Duncans in Knox Co. IN


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

Last revised October 18, 2013

Formed 1790 from Northwest Territory
Clark formed 1801 from Knox
Harrison formed 1808 from Knox, Clark
Gibson, Warrick formed 1813 from Knox
Orange formed 1816 from Washington, Knox, Gibson
Daviess, Sullivan formed 1817 from Knox


1820-1830 Knox Co. IN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Knox Co. IN Census
Pg.50  John S. Dunkin      0100,11  -  0000,1

1850 Knox Co. IN Census
61st Dist.
Pg.220, #957, J.S. DUNCAN (m) 34 OH farmer $500
                  Eliza 38 IN
                  William 9, Frances H. (f) 6/12 IN
                  & others
Pg.230, #1115, William WHITE 26 MD farmer BLACK, & other BLACKS
                  Robert DUNCAN 30 IN BLACK

1860 Knox Co. IN Census
Decker Twp.
Pg.974, #74-74, John S. DUNKIN 44 IN farm laborer $0-$0
                  F.E. (f) 16 IN
Vincennes City
Pg.1121, #364-376, Charles H. LATHROP 29 MA painter $0-$60
                  Elisa C. 28 OH
                  Annie DUNKIN (f) 9 OH
Pg.1136, #480-495, Robert DUNKIN 36 IN BLACK laborer $0-$20
                  Lucresia (f) 30 NC BLACK
                  John 6, Mary 3 IN BLACK

1870 Knox Co. IN Census (pg.26 & 109 also from June Ricketts 11/1985)
Decker Twp., P.O. Mt.Carmel, IL
Pg.24, #94-94, EDWARDS, Napoleon B. 48 IN farmer $2200-$5684
                  Nancy P. 40 IN keeping house
                  James S. 20 IN works on farm
                  Senica (m) 18 IN works on farm
                  Missouri (f) 12 IN at home
                  Lillie (f) 6/12 IN b.Nov.
                  WHITE, Eliza 21 IN dom. servt.
                  HOOTEN, John 15 IN day laborer
                  DUNCAN, Kerr 39 NC day laborer, parents of foreign birth
Decker Twp., P.O. Mt.Carmel, IL, taken 9/8/1870
Pg.26, #117-117, DUNCAN, John 54 IN farmer $1500-$2705
                  Mary A. 36 IL keeping house
                  Ida M. (f) 3, Charles W. 1 IN
                  ALBEITZ, Esther 11 IL
                  Emma B. 8 IL
Steen Twp., P.O. Wheatland, taken 8/6/1870
Pg.109, #130-132, DUNCAN, John O. 64 VA plasterer $0-$335
                  Sallie 48 KY keeping house
                  Mary S. 26 KY "no occupation"
                  Elizabeth 19 KY "no occupation"
                  Paulina 17, Amanda V. 14 KY at home
                  John 12 KY
                  Willie W. (m) 7 KY
                  (MAD: 1860 Lincoln Co. KY, 1850 Garrard Co. KY)
Pg.109, #131-133, DUNCAN, James D. 23 KY day lab. $0-$0
                  Eliza A. 19 KY keeping house
                  Charles 1 KY
Vigo Twp.
Pg.126-127, #144-148, HARRISON, Deal 36 MI keeps boarding house
                  & family & lots of men, including:
                  DUNCAN, Brink 26 NY laborer
Pg.216, #734-722, SAHR, Antone (m) 47 PRUssia "salon & restaraurs"
                  & family & others, labeled "restaraunt"
                  DUNCAN, Mollie V. (f) 20 IN waiter


