Duncans in Hamilton Co. IN


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

Last revised July 30, 2008

Formed 1823 from Unorganized Territory, Marion
Howard formed 1844 from Carroll, Cass, Miami, Grant, Hamilton
Tipton formed 1844 from Hamilton, Cass, Miami


1830-1840 Hamilton Co. IN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Hamilton Co. IN Census
Fall Creek
Pg.65, #181, Hiram DUNCAN 41 NC M.D. $500
                  Martha Jane 30 NC
                  Sarah D. 10, Mason H. 8 IN
                  Martha J. 6, Amanda A. 5 IN
                  Hiram W. 4, John B. 2 IN
                  Carey (m) 3/12 IN
                  (MAD: mar. Martha Jane Reddick 10/10/1839 Stokes Co. NC; 1840 Fayette Co. IN census; 1850 deed Hancock Co. IN; 1860 Hancock Co. IN census)
Pg.65, #182, Elmander DUNCAN 81 VA farmer
                  Susanna 66 NC
                  (MAD: Alamander Duncan from Stokes Co. NC; see Brown Co. IN)
White River
Pg.84, #42, Charles DUNCAN 50 PA laborer
                  Rachel 59 OH
                  (MAD: mar. 1st Charity Gard 1/20/1820 Washington Co. OH; mar. Rachel Williams 6/25/1839; 1860 Iowa Co. WI census, 3rd wife Elizabeth Perry)
Pg.110, #143, James BROOMHALL 50 PA farmer
                  Sarah 40 NC
                  Hyram 15, Martha A. 8, Thomas 5 IN
                  Elvin DUNCAN (m) 3 IN
                  Mary J. DUNKIN 10 OH
                  (MAD: James Broomhall mar. Sarah Duncan 4/21/1841; Elvin and Mary J. originally "Broomhall" lined out, Duncan and Dunkin written above)
Noblesville City
Pg.157, #24, Lemel? HORLASH 30 DE blacksmith
                  Matlida? (f) 19 IN
                  Ligea? B. (m) 10/12 IN
                  Rhoda A. COTTINGHAM 11 IN
                  Eli DUNCAN 13 OH

1860 Hamilton Co. IN Census
White River
Pg.112, #796-796, Robert DUNCAN 35 IRE farmer $1400-$3400
                  Mary 28 NC
                  (no children)

1870 Hamilton Co. IN Census
Adams Twp.
Pg.9, #134-137, DUNCAN, William E. 30 KY (white) carpenter $550-$242
                  Phoeba A. 24 IN keeping house
                  Evalina (f) 2 IN
                  McMINDES, Albert 19 MO apprentice to carpenter
                  (MAD: perhaps 1850 Hardin Co. KY census with John Vittitoe)


Hamilton Co. IN Marriages, Vol. A, 1843-1851 (FHL film 1,320,352; did not look for marriages before 1843)
      Duncan, Susannah to Levi Carson, lic. 30 Dec. 1843, married same date by Benjamin Wheeler, JP; pg.29
      Duncan, Thomas to Jemima Wood, lic. 27 May 1845; married 1 June by Thomas Jenkins MG Baptist Church; pg.96
      Duncan, Thomas M. to Marjory Lackey, lic. 25 Jan. 1849; married 1 Feb. 1849 by John Burk, JP; pg.276


Hamilton Co. IN Probate Records
      General index to probate, Vol. 1, 1830-1872 (FHL film 1,320,374 item 5)
            1844, August 12: Duncan, Charles & Rachel, petition for Dower, vs. Geo. Williams, Lyman Shutts et al.; B-284, 288
            (no other)
      Probate Order Book B (FHL film 1,320,376)
            B-284: Aug. 1844, Charles Duncan and wife Rachel vs. George Williams, Seymore Shutts and wife Euphemia, Joseph W. Ross appointed guardian ad litum for Joseph Williams, Amos, Rachel and Milton Williams under age of 21; Rachel had requested her dower in the premises described in the petition; her demand made of George Williams the heir in possession; she the widow and entitled to dower in real estate which Joseph Williams died seized.
            B-288: Report Aug. 14, 1844, the dower was set off, lot #5, Sec. 16, T19, R5E, 30.04 acres.
      Complete Probate Order Book 1829-1848 (FHL film 1,321,535 item 2)
            no Duncan


