Duncans in Putnam Co. IN


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

Last revised May 22, 2012

Formed 1822 from Unorganized Territory, Vigo, Owen
Montgomery formed 1823 from Parke, Putnam
Hendricks formed 1824 from Unorganized Territory, Putnam
Clay formed 1825 from Owen, Putnam, Vigo, Sullivan


1830 Putnam Co. IN Census
        No Duncan indexed

1840 Putnam Co. IN Census
Pg.349  Benjamin Duncan    1110,001  - 0121,01    Washington
          (MAD: 1830 Morgan Co. IN census)
   427  James Duncan       1200,01   - 2000,1     Jackson
          (MAD: 1830 Montgomery Co. KY census)

1850 Putnam Co. IN Census
Pg.417, #826, James DUNCAN 46 KY farmer $600
                  Anna 35 KY
                  Coleman C. 18, William H. 16 IN
                  Mary E. 14, Anna E. 13 IN
                  James P. 11, Miranda C. 8 IN
                  Amanda C. 7, George H. 6 IN
                  John W. 3, Nancy B. 9/12 IN
                  (MAD: mar. 1st Anna Proctor 11/19/1829 Bath Co. KY; mar. 2nd Amanda Dean 10/6/1859 Hendricks Co. IN)
Marion Twp.
Pg.461 (919), #135, Benjamin ROBINSON 64 VA farmer $800
                  Lydia 46 KY
                  Joseph 20 IN, Caroline 14 KY
                  Sabra? (f) 8 KY
                  Hannah DUNCAN 85 VA
                  (MAD: widow of Nimrod Duncan d. Shelby Co. KY; Hannah Dunkan's estate 346, January Term 1853, security 1/18/1853 by John Robinson and Jacob Cox; comments by Merritt Wolfe: Hannah's Shelby Co. KY will was not effective here. Son Joseph Duncan or daughter Martha Taylor are left out. Also Elizabeth Kent's estate (Joseph Duncan's dau.), will dated 8/11/1879; see 1850 Shelby Co. KY census)
Pg.(1092) Indexed Catherine Duncan?; actually Catherine DANIVAN 70 PA & others
Pg.547, #33, Benjamin DUNCAN 52 NJ farmer $4000
                  Mary 40 NC
                  Elizabeth 26, Abagail 24 IN
                  Catherine 22, John 20 IN
                  Henry 18, Mary A. 16 IN
                  Franklin 13, William 11 IN
                  Thomas 9, Margaret J. 5 IN
                  (MAD: 1860 Owen Co. IN census)
Pg.547, #34, David DUNCAN 38 NY farmer $4000
                  Nancy 38 KY
                  Jemima OLIVER 16 IL
                  William J. DUNCAN 14 IN
                  Martha A. 12 IN
                  David W. 10 IN
                  Francis M. (m) 8 IN
                  Alexander W. 6 IN
                  Rachel HILBURN 19 IN
                  (MAD: David Duncan mar. Nancy Warren 4/16/1831)
Pg.547, #35, William LITTERELL 17 IL farmer
                  Elizabeth DUNCAN 40 KY
                  David 18 IN farmer
                  Thomas ABBOTT 14, Hannah E. 7 IN
                  Andrew J. 4 IN

