Duncans in Hancock Co. IN


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

Last revised October 18, 2013

Formed 1828 from Madison


1830 Hancock Co. IN Census
Brandywine Twp.
Pg.   4  Samuel C. Duncan   0000,11      - 1000,1

1840 Hancock Co. IN Census
Pg.(398) Washington Duncan  0110,1       - 0000,1
    206  Henry Duncan       2110,01      - 0001,01         Green
         John Duncan        0001         - 0001,001
         John R. Duncan     1110,1       - 1121     (next to John)
         Joshua Duncan      2120,01      - 1100,01
    232  Benjamin Duncan    0001,1       - 1001,1          Centre

1850 Hancock Co. IN Census
Pg.166, #31, Benjamin F. DUNCAN 38 VA physician $3000
                  Susan M. 36 NY
                  Eberle S. (m) 8 IN
                  Thomas DERRY 22 IN laborer
                  (MAD: Dr. Benjamin Duncan mar. Susan M. Martin 9/2/1837 Rush Co. IN)
Pg.172, #123, Robert DUNCAN 29 VA farmer
                  Luvenia 39 (sic) OH
                  Ephraim 4, John H. 3, Sena C. (f) 1/12 IN
                  (MAD: son of Ephraim & Elizabeth Smith of Washington Co. VA; Ephraim d. 1830 Fayette Co. IN; one Robert S. Duncan mar. Arsena Powell 2/6/1845; John H. ? 1860 Clinton Co. IN census)
Pg.219, #174-177, Henry DUNCAN 42 VA farmer $1000
                  Clarisa 45 IN
                  James H. 14, John F. 12 IN
                  Susan L. 9, Henry H. 6, Mary K. 3 IN
                  Lavinda A. 11/12 IN
                  (MAD: Lavinda, not Leoline; Henry Duncan mar. Clarissa Hawkins 2/12/1833 Fayette Co. IN)
Pg.219, #178, Washington DUNCAN 30 VA farmer $2000
                  Lucinda 35 IN
                  John J. 9, George W. 7 IN
                  David L. 4, Marshal T. 1 IN
                  (MAD: Washington Duncan mar. Lucinda Sergeant 8/29/1839 Rush Co. IN; ? son of Thomas & Susan ?)
Pg.219, #179, Jackson DILLARD 30 IN, Emily 31 OH
Pg.219, #191, John R. DUNCAN 47 SC farmer $1800
                  Sally 49 VA
                  Ellen 18, Henry C. 14 IN
                  Julia A. 13, John J. 10 IN
                  David 8, Benjamin F. 5 IN
                  (MAD: John Dunkin mar. Sally McCormac 2/6/1823)
Pg.219, #193, Ephraim DUNCAN 24 IN farmer $350
                  Elizabeth 18 IN
                  (MAD: mar. Elisabeth Marks 10/18/1849)
Pg.222, #213, James R. DUNCAN 23 VA farmer
                  Harriet 24 IN
                  Mary 7/12 IN
                  (MAD: James K. Duncan mar. Harriett Watts 12/29/1848)
Pg.222, #214, Joshua DUNCAN 44 VA farmer $800
                  Nancy 47 VA
                  Andrew J. 20, Maria L. 18 VA
                  Albert 15, Samuel 13, Mary C. 10 IN
                  Sarah C. 8, Henry P. 4 IN
                  (MAD: ?? Andrew J. (age 20) in 1860 ? Warren Co. MS age 26 VA - possible but doubtful, see Andrew J. here in 1860; Albert in 1860 Wayne Co. IN census)
Pg.266, #840, Franklin DUNKIN 34 OH farmer $400
                  Dorcas 24 OH
                  George 7, James 4 IN
                  Henry 3, Elizabeth 3 OH


Go to the Hancock Co. IN 1860-1880 Census Records


Hancock Co. IN Probate Records
      Will Book A, 1845-1866 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,314,610)
      Probate Orders, 1828-1843, transcribed (FHL film 1,314,613)
            Pg.304: Feb. 1843, Estate of John M. Duncan; admin. granted to Richard Hackelman by clerk of court in vacation.
      Estate & Guardianship Book A, 1848-1850 (ink faded and hard to read)
            Pg.461: 14 May 1849, estate of John M. Duncan, continued
      Estate Book B, 1849-1852 - no Duncan indexed

Hancock Co. IN Probate Complete Records 1853-1859 (FHL film 1,314,593)
      Vol.1, 1853-1859 - no Duncan
      Vol.2, 1858+
            Pg.162: Estate of Robert S. Duncan decd #28; admin. Jan. 1859, Benjamin F. Duncan. Robert S. Duncan had sold lands to James Quick who still owes the last payment of $250 and will pay as soon as he can secure a deed; asks court to appoint commissioner to make deed.
            Pg.542: Accounting of income and payments in above estate; paid E.S. Barrett, the widow; several payments to Hezekiah Barrett.
            Pg.580: Guardianship by Hezekiah Barrett of E.C. Duncan and W.P. Duncan; has received $75 from "estate of Robert Duncan a portion of which is acoming to the mother of the said wards." 25 Feb. 1862.