Knox Co. IN Deed Indexes (SLC 5/30/2011)
   General index of deeds in Knox County, Indiana, v. 1, May 26, 1814-Jul 17, 1829 (FHL film 2,443,989 Item 1)
      A-232,233: Duncan, Jas. D. & wife to McCall, James B., July 5, 1815, deed 90a land in Knox Co., Ind.Ty, rec. Aug. 1, 1815, $900
      A-14,15: Duncan, James D. from Harbin, John & wife, Sept. 7, 1810, deed 65 acres land in Knox Co., Ind.Ty, N.side of Wabash River, rec. June 21, 1814, $130
      A-15,16: Duncan, James D. from McIntosh, Wm. Exor H.V., Aug. 25, 1813, deed 100 acres land in Knox Co., Ind.Ty, N.side of Wabash River, rec. June 21, 1814, "no consideration mentioned"
   General index of deeds in Knox County, Indiana, v. 2, Jul 9, 1829-Mar 3, 1838 (FHL film 2,443,989 Item 2)
      H-675,6: Duncan, Wm. & wife to Johnson, Isaiah, Aug. 16, 1837, deed, 66-43/100 acres, E.H. of E.H. of W frac Sec.6 in T5N R6W, rec. Feb. 4, 1838, $500
      H-673,4: Duncan, William from Foot, Winthrop & wife, Jan. 17, 1837, deed, 341 acres, ? of SE of W frac Sec.6, E.h. SE qr Sec.2, lots 1,2, frac 12, rec. Feb. 4, 1838, $800
   General index of deeds in Knox County, Indiana, v. 3, Mar 8, 1838-Sep 1842 (FHL film 2,443,989 Item 3)
      No Duncan grantor or grantee
   General index of deeds in Knox County, Indiana, v. 4, Sep 8, 1842-Mar 18, 1848 (FHL film 2,443,989 Item 4)
      No Duncan grantor or grantee
   General index of deeds in Knox County, Indiana, v. 5, Mar 23, 1848-Apr 1855 (FHL film 2,443,989 Item 5)
      S-701: Duncan, Wm. & wf to Hixon, Joseph, Aug. 19, 1853, deed, quantity not named, E 1/2 of SE 1/4 Sec.2 T5N R7W, Oct. 19, 1853, $500
      U-4: Duncan, Wm. Adm. to Woolery, Jacob, Feb. 16, 1849, deed, SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.8 T4N R8W, other tract of 100 acres, Feb. 13, 1854, $93.33.
      U-117: Duncan, Wm. & wf to Burch, Charles, Mar. 5, 1855, deed, blank land description, rec. Apr. 3, 1854
      No Duncan grantee

Knox Co. IN Deeds (FHL film 7,768 has index 1814-1829 to Book A 1814-1817, and Books B-C 1817-1829)
      A-14: 7 Sept. 1810, John Harbin and wife Dianna to James D. Duncan, both Knox Co. IN, $130, 65 acres on NE side of the River Wabash, part of tract of 300 acres ... (not copied further) Wit. Julia Vanderburgh, Henry Vanderburgh. (FHL film 7,768)
      A-15: 25 Aug. 1813, Will McIntosh and Frances C. Vanderburgh, executor and executrix of will of Henry Vanderburgh, Esq., to James D. Duncan alias Dunkin, all Knox Co. IN, by obligation dated Feb. 10, 1807, bound himself & exec. to convey to James D. Duncan alias Dunkin, 100 acres on N. side of River Wabash. Wit. D. Sullivan, Daniel Jennings. (FHL film 7,768)
      A-232: 5 July 1815, James D. Dunkin and wife Sally (X) of Knox Co. IN to James B. McCall of same, $900, 90 acres, part of 400 acre grant to James Baird and conveyed to James D. Duncan 18 June 1814, located in name of James D. Dunkin, adj. Robert Gill. Wit. L. Black, David Porter/Parker?. (later: Sally D. Dunkin). (FHL film 7,768) (MAD: James Duncan mar. Sarah Foulger 3/5/1807; see Sullivan Co. IN 1820-1830 census)