1860 Putnam Co. IN Census
Monroe Twp.
Pg.35, #261-245, Ben. DONKIN 50 KY tailor $0-$100
                  Mary 48 KY
                  Ellen 18, Rosabell 15 KY
                  Benjamin 11, Luther 5 KY
                  Estila (f) 3 KY
                  D.A. AUCKETT (m) 26 KY tailor
                  (MAD: 1850 Hart Co. KY census)
Pg.94, #701-664, George FORDYCE 46 OH farmer $19600-$13580
                  Mary 36 NY
                  William 16, Sarah 14 IN
                  Rachel 12, America (f) 10 IN
                  Bell? (f) 8, Lyman (m) 6 IN
                  Leeann (f) 4, Florence (f) 1 IN
                  James INVOY? 21 IN laborer
                  Robert DUNKIN 18 KY laborer
Pg.177-8, #260-261, Benj. F. DUNKIN 22 IN farmer $0-$150 m/in/yr
                  Sarah M. 18 IN m/in/year
                  Wm. H. 19 IN
                  Lloyd T. 17 IN farm laborer
                  Sylvester HANKS 12 IN farm laborer
Pg.178, #263-265, Wm. J. DUNKIN 22 IN farmer $0-$300
                  Mary L. 19 KY
                  Cennetta F. (f) 10/12 IN
                  John STOCKTON 19 IN day laborer
                  Thos. WOOLRIDGE 21 KY day laborer
                  Alex. DUNKIN 16 IN day laborer
3rd Ward, Green Castle
Pg.388, #401-394, David DUNKIN 48 NY tavern keeper $13000-$3000
                  Nancy 47 KY landlady
                  David W. 19 IN farmer
                  Francis M. (m) 18, Alex W. 16 IN
                  Eliza J. 7, Abigail 5 IN
                  & 9 others (guests in tavern)
Pg.441, #112-112, Joseph DUNCAN 67 KY farmer $3200-$2446
                  Mary 38 KY
                  William DUNCAN 37 KY farmer
                  Sarrah A. 34 KY
                  Mary A. 8 KY
                  (MAD: 1850 Shelby Co. KY census; Joseph d. 12/19/1870 age 77y 5m 11d, Mary d. 10/22/1861 age 63y 2m 10d, bur. Mt.Carmel Cemetery, per Merritt W. Wolfe)
Pg.465, #281-281, Peter K. DUNCAN 40 KY farmer $3900-$2190
                  Nancy 36 KY
                  Talifero (m) 14, Charrity (f) 12 KY
                  John F. 7 IN
                  (MAD: 1850 Henry Co. KY census as Kerlen Duncan)
Pg.515, #635-635, James DUNCAN 59? KY farmer $2300-$2126
                  married in year to
                  Amanda 29 KY
                  Minda 18, Amanda 16, George 14 IN
                  John 12, Nancy 10, Cathrah (f) 8 IN
                  Mary DENN 12, John 10, Nancy 8 IN
                  Lucinda 6, Harriet 4, William 2 IN
                  (MAD: James Duncan also indexed as age 53 and 33; 1870 Hendricks Co. IN census)