Hamilton Co. IN Deeds & Index
   Index 1825-1840 (FHL film 1,321,506)
      A-107: 2 April 1827, Robert Duncan and wife Hannah to John Tharp/Thorp, both Hamilton Co., $160, E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 14, Twp 18, Range 4, 80 acres. Wit. Anna Ranick?, Hannah Rannick. (FHL film 1,321,512)
      E-491: 2 June 1837, Charles Duncan and wife Charity (+) to Zenas Beckwith, all Hamilton Co., $100, S 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec. 2 T20 R5, 80 acres. Wit. William Wyckoff. (FHL film 1,321,513)
      E-579: 9 Feb. 1837, Thomas Duncan and wife Susanna (X) of Rush Co. IN to William Hinchman of Monroe Co. IN, $200, NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 20 T18 R6, 40 acres. Wit. James Hinchman, Hiram Kindal. (FHL film 1,321,513)
      G-297: 13 Dec. 1839, Charles Duncan to William Stoops, one grey horse; Stoops was security on bond 13 Aug. 1839 for Duncan to State of Indiana for $800; mortgage horse; horse stays in possession of Duncan. Wit. Jesse Wilson. (FHL film 1,321,514)
      G-298: 13 Dec. 1839, Charles Duncan and wife Rachel (+) of Hamilton Co. IN to William Stoops, $250, land being the dower of said Rachel in lot #5, Sec. 16 Twp 19 North, Range 5 East. Wit. Jesse Wilson, Sarah Ann Wilson. (FHL film 1,321,514)
   Index 1840-1850 (FHL film 1,321,506)
      K-278: 27 Feb. 1846, David S. Beaty and wife Nancy Singleton Beaty of Marion Co. IN to Robert B. Duncan of Marion Co. IN, $500, undivided 1/2 interest SW 1/4 Sec. 27 T19 R5; Robert B. Duncan clerk of Marion Co. Circuit Court. (FHL film 1,321,516)
      M-251: 27 Nov. 1848, James Kincaid and wife Elizabeth (x) to Hiram Duncan, all Hamilton Co. IN, $45, lot 7, Square 3, in Cynthiana. (FHL film 1,321,517)
      M-253: 29 Nov. 1848, Cyrus (Sirus) Doty to Hiram Duncan, all Hamilton Co. IN, $10, Lot 2, Square 1, in Cynthiana. No wife. (FHL film 1,321,517)
      M-254: 4 Aug. 1848, Asa H. Vanover and wife Margaret (X) to Hiram Duncan, all Hamilton Co., $100, lot 4 and 5, S. 1/4, Square 3, Cynthiana. (FHL film 1,321,517)
      M-255: 20 Dec. 1848, Hiram Duncan and wife Martha to Thomas Duncan, $25, lot 7, Square 3, Cynthiana. (FHL film 1,321,517)
      N-115: 13 Nov. 1849, William Swords (release by wife Sarah (X) Swords) of Peoria Co. IL to Thomas Duncan of Hamilton Co. IN, $525, SW 1/4 SE 1/4 and E 1/2 SE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec. 36, T18 R5E, 60 acres. No wit. (FHL film 1,321,518; 10/29/1990)
      N-182: 14 March 1850, Isam Garrett quit claim his interest to Hiram Duncan, for $6, lots 3 and 7 etc. in Cynthiana; Garrett had sold to Doty who had sold to Duncan. (FHL film 1,321,518)
      N-407: Duncan, Hiram from Simon Lund, 11 May 1850, $5.75, lot 8, S 1/4, Square 1, Cynthiana. (from index only)
   Index 1850-1854 (FHL film 1,321,507)
      O-81: 22 July 1850, Robert B. Duncan and wife Mary E. of Marion Co. IN to Jacob Weiand of Hamilton Co. IN, $250, undivided 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec. 27 T19 R5. Wit. Agnes M. Rae. (FHL film 1,321,518)
      O-498: Duncan, Robt. B. to Joseph Merrill, 7 Nov. 1850, $300, W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec. 14 T17 R5, 80 acres (from index)
      P-146: 5 March 1850, Thomas M. Duncan and wife Margery, heirs at law to estate of Rezin Lackey decd. of Hamilton Co. IN, to Richard Lackey, for $175, quit claim their undivided shares of W 1/2 NE 1/4 (80 acres) and part of E 1/2 NE 1/4 (15 acres 41 perches), both Sec. 10 T17 R5. Duncans appeared in Hamilton Co. 5 March 1850. (FHL film 1,321,519)
      S-77: Duncan, H. to Simon Lund, 25 July 1853, $30, lots 5 and 6 in Cynthina, and $10 (two deeds?) (from index)
   Index 1854-1859 (FHL film 1,321,507)
      T-197: 20 Feb. 1855, Thomas Duncan and wife Nancy (X) to Madison Brooks, both Hamilton Co. IN, $1326, SW 1/4 SE 1/4 and S 1/2 SE 1/4 SW 1/4 of Sec. 36 T18 R5, 70 (indexed 60) acres, which is mortgaged to State of Indiana for $226 which Brooks is to pay as part of $1326. (FHL film 1,321,521)
      T-197: 12 March 1855, Alamander (X) Duncan and wife Susan (X) (indexed Alexander) of Hamilton Co. to Madison Brooks of same, $200, quit claim, our right etc. to (above land), 60 acres. (FHL film 1,321,521)
   Quit copying Robt. B. Duncan
      U-400: Duncan, C.C. from John C. Burrus, 26 Aug. 1856, lot 2 in Noblesville, $1000. (from index)