Knox Co. IN Deeds (SLC 6/2/2011)
      H-673/674: 17 Jan. 1837, "Winthropee" Foot & Cintha C. Foot his wife of Lawrence Co. IN to William Duncan of afsd, for $800 paid, sell all the tracts or parcels of land in Knox Co. IN, to wit, E 1/2 E 1/2 of W fractional Section 6 in Twp.5N Range 6W, containing 66 acres and 45/100, the E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.2 containing 80 acres, Lots No.1 & 2 in fractional 12 containing 94 acres and 67/100, Lot No.3 in fractional Sec.23 containing 32 acres & 45/100s, and 69 acres of the E 1/2 of NE 1/4 Sec.23 aforesaid and bounded as follows, to wit, beg. at SE corner of said quarter then W 80 rods then N 138 rods then E 80 rods then S 138 rods to the beginning, all in Twp.5S of Range 7W; warrant title. /s/ Winthorp Foot, "Cynthia" C. Foot. Wit. Matthew Borland, Robert Mitchell. Winthorp Foot and Cinthia C. Foot appeared before Matthew Borland, J.P., 17 Jan. 1837. Certificate 12 Jan. 1837 of Robert Mitchell, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Lawrence Co. IN, re Mathew Borland Esq. was an acting J.P. Recorded Feb. 4, 1838. (FHL film 2,442,847; SLC 6/2/2011)
      H-675/676: 16 Aug. 1837, William Duncan and Mary his wife of Lawrence Co. IN to Isaiah Johnston of Davis Co. IN, for $200 paid, sell tract in Knox Co. IN, the E 1/2 of E 1/2 of W fractional Sec.6 in Twp.5N Range 6W containing 66 acres & 43/100 more or less; warrant title. /s/ W. Duncan, Mary Duncan. William Duncan and Mary his wife appeared before Michael A. Mallott, Notary Public of Lawrence Co. IN, 16 Aug. 1837. Certificate of Robert Mitchel, Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County, re Michael A. "Malott," 17 Aug. 1837. Recorded Feb. 4, 1838. (FHL film 2,442,847; SLC 6/2/2011)
      S-701: In consideration of $500, William Duncan and Mary his wife convey and warrant to Joseph Hixon the tract of land in Knox Co. IN, towit, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.2 Twp.5N Range 7W. 11 Aug. 1853, /s/ W. Duncan, Mary H. Duncan. Statement 18 Aug. 1853 by Andrew Gelwick, Recorder of Lawrence Co., William Duncan and Mary his wife appeared and ack. the execution of the above deed. (FHL film 2,443,729; SLC 6/2/2011)
      U-4/6: Whereas on 1 Nov. 1847, William Duncan administrator of Robert Mitchell deceased, filed in the Probate Court of Lawrence Co. IN his certain petition against Jesse A. Mitchell, Samuel Mitchell, Mary Ann Mitchell, Malinda J. Mitchell, Caroline E. Mitchell and Patsy Mitchell the widow and heirs of said deceased, showing that the personal property of said Robert Mitchell was insufficient to pay his debts and liabilities ... (asked for) an order to sell the following several tracts or parcels of land, among other real estate of said deceased, for the purpose of paying debts ... and discharging liens thereon created by said deceased in his lifetime, towit, the E 1/2 and the E 1/2 of the W half and Lot No.2 of fractional Sec.5 in Twp.5N Range 6W containing 171 and 50/100 acres in Knox Co. IN, ... the Court authorized the sale at public vendue at Courthouse door in town of Bedford on 1 Feb. 1848 on a credit of 12 months ... the administrator gave notice ... and on 1 Feb. 1848 the administrator offered the land for sale at auction and sold the same to Jacob Woollery for $582 including the amount of the liens against the tracts, towit, $565, and took of said Woollery note with good freehold surety for the residue of the purchase money after deducting the amount of lien, Woollery gave his bond, which on 18 Feb. 1848 was reported to the court, when it was approved and confirmed, and at another term of court, 16 Feb. 1849, it was shown that Jacob Woollery had made full payment, whereupon the Court appointed George A. Thornton a commissioner to execute and deliver to said Woollery a conveyance for the tracts of land. Now in consideration of the payment ..., George A. Thornton Commissioner, sells to Jacob Woollery the tracts of land hereinbefore particularly described and their appurtenances. 16 Feb. 1849. /s/ George A. Thornton, Commissioner. Certification 16 Feb. 1849 by Gustavus Clark, Clk. Recorded Feb. 15, 1855. (FHL film 2,443,729; SLC 6/2/2011; MAD: land description does not agree with index)
      U-117: William Duncan and Mary H. Duncan his wife of Lawrence Co. IN convey and warrant to Charles Burch of Davis Co. IN the Pawpaw farm containing 175 acres more or less lying in Knox Co. and described as the E 1/2 of NW 1/4 and Lots No.1 and 2 of Sec.12 Twp.5N Range 7W, for $1680. 5 March 1855. /s/ William Duncan, Mary H. Duncan. Personally appeared before Bolivar Duncan, Surveyor in and for Lawrence Co., William Duncan & Mary H. Duncan, his wife, who severally acknowledged the execution of the foregoing deed. /s/ 5 March 1855, B. Duncan, S.L.C. Certificate by George A. Thornton, Clerk of Circuit Court of said county, that Bolivar Duncan was the county surveyor and qualified, 5 March 1855, /s/ Geo. A. Thornton, Clk. Recorded 3 April 1855. (FHL film 2,443,729; SLC 6/2/2011)