Hancock Co. IN Court Records (from files of Lawrence E. Duncan 12/1984)
      Probate Order Book 1828-1843, pg.304: Feb. 13, 1843, Richard Hackleman is confirmed as administrator of the estate of John M. Duncan, dec.
      Probate Order Book A, 1843-1850, pg.204: Feb. 14, 1846, the Court ordered that the John M. Duncan estate be settled as an Insolvent Estate.
      Probate Book B, pg.13: May 14, 1850, petition for dower by Isabel Smith, widow of Daniel Smith, decd, and other heirs: Hiram and Robert Smith, Louisa Fray, William C. Smith, Thomas McKennon, Elizabeth McKennon, Alexander Anders, Isabel Anders, Andrea J. Smith, Solomon Tyner, Nancy E. Tyner, David Davis, Lillie R. Davis, Samuel Tibbets, Direxa L. Tibbets, Andrew L. Porter, Sarah A. Porter, Jerriel Smith and John Fleenor. John Milroy, Thomas Thomas and John R. Duncan are appointed a commission to set off her dower.
      Probate Order Book 1, pg.115: April 19, 1853, the estate of John M. Duncan is settled as an insolvent one by Richard Mackleman, admin. The widow is mentioned but not by name.
      Probate Order Book 1, pg.190: 1853, Richard Hackleman makes final settlement as admin. of the insolvent estate of John M. Duncan. B.F. Duncan receives a sum in the amounts paid out.
      April, 1856, Henry Duncan is appointed the guardian of Frances M. and Martha Roberts, both over 14 and minor heirs of Isaac Roberts decd., with Washington Duncan and Joseph Swope as his sureties.
      January, 1857, in a petition for partition of real estate are Henry Duncan vs. Rebecca Linder Sr., Washington Lindner, Sanford and Permelia Grigsby, Alexander and America Andis and Sarah W. 16, Mary E. 15, Isam C. 12, Martha 9, and Rebecca Lindner age 7. These are all heirs of Isam Linder Sr., decd, who died on April 22, 1852. Ezekiel Thomas, William H. Porter and James Moore are appointed a commission to partition this real estate.