1870 Putnam Co. IN Census
Cloverdale Twp.
Pg.17, #55-55, DUNCAN, Frank 27 IN farmer $0-255
                  Emma 19 IN keeping house
                  (MAD: not mar/in/year, no children)
Pg.21, #111-111, DUNCAN, David 58 NY farmer $12500-$4418
                  Nancy 57 KY keeping house
                  Sofronia 15 IN
                  Alexander 25 IN
                  Anna 29 IN
                  Eliza S. 18 IN
                  AURTHER, James 22 IN house servant
                  Grant (m) 3 IN
                  RADGREN?, Aurther 21 IN
Pg.21, #112-112, DUNCAN, Wallace (m) 29 IN farmer $0-$620
                  Barbara 22 IN keeping house
                  Leslie (m) 9/12 IN b.Sept.
                  PIERSON, William 14 IN farm hand
                  DUNCAN, William I. 32 IN farmer $3400-$4000
                  (MAD: believe William I. Duncan should start next household)
Pg.21, #113-113, DUNCAN, Mary L. 30 KY keeping house
                  Henrietta F. 10 IN
                  EACLES? (EASTIS?), Joseph 21 KY farm hand
                  Jerry 21 KY farmhand
                  CRISENBURY, Otis (m) 1 IN
Pg.21, #114-114, DUNCAN, Milton 35 IN farmer $2400-$499
                  Clarissa 34 PA keeping house
                  Francis (f) 13, Emily 11 IN
                  John 6, Cynthia 9, Susan 4 IN
                  Etty (f) 2, Betty 2 IN
                  Riley (m) 11/12 IN b.July
Pg.21, #116-116, DUNCAN, Benjamin 70 NY farmer $600-$2158
                  Emma 36 KY keeping house
                  Mary 6, Martin 3, George 1 IN
                  DAVIS, Minerva 18 KY
Pg.21, #120-120, DUNCAN, Thomas 25 IN farmer $2000-$1418
                  Mary A. 24 IN keeping house
                  Estin (f) 2, Mettie (f) 1 IN
Floyd Twp.
Pg.47, #170-162, DUNCAN, Peter 51 KY farmer $6750-$2060
                  Mancy (f) 46 KY keeping house
                  Toliver 24 IN farm laborer mar. in Apr.
                  Jemima (f) 17 IN mar. in Apr.
                  John 17 IN farm laborer
                  Wm. 3? IN
                  SHOCKLEY, G. (m) 19 IN farm laborer
Greencastle, Ward 2
Pg.114, #324-343, DUNCAN, Benjamin 59 KY tailor $1200-$1000
                  Mary 58 KY keeping house
                  Belle (f) 21 KY at home
                  Anna 16 KY
                  Estella 12 IN
                  PORTER, Benjamin 10 IN
                  William 6 KY
                  (MAD: birthplaces as given)
Greencastle, Ward 3
Pg.125, #473-512, BLAKEY, George D. 64 KY hardware dealer $0-$0
                  Ribbon T. (m) 26 KY hand in foundry
                  Frannie 22 KY
                  DUNCAN, Permilla M. 28 KY keeping house
                  William T. 4 KY
                  Minnie D. 2 IN
                  McCAULEY, Lou (f) 16 KY student
                  PORTER, Sallie 11 KY
                  DUNHAM, Wesley 16 MN foundry hand
                  OWENS, Ellen 21 KY domestic servant
                  BLAKEY, Henry 10 KY BLACK
                  (KDC: Samuel T. Duncan mar. Pamelia M. Blakey 1859 in Logan Co. KY, Samuel Duncan in 1870 Logan Co. KY census, S.T. and P.M. Duncan and children in 1880 Logan Co. KY census)
Marion Twp.
Pg.189, #141-140, DUNKIN, Joseph 76 KY farmer $8000-$300
                  Wm. 47 KY farmer $0-$700
                  Mary 17 KY
                  KENT, Elizabeth 50 KY keeping house
Pg.193, #192-189, HARENS, Howard 38 VA farmer $6700-$1011
                  Catherine 33 KY keeping house
                  Elizabeth 9, Sarah 7 IN
                  Miliaret (m) 3, Mary 1 IN
                  CLARK, Lucinda 17 IN IN house keeper
                  DUNKIN, Wm. 19 KY farm laborer
Monroe Twp.
Pg.214, #127-127, DUNCAN, Benjamin F. 22 KY day labor $0-$100
                  Minervia 18 IN keeping house
                  Charly M. (m) 3 IN
Russell Twp.
Pg.232, #76-76, FOREDICE, Joseph B. 52 OH farmer $72000-$24,000, father of foreign birth
                  Rebecca 52 OH keeping house
                  James C. 20 IN at school
                  Elizabeth 17 IN at school
                  Jess H. (m) 16 IN at school
                  DUNCAN, Robert 25 KY farm laborer $0-$300
                  SPOONAMORE, James 16 IN farm laborer


