Duncans in Howard Co. IN


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

Last revised May 18, 2012

Formed 1844 from Carroll, Cass, Miami, Grant, Hamilton
Originally Richardville Co.


1850 Howard Co. IN Census
Irwin Twp.
Pg.446, #71, George W. DUNCAN 25 IN farmer $250
                  Mary F. 18 IN
                  Squire (m) 3/12 IN
                  (MAD: mar. Mary Frances Crume 2/10/1848)

1860 Howard Co. IN Census
(MAD: census taker of Howard Twp apparently left state name blank if person born in Indiana; I have noted "(IN)" in parenthesis)
Howard Twp.
Pg.591, #596-596, Thos. GRINSLEY 35 (IN) farmer $1000-$200
                  Elizabeth 36 (IN)
                  Iamael? (f) 4, John 2, Charles 1 (IN)
                  Geo. DUNKIN 10 (IN)
                  William 8? (3? or 9?) (IN)
                  Paul (m) 4 (IN)
                  Hiram KERM? (m) 11 (IN)
                  (MAD: William indexed as age 9)
Harrison Twp.
Pg.766, #382-375, James DUNKIN 50 VA farmer $1400-$425
                  Matilda 45 KY
                  John J. 17, George W. 14 IN
                  Mary E. 12, Robert H. 8 IN
                  Rachel A. 5, Sarah M. 3 IN
                  Jacob A. 1 IN
                  (MAD: 1850 Rush Co. IN census)
Monroe Twp.
Pg.775, #447-441, Sampson LETT 36 KY farmer $2500-$425
                  Nancy 34 IN
                  John T. 13, Mariah (f) 8 IN
                  Sarah A. 5 IN
                  John DUNKIN 17 IN day laborer $0-$40
                  Bartholomew HOBART? 28 IN day laborer $0-$125

1870 Howard Co. IN Census
Harrison Twp.
Pg.370, #30-27, DUNCAN, James 60 VA farmer $3200-$700
                  Matilda 55 KY keeping house
                  Robert 19, Rachel 17 IN
                  Sarah 14, Jacob A. 12, William 9 IN
Honey Creek Twp.
Pg.382, #77-74, DUNCAN, Francis (m) 25 IN farmer $1000-$400
                  Hannah 27 OH keeping house
                  Samuel 3 IN
                  Orpha (f) 10/12 IN b.Aug.
Ervin Twp.
Pg.418, #94-91, DUNCAN, Thomas 48 IN farmer $1500-$300
                  Rebecca 38 PA keeping house
                  Cynthia 14, William 11 IN
                  Sophia 8, Mary E. 5, Charles 2 IN
                  WALCH, Sylvester 43 PA carpenter
Pg.420, #133-131, CRUME, William 35 IN farmer $0-$0
                  Mary 32 IN keeping house
                  John S. 9, Mary F. 6 IN
                  Nancy P. 5, Daniel L?. 2 IN
                  Springer (m) 65 IN
                  Daniel 25 IN farm laborer
                  DUNCAN, George 18 IN farm laborer
Taylor Twp.
Pg.497, #326-322, DUNCAN, J.E. (m) 26 IN farmer $2500-$600
                  E.L?. (E.D?.) (f) 20 IN keeping house
                  Omer (m) 2 IN
                  COX, M.P. (m) 14 IN works on farm
                  (MAD: John E. Duncan and wife Elizabeth D. on 1880 census)
Pg.497-498, #329-325, DUNCAN, J.J. (m) 27 IN farmer $2000-$700
                  Susan 25 OH keeping house
                  H.C.(m) 5 IN
                  H.M. (f) 3 IN
                  HALTON, Allen (m) 15 IN farm hand
                  (MAD: John J. Duncan on 1880 census, son Henry, dau. Mary)


Carroll Co. IN Deeds
      M-26: 6 March 1850, Peter Dunkin of Carroll Co. IN to Washington Dunkin of Howard Co. IN, for $500 paid, sell land in Carroll Co. IN, N 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.27 Twp.35N Range 1E, with appurtenances, warrant title, and Rebecca Dunkin, wife of said Peter Dunkin, for $2 to her in hand paid, relinquishes her right of dower. /s/ Peter Dunkin, Rachael Dunkin. Wit. J.W. Ewing, Obed Barnard. 4 March 1850, Peter Dunkin and wife Rebecca Dunkin appeared before Obed Barnard, J.P. Recorded May 24, 1850. (MAD: Rebecca and Rachael as given) (FHL film 2,208,678)
      M-246: George Washington Dunkin deed to Linsey B. Payton. 9 Nov. 1850, for $500 paid by Lindsey B. Payton of Cass Co., we sell in fee simple tract of land containing 80 acres more or less in Carroll Co. IN, W 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.27 Twp.25N Range 1E, warrant title. /s/ George Washington Dunkin, Mary F. Dunkin. Wit. James Forgey. George Washington Dunkin and wife Mary F. Dunkin appeared 18 Nov. 1850 before James F. Forgey, J.P. of Howard Co. IN, Mary F. Dunkin is between 18 and 21 years of age but she signed the indenture in the presence of her father, Esqr. S. Conners request, he declared that it was for her own benefit and interest and said Esquire S. Coner her father was willing to the same. Certification by Franklin S. Price, Clerk of Howard Circuit Court, for James A. Forgey, 2 Dec. 1850. Recorded Dec. 30, 1850. (FHL film 2,208,678)