"The Federal Cases, comprising cases argued and determined in the circuit and district courts of the United States from the earliest times to the beginning of the Federal Reporter, arranged alphabetically by the titles of the cases and numbered consecutively" Cases 565 to 1,194, Arthur - Beataugh; Vol.2, pgs. 429-431 (California State Law Library 12/2003)
      BAIRD v. WOLFE; Case No. 760; Circuit Court, D. Indiana; 2 F. Cas. 429; 4 Mc Lean 549; May, 1849, Term.
      THE COURT, (charging the jury.) Patent for the land in controversy, was given in evidence, to James Baird or to his legal representatives, for four hundred acres, dated 21st September, 1847. Peter Bartmoss and Eli Adams being sworn, proved the heirship of the lessors of the plaintiffs. Mr. Ewing being offered as a witness, was objected to, on the ground of interest. It appears that he commenced the suit and procured Mr. Browing to become security for costs, and it was alleged, promised to indemnify him. Mr. Browning on being examined, said Ewing informed him, when he applied to him to indorse for costs, that the party was good, but did not specially promise to indemnify him. But the witness expected Ewing would not permit him to be injured. It appeared that Ewing was the assignee of a small part of the consideration agreed to be paid for the land. The witness was admitted to give evidence, by the court, subject, at any future stage of the case to be overruled. A deposition was offered which was taken under a rule of court, which authorized depositions to be taken under the laws of the state. Those laws specify certain cases in which depositions of witnesses may be taken, which do not require the reasons for taking them to be stated. The plaintiff claims a right to take them because they live more than one hundred miles from the place of holding the court. The deposition can not be received as having been taken under the act of congress, as the requisites of that act have not been complied with. Is the deposition admissible as having been taken under the laws of the state? The rule of court may be so construed, as to embrace merely the mode of taking depositions, where the right exists under the act of congress. The deposition was admitted on parol proof that the witness lives more than one hundred miles from the place of holding the court.
      The land in controversy was not acquired in the ordinary mode of entry and payment, in the register's and receiver's offices, under the act of congress. On the 21st of April, 1806, [2 Stat. 395,] an act was passed, authorizing the registers and receivers of public moneys of the district of Vincennes and Kaskaskias, under the direction of the secretary of the treasury, to lay out one or more tracts of land in their respective districts, for the purpose of locating therein, tracts of land granted by virtue of any legal French or British grants, or of any resolution, or act of congress, etc. The claims of the character above stated, under various subsequent acts of congress, and the action and reports of the land officers were examined, and confirmed by congress, and certificates were issued which authorized the person to whom issued, to locate the tract within the time and place limited. This tract of four hundred acres was acquired in this mode. It was located by Baird, who sold the land to Duncan, and who, it is alleged, never paid the full amount of the consideration. Ewing was the assignee of the consideration to be paid, two hundred and fifty dollars with interest, and suit is commenced to recover the possession, by reason of the failure to pay the consideration in full.
      The agreement for the sale of the land to Duncan, was proved, and that an imperfect deed was made out by Baird, which, together with the agreement, was placed in the hands of Ewing in June, 1824. In 1825, the witness's house was burnt, and these papers were burnt with it. It seems two hundred and fifty dollars of the purchase money remained unpaid, and of which Ewing was the assignee. And Ewing states, that from year to year, from 1819, at the time of the sale, to 1824, Duncan promised payment. One witness, who was one of Duncan's executors, and who examined his papers, never saw a receipt for the balance of the purchase money. He never saw a deed from Baird for the land. In 1835-6 believes Wolfe claimed the whole tract. He claimed the whole of it prior to the sheriff's sale. Wolfe took possession of the land in 1840 or '41. He purchased from Sloan, and one of the witnesses stated that he had seen a deed from him to Wolfe. The above is the ground on which the plaintiffs rest to recover the possession of the land. The legal title being in them under the patent, and a part of the consideration money not being paid.
      The defense, gentlemen of the jury, is, first, that the purchase money has been paid. A receipt is produced, which, it is alleged, was given for the balance of the purchase money. The genuineness of the receipt, and the circumstances under which it was procured, are for your determination. It you shall find that the consideration money has been fully paid, it will take away from the plaintiffs all equitable considerations, and leave them only the claim to the legal title. On the part of the defendants, it is insisted, that the act of congress confirming the right to this tract to the original claimant, under the report of the register and receiver, vested in the claimant the legal title. This was not the effect of the confirmation. It was the right to four hundred acres of land which was confirmed, and not any particular tract of land. The certificate which the claimant received, as evidence of his right, authorized the location of four hundred acres of land, but, until such location was made, the claim was without locality, except within the district designated, for the satisfaction of such claims. A legislative act confirming a title, which was in its terms final, and required no further action of the government, would be considered a grant. But the right before us was not of this character.