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, Hiram W., widow Duncan, Margaret M.; F 33 Ind. Inf.; 1890 Feb. 21, Invalid Appl. #756442, Cert. #526731, Kans.; 1913 July 7, Widow Appl. #1010823, Cert. #769034, Cal. (MAD: b.1846, 1850 Hamilton Co. IN census, see Morgan Co. IN; 1880 Cherokee Co. KS; d. 1913 Los Angeles Co. CA)
      Duncan, John M., widow Duncan, Mary J.; D 101 Ind. Inf.; 1864 July 20, Widow Appl. #57909, Cert. #30367. (MAD: Hamilton Co. IN history)


Hancock Co. IN Deed (FHL film 1,302,748)
      M-678: 9 Aug. 1850, Hiram Duncan and wife Martha Jane of Hamilton Co. IN to Robert Fausett of Madison Co. IN, $100, part E NW 9-17-6, 20 acres. Wit. Jesse Cook, Hannah Fort. Appeared in Hancock Co. IN.

HISTORIES before 1923

1874 "The People's guide : a business, political and religious directory of Hamilton Co., Ind.; together with a collection of very important documents and statistics connected with our moral, political and scientific history; also, a historical sketch of Hamilton County, and a brief history of each township" by Cline & McHaffie, pub. by Indianapolis Print. & Pub. House (FHL book 977.256 E4c; CA State Library, Sutro Branch, SUTRO microfilm 277, Reel 54, Book 215)
      Pg.296, Adams Township: Duncan, W.E., miller in Pearson & Baker's flouring mills; Sheridan. Born in KY 1836; settled in Hamilton Co. 1868; Independent, Protestant.

1901 "A history of the formation, settlement and development of Hamilton County, Indiana : from the year 1818 to the close of the Civil War" by Augustus Finch Shirts; pub. unknown: unknown (LH6248, HeritageQuest images 2/2007 and 5/2007; FHL book 977.256 H2s and film 1,035,672 item 15)
      Pg.47-49: At this session of the board [February term 1824] the first petit jury was drawn as follows: ... John Duncan, ... (pg.48) the first grand jury ... Robert Duncan, ... At the November term 1823, it was ordered that James Duncan be released from paying $1.25 charged as taxes on a pleasure carriage; ... Robert Duncan was exempt from poll taxes, being over 50 years of age.
      Pg.352: (Civil War) ... John M. Duncan, died at Nashville, Tenn., February 1, 1864 ...

