of Middle Fork Precinct, Vermilion Co. IL, infirm in health; that Mary Caldwell my dear wife receive and enjoy all and singular any personal residue and real property together with all rents and profits that may arise there from ... for her natural life and so long as she may remain my widow, but should she the said Mary Caldwell remarry, then the bequeathed property shall revert to the three children of the said James and Mary Caldwell and to none other; the names of the said three children are Jane Casiart, John Caldwell and Mary Caldwell; if Mary Caldwell my present wife remain a widow until her death, then the property shall revert to the aforesaid Jane Casiart, John Caldwell and Mary Caldwell my dear children ... equally divided between them, but as my son John Caldwell has assisted considerably in improving my farm and place where I now reside, the number of acres that may fall to his share shall be taken out of the improved part of the farm, including the dwelling and buildings and there shall be no deduction from his portion of the number of acres on account of the improvements. Appoint my friend and neighbor Joseph Smith exec. 6 Jan. 1842, /s/ James Caldwell, wit. I.G. Sugg, Daniel W. Clark. (MAD: no proved date shown) (Christina Fatten: he died before 1846. Mary Ann Caldwell mar. 1st Jeremiah Cossairt on 25 Oct. 1846, and second to Darius Duncan in 1848; Jane Caldwell mar. David Cosat 4 June 1835)
      Book F, pg.28, Box 116; Will of James H. Duncan of Middlefork Twp., Vermilion Co. IL; my executrix as soon after my decease as practicable to pay off and discharge all the debts due and liabilities ... and because of the probability of my near demise, I direct my executrix to offer at public sale on Friday Dec. 22, 1882, all of my personal property on terms as advertised (in case of my prior decease) and to collect all accounts due me discharging my obligations at such times as she may elect; my executrix collect all rents due me from lands and all other sources each consecutive year husbanding my effects and discharging my arising obligations until 1 March 1888, at which time all my personal effects and real property be equally divided among and between my legal heirs and I appoint Elizabeth Duncan my beloved wife as executrix. 15 Dec. 1882. Witness A.G. Copeland, W.H. Copeland. Proved 27 Feb. 1883.
      Book F, pg.419-20, Box 148. Will of Darius Duncan of city of Danville in Vermilion Co. IL; debts and funeral expenses be paid; to my wife Mary A. Duncan and her heirs all my lands and tenements goods and chattels moneys and choses in action of every name; appoint F. Bookwalter of Danville, IL, executor. 8 May 1890. /s/ Darius (x) Duncan. Wit. James Knight, J.I. Duncan, F. Bookwalter. Proved 14 Feb. 1893 on oaths of F. Bookwalter and James Knight.