Hancock Co. IN Deeds 1828-1853 (FHL film 1,302,972 grantor index; 1,302,973 grantee index)
      NOTE: separate deed indexes in Indiana were prepared in 1853 and include only deeds; see each deed book for index to powers of attorney or other documents; did not check each deed book index.
      Following from index only unless film number noted
      A-376: 2/4/1833, County agent to S.C. Duncan, $75, lot 86 in Greenfield
      A-377: 4/18/1832, James Hamilton to S.C. Duncan, $200, W SE 34-16-7, 80a
      A-379: 2/2/1833, County agent to S.C. Duncan, $50, lot 117 Greenfield
      A-381: 2/24/1833, County agent to S.C. Duncan, $100, lots 67, 92 in Greenfield
      B-165: 6 Dec. 1834, Isam Linder and wife Rebecca of Hancock Co. IN to Thomas Duncan of Rush Co. IN, $100, W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec. 22 T15N R7E, 80 acres. Wit. A?.F. Mayo, Morris Pierson. (FHL film 1,302,740)
      B-166: 6 Dec. 1834, Thomas Duncan and wife Susannah (X) of Rush Co. IN to Isom Linder of Hancock Co. IN, $100, SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec. 21 T15N R7E and SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec. 22, T15N, R7E, 80 acres. Wit. Morris Pierson, James Hamilton, James M. Street. Wife relinquished dower in Rush Co. IN. (FHL film 1,302,740)
      B-265: 4/19/1834, Eleanor Shaw to John R. Duncan, $130, E NW 21-15-7, 80a
      Pg.265-6: 9 April 1834, Eleanor Shaw of Hancock Co. IN to John R. Duncan of Fayette Co. IN, $130, 80 acres in Brandawine Twp, Hancock Co. IN, E 1/2 of NW 1/4 of Sec. 21, Twp. 15, Range 7. Wit. Bradbury Cotterell (JP), Jonathan Shaw. Rec. 10 April 1834. (from Lawrence E. Duncan 12/1984)
      E-79: 8/25/1837, J.B. Hart to Benj. Duncan, $1500, N 1/2 lot 89 and W 1/2 lot 1 in Greenfield
      F-425: 26 Nov. 1839, Oliver Griffin and wife Sarah D. of Henry Co. IN to Benjamin Duncan of Henry Co. IN, $1000, lot 72 in Greenfield. Wit. David Reynolds, Wm. G. Grubbs (JP). Rec. Henry Co. IN. (FHL film 1,302,744)
      F-427: 21 Nov. 1839, Lot Edwards and wife Catharine of Hancock Co. IN to Benjamin Duncan of Henry Co. IN, $1000, lots 91, 69, 90 in Greenfield. Wit. A.M. Pattison, J. Mathers. (FHL film 1,302,744)
      F-468: 21 Nov. 1839, Benjamin Duncan and wife Susan M. of Henry Co. IN to Lot Edwards of Hancock Co. IN, $600, lot 91 & W 1/2 lot 69 in Greenfield. Reg. Hancock Co. IN. Wit. A.M. Pattison, J?. Mathers. Paid in full 8 July 1848. (FHL film 1,302,744)
      F-585: 1/7/1840, John R. Duncan to Andrew J. Smith, $136, ND E NW 21-15-7, 35a
      G-108: 2 Feb. 1841, Benjamin F. Duncan and wife Susan M. of Hancock Co. IN to Andrew T. Hart and James D. Henry of Hancock Co. IN, $500, part 72. Both signed. Wit. Nathan Crawford (Asst. Judge), J. Meek. (FHL film 1,302,744)
      G-160: 2 Feb. 1841, Andrew T. Hart and wife Gabrella A. and James D. Henry and wife Elizabeth W. of Hancock Co. IN to Benjamin F. Duncan of Hancock Co. IN, $1250, W NE 32-16-7, 80 acres. Wit. Lewis Beeks, Nathan Crawford (Asst. Judge). (FHL film 1,302,744)
      G-365: 28 Aug. 1841, Thomas Duncan and wife Susannah (X) of Rush Co. IN to Washington Duncan of Hancock Co. IN, $400, N NW 22-15-7. Wit. Peter M. Newhouse, Hiram Tyler?. (FHL film 1,302,744)
      G-448: 1/21/1842, Andrew J. Smith to Jno. R. Duncan, $200, ND E NW 21-15-7 35a
      I-404: 11/16/1842, Geo. W. Julian, commissioner deed to Benj. F. Duncan, $250, ED NE 33-16-8
      K-398: 1/1/1846, Benjamin F. Duncan to Abraham Craft, $300, ED NE 33-16-8, 73a
      K-419: 12/13/1847, Thomas Duncan to Washington Duncan, $400, S NW 22-15-7, 80a
      L-72: 8/14/1848, Van R. Low to Henry Duncan, $200, NE NE 28-15-7, 40a
      M-4: 3/1/1850, Nimrod Davis to Ephraim Duncan, $300, SE NE 33-15-7, 40a
      M-25: 1/2/1850, Moses Snider et al to Hiram Duncan, $450, E NW 9-17-6, 80a
      M-286: 11/28/1850, Thos. Dillard to Washn. Duncan, $700, E SW 27-15-7, 80a
      M-619: 6 Jan. 1852, Washington Duncan and wife Lucinda (X) to Silas Moore, both Hancock Co. IN, quit claim for $1000, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.27 T15N R7E, 80 acres. (FHL film 1,302,748 item 1)
      M-625: 1/8/1852, John Stephens to Washn. Duncan, $2800, W SE, E SW, NE SE, SW SW, 23-16-6
      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. (FHL film 1,302,748)
      N-45: 2/24/1852, Robert S. Duncan to Andrew Biun, $350, SE SE 33-15-7, 40a
      N-247: 4/1/1852, Jas. Rutherford to Benj. F. Duncan, $275, lot 69 in Greenfield
      N-248: 4/25/1852, Nathan Crawford to Benj. F. Duncan, $80, SE NE 32-16-7, 4a
      N-537: 1/15/1853, Andrew Horsley to Henry Duncan, $198, ED NW NE 28-15-7, 60a


Hancock Co. IN Order Book (from files of Lawrence E. Duncan 12/1984)
      Civil A, pg.274: Feb. term, 1842, John Duncan vs. Elizabeth James and Jane Ward, Alexander B. and Sarah Beall, and Sarah and Mary Thorpe in a chancery action.


Hancock Co. IN, Lebanon Cemetery, Brandywine Twp, Greenwood (from files of Lawrence E. Duncan 12/1984)
      Sarah Duncan, wife of John R., died Feb. 16, 1868, aged 62 years 7 mos 13 days.
      John R. Duncan, died Sept. 28, 1883, aged 79 years 10 mos 2 days.