Putnam Co. IN Circuit Court, Probate records; volumes have surname indexes (SLC 6/10/2008)
      Complete probate record v.A, 1825-1840 and v.B 1840-1845 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,315,817)
      Vol.E Feb.1851-July 1853 (no Duncan) and Vol.F Jan.1853 - Dec.1855 (FHL film 1,315,752)
            F-346: Hannah Dunkin's Estate. 19 April 1854. That at January term 1853, Jacob P. Cox was appointed administrator of the estate of Hannah Dunkin decd, filed a bond of $200, security John Robinson, dated Jan. 18, 1853. At April term 1853, continued; July 1853 continued, (etc.). Now April 1854, final settlement. Inventory of personal estate $48.48, plus note on James Sell, $9.20, total $57.68. I claim credit for following payments: Lydia Robinson $15, John Robinson $15, James Sill $15, for my services $5, clerks fees $8.71, total $58.71. Leaving a balance due administrator of $1. Administrator be exonerated from all further duties, /s/ April 20, 1854. (FHL film 1,315,752)


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"Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature of the State of Indiana" cases decided at November term 1864 and certain cases decided at May term 1865; by Benjamin Harrison; Indiana Reports, Vol.23, pgs.447 to 448 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 2/2004)
      DUNKIN v. McKEE; Supreme Court of Indiana; 23 Ind. 447; November Term, 1864, Decided.
      APPEAL from the Putnam Common Pleas.
      [opinion] Elliott, J. -- Nancy Dunkin, the appellant, sued McKee, the appellee, to recover the possession of personal property. McKee answered: 1. General denial. 2. Property in himself. 3. Property in David Dunkin, husband of plaintiff. 4. Justifying the taking and detention, as sheriff of Putnam county, by virtue of an execution in his hands in favor of William S. Collier, and against David Dunkin, and averring it to be the property of said David.
      Replication in denial. Trial by the court, by agreement. Finding, as to part of the property, that "it is the property of the defendant, and is of the value of $1,560; and that the defendant have a return of the same." Motion for new trial overruled, and judgment.
      The only point presented here is as to the sufficiency of the evidence to sustain the finding of the court. The real question in litigation on the trial below was, whether the property was the separate property of Nancy Dunkin, or whether it belonged to David Dunkin, her husband, and therefore subject to the execution in favor of Collier. McKee, in truth, claimed no other right to it than that derived through the levy of the execution; and the appellant insists that such special property did not support the finding of property in McKee. There is nothing in the objection. The levy of an execution gives to the officer, while the execution remains in his hands, such a special property in the goods levied upon as will enable him to maintain replevin for them. It follows that he may also, for the same reason, defend the possession against one not the owner. Besides, the execution and levy were in evidence, and the finding of the court must be presumed, under the evidence, to have reference to such special property, as sheriff.
      It is urged that, under the law arising upon the facts in evidence, the property, and especially the corn in the field, belonged to the plaintiff, and was not subject to the execution against her husband. The evidence is in the record, and we have carefully examined it, and do not deem it necessary to discuss the question of law as to the separate property of the wife. There seems to have been such a confusion of goods, and the whole case, in all its circumstances, presents so uncomely an aspect, and wears a face so beclouded with the footprints of fraud, as to forbid that we should disturb the finding of the court.
      The judgment is affirmed, with costs.


NIMROD DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application W-2925 (FHL film 970,864; from National Archives)
      Application 10 Dec. 1842 in Shelby Co. KY by John Duncan age ca 53 and Joseph Duncan age ca 50, only sons of Nimrod Duncan (insane for 15 years), all residing on same premises in Shelby Co.; Nimrod lived in Fauquier Co. VA, enlisted in Nov./Dec. 1779 in VA under Capt. Mark Thomas, Maj. George Slaughter, in IL Reg. until 21 Dec. 1781; witness Charles Baird, age over 64, met Nimrod in 1794 in Shelby Co.
      Declaration of Hannah Duncan 24 March 1845 in Shelby Co. KY; widow of Nimrod Duncan; m. 1786; 7 October 1848, Hannah age 79, mar. Nimrod Duncan on 13 Feb. 1785 in Fauquier Co. VA; Nimrod d. 9 March 1844.
      Letter from Joseph Duncan 13 May 1858 Greencastle [Putnam Co.], IN.
      Click here for more from the pension application file.