Vermilion Co. IL Deeds (FHL films 1,316,703 grantee index; 1,316,731 grantor; acreage & 1/4 sec. hard to read)
      "Book A missing at time of filming"
      A-412: 25 Nov. 1831, Asa Duncan from Harrison Oliver, $100, W? 1/2 E? 1/2 NE?, 15-20-11 (not copied)
      B-347: 19 March 1834, Alpha Duncan from Jacob Swisher, $30, Pt W 1/2 SE, 22-20-11 (not copied)
      C-92: 8 June 1835, Asa Duncan and wife Christen to William Canaday, both Vermilion Co. IL, $650, NW 1/4 Sec. 14 Twp 20N Range 11W and E 1/2 E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 15, Twp 20N R11W, 200 acres. Both signed. Wit. James Newell, Wilson Newell. (FHL film 1,317,252)
      C-272: 3 June 1834, Alpha (+) Duncan to Supply Butterfield, both Vermilion Co. IL, $125, NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 14, 20N, 11W, 40 acres. No wife. Wit. William Bandy, Orlin Gilbert. (FHL film 1,317,252)
      E-467: 5 Dec. 1835, Derius Duncan from Isaac H. Alexander, $95, NW NW, 28-20-11 (not copied)
      F-663: 4 Sept. 1841, James Duncan, guardian of infant heirs of Ezekiel Knox, decd, of Vermilion Co. IL, to James Gordon of Cass Co. IN; Circuit Court order; guardian of James Alfred Knox, Henry Thomas, Isaac Newton, and William Curtis Knox, sell land ... $1100, W 1/2 NE & E 1/2 NW 30-20-11 (more not copied). (FHL film 1,317,253) (MAD: Ezekiel Knox mar. 11/16/1828 Permelia Duncan, dau. of James)
      I-181: 12 Dec. 1846, Ezra Adams, admin estate of George Newell decd, late of Vermilion Co. IL, to Alfa Duncan of same, Chancery court; Ezra Adams, adm, etc. vs. James Newell & William Newell; Amos Williams guardian of William Newell; sell part of land to pay debts; sell SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 20, Twp 20N Range 11W, sold 28 Nov. 1846 to Alpha Duncan for $42.70. (FHL film 1,317,255)
      I-183: 12 Dec. 1846, Ezra Adams etc. to William Hessey, SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 20. (not copied)
      I-184: 12 Dec. 1846, Ezra Adams etc. to Asa Duncan, $118.70, S 1/2 SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 20, Twp 20N, Range 11W. (not copied)
      I-202: 24 Dec. 1846, survey of E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec. 11, Twp 21N, Range 13W, divided into lots by me for John Q. Morehead ... Lot #3 for James Duncan. (8 lots, no similar names). (FHL film 1,317,255)
      I-480: 21 Aug. 1847, Asa Duncan of Vermilion Co. IL to David Clapp of same, $400, 45 acres off S end of E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 12, and 20 acres being the E 1/2 NE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec. 21, both Twp 20N, Range 11W. No wife. Wit. Thomas Short, Isaac Delay. (FHL film 1,317,255)
      I-620: 29 July 1844, James (X) Duncan and wife Nancy Ann (X) to William P. Oliver, all Vermilion Co. IL, $100, 22-1/2 acres off N end of W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 21, Twp 20N Range 11. Wit. Stibbins Jennings, Asa Duncan. (FHL film 1,317,255)
      K-62: 28 Aug. 1849, Asa and Nancy Duncan to John Lindsey, $90, lot 7, Abram Stipp Est., pt. NE, 9-20-11 (not copied)
      K-73: 16 July 1849, Darius and Mary A. Duncan to James A. Knox, $400, Pt. SW, 3-21-13 (not copied)
      K-165: 31 Aug. 1849, Darius & Mary A. Duncan to Septimus Smith, Quit Claim, $120, Pt. W 1/2 NW, 3-21-15 (not copied)
      L-356: 1 Sept. 1849, James H. Duncan from Richard Courtney, $100, NE NE 33-22-13 and NW NW 34-22-13 (not copied)
      L-384: 23 April 1851, Asa and Nancy Duncan to William G. Blair, $100, Pt. SE NE, 20-20-11 (not copied)
      L-536: 31 Aug. 1849, Darius Duncan to Peter Vorhees, agreement, $400, SW SE 10-20-11 (not copied)
      L-573: 7 Nov. 1851, Asa Duncan to Darius Duncan, $100, NW NE, 29-20-11 (not copied)
      L-574: 29 April 1847, Darius Duncan from John Stip, $125, Pt E 1/2 W 1/2 SE, 21-20-11 (not copied)
      L-575: 6 June 1849, Darius Duncan from William J. Allen, Quit Claim, $200, Pt. N 1/2, 7-20-10 (not copied)
      L-576: 10 April 1849, Darius Duncan from William C. Knox, $100, Pt SE NE, 20-20-11 (not copied)
      L-577: 28 Aug. 1849, Darius Duncan from Henry Stevenson, $260, Pt. lot 5, James Newell Est. (Pt. N 1/2), 7-20-10 (not copied)
      L-578: 1 Jan. 1851, Darius Duncan from Nathaniel W. Butterfield, $400, E 1/2 SW, 22-20-11 (not copied)
      M-163: 7 Nov. 1851, Darius & Mary A. Duncan to Thomas Hendren, $150, Pt. NE NE, 20-20-11 (not copied)
      N-70: 24 Feb. 1853, Darius Duncan from Jacob Eckler, $2240, SW, 7-20-10 (not copied)
      N-160: 19 May 1852, Asa and Nancy Duncan to Jabez D. Tabor, $50, S 1/2 Lot 1, SW, 7-22-11 (not copied)
      N-162: 19 May 1852, Alpha & Polly A. Duncan to Henry Harris, $55, S 1/2 Lot 2, SW, 7-22-11 (not copied)
      O-81: 17 Jan. 1854, Darius Duncan from William Woods, $610, SW SW 18-20-10 and Pt NW NW 19-20-10 (not copied)
      P-353: 12 Jan. 1849, James Duncan (no mark) and wife Nancy (X) to Jacob Eckler, all Vermilion Co. IL, $1280, 3 tracts: W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 14; 22.23 acres off N end of W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 11, both Twp. 20N Range 11W; and 57-1/2 acres off S end W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 21, Twp 20N, Range 11W, total 100 acres. Wit. Asa Duncan. (FHL film 1,317,259)


