Duncans in Jackson Co. IN


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

Last revised November 26, 2011

Formed 1816 from Washington, Clark, Jefferson
Jennings formed 1817 from Jefferson, Jackson
Bartholomew formed 1821 from Unorganized Territory, Jackson
Brown formed 1836 from Monroe, Bartholomew, Jackson


1820 Jackson Co. IN Census (page 262 was duplicate of 261)
Pg.261  John Duncan        000010 - 10100
   263  Nathan Duncan      000100 - 10100
          (MAD: ? from Newberry Co. SC to Macoupin Co. IL?)

1830-1850 Jackson Co. IN Census
      No Duncans indexed

1860 Jackson Co. IN Census
Driftwood Twp.
Pg.572, #429, James M. DUNCAN 33 IN miller $200-$100
                  Eliza E. 26 IN
                  Joseph W. 5 IN
                  Eliza E. 2, James F. 2 IN
                  (MAD: 1850 Washington Co. IN census with George A. Duncan; mar. Eliza Ellen Weston 2/12/1854 Washington Co. IN)

1870 Jackson Co. IN Census
Driftwood Twp.
Pg.359, #169-176, DUNCAN, James 43 IN farmer $0-$100
                  Eliza 37 IN keeping house
                  Joseph 14, James 12, Eliza 11 IN
                  Ephraim 9, Mary 7, Charles 5 IN
                  Andrew 3, Asher W. (m) 1/12 b.May IN
Grassy Fork Twp.
Pg.371, #149-156, DUNCAN, Columbus 36 BADEN farmer $0-$300, par. of for.birth
                  Martha 35 IN keeps house
                  William 12 IN goes to school, father of foreign birth
                  Francis (f) 9, David 7, Ann 5 IN, father of foreign birth
                  Rily? (f) 3, John 3/12 b.Apr. IN, father of foreign birth
                  (MAD: birthplace plainly given as "Baden", parents or father of foreign birth marked by someone in darker ink than used elsewhere on the page)
                  (MAD: 1850 Hardin Co. KY, 1880 Doniphan Co. KS)

1880 Jackson Co. IN Soundex
Driftwood Twp., Vol.16, ED 107, Sheet 9, Line 29
DUNCAN, James M. 42 IN (white male)
            Eliza E. 22 IN dau.
            Ephraim 19 IN son
            Mary E. 16 IN dau.
            Charles D. 15, Andrew J. 11 IN sons
            Asher W. 10 IN son
            Nancy A. 7, Ida M. 4 IN daus.


Jackson Co. IN Deed Indexes (SLC 10/7/2011)
   General index to deeds, Grantor/Grantee v.1, Apr. 1816- Sept. 1844 (FHL film 1,314,910 item 1)
      No Duncan
   General index to deeds, Grantor/Grantee v.2, 1843-1854 (FHL film 1,314,910 item 2)
      No Duncan


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, Edward, widow Duncan, Emily R.; I 134 PA Inf.; 1896 Jan. 25, Invalid Appl. #1173645, Cert. #918406, Ill.; 1918 Feb. 28, Widow Appl. #1115627, Cert. 844098, Ill. (MAD: 1850 Beaver Co. PA census; mar. Emily Ruddick 1869 Jackson Co. IN; to Morgan Co. IL)


"Territorial Papers, Indiana Territory" Vol.VIII (from Evelyn Sigler, and CA State University, Sacramento, library)
      Pg.317-20: Memorial to Congress by Citizens of the Territory; ordered to lie on the table, November 26, 1814: Settlements in the New purchase made by General Harrison on the Wabash and two forks of White River were made by a few adventurers (footnote indicates this was the area later Clark Co., around White Oak Springs); the petition asks that these settlers be given preference to the lands they have improved. Signed by James Duncan and others, including Elijah Vanlaningham (sic), Jesse Calahan, Isaac Garrot. (have copy)
      Pg.331-5: Memorial to Congress by Citizens of the Territory; read February 1, 1815: Petition similar to that on page 317-320 above. (footnote: some families lived in White Oak Springs [Clark Co.], some in Jackson, Pike, Dubois, and Switzerland Cos.) Signed by more petitioners than above petition; includes Thomas Duncan, Thomas Evans, Saml. Marshall.

HISTORIES before 1923

1906 "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois; and History of Morgan County" ed. by Newton Bateman and Paul Selby; Morgan Co. ed. by William F. Short (FHL book 977.346 H2b)
      Pg.813-4: DUNCAN, WILLIAM PERCY, B.S., M.D., ... young physician and surgeon of Jacksonville, Morgan Co. ILL, was born in Jacksonville, October 30, 1878, the son of Edward and Emily (Ruddick) Duncan, natives of Pennsylvania and Indiana respectively. The grandfather, Robert Duncan, was born in Beaver Co. PA, in 1809, and the grandmother, Martha (Neville) Duncan, was born in the same county, in 1816. The former, who was a farmer by occupation, died when 78 years old, and the latter, at the age of 62 years.
            Edward Duncan was born in Beaver Co. PA, August 16, 1838, and received his mental training in the district schools and at Beaver Academy, being afterward, for 12 years, a teacher in the schools of PA, IN and IL. He enlisted August 9, 1862, in Co. G, 134th Reg., PA Volunteer Infantry, ... In 1868 he located at Cerro Gordo, Ill., where he followed the occupation of teaching. In 1876 he graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, ... after which, at Jacksonville, he began the successful practice ... member of the Centenary Methodist Church .... On March 16, 1869, at Seymour [Jackson Co.], Ind., Dr. Duncan was married to Emily Ruddick, a daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth (Fisher) Ruddick. Two children were the result of this union -- Helen, who was born September 14, 1874, and died May 4, 1900, and William Percy.
            Dr. (W.P.) Duncan ... in October, 1904, he located at Jacksonville ... On July 21, 1903, Dr. W.P. Duncan was married to Florence Tunison, a daughter of Henry Cuthbert and Catherine (Murray) Tunison. One child -- Edward Tunison, born June 7, 1904 -- resulted from this union. ...


"The Holmes family : of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Iredell Co., North Carolina, Jackson Co., Indiana and Jasper Co., Iowa, 1750-1976" by Lola Frances Murphy McMeen and Lola Vita Murphy Wilson, 1976 (FHL book 929.273 G694g)
      Pgs.6-7 in this book refer to Ransom Powell Holmes, b. Jackson Co. IN 11/14/1825, mar. 2nd Mary Ann Duncan on 8/7/1853 (MAD: mar. Washington Co. IN). Pgs.17-22 note that Mary Ann had a brother George Duncan who died in 1904 age 64, wife Hulda, son of George Allen Duncan, a school teacher, and Anna N. Lane. (MAD: George A. Duncan mar. Edith Downey 12/20/1826 Washington Co. IN; 1850 Washington Co. IN census) Ransom P. Holmes and family moved to Jasper Co. IA 1865; another brother of Mary Ann's, Charles B. Duncan, accompanied them on the trip.


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