Hancock Co. IN List of Civil War Soldiers and Officers (from files of Lawrence E. Duncan 12/1984)
      Duncan, Henry C., Co. D, 51st Reg., Muster 12/14/1861, died at Greenfield 1/8/1862
      Duncan, John H., Co. K, Muster 12/31/1861, died at Bardstown, KY, 1/3/ 1862
Morgan Raid Men, Reg. 105, Co. E, muster in 7/11/1863
      Duncan, Ephriam, Pvt., Brandywine Twp, muster out 7/18/1863
      Duncan, Ephraim C., 9th Cav., Muster 12/23/1863, mustered out 8/28/1865
      Duncan, George B., 6th Cav., Sgt., 1/5/1864, discharged from Andersonville prison.

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, Eberle S.; Music Band & Corpl G 8 Ind. Inf.; 1885 July 6, Invalid Appl. #543974, no cert. (MAD: 1850 Hancock Co. IN census)
      Duncan, Ephraim C., widow Duncan, Susan A.; B 9 Ind. Cav.; 1888 March 14, Invalid Appl. #644635, Cert. #479530, Ind.; 1911 June 10, Widow Appl. #966592, Cert. #726086, Ind. (MAD: Hancock Co. IN)
      Duncan, Henry C., widow Duncan, Sarah A., minor Edgell, William, Gdn.; D 51 Ind. Inf.; 1864 June 4, Widow Appl. #53331, Cert. #100388; 1873 Sept. 1, Minor Appl. #211328, Cert. #163563. (MAD: 1850 Hancock Co. IN census)


Henry Co. IN Deeds (SLC 6/17/2008)
      O-391: 22 Feb. 1847, Benjamin F. Duncan of Hancock Co. IN to Jesse Charles of Henry Co. IN, $32, 91/100 of an acre in the E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.33 Twp.16N Range 9E in the SW corner of Joll Pusey's land on W side of Mill River. /s/ Benjamin F. Duncan, (wife) Susan M. Duncan. Wit. J. Meek, C?. Price. (FHL film 1,901,549)

Rush Co. IN Deed (FHL film 1,617,345)
      I-190: 30 Oct. 1837, John R. Duncan and wife Sarah (X) of Hancock Co. IN to Thomas Swaine of Rush Co. IN, $217, W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.35 T14 R8E. Wit. Randolph Lee?, Charles McCormack.

Rush Co. IN information (courthouse 11/1985; from Lawrence E. Duncan 1/1986)
      Estate settlement, 1840, among the heirs of John McCormick, who apparently d. in IL without a widow or will, is listed Thomas Dunken; his share was purchased by David Hendricks who bought out a total of 7 heirs including Thomas for a total of $376.44. John R. and wife Sally (Sarah McCormack) Duncan signed their share over to her brother Charles McCormack and they signed a receipt and order authorizing the payment to Charles on July 15, 1840 for $47.05-1/2.
      (LED: Believe Thomas and John R. are brothers who married sisters.)
      Thomas Duncan bought land from the US Government in Rush Co. IN on 21 Nov. 1821.
      John R. Duncan bought land from the US Government in Rush Co. IN on 17 Oct. 1831.
      John McCormick bought government land in Rush Co. IN on 21 Nov. 1821 (160 acres) and on 11 March 1823 (80 acres).
      John McCormick and wife Peggy sold land in Rush Co. IN on 18 Sept. 1834 and on 12 Aug. 1837; in 1837 Peggy signed by mark for "Margaret".
      Thomas and John R. Duncan bought government land in Hancock Co. 20 March 1837. Land certificate #24841 gives the land to John Robertson Duncan.
      Will of John R. Duncan left everything to second wife Martha King Duncan during her lifetime; no estate settlement found.

Tipton Co. IN Deeds (SLC 2/2009)
      O-532: 21 Dec. 1864, Richard Nash and wife Margaret of Fayette Co. IN to Andrew J. Duncan of Hancock Co. IN, for $3,600, E 1/2 SE 1/4 and SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.24 Twp.22N R3E. Ack. Fayette Co. IN, 21 Dec. 1864. "see deed record 63 page 345 and 351 for correct description" (written in margin) (FHL film 2,318,046)
      O-546: 24 Dec. 1864, William G. Nash of Fayette Co. IN to Andrew J. Duncan in Hancock Co. IN, $1200, NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.24 Twp.22N R3E. Ack. Hancock Co. IN 24 Dec. 1864. (FHL film 2,318,046)

Crawford Co. IL Deeds (SLC 9/11/2013)
      H-226: 18 June 1853, Andrew J. Duncan and Rebecca Duncan his wife conveys and warrants to James Mahan, parcel of land, SW 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.6N Range 13W containing 161 acres according to survey, for $418.50 paid, warrant title. /s/ Andrew J. Duncan, Rebecak Duncan. Ack. 19 June 1853 before Mark Whitaker, J.P., Hancock Co. IN. Filed 22 Aug. 1855. (FHL film 1,310,126)

