Duncans in Bartholomew Co. IN


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

Last revised November 24, 2011

Formed 1821 from Jackson, Unorganized Territory
Brown formed 1836 from Monroe, Bartholomew, Jackson


1830-1840 Bartholomew Co. IN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Bartholomew Co. IN Census (pg.342 also from Lucille Mehrkam 1/1984)
Wayne Twp.
Pg.342, #668, Jacob DUNCAN 27 OH blacksmith $0
                  Providence 22 OH
                  Wm. 4, Anna E. 2 OH
                  Jacob 6/12 IN
                  (MAD: one Jacob Duncan mar. Elizabeth Ann Coy 1/18/1844 Muskingum Co. OH; one Jacob Duncan mar. Providence Edwards 10/21/1848 Muskingum Co. OH; 1860 Clay Co. IL census)
Pg.409, #529-535, Thomas HART 58 TN farmer
                  Elizabeth 54 VA
                  Angaline 28, Elener Jane 22 TN
                  Harriett N. 19, James 19 TN
                  Martha 15, Frances J. (f) 9 TN
                  (MAD: Elizabeth was a dau. of George Duncan in his will of 1862 in Blount Co. TN)

1860-1870 Bartholomew Co. IN Census
      No Duncan indexed


Bartholomew Co. IN Deed Indexes (SLC 6/3/2011; copied by CVD)
      Includes date of document and date of deed, consideration, and type of deed
   General (grantors) index, vols. A-H, 1822-1843 (FHL film 1,302,622)
      B-131: Duncan, William to Jones, Newton C., (Land description) Part Letter B, Sec.25, Twp.9 Range 5, 40 acres, Nov. 17, 1827, Apl. 25, 1828, $100, Warranty, Book B, pg.131, transcribed pg.157
      C-357: Duncan, Benja. to Thompson, Wm., Land E NE Sec.32 Twp.8 Range 6, 80 acres, July 23, 1825, June 23, 1832, $100, "do" (Dower?), Book C, pg.357, transcribed 452
   Grantors index, vols. I-P, 1843-1851 (FHL film 1,302,622)
      No Duncan
   Grantees index, vols. I-P, (A-B) 1843-1851 (FHL film 1,302,622)
      A-452: Duncan, Wm. from Jones, Newton C., Part Letter B, Sec.25 Twp.9 Range 5, 55 acres, Nov. 26, 1825, Nov. 26, 1825, transcribed pg.566
   Grantees index, vols. I-P, (B-Z) 1843-1851 (FHL film 1,302,623)
      No Duncan
   General index, vols. Q-U 1851-1855 (FHL film 1,301,771)
      R-239: Duncan, Jacob to Moore, Wm. G., SE NW Sec.19 Twp.8 Range 5, 40 acres, June 14, 1852, July 27, 1852, $110, Warranty
      R-237: Duncan, Jacob from Clark, Makes, SE NW Sec.19 Twp.8 Range 5, 40 acres, Jan. 4, 1851, July 27, 1852, $100, Warranty
   General index, vols. V-Z 1855-1860 (FHL film 1,301,771)
      No Duncan grantors or grantees