1909 "A history of Clay County, Indiana : closing of the first century's history of the county, and showing the growth of its people, institutions, industries and wealth" by William Travis; pub. Chicago : Lewis Publishing (LH10318, HeritageQuest image 10/2007; FHL book 977.244 H2t and film 928,385 item 2)
      Vol.2 pg.103-104: WALTER COVINGTON DUNCAN, M.D.-- Among the representative business men of Harrison township is Walter C. Duncan, M.D., a well-known druggist of Clay City. A native of Indiana, he was born October 13, 1855, at Noblesville, Hamilton county. He comes from substantial Scotch ancestry, being a lineal descendant in the fifth generation from the immigrant ancestor, the line of descent being thus traced: Coleman, Daniel Coleman, Henry Coleman, Coleman Covington, and Walter Covington. (MAD: use caution on birthplace of the earliest Coleman Duncan)
      Coleman Duncan, who was born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, came with his brother George to America in colonial days, settling in Virginia, where he lived during the remainder of his life. Daniel Coleman Duncan removed with his family from Virginia to Kentucky, becoming a pioneer of Hopkinsville, and was there employed in tilling the soil until his death. James Coleman Duncan was born in Culpeper county, Virginia, but was brought up on the Kentucky homestead. When a young man he came to Indiana as a pioneer settler of Hendricks county. Taking up a tract of timbered land three miles north of Salem, in the Fort Red School House district, he reclaimed a farm from the wilderness, on which he resided until his death, and many of his descendants are now living in that vicinity. He was twice married, and was the father of sixteen children, and as his second wife was a widow with six children when he married her he had the care of twenty-two children, truly a patriarchal family.
      Coleman Covington Duncan was born in 1831, in Hendricks county, Indiana, on the parental homestead. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, and as a boy eagerly seized every opportunity for increasing his knowledge and advancing his education beyond that obtained in the common schools. When ready to start in life on his own account he embarked in the mercantile business, for a number of years thereafter being located at Carpentersville, Putnam county, Indiana. From there he went to Otterville, Boone county, Missouri, where he dealt in live stock until after the breaking out of the Civil War. Returning then to this state, he kept a hotel at Greencastle for a number of years, and then engaged in the marble business in Illinois, first in Salem, and later in Vandalia. Giving up that business, he again came back to Indiana, and after a short residence in Brazil settled in Clay City, and here spent his last days, dying at the age of 73 years. His wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Glen, was born in Hendricks county, Indiana, 67 years ago, a daughter of William A. and Mary (McKenzie) Glen. Her parents were both born in Virginia, of colonial ancestry, and were among the earlier settlers of Hendricks county. Of the children born to Coleman C. and Elizabeth Duncan, four grew to maturity, as follows: Walter C., the subject of this sketch; James William; Mary; and Frank. (MAD: 1860 Cooper Co. MO census, 1870 Marion Co. IL census)
      Walter C. Duncan received his early education in the public schools, and at the age of 19 years began the study of medicine with Dr. R.H. Hogan, then one of the leading practitioners of Salem, Illinois. He subsequently attended lectures at the Saint Louis Medical College from which he was graduated with the degree of M.D. in 1876. The ensuing year Dr. Duncan practiced with his former preceptor, and then located in Vandalia, Illinois, where he was in active practice for eight years. Removing then to Smithboro, Illinois, he was there located as a physician for three years, in his professional career meeting with success. Coming to Clay City in 1889, the Doctor purchased a drug business which he has conducted most successfully ever since.
      Dr. Duncan married, in 1889, Mrs. Elizabeth (Perkins) Brown, who was born in Bond county, Illinois, a daughter of Henry and Mary Perkins. By her marriage with Mr. Brown, Mrs. Duncan has had one child, William Brown, of Millbury Grove, Bond county, Illinois.

1888 "Portrait and biographical album of Sedgwick County, Kansas : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent... citizens of the county.." pub. by Chapman Bros. (CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Pg.878-9: ROBERT DUNCAN, citizen of Wichita; to Wichita 1880. Grandfather was born among the Highlands "land of the thistle"; to US at early day; settled Allegheny River in PA; not many years later he turned his face to the further West, but after reaching Ohio was never more heard from. It is supposed he was murdered by Indians or ... Robert Duncan left his family in PA, and among his sons was Charles C., father of our subject, born in 1800, age 2 when father left home. Age 19 engaged as raftsman on Allegheny River, and in Ohio; entered tract of land in Washington Co. 5 miles from Marietta, there met & married Miss Charity Gard, native of VA, born 1798. Seven children: Mary A., Robert, Julia, Elias, Elizabeth, Charity, Nancy. In 1831 to Hamilton Co. IN for a few years, then IL, then WI; Mother had died at her home in IN in Jan., 1839; Charles C. Duncan subsequently married Miss Elizabeth Perie, had 4 more children: Frank, Delmer, Henry and Rachel. Charles C. died Sumner Co. KS, Oct. 12, 1886, age 86. Subject Robert Duncan was born Washington Co. OH on Jan. 8, 1823, age 8 when family to IN, age 20 when family to WI. He worked lead mines of Grant Co. for 15 years, age 24, in 1847, married Miss Rachel Gard, born March 7, 1823 in Washington Co. OH, dau. of John and Amy Gard, natives of VA and of German and Irish descent. Charles C. & Rachel were parents of 7 children: Charles A., Olive, John G., Warren R., Emily, Wellington and Byron D., all living, married, residents of this state. Mrs. Duncan died 6 Dec. 1873 on visit to brother's residence in Pottawatomie Co. KS; Mr. Duncan on 6 June 1875 married Mrs. Rebecca Stevens, dau. of David Gard; she a niece of his former wife. In 1855 Mr. Duncan to MN on land purchased from government; in 1867 to Pottawatomie Co. KS; in 1870 to Sedgwick Co. Republican.