HISTORIES before 1923

1894 "History of the Fifty-first Indiana Veteran Volunteer Infantry : a narrative of its organization, marches, battles and other experiences in camp and prison, from 1861 to 1866 : with revised roster" by Wm. R. Hartpence; pub. Harrison, Ohio: The author (LH13322, HeritageQuest images 5/2007)
      Pg.376: 51st Indiana Regiment; Roster of Company D, original muster-in, December 14, 1861: Corporals ... Henry C. Duncan, died at Greenfield, June 8, '62. (MAD: Hancock Co. IN)

1916 "History of Hancock County, Indiana : its people, industries and institutions" by George J. Richman; pub. Greenfield, Ind.: W. Mitchell Print. Co. (LH8290, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.258 H2r and film 934,906 item 1)
      Pg.77: County government. Orders of County Commissioners: "On application of Samuel S. Duncan for a license to open a tavern at his tavern in Brandywine Township and County of Hancock: Therefore it is ordered and considered by the Board that the said Samuel S. Duncan be licensed as such for and during the term of one year from the date of his paying a tax of $5.00 and by filing his bond with approved security."
      Pg.78: Sheriff ... Samuel C. Duncan, 1832.
      Pg.80: Prosecutors ... George W. Duncan, 1882.
      Pg.128: At the May term, 1831, the board made the following entry re Samuel C. Duncan for a tavern license (above wording) "Whereupon he presents Nathan Crawford as his security which is approved by the court." Tavern Keepers: ... Samuel Duncan, 1831, Brandywine township.
      Pg.134: The farmer's annual register, issued in 1845, shows that the county had ... five physicians, B.F. Duncan, ...
      Pg.141: During the week of the county fair, 1879, ... committee to make arrangements for an old settlers' meeting to be held at Greenfield in 1880. ... and Washington Duncan were placed on this committee.
      Pg.146: A roster was made of the oldest people present with the number of years each had been in the county or state. The following list is taken from the report made at the time to the local papers: ... Washington Duncan, in county sixty years; Henry Duncan, in state fifty-one years; Clarissa Duncan, born in state 1808; ... (MAD: no date, but probably at the old settlers' meeting in 1880)
      Pg.233: Spring 1871, honor roll of students ... Charles P. Duncan, James J. Duncan, ...
      Pg.257: Civil War. ... Company G. of the Eighth regiment Indiana volunteers, April 22, 1861, muster roll ... John H. Duncan, ... Elberlee S. Duncan, corporals (MAD: names as spelled)
      Pg.259: Fifth Cavalry, Nineteenth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, Company G. ... Privates, ... George W. Duncan
      Pg.260: Ninth Cavalry, One Hundred and Twenty-First Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, Company B ... Privates ... Ephraim C. Duncan, ...
      Pg.266: Fifty-First Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, Company D., Henry C. Duncan, corporal. Privates ... Henry Duncan.
      Pg.288: Home Guards ... Hancock Guards, organized June 10, 1861, ... William E. Duncan, second lieutenant.
      Pg.289: Company E, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment of Indiana Volunteers, mustered in on July 11, 1863. The company at that time was composed of ... Samuel E. Duncan, corporal ...
      Quit -- lists of names, early settlers in townships, no biographies.

1882 "History of Hancock County, Indiana : from its earliest settlement by the 'pale face' in 1818, down to 1882..." by John H. Binford (FHL book 977.258 H2b)
      Pg.404: Sequel to Brandywine Twp. There also lived on the (Hominy) Ridge George Dillard, J. & Henry Duncan and William Marts.
      No Duncan biography.