      The statute of limitations of twenty years is relied on, as a bar to the plaintiffs' recovery. To maintain this defense an adverse title must be shown. Since 1814, this claim appears to have been under Duncan, and there would seem to be no claim of an adverse character, unless it can be set up under the sheriff's deed. An equitable claim, however strong it may be, can not be set up at law to defeat the legal title. Nor can the statute of limitations be pleaded as a bar to a legal title, where the defendant has only an equity. Until the emanation of the patent in 1847, the legal title to the land in dispute, it is contended, remained in the United States. The statute does not run against the government, nor against an individual who holds only an equitable title. By Rev. St. [Ind.] 1843, p. 455, an individual who holds a final certificate for lands purchased from the United States is vested with the legal title, so as to subject it to the lien of a judgment, and to execution, as where the patent has issued. But this law was not passed until after the above transaction. As the law then stood, the equitable title could not be sold on execution, and a sheriff's deed, it is supposed, on a sale of the equity merely, could not convey a title which could be set up under the statute. A title may be set up under the statute, which is fair upon its face, but inoperative, as it was adopted to protect a bona fide holder under such a title. But a sheriff's title must be considered as essentially connected with the judgment; and when the sheriff attempts to sell that which is not subject to execution, he can convey no title, and a void title is not one which the statute will protect. The purchaser, at most, in such a case, could take only the right held by the defendant in the judgment; and that right being only an equitable one, could not avail the defendant against the legal title. Ewing is an interested witness, as the recovery is for his benefit; and it appears by a contract with Bartmoss he is responsible for the costs, and what he has said is withdrawn from the jury. But waiving a reliance upon the statute of limitations, the counsel for the defendant relies on the presumption of a deed to Duncan.
      This presumption is founded, 1. On a possession of thirty-five years. 2. No contract respecting the title was known for a long time. 3. That Duncan had the ability to pay the amount. 4. The receipt of the balance by Sullivan to be paid on the execution of the deed. 5. Acquiescence of the claimants in the sheriff's sale to defendant. 6. The loss of the recorder's office in Knox county, by fire.7. The recital in the deed from Duncan to McCall. 8. The controversy between Duncan and Tuckers, in which Duncan said he had left his title at home. The presumption of title arises from lapse of time and circumstances, which may, however, be rebutted. When an individual has been a long time in the possession of the property, and there are no facts proved which go to rebut such presumption, the court will leave the question to the jury whether a title may not be presumed.But in this case, although the possession has been in the defendant and those who proceed him in the claim of purchase many years, yet there are facts which conduce to show that the whole of the consideration money has not been paid; and the deed to Duncan was not to be executed until the whole of the purchase money should be paid. It is true there is an acknowledgment of the receipt of the consideration on the deed, but this is not conclusive and may be explained. Indeed in all conveyances the consideration is acknowledged.
      The receipt to Sullivan, if genuine, shows an intention by Duncan to pay the balance, but it does not appear that Sullivan was acting as the agent of Baird, or that he had a right to receive the money. In receiving it he acted as the agent of Duncan, and unless it was paid over, to the proper persons, Duncan could not claim a credit for it. The money it seems, was to be paid when the deed was executed. The deed that was made out by Sullivan for Baird was defective in not describing the boundaries of the tract, and it seems that this deed was never delivered. There is no controversy as to the whole of the consideration being paid, except the two hundred and fifty or fifty-four dollars. Now, this will explain why the possession of the land was taken and improvements made, by the acquiescence of those who obtained the patent. Until the patent was obtained, Baird could not make a deed that would be operative from its date. The patent, it seems, was not issued until 1847. A deed made before that time to Duncan, would have been made good by the patent, but the date of the patent is of some importance, as it may, in some degree account for the reason why a deed was not made to Duncan. And also the recognition or admission, at different periods by Duncan, that the above small balance was due.
      Upon the whole the facts are left with the jury, whether from a deliberate consideration of them, the jury can presume a deed from the lessors of the plaintiffs, or from their ancestor. If there by anything in the case to make the presumption doubtful, as to a deed having been executed to Duncan, it will not be presumed. Jury found for plaintiff.