1883 "History of the State of Kansas : containing a full account of its growth from an uninhabited territory to a wealthy and important state; of its early settlements; a supplementary history and description of its counties, cities, towns and villages, their advantages, industries and commerce, to which are added biographical sketches and portraits of prominent men and early settlers" ed. by William G. Cutler, A.T. Andreas; pub. Chicago : A.T. Andreas (FHL book 978.1 H2hi 1976 & v.2; FHL film 982,248 items 1-2)
      Pg.1163: Cherokee Co., Baxter Springs. H.W. DUNCAN, stock-dealer, was born in Indiana May 21, 1848. At the age of nineteen, he began the drug business, which he followed three years in Indiana. He was then in a saw-mill one year, and came to Kansas October, 1869, locating in Woodson County, where he took up a homestead, and remained on it six years. He came to Baxter Springs and engaged in butcher business a short time, and then commenced handling stock in all lines, buying, selling and shipping, and is still in same business. He owns 300 acres of farm land, and is now one of the stock dealers of Kansas. (MAD: ? Hiram W. Duncan, 1850 Hamilton Co. IN census, 1860-1870 Hancock Co. IN census ?)


Family Bibles "copied by Charley Duncan when visiting family in Indiana in 1910" sent by Mary G. Pritchard, decd. great-niece of Neil Gilman Duncan, to Donald L. West (from Donald L. West 5/11/2001 with permission to share; MAD & DLW: Alamander Duncan mar. Susannah Vaughn in Stokes Co. NC, moved to Hancock Co. IN; see Hamilton and Brown Co. IN; per Donald L. West, Charley Duncan is Charles Ross Duncan, son of Neil Gilman Duncan b.1853 and grandson of Hiram Wright Duncan b.1809 and wife Martha Jane Reddick)
      Registry of John Reddick family by his wife Sarah.
      #1 Nancy Reddick born Nov. 23, 1804
      #2 Thornton Reddick born April 17, 1806
      #3 Merideth Reddick born Sept 12, 1807
      #4 Obedience Reddick born Feb 23, 1809
      #5 Hardin Reddick born June 3, 1810
      #6 Catherine Reddick born Feb 23, 1812
      #7 Mary Eliza Reddick born Nov 11, 1813
      #8 Elizabeth Reddick born Jan 18, 1815
      #9 Sarah Reddick born Jan 18, 1818      Died Jan 13, 1895 Married Alexander Duncan
      #10 Martha Jane Reddick born Jan 23, 1820      Died May 8, 1874 Married Hiram Wright Duncan
      #11 John Reddick born July 4, 1822      Died Sept 1880
      #12 Adeline Reddick born Nov 30, 1824
      #13 William Reddick born June 4, 1828
      #14 James Madison Reddick born Aug 24, 1830
      #15 Eveline Reddick by his second wife was born Jan 4, 1839
      John Reddick father of above family by his wife Sarah was born Mar 27, 1778
These 2 pages are what Charley Duncan copied from family Bibles when in Indiana in 1910.
            --page 2--
      Alamander Duncan, son of Jno Duncan and Dinah his wife was born Dec. 23, 1766 died Oct. 7, 1856 at 11 PM. 89 years, 9 mo. 14 days.
      Susannah Vaughn (wife of Alamander Duncan) Daughter of Jos. Vaughn and Elizabeth his wife was born June 14, 1787 died April 25, 1865
      The above couple were married Jan, 14, 1809
            Children of the above.
      #1 Hiram Wright Duncan was born Nov. 19, 1809 died April 7, 1889
            Hiram Duncan & Martha Jane Reddick were married Dec 12, 1839
      #2 Elizabeth Moore Duncan was born May 22, 1811 died Aug 20, 1818
      #3 Alexander Duncan, son of Alamander & Susannah was married to Sarah Reddick daughter of John Reddick and his wife Sarah Nov 17, 1836
      #4 Thomas Moore Duncan was born Dec 6, 1818 died___
      #5 Polly R.E.A. Duncan was born______1823. Died Oct 27, 1827
      Elizabeth Jane Duncan daughter of #3 Alexander Duncan and his wife Sarah was born Oct 1, 1837 died May 28, 1840.


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