1895 "The pioneer" (running title: The pioneers of Madison and Hancock Co. IN) by Samuel Harden; pub. Greenfield, Ind.: W. Mitchell Print. Co. (LH6263, HeritageQuest images 5/2007 & 7/2007; FHL book 977.25 D3h and fiche 6,049,588)
      Pg.266-267: The Pioneers of Madison and Hancock Co. IN ... memory ... Henry Duncan
      Pg.291-292: HON. JOHN H. WHITE ... one who has lived in the county so long ... born in Preble county, Ohio, December 3, 1824. He came to Shelby county, Indiana, in 1842 where he taught school many years. He came to Hancock county in 1853, where he now (1895) resides, four miles south-west of the city of Greenfield. He was married to Sarah Potts, December 23, 1845. She was born in Franklin county, Indiana, in 1822. She died, February 2, 1884 ... buried at Mt. Lebanon cemetery, east of the old home. The following are the names of their children: J.Q. and William T. (twins), born July 16, 1847; Shadrach B., Fries M., James A., Stephen G., Berry W., Henry D., deceased, February 7, 1861; buried at Mt. Lebanon cemetery; Mary J., married to John T. Duncan. ....
      Pg.351: WILLIAM WATTS AND FAMILY. The Watts family came to Hancock county in the year 1825, and settled on Blue River, eight miles south-east of Greenfield, in what is known as Hominy Ridge, where it resided many years, and where some of the representatives live to-day (1895). William Watts, the elder, was born in Butler county, Ohio, in 1800, and on the 12th day of July, 1824, he was married to Mary Tyner in Shelby county, Indiana. She was born, April 8, 1797, and died, October, 1891. He died, June 18, 1871. Both buried at the Shiloh cemetery, near the old home. ... The following are the names of their children, as given me by the fourth child, William H. Watts, now living near the scenes of his childhood: Eliza, born in 1825; married to Hiram Tyner; both deceased, and buried at the Hinchman cemetery. Harriet, born in 1826; married to James R. Duncan. She is living (1895). John F., born August 28, 1827; married to Mary J. Catt. He died in 1875, and is buried at Shiloh cemetery. She afterwards married John O.G. Collins. He died in 1895, and is buried at Gilboa cemetery. William H., born June 21, 1829; married to Minerva J. Kiger, September 5, 1850. ... Elizabeth, the fifth child of William Watts, was born October 9, 1831; married to Hawkins. ... George W., born February 6, 1833; married to Mary Allen. ... Henry W., died in infancy. Sarah A., born October 16, 1838; married to Albert Kelley. Jefferson M., born May 22, 1840; single. (MAD: more on children, not copied)
      Pg.397: The last sad rites of Masonry have been administered over the remains of the following brethren: ... Benjamin H. Duncan, March 7, 1864.

1916 "History of Hancock County, Indiana, its people, industries, and institutions : with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families" by George J. Richman, pub. by Federal Publishing (FHL book 977.258 H2r and film 934,906 item 1)
      Pg.513: First settlers came into the township about 1820 or ... who entered land ... Henry Duncan, Thomas Duncan.

1902 "Biographical memoirs of Hancock County, Indiana : to which is appended a comprehensive compendium of national biography" pub. by B.F. Bowen & Co. (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, SUTRO microfilm 277, Reel 12, Book 47; from Denise Dunn 5/1985)
      Pg.448-9: HENRY HARRISON DUNCAN. Few communities are favored with a more intelligent and enterprising class of citizens than Brandywine twp, Hancock Co., and of these there is no one more worthy of favorable mention than the well-known gentleman whose name introduces this article. Henry Harrison Duncan is a native of Hancock Co., born November 10, 1843, in the township of which he is now a resident. His father was Henry Duncan and the maiden name of his mother was Clarissa Cunningham, the former a native of Washington Co. VA and the latter born in Fayette Co. IN. When 21 years old Henry Duncan came to IN and after living one year in Fayette Co., settled about 1834 in Hancock Co. He entered 80 acres of land in section 27, Brandywine township, and proceeded to improve his place by erecting a log cabin and clearing a small patch for a crop. This work was done the same spring of his arrival. One year later the little dwelling accidentally caught fire and burned to the ground; it was replaced by a more comfortable structure and work on the clearing was continued until in a few years the greater portion of the original purchase was in cultivation. ... Henry and Clarissa Duncan had seven children, of whom the oldest was James N., a soldier in the 5th IL Cavalry during the late Rebellion, who entered the service in August, 1861, and died in March, 1863, at Helena, AR; Benjamin died in boyhood; John H., also a soldier, lives in Greenfield; Susan L. was twice married, first to Ozias Wilkins, after whose death she became the wife of John J. Bigson, and she now lives in Greenfield; Henry H. is the 5th of the family; Mary Jane, widow of W.F. Smith, residing in Greenfield; Leonine A. married George Ingell? (faint copy) and lives in Gentry Co. MO. Henry Duncan was always a successful farmer, ... originally he was a Whig but after the disolution of that party became a Democrat and so continued to the end of his days. .... He died April 24, 1886; his wife died June 23?, 1883.
      Henry H. Duncan, of this review, grew up in the township where he now lives and received his education in the county schools. He remained at home assisting with the farm work until his marriage, which was solemnized April 22, 1880, with Miss Hannah M. Ellis, daughter of Arnett and Sarah Ellis of Greene Co. OH. By occupation Mr. Ellis was a shoemaker; he spent nearly all of his life in the above county and his death occurred there in 1860; his widow also died in Greene Co., the date of her demise being the year 1854. Mr. Duncan built his present barn in 1885, ... and is now in independent circumstance ... is now arranging to move to Greenfield, renting his farm. Mason, Mt. Lebanon Methodist Protestant church. (no mention of children).