Edwards Co. IL Deeds (SLC 9/11/2013)
      A-28/30: 25 Aug. 1813, James D. Duncan alias Dunken and Sarah his wife of Knox Co. IN to James Baird of same, for $300 paid, sell parcel of land on the north side of the River Wabash containing 100 acres which is part of that well known tract containing 400 acres which was granted by the US to one Joseph Hamlin Jr. as head of a family in Vincennes on or before 1783 and the said tract containing 100 acres, part of the afsd 400 acre tract, was by Laurent Hamlin & Francois Hamlin, brothers and only heirs at law of said Joseph Hamlin Jr. conveyed to Henry Vanderburgh in fee on 30 Jan. 1800, recorded in Knox Co. 18 Dec. following in Book B pages 410 and 411, and the same was by William MacIntosh, Executor, and Francis C. Vanderburgh, executrix, of Henry Vanderburgh decd. conveyed to said James D. Duncan alias Dunkin in fee on 25 Aug. 1813, refer to deed; together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ James Dunkin, Sarah (X) Duncan. Wit. Jos. Brown, George R.C. Sullivan. Certification 23 Feb. 1816 in presence of Rob? Brent? J.P. Ack. 17 June 1814 by Wilson Lagow J.P. of Knox Co. IN. Recorded July 20, 1815. (FHL film 1,401,786)
      A-30/32: 25 Aug. 1813, James D. Duncan alias Dunken and Sarah his wife of Knox Co. IN to James Baird of same, for $195 paid, sell parcel of land containing 65 acres on the north side of the River Wabash which is part of that well known tract containing 300 acres which Laurent Hamlin & Francois Hamlin, brothers and only heirs at law of one Joseph Hamlin Jr., who in 1783 was head of a family at Tract Zimermans? by deed 4 April 1800, recorded in said county in Book B folios 449 and 450 fully conveyed to one John Harbin in fee and which by the Commissioners of the US Land Office for the District of Zimmes?? confirmed and ordered surveyed on the north side of the River Wabash, and the said parcel of land containing 65 acres by deed 7 Sept. 1810 recorded in said county 23 Sept. 1811 in Book F, folio 130 & 131 was by John Harben & wife conveyed to said James D. Duncan alias Dunkin in fee, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ James Dunkin, Sarah (X) Dunkin. Wit. Jos. Brown, George R.C. Sullivan. Ack. 17 June 1814 by Wilson Lagow J.P. of Knox Co. IN. Ack. 23 Feb. 1816 by James Duncan before Robt. Baird, J.P., Edwards Co. IL. Recorded July 20, 1815. (FHL film 1,401,786)