Index to War of 1812 Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrant Applications; National Archives Film (FHL film 840,459)
      DUNKIN, Reuben, widow Elizabeth A. (she mar. 1st Mr. Weaver, mar. 2nd Reuben Dunkin, mar. 3rd Mr. Putnam, mar. 4th Mr. Edson), she the 2nd wife of Reuben Dunkin, WC 22486, SC 19662, served in John Kennedy's NY Mil; Sol. res. Cattaraugus & Putnam Cos. NY (MAD: ? Putnam Co. IN?) also Owen Co. IN; widow res. Putnam Co. IN; soldier's first wife Mary (Manning); mar. Nov. 27 1862, Putnamville IN; soldier died Dec. 25, 1873, Quincy, IN, widow died about 1882. (and from "Index to War of 1812 Pension Files, Vol.I" by Virgil D. White)

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, Alexander W., widow Duncan, Mary; E 33 IND Inf., F 85 IND Inf.; 1870 June 27, Invalid Appl. #158076, Cert. #309128; 1907 Sept. 25, Widow Appl. #876921, Cert. #843150, IND. (MAD: ? 1850 Putnam Co. IN census; see Morgan Co. IN)
      Duncan, George H., widow Duncan, Nancy; I 115 Ind. Inf., K 33 Ind. Inf.; 1891 Aug. 18, Invalid Appl. #1053473, Cert. #881389, Ind.; 1919 May 29, Widow Appl. #1141730, no cert., Ind. (MAD: ? 1850 Putnam Co. IN census; see Morgan Co. IN)
      Duncan, James P.; K 11 Ind. Inf., B 78 & I 115 Ind. Inf.; 1890 July 10, Invalid Appl. #810415, Cert. #594672, Kans. (MAD: ? 1850 Putnam Co. IN census)
      Duncan, John W., widow Duncan, Elizabeth J.; H 132 Ind. Inf.; 1891? (1890?) Aug. 7, Invalid Appl. #889397, Cert. #929715, Kans.; 1898 March 7, Widow Appl. #671858, Cert. #500153, Kans.; attorney Duncan & Heath. (MAD: Allen Co. KS; from Putnam Co. IN)
      Duncan, Loyd T., widow Duncan, Mary A.; E 33 Ind. Inf.; 1865 Jan. 3, Invalid Appl. #57907, Cert. #43762; 1908 April 27, Widow Appl. #890696, Cert. #651609, Ind. (MAD: 1850 Putnam Co. IN census; see Morgan Co. IN)
      Dunkin, Reuben H., widow Dunkin, Amanda; F 16 Iowa Inf.; 1879 Oct. 6, Invalid Appl. #312760, Cert. #444398; 1901 Sept. 5, Widow Appl. #748084, no cert., Iowa. (MAD: 1850 Putnam Co. IN census; d. Taylor Co. IA)
      Dunkin, Reuben M., widow Dunkin, Jennie N.; B 18 US Inf.; 1882 Nov. 22, Invalid Appl. #465575, Cert. #224668, Ind.; 1908 Feb. 5, Widow Appl. #884374, no cert., Cal.; remarks see Ind. War W.O. 11696. (MAD: d.1907 Los Angeles Co. CA age 48y; 1900 Yavapai Co. AZ b.1863 IN; 1880 Putnam Co. IN age 16 ???; ?? Reuben Duncan enlisted 25 May 1863, at Eureka, Humboldt Co. CA, in B Co. 1st Battn Mountain Reg. CA)
      Duncan, William J., widow Dienser, Maggie, minor Dienser, Maggie, Gdn.; E 33 Ind. Inf.; 1890 Nov. 28, Widow Appl. #485422, Cert. #924676, Ind.; 1891 Jan. 28, Minor Appl. #501531, Cert. #475062, Ind.; remarks XC2707819. (MAD: ? 1850 Putnam Co. IN census; see Morgan Co. IN)