Tipton Co. IN Deed (SLC 2/2009)
      9-134: 4 Aug. 1879, William D. Duncan and wife Elizabeth of Tipton Co. IN to Jacob Smith of Tipton Co., for $650, near NW corner of NE 1/4 Sec.5 Twp.22N Range 3E, ... containing 13 acres and 3/4. Ack. in Howard Co. IN 4 Aug. 1879. Rec. 6 Aug. 1879. (FHL film 2,318,054)

HISTORIES before 1923

1898 "Biographical & Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard & Tipton Cos. IN" by Lewis Publishing (FHL book 977.2 D3bg)
      Pg.180-1, Vol.1: Dr. S.O. Duncan, druggest and practicing physician of Russiaville, Howard Co. IN, is a native of this county, born in Honey Creek Twp. on a farm on June 2, 1868. Lineage back to Scotland, his great-grandfather Duncan having been chief of a Scottish clan. At an early period in the history of America, he left his home in Scotland and came to America, settling in NC, where his son Peter, the grandfather of our subject, was born. Peter Duncan came in early life to IN and located in Switzerland Co. and his son, F.M., the Doctor's father, was born in that county. In 1848 the Duncan family removed to Howard Co. and here F.M. grew to manhood, farmed, present home in Russiaville, he having recently retired from the farm. During the Civil war, private in 118th IN Volunteers, enlisted Aug. 1862, discharged at close of war. Married Miss Hannah Runk, daughter of Samuel Runk, the third white man to settle in Honey Creek Twp, Howard Co. Mr. Duncan is now 51 years of age, and his wife 52; parents of five children, three of whom are living: S.O. subject of this review, Orpha wife of Joseph D. VanSickel of Miami IN; and Earnest, a student in Law School. S.O. Duncan attended school near home, then Franklin College, graduated 1893 ... Baptist Church; his father in New-Light or Christian church. (MAD: no mention of marriage or wife of S.O. Duncan; Peter Duncan from Stokes Co. NC)

1883 "Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana, Historical & Biographical" by Charles Blanchard (FHL book 977.2 H2bl)
      Pg.390-1, Howard Co.: Samuel Runk, born Berkeley Co. VA Nov. 27, 1816, son of John b. Hanover Co. PA who was son of Valentine b. PA son of Valentine who emigrated from Germany to NY when young (more on Runk ancestry). John, father of Samuel, served in War of 1812, married Elizabeth Miller, native of PA; settled a while in MD where John and Daniel were born; subsequently located in VA where Betsey, Samuel, George, William, Jacob L., Mary and Joseph T. were born, all living. In 1836 to Clinton Co. OH where father died age 84 and mother at 89. About time of his majority, Samuel married Margaret Ratcliff, dau. of Edom Ratcliff b. NC and wife Hannah Smith, who were among first settlers of Highland Co. OH; Ratcliffs came to Honey Creek Twp in 1844 from Highland Co. OH, where they died, having reared nine children. Our subject (Samuel Runk) settled Honey Creek Twp 1844; in April 1877 his wife died; they had nine children: Matilda (deceased) married Joseph Elliott; Hannah E. who married F.M. Duncan whom she blessed with Alice (deceased), Samuel, Orpha, Maggie (deceased) and Earnest; William A., Jacob; Miles who married Sallie A. Orr; John M., Louisa A. married Thomas Carter; Maggie E. married George T. Lindley; Abraham L. (more on Samuel Runk's grandchildren)
      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.

1920 "History of Howard Co. (IN) in the World War" by Clarence V. Haworth, pub. by W.B. Burford (FHL book 977.285 M2h; IN State Library book 940.3772 H848H 1920, from C.T. Duncan 12/2007; no explanation on pages of number in parentheses after name)
      Pg.81: Duncan, Clarence G. (29), son of H.C. and Laretta Duncan, was born in Tipton Co., Ind., March 9, 1897. He entered the army at Kokomo, Ind., Sept.5, 1918, and was in training at both Camp Zachary Taylor and Camp Knox, Ky., as a truck driver for Headqrs. Co., Seventieth Regiment, Eleventh Division, until his discharge Feb.7, 1919.
      Duncan, James Butler (34), son of Isaac B. and Margaret Edgington Duncan, was born in Bryantsville [Garrard Co.], Ky., June 1, 1894. After his enlistment in Kokomo, Ind., April 26, 1918, he was sent to the following camps: Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky.; Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.; Camp Lee, Va.; and Valdahon, France. He landed overseas the day after the armistice was signed, but as his work was in the medical department, he was placed on duty at Camp Hospital No.12. He was discharged July 12, 1919.
      Duncan, Virgil Glen (16), son of Omer C. and Rosa Duncan, was born in Kokomo, Ind., May 14, 1892. He graduated from the Kokomo High School in 1913. On June 5, 1917, he enlisted in the Regular Army, and was assigned to Bat. C, Nineteenth F.A., Fifth Brigade, Fifth Division. Sergeant Duncan attended the third O.T.C. at Leon Springs, Texas, and was commissioned second lieutenant June 1, 1918; later he attended the Officers' School of Fire at Fort Sill, Okla. He was discharged early in 1919.


Citizens Historical Association Biographies, Indianapolis, IN; typed pages, perhaps in order by county and then by surname (from reference by Darrel & Wanda Duncan)
      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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