Iroquois Co. IL Deed (SLC 9/11/2013)
      B-541/543: 15 March 1847, Asa Duncan and Christian his wife late Christian Newell, Ambrose P. Andrews and Elizabeth his wife late Elizabeth Newell, James Norris and Mary his wife late Mary Newell, "Derias" Duncan and Margaret his wife late Margaret Newell, Henry Stevenson and Martha his wife late Martha Newell, Emily Newell and Minerva Newell of Vermilion Co. IL, the heirs at law of Hugh Newell decd, to Samuel Younglove of Iroquois Co. IL, for $300 paid, sell town lot with appurtenances in town of Middleport, Iroquois Co. IL, Lot No.5 in Block No.41, warrant title. /s/ Asa Duncan, Christian Duncan, Ambrose P. Andrews, Elizabeth Andrews, James Norris, Mary J. Norris, Darius Duncan, Margaret (X) Duncan, Henry Stevenson, Martha Ann Stevenson, Emily Newell, Minerva Newell. Wit. Stebbins Jennings, Thomas Johnston. They ack. deed 15 March 1847 before Stebbins Jennings, J.P. of Vermilion Co. IL. Recorded April 13, 1848. (FHL film 1,321,560)

Warren Co. IN Deeds
   Warren Co. IN Deeds Vol.14-16, 1853-1857 (FHL film 1,977,056)
      14-130/131: 1 Feb. 1853, Darius Duncan and wife Mary Ann of Vermillion Co. IL, to John C. Rutledge of afsd, for $25 paid, sell real estate in Warren Co. IN, (dark) 2-1/2 acres off N end of Sec.34 Twp.21N Range 10W?, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Darius Duncan, Mary A. Duncan. Wit. G. Merrill, James C. Davis. They appeared 6 Feb. 1853 before G. Merrill, County Judge of Vermillion Co. IL. Certification by Thomas Short, Clerk of County Court for Guy Morrill, Esq. Recorded Dec. 7, 1853.
      15-39/40: 5 Feb. 1853, Darius Duncan and wife Mary Ann of Vermillion Co. IL to Alfred Allison of Warren Co. IN, for $52 paid, sell real estate in Warren Co. IN, 7-1/2 acres of Fract. Sec.34 Twp.21N Range 10W bounded in such a manner as to leave 2-1/2 acres of said fract. sec. on North and 30 acres on south of said 7-1/2 acres lot divided by lines running east and west, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Darius Duncan, Mary A. Duncan. Wit. G. Merrell, James A. Davis. Darius Duncan and wife Mary Ann appeared 5 Feb. 1853 before Guy Merrill, County Judge of Vermillion Co. IL. Recorded May 10, 1854.
      16-55/56: 5 Oct. 1853, Alpha Duncan and wife Polly Ann of Vermilion Co. IL to Joseph M. Adams of afsd, for $800 paid, sell land with appurtenances in Warren Co. IN, S 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.21N Range 10W containing 80 acres more or less, subject to all highways that have been laid out on the same, warrant title. /s/ Alpha (X) Duncan, Polly Ann Duncan. Wit. G. Merrill. Alpha Duncan and wife Polly Ann appeared 5 Oct. 1853 before G. Merrill, Vermillion Co. IL Judge. Recorded March 16, 1855.
      16-56/57: 5 Oct. 1853, Darius Duncan and wife Mary Ann of Vermilion Co. IL to Joseph M. Adams of afsd, for $100 paid, sell land in Warren Co. IN, S 1/2 N 1/2 Fract. Sec.34 Twp.21N Range 10W containing 10 acres more or less, subject to all highways that have been laid out on the same, warrant title. /s/ Darius Duncan, Mary A. Duncan. Wit. G. Merrill. Darius Duncan and wife Mary Ann appeared 5 Oct. 1853 before G. Merrill, Vermillion Co. IL Judge. Recorded March 16, 1855.
   Warren Co. IN Deeds Vol.17 (FHL film 1,976,840 item 4)
      17-267/268: 4 Dec. 1854, Nancy Duncan of Vermillion Co. IL for $285 paid by Lorain R. Henderson of Warren Co. IN, sell to said Lorain R. Henderson real estate in Warren Co. IN, SE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.5 Twp.20N Range 9W containing 40 acres more or less, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Nancy (X) Duncan. Wit. Wm. T. Jones. Nancy Duncan appeared 4 Dec. 1844 before William T. Jones, J.P. Recorded Oct. 1, 1857.


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, Albert, widow Duncan, Nancy; E 154 IND Inf.; filed 1881 March 22, Invalid Appl. #418748, Cert. #394633, IND; filed 1914 Feb. 5, Widow Appl. #1021694, Cert. #773870, IL. (MAD: 1910 Vermilion Co. IL, b.1844 IN)
      Duncan, James; B 125 Ill Inf.; 1865 March 21, Invalid Appl. #63856, Cert. #70326. (MAD: of Newell [Vermilion Co.] IL per IL Civil War database)
      Duncan, Newell, widow Duncan, Mary J.; K 76 & B 125 Ill. Inf.; 1891 Feb. 10, Invalid Appl. #995016, no cert., Colo.; 1892 Jan. 11, Widow Appl. #536833, Cert. #395276, Colo. (MAD: 1850-1860 Vermilion Co. IL; 1870-1880 Iroquois Co. IL; she in ?? 1900 Weld Co. CO)

HISTORIES before 1923

Go to the Vermilion Co. IL Histories before 1923


"Hoopeston Daily Chronicle" Friday, Feb. 10, 1893, Hoopeston, Vermilion Co. IL (from Christina Fatten 5/2003)
      Darius Duncan, known everywhere familiarly as "Ri," died at his home in Danville at 8:30 on Wednesday evening of this week, after an illness of four years. He was nearly eighty years of age. He leaves a wife and one son. He used to be a regular attendant at the Hoopeston fair.