1921 "Gold star honor roll : a record of Indiana men and women who died in the service of the United States and the allied nations in the World War, 1914-1918" by Indiana Historical Commission (Indianapolis); Microfilm of original published: Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Commission (FHL film 1,673,274 item 3; IN State Library book 940.3772 I385w, from C.T. Duncan 12/2007)
      Contains a photograph and brief biographical sketch of each person, giving name of parents, birthplace, occupation, and service record.
      Pg.386: Marion County. Duncan, Authar. Private. Son of Daniel and Barbara Carrie Duncan; born January 23, 1888, near Cloverdale, Putnam County, Ind. Moved to Indianapolis in 1892. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army May 8, 1917, Indianapolis, Ind. Trained at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., and Ft. Bliss, Tex. Assigned to 8th Engineers Train. Died of pneumonia October 16, 1918, Base Hospital, Ft. Bliss, Tex. Buried in Mt. Jackson Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.


Owen Co. IN Deed
      8-493: 13 Nov. 1845, David Dunkin and wife Nancy Dunkin of Putnam Co. IN for $800 paid by Freeborn Dunkin, sell land containing 79 acres and 155 rods more or less in Owen Co. IN, commencing at NE corner of NW 1/4 Sec.23 Twp.12N Range 3W, then west ..., warrant title. /s/ David (X) Dunkin, Nancy (X) Dunkin. Wit. James Beck, John (X) Perry. David Dunkin and wife Nancy Dunkin appeared before James Beck, J.P., 13 Nov. 1845. Recorded Jan. 28, 1846. (FHL film 1,313,516)

Shelby Co. KY Deeds
      K2-97: 25 Nov. 1844, John Robinson and wife Sarah late Sarah Duncan, one of children and heirs of Nimrod Duncan decd. of Putnam Co. IN, holding an interest in lands of Nimrod Duncan, appoint friend Joseph Duncan of Shelby Co. KY our attorney to attend to the land, etc. No wit, both signed; called "deed" in clerk's certification, indexed as power of attorney. (FHL film 259,242)
      P2-153: 22 Jan. 1851, Hannah (X) Duncan of Putnam Co. IN appoint Willet J. Robinson of last named, my attorney in Shelby Co. KY "especially one demand I hold against Joseph Duncan" for $440. Wit. James Sill, William McBarran. (indexed 25 acres Benson) (FHL film 259,244)

HISTORIES before 1923

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"The Duncans of Perthshire and Their Descendants in the US" by Lew Wallace Duncan of Kansas City, MO; no date, filmed 1971 (FHL film 824,053 item 2; typed by Evelyn 1986; and from Betty Ralph 5/1983)
      Some information about the Duncans of Perthshire and their descendants in the United States, as gathered and compiled by Lew Wallace Duncan, of Kansas City, Mo. ... 1630 to 1925.
      MAD: This is similar to the biography published in the 1918 "A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans" by William E. Connelley, pub. by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, 1918, Vol.5 (FHL book 978.1 H2c).

"The History of Hendricks Co. (IN) 1914-1976" by McDowell; a compilation of historical material and biographical profiles written by the people of Hendricks Co." (from Virginia Anderson 4/1987; and FHL film 1,036,715)
      This book contains a reference to James Duncan and Annie Proctor on pg.267-268.

1971 "Encyclopedic Directory of Clay Co. IN" pub. by Hoosier Heritage Press (FHL book 977.244 E4e)
      A List of the Householders of the County, Their Post-office Address, Occupation, Location, School District, Section Number, Township, Politics, Religion, Assessed Value of Real Estate, Nationality, Where Born, When Born, When Came to Clay Co., Etc.
      MAD: This book contains references to several other Duncans, as well as two on pg.92 in Clay City, Dr. W.C. Duncan, druggist, and C.C. Duncan, marble dealer, both born in Putnam Co. IN in 1831 who moved to Clay Co. IN in 1892.


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