Duncans in Harrison Co. IN


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

Last revised May 19, 2012

Formed 1808 from Knox, Clark
Washington formed 1814 from Clark, Harrison, Jefferson
Crawford formed 1818 from Orange, Harrison, Perry
Floyd formed 1819 from Harrison, Clark


1810 Harrison Co. IN Census
Exeter & Harriston Twps only
Pg.?   David H. Duncan          00100  - 30100

1820 Harrison Co. IN Census
Pg.46  David Dumer (Duncan?)    001101 - 10201
         (MAD: see Pike Co. IN 1830 census)

1830-1860 Harrison Co. IN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Harrison Co. IN Census
Boon Twp.
Pg.36, #293-287, DANCAN, E.S. (m) 31 KY farm laborer $0-$100
                  Wyliscia (f) 31 NY keeping house
                  ZIMMERMAN, P?.P. (m) 6 IN at home


Harrison Co. IN Deed Indexes (SLC 9/2007)
      Dunkin, James T. from Groves, Andrew, warranty, Dec. 5, 1842, $150, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.2 Twp.2 Range 4, 80 acres, recorded 2/4/1843, O-300 (Grantee index 1809-1843; FHL 1,404,902 item 2)
      Duncan, Robert C. from Baldwin, Robert, warranty, Aug. 30, 1854, $1750, pt. SW 1/4 Sec.12, 160 acres, and pt. NW 1/4 Sec.13, 120 acres, and pt. SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.11, 40 acres, all Twp.3 Range 2. Recorded Sept. 7, 1854, Z-642 (Grantee index 1842-1854; FHL 1,404,902 item 3)
      No Duncan in Grantee index 1854-1863 (FHL 1,404,902 item 4); later indexes not looked at
      No Duncan in Grantor index 1809-1843 (FHL film 1,404,903 item 5)
      Duncan, James T. to Sears, Harrison, Aug. 29, 1844, $225, warranty, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.2 Twp.2 Range 4, 80 acres, recorded Dec. 19, 1846, R-525 (Grantor index 1842-1854, FHL film 1,404,904 item 1)
      Duncan, Robert C. to Swarens, (no other name?), warranty, Aug. 23, 1856, $2,142, W part SW 1/4 Sec.12; W part NW 1/2 (MAD: 1/4) Sec.13; SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.11, all Twp.3 Range 2, recorded Sept. 17, 1856, B2-443. (Grantor index, FHL film 1,404,904 item 2)

Harrison Co. IN Deeds (SLC 9/2007)
      O-300: 15 Dec. 1842, Andrew (X) Groves and Catherine (X) Groves of Harrison Co. IN to James T. Dunkin of Floyd Co. IN, for $150, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.2 Twp.2S Range 4E, 80 acres. Wit. William Henry, Asa Rosenbarger. Release by wife Cathrine. Recorded 4 Feb. 1843. (written sideways in margin:) Deed Delivered to James T. Dunkin Sept. 1, 1845. (FHL film 1,404,882)
      R-525: 29 Aug. 1844, James T. Duncan and wife Katharine of Floyd Co. IN to Harrison Sears of Harrison Co. IN, $225, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.2 Twp.2S Range 4E, 80 acres. Both signed. Wit. H.W. Welker, William McLane. (FHL film 1,404,883)
      Z-642: 30 Aug. 1854, Robert Baldwin and wife Ruth Baldwin to Robert C. Duncan, W part of SW 1/4 Sec.12 Twp.3S Range 2E, and W part NW 1/4 Sec.13 Twp.3S Range 2E, taken off said quarter by a north and south line running through the Spring house ... also the SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.11 Twp.3S Range 2E, for $1,750. No wit. "Original delivered to John Miller March 18, 1855" (FHL film 1,404,887 item 1)
      B2-443: 23 Aug. 1856, Robert C. Duncan and wife Lewellyn A. Duncan to John Sivarens (later: Swearings), W part of SW 1/4 Sec.12 Twp.3S Range 2E and W part of NW 1/4 Sec.13 Twp.3S Range 2E, (etc.) also SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.11 Twp.3S Range 2E, for $2,142. Both signed before J.P. Rec. 23 Aug. 1856, delivered to John Swearens Jan. 5, 1857. (FHL film 1,404,887 item 3) (MAD: 1850 Floyd Co. IN census, 1860 Daviess Co. KY census)