"Hoopeston Daily Chronicle" Tuesday, June 20, 1893, Hoopeston, Vermilion Co. IL (from Christina Fatten 5/2003)
      Married, at the Starr residence in Cheneyville at 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. J.N. Lester, officiating, Mrs. Ella Starr to Mr. John W. Duncan, of Potomac. (CF: John W. Duncan was stepson of Mary Ann Caldwell)

"Hoopeston Daily Chronicle" Tuesday, June 20, 1893, Hoopeston, Vermilion Co. IL (from Christina Fatten 5/2003; MAD: 3 or 4 characters on right edge of text missing but I have filled in)
      Danville News: "Yesterday at 1:30 p.m. Ex-Policeman Tom Dunkin plunged a knife into Wilse Lafferty of Kelleyvile, killing him almost instantly. They had been drinking beer and Lafferty was drunk. Lafferty accused Dunkin of hitting his father on the head when he was on the police force, that he also struck his brother-in-law, Wilber Riley, with a spitto(missing edge) at another time. The two men quarreled and Lafferty threatened to (missing edge) Dunkin and struck him with his (missing) and tried to get a weapon from his pocket. Dunkin took out his knife, opened it and drove the blade deep into Lafferty's chest. Lafferty, without a word, started home and succeeded climbing a fence but could go no further and died in a few minutes. Core(missing) Taylor held an inquest, the result of the inquiry being a verdict of justifiable homicide. Lafferty was 40 years of age and bore a bad reputation (missing) was dangerous when drinking."

"Hoopeston Daily Chronicle" Thursday, July 20, 1893, Hoopeston, Vermilion Co. IL (from Christina Fatten 5/2003)
      Suicide at Potomac. Samuel Duncan, a Farmer at Potomac, Commits Suicide by Hanging.
      Yesterday forenoon, when Mack Duncan came in from the oats field at his home in the suburbs of Potomac to get some repairs for his harvester, he was horrified to find the dead body of his father hanging from the limb of a cottonwood tree near the barn. Assistance was hurredly summoned and the body was taken down. Life was entirely extinct and the coroner was summoned to hold an inquest.
      Samuel Duncan was a man about fifty years of age. He was a son of Darius Duncan, who died in Danville, last winter, a brother of John Duncan, and a half-brother of Irv and Charley Duncan. He was born and raised near State Line, and was well known by all the old settlers in the county. He was married about twenty-five years ago, and his wife is a most estimable woman. They started out in life under very favorable circumstances, but ill luck seemed to follow them, and they were never able to accumulate much of this world's goods. For the last few years they have been living on the old Young farm, in the suburbs of Potomac. A crop failure or two set them back considerably and they have been working under adverse circumstances lately. In addition to their straitened circumstances Mrs. Duncan's eyesight has been failing rapidly of late and she has become almost blind. Misfortune seemed to weigh heavily on Mr. Duncan's mind within the last few months, and he became so despondent that for a few days he has seemed to be deranged and was under treatment from a local physician. The morning of this death he seemed more cheerful, but when left to himself he tied together some ropes that had been used around some bundles of binding twine, climbed up into a cottonwood tree, adjusted the rope around his neck and around a limb about thirty feet from the ground and threw himself off. When found by his son his body was cold in death.
      Mr. Duncan had no bad habits, but never could make money. For many years, however, this did not worry him much, and he was always cheerful and happy. He leaves a wife and only one child, Mack, who has reached man's estate. The body will be buried at the old Newell graveyard, east of West Newell, where the other members of the family who have gone before are laid to rest.


1969-1970 "Vermilion Co. Pioneers" by James V. Gill and Maryan R. Gill, 2 vols., pub. by Heritage House (FHL book 977.365 D3g)
      The Preface contains a note that the biographies and family histories printed in this book were taken from the Danville Evening Commercial of 1892 and 1893. Pg.14 contains an article dated April 30, 1892, about Darius Duncan, born Bourbon Co. KY on Dec. 1, 1813, who came to IL with his parents James and Nancy Duncan.

Vermilion Co. IL Cemeteries have been inventoried and listed, and are available on FHL films 1,295,951 and 1,295,952.


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