Bartholomew Co. IN Deeds (SLC 10/4/2011)
   Deeds, vol. A, 1822-1827 (FHL film 1,301,775 item 2)
      A-566/567: 26 Nov. 1825, Newton C. Jones and wife Peggy of Bartholomew Co. IN to William Duncan of Bath Co. KY, for $100 paid, sell a tract or parcel of land in said Bartholomew Co., being the Letter "B" fractional Sec.25 Twp.(blank, but indexed as Twp.9), North of Range 5 East containing 55 acres more or less except 15 acres of said Sec., and of said 15 acres to run across said Section, warrant title. /s/ Newton C. Jones, Peggy (X) Jones. They appeared 26 Nov. 1825 before Joseph McKinney, Recorder, Bartholomew Co. Recorded 26 Nov. 1825. (Indexed as consideration of $566, Book A, pg.452, transcribed pg.566) (FHL film 1,301,775 item 2, SLC 10/4/2011)
   Deeds, vols. B-C, 1827-1834 (FHL film 1,301,776)
      B-157/158: 17 Nov. 1827, William Duncan of Bartholomew Co. IN to Newton C. Jones of afsd, that William Duncan and wife Nancy Duncan for $100 paid, sell tract or parcel of land in Bartholomew Co. IN in Range 5 East and Twp.9 North and Sec.25 being Letter B part of said fractional section, containing 55 acres except 15 acres to be laid off of the upper end of said tract on a line running from the river west and up the river for quantity, and all the interest etc. of said William Duncan and wife Nancy Duncan to the premises, they warrant title. /s/ William Duncan, Nancy (X) Duncan. They appeared 17 Nov. 1827 before Joseph McKinney, Recorder Bartholomew Co., by Samuel M. Osbourne Dept. Recorded April 25, 1828. (Indexed as Book B, pg.131, transcribed pg.157) (FHL film 1,301,776, SLC 10/4/2011)
      C-452/454: 23 July 1825, Benjamin Duncan and wife Mary of Clark Co. IN to William Thompson of Bartholomew Co. IN, for $100 paid, sell to said William Thompson the East 1/2 of North East 1/4 Sec.32 Twp.8 North of Range 6 East in District of Jeffersonville containing 80 acres which was patented to said Benjamin Duncan 7 Jan. 1822, together with all houses, outhouses, buildings, etc. /s/ Benjamin Dunkin, Mary (X) Dunkin. They appeared 23 July 1825 before Samuel Ford, Justice of the Peace for Clark Co. IN. Certification by John Carr, Clerk of Circuit Court of Clark Co., that Samuel Ford was a Justice of the Peace, 23 July 1825. Recorded June 23, 1832. (Indexed as Book B, pg.357, transcribed 452) (FHL film 1,301,776, SLC 10/4/2011)
   Deeds, vols. P (cont.)-R (to p.337), 1851-1852 (FHL film 1,301,784)
      R-237/238: 4 Jan. 1851, Makes Clark and wife Electa Clark of Bartholomew Co. IN to Jacob Duncan of afsd, for $100 paid, sell piece or parcel of land in Bartholomew Co., South East 1/4 of North West 1/4 of Sec.19 in Twp.8 North of Range 5 East containing 40 acres more or less, warrant title. /s/ Marcus Clark, Electa Clark. Wit. Josiah F. Cooper. Markes Clark and wife Electa Clark appeared before Josiah F. Cooper, Justice of the Peace, Bartholomew Co., 4 Jan. 1851. Recorded July 27, 1852. (FHL film 1,301,784, SLC 10/4/2011)
      R-239/240: 14 June 1852, Jacob Duncan and wife Providence Duncan of Bartholomew Co. IN to William G. Moor of afsd, for $110 paid, sell piece or parcel of land, South East 1/4 North West 1/4 Sec.19 Twp.8 North of Range 5 East containing 40 acres more or less in the District of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, warrant title. /s/ Jacob Duncan, Providence (X) Duncan. They appeared 15 June 1852 before Archibald F. Thompson, Justice of the Peace. Recorded July 27, 1852. (FHL film 1,301,784, SLC 10/4/2011)

HISTORIES before 1923

1904 "Biographical record of Bartholomew County, Indiana : including biographies of the govenors and other representative citizens of Indiana" pub. by B.F. Bowen (SUTRO microfilm 277 reel 14 book 54, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; identical pages in book entitled "Biographical Record of Bartholomew & Jackson Cos. IN" on SUTRO microfilm 277 reel 14 book 55; FHL film 1,000,531 item 2)
      Pg.328: Washington C. Duncan is a son of Alexander and Sarah F. Duncan, both of whom lie buried in Garland Brook cemetery at Columbus, IN. The father and mother were born, reared and mar. in NC and were of Scotch-Irish descent. After coming to IN, they lived first in Fayette Co. and then several years in Marion Co., where the subject of this sketch was born June 24, 1851. In 1860 Alexander Duncan was about to remove from IN to the Grand Prairie in IL where he had purchased 160 acres, then a new and undeveloped country, when the breaking out of the Civil war led him to remain in IN and to settle (temporarily as he intended) in Brown Co., where he resided, however, until a few years prior to his death. Here upon the farm the subject of this sketch was reared ... in 1869 and 1870 taught school in Brown Co., and in 1870 and 1871 taught at the Lawless schoolhouse in Harrison Twp. in this county ... in 1878 elected prosecuting attorney of Ninth Judicial Circuit, composed of Bartholomew and Brown Cos. Mr. Duncan mar. July 26, 1880, to Jennie E. Buskirk, of Monroe Co. IN, five children: Edith, Jessie, William, Oma and Grace, all living except Oma who died July 22, 1903. ....