"Territorial Papers, Indiana Territory" Vol.VII (SF City or CA State Library, Sutro Branch, from Nancy Davies, and from Evelyn Sigler 6/1982; CA State University, Sacramento, library)
      Pg.692-4: Petition to Congress by Citizens of Harrison Co., referred December 12, 1809: That the Laws of Congress and this Territory are Such that a vast Number of the Citizens are deprived of the right of Suffrage. (A right that we think is the birth right of every free born American) Tho at the Same time, are compelled to do Military duty. Support our County and Territorial government. In Short, have to perform all the duties of a Citizens (sic) And deprived of all the rights of freemen. Therefore we hope your Honours will not think we ask what ought not to be granted. When we beg that the right of Suffrage may be extended to each Citizen, of the Territory who has attained the age of twenty one years, Paid a County or Territorial Tax, and done Militia duty. And we also beg that the Power of appointing the Militia & Civil officers may be Invested in the Power of the People, ... Signed by Marshal Duncan, David Duncin, David Dunkin, and others.
      Pg.703: Petition to Congress by Citizens of Harrison Co., no date, 1809: That his Excellency William Henry Harrison has been recommended to be reappointed in his office; the petitioners oppose this because on 17 Sept. 1807 Harrison approved a law for the introduction of Negroes into the territory which they believe to be a violation of the ordinance of Congress passed 13 July 1787 (the petitioners are strongly against slavery); and that Harrison had already been governor for nine years. Signed by Marshill Denkin, David Duncin and lots of others.

"Territorial Papers, Indiana Territory" Vol.VIII (Memphis Public Library from Evelyn Sigler 6/1982; CA State University, Sacramento, library 11/1984)
      Pg. 228-9: Petition to Congress by Mounted Riflemen of Harrison Co., referred Dec. 30, 1812: Mounted Riflemen Memorial to Congress Petition of sundry inhabitants of Harrison Co. IN, who served as mounted riflemen in the "late" expedition on the Wabash under Captain Spencer, praying compensation for property lost and services rendered in the expedition. They enlisted for 5 years under the Militia law of the Territory, equipped at their own expense, but were assured by the Commander in Chief they would receive compensation adequate to their services as mounted riflemen. Signed by John Duncan and others.


Floyd Co. IN Deed (FHL film 1,412,090)
      5-28/29: 7 Aug. 1854, Robert C. Duncan and wife Lewellan, of Floyd Co. IN, to Robert Baldwin of Harrison Co. IN, for $1200 paid, sell lot in city of New Albany, Floyd Co., Lot 10 in the Gore, warrant title. /s/ Robert C. Duncan, Lewellyn A. Duncan. They appeared 7 Aug. 1854 before Jno. H. Sotsurburg, N.P. They appeared 4 Aug. 1856 before Elbert Mun, J.P., Harrison Co. IN. Certification by George W. Denbo, Clerk of Harrison Circuit Court for Elbert Mun, Esqr., 5 Aug. 1856. Recorded 11 Sept. 1856.

HISTORIES before 1923

1907 "Pioneer history of Indiana : including stories, incidents and customs of the early settlers" by William Monroe Cockrum (FHL book 977.2 H2cw)
      Pg.281: Marshall Duncan killed 7 Nov. 1811 in Battle of Tippecanoe.
      Pg.242: Map of Indiana in 1811.