1883 "Counties of Howard & Tipton, Indiana, Historical & Biographical" ed. by Charles Blanchard (FHL book 977.2 H2bl)
      Pg.412, Howard Co.: John E. Duncan, a prominent farmer of Taylor Twp, the second son of John and Nancy (Sargeant) Duncan, natives of VA and IN. John E. was born Oct. 10, 1842, in Hancock Co. IN, and his father died about six weeks later. His mother subsequently moved to Rush Co. and he remained with her, helping to support the family until he was 21. After this, he worked out two years and invested the proceeds in a threshing machine, and by this means made his start in life. Selling his interest in this, he next invested in a farm with his brother, and later sold this and came to Taylor Twp, Howard Co., where he has since resided. He now lives on a fine farm of 200 acres, well cultivated, with all modern improvements. He was elected Trustee of Taylor Twp. Spring 1878, re-elected two years later by Democratic party. Mr. Duncan was married Aug. 30, 1866, to Miss Delana North, a native of Rush Co. IN. This union has been one of universal happiness, and has been blessed with four sons -- Omer C. born Nov. 20, 1867; Charley E. born Feb. 8, 1873; John C. born Nov. 31, 1878; and Roscoe K. born April 19, 1882. Mr. Duncan a farmer, liberal and progressive man of Taylor Twp.

1908 "History of Howard Co. IN" by Jackson Morrow, pub. by B.F. Bowen (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, Microfilm 277, Reel 52, Book 200; no other Duncan indexed)
      Vol.II, Pg.397-400: John E. Duncan ... citizen of Taylor Twp, Howard Co. John Eberly Duncan born in Rush Co. IN, October 10, 1842, son of John and Nancy (Sergent) Duncan. Grandfather Duncan was born in SC but moved to IN, settling in Rush Co. about 1820, entering between 300 and 400 acres, farm on which he lived until 1858, when he moved to Hancock Co., buying a farm here of 160 acres, partly improved. Finished improvements, died here in about four years after he took possession of the place, at the age of about 84, his faithful life companion having preceded him to the "narrow house" from Rush Co. at the age of 80 years. They were Missionary Baptists; parents of eight or ten children, the father of the subject being 2nd in order of birth. The supposition is that their ancestors were from Scotland.
            Father of subject was born in Rush Co., this state, in 1822, and was reared there, having been educated for the ministry in the Baptist church, followed preaching all his life ... career cut short by death, when only 22 years old. He was the oldest of two sons, the other being named Washington, also now deceased. The mother of the subject reached the advanced age of 84. She was twice married and had eight children by her second marriage. She remained a faithful Baptist all her life.
            Early schooling of subject was in Rush Co.; after age 20, he attended common school for two terms. Worked on farm, left parental roof when 21, hired out by the month for 3 years as farm hand, then purchased threshing machine, operated it, sold it for profit; he and his brother then bought a farm in partnership, 150 acres at $40 per acre, which they sold in two years. Mr. Duncan moved to Howard Co. in 1865 and bought 50 acres at $50 per acre, lived on it for five years, sold it for $60 per acre. Then bought 80 acres, sold 5 years later and then bought 200 acres in Taylor twp. adj. his former place at $50 per acre, where he has since resided. Had at one time another good farm of 80 acres adj. this, but which was later sold. Besides being a farmer, Mr. Duncan has been a contractor and builder ... In addition to this home place the subject's wife owns 160 acres, the old home farm, which has been successfully managed by the Duncans for many years. ... Our subject married in 1866 to Elizabeth North, daughter of James E. and Mary (Mock) North. Four children: Omer C., born in 1867, lives in Howard Co. on a farm, married, has two children; Charles, born in 1873, connected with postoffice at Kokomo, father of one child, living; J. Pearl, born in 1878, now on his mother's farm, having become the father of three children; R.K., born in 1883, married and still a member of the family circle. Subject is a Mason, Missionary Baptist; Mrs. Duncan also member of this church; Democrat.

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 Registers; printed forms with border, with most lines filled in by handwriting (copy from Sue Long 4/1999 with permission to share)
            Register of
      Name: Mary J. Duncan
      Birthplace: Hancock Co. Ind
      Date of Birth: Dec. 14th 1846
      Descent: Scotch & Irish
      Father's Name: Henry Duncan
      Mother's Name: Clarrissa Hawkins
      Mo. Br's & Sisters: Three Bros. & three Sisters
      Education: Primary
      Occupation: Farmers wife
      Politics: Democratic
      Date of Marriage: Nov the 8 1866.
            Register of Husband.
      Name: Henry Duncan
      Birthplace: Washington Co. Va.
      Date of Birth: April 18th 1808
      Descent: Scotch & Irish
      Father's Name: Benjamin Duncan
      Mother's Name: Susannah Cox
      Mo. Br's & Sisters; 6 Bro. 3 Sisters
      Education: Reading & wrighting
      Occupation: Farming
      Politics: Democratic
      Religion: Prottestant
      Date of Marriage: February the 12 1833

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.