HISTORIES before 1923

"A history of the city of Vincennes, Indiana : from 1702 to 1901" (Knox Co.) by Henry S. Cauthorn; pub. Vincennes, Ind.?: M.C. Cauthorn, c1902, 221 pgs. (LH8196, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.239/V1 H2c and film 934,909 item 5)
      Pg.191: EDWARD A. HANNEGAN. He was born in the State of Ohio. In early life he removed to Lexington, Kentucky. He studied law and came here and commenced his brilliant career. He was married here by Rev. Samuel R. Alexander, on April 4th, 1829, to Miss Margaret C. Duncan. After practicing his profession here for several years he removed to Covington, Indiana. He was elected to the 23d and 24th Congresses from his district. In 1843 he was elected to the Senate ... After the close of his senatorial career he left the state and located at St. Louis to practice his profession. But soon after he died of a broken heart occasioned by the homicide of his friend and brother-in-law, under an insane impulse. (MAD: Covington, Fountain Co. IN)

"History of St. Joseph County, Indiana : together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens : history of Indiana, embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, aborigines, French, English and American conquests, and a general review of its civil, political and military history." by Thomas S. Stanfield; pub. Chicago: C.C. Chapman & Co., 1880, 965 pgs. (LH10207, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 908,132 item 1 and 934,919 item 1)
      Pg.315-306: EDWARD A. HANNEGAN was born in Ohio, received a good education, studied law, admitted to the Bar in his 23d year, settling in Indiana. He was several times a member of the Legislature, and was a member of Congress 1833-'7, U.S. Senator 1843-'9, Minister to Prussia, 1849-'53. While partially drunk, in 1852, he killed his brother-in-law, Capt. Duncan. (MAD: Covington, Fountain Co. IN; married 4/4/1829 Knox Co. IN)

"Biographical and historical sketches of early Indiana" by William Wesley Woollen; pub. Indianapolis: Hammond & Co., 1883, 581 pgs. (LH6322, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 1,000,527 item 3)
      Pg.214-215: EDWARD A. HANNEGAN ... and his brother-in-law, Captain Duncan, had been drinking deeply and angry words passed between them. ... Mr. Hannegan stabbed Captain Duncan, who died the next day, and was buried in the cemetery at Covington. In the "Madison Banner," of May 13, 1852, a paper conducted by the author of this sketch, is the following notice of Captain Duncan's death: "Captain Duncan, whose unfortunate altercation with ex-Senator Hannegan we mentioned yesterday, died on Saturday, 26 hours after receiving the fatal blow. Captain D. was a brother of Mrs. Hannegan, and a member of her family. He was formerly a citizen of Newark, Ohio, and commanded a company of mounted riflemen during the Mexican war. .... He was about forty years of age and had never been married." .... Mr. Hannegan was not indicted and tried for the killing of Captain Duncan ... he sought surcease of sorrow by leaving the State ... he removed to St.Louis in 1857, and on the 25th of January, 1859, he died in that city. His remains were brought to Terre Haute and deposited in the earth ... on the banks of his own beloved Wabash. ... (MAD: did not copy pg.213 or earlier) (MAD: Knox and Fountain Co. IN; Newark, Licking Co. OH; Terre Haute, Vigo Co. IN)

"History of Knox and Daviess Counties, Indiana : from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the state government." by G Washington, Winthrop Sargent, F Bosseron, et al; pub. Chicago: Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1886, 914 pgs. (LH6260, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.23 H2g and film 874,116 item 1)
      Knox Co. Pg.196-197: EDWARD A. HANNEGAN first located at Vincennes, and was married here by Samuel R. Alexander, April 4, 1829, to Miss Margaret C. Duncan. He practiced at our bar for several years. He removed from here to Covington, Ind., and was elected from the Seventh District to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses. In 1843 he was elected United States senator, and served in that body until 1849. ... After the expiration of his senatorial term he left the State and located at St. Louis to practice law, but soon after died broken-hearted, occasioned by the homicide of his brother-in-law under an insane impulse. (MAD: see also Fountain Co. IN)
      Knox Co. Pg.438-439: WILLIAM D. PIETY, one of the leading farmers of Washington Township, is a son of Thomas and Mary (Duncan) Piety. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, born in a British fort, and the first child born west of the Alleghany Mountains. ... In 1792 he and Miss Duncan were married in Kentucky. They were the parents of fourteen children - seven boys and seven girls - all of the former following the occupation of farming. Baptist Church until age about 30, then member of the Christian Church. In 1814 he left Kentucky for Sullivan County, Ind., and the following year came to Knox County, where he spent the remainder of his days. He lived 65 years, his wife 80. The subject of this sketch was born in Breckenridge County, Ky., in 1808 ... in 1830 he was married to Sally A. Threlkeld, born in Knox County, in 1811. Eleven children ... (MAD: mar. Nelson Co. KY per Rev. War Pension file)


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