"Chadwick's history of Shelby County, Indiana" by Edward H. Chadwick; pub. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1909, 1048 pgs. (LH6278, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.259 H2c and film 934,920 item 1)
      Pg.410-412: FRANKLIN E. RAY, M.D., Brandywine Township, grandson of Bryant and Martha Ray, he died in 1853 aged 45, his widow on October 15, 1907, within a few days of the 100th anniversary of her birth, reared four children, among them a son James the father of our subject who married a daughter of Jacob and Rebecca Booher ...who had six children ... Dr. Franklin E. Ray, the oldest member of the family, was born October 16, 1865, ... The Doctor's domestic life dates from September 30, 1897, when he was united in marriage at Columbus, Indiana, with Allie Davis, daughter of William and Sarah J. (Duncan) Davis, formerly of Bartholomew county but now residents of Indianapolis, the union being without issue. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are the parents of five children, who are, besides the wife of our subject, William A. of Chicago; Nettie, wife of Charles Hamilton, of Indianapolis; Mrs. Hattie Heagey, of Dexter, Mo., and Mrs. Bessie Moore, of Columbus, Indiana.

1888 "Early history of Michigan : with biographies of state officers, members of Congress, judges and legislators : published pursuant to Act 59, 1887" by S.D.Bingham, pub. by Thorp & Godfrey, state printers and binders (HeritageQuest image 2/2007; sketches in alphabetic order, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 4546; FHL film 1,000,076 item 2)
      Pg.240: LAWSON A. DUNCAN, Senator from Berrien and Cass counties in 1883, was born at Columbus [Bartholomew Co.], Indiana, January 21, 1832; entered the volunteer service of his country at the time of its struggle with the southern rebellion, serving three years, and to the close of the war, as adjutant and major of the fortieth Iowa infantry, gaining the highest rank in his regiment in which there was a vacancy; was presidential elector for the fourth district Michigan in 1872. Mr. Duncan has been editor of the Niles Republican for the last twenty-one years. (MAD: 1860 Berrien Co. MI census)

1880 "History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan : with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers" ed. by Franklin Ellis & Crisfield Johnson & others, pub. by D.W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 4587; FHL film 908,063 item 1 and 1,000,080 item 3)
      Pg.173-174, Berrien Co. MI, City of Niles: (indexed Lawson A. Duncan, b.1832) MAJOR L.A. DUNCAN was born in Columbus, Bartholomew Co. IN. His father was a native of Leesburg [Loudoun Co.], VA, and his mother of Chillicothe, OH. When two years of age his father died, and he, with his mother, went to Charlestown, Clarke Co. IN, to live with his grandfather, the late Judge James Scott. His grandfather and father being newspaper men and editors, he, it may be said, grew up in the profession.
      In 1856 he removed West, stopping in Iowa City [Johnson Co.], Iowa. In 1858, in connection with G.H. Jerome, he assumed the editorship of the Iowa City "Republican," and in 1861 was appointed, by the Governor of the State, one of the swampland commissioners to settle swamp-land claims of the State against the general government.
      While in Iowa he was instrumental in helping that veteran Abolitionist, John Brown, through the State to Harper's Ferry, though ignorant of his destination and full purpose.
      In 1862 he resigned his commissionership to enter the Union army. He was appointed adjutant of the 40th Iowa Infantry upon the formation of that regiment, and took part in the siege of Vicksburg and capture of Little Rock, AR; in the battles of Prairie D'Ann (where, when on staff duty and leading the 50th Indiana Infantry into action, he had a horse shot under him), Jenkins' Ferry, Little Missouri River, and several minor engagements. He was commissioned major March 17, 1865, this being the highest vacancy occurring in his regiment during the war. After the surrender of Lee he served some months in the Indian Territory, and was finally mustered out with his regiment at Fort Gibson, Aug. 15, 1865. Though he was three years in his country's service, he claims only an inconspicuous part in the war.
      In February, 1866, he came to Niles, and in connection with E.C. Dana, bought two newspaper establishments, - the "Niles Enquirer" and the "Berrien County Freeman," - which he consolidated under the name of the "Niles Times." At the expiration of two years Mr. Dana retired, and the name of the paper was changed to the "Niles Republican," since which time Maj. Duncan has been sole editor and proprietor. He claims to publish a good, clean, reliable, local paper, and his patrons and readers acknowledge the justness of this claim.
      In 1872 he was elected presidential elector for the Fourth Congressional District, and cast a personal vote for U.S. Grant and Henry Wilson. He served four years on the Republican State Central Committee, and was one of the board of visitors to the State normal school in 1879.
      Maj. Duncan, since the formation of the Republican party, has always been a warm supporter of that party and its principles. Prior to its organization he was a Whig, having been reared in that political faith.

"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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