"The Lafayette Advertiser" Lafayette, La., Saturday, March 22, 1890 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 1/2004)
      Greenfield [Hancock Co.] Ind. special to Indianapolis Journal: The facts have leaked out in regard to a marriage under rather romantice circumstances near here early last Friday morning. Two young men were waiting on Miss Maggie Duncan, a pretty nineteen year old orphan girl, who lived with her grandmother, Mrs. Smith, three miles southwest of Greenfield. The girl favored Mr. Asa McKinley, while her uncles and aunts favored the suit of Mr. John Curry. Miss Duncan and her choice had made arrangements to be married to-day, but the fact becoming known plans were made to frustrate their intentions.
      Miss Duncan was invited to the house of her aunt, Mrs. Joshua Barrett, and soon afterward another uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Archey, with their favorite suitor, John Curry, made their appearance. The company then undertook to pursuade Miss Maggie to marry Curry. Believing that their pleas would be successful they had obtained the service of the Rev. D.A. Evans of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this city, who came prepared to tie the knot. Young McKinley appeared on the scene at this time and pleaded with the girl to stand by him. He had a paper which he wished her to sign, pledging eternal fealty to him, but while so promising she was unable to sign the paper, because young Curry threw a buggy robe around her and held her arms down. KcKinley, relying on her faithfulness, left, and the work on the faithful girl began. The preacher in the meanwhile retired, but, unable to withstand the persuasion of so many, Miss Duncan, at 3 o'clock in the morning, consented to wed Curry. The license was soon obtained from the county clerk here, who was aroused from his peaceful slumbers, and at the breaking of the day Maggie Duncan became Mrs. John Curry. Young McKinley takes the matter coolly (sp), and says he doesn't care much.


"Marion Co. IN Citizens Historical Association; Personal and Family Records" (FHL film 1,476,950)
      Biographical Sketches, alphabetical; includes a sketch of J. Clay Duncan, b. 24 Aug. 1878 in Hancock Co. IN, son of John T. Duncan b. 1841 Hancock Co. IN, d. 1902 Hancock Co. IN, grandson of Washington Duncan of VA to Hancock Co. IN, wife Martha.

Citizens Historical Association Biographies, Indianapolis, IN; typed pages, perhaps in order by county and then by surname (from reference by Darrel & Wanda Duncan)
      Gibson Co. IN -- Feb. 2, 1935; No. 2 B109 D12 E26 F1 LCD/BDK. Thomas Duncan, Attorney, 211 1/2 N. Main St., Princeton, IN. MAD: the information shows he was born in Gibson Co. IN May 5, 1860, the son of James Logan and Rebecca M. (Duncan) Duncan. James Logan Duncan was born June 1, 1827 in Gibson Co. IN, his wife Rebecca M. (Duncan) was born Sept. 1, 1837 in Rush Co. IN, the daughter of a Thomas Duncan from TN to IN in early days, later locating in Hancock Co. IN. James Logan Duncan was the son of Joshua Duncan born SC who was the son of Thomas Duncan born SC, who moved to Gibson Co. IN about 1800. There is more about the attorney Thomas Duncan and his family. (FHL film 1,468,582 item 5 page 7)
      Howard Co. IN -- July 13, 1940; No. 2 D12 E34 F76 LCD/KAR. R. Kern Duncan, Realtor, Armstrong-Landon Building, Kokomo, IN. MAD: the information shows he was born in Taylor Twp., Howard Co. IN, April 19, 1882, the son of John Eberly and Delana (North) Duncan. John Eberly Duncan was born in Rush Co. IN on Oct. 10, 1842, the son of the Rev. John and Nancy (Sargeant) Duncan, and moved to Howard Co. IN in 1865. Rev. John Duncan b.VA (Baptist Church Minister, circuit rider) died in Rush Co. IN, less than 30 years of age, shortly after birth of John Eberly Duncan; his wife Nancy (Sargeant) remarried. Rev. John Duncan's father (unnamed) was born in SC, entered 400 acres in Rush Co. IN in 1820, moved to Hancock Co. IN about 1858, died about age 84, his wife died age 80. There is more about the R. Kern Duncan family and the North family. There is also a note about John E. Duncan, to see Jackson Morrow's "History of Howard Co. IN" (B.F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, 1908 or 1909), vol.2, p.397; and Charles Blanchard's "Counties of Howard & Tipton, IN" (F.A. Battey & Co., Chicago, 1883), p.412. (FHL film 1,468,583 item 2)


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