1887 "Portrait and Biographical Album of Coles Co. IL" by Chapman Bros. (from reference in Linnie Wright Barrett Notebook 17, pg.4, to Samuel J. Jackson; FHL film 825,562)
      Pg.221: Dr. W.S. DUNCAN, of Hutton Twp., spent his childhood and youth in Greene Co. IN, where he was born Feb. 26, 1825; his grandfather having been Isaiah Duncan, an enterprising Southern farmer who was born, reared and spent his entire life in SC (MAD: Newberry Co. per Eli's 1850 census); he married and became the father of a family, including five sons and two daughters. The sons were Isaiah, George, John, Eli and Joshua. Of these, the father of our subject was next to the youngest. He received a common school education and remained with his father on the farm until reaching manhood. He then migrated North and, locating in Greene Co. IN, was married to Miss Rebecca Stevens in the spring of 1822. Mrs. Duncan was born Feb. 28, 1801, in KY, and was the dau. of William Stevens, who emigrated from the Blue Grass regions to Harrison Co. IN. After marriage, Mr. Duncan rented a tract of land and farmed until the spring of 1835; he then came to Edgar Co., this State, secured possession of 40 acres of timber land, part of which he cleared and occupied until spring of 1853; he then removed with his family to Laclede Co. MO and died there in 1856, leaving a family of seven children. While a resident of IN he and his wife had become members of the Dunkard Church, but after coming to IL united with the Christian Church. The mother survived her husband about 23 years, making her home with her children, and died Dec. 10, 1881. The parental family included the following children: Isaiah who died in infancy; W.S. of our sketch; John who died in infancy; George now a minister of the Christian Church at AR; Joshua; Marion who died when 20 years of age; Obadiah a resident of Piatt Co. IL; Jane; Elizabeth a widow, now residing in Marion Co., and Polly A. who has carried on a millinery establishment in Bement [Piatt Co.], IL, for the last 20 years.
            Dr. Duncan was the 2nd child of his parents and received but a common-school education; when 18, he commenced working in a tanyard for 3 years, then enlisted in Co. H, 4th IL Vol. Inf., started on 16 June 1846 by wagon to Springfield, IL, bound for Mexico; after reaching the seat of war, he found that the precarious state of his health would prevent him from continuing in the ranks, and in Dec. received his discharge on account of disability, the result of measels contracted at Matamoras, Mex. Upon returning to Edgar Co., he began teaching school, ... worked on farm, ... in about 1853 began practicing (as doctor) in Coles Co. The marriage of Dr. Duncan and Miss Charlotte W. Elsbury was celebrated at the home of the bride, Dec. 3, 1847; Mrs. Duncan was born March 13, 1826, and is the dau. of John and Charlotte (Winters) Elsbury, natives of IN. Dr. Duncan continued teaching for about 3 years after his marriage, ... located at Strington, ... until 1860, that spring he took up residence at Sidney, Champaign Co. In Jan. 1864 during progress of Civil War, he enlisted in Co. I, 10th IL Vol. Cav., and was appointed Assistant Surgeon, receiving his commission 18 March ... until Oct. 13 following, when he resigned, returned to Sidney, continued practice until 1868. Health compelled him to leave prairie country so he moved to Farmersburg [Sullivan Co.], IN; until Aug. 1884, then returned to Sidney, then to Hutton Twp. in Oct. 1886, where still lives. Mrs. Charlotte Duncan died at Farmersburg, IN, in Oct. 1874; member of Christian Church; bore nine children, recorded as follows: Minerva P. born Oct. 3, 1848, is the wife of John W. Payne, of Evansville, IN; Melissa C. born June 11, 1850, is the wife of Alfred Duncan of Fulton Co. MO; Mary E. born Sept. 12, 1852, died 13 days later; Minnie C. born May 10, 1854, is the wife of Joab Patton of IN; Laura B. born Jan. 14, 1857, died when 18 months old; Josephine F.P. born May 15, 1860, is the wife of Dr. George H. Bogart, of IN; Rebecca D. born July 12, 1863, died Aug. 15 following; her twin brother, William M., died Aug. 5 following. Nora, born July 10, 1865, became the wife of Lester E. Foulke and is a resident of Champaign Co.
            The present wife of our subject, whom he married Jan. 5, 1875, was formerly Miss Elizabeth Johns, a native of Boone Co. IN, and born June 29, 1846; she is the dau. of Hardin W. and Charlotte T. Johns, natives of KY; two children: William O. born Sept. 25, 1875, died Sept. 15, 1878; and Blach G. (MAD: sic) born April 16, 1883; the Dr. and Mrs. Duncan members of 7th Day Adventist Church; while resident of IN, Dr. Duncan identified himself with the Sullivan Co. Medical Assn, ... Fairbanks IN Lodge A.F.&A.M., Terre Haute Chap.; Republican.


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